Sermon Bible Study Notes

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

From Sunday May 1, 2011 Calvary Baptist Church Tacoma, WA

1 Corinthians 1:10-13

1. What insight, principle, or observation from this weekend’s message did you find to be most helpful, eye opening or troubling?  Explain.

2. Can you remember a time when you had such a disagreement with someone that you never spoke to them again?

2a. In reflection was the disagreement really worth loosing a relationship over?  Why or Why not?

3. According to Jesus in John 17:20-23 what is the result of disciples of Jesus being united in purpose?

4. In 1 Corinthians 1:10 Paul warns the church against splitting and getting their focus back on Jesus.  Have you ever been a part of a church split?  Was it over false teachings or over more opinionated reasons?

5. What can we each do to prevent church splits ? (this question is in general, we are not facing one)

6. In 1 Corinthians 3:1-6 how is jealously and strife (bitter disagreement) described as?  Have you ever been jealous of what someone else has?  Has anyone treated you poorly due to their jealousy of you?

7. According to Colossians 1:16-18 what will hold us together and should have first place in our church and lives?  What does that look like when lived out in the church?

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

From Sunday April 17, 2011 Calvary Baptist Church Tacoma, WA

1.When was the last time you felt the heaviness of life and what was the situation that brought it about?  How did you deal with it (be real)?

2.Have you ever been upset with God when bad things happen to good people? Read Genesis 3:17, Romans 5:12-14, 8:19-22.  How do these verses relate to this and have you ever wanted to blame Adam?

3.Read Psalm 38:1-4.  Have you ever blamed others or God for troubles when really they were the result of your own sin? When? Have you ever considered that God is “cursing/disciplining/allowing troubles” to turn you back to Him (Hebrews 12:4-11)?  Could that person in your life that is so troublesome really be sent by God? (2 Samuel 16:5-12)

4. Read Psalm 13:1-4.  How do you feel about David’s bluntness with God?  When was the last time you suffered because of the sin of others (Just one or two without naming names)?

5. Read Job 2:6-9.  Has your bad health or the bad health of loved ones ever depressed you? When?  How did you overcome it?

6. Read Job 3:1-4,10,11.  How does it affect you knowing such a great man of God such as Job struggled with deep depression during a difficult time in his life?

7. How to beak the curse/overcome depression.

a. Read the following verses and discuss how each teaches us how to overcome depression.

b.Psalm 119:25-32 (Cling); Psalm 38:15 (Hope); Psalm 13:5-6 (Trust); Job 2:10, James 1:2-4 (Accept) 1 Peter 1:6-7       (Glory); Matthew 11:28-30, John 10:9-10 (Let God).

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

From Sunday April 10, 2011 Calvary Baptist Church Tacoma, WA

Partiality – James 2:1-13

1.What insight, principles, or observation from this weekend’s message did you find to be most helpful or eye opening? Explain.

2.a. Have you ever felt judged or looked down on by others? (Whether at school, church, peers, work place etc.)  How did it make you feel?  Did it make it hard to go back to those places?

b. Have you ever judged someone based on outward appearances and when?  (We all have)

3. According to James 2:1-4 when we have an attitude of personal favoritism that leads to treating people differently based on this attitude what does James say about our motive? Have you ever thought about how strong God’s Word speaks on this?

4. Is it wrong to have personal preferences?  When does it become sin and evil?

5. How would churches change if we took the Words of the Lord that are given in 1 Samuel 16:7 to heart?

6. Read James 2:5-11.  What is being guilty of the sin of partiality being put on the same level with?  Does this make you want to be more on guard against being partial?

7. Which area do you find hardest not to judge?  Those that: Look different than you; think different than you; that are in a different season of life than you; worship different than you; like different styles of music than you?

8. Read James 2:12-13.  How are we to speak and act? How will those be judged who are judgmental?  Read Luke 6:36-38 as well.

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

From Sunday April 3, 2011 Calvary Baptist Church Tacoma, WA


1.    What insight, principles, or observation from this weekend’s message did you find to be most helpful or eye opening? Explain.

