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The Book of Acts – Acts 8 and 9

The Book of Acts – Acts 8 and 9

A study of the book of Acts eight and nine was recorded November 22, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Acts 8 and 9
  1. Based on verse 25, how were Peter and John different when they left Samaria then when they arrived?
  2. What do you think caused this change?
  3. What is the difference between reluctant willingness and submitted willingness? Which one do you offer God most often?
  4. Write about a time when God called you to leave a fruitful place and go to a desert. What was the result? Or are you still in the desert?
  5. In verse 27 we see the man that God wanted Philip to speak to was a very high ranking and important person. Was there a time when you sensed God was asking you to speak to someone but you were felt intimidated because of who they were?
  6. What was the result of Philip speaking with the Ethiopian Eunuch? Do you think the result would be different if you did it?
  7. In verse 31 the Ethiopian says he cannot understand what he is reading unless someone explains it to him. If it were you standing there, what would you have said?
  8. Verse 35 says that Philip started with Isaiah and preached Jesus to the Ethiopian. Try this experiment: Randomly open your Bible to the old testament and see if you can preach Jesus from that passage.
  9. Read Proverbs 3:5. What does it mean to trust in the Lord with all your heart AND lean not on your own understanding?
  10. Ask yourself this question, are you willing to give everything to God? If not, are you willing to be made willing?
  11. Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?
The Book of Acts – Acts 8

The Book of Acts – Acts 8

A study of the book of Acts eight was recorded November 15, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Acts 8
  1. How often do you judge an immediate situation as wonderful or terrible rather than saying “we’ll have to wait and see… what God wants to do.” Give an example of when you did that today.
  2. In verse 1, Luke makes a point of expressing how willing Saul was at the illegal stoning of Stephen. In verse 3 Luke further describes Saul’s actions toward early Christians, seeking to devastate the church. Why do you think Saul was so against the early church?
  3. How much of your answer to the previous question applied to you before you were a Christian?
  4. In what way have you felt persecuted for your faith? (Remember, persecution takes on many different forms, it’s not always arrests and beatings.)
  5. As a result, did you become more withdrawn or bolder when it came to sharing your faith the next time?
  6. In verse 5, when the church was scattered, Philip went to Samaria, the last place a Jew would go, to share the Gospel. Where is your Samaria? Is there something preventing you from going?
  7. What does it mean to have great joy? If you are not experiencing great joy in your life, what steps can you take?
  8. In verse 9 we see that even though the Samaritans had received the good news from Jesus himself years before, the absence of God’s word had made way for Simon the Sorcerer to get a hold of them. Share a time when you allowed an absence of the word of God in your life to slip in and take hold.
  9. In verse 19 Simon, the new believer, asks Peter and John how much it costs to obtain the power of the Holy Spirit. Fill in the blank: Simon saw the Holy Spirit as a _________________ to possess rather than a __________________ to be possessed by.
  10. Why is this such an important distinction for us to understand?
  11.  Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?
The Book of Acts – Acts 7

The Book of Acts – Acts 7

A study of the book of Acts seven was recorded November 8, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Acts 7
  1. Stephen was brought before the council or Sanhedrin who met in the Hall of Hewn Stone. What do you think is the difference between “hewn stone” and “unhewn stones” as mentioned in Exodus 20:25?
  2. Who do you think Stephen was before he was “Stephen the martyr”? Was he just a normal guy like you or me? Who were you before you came to know Christ?
  3. Abraham spent 5 years in between where he came from (Ur of the Chaldeans) and where he was going (Canaan, the promised land). Why does that have significant meaning to us now?
  4. Why did Stephen respond to the Sanhedrin by going all the way back to Abraham?
  5. Why did he also include Joseph and Moses in his response? What was he trying to say?
  6. Read verse 33, what are the man-made things that can separate a person from God? (Remember, these can be actual physical items as well as ideas, habits or theologies.)
  7. Are any of these coming between YOU and the Lord?
  8. Based on vs. 48-50, In what ways have you put God in a box? A box of your own understanding, a box of when/how He will work, a Sunday box (etc…)
  9. Based on vs. 54-60, How should we respond to the anger of those around us? (Those who are against the work of Christ.) The Holy Spirit directed the reaction of Stephen, and there was a Saul in the crowd (a pre-believer). Are there Saul’s in the crowd of those who may surround you (in family, at work). Vs. 60 “Lord do not charge them with this sin.”
  10. Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?
The Book of Acts – Acts 6

The Book of Acts – Acts 6

A study of the book of Acts six was recorded November 1, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Acts 6
  1. In the last few chapters of Acts, including chapter 6, in what ways does Satan try to prevent the Gospel of Jesus from spreading?
  2. How have you seen him try and operate in the same ways in your life when it comes to spreading the Gospel?
  3. What are some of the things that distract you from your Bible study or prayer time? Are these all bad things?
  4. In verse 1 we see that a complaint arose within the church. In Greek the word is a “grumbling”. In your opinion, what is the difference between a complaint and a grumbling?
  5. In your experience, how often is your complaint really a grumbling? What should you do when you recognize the difference?
  6. In verse 7 it says that as a result of the spreading of the Word of God, a great many of the priest were obedient to the faith. Perhaps people were surprised to see that many priests were getting saved. That is a great example that no one is beyond the reach of the Gospel. But, to whom are you afraid or reluctant to witness?
  7. Identify what you are afraid of. How can you overcome that fear?
  8. The members of the synagogue of Freedmen were frustrated with Stephen and stirred up the people against him. What stirs you up? Can you get stirred up for good as well as for negative action?
  9. Read Hebrews 10:24-25. How do we stir one another up?
  10. In verse 15, while being questioned, Stephen’s face was the face of an angle. How do you picture that in your mind?
  11. What kind of face do you have on when someone disputes with you over the word of God?
  12.  Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?
The Book of Acts – Acts 5

The Book of Acts – Acts 5

A study of the book of Acts five was recorded October 25, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Acts 5
  1. Think of a time when you were under someone else’s authority. What did that look like and how did you respond to that authority? What was the result when you rejected their authority?
  2. In verses 1 and 2, what sin were Ananias and Sapphira guilty of?
  3. Why do you think God dealt so harshly with them as a result?
  4. Perhaps Ananias used language that wasn’t exactly a lie but more of a half-truth. Is a half-truth as bad as an outright lie? Explain your answer.
  5. There were two voices speaking to Ananias and Sapphria in this story, the Holy Spirit (who likely encouraged them to sell their possession and give the money in the first place) and Satan (who tried to convince them to secretly keep back some of the money). Which way were they persuaded? Why?
  6. What is your defense against the enticing words of Satan? See James 4:7. What are the two steps?
  7. In verse 11, when the people saw what happened to Ananias and Sapphria, great fear came upon them. What is the difference between being scared and fear of the Lord?
  8. The Lord sent an angel to set the disciples free from prison but he left the gates locked and the guards in place. Why do you think he did this? Why not leave the gates swung wide open and just take the guards out?
  9. We see over and over that the Lord works in different ways at different times but Hebrews 13:8 says that Jesus is the same today, yesterday, and tomorrow? How do you reconcile these two?
  10. In verses 34-39 we see Gamaliel stand up and offer some advice. What made Gamaliel different than the other members of the Sanhedrin? What do you think accounts for this difference?
  11. Read 1 Samuel 3:4-12. What Does Solomon ask of the Lord? Why is it more valuable then riches?
  12. Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?
The Book of Acts – Acts 4

