Preview Questions 

Preview Questions for March 18 (Romans 15:14-33)
1. In Romans 15:30, Paul refers to the action of prayer as “striving” or “struggling” (see also Col. 2:1 and 4:12). What is the significance of talking about prayer this way?
2. Use a Study Bible to understand the situation in Romans 15:31. What is Paul concerned will happen in Jerusalem?
3. Read Acts 20-23 for the events that happened after Paul wrote this letter. Was his prayer in Romans 15 answered?
 
Preview Questions for March 11 (Ephesians 1:15-23)
1. Ephesians 1:15 begins with the transition words “for this reason.” What is the “reason” Paul has in mind?
2. What cognitive words (words having to do with thinking) do you notice in this passage? What is the effect of such a heavy emphasis on cognition?
3. Why would Ephesians 1:19b-23 give us confidence when we pray?
 
Preview Questions for March 4 (Colossians 1:9-14)
1. Consider how Col. 1:9 and Eph. 1:17 are related. What is the key to the “spiritual wisdom and understanding” identified in Eph. 1:17?
2. Consider how John 15:1-4 and Eph. 2:10 help provide insight regarding what it means to “bear fruit in very good work” (Col. 1:10).
3. Col. 1:13-14 helps explain the meaning of 1:12 (“giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light”). In light of this, how does Acts 26:18 connect with Col. 1:12-14?
 
Preview Questions for February 25 (1 Thessalonians 3:9-13)
1. Read 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:8. How would you summarize the occasion for the prayer in 3:9-13?
2. If the situation in 2:18 makes Paul pray like he does in 3:11, what must Paul believe about prayer?
3. In Acts 17:1-10, we see that Paul had to leave Thessalonica shortly after planting this church. Surely he had much more theology he wanted to teach them (1 Thess. 3:10). However, in 3:11-13, his prayer is not primarily for knowledge or understanding. What is significant about what he does pray for?
 
Preview Questions for February 18 (2 Thessalonians 1:1-12)
1. We often think of faith in static terms (i.e. we have faith or we do not have faith). How does Paul speak about the faith of the Thessalonians differently from this in verse 3?
2. Read Luke 24:26; John 12:24; Acts 14:22; and Romans 8:17. How do these verses inform what Paul says is “evidence” that the Thessalonians “may” [ESV] (or “will” [NIV]) “be considered worthy of the kingdom of God”?
3. While most of our prayers typically ask God for protection, relief of some sort, or to show us favor, Paul prays differently for Thessalonians in verses 11-12. How is his prayer different?
 
Preview Questions for February 4 (Various Texts)
1. Read the prayer of Daniel in Daniel 9:3-19 (note also the summary in v. 20). As Daniel confesses sins, whose sins are they?
2. Read Romans 5:15-21. According to this passage, whose sin makes us stand before God condemned? On what basis can we stand before Him justified?
3. Read Ephesians 2:11-22, especially v. 16. If someone said to you, “racial unity is a social issue, not a gospel issue,” how would you respond?
 
Preview Questions for January 28 (Acts 12:25-13:3)
1.  Barnabas and Paul take John Mark as an assistant to help them (Acts 12:25 and 13:5).  Study what the New Testament records about John Mark (Acts 12:12; Col. 4:12; Acts 13:13). Now read about the later dispute that separates the team of Barnabas and Paul (Acts 15:36-40). Finally, notice the change in Paul toward John Mark at the end of Paul’s life (2 Tim. 4:11).  
2. The order of names is associated with importance. Notice the order in Acts 12:25 and Acts 13:1-3.  Now read Acts 13:13 and consider the change.  What does it tell you?
3. The “work” for which Barnabas and Paul were sent to do is not identified in Acts 13:2. Yet, they stepped out in faith.  The record of this “work” does not conclude until Acts 14:26-27.  To see where they went and what happened go to: http://www.about-jesus.org/paul-first-missionary-journey-map.htm#map and click on the links.
 
Preview Questions for January 21 (Acts 11:19-30)
1. Look at a map to orient yourself to the journey made from Jerusalem to the places mentioned in Acts 11:19. What do you notice about the location of Antioch that would make it an important city?
2. Compare the language used here (as the gospel arrives in a Gentile city) to the language used in Acts 8:5-17 (when the gospel arrived in Samaria). What similarities do you notice?
3. Why do you think Barnabas went to get Saul (11:25)? Rereading Acts 9:26-30 may inform your answer.
 
Preview Questions for January 14 (Acts 10:1-48)
1. After you read Deuteronomy 14:4-20 and 1 John 4:1,
consider how these verses explain why Peter was so perplexed (in doubt) by his vision.
2. In Acts 10:29, upon arriving at Cornelius’s house, Peter said that he came “without objection.” Consider how Acts 10:20 explains this in light of Acts 10:28.
3. Read Romans 6:3-4 and Ephesians 4:4-6. How does Paul’s teaching about baptism in those verses help us understand
Peter’s conclusion in Acts 10:47-48?
(If you are a believer and have not been baptized with water, you are encouraged to consider being baptized.  For information, contact one of the pastors.)

