Oct 10, 2021
Keep Looking to Jesus – Dan Shurr
Series: One off
This week, Pastor Dan Shurr shares a message titled 'Keep Looking to Jesus!' based on Hebrews 12:1-6.

1. The danger of discouragement.

2. 3 reasons to keep focused on Jesus:
a. Because of WHO HE IS – “founder and perfector of our faith.”
b. Because of WHAT HE HAS DONE – “endured the cross.”
c. Because of WHERE HE REIGNS – “at the right hand of God.”

3. He recites 5 promises to us:
a. Steadfast love of God never ceases.
b. His mercies never come to an end.
c. They are new every morning.
d. Great is Thy faithfulness.
e. The Lord is my portion.

ICEBREAKER: What is the most delightful hotel or house you have stayed in while on vacation?

1. Who is the great cloud of witnesses mentioned in Hebrews 12:1? Why do we need them [cf. Acts 1:8; 1 Timothy 6:12; and 1 Peter 5:1]?

2. Why is the metaphor of long-distance running such an appropriate illustration of the Christian life [Hebrews 12:1]? Also consult 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Galatians 5:7; and Philippians 2:14-16.

3. How is it possible to experience joy in the middle of suffering [Hebrews 12:2]? Also consider Luke 24:26; John 16:20-22; and 2 Corinthians 8:1-2.

4. According to Hebrews 12:2, who is Jesus, and what had He accomplished on our behalf [cf. Matthew 16:24-27; Philippians 2:5-11; and Hebrews 2:10]?

5. How does Christ’s example of faithful endurance of suffering encourage you to do the same [Hebrews 12:3]? Also examine Luke 2:34-35; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18; and Revelation 2:3.

6. What is the value of the Lord’s discipline as outlined in Hebrews 12:5-6? Also look up Deuteronomy 8:5; Psalm 94:12-13; and 1 Corinthians 11:27-32.

7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

“Never let any man become necessary to you. Christ alone is necessary. Apart from Him we are completely wretched; without Him we cannot live and dare not die. Our need of Him is real and vital and will outlast time and go on into eternity. That deep and desperate need is met by Christ so completely that when we have Him we need no one else.” (A.W. Tozer)
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  • Oct 10, 2021Keep Looking to Jesus – Dan Shurr
    Oct 10, 2021
    Keep Looking to Jesus – Dan Shurr
    Series: One off
    This week, Pastor Dan Shurr shares a message titled 'Keep Looking to Jesus!' based on Hebrews 12:1-6.

    1. The danger of discouragement.

    2. 3 reasons to keep focused on Jesus:
    a. Because of WHO HE IS – “founder and perfector of our faith.”
    b. Because of WHAT HE HAS DONE – “endured the cross.”
    c. Because of WHERE HE REIGNS – “at the right hand of God.”

    3. He recites 5 promises to us:
    a. Steadfast love of God never ceases.
    b. His mercies never come to an end.
    c. They are new every morning.
    d. Great is Thy faithfulness.
    e. The Lord is my portion.

    ICEBREAKER: What is the most delightful hotel or house you have stayed in while on vacation?

    1. Who is the great cloud of witnesses mentioned in Hebrews 12:1? Why do we need them [cf. Acts 1:8; 1 Timothy 6:12; and 1 Peter 5:1]?

    2. Why is the metaphor of long-distance running such an appropriate illustration of the Christian life [Hebrews 12:1]? Also consult 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Galatians 5:7; and Philippians 2:14-16.

    3. How is it possible to experience joy in the middle of suffering [Hebrews 12:2]? Also consider Luke 24:26; John 16:20-22; and 2 Corinthians 8:1-2.

    4. According to Hebrews 12:2, who is Jesus, and what had He accomplished on our behalf [cf. Matthew 16:24-27; Philippians 2:5-11; and Hebrews 2:10]?

    5. How does Christ’s example of faithful endurance of suffering encourage you to do the same [Hebrews 12:3]? Also examine Luke 2:34-35; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18; and Revelation 2:3.

    6. What is the value of the Lord’s discipline as outlined in Hebrews 12:5-6? Also look up Deuteronomy 8:5; Psalm 94:12-13; and 1 Corinthians 11:27-32.

    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

    “Never let any man become necessary to you. Christ alone is necessary. Apart from Him we are completely wretched; without Him we cannot live and dare not die. Our need of Him is real and vital and will outlast time and go on into eternity. That deep and desperate need is met by Christ so completely that when we have Him we need no one else.” (A.W. Tozer)
  • Oct 6, 2019Celebrate the Good News – Dan Shurr
    Oct 6, 2019
    Celebrate the Good News – Dan Shurr
    Series: One off
    This week Pastor Dan Shurr preached a sermon titled Celebrate the Good News  focusing on Luke 4:17-20.
     
    Questions
    Luke 4:17-20.
    ICEBREAKER: Do you have any siblings? What are/were they like?
    1. Luke 4:16-17 give us a brief glimpse into Jesus’ spiritual life along with the worship practices of the first century Jews. What do you learn from these verses, as well as Matthew 21:12-13; Luke 5:16; and Luke 11:1, that inspire your walk with the Lord?
    2. Jesus relied on the Holy Spirit throughout His earthly ministry [Luke 4:18; cf. Luke 4:1; Luke 10:21; Acts 10:38]. How do you live in light of the resources provided by the Holy Spirit? Consider Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; and Ephesians 5:15-20 as well.
    3. The text Jesus read in Nazareth’s synagogue was from Isaiah 61, which is clearly messianic. How would people identify the Messiah from this text? Did Jesus qualify? Examine other passages such as Matthew 4:17; Matthew 11:2- 6; Luke 8:26-33; and Luke 13:10-17.
    4. Jesus stopped reading Isaiah 61 halfway through verse 2 and did not read “...and the day of vengeance of our God.” Why do you think He stopped there? Consult also Matthew 20:28; John 1:29; John 3:17; and 1 Timothy 1:15.
    5. “To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour” [Luke 4:19] refers back to the Jewish practice of the year of Jubilee [Leviticus 25:8-12]. From Jesus’ lips, the Jubilee year becomes a word picture of salvation. What should be our response to total debt forgiveness, according to this text and Matthew 18:32-33; Luke 5:24; Ephesians 4:32; and Colossians 3:12-13?
    6. Jesus claimed to be the fulfillment of Isaiah’s messianic prophecy [Luke 4:21]. However, by vs. 29, his hometown people completely turned against Him. What happened? What are your expectations of Jesus [cf. Matthew 16:21-23; Luke 24:21; and Acts 1:6]?
    7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
     
    “You don’t realize Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have.” (Tim Keller)