Spiritual Urban Legend

Published April 18, 2017 by Irene Hung in Sermon

Faith can Fix Anything

Alan Leung, February 5, 2017
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  1. What principle or insights from the sermon did you find to be…
    a. Most helpful?
     b. Most challenging?
     c. Most troubling?
     d. Why?
  2. Prior to this sermon, how would you have responded to the statement, “Faith can fix anything?” Would you have agreed or disagreed? Why?
  3. Have you ever been in a situation where you felt you had absolute faith that God was going to step in and fix a situation, only to have him do something different?
    a. 
    If so, how did that impact your walk with God – and your ideas about faith?
    b. If not, have you seen this in someone else? How did it impact their walk with God?
  4. We saw how faith, belief, and trust are three completely distinct concepts, while the original Greek of the New Testament makes no such distinction. How do you think most people you know would define each of the following?
    a. 
    Faith
    b. 
    Belief
    c. 
    Trust
  5. Read Hebrews 11: For these characters, do you see positive as well as negative experiences despite their faith? Share some of them with the group.
  6. Read Acts 12:1-19
    a. 
    Write down every element of surprise or doubt you can find in the story
    b. 
    Now write down everything that shows faithful obedience despite any doubt.
  7. Read John 10:10
    a. 
    Name the ways this verse can be misread.
    b. 
    Now read the verse in context, John 10:1-18
    i. Discuss the context of the verse.
    ii. What does this passage say about Jesus? Does this passage say anything about the faith of Jesus?
    iii. What does this passage say about faith itself? How about faith in Jesus?
  8. Read Mark 10:29-30a
    a. 
    Name the ways this verse can be misread
    b. 
    Now read the verse in context, Mark 10:23-31
    i. 
    Discuss the context of the verse.
    ii. 
    What are the key messages?
    iii. What does this passage say about faith itself?

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Forgiving Means Forgetting

Daniel Tai, February 12, 2017
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  1. What principle or insights from the sermon did you find to be…
    a.
    Most helpful?
    b. 
    Most challenging?
    c. 
    Most troubling?
    d. 
    Why?
  2. Prior to this sermon, how would you have responded to the statement, “Forgiving means forgetting?” Would you have agreed or disagreed? Why?
  3. The video of Jameel and Colin, we saw a scenario where the victim forgave the one who destroyed him. If you were Jameel and came across Colin in the coffee shop, what would have been your response?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wffHBQKq74
  4. This message pointed out that the words forget and remember in the English language mostly refer to our ability to mentally recall something, while in the Bible they mostly refer to God ignoring or renewing his focus on someone or something. Were you convinced? If not, why not? If so, how does it affect the way you should personally forgive others?
  5. God’s forgiveness doesn’t always (or often) remove all the earthly consequences. No story better illustrates this than David’s sin with Bathsheba. Read 2 Samuel 12:1-20. What does this passage say or imply about sin, forgiveness, and consequences.
  6. There were two tools suggested as being helpful for those times when forgiveness seems out of reach: the prayer of permission and a sin walk. Have you ever tried either before?

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A Godly homes guarantees Godly kids

Kathy Tse, February 19, 2017
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  1. Prior to this sermon, what would you have responded to this statement, “ A godly home guarantee godly kids” ? Would you have agreed or disagreed? Why? What about this statement, “An ungodly home guarantee ungodly kids”? Do you lean toward agree or disagree? Why?
  2. Why do you think the scriptures contains many more ungodly kids whose parents are godly man? 2 Samuel 13:1-20; 26-39; 1 Samuel 2: 12-17, 22-25
  3. Research data and statistic all shown that the younger generation are leaving churches today. The percentage is as high as 70-90%. Most kids are leaving their faith on the first 2 years of colleges. After hearing these data and statistic, how do you feel?
  4. From the sermon, there are 4 suggestions Christians can do to stay faithful to the Lord.
    i) Christians need to learn how to study God’s word themselves.
    ii) Christians need to have a spiritual community.
    iii) Christians need to have real faith experiences.
    iv) Christians need to build up habit to worship God and to fellowship
    a) If you are a parent, which one(s) is more difficult for you to help your child to do? Which one(s) is easier for you to help your child to do? Explain.
    b) If you are young person, do you think these suggestions will help you to grow in faith? If so, which one(s) is more challenge for you to do? Which one(s) is easier for you to do? Explain.