2. Have you ever felt like you are just wondering through life, day to day, not really sure of where you’re headed?

3. What would happen if the teachers at the schools asked the students what to do each day instead of leading them?

What would happen if a shepherd only followed the sheep instead of leading them?

4. According to Luke 19:10 what was Jesus purpose?

What was the vision that could only be done once that would make this purpose possible? (hint, think of Easter)

5. According to Matthew 20:18-20 what is the purpose of the church as given by Jesus?

6. Read Hebrews 13:17.  How can the church do this better and what is the benefit according to this passage?

7. According to 1 Peter 2:17-20 should we only be submissive and bring joy to our leaders (whether a boss or church leader) when we agree?

8. According to John 17:22-23 what is the result of loving unity in the church?What result can we conclude would happen if the church is not in loving unity?  Will it grow or decline?

9. If you allow this message to sink deep into your heart what changes might occur in your life?

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

From Sunday March 27, 2011 Calvary Baptist Church Tacoma, WA

John 13:1-17

1. Think of a symbol that best describes servanthood. What is it and why did you choose that symbol? (Do not use any symbols of servanthood found in the Bible)

2. In John 13:1 it says that Jesus “showed them the full extent of his love.” After reading John 13:1-17, what do you think this is referring to?

3.In the days of Jesus, it was the expected duty of the household servant to wash the feet of the guests before a meal and the evening’s fellowship time together. After reading verses 4-5, what do you think was going through the minds of the disciples when they saw Jesus do what he did?

4.Why do you think Peter responds the way he does in John 13:6-8? What would you have said and done if you were there?

5.The central question in this story from the Upper Room is found in verse 13. How would you answer that question today?

6.In John 13:15, the symbol used becomes an object lesson for the disciples and for us. What are some ways we can “wash one another’s feet” in today’s church?

7.Jesus makes an astounding comment to his disciples in verse 16. What do you think his followers really heard when he said what he did? What do those words mean to you?

8.Summarize in your own words the key thought found in John 13:1-7? How does that idea apply to you? What would Calvary Baptist Church look like if everyone who calls Calvary their church home put this into daily practice?

9.A few denominations hold that footwashing is an ordinance or sacrament that is to be practiced by the church today. What do you think? According to John 13:1-17, should footwashing be practiced at Calvary Baptist today?

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

From Sunday March 20, 2011 Calvary Baptist Church Tacoma, WA

Hebrews 13:15-17

1.Think of as many one-word verbs to describe the work of a pastor? Stick to one word, for example, “preaching.”

2.Heb. 13:15 talks about praising God as a sacrifice or act of worship. How can sharing praises be an encouragement to your pastor?

3.What does it mean to “confess his (Jesus) name” when you praise the Lord?

4.Three kinds of sacrifices are mentioned in verses 15 and 16. What are they? What is the relationship between these sacrifices and the Old Testament sacrifices mentioned in Heb. 13:11 and the sacrifice mentioned in Heb. 13:12-13?

5.What two commands are found in Heb. 13:17? To whom are they directed?

6.What is the relationship between verses 15-16 and the command found in verse 17?

7.What does Heb. 13:17 imply about the God-given role of the pastor as he leads the local church?

8.According to verse 18, what is the intended result of your obedience to these commands? So how does this change the way you will listen and respond to the preaching and teaching of your new pastor?

Bonus question: List the ways you can help bring joy to your new pastor’s heart?

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

From Sunday March 13, 2011 Calvary Baptist Church Tacoma, WA

Giving to the Lord

1.Food for thought: Is it possible for you to worship God without giving something to Him? Why or why not?

2.Mt. 5:23-24 is a passage from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount where our Lord is speaking about worship and what to do if you remember during worship that you have offended someone by your words or deeds. What is required of you when that happens and why is that so important if you want to continue to worship?

3. List some important things you own? According to 1 Chr. 29:1-13, what do we actually own?

4.If you are not the owner of your worldly possessions, what are you? How should that affect your giving of your tithes and offerings to the Lord in worship?