The Book of Acts – Acts 4

A study of the book of Acts four was recorded October 18, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Acts 4
  1. In the Gospels, why were the religious leaders so threaten by Jesus’s presence? Why is that significant here in Acts 4?
  2. Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke of Jesus with boldness. In your own words what does it mean to be bold? How does that apply to your faith?
  3. Read Luke 12:11-12. How does this apply to Peter? Share a time when this has happened to you.
  4. In verse 10 Peter reminds the religious leaders that they crucified Jesus but God raised Him from the dead. What two important points was Peter making by this statement?
  5. Why is it so central to Christianity that Jesus was raised from the dead?
  6. Do you believe that Christianity is “narrow”? Explain your answer.
  7. In verse 13 it says that the religious leaders “saw” Peter and John’s boldness and knew they had been with Jesus. What do you think made it obvious that Peter and John had been with Jesus?
  8. What qualities do you possesses that would indicate to others that you have spent time with Jesus?
  9. After Peter and John return to their companions and told them all that had happened, they praised God and rejoiced in God’s plan through Jesus. They recognized that Jesus was never God’s plan B. Do you have a Plan B when it comes to God plan for your life?
  10. In this chapter, we see two separate instances of the filling of the Holy Spirit. Why isn’t one filling of the Holy Spirit enough?
  11. Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?
The Book of Acts – Acts 3

The Book of Acts – Acts 3

A study of the book of Acts three was recorded October 11, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Acts 3
  1. In verse 1 it says that Peter and John went to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour, which was after the time of the afternoon sacrifice. Why was it significant that Peter and John went after the afternoon sacrifice?
  2. In Matthew’s and Luke’s Gospels, they record that at the crucifixion, at the ninth hour, Jesus said “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit” and John records him saying “It is finished.” Why is this significant to when Peter and John went to the temple to pray?
  3. In verse 2 It says the man was lame from birth and many believe that due to his crippled state he would not have been allowed into the temple. Do you think the Church ‘allows’ for the lame to attend? What about our church?
  4. Each day “they” laid the lame man at the gate to beg. “They” did not see any value in this man because he could not walk. Have you ever felt looked down on because you couldn’t do something that others were able to do? Have you ever looked down on someone because of what they were unable to do?
  5. In verse 4, Peter tells the lame beggar to “look at us”. In the original Greek, it says “look into us.” How is that different and what was Peter saying to the lame man?
  6. In verse 5 the lame man reached out his hand expecting to receive a few coins from Peter and John but ended up receiving more than he expected. Can you share a time when you received more from God than you expected?
  7. After being healed, verses 7-8 record that the man went walking and leaping and praising God. Have you ever received a miracle from God? How did your reaction compare to this lame man?
  8. This man’s reaction caused him to stand out from the crowd. Explain a time that you ‘stood out’ and when you’ve been more comfortable fitting in.
  9. Peter’s response to the crowd was to share how he was similar to them, of Jewish decent, who also denied Jesus, but also why he was different. What type of approach do you take when sharing your faith? Can you share an example?
  10. According to verse 19, ultimately repentance was and is necessary to be changed. In your own words, what does “repent” mean?
  11.  According to verse 19, when will we see a time of refreshing in the Lord?
The Book of Acts – Acts 2b

The Book of Acts – Acts 2b

A study of the book of Acts two was recorded October 4, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Acts 2b
  1. Isaiah 46:10 says that God makes know His plans from the end to the beginning. Why is it significant that He says from the end to the beginning rather than the beginning to the end?
  2. When filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, the disciples began speaking in tongues. Based on what the people there heard (see verse 11) and what Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 14:2, what is your understanding now of “speaking in tongues”?
  3. Peter quotes Joel, an Old Testament prophet, when responding to those who mocked. Why is this so significant to what is happening in this chapter?
  4. Verse 23 says “Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified and put to death.” Why was it so important that Peter point out that Jesus was “delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God”?
  5. What significance does this have on your life?
  6. Why is it so important that Peter refers to Jesus as Lord and Christ in verse 36?
  7. After hearing all that Peter had to say, it says the people listening were “cut to the heart”. What does it mean to be cut to the heart?
  8. In verse 42 it says “they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayer.” What does this verse mean to you?
  9. In your own words, how do you think a church grows?
  10. Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?
The Book of Acts – Acts 2a

The Book of Acts – Acts 2a

A study of the book of Acts two was recorded September 27, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Acts 2a
  1. Can you remember an event that you initially called a coincidence that you now attribute to God? What was it that changed your thinking?
  2. What are the circumstances in your life that cause you to be distracted?
  3. In what ways were the fire of the burning bush in Exodus and the tongues of fire that appeared on Pentecost the same?
  4. Once filled with the Holy Spirit, the disciples started speaking in “other tongues”. What was the message they were speaking? (see verse 11 for a hint)
  5. Why is it significant that we understand the message from verse 11? See 1 Corinthians 14:2 for understanding about the purpose of speaking in tongues.
  6. What would you say were Peter’s characteristics before Pentecost? How about after?
  7. What was the reason for the change in his character and can you relate to that change in your own life?
  8. Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?
The Book of Acts – Acts 1

The Book of Acts – Acts 1

A study of the book of Acts one was recorded September 20, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Acts 1
  1. The Book of Acts is often called a “bridge” between the gospels and the rest of the New Testament. What is meant by this and why is it so important?
  2. Just before His ascension into heaven, Jesus told His disciples to return to Jerusalem and “wait” for the promise of the Father; the baptism of the Holy Spirit. How good of a “waiter” are you especially when you are waiting for something good?
  3. Has there ever been a time when you interpreted someone else’s “waiting” as procrastination?
  4. Has someone ever accused you of just doing nothing when you were actually waiting on God?
  5. How does receiving the Holy Spirit differ to being baptized in the Holy Spirit? (see verse 8)
  6. The disciples asked Jesus if He would now restore the Kingdom to Israel. Jesus replied that it was not for them to know the times or the seasons for this event. Why do you think Jesus answered in this way?
  7. Perhaps the disciples were still looking for a restored Kingdom in hopes that they would receive power and authority. Ultimately, they do receive power and authority. Explain what is meant by this.
  8. Jesus had just told the disciples to go back to Jerusalem and yet they stood gazing up after He ascended. In fact, it took the appearance to two angels to get them moving. What does it take to get your feet moving when Jesus has said go?
  9. After returning to Jerusalem to “wait”, Peter, after waiting a couple days, decides they must replace Judas. After praying and asking God to reveal which of the two men He would chose, they cast lots and decided. Why do you think they proceeded in this way?
  10. Jesus told them they would be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth. As we study through the books of Acts we will see this is exactly what happened. Where is your Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria?
  11. Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?
Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 38 – 40

