Pastor Frank

FollowUp 5-15-18


Message Title:  Walking on Water
Series:  Signs

Key verse:
John 6:12-20

Sermon Notes

Signs are designed to communicate. This third sign tells us that:

  1. God has the power and authority to walk wherever He wants on His creation even if it’s H20.
  2. His ways are higher than ours.
  3. Our faith will be tested by God.
  4. When He is out of our sight, we are never out of His.
  5. When Jesus sends you into the storm keep rowing.

 

Follow-up Questions from Sunday:

Getting to Know You:
What was the most  frightening  weather  you have ever been in?

Quick Review:
Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything you heard for the first time or that caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?

Digging Deeper:
 

  1. Read John 6:12-20. In this section, John recorded two amazing signs that Jesus performed (feeding of the 5,000 and walking on water) in less than 24 hours.  These signs threw the disciples across a wide range of human emotions from excitement and anticipation to confusion, fear, and astonishment.  Have you ever experienced this in your spiritual journey with Jesus?  Please share.  In looking back on that time, did you ever discover what God was teaching you?
  2. In these two signs, the disciples were struggling with what they expected Jesus to be and do. In your own spiritual journey, how has your understanding/perceptions of Jesus changed over the years?
  3. Read Matthew 14:21-24, Proverbs 3:5-6. Pastor Frank believes Jesus went up on that mountain and was praying for the disciples in the boat.  Do you agree or disagree? What do you think Jesus was praying for?  When Jesus sees you and prays for you, what do you think He sees and prays for?
  4. What was the greatest storm you ever went through in your life and how did Jesus speak to you in it?
  5. Read John 6:5-6, James 1:2-4, 1 Peter 1:3-7 and Galatians 6:7-8. What do you think the difference is between being tested by God and reaping what we sow in our poor decisions?  Have you ever seen a person confuse these two?
  6. Read John 6:16-20. Where in your life do you need Jesus to say, “It is I, don’t be afraid”?

Taking it Home:

What is one thing you can apply to your life from this message and how can this group remember you in prayer this week?

FollowUp 5-8-18


Message Title:  Feeding of the Five Thousand
Series:  Signs

Key verse:
John 6:5-6; 33-35

Sermon Notes

“If I only had __________ I’d be happy.”

 

Surprises in this story:

  1. The disciples don’t expect Jesus to feed all these people. (John 6:1-13)
  2. Jesus leaves at the point the crowd is most excited and willing to follow. (John 6:14)
  3. The crowd leaves when he isn’t willing to fill in their “blanks.” (John 6:26-35, 66)

Why we shouldn’t be surprised:

  1. God loves us and cares about our most basic, daily needs.
  2. Jesus didn’t come to exert worldly power and influence but to solve our greatest problem.
  3. Jesus’ plan isn’t to fill in our blanks and give us whatever we want; his plan is to offer us the one thing we truly need.

Follow-up Questions from Sunday:

 

Getting to Know You:
Share a time when someone did a small favor for you, but it made you feel cared for.

 

Quick Review:
Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything you heard for the first time or that caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?

Digging Deeper:
 

  1. Read John 6:1-13. Jesus took a small amount of common food (barley loaves and some fish) and miraculously made it enough to feed thousands of people. He did it after a long day of healing diseased and crippled people. Imagine you were there to see it happen, and then were able to share in that meal, but didn’t know Jesus. What would your conclusions about him be? What do people think about Jesus today, in our culture at large?
  2. Read John 6:14; Matt 9:30; Mark 1:43-44; 5:43. Jesus didn’t want people following him simply because he could do miracles (signs). Why do you think that was the case? A sign can be read in different ways. How did Jesus want his signs interpreted?
  3. Read John 6:26-27. Jesus explains that their motives are wrong. Why is it a mistake to expect God to give us what we want and solve all our problems in the way we think is best? Have you ever felt disappointed that God didn’t give you something you wanted? How can Jesus’ words help us as we face difficult times in the future? Will we follow him even if our dreams don’t all come true?
  4. Read Psalm 78:12-22. The writer is talking about Israel’s lack of faith after God’s provision in rescuing them from Egypt. It’s the same attitude that Jesus faces in John 6, and it’s the same struggle we face today, bringing the gospel to a world that’s self-centered and only interested in what others can do for them. How can we share Christ with people we know who think that way? How can you avoid thinking the same way yourself?

