Posts by Brad Chaney

Sermon Discussion Questions

1. Why is “drifting” so dangerous? What does it have to do with the Reformation and what are its implications for us today? 2. Brian stated that the passage highlights two different types of people. What was the surprising, main feature of the second type of person? 3. How might this inform and/or challenge our…

Questions-Wanted: A Good Shepherd

1. The shepherd metaphor was often used in the Old Testament to refer to kingship. Quickly survey John’s gospel through chapter 9. In what ways does Jesus’ shepherding-leadership differ from that of the Pharisees, scribes, and teachers of the Law? 2. Read through the 23rd Psalm. Explain what each of the metaphors mean. Give an…

Questions-153 Fish With A Charcoal Fire

1. At least two events are being reenacted in this passage. What are they? Afterwards, Pastor Brian suggested that a couple of others might be echoed here as well. Any ideas? “God has a penchant for the dramatic.” Where else in the Scripture is this evident? Where in your life? 2. Pastor Chaney said that…

Questions-Thomas and Tattoos

1. At the beginning of the sermon, Pastor Chaney said that we ought to be aware of our biases. None of us approaches the matter of the resurrection from a neutral vantage point. What do you think–in what ways can non-Christians ‘doubt their doubts’? And in what ways can Christians deal responsibly with the resurrection…

Questions-The Meaning of Life Question

1. What are the more common meaning-of-life answers out there today? Briefly analyze these. What’s makes them plausible? Attractive? What are their defects? 2. Have you ever wondered when reading 1 Corinthians 15, Who are these 500 people? How could Jesus have appeared to so many? Any guesses? Related: why do you believe in the…

Questions-A Snake On A Pole And Jesus

1. A snake on a pole is the last thing you would expect as the means to supply medicine. Why would it have seemed so unlikely to the children of Israel? What are some lessons it would have communicated to the original audience? 2. Name the different ways that Jesus’ crucifixion is similar to the…

Questions-The Temple Rebuilt

1. The temple served as the center of Jewish life, politics, and religion. Take a look at these pictures. What stands out to you from the diagrams? Why was it so difficult for the Jews to imagine the temple being destroyed? 2. There are several reasons for Jesus’ cleansing of the temple. Discuss these. What…