Questions from the Congregation - Part 8

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  1. [04:47] - Q: Do you believe we can get signs, messages from loved ones who die? Can we communicate with them? Can mediums?
    A: See Duet 18:9-12  |  Matt 6:9  |  John 14:13  |  Rom 8:26
     
  2. [07:30] - Q: My fellow Christian family members continue to make statements that loved ones who have passed are now angels or they're guardian angels & are leaving them signs that they are okay and watching over them. I know that humans and angels are distinctly separated & that we don't become angels. How do I respond or am I wrong?
    A: See Rev 14:13  |  Heb 13:2
     
  3. [11:21] - Q: What do the Jehovah's Witnesses reference from the Bible in that they don't take blood products?
     
  4. [13:55] - Q: Calvinism, Arminianism, or Molinism? What is Harvest's position on these views?
    A: See Duet 30:19  |  2 Cor 5:20  |  John 6:37  |  Duet 29:29
     
  5. [21:05] - Q: Why do some preachers only ever preach about God's love and never about His judgement? (Note: Live from the audience question. The question was not captured on the recording, only the answer was.)
    A: See Duet 30:19  |  2 Cor 5:20  |  John 6:37  |  Duet 29:29
     
  6. [23:48] - Q: Can you further explain how God mourns and is saddened with us when tragedy occurs in our lives and how He may not command for these things to happen, but allows it because of the sinful world we live in?
    A: See: John 11:35 - Jesus Wept.
     
  7. [28:12] - Q: Describe the differences between "death", "sheol", "hades" and "the lake of fire". What does Rev 20:14 mean when it says that death and hades were thrown into the lake of fire?
    A: See: Matt 11:23  |  Luke 16:19-23
     
  8. [35:32] - Q: Being in High School I am constantly surrounded by the "do what you think is right" mentality. That being said, how can I be confident in what the Bible says is right and wrong?
    A: See John 7:17  |  Judges 21:25

    This question was missed due to time constraints during the service. Pastor Jeff will address this in a blog posting on the website. Check back for a link later.
    Q: 
    Why did Jesus (in the whole New Testament) not say a single word about being gay but he condemned adultery and many other things. Did Jesus love gay people who were born this way? READ THE RESPONSE FROM JEFF HERE!!

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):

Review the questions submitted above. Discuss any of these that stuck out to you, or that maybe your group finds particularly interesting.

Breakout Questions:
Pray for one another for a Christ-seeking, Christ-exalting New Year!

Did Jesus Find You?

Introduction:



Two Signs that Jesus is Pursuing You (Luke 2:12):

  1. Wrapped in swaddling cloths = Why He came: He has come to Die.

  2. Lying in a manger = How He came: He has come in Humility.
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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Luke 2:1-20

  1. What distractions keep you from seeking Christ as you should?

  2. What is the biggest way Jesus changed you when you found Him?

  3. What was your big "take-away" from this passage / message? What did you learn that you didn't know before?

Breakout Questions:

Pray for one another to continually be seekers of Christ. 

Did You Find Jesus?

Introduction:



What's True About People Who Find Jesus:

  1. They made Room for Jesus. (Luke 2:1-7)

  2. inn = kataluma

    Mark 14:14 - and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, 'The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?' = guest chamber

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  1. They Actively went after Jesus. (Luke 2:8-16)

  2. Isaiah 61:1 - The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound

    1 Corinthians 1:27 - But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong


  3. They are never the Same. (Luke 2:17-20)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Luke 2:1-20

  1. What distractions keep you from seeking Christ as you should?

  2. What is the biggest way Jesus changed you when you found Him?

  3. What was your big "take-away" from this passage / message? What did you learn that you didn't know before?

Breakout Questions:

Pray for one another to continually be seekers of Christ. 

I Will Not Fear Judgement.

Review / Introduction:



Here is What I Have Found Compelling about Jesus:

  1. He Persues you. (Acts 26:12-14)

  2. He Totally forgives you. (Acts 26:18)

  3. Romans 8:1 - There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

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  1. He wants to Use you. (Acts 26:16)

  2. He Changes your life. (Acts 26:20)
  3. What is Obedience About?

    • Authority (Acts 5:29)
    • Trust (Hebrews 11:8)
    • Love (John 14:15)
    • Benefit (Duet 6:24)

  4. He will always Be With you. (Acts 26:22)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Acts 26 (share the reading load)

  1. If you were persuading someone to follow Christ (Acts 26:28), what are the top 3 reasons / benefits you would list?

  2. What prompted Paul to share his testimony to Agrippa? Why do you think Agrippa responded as he did?

  3. "Share the Gospel not like a salesman but like a satisfied customer." What does that mean? Does this explain why more Christians don’t witness? How can you get there in your own walk?

  4. What is your "big take-a-way" from this passage / message?
     

Breakout Questions:

Pray for area churches as the Gospel is proclaimed this Christmas.

I Will Not Fear Injustice.

Review / Introduction:



Reality Check about Injustice:

  1. God Hates injustice. (Proverbs 20:23)

  2. God's people should Hate injustice, too. (Micah 6:8)

  3. Injustice exists Everywhere on Every level.

  4. Jesus will End all injustice when He returns. (Isaiah 9:7)

  5. We need to learn to Live With injustice until then.
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Three Questions to Answer When Faced with Personal Injustice (Romans 12:17-21):

  1. Should I bring this injustice to Light? (Romans 12:17)

  2. Can I Trust God to bring justice? (Romans 12:19)

  3. How can I Bless those who are being unjust towards me? (Romans 12:20)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Acts 25:13-27 and Romans 12:17-21

  1. If God loves justice, why is there so much injustice in the world, on every level?

  2. How do you know when to stand and speak out against injustice and when to bless those causing injustice?

  3. What is your big takeaway from this passage / message?

Breakout Questions:

Pray for one another!