Blog Post Sermon Discussion Questions John 5:18-29

Hey leaders, Here’s a recap on this last week’s message. I hope it’s helpful in your own preparation process. Since a lot of this study will have to do with the relationship between God the Father, God the Son, and (implicitly) God the Holy Spirit, I would urge you to spend some time praying for the Spirit to come and reveal his truth to you and your group this week and ask him to show you where to apply these truths before you launch into the study. Teaching Goal: Jesus imitates God the Father as Healer, Giver of Life, and Judge. Application Goal: That when we know who Jesus is, we are able to imitate him in our lives in such a way that it brings other people to life. TPQ: The message this last week was all about how Jesus the Son imitates God the Father. To some degree, we all imitate our parents. What are some of the things that you imitate from your parents that you’re thankful for? What are some things that you imitate from your parents that you previously... Continue reading

Blog Post Sunday Gathering, April 23rd

Here is our weekly blog that we post in hopes of helping those coming to The Crossing’s Sunday Gathering to engage and prepare our hearts to worship King Jesus. We will highlight the Scripture that we will preach on as well as the songs we will be singing. Here are a three simple ways to prepare your heart: 1) Read through and meditate on the text that will be preached that Sunday with your family or friends. 2) Sing, listen or read through some of the song lyrics that we will sing together and ask God to grow and strengthen our faith and understanding of Him through them. 3) Pray for God to reveal Himself to you and the The Crossing in powerful ways! Worship through the Word: John 5:18-29 Worship through Singing: Oh For a Thousand Tongues to Sing Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us The Lord is Your Shelter Nothing But the... Continue reading

Blog Post Sunday, April 16th, Resurrection Sunday!

Here is our weekly blog that we post in hopes of helping those coming to The Crossing’s Sunday Gathering to engage and prepare our hearts to worship King Jesus. We will highlight the Scripture that we will preach on as well as the songs we will be singing. Here are a three simple ways to prepare your heart: 1) Read through and meditate on the text that will be preached that Sunday with your family or friends. 2) Sing, listen or read through some of the song lyrics that we will sing together and ask God to grow and strengthen our faith and understanding of Him through them. 3) Pray for God to reveal Himself to you and the The Crossing in powerful ways! Worship through the Word: John 11:25 Worship through Singing:... Continue reading

Blog Post Sermon Discussion Luke 19:28-40

We are in the midst of our Holy Week celebration. Here's a few questions to stir up conversation and worship of our humble king. These questions are to support Sunday's sermon as well as reflection for the week. You can view Sunday's sermon from Luke 19:28-40 online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5OpAXlkmWA On Palm Sunday, Jesus makes his 'triumphal entrance' into Jerusalem. Triumphal can be defined as, "made, carried out, or used in celebration of a great victory or achievement." What we see in this passage is in fact a great celebration. But the victory or achievement celebrated is not what the Jews were expecting. They clearly wanted a physical king who would establish the nation of Israel over Caesar; however, Jesus didn't come to overthrow the Roman political powerhouse. He came to overthrow the powerhouse that we all battle with and cannot achieve victory by ourselves - namely our sin it the pending judgement because of it. In Sunday's sermon, pastor Aaron highlighted... Continue reading

Blog Post Sunday Gathering, April 9th

Here is our weekly blog that we post in hopes of helping those coming to The Crossing’s Sunday Gathering to engage and prepare our hearts to worship King Jesus. We will highlight the Scripture that we will preach on as well as the songs we will be singing. Here are a three simple ways to prepare your heart: 1) Read through and meditate on the text that will be preached that Sunday with your family or friends. 2) Sing, listen or read through some of the song lyrics that we will sing together and ask God to grow and strengthen our faith and understanding of Him through them. 3) Pray for God to reveal Himself to you and the The Crossing in powerful ways! Worship through the Word: Luke 19:28-40 Worship through Singing: The Church's One Foundation How Can I Keep From Singing Man of Sorrows Grace That Is Greater Here is... Continue reading

