Posts by Brian Douglas

Sermon Discussion Questions

Thank you for the questions, Nathan! 1. What’s the key difference between the groaning of wounded men that Brad described to start the sermon and the groaning of creation in vs 22? 1A. Did anyone take time to be silent and listen for creation’s groans? Was that weird? 2. Let’s use our imaginations! Describe what…

Sermon Discussion Questions

Thanks for this week’s questions, Jesse! 1. It is uncommon to think we need zero help with our sins, but very common to think we can do just enough for God to tip the scales for us (mercy). 1A. What helps in avoiding this impulse?  How can we explain this aspect of our faith to…

Sermon Discussion Questions

Thanks for this week’s questions, Jesse! 1. Does our contemporary world believe that we have darkness inside of us? 1A. How should we respond when we are challenged on this point? 2. How can we reconcile our sinful nature with the concept of God dwelling in us? 2A. How can we demonstrate to others that…

Sermon Discussion Questions

Thanks for this week’s questions, Jesse! 1. Has justice been satisfied when one individual takes takes punishment deserved by another? 1A. How can we follow Christ’s example in this regard? 2. What is unique about Christ that legitimizes His assumption of our debt? 2A. What are Old Testament examples of this principle? 2B. Can this…

Sermon Discussion Questions

Thanks for this week’s questions, Nathan! 1. Think of some failures you’ve endured in your life. How do you typically respond to such situations? 2. When Paul says that we are “just as bad” and do the “very same things” as the people described in Romans 1, what is your immediate reaction? 3. A common…

Sermon Discussion Questions

Thanks for these questions, Andrea & Matt! 1) Brad said the universe is full of “billboards” that advertise the existence of God. What is one thing in creation that stands out to you as calling attention to the existence of God? 2) In contrast to his peers what did Paul say was the root cause…

Sermon Discussion Questions

Thanks for these questions, Nathan! 1. What is the content of the Gospel? Do you ever find it frustratingly and/or strangely difficult to convey the joy of the Gospel? 2. Why was spreading the news of Jesus Christ especially dangerous for Roman Christians? Has evangelism ever directly cost you anything? 3. What’s the best advice…

Sermon Discussion Questions

Thank you to Damon for this week’s questions! 1.      Brad began the sermon saying that stories shape our understanding of the world. What is the story that you tell yourself? i.e.  If you had to summarize your life story in 1-3 sentences, how would that sound? 2.      There is a description of the culture and practices of Cain’s…

Sermon Discussion Questions

Thanks for these questions, Matt! 1) What was the culturally universal nightmare that Brad described at the beginning of the sermon? How does it related to the sermon text? 2) Did Brad say that snakes lost the ability to walk because of the fall? Why or why not? 3) What was the method God used to confront Adam…

Sermon Discussion Questions

Thank you for this week’s questions, Nathan! 1. Why must we “understand marriage to understand the Bible”? 2. “God made us to need someone besides himself” — This sounds like a bold statement. What was Brad’s rationale behind it? 3. If that ^ is true, why is it okay to stay single? In other words,…