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“Core Commitment #3: Humble Hearts” by Dave Hilliard

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Here are the sermon questions for the sermon given on Sunday, May 21st at the Richland Campus by Dave Hilliard:

1.       What examples of “full engagement” have you seen in yourself or others recently?  We included this question to give people a chance to review our “full engagement” value from two week’s ago.  Examples could include the Run for Rescue, volunteer greeters, volunteer music team, small group leaders, etc.

2.       How would you explain Bethel’s value of “humble hearts?” What would be the opposite?  It can be useful to help define something by identifying the opposite.  In this case, the opposite would be proud, conceited, coercive, complaining, condescending, trusting in yourself and abilities and “what you can do for God”.  Humble hearts are humble in recognizing their need and thankfulness for the gospel, joyfully surrendering to Christ’s Lordship without complaint, truly honors others and their value while having a right view of our self, and is a servant leader.

3.       How do the following Scriptures help us understand humility?  We selected these Scriptures as a way of surveying other verses besides those in the sermon on humility.

a.       2 Chron 7:14  Prayer is a posture of humility.  Prayerlessness indicates a proud, self-reliant heart.

b.       Prov 22:4  Humility is the fear of the Lord.  It is a right view of our self and of the Lord.

c.       Mark 9:35 Being a servant shows humility

d.       Rom 12:16  Humility is not conceited or proud but willing to associate with people of low levels (all levels)

e.       Phil 2:3 Humility values others above themselves – living a life of serving others and not living out of selfish ambition

4.       Read Luke 18:9-14.  How did the tax collector demonstrate his trust in the grace and mercy of Christ Jesus?  What did the Pharisee trust in?  The tax collector recognized his need for mercy in his declaration for mercy.  He also did not list the reasons why he “deserved” mercy.  The Pharisee trusted in how he compared to others, his pious disciplines, and what he could “do” for God.

5.       In submitting to Christ’s lordship, what has He asked you to do without complaint (e.g., obey Scripture, submit to authority, endure unfair treatment, complete a costly task, etc)?  Answers will vary here.

6.       What does it look to honor each person as the body of Christ?  We respect the thinking, opinions, values, and gifting of others.  We see every person as important, worth our time, worth listening to, and we believe everyone has something to contribute.  We view each person as a child of God and our family.  Dave Hilliard used an example of Dave B with the middle school space and the offices. 

7.       How did Jesus demonstrate leadership through serving?  How can we do this in our church, home, workplace, etc?

Break into gender groups to discuss the following:

8.       Was there anything from this sermon that was particularly convicting?  Humbly confess this to one another.  We are hoping this could be a time of specific confession that leads to prayer.

9.       When is the last time you prayed “God, be merciful to me, a sinner” like the tax-collector?  Consider using this prompt as you enter into prayer together.



Guest Speaker- James Armstrong

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These questions are intended to help you discuss the sermon on May 14th.

Read the main passage from the sermon and the sermon outline. Discuss the following:

  1. What is the big idea of the passage? (Consider what you would share with someone who didn’t hear the sermon.)
  2. What does it teach you about God?
  3. What does it teach you about people and yourself?
  4. Do you believe this passage is from God? If so, how would He want you to change?
  5. From this passage, what about the Lord could be attractive to those who don’t know Him? Who will you share Him with this week?

Prayer time:

Continue to pray for clarity and unity during the Senior Pastor transition.



“Core Commitment #2: Full Engagement” by Jason Greene

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Here are the sermon questions for the Richland Campus sermon given on May 7th:

  1. What examples of “transforming depth” have you seen in yourself or others recently?  This question was intended as a review of our core commitment #1 from last week’s sermon.  Examples might include accountability partnerships developed, deeper Bible study personally, investment in a discipleship relationship, giving of your time or resources in a new way, etc.
  2. How would you explain Bethel’s value of “full engagement?” Why do you think this is a core value?  Answers will vary on this question but should generally be about every person using their God-given gifts to serve in significant ministry – in the church, in the community, with younger believers, sharing the gospel, giving generously to ministry, etc.  This is a core value at Bethel largely because of the number of people who attend our church.  Hired staff would never be able to do all the ministry needed, disciple or invest in every person, nor is it Biblical for them to do so.  Every person is gifted to encourage the body of believers with their gifts and every believer is commanded to “make disciples”.
  3. How do the following Scriptures help us understand the four sermon points for “full engagement?”
    1. Eph. 4:11-12 – The main idea here is that we are charged with equipping every believer to do ministry – as staff and volunteers.  Every person is fully engaged in ministry.
    2. Titus 2:3-7 – The main idea here is for every believer to be investing in a younger believer (spiritually younger, not necessarily physically younger) with the intent of making disciples.  Every person is fully engaged in making disciples.
    3. 2 Cor. 9:7-8   – The main idea here is for every believer to give their resources and money to the work of the ministry freely, joyfully and generously.  Every person is fully engaged in generous giving and good works.
    4. 1 Peter 3:15 – The main idea is that we get to share the hope we have in Jesus Christ with those around us – living on mission with respect and gentleness.  Every person is fully engaged in sharing the gospel.
  4. Jason summarized Ephesians 2:1-10 with this statement:  “We were saved from the wrath of God, by the work of God, for the work of God.”  How does this statement relate to our value of “full engagement?”  This statement and these verses provide the motivation, the “why” for being fully engaged in ministry.  We are not saved by being fully engaged, being fully engaged in a life of ministry is our response to what the Lord has done for us in Christ Jesus.
  5. What hinders “full engagement” in the life of a Christian?  Answers will vary but might include things like – distractions due to the pleasures of the world and busyness of life; we forget all that the Lord did for us and the ministry He has called us to; or we become inward focused due to the worries of this life.

Break into gender groups to discuss the following:

  1. How are you currently demonstrating “full engagement” in the following?  Which is the hardest for you and why?  answers will vary…we are hoping that by sharing what you are doing to be fully engaged it will help others discover how they could grow in this area.
    1. Discovering, developing and deploying into ministry and mission (for self and/or helping others).
    2. Linking to each generation in unified purpose.
    3. Generously giving your resources and talents.
    4. Living on mission every day.
  2. Pray together and specifically ask the Lord what you can work on with Him as you grow in “full engagement”.