 

Taking it Home:

What is one thing you can apply to your life from this message? How can this group remember you in prayer this week?

FollowUp 5-1-18


Message Title:  Healing of the Invalid
Series:  Signs

John 5:1-18

Key verse:
John 5:6, 18

Sermon Notes

Signs are designed to communicate. This third sign tells us that:

  1. Some people don’t always want to be healed.
  2. God is ultimately sovereign in His actions.
  3. This sign was primarily for the religious leaders in Jerusalem.
  4. This sign was to reveal Jesus’ identity as the Son of God.
  5. Healing is not found in superstition,  but in a Savior.

 

Getting to Know You:
When you were a child, did your family ever have any strange remedies for sickness that they believed in?

 

Quick Review:
Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything you heard for the first time or that caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?

Digging Deeper:
 

  1. Read John 5:1-6. Why do you think Jesus chose to heal the oldest person at that pool?  Why do you think Jesus asked him this question?  Pastor Graham is quoted as saying, “There are some people who are happier being miserable than changing”.  Have you ever met people that didn’t want to get well and if so why do you think they are like this?  Was there ever a time in your life when you were “stuck” and didn’t want physical, mental, or spiritual healing?  Please share.
  2. Read John 5:8, 14-15. Do you think Jesus was wrong to heal this man when he didn’t ask to be healed?  Jesus warned the man that he is well and to not go back to a sinful life style.  Do you think he did go back or do you think he experienced true life change?  Have you ever seen someone squander God’s healing touch of grace and mercy in their life?  Please share.
  3. Read John 5:8-13. What do these Scriptures say about the heart of the religious leaders in Jerusalem?  Have you ever experienced religious legalism where people are more concerned with the rules than people?  Why do you think some people are like this?  How do you think we can avoid becoming like these people as we follow Jesus?
  4. Read Psalm 2. The word “anointed” means Messiah. This is known as a Messianic passage written at the time of King David about a thousand years before Jesus was born.  What does this chapter reveal about the identity of the coming Messiah?
  5. Read John 5:16-18. At the end of this third sign in John’s Gospel,  two things happened:   a man was healed and the beginnings of a controversy broke out between Jesus and the religious leaders over His identity as divinity.  Why do you think the religious leaders had a problem with Jesus claiming to be the Son of God?  Why do you think it is important to know who Jesus really is?  Read Jn 17:1-3.  If you are going to have a relationship with a person, how important is it for you to really know them?  Do you think this is any different in our personal relationship with God?

Taking it Home:

What is one thing you can apply to your life from this message and how can this group remember you in prayer this week?

FollowUp 4-24-18


Message Title:  Healing the Official’s Son
Series:  Signs

John 4:43-54

Key verse:
John 4:50

Sermon Notes


  1. It is possible to believe in Jesus as Healer, but not as Messiah.
  2. It is possible to believe in Jesus in some areas of our lives, but not in all areas of our lives.
  3. You can trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior whether or not you see the answer to your prayers.
  4. With God, our wait time is not what’s important. Life change is what’s important.
  5. When your faith is real, others will see and follow.
    Conclusion:

 

Signs are designed to communicate. This second sign tells us that:

  1. Jesus doesn’t need to be present physically in order to work a miracle.
  2. In order for God to work, we need to take Jesus at His word.

 

Follow-up Questions from Sunday:

 

Getting to Know You:
When you were a child, what was the most serious injury or illness you ever had?

 

Quick Review:
Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything you heard for the first time or that caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?

 

Digging Deeper:
 

  1. Read Mark 1: 21-34. At the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry, He performed many miracles starting in the town of Capernaum.  The royal official already knew about Jesus from either personal witness or from the daily news, but now he needs the power of Jesus in a very personal matter.  In your spiritual journey, when do you move from hearing/knowing about Jesus to seeking Him in a personal way?  What were the circumstances that prompted you to seek out Jesus?  Please share?
  2. Read John 4:46-47. On a scale of 1-100, what percentage of your problems do you entrust to God? Why do you think that is?  Has this percentage gone up or down since you first became a follower of Jesus?  How has He shown himself to you on this journey?
  3. Read John 4:48-49. If you were the royal official, how would you have responded to Jesus knowing He was your son’s only hope and He refused to come with you? Explain.
  4. Read John 4:50. When you take a person at “their word” what does that tell you about how you feel about that person? If you made a list of people that you have learned to “take at their word”, who would that be and why? Is Jesus on that list?  Why or why not?
  5. When you bring your problems to God (such as a sickness in the family), do you tend to accept His word or keep fretting and worrying? Why do you think you respond in that way?
  6. Read John 4:51-53. Can you remember a time in your life when you were desperate and you trusted in Jesus and He answered your prayer? Or perhaps He answered your prayer in a manner you did not expect? How did you feel about it? How did it affect your spiritual life and the spiritual lives of those around you?  Please share.
  7. It’s been said that all prayers are answered, but they fall under 1 of 3 answers: Yes, no, and wait. Do you think this is true why or why not?