Blog Post Sermon Discussion – Philippians 1:27-30

Are you worthy? Karsten posed the question of how we approach buying a car: is it worth the price & will it be dependable? What about people, how do we know if we're worthy? As we look at Paul's letter to the Philippian church, he poses a question in this passage: Are we living a life worthy of the Gospel? In 1:27, Paul says that our lives should be lived out in way that is "worthy of the Gospel." Q: What does Paul mean by "the gospel"? How would you explain the gospel in just a few statements? (see Jn 3:16-17 & 1 Cor 15:1-6) The crux of the Gospel is that it is something God has done for us, not something we can do for ourselves. All of us either reject or accept this for ourselves. Yet, Paul calls us to live in a way that embodies our response of gratitude & obedience to the Gospel. Q: What does 'living a life worthy of this' look like? How does this look in your day to day life? In the rest of vs 27, Paul emphasizes the importance of living in unity, working... Continue reading

Blog Post Sermon Discussion Questions John 5:1-14

Here’s a few sermon discussion questions to help our church love God by applying his word to our lives. Feel free to use these questions for personal reflection, alongside your family, within a smaller discipleship/journey group, or even within the context of your Life Group. If you missed Sunday’s sermon from John 5:1-14 you can view it online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=davwNXKwio8   TPQ's - Thought Provoking Questions: Pastor Aaron started his sermon with a few statements that are often misquoted and thus misrepresented as scripture. These included, "money is the root of all evil" and "cleanliness is next to godliness." Can you think of any other statements like this that often misrepresent scripture? Another false statement mentioned was "God only helps those who help themselves." How is this statement in opposition to the gospel? THE INVALID MAN We see early on in this passage that this invalid man was known and cared for by Jesus. First he... Continue reading

Blog Post Sermon Discussion – John 4:39-54

Hey discussion leaders! Below is a sermon follow up from Pastor Rich’s message from this last Sunday. As usual, feel free to follow or make adjustments as you see fit. I tried to provide answers to the below questions in parentheses, but I intentionally tried to be brief. Don’t just read the answer to your group, but use it in your own studies as you look into God’s word this week to lead your people.  Teaching Goal: Genuine faith trusts in Jesus and obeys his word because of who he is and how he saves, not because of the things he can give us. Application Goal: To believe in Jesus even when he doesn’t provide the exact sign/miracle/blessing/gift that we desire from him because we perceive his glory. Thought Provoking Question: Irony is a major theme in this text. Irony is “a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects.” What are some things you’ve discovered in your Christian walk about God or yourself that you didn’t... Continue reading

Blog Post Sermon Discussion – John 4:1-26

Here’s a few sermon discussion questions to help our church love God by applying his word to our lives. Feel free to use these questions for personal reflection, alongside your family, within a smaller discipleship/journey group, or even within the context of your Life Group. If you missed Sunday’s sermon from John 4:1-26 you can view it online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfSTe-BNTAM Pastor Aaron said that we all have a disorder, the desire for something more or something different. "If only... then everything would be good." It's a thirst that we think we can satisfy in various ways. TPQ: What are some of the cultural "if only's" for Fort Collins? What have been some of the "if only" desires in a previous season of life? An unusual route - 4:1-6 Jesus heads back to the Galilee area from Jerusalem, and this meant He could go north through Samaria. The history of conflict & animosity between the Jews and  Samaritans was well known, so much so that Jews... Continue reading

Blog Post Sermon Discussion Q’s – John 3:22-36

Here’s a few sermon discussion questions to help our church love God by applying his word to our lives. Feel free to use these questions for personal reflection, alongside your family, within a smaller discipleship/journey group, or even within the context of your Life Group. If you missed Sunday’s sermon from John 3:22-36 you can view it online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGxDQg42hjU The sermon's title is Humility: The Perfect Remedy. Humility is defined as a modest or low view of oneself. Humility is the perfect remedy for pride which is defined as an excessively high opinion of oneself. In light of these definitions, let's jump into some discussion questions. TPQ - Thought Provoking Question: Pride was characterized as lethal and destructive. What are some stories (outside the bible) that depict pride leading to a great demise? This can be answered on a "macro or micro level" as Aaron described in his sermon.   1. - Everything is given from... Continue reading