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How Big Is Your God.  May 31, 2020

How Big Is Your God. May 31, 2020

June 1, 2020

How Big is Your God?

May 31, 2020


We are part of a ___________________________.

  • God is the main __________________________ in the story
  • the story is about God’s _____________________of humanity
  • we are ________________________ characters in God’s story



When we give God the ___________________ things start to go right.

When things go right with the world we live in times of____________.



Is He your ______________?


Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, for he is our God. (Psalm 95:6, NLT)


If God is your God then you are____________________________!


We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care (Psalm 95:7a, NLT)


Is it your story or God’s story?


If only you would listen to his voice today! (Psalm 95:7b, NLT)



What happens if we make the story about us?


The Lord says, “Don’t harden your hearts as Israel did at Meribah, as they did at Massah in the wilderness. For there your ancestors tested and tried my patience, even though they saw everything I did. (Psalm 95:8–9, NLT)


  1. They ______________________________ the goodness of God.
  2. They ______________________________ the greatness of God.
  3. They magnified potential _____________________________.


…we are like grasshoppers in comparison! (Num 13:33, NLT)


  1. They minimized the powerful ______________________ of God.
  2. They ________________________themselves from the blessings of God.



They ______________________________ themselves…


If only we had died in Egypt or even here in this wilderness. (Num 14:2b, NLT)


God gave them what they _________________________________…


Now tell them this: ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very things I heard you say. You will all drop dead in this wilderness! (Numbers 14:28–29a, NLT)



For forty years I was angry with them, and I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts turn away from me. They refuse to do what I tell them.’ So in my anger I took an oath: ‘They will never enter my place of rest.’ ” (Psalm 95:10–11, NLT)



What happens if we make the story about God?


The faithful ___________________________ in the goodness of God.


The faithful ___________________________ in the greatness of God.


And if the Lord is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us. (Numbers 14:8a, NLT)


Where others see obstacles the faithful see ______________________.


They said to all the people of Israel, “The land we traveled through and explored is a wonderful land! (Numbers 14:7, NLT)


While others worry about man’s ____________________ the faithful are confident in God’s ____________________________.


Do not rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the Lord is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!” (Numbers 14:9, NLT)


The faithful ___________________________ the blessings of God.


It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey. (Numbers 14:8b, NLT)



What about us?


Walk with _______________________________.

Move forward with _____________________________.

Make it _____________________________ story.


The obstacle of health restrictions?

Let’s __________________ and trust God and see the opportunities.


The obstacle of man’s power?

We don’t need to worry about the _____________________________



Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. If only you would listen to his voice today! (Psalm 95:6–7, NLT)






Digging Deeper

A deeper study for individuals and small groups


Read Numbers 13:1-14:10.


If you could write a headline for the story what would it be?

Why would you make that the headline?

What other headlines are possible?

What difference does it make how we read the story?


Have you ever been torn between two different versions of events and struggled to know whose story to trust?


What would you have done if you were in the Israelite group at that point? Whose story would you have trusted?


Have you ever been in a situation like this, where you knew what God wanted you to do, but you did not want to do it?


What was the situation?

How did it eventually turn out?

What did you learn from that experience?


How is that kind of situation different from a time when you do not know what God is asking you to do?


Which situation is easier?

Which situation would you rather be in?


Have you ever been in Caleb and Joshua’s place? Where you are trying to persuade people to trust God and they are hesitant?

What would you have done?


Is there anything that God is clearly asking you to do right now?

What is one thing you can do this week to take a step in that direction?


Take some time to pray for each other about that one area of obedience you want to step into.


I Wish I Could Say No.  May 24, 2020

I Wish I Could Say No. May 24, 2020

June 1, 2020

I Wish…
I could say no
May 24, 2020

The power of “no” will keep you out of traps.

Saying “no” starts with saying “yes”.

“No” starts with a desire for integrity before God alone.

Daniel was determined not to defile himself… (Daniel 1:8)

Daniel’s deeper “yes” was his daily relationship with God.

He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God. (Daniel 6:10b, NLT)


First “no”: Other people and their plans for your life.