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God has a blueprint for my life

Alan Leung, February 26, 2017
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  1. What principles or insights from this message did you find to be…
    a. Most helpful?
    b. 
    Most challenging?
    c. 
    Most troubling?
    d. 
    Why?
  2. Prior to this message, how would you have responded to this statement, “God has a blueprint for my life?” Would you agree or disagree? Why?
  3. Think back to times when you had to make difficult life decisions. Did you approach those decisions with a blueprint mentality? Describe your experience. The blueprint mentality cause us to be in searching mode. Are you in that mode right now? Describe your experiences.
  4. There are times when God has a specific path for certain people. Here are two examples. Look up each one and write down your observations. Share your observations with the group.
    a. 
    Jonah 1:1-3:3
    b. 
    Hosea 1:1-3 and 3:1
  5. Have you experienced a specific calling? Share your experience with the group.
  6. God’s will is not mysterious, demands action, and intends to shape us into an image of Jesus. Take a look at the following verses and share with the group God’s will based on the principles above.
    a. 
    Proverbs 4:18-19
    b. 
    Ephesians 5:17-18
    c. 
    Ephesians 6:5-8
    d. 
    Thessalonians 4:3-8
    e. 
    1 Peter 2:13-14

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Christians shouldn't judge

Daniel Tai, March 5, 2017
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  1. What principles or insights from this message did you find to be…
    a. 
    Most helpful?
    b. 
    Most challenging?
    c. 
    Most troubling?
    d. 
    Why?
  2. Prior to this message, how would you have responded to this statement, “Christians shouldn’t judge?” Would you agree or disagree? Why?
  3. The message notes that tolerance no longer means the freedom to be wrong – it now means that everyone is right.
    a.  
    How has this modern redefinition impacted your life and outlook?
    b.  
    How have you found that to impact your own thinking and values?
  4. How you ever been judged for something that you thought was in the Bible but after looking, it was not in the Bible?

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God Engineers Evil for Good

Alan Leung, March 12, 2017
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  1. What principles or insights from this sermon did you find to be…
    a. 
    Most helpful?
    b. 
    Most challenging?
    c. 
    Most troubling?
    d. 
    Why?
  2. Prior to this sermon, how would you have responded to the statement, “God engineered evil for good?” Would you have agreed or disagreed? Why?
  3. Have you ever use Romans 8:28 to console others or for yourself? If so, what was the circumstance? How did you apply the verse?
  4. Read Romans 8:18-30 as a group again.
    a. 
    What observations can you make about creation?
    b. 
    What observations can you make about the Holy Spirit?
    c. 
    What observations can you make about Christians?
  5. Romans 8:28 is a promise for those who love God and are called according to his purpose. Share with the group your thoughts, response, and/or concerns about this promise.
  6. In the sermon, we are asked to allow God to define good. Have you experience God bringing about good in unexpected ways? Share it with the group.
  7. How has this sermon impacted you or your perspective of God.

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Let your Conscience be your Guide

Dorothy Mak, March 19, 2017
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  1. What principles or insights from this sermon did you find to be…
    a. 
    most helpful?
    b. 
    most challenging?
    c. most troubling?
    d. 
    Why?
  2. Prior to this sermon, how would you have responded to the statement, “It’s a good idea to let your conscience be your guide”? Would you have agreed or disagreed? Why?  Do you agree that our conscience/heart can sometimes be deceptive?
  3. Have you ever dealt with someone whose foolish or sinful choices messed up their life but they still refused to take responsibility because they were following their consciences? If so, what happened?
  4. Have you ever followed your conscience to a bad decision?
    a.  
    If so, what happened?
    b.  
    What did you learn from the experience?
  5. Can you think of a time when you reset or re-calibrated your conscience so that what once seemed wrong felt right, or vice versa?
    a.  
    Describe the incident.
    b.  
    What led to the change?
  6. Read Jeremiah 17:9 and 1 Corinthians 4: 4. What does these verses say about human conscience and heart?
  7. What are you currently doing to be sure your conscience is properly calibrated and transformed? Is there anything you should start or stop doing to better align your conscience with God’s heart and values? (ref: Romans 12: 2, Heb 9:11-14, 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

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Following God brings Good Luck

Edmond Yeung, March 26, 2017
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  1. Prior to listening to this sermon, how would you have responded to the statement, “Following God brings good luck”? Would you have agreed or disagreed? Why?
  2. Have you ever encountered some people turning their backs to God after experiencing difficulties and losses in their life journeys? (Avoid using names in your sharing)
  3. If you are ready, please share your faith journey in your group.

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A Valley means a Wrong Turn

Daniel Tai, April 2, 2017
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  1. What principles or insights from this sermon did you find to be…
    a.  most helpful?
    b.  
    most challenging?
    c.  
    most troubling?
  2. Prior to this sermon, how would you have responded to the statement, “A valley means a wrong turn”? Would you have agreed or disagreed? Why?
  3. Have you ever found yourself in a valley that you knew was a God sent me here valley?
    a. If so, how did you know it was a God sent me here valley?
    b. 
    How did you respond when things go tough?
    c. What did you learn?
  4. Have you ever found yourself in a valley that you knew was a self-sent valley? How did you know?
  5. Have you ever found yourself in a valley that was a ‘I don’t know’ sent?  Is there a way your experience could be utilized for learned compassion?

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Dead People go to a better place

Daniel Tai, April 9, 2017
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  1. What principles or insights from this sermon did you find to be…
    a. most helpful?
    b. most challenging?
    c. most troubling?
  2. Prior to this sermon, how would you have responded to the statement, “Dead people go to a better place”? Would you have agreed or disagreed? Why?
  3. Can you think of a time when you heard someone offer funeral assurances even though the person who died clearly wanted nothing to do with following God?

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