Joseph vs Abraham Faith

Joseph vs Abraham Faith | by Pastor Doug Bursch @fairlyspiritual.org


This week, Pastor Doug Bursch talks about the extremely important and unimportant role Joseph played in the Christmas story. Doug looks at how we need to embrace our incredibly important and unimportant role in God’s plan for our lives.

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The Community of God, Week 8

8 Week Series | Sunday October 14 – Sunday December 2


The Community of God series | Week 8 discussion questions covering chapters 16-18 | Audio of Pastor Doug Bursch’s message focusing on chpt 16 of the book | yesevergreen.org/community-of-god-series/


The Community of God – Outline of Chapters
  •  WK 1 – Chapters 1-3
  •  WK 2 – Chapters 4-7
  •  WK 3 – Chapters 8
  •  WK 4 – Chapters 9-10
  •  WK 5 – Chapters 11-12
  •  WK 6 – Chapters 13-14
  •  WK 7 – Chapters 15
  •  WK 8 – Chapters 16-18

WK 8 – Chapters 16-18 Discussion Questions
  1. How does abuse affect some individuals’ ability to abide in community?
  2. What is dissociative behavior and why is it important to be aware of this issue in the church?
  3. How does spiritual abuse impact a person’s ability to trust the church or church leaders?
  4. What should be done to help build trust with individuals who have experienced spiritual abuse?
  5. Explain how Jesus went to the cross to identify with the sinned-against.
  6. What are some powerful ways social media builds strong Christian community connections?
  7. What are some key limitations of social media in building strong Christian communities.
  8. What are some positive ways you use social media to build meaningful, healthy, Christian community?
  9. What is the most challenging aspect of community for you?
  10. What is the most exciting or hopeful aspect of community for you?
  11. What are the biggest take-aways from reading this book?
  12. How has this book helped you grow in your understanding of the importance of community and the church?

The Community of God, Week 7

8 Week Series | Sunday October 14 – Sunday December 2


The Community of God series | Week 7 discussion questions covering chapters 15 | Audio of Pastor Doug Bursch’s message focusing on chpt 15 of the book | https://yesevergreen.org/community-of-god-series/

The Community of God – Outline of Chapters
  •  WK 1 – Chapters 1-3
  •  WK 2 – Chapters 4-7
  •  WK 3 – Chapters 8
  •  WK 4 – Chapters 9-10
  •  WK 5 – Chapters 11-12
  •  WK 6 – Chapters 13-14
  •  WK 7 – Chapters 15
  •  WK 8 – Chapters 16-18

WK 7 – Chapters 15 Discussion Questions
  1. Why is it important for churches to have a biblical theology of community
  2. What are some ways the church can facilitate biblical community?
  3. Why is it important for people to give up on the myth of the perfect church
  4. Discuss the difference between knowing the truth and living the truth in community.
  5. What are some ways your church can facilitate healthy Christian community
  6. Spend some time meditating on how much of your scripture reading and devotional life is focused on individual versus community concerns.
  7. What is God saying to you? Actually write down what you hear the Spirit of God telling you.

The Community of God, Week 6

8 Week Series | Sunday October 14 – Sunday December 2

The Community of God series | Week 6 discussion questions covering chapters 13-14 | Audio of Pastor Doug Bursch’s message focusing on chpt 13 of the book | yesevergreen.org/community-of-god-series/.

The Community of God – Outline of Chapters
  •  WK 1 – Chapters 1-3
  •  WK 2 – Chapters 4-7
  •  WK 3 – Chapters 8
  •  WK 4 – Chapters 9-10
  •  WK 5 – Chapters 11-12
  •  WK 6 – Chapters 13-14
  •  WK 7 – Chapters 15
  •  WK 8 – Chapters 16-18

WK 6 – Chapters 13-14 Discussion Questions
  1.  What are the ways Jesus ministered through community?
  2.  Why did Jesus send out the disciples in pairs?
  3.  How did Jesus share ministry with the Father and the Holy Spirit?
  4.  What some ways the early church ministered through community?
  5.  Explain Barnabas’ role in launching Paul’s ministry?
  6.  Explain how the Scripture was formed through community and relational accountability?
  7.  What are some of the strengths and weaknesses of modern day Christian communication (publishing/ social/ media/ conferences)?

The Community of God, Week 5


THE COMMUNITY OF GOD SERIEs, WEEK 5

8 Week Series | Sunday October 14 – Sunday December 2

There is no audio of last Sunday’s (11/11/18) message. Instead, included here are summary notes of the message covering this week’s reading (WK 5, Chpt’s 11-12). Click here to download or print the summary notes.


The Community of God – Outline of Chapters

•  WK 1 – Chapters 1-3

•  WK 2 – Chapters 4-7

•  WK 3 – Chapters 8

•  WK 4 – Chapters 9-10

•  WK 5 – Chapters 11-12

•  WK 6 – Chapters 13-14

•  WK 7 – Chapters 15

•  WK 8 – Chapters 16-18


WK 5 – Chapters 11-12 Discussion Questions

1.  What is the Moses model of ministry?

2.  Why might the Moses model of ministry not be helpful in identifying the mission, vision and values of a church or ministry?

