SUNDAY MESSAGES

The Kingdom of Heaven is Like…. Teaching from the Parables – The Wheat & The Weeds

 

Questions from the Message:

  • Where in your life do you want to do stuff in your time instead of letting God’s plans play out?
  • Do you spend more time looking to find the ‘weeds’ instead of resting in the peace and love of Jesus, knowing He has everything in His control?
  • What can you do in your faith life that will see you growing in Jesus?

The Kingdom of Heaven is Like…Teaching from the Parables – The Sower

Questions from the message:

  • Can you identify times in your life when – even though the ‘seed’ hit you generously – you were indifferent, shallow, or cluttered? What was it – or who was it – that moved you to being responsive?
  • If you can know people around you who desperately need to experience Jesus and move into the kingdom of God, then what are your ways of ‘sowing’ the seeds of the Gospel?
  • Take a look at your own life and compare it to before experiencing the love of Jesus and after experiencing it. How can you know the message as well as you can, so that you can be the ‘presence of Jesus’ in a clear and meaningful way to someone whom God has led you to share it with?

Jesus – Including the Excluded – The Woman Caught In Adultery

Questions from the Message:

  • When have you been more ‘legal’ than loving?
  • The kingdom of God is for everyone and it’s not up to us to decide who is in and who is out. Where have you ever been less-than-welcoming? (Even cold, compassionless, unforgiving, and judgmental).
  • Have you ever been caught doing something – anything – and been totally embarrassed about people finding out? How would you want people to respond to that if it were you?
  • What is your response when you encounter the homeless, or the chemical or alcohol afflicted; the lonely; the odd; the strange; the different? Is your mindset to misunderstand or to understand – to judge or to engage?
  • Jesus certainly called out sin – but He did it in a way that gave every person He met the choice to move towards Him – not away from Him. Isn’t that our role too?

Jesus – Including the Excluded – The Blind Man

Questions from the Message:

  • How do you go about the task of including others – and through that inclusion – open their eyes to the fact that God is a God of love, grace, and mercy?
  • Who had God placed in your life that He wants you to share that love with so that they too can have the abundant life He promises to those who will see Him?
  • When you are sharing with someone about how sin risks keeping a person in eternally separated from God, how do you go about it?
  • Where has God set up divine appointments with people who – though they may be quite different from you – are still considered precious by Jesus? In those differences, how can you help them to understand that by opening their eyes and submitting to Him their lives will be transformed for the better?

Jesus – Including the Excluded – The Older Brother

  • Have you ever felt short-changed by God? Have you felt that your service has been overlooked and that you deserve a pat on the back? Has your pride puffed you up to the point where you think it’s actually possible to earn God’s grace and blessing?
  • Can you recall times in your life where you have been the older brother that played by the rules, but with the wrong heart?
  • Have you ever found yourself unexpectedly in the ‘cage’ of unforgiveness and resentment? The good news is that God joyfully welcomes us into His arms, too, when we ask Him for the forgiveness of our sins. What needs to happen in your life so that you can turn to Him and enjoy the blessings of His abundant grace and love today?
  • Who do I need to forgive? Who do I need to seek reconciliation and restoration with?

Jesus – Including the Excluded – The Tax Collector

Questions from the message:

  • Jesus gave His life to save sinners like us – to include us in His kingdom. What sacrifices do you made to include others? What do you do to include others?
  • Do you find it difficult to interact with – or relate to – those who look, sound, and are different? How can you change that?
  • When and where have you made the decision to bring ‘outsiders’ in?
  • Are you ministering to the excluded with a sense of urgency, or are you criticising others like the Pharisees in Mark 2:13-17?
  • Why do you think that Jesus spend so much time with the ‘excluded?’

Better together, immeasurably more

Questions from the message:

  • In what ways have you seen Jesus pushed to the margins in the Church? What needs to happen to make sure Jesus is truly at the centre of your church or ministry?
  • What would it take (what would need to change) to truly reach our community for Christ?
  • What are the obstacles to unified mission in your neighbourhood?
  • What impact do you think our internal conflicts have on our wider witness? Can you think of a time or share a story where in the midst of conflict or severe disagreement, grace was shown and as a result God’s kingdom was advanced?
  • In what ways can you and your church show generosity to other churches, pastors and missional endeavours in order to advance God’s kingdom?