5. Matt. 6:19-21 speaks about storing up our treasures. List some ways we try to store up treasures on earth.

6.What are some ways we can store up treasures in heaven?

7.In Mal. 3:6-10, the word of God speaks about robbing God. How is it robbing from God to withhold your tithes and offerings from him?

8.According to Mal. 3:10, what does God ask us to do and how is that a “test?”

Bonus question: Read Mark 12:41-44. How is the widow in this story perhaps the greatest example of giving to the Lord? How can we be like her?

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

From Sunday March 6, 2011 Calvary Baptist Church Tacoma, WA

Psalm 91

1.What scares you the most? How do you deal with that fear?

2.Psalm 91 begins in the first two verses with a statement of who God is. Who is God in these first two verses? Try to restate these names or descriptions of God in modern day terms that you can better understand.

3.Verses 3-8 state some common fears of people at the time of the writing of this Psalm. What are they? How do the words of Ps. 91:3-8 help you overcome your fears?

4.According to verses 9-10, what is the remedy to overcoming fear? What does it mean to make the “Most High your dwelling?”

5.Psalm 91:11-12 mentions the role of good angels in the life of the follower of the Lord. What is their God-given job? How does this knowledge encourage you in your struggles against fear?

6.In verses 12 and 13, the writer of this Psalm uses an exaggeration to make a point? What is the point he is trying to make for us?

7.If Ps. 91:1-2 describes God, this Psalm closes in verses 14-16 with a description of the follower of God. What characteristics are true of the obedient follower of Jesus Christ? According to these verses, how does the Lord honor the obedient follower of Christ?

Bonus Question: Buried in Psalm 91 are some hints about how to pray when you become afraid. What are they and how do you think these hints can help you?

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

From Sunday February 20, 2011 Calvary Baptist Church Tacoma, WA

Psalm 84

1.What motivates you to get up from bed and go to church on Sunday mornings?

2.What attitude does the writer of Psalm 84 express in verses 1-4?

3.Compare that attitude to you own. What differences are there between the writer’s and yours?

4.In Ps. 84:7, the writer says he goes “from strength to strength.” According to these verses, where does his strength come from and how does he get it?

5.Think about your own experience. With your own experience in mind, paraphrase (put into your own words) verses 6-7.

6. What kind of attitude is expressed in Ps. 84:9-12? What hints are found in the verses that might help you to possess this attitude?

7. In Ps. 84:12, the verb “trust” is found. What does trusting in the Lord Almighty have to do with worship and fellowship?

Bonus Question:  List as many values you can of going to church every week to worship God and fellowship with his people. Thank God for each one.

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

From Sunday February 13, 2011 Calvary Baptist Church Tacoma, WA

Psalm 46

1.Have you ever visited an old historic fort? Describe it and why people who stayed there in times of war would have felt safe.

2.Psalm 46 begins in verse 1 with a description of God as our refuge and strength, and ever present help in trouble. How is God like a fortress that cannot be broken into or over run by the enemy?

3.Using the pictures painted in Ps. 46:2-3, how secure is the believer who runs to God when tough times come? Why do you think these images are used?

4.Read Ps.46:4-6 and complete the following sentence, “Where God is, there is _______________________________________________________________________________.

How does that apply to you?

5.When and how can the follower of Jesus claim the promise from God found in Ps. 46:7?

6.Why do you think we are invited to “come and see” what God does in Ps. 46:8-9? What comfort is that to you?

7.In verse 10, we are instructed to “be still and know that I am God.” What does that mean to you? How can you “be still” when everything around you seems to be moving fast and in the wrong direction?

8.Twice in Ps. 46 the words found in verse 11 are repeated. How can you apply the truth found in these words in your life?

Bonus question: Common human emotions are mentioned in Psalm 46. What are they and how does God speak to these emotions in us?

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

From Sunday February 6, 2011 Calvary Baptist Church Tacoma, WA

Psalm 32

1.Describe what it feels like to be forgiven by someone whom you offended.

2.According to Ps. 32:1-2 God blesses the man or woman whose sins are forgiven. What are some of the blessings that God brings to such a person?