“Select only strong, healthy, and good-looking young men,” he said. “Make sure they are well versed in every branch of learning, are gifted with knowledge and good judgment, and are suited to serve in the royal palace. Train these young men in the language and literature of Babylon.” (Daniel 1:4, NLT)

Sometimes you are going to need to say no to “_______________________________” so that you can invest in “___________________________________”.

You will need to say no to people who are not aligned with you __________________________________.

[Some tips for saying no to people.
1. Be polite.
2. Be direct.
3. Don’t apologize.
4. Don’t lie.
5. Give other options.

Second “no”: Ungodly wants and desires.

But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief of staff for permission not to eat these unacceptable foods. (Daniel 1:8, NLT)

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, (Titus 2:11–12, NIV)


Third “no”: Fear.

Sometimes our struggle with “no” is about ____________________________________________.

I will give you one more chance to bow down and worship the statue I have made when you hear the sound of the musical instruments. But if you refuse, you will be thrown immediately into the blazing furnace. And then what god will be able to rescue you from my power?” (Daniel 3:15, NLT)

1. God is your _________________________________.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. (Daniel 3:16, NLT)

2. God is ______________________________ than this situation.

If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. (Daniel 3:17, NLT)

3. Even if it doesn’t turn out, God will ____________________________________!

But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.” (Daniel 3:18, NLT)


Behind every wise no is a better ______________________.


Digging Deeper
A deeper study for individuals and small groups.

Warming Up to God
In what way are you currently feeling pressured by the world around you? Talk openly with God and others in your group about your struggles.

Getting into the Word
The real test of saying “no” comes in unfamiliar surroundings. Daniel and his friends were abducted from their home and taken to Babylon when they were probably only twelve to fourteen years old. In Babylon they were placed in a three-year university to become Babylonian operatives. A crisis of conscience erupted when the first meal was served.

What specific tactics were used to give these young Jews a new Babylonian orientation (3-7)?
Why were the food regulations of the Old Testament Law so important to Daniel (vv. 8-10)?

Do you think he was making a big issue out of a minor problem? Explain.
What steps did Daniel take to provide a creative alternative to the king's plan (vv. 11-14)?

What criteria can Christians use today to determine which activities we will engage in and which we won't?
In all that Daniel and his friends experienced, where do you find the greatest encouragement in this first chapter.

Talk about saying “no”. Is there something in your life you are struggling to say no to? How are you dealing with that? Avoiding it? Being aggressive? How is that strategy working? What can you do differently in light of this week’s message?

Responding in Prayer
Pray for wisdom and conviction that you might know better how to be in the world but not of it.



I Wish I Had More Strength.  May 17, 2020

I Wish I Had More Strength. May 17, 2020

June 1, 2020

May 17, 2020
I Wish…. I Had More Strength
Pastor Alisha Riegel


Judges 6-7:22 – Gideon

We need the help and strength of others.

We need the help and strength of God.


Seven years later, the people cry out to God for help.


I should be stronger than: _________________


List some of the ways you’ve seen God moving in the past:




Look backwards to see God’s presence. Look forwards in hope.


Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV), “…for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Isaiah 30:15 (NIV), “… in quietness and trust is your strength…”

Isaiah 40:31 (NIV), “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength…”

Proverbs 18:10 (NIV), “The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”

1 Chronicles 16:11 (ESV), “Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!”


Scriptures About God’s Strength:
2 Corinthians 12:8-10
Psalm 61:1-2
Psalm 46:1-3
Proverbs 18:10
Nehemiah 8:10
Exodus 15:2
Psalm 9:9-10
Isaiah 26:3-4
1 Chronicles 16:11
Psalm 32:7-8
Deuteronomy 31:8
Isaiah 30:15
Philippians 4:12-13
Isaiah 40:31

Suggested Songs:
Do it Again – Elevation Worship

I Wish I Could Worry Less.  May 10, 2020

I Wish I Could Worry Less. May 10, 2020

June 1, 2020

May 10, 2020
I Wish…. I Could Worry Less
Yusuf Mohammed


  1. Pray more than __________________________
  • Find a personal rhythm of prayer


“6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6-7


“25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose” - Acts 16:16-40


  1. Trade __________________________ for God’s peace


  • Cast your anxiety on Jesus

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” - Matthew 11:28-30 

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Phil 4:7


“7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:7 

  1. Have the same ____________________________ as Jesus 


  • When stressed, arm yourself with the same attitude as Jesus


1Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever                  suffers in the body is done with sin. 2 As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 1 Peter 4:1-2


I Wish I Could Forgive.  May 3, 2020

I Wish I Could Forgive. May 3, 2020

May 19, 2020

I Wish
I could forgive - Outline
May 3, 2020

Jonah’s story.