Taking it Home:

What is one thing you can apply to your life from this message and how can this group remember you in prayer this week?

FollowUp 3-6-18


Message Title:  Visions of the Future and the Power in Prayer

Series: Visions of the Future

Key verses:  Daniel 9:20-23

Sermon Notes:

Prayer and the Principles of an Empowered Life (Daniel 9: 1-19)

  1. Prayer is knowing and acknowledging who God is
  2. Prayer is knowing our limits and accepting our failure
  3. Prayer is yearning for and submitting to God’s plan

Result: Experiencing God’s awesome power

The Answer to Daniel’s Prayer: The Seventy Sevens (Daniel 9:20-27)

Follow-up questions from Sunday:

Icebreaker: What big prayers has God answered in the last year for your life?  Please share one or two.

  1. Read Jeremiah 29:10-14. This is the prophecy Daniel discovered in the writings of Jeremiah, dating roughly a century earlier. God expresses a change in His relationship with Israel. What does this tell us about God’s seriousness with regard to sin? What kind of a heart does God want to develop in His children?
  2. Read Daniel 9:4-11. Make a list of God’s characteristics, as identified by Daniel and God’s people. How can reflecting on a list like this be helpful in our relationship with God? Why do you think it is difficult for us, especially in today’s world, to take responsibility for our failure?
  3. As you look over the list of Israel’s mistakes, check off the ones you’ve made in your own life. How did you feel about your mistakes at the time? How do you feel about them now? What did God teach you?
  4. Read Daniel 9:17-19. Daniel is praying for the things that God promised in Jeremiah 29. Why is he praying for things that God already says He intends to do? Jesus does the same thing in Matthew 6:10. What does this say to us about the role of prayer?  How can we apply this principle in our lives?
  5. Read Daniel 9:20-23. What does this tell you about God’s opinion of prayer? What do Gabriel’s words reveal about the importance of how we live our lives?
  6. Read Daniel 9:26-27. In verse 26, Messiah is “put to death” (NIV). This is an astounding prophecy of the death of Jesus  made hundreds of years before His birth. How does this encourage your faith today?  How should knowing this encourage us to study Daniel’s prophecies deeper as we look to the future?  What do you think is the value in trying to understand them?

FollowUp 2-27-18


Message Title:  Visions of the Future and the Miracle of Prophecy

Series: Visions of the Future

Key verses:  Daniel 8:20-21

Sermon Notes:

Daniel Ch 8 predicts:

  1. The coming of the Medo-Persian Empire by name before it came to power. (Daniel 8:20)
  2. The coming of the Greek Empire by name before it came to power. (Daniel 8:21)
  3. The coming of the Jewish revolt against the Greeks before it happened. (Dan 8:13-14)

 

How does the Bible do this?

  1. The God of the Bible is real.
  2. Jesus says that prophecy is persuasive for faith.

 

Follow-up questions from Sunday:

Icebreaker: As you look at the current events of the world, are you an optimist or a pessimist?

