Noah

Downtown Church sermon from May 30, 2010 by Ken Neller. This sermon is part of our new series, A Cloud of Witnesses–Pointing Us to Jesus!

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Small Group Questions
READ (each week as you begin): Hebrews 12:1-3 (Hint: each week read these verses from a different version in order to see “how it reads”.
1. Read: Genesis 6-9
• Again this week, we see one of God’s “characters” of faith in the Old Testament, who through his faith points us to a loving God.
• After re-reading the story of Noah, in what ways do you see God’s love for mankind? … more specifically, for you?
2. Read: Genesis 7:21-23
• With the exception of those on the Ark, why would a loving God destroy all humans and animals?
• What lesson(s) can we learn from this?
• What can we learn about God? … about Noah and his family?
3. Read: Genesis 9:11
• Why would God choose to save Noah and his immediate family?
• God promised (by covenant) to no more destroy the earth by flood.
• But, if there were a flood again, do you believe God would save you and your family? What would make your family “savable” or not “savable”?
4. An amazing God with amazing “characters” that receive his judgment and justice … His love and forgiveness:
• What amazes you about the story of Noah and the flood?
• … about God and His “characters” as being a cloud of witnesses?
• Does this story of faith make you want to get in the boat or out of the boat with your faith?

Adam and Eve and the Death of Christ

Downtown Church sermon from May 23, 2010 by Ken Neller.  This sermon is part of our new series, A Cloud of Witnesses–Pointing Us to Jesus!

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Small Group Questions
Pendulum Swings:
What if you could choose from only three (3) books to read?”
What if you could do anything that you wanted for one (1) day?”
What if you could be any person from the OLD Testament?”
What if you could ask God three (3) questions?”

READ (each week as you begin): Hebrews 12:1-3 (Hint: each week read these verses from a different version in order to see “how it reads”.

1. Read: Genesis 1:26-27. What does it means to be created in “the image of God”? How, in what ways, are all human beings like God? If there is, in what way is there a difference between being in God’s “image” and being in His “likeness” (v. 26)?

2. Read: Genesis 2:15-16. Since God knew that the human race would choose to rebel against Him, why would He give/allow the ability to choose / of choice? In what way(s) does love have anything to do with giving/allowing the freedom to choose? What “entices” you to “eat from the tree” when you have been warned?

3. Read: Genesis 3:1-7. In what ways has your “eye” (v. 6) deceived you? In what way did Satan try to get Adam and Eve to doubt God’s word (v. 1-4)? In what ways do we doubt God’s word today? In what way did Satan try to get Adam and Eve to doubt God’s motives (v. 5)? In what ways do we doubt God’s motives today?

4. Give examples how we often, by our actions and words, try to be “God” over our own lives? In what ways are these, or may these be, sin? Instead of trying to be “God”, what does God want – and expect – of us?

A Cloud of Witnesses – Pointing Us to Jesus

Series Introduction
We begin a new series of looking at “characters” in the Bible. As are we, many of them were actually that … i.e., “characters”! However, these “characters” become a cloud of witnesses that point us to Jesus. From Adam & Eve, Noah, Abraham w/ Lot and Isaac, to Hannah, Elijah, Zaccheus and Paul, all in their own way (and by God choosing and using them) take us from imperfection(s) to the perfect Jesus.

So, who is your favorite Bible “character”? This series should bring a whole new meaning to the term “character witness”. It should be a great series.

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Small Group Questions

Pendulum Swings
Name Your Favorite…
…upcoming summertime activity.
…Bible name that you had, or still have, the most trouble pronouncing.
…Bible character that you would want to be.
…Bible character that you would like to meet. (Sorry, Jesus doesn’t count for this one. i.e., one that would “point you to Jesus”.)

1. READ: Hebrews 12: 1-3 (look at several versions)
Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed – that exhilarating finish in and with God – he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!  (The Message)

2. In what ways do the witnesses of Hebrews 11 strengthen and encourage you in your faith walk?  With which witness do you most closely relate?  Why …and in what way(s)?

3. In what ways do the witnesses in your life today strengthen and encourage you in your faith walk?  In what way are you better able to pass your blessings from them on to others w/ whom you come in contact?

4. What are the things in your life that “hinder and entangle” you?  How have these witnesses helped you deal with or overcome these snares?  How are you doing in running your race? i.e., “… run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

5. What has it taken in your life to “fix your eyes on Jesus”?  How is your focus?  What are the things that make you “weary and want to give up”?