Bitterness gives us a desire to see only judgment.

On the day Jonah entered the city, he shouted to the crowds: “Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed!” (Jonah 3:4, NLT)

When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened. (Jonah 3:10, NLT)

Bitterness introduces an angry root to our hearts.

This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry. (Jonah 4:1, NLT)

Bitterness brings us to a place where we lack compassion.

So he complained to the LORD about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, LORD? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. (Jonah 4:2, NLT)

Bitterness becomes a poison that destroys our spirit.

Just kill me now, LORD! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.” (Jonah 4:3, NLT)

What if I am still struggling to forgive?
What if I cannot let go of this bitter root?

1. Stop thinking about what has been done to you and start thinking about what has been done for you.

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.

Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good.

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (Romans 5:6–8, NLT)


2. It might not be your burden.

The LORD replied, “Is it right for you to be angry about this?” (Jonah 4:4, NLT)


3. See the person as a human being whom God loves.

The LORD said, “You were upset about this little plant, something for which you have not worked nor did you do anything to make it grow. It grew up overnight and died the next day.

Should I not be even more concerned about Nineveh, this enormous city? There are more than one hundred twenty thousand people in it who do not know right from wrong, as well as many animals!” (Jonah 4:10–11, NET)

4. Release the empty breath inside of you.

Those who worship worthless idols forfeit the mercy that could be theirs. (Jonah 2:8, NET)

Those who cling to empty breath forfeit the mercy that could be theirs. (Jonah 2:8)

Make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. (Colossians 3:13, NLT)


Digging Deeper
A study for individuals and small groups

Read Jonah 4:1-11.

What was Jonah angry about in verse 1?
How did Jonah’s attitude contrast with God’s attitude?

What was the root cause of Jonah’s anger?
What was the real reason Jonah fled to Tarshish in chapter 1?

What did Jonah know about God’s character?
What does it mean that God is
slow to anger?
filled with unfailing love?

What does this show about God’s attitude toward people?

Why did God ask this question in verse 4?
Did Jonah have a reason to be angry?

Have you ever been so angry that you wanted judgment to fall on someone else?
Was your anger justified?
How do you feel about that situation now?
If God blessed that person now or was merciful toward them how would you respond?
Do you feel that you are over that situation or are you still angry about it?

Does God’s question to Jonah in verse 11 have anything to say about your situation?

Take some time to pray about this situation and ask the Lord to help you to heal. Consciously choose to release this situation into the Lord’s hands.

I Wish I Had More Control.  April 26

I Wish I Had More Control. April 26

May 19, 2020

I Wish
I had more control - Outline
April 26, 2020

What do you wish you could control? (Make a list)

How do we manage our need to control the things we can’t control?

David’s Story: David could have tried to control his _______________________________________.

1. David cut Saul’s ___________________________ but did not harm him. (1 Samuel 24:5-7)

“The LORD forbid that I should do this... I shouldn’t attack the LORD’s anointed one, for the LORD himself has chosen him.” (1 Samuel 24:6, NLT)

2. David entered Saul’s camp but did not harm him. (1 Samuel 26:22-23)

Now may the LORD value my life, even as I have valued yours today. May he rescue me from all my troubles.” (1 Samuel 26:24, NLT)

Choose to rule over the _________________________________ of your own heart.

1. Be ________________________________ in the areas you can control.
2. _______________________ in God’s ________________________ in the areas that you cannot control.


What does it look like to be proactive in areas we can control?

Examine your __________________________.

What habits do you have that are proactive?
What habits do you have that are passive?

David’s Story: David exchanged a ________________________ habit for a _______________________ habit.

In the spring of the year, when kings normally go out to war, David sent Joab and the Israelite army to fight the Ammonites. …David stayed behind in Jerusalem. (2 Samuel 11:1, NLT)

David experienced what James talked about many years later.

Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death. (James 1:14–15, NLT)

Passive habits contain three parts:
a. A _______________________________.
b. A ________________________________.
c. A _________________________________.

Passive habits are hard to break because your brain is hard-wired to move toward them in times of stress.


How do we get rid of passive habits?

1. ___________________________________ your triggers.


What is your trigger?


2. Issue a ___________________________ reward.

…let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2, NLT)

Find a reward that leads you into a ________________________________ habit.


3. Insert a ______________________ routine.

throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. (Ephesians 4:22–24, NLT)


Learn to rule over the kingdom of your own heart.

But David found ___________________________ in the LORD his God. (1 Samuel 30:6b, NLT)



I Wish I could change the past:  I Wish Series

I Wish I could change the past: I Wish Series

April 24, 2020

 I Wish - Sermon Series

I could change the past - Outline

April 19, 2020


If you could be free of one thing in your life what would it be?

     For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is_____________________. (2 Corinthians 3:17, NLT)

When you are closest to God is when you are the _________________________________ in your life.

    Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family      forever. (John 8:34–35, NLT)

    So if the Son sets you free, you are_________________________. (John 8:36, NLT)


Finding freedom from the regrets of the past.

Jacob’s story. (Genesis 25:27-34; chaps. 27-32)

  • “_____________________________”
  • His brother’s ____________________________.
  • His father’s ________________________________.
  • His father-in-law’s_________________________.

     This is how he built his own flock instead of increasing Laban’s. (Genesis 30:40b, NLT)


At first, Jacob experienced __________________________sorrow.

     For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in _______________________. There’s no regret for that kind         of  sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks___________________________, results in spiritual death. (2 Corinthians 7:10, NLT)

Jacob is finally changed when he has an ________________________ 
with God. 

     I am not worthy of all the unfailing love and faithfulness you have shown to me, your servant.
Genesis 32:10a, NLT)

    O Lord, please rescue me from the hand of my brother, Esau. I am afraid that he is coming to attack me, along with my wives and children. (Genesis          32:11, NLT)


Jacob learns four practical things about regret.

  1. Your biggest failures are not too big for______________________.

          During the night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two servant wives, and his eleven sons and crossed the Jabbok River with them. After                taking them to the other side, he sent over all his possessions.

         This left Jacob all alone in the camp…

  1. Sometimes you need to wrestle with God over _________________________________________.

          This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break. When the man saw that he would not              win the match, he touched Jacob’s hip and wrenched it out of its socket.

          Then the man said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”  

  1. You can’t change your past, but God can give you a___________________________.

         “What is your name?” the man asked.

          He replied, “Jacob.”

          “Your name will no longer be Jacob,” the man told him. “From now on you will be called Israel, because you have fought with God and with men                 and have won.”

  1. An encounter with God will not leave you _________________.

          “Please tell me your name,” Jacob said. “Why do you want to know my name?” the man replied. Then he blessed Jacob there.

           Jacob named the place Peniel (which means “face of God”), for he said, “I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been spared.”

           The sun was rising as Jacob left Peniel, and he was limping because of the injury to his hip. (Genesis 32:22–31, NLT)


So if the Son sets you free, you are__________________________. (John 8:36, NLT)


Digging Deeper

A deeper study for individuals and small groups


Think about a time when you needed God’s protection.

How did that affect your prayer life?


Read 32:1-8.

How did God reveal his protection? Why might Jacob need protection? How did Jacob make initial contact with Esau? What was the messengers’ report? How did Jacob interpret the report? How did he calculate and prepare for Esau?


Read 32:9-12.

In his prayer, how did Jacob address God? What did he remember about God’s promises and God’s grace? What was his one main prayer request? What does this prayer show about his faith?


Read 32:13-21.

After praying, what did Jacob do? What instructions did he give his servants? Why? What does this reveal about Jacob?


Read 32:22-26.

What did Jacob get up in the middle of the night to do? Why? Describe the wrestling match. What was the outcome? How was Jacob injured? What blessing did he want? Who was struggling with Jacob?


Read 32:27-32.

What blessing did God give Jacob? What is the meaning of the changed name? What did Jacob name this place? Why?