  1. What are your impressions of Daniel chapter 7 and 8 which has been shared these last two weeks by Pastor Frank? Why do you think God had Daniel write these two chapters?  How do you think God has used these last two chapters to speak to His people for the last 2,500 years?
  2. It is said that every person, even an atheist, has some degree of faith. Do you agree with this?  How do you know that what you believe is true?  What evidence or facts do you stand on in believing in Jesus?
  3. Read Acts 9:20-22,17:1-4, 26:21-28, 28:23-24. From the moment the Apostle Paul/Saul became a believer in Jesus, he would use prophecy in Scripture to persuade people to faith.  How has prophecy been used to persuade you to faith early in your journey and today?  Have you ever used prophecy to share your faith with others?  Why do you think that some people aren’t persuaded by prophecy?  Please share.
  4. Read Daniel 7:28, Daniel 8:27, John 21:18-19. There are times when God trusts us enough to reveal that difficult times are ahead.  Daniel was horrified at what God was telling him was going to happen to his people, and Jesus told Peter how he was going to die.  Has God ever trusted you enough to reveal hard things to you and how did you deal with it?  How did it affect your relationship with God?
  5. When God looks at the current events of the world do you think He is an optimist or a pessimist?

End your time praying for each other.

FollowUp 2-21-18


Message Title:  Visions of the Future and the Son of Man

Series: Visions of the Future

Key verses:
Daniel 7:13-14

Sermon Notes:

There are two types of predictive prophecy in the Scriptures:

  1. Fulfilled
  2. Going to be fulfilled.
  3. Jesus referred to himself as the “Son of Man” over 85 times in the scriptures.

Who is the Son of Man in Daniel 7?

  1. He appears before God in the form of a human being.
  2. He is of heavenly origins.
  3. He is given authority, glory, and sovereign power over all people forever.
  4. He is the Messiah.

How should Daniel 7 speak to us today?

  1. The God of the Bible is amazing.
  2. Jesus is coming again. Are you ready?

Follow up questions from Sunday:

 

Icebreaker: What animal scares you the most?

  1. How has Biblical prophecy affected your faith journey?
  2. What do you think are some of the Bible’s most amazing prophecies that have been fulfilled?
    3.  Read Isaiah 41:21-24, 42:8-9, 44:7-8.  What do you think the God of the Bible is trying to
    communicate to us in these verses?
    4.  Can you name some prophecies in the Bible that haven’t been fulfilled yet?
    What makes you think that these will happen?
  3. Read John 3:13-17. Jesus was speaking to a religious leader named Nicodemus.  What do you think
    Jesus was trying to teach him about the “Son of Man”?
  4. Read Daniel 7:13-14, Mk 14:61-64. At Jesus’ trial, He was asked if He was the fulfillment of this
    passage.  From His reply, how should we interpret the sequence of this prophecy becoming fulfilled?
    How does the idea of Jesus coming again and fulfilling this prophecy make you feel?  How do you
    think this should impact our daily lives?

End your time praying for each other.

 

FollowUp 2-13-18


Message Title:  Rest

Series: Boot Camp

Key verses:  Mark 6:30-31

Sermon Notes:

  1. In the Bible, rest is not a suggestion but a command. Ex 20:8-11
  2. God expects His people to be people of balance. Ex 20:8-11
  3. Jesus is our rest (Shabbat.)
  4. Jesus is our peace (Shalom.)

How should we approach Sabbath?

  1. Greet God in the morning. (Ps 5:3, Lam 3:22-23)
  2. Seek a spirit of thankfulness. (Phil 4:6,1 Thess 5:16-18)
  3. Come to church. (Heb 10:25)
  4. Be still (Ps 46:10)
  5. Focus your thoughts (Col 3:1-2, Rev 4:1-6)
  6. Other_____

Follow up questions from Sunday:

 

Icebreaker: What is your earliest memory of church?

  1. Read Ex 20:8-11, Is 58:13-14. What captures your attention as you read this verses?  What do you think God is trying to say to us about the importance and benefits of taking a day of rest?
  2. What things distract you from making Sunday a day for you and Jesus to connect? How have you experienced Sunday being honorable and a delight to you?
  3. Read Mk 6:30-31, Mt11:28-29. How does these verses describe the heart of Jesus to us?  When was the last time the you experienced Jesus giving you rest?
  4. Read Lk 10:38-42. What do you love most about this story?  Between Martha or Mary who do you most identify with in your personality?
  5. Read Jn 14:27. How have you experienced the peace of Jesus in your life?
  6. Read Col 3:1-2, Rev 4:1-6. The scriptures tells us that we need to keep our mind on things above where Jesus is.  When you realize what the throne of Jesus looks like and picture yourself standing there in His presence….how does it make you feel?  What happens to your stresses and problems?  Should can this scene give us courage and strength to press on in the fight of life.

Pray for each other that we all learn the secret to finding true rest and peace in Jesus for our daily lives.