Blog Post Sermon Discussion Questions John 6:60-71

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 6:60-71 you can view it online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CUZ4M38w5I TPQ: When is a time that you had a hard saying shared with you? How did you respond?   Does this offend you? verses 60-65 As we heard on Sunday, this hard saying the disciples (or his followers) are referring to is not an intellectual issue but rather it was offensive to them. This eventually leads them to no longer walk with Jesus (verse 66) The reality is, the truths of Jesus are often offensive to people. What are some offensive truths from Jesus that the culture around us rejects? and/or What are some offensive truths you have wrestled with and how has that... Continue reading

Blog Post Sunday Gathering, May 28th

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 6:60-71 Worship through Singing: Doxology/The Church's One Foundation How Great Thou Art Tis So Sweet Grace Alone After All (Holy)... Continue reading

Blog Post Sermon Discussion Questions

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 6:35-59 you can view it online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBpWZLXUvVw TPQ:  To open the sermon, Rich shared a story of a 'good day gone bad'. When have you had a good day, seemingly going well, then it all changed? What was that like? How did it affect your attitude or your mood? As we look more closely at this passage, we're reminded that we can tend to base our satisfaction with life on our outer circumstances rather than our satisfaction in Christ. In the context of this passage, Christ had provided food for the crowd the day before. Now, in conversation the next day, Jesus claims that He is the Bread of Life. From the verses that follow, Rich poses 3... Continue reading

Blog Post Sermon Follow Up – John 6:22-34

Hey leaders, As usual here’s some ideas for this week’s sermon follow-up. If you choose to follow this outline, I thought it’d be worth mentioning that you don’t need to “hide” the teaching goal and the application goal of these studies. It might actually help your group stay focused if you let them know at the outset what the teaching goal is. Hopefully it will keep the conversation focused so that we spend more time digging into God’s word. I hope this is helpful for you. Teaching Goal: Those who are seeking Jesus find saving faith in Jesus when they are fully satisfied in Jesus (as their soul's treasure, as John Piper would add...probably). Application Goal: That we would labor for the food which is imperishable. Thought Provoking Question: Where do you think Fort Collins culture seeks to find satisfaction? Without using names, where do the unbelieving friends/coworkers/family that you know personally seek satisfaction? Introductory... Continue reading

Blog Post Sermon Follow-up Questions John 6:1-21

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 6:1-21 you can view it online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2S-us2vA8c John 6 is a unparalleled passage in the fourth gospel. The evangelist (John) leverages Jesus' miracle of feeding 5,000 (men) to get to the heart of following Him. Let me encourage you, and your Life Group, to devote time reading John 6 multiple times over the next month as we preach through it.   TPQ - How has our American culture bought into the lie that bigger is always better? You could also ask - what are some ways that bigger is better; what are some ways that bigger is not better? THE PESSIMISTIC DISCIPLES - verses 3-13 Pessimism defined - The tendency to see the... Continue reading

Blog Post Sermon Discussion John 5:30-47

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 5:30-47 you can view it online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVkG_gqpMt0 TPQ:  Pastor Aaron gave an example of serving on a jury. Have you ever served on a jury? What was the experience like or what do you think it'd be like? This passage shows Jesus using courtroom language and has Him presenting witnesses. He uses the legal process that the Jews understood. Jesus' First Witness- v31-32, 36-37 Jesus makes reference to the Father, God Himself. Elsewhere in scripture, we see the Father claiming Jesus as His Son. In Jesus' baptism, the Father affirms the Son. In the Transfiguration, He confirms the glory the Son deserves. Q: can you think of other examples... Continue reading

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