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 38 – 40

A study of the book of Exodus thirty-eight through forty was recorded September 13, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 38 – 40
  1. Why does God give us work to do?
  2. Why are God’s thoughts higher (better) than ours? Be specific, what makes His thoughts and ways better?
  3. If you claim that your identity is in Christ, explain what that means.
  4. The woman offered their bronze mirrors as an offering and God blessed them by using them to make the bronze laver with them. What kind of blessing have you experienced after handing over to God something you highly valued?
  5. Why do you think the Bible records every shekel of gold, silver and bronze that was given by the people?
  6. To whom in your life are you accountable and for what?
  7. In your own words, what is the main difference between being a hearer of the word only and beinga doer of the word? Use the Israelites as an example.
  8. When did the Israelites stop working on the Tabernacle?
  9. Read Galatians 6:9. How does this verse relate to the question above?
  10. Why was Moses unable to remain in the tabernacle after it was completed?
  11. Why should this relate to you as a Christian now?
Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 35 – 37

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 35 – 37

A study of the book of Exodus thirty-five through thirty-seven verse nine was recorded September 6, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 35 – 37:9

 

  1. Why is there confusion around keeping the Sabbath among Christians? Why is it so hard for some to believe that the Sabbath is not a day but a person?
  2. Moses told all the people that whomever was willing was to make an offering to the Lord. What is so significant about these two bold selections when it comes to the offerings?
  3. According to God, what was acceptable as an offering? What does that mean for you and I?
  4. Some of the people hesitated too long to respond with their offering and missed their chance. Have you ever missed out on an opportunity to be a part of God’s plan because you hesitated too long? Explain.
  5. In what way are you an “artisan” for God? What gifting do you have that you know you are using? What gifting are you not using?
  6. What would happen if you were building a house but decided not to follow the designer’s blueprints exactly?
  7. When it comes to your relationship with Jesus, who’s blueprints are you following?
  8. What are the results when you follow your own blueprints?
  9. Why do we have trouble extending grace and mercy?
  10. Give an example of a time you wished you had started getting to know someone from the inside, or a time you did!
  11. Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?
Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 34

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 34

A study of the book of Exodus thirty-four was recorded August 30, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 34
  1. When you ask God for forgiveness do you feel “new” like new tablets of stone or “repaired” like broken pieces stuck back together?
  2. What might be preventing you from feeling “new”?
  3. What are the harmful effects of carrying around guilt from past sins?
  4. How has God been longsuffering with you? How have you been longsuffering with others?
  5. How does God describe himself to Moses and why is it so meaningful?
  6. What’s the difference between iniquity, transgression, and sin? Why does God include all three in his statement about himself?
  7. Moses’s first response was to recognize God’s greatness, acknowledge his own sin and then worship. Where else do we see this response in the Bible?
  8. God said He would do an awesome thing with the people rather than for them? How is that different? Why is it significant?
  9. Are you careful about entering into covenants (contracts) with the world? What is an example of when you found yourself trapped?
  10. Do you find yourself saying “yes, but” to God? What is preventing you from saying just “Yes”?
  11. As Moses spent time in the presence of the Lord, his face shown with God’s glory. Where else in the Bible do we see examples of people’s lives affected by being in His presence?
  12. Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?
Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 33

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 33

A study of the book of Exodus thirty-three was recorded August 23, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 33
  1. In chapters 32 and 33 we see Moses pleading with God on behalf of the people. What were the results of Moses’s pleas?
  2. God told Moses that despite the people’s grievous sin, He was still going to give them the land He had promised. Did God have to give them the land? Why or why not?
  3. The people stripped off their ornaments in response to God. What would we consider “ornaments” that we need to strip off today?
  4. Once you have stripped them off, what do you do with them so that you don’t pick them up again?
  5. Why do you think Moses put the tabernacle of meeting outside the camp?
  6. How do you separate yourself from the rest of the world around you?
  7. According to the dictionary, what does “seek” mean?
  8. What is the difference between casually seeking God and seeking Him with your whole heart?
  9. Most of us would say that we are flying God’s flag but what does your “flag” look like when you are stressed out or under pressure?
  10. How are you different from the world?
  11. What is the difference between God’s glory and the glory the world has to offer?
  12. Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?

 

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 31 & 32

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 31 & 32

A study of the book of Exodus thirty-one and thirty-two was recorded August 16, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 31 & 32
  1. God gifted Bezalel in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge and in all manner of workmanship with gold and silver and other artistic works for His glory. In what way(s) has God gifted you?
  2. Have you ever attempted to do what others are gifted to do? How did that work out?
  3. Can you think of a time when you were so involved in a work for God that you forgot to stop and seek Him in it? Share.
  4. Why did God choose to write His Commandments in Stone?
  5. What, if anything, have you written in stone for your life?
  6. The people of Israel grew inpatient when Moses did not return and sought their own way to worship. How quickly do you tend to rely on yourself instead of waiting on the Lord for direction? Read Psalm 46:10. How can this help you?
  7. They needed an image they could see in order to worship, which was a transgression of God’s law. What happened to their worship as a result?
  8. What do you think will happen to your faith if you are always looking for a physical manifestation of God to worship?
  9. When Moses saw what was going on in the camp his anger burned. What makes you angry? Is it anger for the Lord’s honor or your own?
  10. 3,000 men chose to remain in their transgression even when faced with known consequences (guys with swords). Why do you think people still chose to remain in their transgressions today?
  11. Moses went back up the mountain to plead with God for the people. For whom do you intercede?
  12. Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?
Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 30

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 30

A study of the book of Exodus thirty was recorded August 9, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 30
  1. Pastor Aaron used his missing rug as an illustration about boundaries. Do you have boundaries in your life? Who set them? How do you stay within them when you can’t see them?
  2. God gave Moses instruction for building the altar of incense after He had established His dwelling place, it’s furnishings and the altar of sacrifice. Why is this significant?
  3. We established that incense in the Bible is a symbol of the prayers of the saints. How is burning incense like prayer? (we discussed 4 ways, there could be more)
  4. God gave Moses very specific instructions for the components of the incense that was to be burned on the altar. What were the components of prayer that we discussed?
  5. Why are all these components of prayer important?
  6. How was being washed in the bronze laver a picture of being washed in the Word of the Lord? How often are you washed in His Word?
  7. There were no dimensions given for the bronze laver and we are not told how much water it contained. If being washed with water is a symbol of receiving the Word of God, why is this lack of detail so significant?
  8. God gave Moses the recipe for His Holy oil, which was not to be replicated or used for any other reason but to anoint what belonged to God. What does an anointing with oil in the Old Testament represent in the New Testament and why was this anointing significant?
  9. Because the priests were constantly in the presence of God where the incense was perpetually burning they were covered with the sweet aroma, which was obvious to those whom they came in contact with. How can you have that same sweet aroma?
  10. Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?
Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 29

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 29

A study of the book of Exodus twenty-nine was recorded August 2, 2020 with Elder Geoff Willig.

There are no Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 29

Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 28

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 28

A study of the book of Exodus twenty-eight was recorded July 26, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 28

1. God gave many people gifts and special skills to be used for the glory of His kingdom. What gifts has God given you and how are you using them for Him? (Hint: not all gifts are obvious).
2. The High Priest bore the names of all the tribes of Israel on his shoulders and over his heart out of duty. In contrast, Jesus bore us all on his shoulders because we were close to His heart. Who do you bear on your shoulders? Is it out of duty or are they close to your heart?
3. The High Priest’s “golden garments” as described in chapter 28 were to be made for glory and for beauty and out of the same materials that made up the inside of the tabernacle. Why did God tell Moses to use the same materials, gold, blue, purple and scarlet?
4. To this day we do not know exactly what the Urim and Thummim were, other than they were a way to discern God’s will in any circumstance. Why do you think God would provide us with such exacting details for the High Priest’s garments but not the Urim and Thummim?
5. What do we have now to help us discern the will of God in any circumstance?
6. The High Priest was completely dressed in white linen from head to toe when he went to offer atonement for the people’s sins. What comparisons can you make between the High Priest on the day of Atonement and Jesus immediately after his crucifixion?
7. Pastor Aaron taught that the pomegranates and bells on the High Priest’s robe represented the reminder of sin and the call of the one who could atone for that sin. What else do you think the bells and pomegranates could represent?
8. Under the elaborate, beautifully crafted garments of the High Priest were the white linen robes of purity. What does that tell you about true beauty?
9. Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?