 

Preview Questions for January 7  (Acts 9:1-19)
1. Browse Acts 1-8 to refresh your memory on what has taken place so far in the book. Then read Acts 9:1-19. In what ways is Acts 9:1-19 a turning point in Acts?
2. While Paul’s conversion is not typical, what aspects of the story do you consider to be fundamental elements of conversion?
3. Compare the account of Saul’s conversion in Acts 9:1-19 to the other two such accounts in Acts (22:1-21; 26:1-29). What differences in emphasis do you notice across the accounts? What key elements appear in all three? 
 
Preview Questions for December 31 (Isaiah 60:1-22)
1.  Browse Isaiah 59 and Isaiah 60. What major contrast do you observe in the imagery?
2.  Read Genesis 12:1-3. How do you think God’s promise to Abraham informs Isaiah’s writing of Isaiah 60?
3.  Isaiah pictures more than just human beings entering New Jerusalem. What is the significance of the non-human things being brought into the city?
 
Preview Questions for December 17 (Ezra 3:8-13)
1.  Many scholars think Haggai 2 deals with the same rebuilding event spoken of in Ezra 3. How does Haggai 2:3-9 give us a fuller understanding of
Ezra 3:8-13?
2.  Of all the praises the people could have offered, why do you think they sang the specific refrain seen in Ezra 3:11?
3.  Where do you see the author intentionally presenting this new rebuilding project as squarely in line with the past works of David and Solomon?
Why do you think the author does this?
 
Preview Questions for December 10 Sermon (Lamentations 3)
1. Use a Study Bible to acquaint yourself with the background of Lamentations. What is being “lamented” in Lamentations?
2. Notice the personal suffering experienced by the writer in Lamentations 3:1-20 (esp. 3:18-19). What is it that rekindles the writer’s home in 3:22-24?
3. Consider Lamentations 3:25-26. How is struggling connected to hope by WAITING?
 

Preview Questions for December 3 Sermon (Romans 8:18-25)

1. In Romans 8:20, who is the one who subjected creation to futility? How do you know?
2. In the metaphor in Romans 8:22, why do you think Paul specifies “the pains of childbirth” instead of talking about pain generally?
3. Based on this passage, what can we conclude about where God’s people will spend eternity?

 

Preview Questions for November 26 Sermon (1 Thess. 5:16-18)

1. How do Acts 17:1-9, 1 Thess. 1:6-7, and 1 Thess. 2:14 help to better understand the commands in 1 Thess. 5:16-18?2.
2. Three different activities were commanded of the believers in 1 Thess. 5:16 18. Consider the following questions:
What do these activities have in common?
How are these activities different?
What holds these activities together?
 
Preview Questions for November 19 Sermon (Acts 8:26-40
1. Philip of this chapter is also known as “Philip the Evangelist” (see Acts 21:8).  He is also the Philip of Acts 6:5. How does he fit into Acts 1:8? 
2.  How would you describe the relationship between evangelism and conversion?  Why is this important?
3.  The eunuch asked to be baptized.  Why is “believer baptism” important? (If you haven’t been baptized as a believer but would like to be, please contact one of the pastors or the church office.)
 

Preview Questions for November 12 Sermon (Acts 7:54-8:8)

1. Read through Stephen’s speech (Acts 7:1-8:1) a few times. What parts of Israel’s history does he choose to highlight? What does he say that especially enrages the Sanhedrin?
2. In this Scripture text, the gospel goes out from Jerusalem to all Judea and Samaria for the first time, fulfilling a stage of what Jesus said would happen (Acts 1:8). How did this movement to Judea and Samaria begin, and why was it effective?
3. Based on Acts 2:34, Psalm 110:1, Luke 20:42, Ephesians 1:20, Colossians 3:1, and Hebrews 1:3, we might expect Jesus to be sitting at the right hand of the Father in Stephen’s vision. Why do you think He is standing? Consider Isaiah 3:13.
 

Preview Questions for November 5 Sermon (Acts 6:1-7)

1. Jesus told the apostles in Acts 1:8 that they would be his witnesses “in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” The rest of Acts charts that spread of the gospel. By the start of Acts 6, how far has this message spread so far?
2. What repeated theme bookends this passage at the start and finish (6:1 and 6:7)? What does that tell us about how this passage should be understood?
3. What do the names in Acts 6:5 all have in common? 
 
Preview Questions for October 29 Sermon (Romans 3:21-26)
1. Consider why the Righteousness of God is the key to understanding salvation.
2. Go to a Bible Dictionary or Dictionary and find the meaning of these ESV words:
Redemption … (v 24)
Propitiation … (v25)
Show (Demonstrated) … (v 26)
3. Consider how the 5 SOLAS (ALONE), guiding principles of the Protestant
Reformation, are tied to the RIGHTEOUSNESS of GOD.
Scripture
Faith
Grace
Jesus
Glory of God
 
Preview Questions for October 22 Sermon
1 . How would you define sexual freedom?
2.  In Genesis 3:1-7, what are some of the questions the serpent seeks to raise in Eve’s mind?
3.  If God forbids some forms of sexual expression, how can He say that He offers us freedom (e.g. Gal. 5:1)?