3.(Ps. 32:3-4) What did David experience when he tried to cover up his sins? What are some ways that we try to cover up our sins?

4.According to Ps. 32:5-6a, David finally surrendered to conviction and confesses his sins to God. What does it mean to confess or acknowledge your sins to God? How does God respond to true biblical confession?

5.(Ps. 32:6-7) What is God’s promise for those who openly confess their sins to God and pray for forgiveness? What do these verses imply about those who try to keep their sins covered up and hidden from God?

6.In verses 8-10, the context seems to imply that God works through his Holy Spirit to help us with the problem of sin. How does God help us and what can we do to get his help?

7.According to Ps. 32:10, what is God’s promise and what can we do to claim that promise? In what ways have you seen God’s unfailing love surround you?

8.Verse 11 concludes Psalm 32 with the opposite of suffering under the guilt of unconfessed sin. How do you respond to God when you know your sins have been forgiven?

Bonus question: Read 2 Samuel 11 for the story of the sins that David tried to cover up for so long. What principles about sin and guilt can you discover from this tragic story that can help you to avoid what King David experienced?

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

From Sunday January 30, 2011 Calvary Baptist Church Tacoma, WA

Psalm 15

1.When someone knocks on your door, what do you want to know about him or her before you invite them in?

2.Psalm 15 is about people who want to go and worship in God’s house (the Temple) as a regular practice. Read Psalm 15 and summarize in one word what God requires of his worshipers?

3.Ps. 15:2a mentions a blameless walk and a righteous life as the first requirement for the true worshipper. What is included here and why do you think this is so important?

4.According to Ps. 15:2-3, what someone says reflects what is on his or her heart. Why is that so important to your worship of God?

5.According to Ps. 15:3-4, our relationships with others are also important if we are to rightly worship God. What about our relationships with others can either help or hinder our fellowship and worship of God?

6.Ps. 15:4 says we are to honor those who fear the LORD. How do you do that and how does that help us to worship and serve the Lord?

7.According to Ps. 15:4-5, we are to keep our promises and commitments and make sure they do not just benefit us, but they benefit others. Why is that important to our worship and service to our Lord and God?

8.Paraphrase or put into your own words the last half of verse 5. What is the condition and result of this promise?

Bonus question: Read James 3:1-18. How is that chapter from the book of James a commentary of Psalm 15?

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

From Sunday January 23, 2011 Calvary Baptist Church Tacoma, WA

Psalm 8

1.When you hear a baby crying, what is the first thought that comes to your mind?

2.Ps. 8:1 speaks about the majesty of God’s name in all the earth. What do you think that means?

3.Ps. 8:1 clearly affirms a “creationist” point of view. In what ways have you seen the glory of God on display in the heavens?

4.In Ps. 8:2, even infants and small babies have a role to play in the worship of God. According to verse 2, what do they do?

5.According to Ps. 8:3, looking at the heavens causes David to reflect on who he really is in God’s eyes. What does he see and what question comes to his mind?

6.In verses 4-8, David asks a question and then answers it based on God’s view of man. What does he say about you and me in these verses? How does that make you feel?

7.According to these verses, what is our God ordained role in His creation including both heaven and earth?

8. Bonus question: Compare Romans 1:18-23 with Psalm 2. What is the difference between mankind’s response to God’s creation as revealed in these two passages of Scripture? How do you know when you are becoming more like Rom. 1:18-23 and less like Psalm 2?

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

From Sunday, January 16, 2011 Calvary Baptist Church Tacoma, WA

Psalm 2

1.When you look at conditions around the world today, what comes to mind?

2.How does Psalm 2:1-3 describe the thoughts and actions of world leaders?

3.According to verses 2-3, what is the response of the leaders and countries of the world to the rule of God? Paraphrase verse 3 in your own words.

4. In Psalm 2:4-6, we find God’s response to the leaders and countries of the world. How does he respond?

5.What prophetic event(s) are referred to in Psalm 2:7-9? (Read Acts 13:26-35 and Rom. 1:1-4 for a New Testament answer.)

