Sunday Morning Messages

Western Avenue Baptist Church of Statesville, NC


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Genesis 2-Luke 15: Shame Filled to Shame Free

Small Group Discussion Questions 1. The topic of shame was covered in this message. Think about the most embarrassing and shameful thing you have ever done that you hope no one ever knows about. Now share this with the group. Just kidding!! Don’t do that. But is there something in your past that is sharable that makes you cringe whenever you think about it? 2. What is it about these feelings and emotions of shame that make them so difficult to get past? 3. How would you distinguish guilt from shame? 4. We live in a shame culture. Do you have examples of where you have seen this shame culture in action? 5. In the story of the prodigal son, the younger son made a shameful request of his father. In what way(s) did the father act that would have been seen as shameful in that culture? 6. God loves us and uses us despite what we have done. How does God gain greater glory when he does His work through imperfect and flawed people? 7. Think about and discuss some people in the Bible who were very flawed yet used by God (hint: perhaps look at the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1). In what way were they flawed, and in what way were they used by God for His glory? 8. Andy talked about the need to turn down the volume of the voice of the culture and turn up the volume of God’s voice. What are some ways we can put this idea into practice?

Aug 07
Psalm 51: What Does God Do With Our Sin: He Forgives It

Small Group Discussion Questions 1) What is the dirtiest you have ever been? What was the most difficult time you’ve had getting clean? How does that compare to times you’ve felt “dirty” on the inside? 2) We are so much like the Bible’s “heroes.” Try to name several famous people from the Bible who committed horrible sins. 3) David is perhaps the best example. He was a “man after God’s own heart” but also committed adultery and murder. Review the story (1 Sam 11-12) to remind yourself what he did and how he tried to cover it up and he his heart was exposed. 4) In Psalm 51:1-2, David does not base his request for forgiveness in anything he has done. What could he have used to “impress” God? What did he base his request upon? Is this how you approach God? 5) In Psalm 51:3-5, David took a good look at himself, his nature, and his sin. What theological truths can we understand from this revelation? a. In verse 4, David says he has sinned against God and God only. What about Uriah? Bathsheba? His family? Look at 2 Samuel 12:10. How should we understand this verse? b. In verse 5, What does David mean when he says he “was brought forth in iniquity and in sin did my mother conceive me”? Is that statement only about David’s conception or is it also about yours? What difference does that make? 6) What is the relationship between inquity ( a perversion, a deviation from what is right), sin (missing the mark, coming up short of the target), and transgression (a willful defiance, rebellion)? 7) In Psalm 32, David’s petition has been answered. What makes him blessed (or, “happy”)? Can you say these same words? Do they apply to you? Only at salvation or all through your life? Is there a sin for which you have not been forgiven? 8) What does David mean when he describes himself/another as a person in “whose spirit there is no deceit”? 9) In Psalm 32:5, David acknowledged and confess his sins and the Lord forgave. There is certainty in his words, just as we find in 1 John 1:9. Can we still go to God with such confidence? Why does God use the words “faithful” and “just” to describe God in the act of forgiveness? 10) Spend some time in prayer using these two Psalms.

Jul 24
Psalm 103:10-12: What Does God Do With Our Sin: He Casts It Away

Small Group Discussion Questions --- Sermon Texts: Isaiah 38:17; Micah 7:18-19; Psalm 103:10-12 --- 1. Do you have a story from childhood/teen years when conscience got the best of you? Maybe got away with something but had to “come clean” later? --- 2. Is there any difference between the conscience of an unbeliever and the conscience of a believer? Is there a difference in how you should feel/think/act as a believer when your conscience is pricked? --- 3. In Is 38:17, God throws Hezekiah’s sins behind his back. What does this imagery suggest to you about how God deals with your sin? What if he threw it in any other direction? --- 4. In Mic 7:18-19, God casts our sin into the sea. Does this hit us differently than it hit the original hearers? How? --- 5. Can you see the connection to the events of the Exodus and the Red Sea? How should we view Micah’s promise in view of that event? --- 6. Micah ask “Who is like you, O God?” Does your forgiveness lead you think in such worshipful ways? --- 7. In Psalm 103:10-12, God casts our sin as far as the east is from the west. Why is this good news? Do you believe this? --- 8. All of these great promises are centered on God’s great attribute. Read back over the passages and see what his utter forgiveness is based upon. How does this apply to Hezekiah, Micah, the Psalmist, and YOU? --- 9. What difference does this great truth and its implications make in your life today? This week? The rest of your life?

Jul 10