THIS WEEKS SERMON

Dear Church: Part 8

By Robert Gelinas

Oct 5-6 , 2019

Discussion Questions
Dear Church: Robert Gelinas

Discussion Questions: October 5-6

Introduction: Describe a time in your life when someone spoke truth (rebuke) to you that you were able to receive and make a necessary change. 

Read: Revelation 3:14-22 and Hebrews 12:7-11

Watch: Dear Church – Laodicea

Discuss:  The times below are based upon this link: 

  1. What do you recall about the 7 different letters to the churches in Revelation? Which letter in revelation has spoken to you the most and why?
  2. What would it look like to truly “take church seriously”? Do you have any examples or counter-examples of this? 
  3. What do you recall about the time when you first heard about “lukewarm” passage in Revelation 3:15?
  4. What does it look like to be “cold” or “hot” but not “lukewarm” in our faith? 
  5. Have you ever felt rebuked or disciplined through love in a way you could hear it?
  6. Have you ever felt like God put you in timeout? What did that look like? 
  7. Have you ever thought about verse 20 as Jesus knocking at the door of the church? How does that look in our lives right now?
  8. How can we spur one another toward being hot or cold instead of lukewarm?

Prayer in Groups of 2-3

Given today’s discussion, what’s one thing you would like prayer for?  What is a personal need you have that you would like to share/be prayed for?

Further Application

Based on Question 1 above, take a few minutes reviewing each of the churches.  Reflect each one briefly. Which church would you say God is speaking about in your life?  Spend 5 minutes in silence and solitude listening for the Lord to speak to your heart regarding specifically what he is saying to you…not your idea of what you should do or change, but listening for Jesus to speak to your heart.

Dear Church: Part 7

By Robert Gelinas

September 28-29 , 2019

Discussion Questions
Dear Church: Pt. 7

Discussion Questions: Sept. 28-29, 2019

 

INTRODUCE: Think back to time when you were in a natural disaster or bad storm. Tell about the

situation, how you felt and how it resolved for you. What did you learn do to survive it?

 

READ: Revelation 3:7-13, Isaiah 22:20-22, Revelation 1:18, Revelation 4:1

 

PRAYER: Begin the time by praying together

 

WATCH & DISCUSS: Dear Church in Philidelphia

  1. Share a time in your Christian walk when you felt like all you could do was hold on…just keep

floating.

 

  1. Onto what did you cling during that time?

 

  1. We are to be holy like He is holy. (I Peter 1:16, Leviticus 11:44-45)Share ways in which you see

Jesus as having been holy and true when He walked on this earth. Think of a person who comes

to mind that you consider to be holy and true. Without mentioning any names, what does that

person do or say that causes them to come to your mind in this regard? 

 

  1. What are some of the doors that Jesus, the “janitor,” has opened or closed? In retrospect, how

has the opening and closing of those doors effected your life?

 

  1. Open doors are usually viewed as positive opportunities. How do you view closed doors initially

as opposed to retrospectively?

 

  1. Discuss the three different ways that the reference to doors being opened and closed has been

debated.

 

  1. What does “everyday faithfulness” look like in your life? What makes you think that Jesus really

does notice normal, everyday faithfulness? 

 

  1. In our humanness, it can be easy to feel like “just (your name)”. When have you experienced

those feelings? What have you done to combat that view of yourself? Brainstorm other ideas for

seeing yourself as Jesus does….a pillar in the making. 

 

  1. Discuss a time when you KNEW that Jesus had kept you from a storm. How have you KNOWN

that He was with you as you went through a storm?

 

  1. Little Mary said, “My daddy always does what he says.” when she was rescued. In what

situations could you have said that about your Heavenly Father?

 

  1. After today’s discussion, what insights have you gotten? How can you apply even one insight

tomorrow?

FOR FURTHER STUDY: Do Biblical study of someone God brought through a “storm” and one He saved from a “storm.”

 

  1. Look at how God acted and what He said. Take note of what the individual or group said and

did. What do you notice that will help you face a trial and “hold on?” Possible study material:

Passover in Egypt, the escape of Israel from Egypt, the story of Jonah and Nineveh, Job, Joseph

and Mary response to Herod’s command for the killing of baby boys, Jesus in the Garden of

Gethsemane, an imprisonment of Paul.

 

  1. In Revelation 3:7 Jesus describes Himself as “He who is holy, who is true…” I Peter 1:16 tell us

that He is holy so we should be holy. How do we practically move toward being holy? In the

book, The Pursuit of Holiness (Nav Press 1978), Jerry Bridges describes the five most essential

elements of pursuing holiness. They are conviction of the knowledge of truth, commitment to

obedience, discipline of choices, dependence on the Spirit, and God-centered desire. Jerry

Bridges book is still available today as is a study guide on the pursuit of holiness. Consider

studying his thoughts on the topic.