Describe a time when you struggled or wrestled with God over something that was happening in your life?


What did you think that God was saying to you during that time?

What did you learn about God?


Take some time to share and pray for each other.




Is there hope in crisis?  Big Questions Series

Is there hope in crisis? Big Questions Series

April 16, 2020

Is there hope in crisis? - Outline

Big Questions

April 12, 2020

 We don’t like crisis.

  • _______________________________and confused.
  • What is ____________________________ now?
  • _________________________ and frustration.
  • _________________________ and weary.

 But there is hope in crisis.

 Our hope is grounded in the _______________________________.


Peter’s story.


Good things can come out of crisis. 

  1. Crisis can lead to _______________________________.

 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. (1 Peter 1:3a, NLT)

 By God’s great ___________________________.

We are ___________________________ again.

Because God _________________________ Jesus from the dead.


  1. Crisis can help us ___________________ on what is most ___________________________.

 Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. (1 Peter 1:3b-4, NLT)

 We live with ____________________________.

 We have a ________________________ inheritance.


  1. Crisis can strengthen our _________________________.

 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see. (1 Peter 1:5, NLT)

 Kept by _________________________.

______________________________ by God’s power.


 How can we respond to this crisis? 

  1. Lean into __________________________________ of faith.
  2. Get your family ___________________________ about their frustrations and fears.
  3. Give yourself _______________________________ to rest.
  1. Replace “dazed and confused” with “_____________________________________.”


So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. (1 Peter 1:6, NLT)


These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold.


So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. (1 Peter 1:7, NLT)


Ready and hopeful.

We will endure ________________ and we have the hope of ____________________________.


Is Jesus Real?  Big Question Series

Is Jesus Real? Big Question Series

April 7, 2020

Is Jesus Real? Outline

Big Questions Series

April 5, 2020


Jesus made an ______________________statement about himself.

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. (John 14:6, NLT)


Was Jesus real?


Historical events are considered real because of eyewitness accounts in history.

  • The battle of Midway in 1942.
  • The assignation of JFK in 1963.
  • The death of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C.
  • The death of Gandhi in 1948. 

The classical historical method validates that Jesus existed.

  • a real ______________________
  • a respected _____________________
  • a respected ________________________
  • ________________________ and crucified


Is Jesus real?

Does the classical historical method show that Jesus rose from the dead?


  1. Jesus ________________ and _____________________________.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried… (1 Corinthians 15:3–4, NIV)

He was killed by ___________________________ killers.


  1. The________________________________________.

that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, (1 Corinthians 15:4, NIV)


Some important facts:

  1. The Romans did not ________________the body of Jesus.
  2. The women did not go to the _______________________.
  3. The disciples ___________________________________ to steal a body guarded by Roman soldiers.
  4. The disciples ____________________________________
    about the resurrection in spite of intense persecution and eventual death.


  1. The disciple’s lives were __________________________________
    after they saw Jesus alive.


  1. Peter
  2. Thomas
  3. Paul
  4. James


  1. Jesus was seen alive by ___________________________________ at the same time.

and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. (1 Corinthians 15:5–6, NIV)


Practical Application: What does this potentially mean for us?


What if there is only one way?

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. (John 14:6, NLT)


Is Jesus being inclusive or exclusive here?

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. (John 11:25, NLT)

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16, NLT)

He does not want anyone to be destroyed but wants everyone to repent. (2 Peter 3:9, NLT)

Yet God … has planted eternity in the human heart… (Ecclesiastes 3:11, NLT)



Digging Deeper

A deeper study for individuals and groups


What comes to mind when you think of heaven?

What storms has the future hope of heaven helped you weather in life?


Read John 14:1-6.

Why does Jesus tell his disciples to not let their hearts be troubled?

What has Jesus been telling them that might give them reason to be troubled? (See John 13:21, 33, 36-38)


What does Jesus tell his disciples to do in order to fight the urge to be troubled?

How does this give the disciples peace as they face the trouble that is about to come?

How can this same belief give you peace in your troubles?


How does Jesus describe his “Father’s house” in this passage?

What does God’s house represent?

What does the idea of “many rooms” communicate to you?


What is Jesus about to do that will “prepare a place” for them?

What is Jesus talking about here?