 

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 26 & 27

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 26 & 27

A study of the book of Exodus twenty-six was recorded July 19, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 26 and 27

1. What was God’s purpose for building a tabernacle in the wilderness?
2. Based on God’s example of a tabernacle in the wilderness, what would you say to a friend or family member who says “If I stepped foot in a church God would probably strike me down, I’m too bad” or “I would really need to get my life cleaned up first”?
3. What do you suppose that friend or family member is really saying?
4. The ceiling of the tabernacle was made of 10 linen curtains, 42 feet long and 5 feet wide that were held together by gold rings. What comparisons can you make between these curtains and the “church” today?
5. Why was it significant that this first linen covering, which was embroidered with cherubim, was not long enough to reach the ground on either side of the tabernacle?
6. How did God design the tabernacle with both beauty and stability? What comparisons can you make to the “church” today?
7. Why was the position of the bronze altar inside the courtyard specific and what spiritual comparisons can you make to now?
8. God designed the tabernacle and the courtyard to have one gate, one way into the presence of the Father. Re-read John 10:9 and John 14:6. How do these verses apply to the entrance to the tabernacle and courtyard?
9. What would you say when someone says to you “there can’t be just one way to God, that is so narrow minded”?
10. Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 25

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 25

A study of the book of Exodus twenty-five was recorded July 12, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 25

1. God asked the Israelites to willingly give Him some of what He had given to them when they left Egypt. What has God given you that He is asking you to give back to Him?
2. How willingly do you give it?
3. Why were the first three things that God told Moses to ask for, gold, silver and bronze, significant?
4. God provided all that they would need and more to build the tabernacle. On Sunday we discussed “where God guides, He provides.” How have you seen this demonstrated in your life?
5. The covering of the Ark was called the Mercy Seat. Why is this so significant?
6. Why do you think God gave Moses such specific instructions on how to build the Ark and the showbread table and the lampstand?
7. Based on the description in scripture, how would you describe the lampstand in your own words?
8. Why is it significant that the lampstand was the only source of light in the Holy Place?
9. Read 1 Corinthians 3:16. How is this New Testament verse aligned with Exodus 25 and 26?
10. Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 24

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 24

A study of the book of Exodus twenty-four was recorded July 5, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 24

1. The Israelites were sincere in their proclamation to do all that the Lord had said, but we will see that in just 40 days they will give into the pull of their flesh and go back to idol worship. What areas of your life does your flesh have a firm grip on you and easily pull you back in?
2. What steps can you take to overcome the pull of your flesh?
3. The firm foundation on which they stood and on which they were to base their morality and relationships was the written word of God. Do you find that you look to the written word of God for direction or something else like signs, visions and dreams?
4. How was the covenant agreement God made with the Israelites the same as the new covenant Jesus speaks of? List as many as you can think of.
5. What can we learn from the fact that Joshua was Moses’s assistant for 40 years before he was selected by God to lead?
6. Moses had to wait 6 days on the mountaintop before God called him up on the 7th. If 6 is the number of man, 7 the number of God and perfection, and 8 means a new beginning; what does this order of things show you?
7. What is the difference between a consuming fire and a refining fire?
8. Why is it difficult for some people to believe that Moses was on the mountain for 40 days and nights without food and water?
9. How did Moses survive that long and can you think of another biblical example of something similar to this?
10. Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 23 Part Two

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 23 Part Two

A study of the book of Exodus twenty-three was recorded June 28, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 23 Part Two

1. A pattern is described as designed elements or behaviors repeated in a predictable manner. How can this definition be applied to our discussion about integrity?
2. How do we know that restoration is important to God? Give three examples from the last few sermons:
3. Are there any relationships in your life that you sense God is calling you to restore?
4. Read Colossians 1:21 and Matthew 12:30. What does this tell you about “enemies”?
5. God told the Israelites to let their fields lay fallow every 7th year and He would bless them with an increase in the 6th year in order to provide for them. I am sure that was a very big deal, to decide to not harvest their field. What “big things” in your life are you struggling to follow God’s direction?
6. Read Isaiah 52:12. How does this verse apply to Exodus 23 and why should it comfort you as well?
7. In Exodus 23:28-30 God tells how He will drive the people out and yet lead His people in. What is the difference between driving a herd and leading a flock?
8. In what ways has the world snared you in one or more of its traps?
9. How did you recognize that you were in a trap? And how has God helped you or is helping you to get free?
10. Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 23 Part One

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 23 Part One

A study of the book of Exodus twenty-three was recorded June 21, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 23 Part One

1. How do you recognize integrity in another person? How many of those qualities to you exhibit?
2. Give some examples of a partial truth.
3. What does it mean to you to “circulate” a false witness or a lie?
4. Share about a time you found yourself in a crowd or associated with those doing wrong?
5. Share about a time where God honored your honesty where it could have gone bad for you.
6. What is preventing you from being 100% honest all the time?
7. Have you ever served someone who hates or dislikes you? How did that work out for you?
8. Read Proverbs 25:21-22. How does this relate to serving those who hate you?
9. Share about a situation when you were a stranger, how were you treated? How do you treat strangers?
10. Like resting for a day or a year, what is God asking you to do that doesn’t make sense to you?
11. What ways of the world do you practice that contradicts God’s way? How can you overcome those ways?
12. Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 21-22

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 21-22

A study of the book of Exodus twenty-one through twenty-two was recorded June 14, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 21-22

1. What were the different consequences between someone’s ox killing a neighbor the first time and the second time?
2. What was the significance for this rationale?
3. Why was a thief to repay more than what he stole?
4. Why was a person not punished if he killed a thief breaking into his house during the night?
5. Why were the consequences different when the sun was up?
6. What does this tell us about making decisions in the light rather than in the dark?
7. Why would someone allow their animals to graze in somebody else’s field?
8. What is a more contemporary example of this situation?
9. What was the penalty if a man enticed an unbetrothed virgin to have sex with him prior to marriage and how did this help protect the woman?
10. Why might the father refuse to give his daughter to a guy like this?
11. Much of these two chapters deal with accepting responsibility for your choices and the consequences that come with them. Why do you think it is important to God that they and we understand this?
12. Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 21

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 21

A study of the book of Exodus twenty-one was recorded June 7, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 21

1. God would not allow for man’s addition to HIS altar, His place of sacrifice. What are you trying to add to His sacrifice for you?
2. Why is it so important for us to grasp the first 4 commandments before we try and keep the second 6?
3. Explain the difference between being a servant and being a bondservant.
4. What did Paul mean in Romans 1:1 when he referred to himself as a bondservant of Jesus Christ?
5. Does this apply to you, yes or no? Explain:
6. In verses 1-28 explain how God’s plan of restoration is demonstrated.
7. What was the responsibility of the master and of the servant?
8. How did God further demonstrate HIS desire for the Israelites to be set apart from Egypt?
9. Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do
you need to obey this?

