Sermon Reflection Questions – 12.09.18

Why should God’s people start living for eternity right now? Why not just wait until heaven? How sure is your salvation? Why can you be confident in this? What are you looking forward to about eternity in heaven? How does this affect your life right now?

Preparing for Worship // December 09, 2018

Preparing for Worship // December 09, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) It’s that time of year. If you have to ask “What time of year?” you probably haven’t turned on the radio, walked into a store, or listened to the songs we are singing this week yet. Christmas is almost here!! We are counting down the […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 12.02.18

What does it mean to be dead to sin and alive to God? What do each of these things look like? Which member/members do you need to surrender to God? What does it mean to be holy? Is holiness a possible goal for those in Christ?

Preparing for Worship // December 02, 2018

Preparing for Worship // December 02, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) There is a common joke that it can be dangerous to pray for patience. If you pray for patience, God doesn’t give you patience – He gives you more opportunities to be patient. God brings those special people or situations in your life that just […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 11.25.18

If Jesus forgives our sins, why should we not continue to sin? How has God freed you from the power of sin? How would you describe sanctification in your own words? How has God already sanctified you? How is this different than the way He actively sanctifies you?

Preparing for Worship // November 25, 2018

Preparing for Worship // November 25, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Sometimes it takes a dictionary to speak “Christian-ese.” There are a lot of words that Christians throw around that no one in the world ever uses. “Fellowship,” “quiet time,” “anointed,” “communion,” “advent,” and “life group” are all phrases long time Christians probably understand, but new […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 11.18.18

What are the benefits of being God’s adopted sons? Why is it significant that we are called sons of God? Why not sons and daughters? Does your relationship with God reflect the fact that you are a part of God’s family? Do you boldly approach God’s throne as someone who once was an orphan but […]

Preparing for Worship // November 18, 2018

Preparing for Worship // November 18, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Our culture has a strange fascination with orphans. If you were to take a step back and look at the media we consume every day, orphans are everywhere. Superman, Captain America, Batman (and Robin), Mowgli, Snow White, Rapunzel, Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, Elsa […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 11.11.18

In your own words, how would you define the doctrine of justification? Who needs to be justified? How does God justify them? How do you live your life as one “justified by faith apart from the works of the law”?

Preparing for Worship // November 11, 2018

Preparing for Worship // November 11, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Why are we so concerned with the order of salvation? What difference does it make that Calling comes after Election and before Regeneration? Most of my non-believing friends won’t even know what the word “justification” means. Now that we are just over halfway through the […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 11.04.18

Sermon Reflection Questions – 11.04.18

Who does God want you to call to conversion? What must someone do to be saved? What are the two aspects of conversion? Do you tend to focus on one or the other? Why is that? For those interested, here’s a link to Hell’s Best Kept Secret, which Pastor Tom referenced during the sermon.

Preparing for Worship // November 04, 2018

Preparing for Worship // November 04, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) America has boring money. If you look at any other currencies, they are colorful and funky shapes and have pictures of different people and are just fun! It feels like playing with Monopoly money but you get to purchase real things. Part of the international […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 10.28.18

What is the doctrine of regeneration? What happens to someone who is regenerate? How would you answer Nicodemus’ questions, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Why should we plead for God to give regeneration?

Preparing for Worship // October 28, 2018

Preparing for Worship // October 28, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) When I was in first grade, I decided to change my birthday. I was jealous that America got fireworks for her birthday and no one ever set off fireworks for mine. I marched straight up to my parents and announced my birthday was now the […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 10.21.18

What does it mean to be called by God? What does God want us to know about our calling? Why is it important that our calling comes from God? Why is it important that we are called to God? Pause and reflect on the Ordo Salutis so far. Can you explain the previous steps and […]

Preparing for Worship // October 21, 2018

Preparing for Worship // October 21, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) When sharing testimonies or going through a study on the Ordo Salutis, it can often feel like the events happen in rapid sequence. It sometimes leaves the impression that the moment someone first hears God’s call upon their heart, they immediately believe. Then the next […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 10.14.18

Why does the world hate the doctrine of election? How would you explain the doctrine of election to a non-believer? Why is this doctrine a source of comfort and encouragement to believers? What things do we learn about God through the doctrine of election? How do we respond to God’s mercy in election?

Preparing for Worship // October 14, 2018

Preparing for Worship // October 14, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Westminster Shorter Catechism Question 20: Did God leave all mankind to perish in the estate of sin and misery? Answer:           God having, out of his mere good pleasure, from all eternity, elected some to everlasting life, did enter into a covenant of grace, to deliver […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 10.07.18

Is God your single greatest treasure? In what ways are you regularly praising Him for the gift of Himself? Why is it wrong to take any credit at all for salvation? Why does God deserve all glory, praise, and honor? How are all three persons of the Trinity at work in salvation? Why do you […]

Preparing for Worship // October 07, 2018

Preparing for Worship // October 07, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Ordo Sa-whatnow? Understanding Our Great Salvation: The Ordo Salutis is the new sermon series starting this week at Uptown. What do these Latin terms have to do with anything? Well, to put it simply, they have to do with everything! “Ordo Salutis” is the fancy […]