When Jesus talks about going away, what impact does that statement have on some of his disciples?


Jesus responds with John 14:6.

What does Jesus mean that he is the way, truth and life?



Share and pray for each other about troubles you are facing in your life right now.

This week look for an opportunity to share the hope that Jesus provides in this passage with someone whom you know is facing trouble in their life.


Is there a second coming?  Big Questions Series

Is there a second coming? Big Questions Series

March 30, 2020

Is there a second coming? Outline

Big Questions Series

March 29, 2020


Later, Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives. His disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?” (Matthew 24:3, NLT)

3 types of responses to the second coming:

  1. “It’s _______________________to happen.”
  2. “Going to happen and I know ____________________________ about it.”
  3. “If it happens today, it happens. I will be__________________________.”


“____________________________” Signs of Jesus’ return: (Matthew 24:5-14)

  • wars
  • ___________________
  • earthquakes
  • ___________________
  • turning away from Jesus
  • rise of false prophets
  • increase of ____________
  • Good News _________________________around the world


“_________________________________” Signs:


  1. “a __________________________________________that causes desolation” (Dan 9:27; 11:31; 12:11)

“The day is coming when you will see what Daniel the prophet spoke about—the sacrilegious object that causes desecration standing in the Holy Place.” (Reader, pay attention!) (Matthew 24:15, NLT)

The ruler will make a treaty with the people for a period of one set of seven, but after half this time, he will put an end to the sacrifices and offerings. And as a climax to all his terrible deeds, he will set up a sacrilegious object that causes desecration, until the fate decreed for this defiler is finally poured out on him.” (Daniel 9:27, NLT)

Daniel’s prophecy has been partially fulfilled two times in recorded history.

  1. Antiochus Epiphanes (168 B.C.)
  2. Nero (66 A.D.)

Temple worship in Jerusalem would have to restart in order for it to be “___________________________________” a third time.


  1. Miraculous ______________________________ and _____________________________.

For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones. (Matthew 24:24, NLT)


  1. Jesus ______________________return.

And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth.

 And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with the mighty blast of a trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the world—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven. (Matthew 24:30–31, NLT)


Some things to think about…


  1. “It’s not going to happen.”

This is the same response people had___________________________________.

“Where is he?” is a _______________________________ question.

They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.” (2 Peter 3:3–4, NLT)


God is on a different _______________________________.

But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. (2 Peter 3:8, NLT)


God is not late. He is ______________________________.

The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed but wants everyone to repent. (2 Peter 3:9, NLT)


  1. “It’s going to happen, and I know everything about it.”

No one knows the _________________ or _______________________

“However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows. (Matthew 24:36, NLT)

Hold your ___________________________ loosely.

Be careful not to speak as if you have ____________________________ knowledge.


  1. “If it happens today, it happens. I will be ready.”

Jesus talked about ___________________________.

And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth. (Matthew 24:31, NLT)

But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment. (2 Peter 3:10, NLT)

Jesus is coming back as ___________________________________ and _________________________________________. 

How _________________________________ are you for that day?

And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight. (2 Peter 3:14, NLT)


Digging Deeper

A deeper study for individuals and groups


Take some time to pray and ask the Lord to lead your study.

Share or think about things the Lord has been talking to you about this week.


Read 2 Peter 3:1-2.

What is Peter trying to do by writing 2 Peter?

Did Peter see any difference in the authority of Old Testament prophets or what the apostles have written?


Read 2 Peter 3:3-7.

What kind of people will arise in these last days?

What will they be led by?

What will these people say?

How does verses 5-6 show that their claim has no substance?

God is keeping the present heavens and earth for judgment. How will God judge them?


Read 2 Peter 3:8-13.

Finish the phrase, with the Lord one day is ....

Why is God delaying Jesus’ return?

What will happen when the Lord decides it is time for Jesus’ return?

Because of this kind of judgment, how then shall we live?

Because of the day of God, what two things are we told to do?

Describe what we are to be looking for?


Read 2 Peter 14-18.

When He comes, what three things should characterize us? (14)

Finally, what two things does Peter tell us to do? (17-18)


Share prayer requests and pray for each other.

Or, write down your own prayer list and take time to pray for each need that is on your heart.




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