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 20

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 20

A study of the book of Exodus twenty was recorded May 31, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 20

1. How does God describe himself to the people before HE gives them the 10 commandments?
2. List the 10 Commandments in order:
3. What other gods could you put “before God” in your life?
4. How has your vertical relationship with God affected your horizontal relationships with others? Either good or bad?
5. What does Sabbath look like in your life? How can Jesus be your rest, your Sabbath?
6. Do you look at commandments 6 & 7 differently in light of what Jesus says in Matthew 5:21-22 and 27-28?
7. How have you seen covetousness play out in your life?
8. If we are not saved by the ten commandments, how should we relate to them as a believer?
9. Why are the two parts of God’s covenant (the law and sacrifice) necessary?
10. How is the law of God like a mirror?
11. What causes you to draw neat to God or back away from Him?
12. What do you think that you sacrifice for God?
13. Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do
you need to obey this?

 

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 19

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 19

A study of the book of Exodus nineteen was recorded May 24, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 19

1. God wanted Moses to remind the people of how much He loved them. How has God reminded you of
that lately?
2. Why do you think God reminded the people of His love for them before He descended on Mt. Sinai with Fire and smoke and a thunderous trumpet?
3. What does it mean to be pursued by God?
4. God reminded the Israelites that He “bore them up on eagle’s wings”. What does that mean in human
terms and how has He done that for you?
5. God told the people that they would be peculiar treasure to Him. What does it mean to be a peculiar treasure to God?
6. How was this first “Pentecost” similar the Pentecost described in Acts 2? How are they different?
7. In what ways are you acting as God’s representative to the people and when are you far from a good
representation?
8. Has God told you to set any boundaries in your life? Have you crossed those boundaries and if so, what was the result?
9. God told the people to prepare themselves to meet with Him. What does it mean to you to come to church prepared to meet God? Have you ever come unprepared and if so, what happened?
10. Which mountain would most describe your walk with God and why? Mount Sinai or Mount Zion?
11. Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 18

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 18

A study of the book of Exodus eighteen was recorded May 17, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 18

1. The Amalekites attacked those at the end of the line. What made them the most vulnerable to attack?
2. How do these things make people vulnerable today? Which of these things apply to you?
3. What baggage from your past is keeping you from fully surrendering to God?
4. Even though Moses was the leader chosen by God, he still displayed his humility when greeting his
father-in-law. What characteristics do think a great leader should have?
5. What characteristics should a Christian have? (Read Galatians 5:22-23 for a hint)
6. How do these two lists compare?
7. Jethro proclaimed, “Now I know that the Lord is greater than all other gods”. What convinced him of this truth?
8. What convinced you of this same truth?
9. Jethro advised Moses to teach the people God’s word so they would know what to do. How has knowing the word helped you to make good decisions?
10. There were already established elders among the people. Why do you think Moses just didn’t appoint them to be in charge of the people?

Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?

 
Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 17

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 17

A study of the book of Exodus seventeen was recorded May 10, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 17

1. We have seen the Israelites act selfishly, become hostile toward Moses and grumble against God when they get hungry or thirsty. Do you think they acted like this just because they were hungry and thirsty?
2. What do you think was the real reason they were acting this way?
3. Rather than answer their complaints with harsh words or rebuke, Moses responds with a question that points them to God. How do you respond when someone complains against you?
4. Read Psalm 15:1-2. How would you restate that in your own words and how does this apply here?
5. It seems that the Israelites had begun to take God’s mercies for granted. Have you ever taken God’s goodness for granted? Share that experience.
6. Once again God provides abundantly when they cry out for water, His mercy on display. What are other examples in the bible where God miraculously provided abundantly?
7. How would you define Mercy? How has God shown His mercy in your life lately?
8. The Amalekites attacked the weakest of the group. What areas of your life does the enemy tend to attack most often? How can you strengthen those areas?
9. How have you placed God in a box? In your life, what limitations have you placed on Him?
10. In your fight of faith against the flesh, who is in your corner, holding up your arms? How has that made
a difference in your life?

Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?

 
Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 16

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 16

A study of the book of Exodus sixteen was recorded May 3, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 16

1. When the Israelites encountered the idea of future need they began to complain. How has the uncertainty of your future caused you to react? (Are you worried about the future even though you have seen God provide when you look at your past?)
2. Why were they worried? Why do you worry?
3. Describe nostalgia in your own words. Have you recently experienced nostalgia? What was the circumstances, what did you reflect on?
4. What or who have you been complaining about recently? Do you feel your complaints are justified?
5. Read these three verses to see what the Bible says about complaining.
6. Philippians 2:14 ____________________________________________________________
7. James 5:9 __________________________________________________________________
8. 1 Peter 4:9 _________________________________________________________________
9. When the Israelites first encounter Manna they do not know what it is. Someone must have figured out how to cook with it and then passed that knowledge on, and so on. Who passed their understanding of God’s word onto you?
10. Who are you passing your understanding of God’s word onto?
11. They had to go out and gather God’s manna each day. How have you been gathering God’s word each day?
12. When they cried out for food, I am not sure manna is what they had in mind. Has God ever provided for you in a way you didn’t particularly ask for?
13. God set aside one day for the people to rest from work and then provided a way for that to happen. How have you set aside time to rest from your work and spend time with your creator? Can you recognize how He has provided a way for that to happen in your week?

Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?

 
Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 15

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 15

A study of the book of Exodus fifteen was recorded April 26, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 15

1. When the Israelites realized what God had done for them at the Red Sea, they “feared” the Lord and believed. The idea of fearing God means they recognized their insignificance in comparison to God. How do you think you compare to God?
2. What is the difference between being “insignificant compared to God” and being “insignificant to God”?
3. The Israelites worshiped God in song. How do you define “worship”?
4. Moses, immediately praised God for his Mercy. How quickly do you recognize God’s mercy bestowed on you and how quickly do you offer Him praise? Does it depend on your circumstances?
5. God lead the people to Marah, an arid place with bitter water, but He had a purpose in mind. What was God’s purpose for the Israelites?
6. Share of a time when the Lord lead you to a dry place but with a purpose in mind.
7. After Marah, God leads them to Elim, a place of refreshment. How did He refresh you after your time in “Marah” mentioned above?
8. The Israelites both worshiped and complained. In your opinion, were they a worshiping people who sometimes complained or a complaining people who sometimes worshiped? What is the difference?
9. Based on your answer above, which are you and why?
10. Can you make some connection between the Israelites going without water for three days and Jesus being in the grave for three days?
11. God showed Moses a tree which would make the water of Marah sweet. Tell of a time when God’s answer to your problem was right before you but you did not see it until after prayer?

Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?