6.According to verses 8-9, what will ultimately happen to the nations that rebel against the rule of the Lord Jesus?

7.What’s the right response to the rule of Christ according to Psalm 2:10-12? What does that look like in your own life?

8.(Ps. 2:12) What does it mean to “take refuge in him?”

Bonus question: According to Psalm 2, what does it mean to have Jesus as Lord and King of your life?

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

From Sunday January 9, 2011 Calvary Baptist Church Tacoma, WA

“Concert of Prayer”

1.Someone has said, “Prayer is not preparation for the battle, it is the battle.” What do you think about that comment? How have you found it to be true in your life experience?

ADORATION (Psalm 145:1-7)

2.In Ps. 145:1-2, three verbs or action words are used to describe what David resolved to do.  What are they and how would you describe these actions as a part of your prayer life?

3.According to Ps. 145:3-7, what is the outcome of a life filled with praise and adoration of the Lord? What outcomes have you seen in your own life when you praise and adore Christ?

CONFESSION (Psalm 51:1-6; 1 John 1:9)

4.What is the reason God forgives us when we confess our sins to the Lord as found in Psalm 51:1-2?

5.According to Psalm 51:3-6 and 1 John 1:9, how does God view our sin and what is the remedy?

THANKSGIVING (Psalm 100:1-5)

6.Psalm 100 is a short Psalm of Thanksgiving and a call to us to give thanks to God. How does this Psalm prepare us for Sunday morning worship at Calvary?

7.What are things for which the writer of this Psalm gives thanks? What are some things for which you can publicly thank God?

SUPPLICATION (Eph. 1:15-22)

8.In Eph. 1:15-22, Paul’s prayer is filled with thanksgiving and supplication or earnestly sharing his requests for the church. What are the highlights of his requests?

9.Why do you think the Apostle Paul pleads with God for these things? Why and how should we do the same for Calvary Baptist Church?

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

For Sunday January 2, 2011 Calvary Baptist Church Tacoma, WA

“Looking Ahead With God’s Help”

Acts 6:1-7

1.Have you ever experienced a time when you felt left out of a church activity or ministry? What was it like and how did you respond?

2.Acts 6 records a time in the life of the first church in Jerusalem when conflict arose between church members. According to Acts 6:1, what was causing the conflict and why do you think that divisive issue came up? (Note: the two groups mentioned were from two races of people, Jews and Gentiles.)

3.According to verse 2, the church at that time was led by the 12 Apostles – elders and deacons had not yet emerged in the church structure. How did the Apostles respond and why do you think they acted the way they did?

4.When conflict surfaces in the church today, how do we usually respond? How is that different from the way the Apostles handled the controversy in verses 2-4?

5.According to verses 5-6, what was significant about the way the church handled the conflict? What can we learn from that First Century Church experience?

6.(Acts 6:7) What was the result of the change that took place in the Jerusalem church? What would it take to see the same kind of response take place today in our community?

7.Take some time to discuss and pray about the following things that might take place at Calvary in 2011:





Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

From Sunday December 19, 2010 Calvary Baptist Church Tacoma, WA

“Waiting for the Second Advent”

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

1. Describe a time when you were suddenly startled by a loud noise or commotion of some kind. What happened and how did you respond?

2.In verses 13-14, the Apostle Paul uses the analogy of falling asleep to describe what happens when a believer dies. Why is that a good image of death for a Christian? (Note: this image or word is never used for the death of a non-believer.)

3.According to 1 Thes. 4:13-14, how is the response to death for a believer different than death for a non-believer?

4.What promises for the Christian are found in verses 15-16?

5.According to these verses, how will the Second Advent be announced and how is that different from the announcement of the First Advent or Christmas? (“Advent” means “coming to”, e.g., coming to earth)

6.Verse 17 is where the concept of the “Rapture” is explained. What is going to happen to believers who are alive at that that moment?

7.In 1 Thes. 4:18, we are told what to do with the doctrine of the Rapture. How are the words of verses 13-18 and encouragement to Christians?

