Sermon Reflection Questions – 04.15.18

When was a time when you have experienced the perversion of justice in society? When have you been treated unfairly by a boss, parent, judge, etc.? When have you treated others unfairly? When have you judged others unfairly in your heart? How have you used your authority as a parent, boss, teacher, etc. in a […]

Preparing for Worship // April 15, 2018

Preparing for Worship // April 15, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Each of us has an innate sense of justice. Deep down, we all believe that a person should be repaid based on what he or she does and how he or she treats other people. If you do a job and do it well, you […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 04.08.18

When recently have you experienced the saving, sustaining, or satisfying of Christ? How consistent is your Sunday morning worship? When you come to church do you do so as a joyful response to what Christ has done or because you think it’s what you’re “supposed to do”? What avenues of worship do you engage in outside […]

Preparing for Worship // April 8, 2018

Preparing for Worship // April 8, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) I love weddings (I mean, who doesn’t?). Actually, what I really love are wedding receptions, because they are parties with a reason for celebrating. Most of the events that we call parties are really just social gatherings: work parties, most Christmas parties, and most birthday […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 04.01.18

What doubts about Jesus are you struggling with right now? What do you need to do to address these doubts and live at peace with God? In what ways are you interacting with Jesus on a regular basis? Are these interactions marked by duty or delight? How well are you living in humble confidence? How […]

Preparing for Worship // April 1, 2018

Preparing for Worship // April 1, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) The gospel begins on the darkest day in history. But it is quickly followed by the brightest. The same Jesus who was crucified, died, and was buried, was then raised to life. Why was this the greatest day in human history? Because on Easter Sunday, […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 03.25.18

Are you tithing? Are you joyfully and generously giving to the poor on top of that? If not, what keeps you from giving more? When was a time when you lent someone money? What expectations did you have for that person? How might the radical generosity that God has shown you change the way that […]

Preparing for Worship // March 25, 2018

Preparing for Worship // March 25, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) “Money makes the world go round.” There are probably few places in the world where this is truer than Charlotte. We live in a banking town where most people make their money working for a company whose business is to handle people’s money. But the importance […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 03.18.18

How have you seen God honored (or not honored) in the big moments (funerals, weddings, births, etc.) in your life and the lives of others? How are you failing to honor God in the little moments of your life? What should you do differently in order to live out the reality of being set apart […]

Preparing for Worship // March 18, 2018

Preparing for Worship // March 18, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) One of my odd pet peeves is that I hate it when different foods on my plate touch. Casseroles are fine, as are any other foods that are meant to be eaten together, but if I have chicken, carrots, and mashed potatoes on my plate, […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 03.11.18

What is so appealing about the false teachings that we hear today? How does this make them dangerous? Do you have any family or friends who have left the faith and have tried to lead you astray? How did you handle the situation? Our opposition to apostasy should contain both a negative (refuse to listen […]

Preparing for Worship // March 11, 2018

Preparing for Worship // March 11, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Like many evangelicals today, I thoroughly enjoy C.S. Lewis. In fact, I have probably read more books by C.S. Lewis than any other author, and he has had a profound impact on my theology and my walk with Christ. So it came as a bit […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 03.04.18

What do you worship instead of God? What pulls your time, energy, and desire away from God? Where do we see worship practices in the church that are not pleasing to God? What makes heart-felt worship difficult? How can you cultivate a more heart-felt attitude in worship?

Preparing for Worship // March 4, 2018

Preparing for Worship // March 4, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) My sister loves giving and receiving gifts. I can always count on Christmas and birthday presents from her being fun, thoughtful, and outside-the-box, and she’s the one in the family who gets the most excited about the gifts they receive. But the downside of this […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 02.25.18

How would a proper fear of God and of His discipline lead you into greater obedience? What does a proper fear of God look like and how can you cultivate this type of fear? Where are you today in your walk with Jesus? How is God calling you to make or renew covenant with Him?

Preparing for Worship // February 25, 2018

Preparing for Worship // February 25, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) “The essential thing ‘in heaven and earth’ is… that there should be long obedience in the same direction; there thereby results, and has always resulted in the long run, something which has made life worth living.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche If you were surprised to read a […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 02.18.18

Considering the ways that people tend to mistake God’s gracious blessing for our righteous reward, where is this a struggle for you? When Satan throws your past sin in your face, how can you use that to become even more thankful for grace? Is there an area where you need to become more honest about […]

Preparing for Worship // February 18, 2018

Preparing for Worship // February 18, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Like many children growing up, I received an allowance when I was a kid. It started out at $1 a week (which I would routinely save up until I had enough to buy a Star Wars action figure). As my age and responsibilities grew, so […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 02.11.18

What false beliefs do we encounter in the world around us? Where have you personally faced beliefs that are contrary to God and His word? How have these views affected your commitment to the Lord? How does God’s truth help us to counter the false views of the world around us and remain wholly to […]

Preparing for Worship // February 11, 2018

Preparing for Worship // February 11, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) “A zealous man in religion is pre-eminently a man of one thing. It is not enough to say that he is earnest, hearty, uncompromising, thorough-going, whole-hearted, fervent in spirit. He only sees one thing he cares for one thing, he lives for one thing, he is […]