 
Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 14

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 14

A study of the book of Exodus fourteen was recorded April 19, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 14

1. What are some reasons why people try and discredit the validity of the Exodus story?
2. Before you were a believer, what did you think?
3. Pharaoh thought he had the Israelites trapped between the mountains and the sea. Instead,
God saw opportunity. What were the opportunities that God saw? List as many as you can think of.
4. Can you think of a time when you thought you were trapped between a rock and a hard place with no options but God came through for you?
5. In Chapter 14, how many ways do you see God fighting for the Israelites?
6. How does God fight for you? Are any of those the same as above?
7. In chapter 14, how many ways does God provide for the Israelites?
8. How does God provide for you and are any of those the same as above?
9. As the Israelites crossed the sea, piled up like walls of water on their left and right side, in the middle of the night, every step was a step of faith. What step (or steps) of faith is God asking you to take right now?
10. Why do you think God continues to use us even when we make mistakes?
11. What has been your Red Sea experience? How has God used that difficult crossing to change your life?

Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?

 
Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 14: 1-18

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 14: 1-18

A study of the book of Exodus fourteen verse one through eighteen was recorded April 5, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 14: 1-18

1. God lead the Israelites out into the wilderness but was always with them. Have you ever experienced a time when you felt far from God? What was it that brought you back?
2. After the crisis of the death of the first born had passed, Pharaoh and the Egyptians reverted back to who they were before. “Now that we have let the Israelites go, who will serve us?!” How can you prevent yourself from reverting back to your old/bad habits after you are through a hard time or crisis (like the one we are in now)?
3. The Egyptian Army went out after the Israelites pride fully believing they would easily conquer them but God dealt with their pride by humbling them. List at least three other Bible verses that have to do with God’s feelings towards pride.
4. When the Israelites are faced with the oncoming Egyptian army they angrily turn on Moses. When things are working in their favor they are happy to follow along but when they find themselves in a tough spot they start to complain. How quick are you to react emotionally (get angry or upset) when your life gets bumpy?
5. Moses tells them to “stand still” or to stand firm in the face of the oncoming army. We are also to “stand firm” in the face of adversity. How do we do that? (read Ephesians 6:11)
6. Moses encourages the people by telling them that the Lord will fight for them. Share how the Lord has fought for you and your family lately?
7. God instructed Moses to lift up his rod and stretch out his hands over the sea and divide it. God certainly could have parted the sea without Moses’ involvement. Why do you think He required Moses to lift up his rod and stretch out his hands?
8. God provided a way of escape for the Israelites by splitting the Red Sea and telling them to cross. Do you think this was an easy choice for them to make? Read Hebrews 11:29. What does this verse tell you about this situation?
9. Why do you argue with the Lord?

Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?

 
Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 12:37 – 13:22

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 12:37 – 13:22

A study of the book of Exodus twelve verse thirty-seven through thirteen verse twenty-two was recorded March 29, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 12:37 – 13:22

1. We have spent the last two weeks looking at how the Passover lamb has many similarities to Jesus. List as many as you can think of.
2. Moses told the children of Israel that they were to keep the Passover feast each year in order to demonstrate to their children what God had done for them. In what ways are you demonstrating your love for God and what He did for you so that it is evident to those around you?
3. God did not take the Israelites out of Egypt the quickest or shortest way but chose a longer path in order to instruct them. What are some ways God has changed the route of your life as you have walked with him and what has it taught you?
4. God provided for the Israelites’ journey before they left, in an unexpected way (the gold and silver from the Egyptians). How and what has God provided for you lately in an unexpected way?
5. The first stop on their exodus was Succoth (shelter). How has the Lord brought you to shelter in the last few weeks?
6. At least three times in the scriptures we read that the Israelites were taken out of Egypt by God’s strong hand. In what areas of your life do you rest in the strong hand of God and what areas do your arm wrestle with God for control?
7. Reread Exodus 13:11-13. How are you like a donkey?
8. In Exodus 13:9 it says: “It shall be as a sign to you on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes, that the Lord’s law may be in your mouth; for with a strong hand the Lord has brought you out of Egypt.” In your own words, explain what you think this means.
9. If we believe that God knows the right way to go then why do we still question His direction?
10. God lead them by day with a column of cloud and by night with a column of fire. How does God choose to lead you?

Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?

 
Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 11 – 12:36

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 11 – 12:36

A study of the book of Exodus eleven through twelve verse thirty-six was recorded March 22, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 11 – 12:36

1. God provided gold and silver and clothes for the Jews when they left Egypt. How is God providing for you in these uncertain times?
2. How are you providing for others in these same uncertain times?
3. God instructed the Jews to take some of the blood from the lamb and paint it onto their door posts and lintel and HE would Passover their home. That may not have made sense to them but they did it anyway and were spared. Has God ever asked you to trust Him even when it did not make any sense? Share your experience.
4. Pharaoh did not like what Moses has to say and told him to leave his sight. Have you ever tried to share what God was doing in your life and it was dismissed? Share what happen?
5. Moses left Pharaoh’s presence in anger because he would not believe what Moses was trying to tell him. Have you ever been frustrated when you tried to share with a friend or family member?
6. What can you learn from this and how can you react differently?
7. On Sunday, we discussed the parallel between “a lamb” “the lamb” and “your lamb” and Jesus. How would you describe it in your own words?
8. What is the difference between “the savior” and “your savior”?
9. God saw the Hebrews as HIS army even when they were still slaves. God sees what will be, not what is. Is your vision limited to only what you are? Ask God to give you a glimpse of what you are to be.
10. Having to understand how it all works can be an obstacle to some when it comes to faith. Is this something you struggle with? How have you been able to overcome it or are you still struggling with it?

Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?

 
Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 10

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 10

A study of the book of Exodus ten was recorded March 15, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 10

1. As we have discussed, Pharaoh’s hardening of his heart is like the twisting of a wet rope. The more its twisted, the harder it gets and what’s inside is revealed. Have you ever hardened your heart towards something in God’s Word? What was revealed in the process?
2. Pharaoh’s issue was his pride. He was unwilling to let anyone else “sit on his throne.” Where does that kind of pride manifest itself in your life?
3. Compromise will cause you to wander away from God. Share a time when compromise cause you to wander from the Lord?
4. Where did that compromise start and how did the Lord draw you back?
5. The Egyptians had created many false gods in order to worship at the altar of self, wealth, health and comfort. Has God ever had to correct your reliance on self, wealth, health or comfort? Share an example.
6. Pharaoh’s rejection of God caused a great darkness to fall over all the land causing many to stumble. According to chapter 10, where was the only light? Why is this so significant to us?
7. What does it mean to be a light in this dark and uncertain world? What are some real practical ways you can be that light?
8. What are some of the promises of God that you have been holding on to lately? Share so that other may be encouraged.
9. What part of your heart have you left in “Egypt”, in the world, that has you divided and will pull you back?

Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?

 
Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 8:16 – 9:35

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 8:16 – 9:35

A study of the book of Exodus eight verse sixteen through Exodus nine verse thirty-five was recorded March 8, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 8:16 – 9:35

1. Pharaoh’s magicians were able to divert his attention away from the truth with counterfeit miracles. Is there something that you know pulls your time and attention away from Jesus?
2. Early on, things didn’t go as Moses thought they would and he began to doubt. How do you know that God is in control when things don’t go as you thought they would? What scriptures do you turn to in those times?
3. Pharaoh continued to harden his heart toward God even when HIS power and authority were obvious. Share about a time when pride kept you from obeying the Lord.
4. Even though it was Pharaoh who was disobedient, all of Egypt suffered the consequences. Has your choice to disobey God ever affected anyone else in your life too? Explain.
5. Pharaoh’s magicians finally admitted that the miraculous signs were from the finger of God. Have you ever experienced something that had no other possible explanation than from the finger of God? Share the details.
6. Pharaoh tried to convince Moses to compromise. Have you ever been in a situation where someone asked you to compromise? What was the result? What lessons did you learn?
7. When God clears out the swarms of flies, there was not one left in the land. He left it better than He found it. What opportunities do you have in your life to leave something better that you found it? Why is that important?
8. Pharaoh asked Moses to entreat the Lord on his behalf when he was in trouble but when the trouble had passed he went back to his old ways. Do you stop praying once the trouble has passed by? How much time do you spend praising the Lord for answered prayer?
9. Moses pointed to God and let God dismantle Egypt’s idols. How often do you point to God and let God strike down false idols? In other words, do people know what you are for or only what you are against? Take a minute and think about the issues of today and consider how you could speak to someone about those issues in a positive way that points to Jesus.

Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?

 
Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 7:15 – 8:15

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 7:15 – 8:15

A study of the book of Exodus seven verse fifteen through Exodus eight verse fifteen was recorded March 1, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 7:15 – 8:15

1. Pharaoh wanted proof that Moses and Aaron were from God. They had the Rod of God. You have your testimony. Take some time and write out your testimony. Can you get it down to 3 minutes?
2. Give a couple of examples of counterfeit miracles that we saw in Exodus 6, 7 and 8.
3. Give a couple if examples of a counterfeit gospels.
4. Why were the magicians’ counterfeit miracles so dangerous? Why are counterfeit gospels so dangerous?
5. God’s plagues against Egypt were directed at their gods. Have you ever sensed that God was specifically breaking down an idol in your life? Share.
6. Why did God choose to overwhelm Egypt with frogs as the second plague?
7. Pharaoh tried to make a deal with God, “if you take away the frogs, I will let the people go.” Do you think he actually intended to let them go?
8. Have you ever made a deal with God but not kept up your end of the bargain? What was the result?
9. Pharaoh tries to assert his “control” in the frog situation when asked when he would like the frogs to stop by saying “tomorrow”. Can you share a time when you needed God’s help but struggled to actually release all control?
10. God did as Pharaoh asked and took care of the frogs the next day, but what was an unanticipated result of God doing it Pharaoh’s way?

Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?

 
Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 6:10 – 7:14

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 6:10 – 7:14

A study of the book of Exodus six verse ten through Exodus seven verse fourteen was recorded February 23, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 6:10 – 7:14

1. Moses had a unique perspective regarding Pharaoh and his palace. What was it?
2. What unique perspective do you have and how might God use it and you?
3. Pharaoh viewed himself as the king of kings and therefore chose his own path. At what times do you find yourself taking back the throne from Jesus and choosing your own path above HIS?
4. God allowed further hardship to come on the Israelites’ before they were released, why? Why does God sometimes make it hard for us?
5. In your own words describe how big God is?
6. Does your description of God bring you comfort, yes or no? Explain your answer.
7. How often are you overwhelmed by your circumstances? What does the bible say about worry? Summarize each passage below.

Matthew 6:25-27
Luke 12:25
Colossians 3:15
Proverbs 12:25
1 Peter 5:7

8. In what ways do you consider yourself less than perfect. (Just name a couple). Which of your imperfections do you use as an excuse?
9. Tell of a time when God used you in a way that you did not expect?
10. What are three interesting things about you that are unrelated to your work that you would tell someone at a party when meeting them for the first time?

Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?

 
Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 5, 6:1-9

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 5, 6:1-9

A study of the book of Exodus five and Exodus six verses one through nine was recorded February 16, 2020 with Elder Geoff Willig.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 5 and 6:1-9

1. Who do you speak for and whose words do you use when speaking?
2. How often is it about you? And when it is not about you, who is it about?
3. Tell of a time when you missed an opportunity to serve someone in God’s name.
4. Do you tend to keep your burdens or if not, to whom do you give them? Do you go to God first or do you let the troubles pile up?
5. How often do you blame others for your difficulties?
6. In what ways have you questioned God’s motives?
7. What are the seven promises of God in Exodus 6:6-8?
8. Where is your focus….on your troubles or in God’s promises and ways?

Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?

 
Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 4

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 4

A study of the book of Exodus four was recorded February 9, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 4

1. Moses offered God four excuses for why he could not go to Egypt. What are some of the excuses that you have given when God challenged you?
2. Moses asked God, what if they ask me who sent me, what is they don’t believe me when I tell them. What are the “what if’s” that you wrestle with?
3. How can you turn those “what if’s” from leading in a negative direction to a positive one?
4. Like Moses rod, can God use something that has been natural to you in a supernatural way? How has He done that in your life?
5. God demonstrated His authority over sin in the three signs He gave Moses. What authority do you believe God has given you? Why?
6. In your own words, describe how God’s signs to Moses express the Gospel.
7. By not circumcising his son, Moses demonstrated that he was not fully in obedience to God. He had one foot in the world and one foot in heaven. In what area of your life, do you have one foot in the world and one foot in the Kingdom?
8. Moses finally admitted to God that it wasn’t really his lacking ability but his lacking availability. In what ways do you make yourself available to God? Do you rely on your own abilities?
9. In your life, have you ever had regret because you obeyed God? How does obedience to God normally turn out?
10. Do you really trust God to be with you in doing what He has called you to do? Reread Exodus 3 and 4 and mark down how many times God tells Moses He will go with him.

Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?

 
Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 3

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 3

A study of the book of Exodus three was recorded February 2, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 3

1. When Moses saw that the bush was on fire but not being consumed he chose to investigate further. That was when God spoke to him. Can you think of a time when God may have been trying to get your attention but you turned in the opposite direction?
2. Moses’ initial response to God’s calling was “Here I am”. When God calls to you, is your response the same or do you answer in another way? (ex. What do you want now God, just a minute, let me just finish this up first God.)
3. God commanded Moses to remove his sandals out of respect for who HE was. In what ways do you sometimes treat God with less than the respect HE is due? Why do you think you do that?
4. God also told Moses to remove his sandals so that there would be nothing separating him from God. What is there in your life that is separating you from God?
5. When God told Moses HE would send him to deliver HIS people out of Egypt, Moses asked God, “who am I that I should go to Pharaoh”. Moses believed he had to go and fulfill God’s command on his own. Share a time when you felt you were on your own.
6. Read Psalm 139:7-14. What was David’s response to feeling separated from God?
7. God’s response to Moses was “I will go with you”. In what areas of your life have you grasped this reality and in what areas are you still struggling?
8. Read Genesis 22:16 and Hebrews 6:13. By whom does God swear and why?
9. How is this reflected in his statement to Moses “I AM WHO I AM”?
10. In Hebrew I AM WHO I AM is translated “I shall become who I am becoming”. How would define that in your own words?
11. Why was it important for God to let Moses know that Pharaoh would not let the people go the first time Moses asked?
12. Name at least three examples from Exodus 1-3 where faithfulness to God was rewarded with HIS provision.

Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?