3.  What are some reason leaders are protective of the mission, vision and values of the church they serve?

4.  What do you think is the healthiest way to discern the mission, vision and values of the church?

5.  What are some ways Jesus discipled in and through community?

6.  What are some of the community implications of Pentecost and the work of the Spirit in the church?

7.  Why do think many people are willing to call Jesus their savior, but reluctant to serve him within the church?

8.  Discuss discipleship a a product of daily living versus discipleship through church programs?

 

The Community of God, Week 4


THE COMMUNITY OF GOD SERIEs, WEEK 4

8 Week Series | Sunday October 14 – Sunday December 2


The Community of God – Outline of Chapters

•  WK 1 – Chapters 1-3

•  WK 2 – Chapters 4-7

•  WK 3 – Chapters 8

•  WK 4 – Chapters 9-10

•  WK 5 – Chapters 11-12

•  WK 6 – Chapters 13-14

•  WK 7 – Chapters 15

•  WK 8 – Chapters 16-18


WK 4 – Chapters 9-10 Discussion Questions

1.  Discuss the connection between Passover and Pentecost in the Jewish calendar before the New Testament era.

2.  Discuss the connection between Passover and Pentecost in the New Testament era, playing close attention to the role of salvation and the work of the Holy Spirit.

3.  What are some ways the pouring out of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost united the community of God?

4.  What are some of the spiritual and practical implications of the church being the body of Christ?

5.  What are some of the spiritual and practical implications of the church being the temple of God?

6.  What is God saying to you about Spirit-filled living and the church?

7.  Why is it dangerous to isolate from or stand against God’s church?

8.  What gifts do have that God wants you to bring into the larger body of Christ?

 

The Community of God, Week 3


THE COMMUNITY OF GOD SERIEs, WEEK 3

8 Week Series | Sunday October 14 – Sunday December 2


The Community of God – Outline of Chapters

•  WK 1 – Chapters 1-3

•  WK 2 – Chapters 4-7

•  WK 3 – Chapters 8

•  WK 4 – Chapters 9-10

•  WK 5 – Chapters 11-12

•  WK 6 – Chapters 13-14

•  WK 7 – Chapters 15

•  WK 8 – Chapters 16-18


WK 3 – Chapters 8 Discussion Questions

1.  What do you most love about abiding in community?

2.  What do you most fear about abiding in community?

3.  What does “Saved for Community” mean to you?

4. What are some of the community implications of salvation?

5.  What does it mean to embrace a faith that is bigger than our life or lifetime?

6.  What is God asking you asking you to live for that is bigger than your own life?

 

The Community of God, Week 2


THE COMMUNITY OF GOD SERIEs, WEEK 2

8 Week Series | Sunday October 14 – Sunday December 2


The Community of God – Outline of Chapters

•  WK 1 – Chapters 1-3

•  WK 2 – Chapters 4-7

•  WK 3 – Chapters 8

•  WK 4 – Chapters 9-10

•  WK 5 – Chapters 11-12

•  WK 6 – Chapters 13-14

•  WK 7 – Chapters 15

•  WK 8 – Chapters 16-18


WK 2 – Chapters 4-7 Discussion Questions

1.  Why did God place a forbidden tree in the garden of Eden?

2.  Why did Adam and Eve eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?

3.  What are the ways you try to seize control and power over your own life?

4.  What does sin do to relationships?

5.  What is the difference between the language of a healthy marriage and an unhealthy marriage? How does this apply to other relationships?

6.  What does Cain’s behavior show us about the connection between our relationship with God and our relationship with those entrusted to our care

7.  Why is a partisan spirit so divisive in a community?

8.  What are some ways God frustrated the fruitfulness of humans?

9.  Why were the people of Babel dangerous? Why did God need to frustrate their ability to work together?

10.  Why is it important to realize that depravity is different from powerlessness?

11.  Are you fully yielding your created capability or capacity to God? If not, what talents or gifting does God want you to yield more fully to him?

 

The Community of God, Week 1


THE COMMUNITY OF GOD SERIEs, WEEK 1

8 Week Series | Sunday October 14 – Sunday December 2


The Community of God – Outline of Chapters

•  WK 1 – Chapters 1-3

•  WK 2 – Chapters 4-7

•  WK 3 – Chapters 8

•  WK 4 – Chapters 9-10

•  WK 5 – Chapters 11-12

•  WK 6 – Chapters 13-14

•  WK 7 – Chapters 15

•  WK 8 – Chapters 16-18


WK 1 – Chapters 1-3 Discussion Questions

1. Do you tend to be positive or negative about the possibilities of community? Why?

2. Do you have a more utopian or dystopian view of the church?

3. How have past experiences influenced your view of Christian community?

4. What are some macro-level trends that are influencing the decline of the church?

5. How have the values of the World War II generation, Boomer generation, Generation X and Millennial generation influenced the church?

6. Why do many people struggle trying to form or abide in healthy communities?

7. What does it mean that “God is one but perfect community?”

8. Why was it not good for Adam to be alone?

9. Why did God create human relationships?

10. Is there anything you personally need to die to or give up to better abide in Christian community?

11. What will it cost you to grow in your relationships?