Sermon Discussion: Matthew 28:16-20 - The Great Commission and Church Planting

Here are some questions to help us discuss and think through the sermon last week wrapping up our series on Sovereign Grace Ministries.

1) What was the main point of the sermon? How was it outlined?

2) Was there anything in particular that you found intriguing? Did you have any insights or questions as you listened to the sermon?

3) If you have heard sermons on this passage before, how did they differ and how were they the same? Do you feel like this sermon gave you a better understanding of what this passage is about, or do you think this muddied the water?

4) Before hearing this sermon, how did you think about mission, missions, and/or evangelism? Has this sermon changed that, and if so, how?

5) What is significant about the setting and context of this passage? How does it inform our understanding of the great commission of verses 18-19?

6) Why is it important to begin with the claim Jesus makes in verse 18, and what function does this claim have in the rest of the passage? Why do we need to remember this as good news? And why do we need to hear this good news as a church?

7) What is the primary command of this passage? What does it mean to be a disciple? What are some of the distorted views we have about being a disciple? How can we correct these distortions?

8) What shape does obedience to this command take and how do we know this? What are some problems with trying to make disciples apart from the life of the local church? Why is baptism essential to discipleship? Why is teaching essential? What is “all” that Jesus commanded his disciples? What sort of plan do we have at Trinity to make sure that we are instructing one another in all the ways disciples need to be instructed? What sort of instruction is Jesus after?

9) How is it possible to obey Jesus’ command to make disciples? What does this look like?

10) Very little of the sermon was dedicated to arguing why this passage should push us toward joining Sovereign Grace Ministries. What were some of the reasons given? Did you find them compelling? What was missing? What other reasons can you think of relating to missions?

Sermon Discussion: 1 Corinthians 12-14 - Spiritual Gifts, Continuationism, and the Gospel

When we gather together in home groups this week, these questions can help provoke thought and guide discussion about the sermon.

1) What was the main point of the sermon? How was it outlined?

2) Was there anything in particular that you found intriguing? Did you have any insights or questions as you listened to the sermon?

3) What is your initial reaction to the topic of prophecy and tongues? How have your past experiences and previous teaching shaped your perspective on these gifts?

4) How have you defined spiritual gifts? What definition of spiritual gifts was proposed in the sermon? How does the proposed understanding of gifts change the way we talk about and practice spiritual gifts?

5) Are you tempted to elevate one specific gift above all the others? Which one and why? How does Paul’s teaching challenge that response?

6) What is the purpose of spiritual gifts? How does Paul say spiritual gifts are to be used? How does the gospel empower that kind of service?

7) Did any of the objections to continuationism (biblical, theological, historical, or experiential) reflect your own concerns? What response was offered in defense of the belief that gifts like prophecy and tongues continue today? Was this response helpful?

8) How is the gift of prophecy in the local church different from the authoritative prophecy given in the Old Testament?

9) What are some of the reasons Paul encourages believers to seek the gift of prophecy over the gift of tongues?

10) How can the gifts of tongues and prophecy be used in an orderly way in corporate worship? What might that look like at Trinity Church?

11) What are your reactions to the view of spiritual gifts put forth in the sermon?

Sermon Discussion: Acts 15 - Connectionalism and the Organic Unity of the Church

 

Here are some discussion questions to get us thinking and applying the sermon from Sunday.
Additionally, you may find it helpful to look at the presentation from a few weeks ago that outlined the structure of Sovereign Grace Churches. Follow this link to view it.
  1. What questions did you have during or after the sermon? Did you have any insights that weren’t mentioned?
  2. When talking about church governance, what type of doctrine are we talking about regarding its relative importance? What are the marks of a church? What are some doctrines that are matters of church health?
  3. What was the main point of the sermon? How was it outlined?
  4. What did you learn about the differences between autonomous/independent churches and connected churches, both theologically and practically?
  5. On what basis did the sermon claim that churches are not voluntary associations? Do you agree or disagree with this argument from Ephesians 2 and 4? Why or why not? What sort of relationship do independent churches have with other churches and why might this be insufficient when we consider the gospel and its benefits?
  6. Why did the sermon argue that organic unity should be expressed through institutional connectionalism?
  7. On what basis did the sermon argue that elders should rule local churches? Do you agree with this argument? How should the congregation participate in major decisions? How does Christ rule his church?
  8. Do you think that there are lessons explicitly taught or inferred by good and necessary consequence? What principles can we learn from Acts 15 about church governance?
  9. What benefits might there be in connecting to other churches? What might change? What might stay the same?
  10. What must not drive our decision and how does this gospel counter this problem?

 

Sermon Discussion: 1 Timothy 3:1-16 - Shepherds and Servants of the Flock of God

This week, we started a four-week series where we’re looking at some important topics that are related to our examination of what it would mean to be a connected church. As we consider affiliating with Sovereign Grace Ministries, we want to make sure God’s word is shaping how we think and directing us as we seek to move forward in faith and wisdom. We began by looking at what Scripture has to say about the government of the local church. Here are some questions to talk through as we gather together in our home groups for fellowship, prayer, and discussion.

  1. What questions or insights did you have during or after the sermon?
  2. What was the main point of the sermon? How was it outlined?
  3. Do you think discussions about local church government are important? Why or why not?
  4. Who is the ultimate leader of the church? How does that help us understand the kind of authority elders have?
  5. What structure should elder leadership take? How does that structure benefit the body?
  6. What are some of the qualifications for elders? Which of these qualifications struck you as particularly important? Why?
  7. What responsibilities do shepherds have as they minister to the flock? What temptations do you think come along with that? How does the gospel shape the spirit of pastoral leadership?
  8. How does Scripture call the church body to respond to elders? Do you have a hard time with any of those?
  9. In the sermon, we spent some time considering how the congregation would be involved if we adopted an elder-led, presbyterian form of government. What role would the congregation play in selecting elders and church discipline? Did you have any other questions about this?
  10. What are the qualifications and responsibilities of deacons?
  11. How does your heart respond to what Scripture says about local church government? Take some time to discuss why both shepherds and sheep might have a hard time receiving God’s word on this topic. Are there ways we need to repent in this area? How can we encourage one another to faithfulness as we exercise and submit to authority?