 
Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 2

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 2

A study of the book of Exodus two was recorded January 26, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 2

1. Jochobed saw baby Moses the way God saw him and it caused her to act in faith and obedience. In what ways does seeing people as God does change the way you interact with them?
2. In what ways was Moses’ ark the same as Noah’s?
3. When Pharaoh’s daughter saw baby Moses she had compassion on him. Tell of a time when someone had compassion on you.
4. What were the circumstances in a time that you realized what you thought was a coincidence was really God moving in your life?
5. Moses’ mother was asked by pharaoh’s daughter to nurse Moses and was paid to do it. Share a time that God gave you way more than you had hoped?
6. Moses’ name means “taken out”. What is the meaning of your name? Have you found this to be reflective of who you are or your circumstances?
7. How often do you find yourself looking left and right to see if anyone is watching what you are about to do? If no one is looking, do you do it?
8. What is your understanding of being supported by eagle’s wings? (Exodus 19:1-6)
9. When groaning in prayer, how has the Holy Spirit stepped in to help you? (Romans 8:25-28)
10. How intentional are you in prayer and Bible study? Is Bible study just when time permits and prayer only when needed? What can you do to change this?

Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?

 
Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 1

Redeemed By The Lamb – Exodus 1

A study of the book of Exodus one was recorded January 19, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Exodus 1
  1. Many years before Jacob and his family come to Egypt, God promised Abraham that his descendants would outnumber the stars. All these years later they still only number 70. Share about a time in your life when your timing and God’s timing were different?
  2. How about a time when they lined up?
  3. Pharaoh’s plan was to suppress the growing Hebrew population through enslavement, hard work and ultimately murder. But God’s plan would not be deterred by human interference.  Can you think of a time when God’s plan was accomplished in spite of your human interference?
  4. In order to encourage the Hebrews to leave Goshen God allowed persecution. Share about a time when God allowed things to “heat up” in your life in order to get you to move.
  5. Can you see how that process further conformed you into the image of Jesus?
  6. When instructed to kill the newborn boys by Pharaoh, the midwives feared God and did not do as instructed. How was their fear of God different from their fear of Pharaoh?
  7. Like the midwives, how has the fear of God changed a decision that you were pressured to do?
  8. Ultimately the Midwives disobeyed Pharaoh, the highest authority in the land. When is it okay to disobey authority? (Read Romans 13:1-8 and Acts 4:13-20 for help.)
  9. When is it okay to tell a lie? (Look up Proverbs 6:16-19 for help.)
  10. How did God honor the midwives’ obedience to Him and how might that translate to your life?

Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?

 
Changed By Jesus – Luke: Chapter 24:37-53

Changed By Jesus – Luke: Chapter 24:37-53

A study of the book of Luke, chapter twenty-four verse thirty-seven through verse fifty-three was recorded January 12, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Luke 24:37-53
  1. The two men on the road to Emmaus were just two ordinary followers of Jesus. What does an “ordinary follower of Jesus” look like?
  2. Cleopas and the other guy were sad because they were not living in the reality of the resurrected Jesus. How should living in the reality of a resurrected Jesus change your everyday life?
  3. While they were walking and talking, Jesus showed up in their midst. How does Jesus show up in your conversations?
  4. Their heads were full of information about the resurrected Jesus but their hearts were unable to believe. How far apart is your heart from your head (and not geographically)?
  5. When Jesus appeared in the locked room with the disciples, He told them to “handle” him to help them believe. What happens in your devotion to Christ when you take the time to handle the reality of His death and resurrection?  How does this relate to our practice of communion?
  6. Luke 24:41 says they did “not believe for joy”. When was a time in your life that something wonderful happened and you couldn’t believe for joy, or in today’s words, couldn’t believe because it was too good to be true?
  7. Share about a time when you knew the Holy Spirit empowered you to do something you would never have been able to do on your own.
  8. Why do you think Jesus wants to spend time with you?  Why do you think Jesus wants you to help him in His work of redemption?
  9. In what ways do you wait for the Lord? What do you do or not do?
  10. How have you been changed by Jesus this past year?

Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?

 
Changed By Jesus – Luke: Chapter 24:1-36

Changed By Jesus – Luke: Chapter 24:1-36

A study of the book of Luke, chapter twenty-four verse one through verse thirty-six was recorded January 5, 2020 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Luke 24:1-36

1. What are a few Bible verses that bring you joy or encouragement?
2. The women who came to the tomb were expecting to find the dead body of Jesus but He did more than they expected. In what ways are your expectations limiting your walk with Jesus?
3. The women were wondering who would roll away the stone from His tomb. But God already had the answer. What big stones are you facing right now in your life that you are trying to overcome on your own?
4. What would it take for you to let God handle it?
5. How are people seeking the living among the dead these days?
6. Has anyone ever made you feel like you were speaking nonsense when you shared the story of Jesus with them? How did that cause you to react?
7. Think of a time when Jesus was clearly doing something in your life but you just couldn’t see it? What do you think caused your “blindness”?
8. Has there been a time when you sensed that Jesus was urging you to talk to a stranger about Jesus but you just didn’t?
9. What was holding you back? What is the worst thing that would happened if you decided to talk with someone every time He urged you on?
10. If your heart has grown cold lately, what can you do to reignite the fire?

Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?

 
Changed By Jesus – Luke: Chapter 23:27-56

Changed By Jesus – Luke: Chapter 23:27-56

A study of the book of Luke, chapter twenty-three verse twenty-seven through verse fifty-six was recorded December 29, 2019 with Pastor Aaron Lapp.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Luke 23:27-56
  1. Jesus asked “if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?” meaning if the leaders act this treacherously when things are ok, how much worse will they be when things are hard. How are you different when your life gets stressful or hard?
  2. Jesus was crucified between two thieves, one on his left and one on his right. What significance can you draw from that?
  3. How many times, from the time Jesus was arrested in the garden to his death, can you point to where He was still in control? (No fair just saying all the time. Be specific.)
  4. It is said that withholding forgiveness is like you drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. How quickly do you forgive those who have hurt or offended you? Are you able to forgive someone even before they ask?
  5. One thief continued to mock Jesus even as he was dying, the other had a change of heart and repented. What do you think makes one person turn and repent and another continue to reject?
  6. What was it that caused you to have a change of heart and repent?
  7. Read Exodus 26:31-33. What was the purpose of the Temple veil?
  8. Why did God tear the temple veil at this specific moment of the crucifixion?
  9. Joseph and Nicodemus were willing to risk losing all they had in order to be associated with Jesus. What are you afraid of losing if you opening associate with Jesus?
  10. Important: Through this study, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you to do this week? How do you need to obey this?
 
Luke Chapter 1:26-56 with Pastor James Seawell

Luke Chapter 1:26-56 with Pastor James Seawell

A study of the book of Luke chapter one verse twenty-six through fifty-six recorded December 22, 2019 with Pastor James Seawell. The teaching and scripture study on Christ’s Birth Announced to Mary, Mary Visits Elizabeth and The Song of Mary.

Sermon Discussion Questions for Luke 1:26-56
  1. Do you know that plans change? Tell of a time your plans were changed because God stepped in?
  2. Do you see yourself differently (highly favored or accepted) after reading Ephesians 1:6?
  3. In what ways are you going to make yourself available to God in 2020?
  4. Who reigns in your life?
  5. Do you really believe and live Luke 1:37?
  6. How quickly do you agree with and obey God?
  7. How surrendered to God are you?
  8. Who can you reach out to for help in your walk and are you available for someone to reach out to you?
  9. Do people see the Jesus in you?
  10. Surrender and Action: Are you surrendered to the Lord and ready to act? What problems could occur if you act first and then surrender?

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13