Month: April 2020

Sermon Discussion Guide (April 26th)

Book of Acts – Week 19 – Discussion Guide

Book of Acts – Week 19 – Acts 7:54-60
Discussion Guide

Before working on this discussion guide, please do the following:

  1. Watch the message from this past Sunday if you were unable to attend the online service. You can find the message on our Facebook Page and on our website (renovationchurchsd.com).

 

  1. Spend 5 minutes or so in prayer. You can either pray through the “Lord’s Prayer” or simply share what is on your heart. It is also good to spend at least 1 full minute in silence so that God can quiet your heart and mind as you prepare to study the Scriptures.

 

Discussion Questions

  1. Read slowly and prayerfully through Acts 7:54-60. What stands out to you? What questions do you still have after reading through the text?

 

 

 

  1. In the beginning of this passage (Acts 7:54-55), Luke contrasts how the religious leaders were full of rage while Stephen was full of the Holy Spirit. In a similar way, all of us are often blinded by our own kinds of anger. Read through James 1:19-27. What stands out to you from this passage? How can we learn to rid ourselves of all “moral filth” including rage?

 

 

 

  1. Before Stephen’s death, he gazed into heaven and saw two things: the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God (Acts 7:55). Explain in your own words why these two realities are significant.

 

 

 

  1. The statement that truly “triggers” the crowd and makes them want to murder Stephen is what he proclaims in Acts 7:56, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” What does Stephen mean by the “Son of Man”? What Book of the Old Testament does this phrase come out of it and what does it mean when applied to Jesus?

 

 

 

  1. During Stephen’s stoning, the witnesses laid their garments at the feet of a man named Saul. As many of you know, Saul later becomes Paul the Apostle. To have an understanding of Paul’s life before becoming a Christian, read Galatians 1:13-24. What are some things we learn about Saul/Paul from this passage?

 

 

 

  1. One of the most remarkable things about Stephen’s death is he follows the pattern of Jesus and prays for God to forgive the sins of those who were killing him. Stephen’s example shows us that bitterness, anger, and resentment has no place in the life of a Christian. Why do you think it’s so difficult for us to forgive those who have hurt us? Can you think of any Bible passages that instruct us on how to forgive?

 

 

 

  1. Finally, what is at least one takeaway from this passage that you will apply to your life this week?

 

Sermon Discussion Guide (April 19th)

Download Link: Book of Acts – Week 18 – Discussion Guide

Book of Acts – Week 18 – Acts 7:1-53
Discussion Guide

Before working on this discussion guide, please do the following:

  1. Watch the message from this past Sunday if you were unable to attend the online service. You can find the message on our Facebook Page and on our website (renovationchurchsd.com).

 

  1. Spend 5 minutes or so in prayer. You can either pray through the “Lord’s Prayer” or simply share what is on your heart. It is also good to spend at least 1 full minute in silence so that God can quiet your heart and mind as you prepare to study the Scriptures.

 

Discussion Questions

  1. Read slowly and prayerfully through Acts 7:1-53. What stands out to you? What questions do you still have after reading through the text?

 

 

 

  1. In Stephen’s sermon, he points to three “heroes” of the faith and explains how they ultimately point us to Jesus. The first person he begins with is Abraham (Acts 7:1-8). In what ways does Abraham point us to Jesus?

 

 

 

  1. The second person he speaks about in his sermon is Joseph (Acts 7:9-16). How does Joseph point us to Jesus?

 

 

 

  1. Finally, the third person is Moses (Acts 7:17-43). In what ways does Moses point us to Jesus?

 

 

 

  1. As you think through the many stories in the Old Testament, what are some other stories/Scripture that comes to mind that clearly points us to Jesus (specifically from the Old Testament)?

 

 

 

  1. Stephen provides a pretty scathing rebuke to the Sanhedrin when he says, “You stiff-necked people with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are always resisting the Holy Spirit.” In what ways does the church today (including you) fall into this category at times?

 

 

  1. One of the main sins Stephen accuses the Sanhedrin of is idolatry. First, what is idolatry? Second, what is Stephen accusing the Sanhedrin of worshipping instead of God? Finally, what are some ways the modern church has been guilty of idolatry?

Sermon Discussion Guide (April 12th)

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Easter 2020 – Sermon Discussion Guide

Book of Acts – Week 17 – Luke 24:36-53
Discussion Guide

Before working on this discussion guide, please do the following:

  1. Watch the message from this past Sunday if you were unable to attend the online service. You can find the message on our Facebook Page and on our website (renovationchurchsd.com).

 

  1. Spend 5 minutes or so in prayer. You can either pray through the “Lord’s Prayer” or simply share what is on your heart. It is also good to spend at least 1 full minute in silence so that God can quiet your heart and mind as you prepare to study the Scriptures.

 

Discussion Questions

  1. Read slowly and prayerfully through Luke 24:36-53. What stands out to you? What questions do you still have after reading through the text?

 

 

  1. The first thing Jesus does is offer his disciples peace. What kind of peace was Jesus offering? How is the peace of God different than the peace of this world? In what ways are you in need of peace this week?

