“Out of the Ashes” Part 1
Pastor Zach Bearss
March 10, 2019
Sermon Questions: Out of the Ashes: Part 1: March 10, 2019
Looking over the course of your life, do you tend to avoid and ignore endings and move on as quickly as possible, or do you recognize that there are seasons of life that include mourning and grieving?
Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-11. Discuss the rhythm of life of ending, waiting, and new beginnings that you see in these verses.
Read Job 2:7-10 and Job 3: 1-10. Contrast how Job “did not sin with his lips” but still was able to lament and grieve deeply his circumstances of life.
Discuss this quote from C.S. Lewis: “We should bring to God what is in us, not what ought to be in us. ‘The oughts’ will keep us form telling the truth. They will keep us from feeling the truth. Especially the truth about our pain.”
Discuss this quote from Henry Cloud: “To the degree that we grieve our losses is the degree that we are compassionate people.”
Can we trust that endings are gateways to new beginnings?
II Corinthian 5:14-17, Psalm 30:5, Psalm 126:1-6
Can we trust that endings are God’s invitation to grow us?
John 15:1-2, Isaiah 61:3
Can we trust God in the waiting between an ending and a new beginning?
Acts 1:12-14, Psalm 27:14, Isaiah 40:30-31
Pray for one another that the Lord would expose an area of our life that we need to go back and lament properly. Pray for compassionate hearts for those around us that are currently suffering a loss in their lives. Pray that the losses in our lives can have resurrection power in our lives that leads to new beginnings.
“Pain isn’t the worst thing…Death isn’t the worst thing…The worst thing is failing to deal with the reality and becoming disconnected from what is actual…What I do with my grief affects the way you handle your grief; together we form a community that deals with death and loss in the context of God’s sovereignty, which is expressed finally in resurrection…We don’t become mature human beings by getting lucky or cleverly circumventing loss, and certainly not by avoidance and distraction. Learn to lament. Learn this lamentation.” –Eugene Peterson
“Out of the Ashes” Part 2
Pastor Zach Bearss
March 17, 2019
Sermon Questions: Out of the Ashes: Part 2: March 17, 2019
Discuss a time in your life when the suffering you experienced, or someone you love, caused you to question God’s goodness and mercy.
Job 1-2 is the discussion between God and Satan. Summarize the events that take place in Job’s life because of this. Do bad things happen to good people? (Job 1: 8)
Job 3-38 is the discussions between Job and his friends about the reasons Job is suffering. Can we sometimes sin against our friends when we witness suffering? (Job 16:2, 42:7-9) Can we sometimes sin in our understanding of our own suffering? (Job 42:6)
Job 38-41 is God’s response. Is God with us in the midst of the storm?
Job 42 is Job’s response. What did Job learn through his suffering? (Job 19.25, 42:1-6)
In the midst of suffering, how do you not loose hope in God?
In the midst of God’s silence, how do you remind yourself in the waiting that He is there?
“When we are feeling stressed and frustrated and wounded by this world may we step back and look at all of God’s creation. Get outside under the big sky and remind yourself of who your God is. Then, get into His word and learn more about God’s love for you. Trust that if He can create and sustain the entire universe, surely He can take care of you.”
–Courtney Joseph, Women Living Well Ministries
Pray for one another that we will trust God more and more and get to know Him better in the midst of our sufferings
“Out of the Ashes” Part 3
Pastor Tom Dages
March 24, 2019
Sermon Questions: Out of the Ashes: Part 3: March 24, 2019
Read Luke 22:31-34
- Q-What brings relief to bitttter weeping?
“Out of the Ashes” Part 4
Pastor Zach Bearss, Breck Pennington Interview
March 31, 2019
Out of The Ashes: Breck Pennington Interview: March 31, 2019
What part of Sunday’s service spoke to you the most?
Who is a hero of the faith that you have had?
*How did Breck’s story of being called to ministry as a child impact you?
*Read 1 John 4:18 – Have you ever thought of fear as an invitation to talk to God? How did Breck’s story of breaking through fear speak to you?
*How did Breck’s interaction and heart for Muslim’s speak to you?
*Read John 9:36-38 – When you think of refugees are you stirred with compassion? Why or why not?
*What does Jesus ask us to do about those who are lost and without a shepherd?
“Out of the Ashes” Part 5
Pastor Brandon Chism
April 7, 2019
Out of The Ashes: Brandon Chism: April 7, 2019
1) Read John 5:1-17. With what in the crippled man’s story can you relate in your own life? Share with the group an experience or season in your life where you struggled to sense or recognize God’s presence in the midst of it.
2) Read John 15:1-11. Spend time as a group discussing this idea of “abiding” or “remaining” within the context of the imagery of a vine and branches. Has God’s word taken up “permanent residence” in your own heart?
3) Do you consider yourself a theologian? (There is a correct answer to that question!) 🙂 What do you believe is shaping your theology, personally, day to day?
4) In the sermon, Brandon referenced the idea of a “worship diet.” Analyze your own diet; what songs (artists, church bands, publishers, etc.), books/authors, bloggers, or online teachers/preachers do you typically gravitate toward? How diverse are your choices in content as it relates to various parts of Scripture, God’s character, etc.? Are there gaps in your diet?
5) Spend time in prayer asking the Lord to plant His Word deep into your hearts and minds, and pray specifucally that in time of suffering, the Spirit will water these seeds of truth when you are tempted to give up hope in God.
“Out of the Ashes” Part 6
Pastor Zach Bearss
April 14, 2019
Out of The Ashes: Part 6: April 14, 2019
Theme to connect with: When is it ok to move out of grief? When is it ok to come out of the ashes? Lean into, ask, “Ok, God, what do you have for me?” When He moves you, will you follow Him?
Read together, Isaiah 43: 19 and 1 Samuel 16:1-13 and Psalm 13
“Out of the Ashes” Easter Sunday
Pastor Zach Bearss
April 23, 2019
Out of The Ashes: He Is Risen: Easter Sunday
What spoke to your heart the most as we moved from the death and burial of Christ at the Good Friday Service on Friday evening to celebrating the resurrection of Christ at the Sunday Easter service?
Read Galatians 2:20. Have several in your group share their testimony of movement from disbelief to belief in Christ.