The State of the Church

Update from the ministers, shepherds, and deacons on the past, present, and future of Downtown Church.  The text used is Mark 2: 1-12.

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Small Group Questions

1. Read Mark 2: 1-12 (NLT)

2. The Planning.  Discuss intentional planning that you have done in order to talk to someone about Jesus Christ. i.e., how did you plan to get them into the presence of Jesus?

3. The T.E.A.M.  It took four people working together to carry their friend into the presence of Jesus.  How can/could, or does, your small group work together to carry someone into the presence of Jesus?

4. The Wounded and Weary.  While the leaders of the law saw Jesus as “blaspheming God” by Him “forgiving his sins”, Jesus saw it as an opportunity to show the power of God.  Why would Jesus “forgive sins” first before showing His power to “heal”?

5. The Crowd.  The overflow crowd, inside–outside and all around, were excited to be in the presence of Jesus, yet in some ways prevented others from coming to see Jesus.  Could it be possible, and in what way(s), can our wanting to be in the presence of Jesus prevent or hinder someone from coming to see Jesus?

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?