 

 

  1. Jesus asked his disciples two questions: Why are you troubled? Why do doubts arise in your hearts? – From your perspective, what are some reasons people in our world might be troubled and doubtful of God right now? Do any Scriptures come to your mind that speak into these situations?

 

 

  1. Tyler shared that there are five paths that we can use to enter into God’s peace – Jesus’ wounds, Jesus’ physical body, Jesus’ words, Jesus’ Gospel, and Jesus’ Ascension. Briefly explain what each of these mean and which one resonates with you the most:

 

 

  1. In Luke 24:44-45, Jesus explains to his disciples how He is the fulfillment of the Old Testament. As you think through your own study of the Old Testament, what are some ways the Old Testament points us to Jesus?

 

 

  1. In Luke 24:46-49, Jesus lays out five essential components of the Gospel. Read through this passage slowly and write down each component of the Gospel according to Jesus.

 

 

  1. Finally, what is one takeaway that you are applying to your life after studying this passage?

 

Maundy Thursday Reflection

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To help people observe Holy Week, I will be releasing videos today, Friday, and Saturday. Below is the first video and is a short reflection on Maundy Thursday. My prayer is that these teachings help prepare your heart for Resurrection Sunday. If there’s anything I can be praying about for you, leave a comment or send me an e-mail (tyler@renovationchurchsd.com).

Video is below!

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The Way to Peace

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What if this was your last Easter with a loved one? What if a family member – a child, a spouse, a parent – dies this year as a result of COVID? What if a business owner you know and are friends with commits suicide this year because the business they have worked so incredibly hard to get started falls apart as a result of the economic toll facing our nation?

These are the realities that many people – even those in our own communities – are facing right now. Jesus alone can offer us lasting peace in the midst of chaos. This Sunday, I will be teaching through Luke 24:36-53 and sharing five ways to enter into God’s supernatural peace during this time of darkness and death. The service will be online via Zoom and the connection information is below. All are invited!


Sunday Morning Church Service
“Doors” open at 9:30am & service begins at 10:00am

Computer:
Go to this link and it should automatically download the needed plug-in and launch the meeting. A webcam is encouraged but is not required. https://zoom.us/j/662467207

Phone Call:
Call: 1-312-626-6799
You will then be prompted to enter the Meeting ID.
Meeting ID: 662 467 207

Smart Phone:
Download the Zoom app. When prompted to connect to the meeting, enter the Meeting ID (662 467 207)

Sermon Discussion Guide (Sunday, April 5th)

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Book of Acts – Week 17 – Discussion Guide (Download Link)

Book of Acts – Week 17 – Acts 6:8-15

Discussion Guide

Before working on this discussion guide, please do the following:

  1. Watch the message from this past Sunday if you were unable to attend the online service. You can find the message on our Facebook Page and on our website (renovationchurchsd.com).

 

  1. Spend 5 minutes or so in prayer. You can either pray through the “Lord’s Prayer” or simply share what is on your heart. It is also good to spend at least 1 full minute in silence so that God can quiet your heart and mind as you prepare to study the Scriptures.

 

Discussion Questions

  1. Read slowly and prayerfully through Acts 6:8-15. What stands out to you? What questions do you still have after reading through the text?

 

 

  1. Tyler went into detail on the person and work of the Holy Spirit. What has been your experience with the Holy Spirit? Why do you think so many Christians and Churches are uncomfortable teaching on the Holy Spirit?

 

 

  1. In the message, we also spent time discussing the role of spiritual gifts. In the first century, the church in Corinth over-emphasized certain spiritual gifts and used them as a barometer to measure other people’s spiritual maturity. Paul provides a proper teaching to them in 1 Corinthians 12. Read through 1 Corinthians 12 and make note of the things that stand out to you.

 

 

  1. We learn from the example of Stephen in Acts 6:9-10 that opposition will always follow being filled with the Holy Spirit. Have you ever face opposition as a result of your faith? What effect did it have on you?

 

 

  1. Read through Jesus’ famous beatitudes in Luke 6:20-26 and pay special attention to verses 22-23 & 26. In light of what happened to Stephen, what are some principles from these passages that we need to keep in mind for our own faith journeys?

 

 

  1. In this passage, Stephen is facing a horrific death sentence that will be enacted by the crowd throwing large rocks at him until he is beaten to death. Although he knows this is the prospect he is facing, Acts 6:15 describes his countenance in this way, “And all who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at him and saw that his face was like the face of an angel.” The peace that Stephen had in the face of death was a supernatural peace. What other passages can you think of that teach on the peace of God?

 

 

  1. Finally, what is at least one way you will be applying this passage to your life during this season of uncertainty?

 

NEW Discipleship Platform (Join me!)

I will be launching an online discipleship hub for Renovation Church on Monday (April 6th). This will help you grow significantly in your faith & understanding of the Scriptures.

Even if you’re not part of Renovation Church, you are invited to be part of this process. For more info, watch the video below. If you are interested in taking your faith more seriously, send me a message.

This is free, of course.

(If you are reading this in your e-mail, you need to go to the actual page to see the video).