Bonus question: Read 1 Thes. 5:1-10. What more do these verses tell us about the rapture of theChurch?

Bonus question: Based on your knowledge of the teaching of all of Scripture, when do you thinkthe rapture of the Church will occur? (Other key teachings include 1 Thes. 1:10; Dan. 9:24-27;Dan. 12:1-2; Rom. 5:9; Titus 2:13; etc.)

Sermond-based Bible Study Questions

From Sunday December 12, 2010 Calvary Baptist Church Tacoma, WA

Ephesians 6:19-24

1. When you are serving in a ministry, what kinds of encouragement you received from others have meant the most to you?

2. At the end of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians in Eph. 6:19-20, the Apostle Paul asks the church for something? What is it and why do you think he waits until the end of his letter to mention it?

4. Everyone needs friends like Tychicus (Eph. 6:21-22). What does he do for the Apostle Paul and why is that so important?

5. How can you be like Tychicus in helping those in the church as they serve in various ways?

6. Using Tychicus and Paul as examples, what can you do to encourage the new pastor when he and his family come?

7. In Eph. 6:23-24, what four characteristics are mentioned as a blessing to the church? How can we practice these characteristics for one another at our church and so be a blessing to others?

8. Verse 24 speaks about having an “undying love” for Jesus? What does this kind of love look like in daily living? In the church?

Bonus question: Identify places in Ephesians where the four characteristics in verse 24 are mentioned. How do they summarize the great themes of Ephesians?

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

From Sunday December 5, 2010 Calvary Baptist Church, Tacoma, WA

Ephesians 6:13-18

1.Imagine yourself in a crowded area such as a mall the day after Thanksgiving and you are standing and looking at some Christmas lights when someone unexpectedly pushes you and you begin to fall. How do you remain standing on solid ground? What do you do to keep from falling?

2.Read Eph. 6:13-18. These verses describe the Christian in a spiritual battle where Satan and his demons would try to knock you down and defeat you. According to these verses, what do you need to do to keep from falling and being defeated?

3.In the first part of verse 14, the armor of “the belt of truth” is mentioned? When faced with spiritual opposition, why is truth so important? Think of other Scripture verses that might help you to answer this question (for example: Psalm 40:11; Psalm 145:18; John 14:6; John 15:26; John 17:17 and others).

4.In verse 14, the second piece of spiritual armor to put on is “the breastplate of righteousness.”  What does a breastplate protect? And, how can righteousness (doing right in according to God’s standards or being and acting holy in God’s eyes) be something that helps you to repel enemy attacks such as temptation?

5.In verse 15, the Apostle Paul lists the shoes of the soldier of God. What kind of shoes are they? Wearing these shoes, what do we need to be ready for?

6.The fourth piece of armor to wear in our fight against Satan and evil is “the shield of faith.” According to verse 16, what is the role of faith in spiritual warfare?

7.In verse 17, two more important and necessary parts of the Christian’s armor are listed.  What are they and why are these two important for the Christian?

8. Prayer is mentioned in the context of the armor of God. How does this piece of armor help you to “stand your ground” against the devil and his demons’ attacks? Feel free to share any examples of how you have used prayer to stand your ground.

Optional question: List some of the “flaming arrows” that Satan and his forces might shoot at us. Explain how each can be stopped by faith in God and his strength.

Optional question: What are some ways you can use “the sword of the Spirit” or the Bible against Satan? What are some verses God has helped you use when you have been tempted, discouraged or alone?

Sermon-based BiIble Study Questions

From the Sermon on Sunday November 28, 2010 Calvary Baptist Church Tacoma, WA

Ephesians 6:10-13

1.On Halloween each year, children dress in costumes, some of which portray Satan or evil creatures or evil people. Do you see anything wrong with that and why?

2.Eph. 6:10 begins by saying “Be strong in the Lord.” In your opinion, what does a “strong” Christian look like?

3.Take the opposite. What does a spiritually “weak” Christian look like? What kinds of things can happen to a spiritually weak believer?

4.Referring to verse 11, what do you think it means to “put on the full armor of God?” Putting on the “full armor” implies that it is possible to sometimes leave a piece of armor off. What is the danger of that to a soldier?

