Sermon Reflection Questions – 01.13.19

What does it mean to be a loving witness? How do nonbelievers call upon Jesus to be saved? Who are three people you can be a loving witness to this week?

Sermon Reflection Questions – 01.06.19

Why is it important that Uptown (or any church) has a vision that comes straight from Scripture? What does it mean to be devoted to a church? How might you devote yourself afresh or anew this year? How could you devote yourself to Christ by devoting yourself to his church in 2019?

Sermon Reflection Questions – 12.30.18

How does the hope of glory help in your current struggles in a fallen world? What steps can you take in order to rest assured that death no longer has victory over you? Are there any aspects of our glorification that you better understand now? How do these encourage you to glorify God and eagerly […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 12.23.18

Why is it so hard to embrace the story of Christmas? What gets in the way? Why is it important to embrace Jesus as God Incarnate? This Christmas season, how will you embrace Jesus boldly in the face of skepticism and worldly distractions?

Sermon Reflection Questions – 12.16.18

Why can we rest secure, assured of our eternal life in Jesus? Why is it important that the Father, the Son, the Spirit, the Bible, and the Church all testify that Christ gives eternal life? Go through each of these testimonies and think about who the testifier is, what they are saying, and why it […]

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?

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?

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?

Reflection Questions

Questions: 1. What are we called to do in relationships where we are continually sinned against? Do you place a limit on your forgiveness? 2. Do we seek to forgive first or do we look for someone to repent first? What has God called us to? 3. Is your forgiveness of others lip service or is […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, August 3rd, 2014

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Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, June 29th, 2014

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Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, May 4

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, May 4

The current cultural climate in the United States has an uneasy fascination with war. In some sense, many Americans are very tired of war. The specter of nine years of military intervention in Iraq and the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan haunt even the most ardent warhawk. More than a decade of sending troops to the Middle […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, April 27

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, April 27

The Christian faith is a religion that, on the face of it, seems to be quite paradoxical. We believe that to live we must die and that true leaders are actually servants. We serve the God of all comfort and yet find him most intimately in suffering. We find in scripture that we must be […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, April 20, Easter Sunday

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, April 20, Easter Sunday

“(About the resurrection of Christ…) First, it proved that Jesus was indeed the divine Son of God. Paul wrote that “[He] was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead” (Rom. 1:4). Actually it was impossible for Jesus’ body to remain in […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, April 6

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, April 6

I frequently listen to a podcast from NPR that includes a section called “What’s Making You Happy This Week?”  During this section, the panelists all talk about a certain piece of pop culture or recent news that excites them.  If I were on the show, I would probably have mentioned the same thing every week […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, March 30

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, March 30

Sometimes a phrase gets stuck in your head and you return to it throughout your life. As a teenager, my mother would often say to me, “Remember who you are…” before I would walk out the door to hop in the car with my friends. As my friends would participate in all manner of debased […]

Sermon Application Questions, March 23

Sermon Application Questions, March 23

QUESTIONS 1.  What are some characteristics of compassion shown in the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)? How might these inform the way that you show compassion? How does this parable ultimately point to Jesus and his compassion? 2. In Luke 10:38-42, Jesus reveals Martha’s misplaced priorities. Are there misplaced priorities in your life keeping […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, March 23

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, March 23

This is, admittedly, not one of my most well thoughtout arguments, but I believe that the heart of the American Dream is best located in two places: the essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson and the movies of Pixar. (This may sound absurd, but America can be pretty absurd as well, so it fits.) In many […]

Sermon Application Questions, March 16

Sermon Application Questions, March 16

QUESTIONS: 1. How does Scripture speak of the hardships that believers face on account of the Gospel? In light of your evangelistic practices, are these verses encourage or convicting? Moving forward, how might they inform how you share the faith? 2. In light of the previous question, how do victory and hardship intersect at the […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, March 16

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, March 16

 I had a very active imagination as a child and because of this spent hours upon hours playing with plastic Army men.  I had a seemingly endless number of figures and, not content with the isolated one-off battle, set up full campaigns spread out across my home in the country. These campaigns would even consist […]