SKEPTICS

Use the information on this page to guide your devotional time at home. Below are some questions created with the goal to help each person think a little more deeply about the sermon each week. You can catch up on the series by watching previous sermons, which are below the discussion questions. 

going deeper

As you spend time reflecting on this week's sermon, use the questions below to go a bit deeper. Pray for our services each week, that God would open our ears to hear and hearts to receive as we endeavor to make Jesus irresistible to our community again.

  • What makes a skeptic?

    Week 1 - August 5, 2018 

    1. Read 1 Peter 3:13-17 below. Compare and contrast our modern approach to influencing people with the message of Jesus. 
    2. What do you see as being the greatest obstacle we are faced with as a community as we strive to make Jesus irresistible again?
    3. What would make our community here at Central a place that turns skeptics into followers?
    Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don't worry or be afraid of their threats. Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong! — 1 Pe 3:13-17
  • UNITY

    Week 2 - August 12, 2018 

    1. Read John 17:20-23 and reflect on why Jesus placed so much emphasis on unity.
    2. The message of Jesus was very simple in the earliest days of our movement. What have we done to complicate it?
    3. What do we need to do as the church to make it easier for people to find the love of Jesus within our fellowship.
    "I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. "I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. — Jn 17:20-23

  • Follow Through

    Week 3- August 19, 2018 

    1. What are some of the conditions that we have added to the message of following Jesus?
    2. What message should the church be sending out to those who do not know Jesus?
    3. How has our inconsistency in follow through impacted our culture both locally and nationally?
    As they were walking along, someone said to Jesus, "I will follow you wherever you go." But Jesus replied, "Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head." He said to another person, "Come, follow me." The man agreed, but he said, "Lord, first let me return home and bury my father." But Jesus told him, "Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead! Your duty is to go and preach about the Kingdom of God." Another said, "Yes, Lord, I will follow you, but first let me say good-bye to my family." But Jesus told him, "Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God." — Lk 9:57-62

  • Depth

    Week 4- August 26, 2018 

    1. What does it mean to be significant versus successful?
    2. What can we do “inside” Central to show our love for each other?
    3. How can we demonstrate our “love for the one” and create a place for everyone at Central?

    Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end. It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples' feet, drying them with the towel he had around him. When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?" Jesus replied, "You don't understand now what I am doing, but someday you will." "No," Peter protested, "you will never ever wash my feet!" Jesus replied, "Unless I wash you, you won't belong to me." Simon Peter exclaimed, "Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!" Jesus replied, "A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be entirely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not all of you." For Jesus knew who would betray him. That is what he meant when he said, "Not all of you are clean." After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, "Do you understand what I was doing? You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and you are right, because that's what I am. And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other's feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them. — Jn 13:1-17






  • BELONGING

    Week 5- September 2, 2018 


    1. Why is it important to feel "belonging" in the context of community?
    2. What can we do “inside” Central to make others feel like they belong?
    3. What is our greatest challenge to creating a culture of belonging within our community?


    Then Jesus went out to the lakeshore again and taught the crowds that were coming to him. As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at his tax collector's booth. "Follow me and be my disciple," Jesus said to him. So Levi got up and followed him. Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus' followers.) But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, "Why does he eat with such scum?" When Jesus heard this, he told them, "Healthy people don't need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners." — Mk 2:13-17



  • FOCUS

    Week 6- September 9, 2018 

    1. Why are we so hesitant to remove things from our lives, even if those things are hindering others from following?
    2. What attitudes and desires help increase our influence with others
    3. What is our greatest challenge to creating a community that is focused on relationship?
    Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God's right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don't be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming. You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don't lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. In this new life, it doesn't matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us. Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. — Col 3:1-17

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