5.According to verse 11, Satan has certain schemes or methods that he uses against Christians? From your general knowledge of the Bible and its stories, make a list of some of the obvious ones?

6.In Eph. 6:12, it says Christians are in a spiritual struggle or battle. Who are we fighting against and what are the characteristics of our enemy?

7. What do you think “the day of evil” refers to in verse 13? Can you think of any Bible stories that give us insight into “days of evil?” And, what would a “day of evil” look like in your life?

8.In verse 13, the Bible says to “stand your ground.” What do you think this is and how can you do it?

Optional question: Read Luke 4:1-12. What insight does this story about Jesus tell us about taking our stand against the devil? (What happened? When did it happen? Why did it happen? What was Jesus’ response? How did he take his stand and remain strong in the Lord? How can the lessons found in this story apply in your life this week, etc?)

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

From the Sermon Sunday, November 21, 2010 Calvary Baptist Church Tacoma, WA

Ephesians 6:5-9

1. Describe the worst boss or supervisor you’ve ever had in a work setting? What did he or she do that made your work difficult?

2. Slavery was very common in the days of the New Testament and the slaves were often treated as employees are today, so the same biblical principles can be applied to your workplace or school as are found in Eph. 6:5-9. What three motives for Christians at work or in school are mentioned in verse 5 and what do they look like today? Try to think of specific examples.

3. Read Acts 5:27-29. When is it God’s will to not obey orders or directions from a boss or teacher? When should a boss or teacher be obeyed?

4. According to verses 6 and 7, what does “service with a smile” look like for the believer?

5. Verse 8 speaks of rewards for obedient service or work. Read 1 Cor. 3:10-15 and Eph. 6:8. How do these verses help you understand how God views your service on the job or at school?

6. Verse 9 addresses Christian who have others who work or serve under their direction. Why do you think the Apostle Paul lists “favoritism” as something a boss or teacher should avoid?

7. What is the Golden Rule and how does it apply to Christian bosses and teachers?

Optional question: What should you do if you are given an order or assignment by a boss or teacher that you believe is contrary to God’s word or your personal Christian convictions?

Optional question: What should you do if you are a boss or teacher and a Christian worker or student is not following your direction or doing his or her assignments?

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

From the Sermon on Sunday, November 7, 2010 Calvary Baptist Church Tacoma, WA

Ephesians 6:1-4

  1. Describe a time when you saw a child or children not obeying his/her parents in a public setting? What was it like and what could the parent(s) have done to stop the behavior? (Do not use something that happened in a church.)
  2. In Eph. 6:1, the Bible says it is right for children to obey their parents. Why is it right and what do children learn by learning obedience to their parents?
  3. In verse 2, the fifth commandment of the 10 Commandments is listed as support for the obedience of children to their parents (see Ex. 20:2-17 or Deut. 5:6-21). How is obedience an act of honoring your parents? In what ways does obedience honor parents?
  4. In verse 3, a promise from God is connected to the command for children. What is the promise and what do you think it includes today if anything?
  5. In raising their children, fathers are not to “exasperate” their children. What do you think this word means? (Look the word up in a dictionary and/or read verse 4 is several different translations.)
  6. According to Eph. 6:4, there is a positive and a negative command for fathers on how to raise their children. What are these commands and what actions are included in the second or positive command? What does that look like in a Christian family today?
  7. How can Calvary Baptist Church help children and fathers to follow the teaching found in Eph. 6:1-4? (Be as specific as possible without adding any additional programs beyond what the church currently has.)

Optional question #1: Read the following Bible verses – Prov. 13:24; Prov. 22:6; Prov. 23:13-14; Prov. 29:15; Col. 3:21; 1 Thes. 2:11-12; 2 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 12:4-11. What do these passages of Scripture teach parents about raising and disciplining children?

Optional question #2:  In Eph. 6:1-4, fathers are addressed but not mothers. Why do you think mothers are not mentioned here? Who seems to have the responsibility to make sure children are raised properly in an atmosphere of godly discipline?

