You Can Be Holy

• April 17th, 2018
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You Can Have Hope.

• April 16th, 2018
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We Are Bound Together By Love

• March 27th, 2018
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We All Do Our Part

• March 27th, 2018
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We Take Communion Together

• March 13th, 2018

Main Point: Christ’s table unites us with our Savior and our sisters and brothers in God’s family. We approach it carefully, hopefully, and gratefully.

Takeaway: Christ’s table represents the extraordinary measures God took to rescue us from the power of Satan, sin, and death. Having tasted God’s grace, we leave as free, empowered people — representatives of the Cross.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Describe some of your best and worst social dining experiences. What made them enjoyable or uncomfortable?
  2. Why do you think the early church struggled to share the Lord’s Supper properly? In what ways (if any) do you think the church struggles with Communion now?
  3. What does the concept of “dying to self” mean to you? How would you explain it to a new believer in Christ?
  4. How does regular participation in Communion benefit us, as individual Christ followers, and as a church community?

Table Discussion Question

What are some ways that we can better prepare ourselves to partake of Communion in the right spirit and attitude?

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We Look Out For Each Other

• March 6th, 2018

Main Point: Love for others is the essential ingredient in all we do
Takeaway: Jesus’ love for us and for others needs to be the directional arrow guiding our actions

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1.  What are some of the “gray areas” you’ve encountered, where you weren’t entirely clear what God would want you to do?
  1.  What criteria have you used to make decisions in those areas where you were free to choose among several options?  Of the criteria discussed in this message, which one do you want to pay more attention to?
  1.  Consider this often spoken line:  “I’m free to do what I want as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else.”  Given what we’ve discussed in the message, what are your thoughts on that?
  1.  When have you surrendered a “right to act” because it was in the best interest of another?  How did you feel about doing that? What was the result?

Table Discussion Question — What rights did Jesus surrender in order to bring us salvation?  Think of as many as you can.

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We Take Care of Out Marriages

• February 28th, 2018

Main Point: Doing life together means protecting and cultivating strong marriages.
Takeaway: The God who created marriage also shows us how to make it work.
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Discussion Questions:
What is an exceptional marriage relationship that you admire, and maybe even aspire to?

What is it about that relationship that makes it stand out?
Do you believe that marriage is designed to be mutually submissive, or is one spouse more in charge than the other? How does that work out in a practical sense?

How has the proliferation of sex in our culture cheapened it? What can we do to counter that?

If you are married, what does it look like for Northgate to care for and invest in your marriage? If you are not married, how can Northgate care for and invest in you as a single person?

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We Deal With Sin

• February 21st, 2018

Main Point: We have to be honest about our problem with sin and we have to deal with it.
Takeaway: Dealing with sin from a place of love and grace is a mark of a healthy church.

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
1. Have you ever had to have a difficult conversation with someone about a sinful issue? How
did that go? What went well and what might you do differently today?

2. The context of the 1 st Corinthian church was different from the context of the church today.
How does that affect the steps Paul directs the church to take? How can we apply those
principles to the church of today?

3. Do you think there is a time when it is best to completely separate from someone who
persists in sin? How would you know when that is the right thing to do?

4. Paul says he doesn’t judge those outside the church (1 Corinthians 5:12-13), but it seems
that in the modern church we often pay more attention to outsiders than we do insiders. Why do
you think we do that?

Table Discussion Question — How do you take it when someone speaks to you about an issue
of yours? How can we learn to be less defensive and more receptive to what others have to say
to us?

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We Are One Team

• February 14th, 2018

Main Point: The church is God’s Team for accomplishing his purposes in the world
Takeaway: God has a place for you on his team, and a purpose for your life

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1.  What teams have you been a part of over your lifetime?  Consider sports teams, work teams, school clubs, etc.  Even the family is a kind of team.  What were the best parts of being on those teams?  What were the most difficult parts?
  1.  What have you experienced as sources of division in the church at large?  What divisions do you think were warranted and which ones do you think were unnecessary?
  1.  Do you think the church today is still prone to personality cults, or are there more significant points of tension that you see?  Where does jealousy and quarreling come up in the church?  How have you seen this damage the witness of the church for Christ?
  1.  How can we as teammates better accomplish God’s purposes of spreading the good news of Jesus in the way we serve together?  What needs to be true about our behaviors, thoughts, attitudes and motivations, if we are to be mature teammates?

Table Discussion Question — Everyone on a team contributes something of value.  What qualities do you possess that make a positive contribution to the teams you are on and how can you use those qualities to serve Jesus?

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Healing Words

• February 6th, 2018
Main Point: Wise people recognize the power of healing words. 
Takeaway: Be someone who constantly seeks unity, not division, with your words. 
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Discussion Questions
  1. What is your background and upbringing as it pertains to racial diversity?
  2. Do you believe that racial reconciliation is a gospel issue? Why or why not? 
  3. When you examine your words and life do you find any traces of prejudice? If so, how can you address those immediately? 
  4. Is there a time that, after looking back, you wish that you had sought to understand rather than to judge? 
  5. Table Discussion Question: Do you use your words to unite or divide? How can you intentionally seek to grow in this area? 
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