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

From the Sermon on Sunday, November 7, 2010 Calvary Baptist Church Tacoma, WA

Ephesians 5:25-33

1.Take a few minutes to discuss the difference between the way men think and the way women think. What, if any, are the key differences? (Hint: This is a fun question!)

2.Why do you think the author uses the command to love your wife for the husband, but to the wife in verses 22-24 it says that the wife is to submit to her husband?

3.In verse 25, the command to husbands in the Christian marriage relationship uses the word for “agape” love. How does verse 25 define this kind of love?

4.What does the Cross of Calvary teach us about the love of God? What does it teach husbands about their love for their wives?

5.Verse 26 includes the phrase “to make her holy.” What do you think this means and what does the Bible say in this verse and elsewhere in the Bible that helps the Christian husband understand how to help his wife become more holy?

6.In verse 31, the Apostle Paul quotes from Genesis 2:24 where God created the institution of holy marriage between a man and a woman. Why is that quote important to Paul’s argument for the love between a husband and a wife?

7.Come up with a brief job description for Christian husbands from these verses. (Hint: look for the verbs that go with the subject husbands in the text).

8.If there are Christian husbands in your Community Group, have them talk about one way these verses will help them to become better at loving their wives?

Optional in-depth question: How do these verses help our church to be a church that loves God and loves others? What are some practical ways that we can apply this text as a church?

Optional in-depth question:  According to Eph. 5:21-33, How is a truly Christian marriage different from what is commonly accepted today in our culture?

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

From the Sermon on Sunday, October 31, 2010 Calvary Baptist Church Tacoma, WA

Ephesians 5:21-24

1.When you think of the word “submission”, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?

2.Eph. 5:21 begins with the general command, “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” In this context, what do you think it means to “submit to one another?”

3.What does this mean for the church? For our church?

4.According to Eph. 5:22-24, Christian wives are to submit to their husbands as to the Lord. How is biblical submission of a wife to a husband different from/or the same as quietly saying yes to everything the husband says or asks of his wife?

5.The Bible says that Christ is the head of the Church (Eph. 5:23)? How does He treat the church? Which one of his names is given here in this context?

6.In the original language of the New Testament – Greek – the word “head” implies authority and responsibility and the word “submit” can mean “giving in”, “cooperating”, “assuming responsibility”’ or even “carrying a burden.” What do the verses in Eph. 5:21-24 mean in light of these explanations or definitions?

7.Read Acts 5:25-29. When does God allow not submitting?

8.How can you be sure you are submitting to Christ (see Eph. 5:21,24a)?

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

From the Sermon on Sunday October 17, 2010 Calvary Baptist Church Tacoma, WA

Ephesians 5:15-21

1. Have you ever ignored a caution sign on a road or path? What was the result?

2. In Eph. 5:15-21, the Apostle Paul holds up a caution sign about living the Christian life. According to verse 15, what is the warning? What does wisdom have to do with this warning?

3. In verse 16, it is written that we (Christians) are to “make the most of every opportunity.” What kind of opportunities do you think he has in mind?

4. What are some opportunities you have had as a Christian that you wish you had seized?

5. In verse 17, we are told to “understand what the will of the Lord is.” How do you do this? What are some of the ways you have learned to seek and know the will of God?

6. What is the contrast given in Eph. 5:18? What is the principle behind the contrast that every Christian can use?

7. According to Eph. 5:15-21, what does a church that is “filled with the Spirit” look like? How does our church compare?

8. The command from God found in verse 18 is given to us to help us live in Christian community. How can you be “filled with the Spirit” and how will you know you are?

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

From the Sermon on Sunday, October 10, 2010 Calvary Baptist Church Tacoma, WA

Ephesians 5:8-14

1.What’s the darkest place you’ve ever been in? What was it like?

2. In Eph. 5:8, the Apostle Paul uses the term “you are light in the Lord.” What do you think he is thinking about? (Have someone read the following verses to gain a better understanding:  Matt. 4:16; 5:14-16; Jn. 1:4-9; Jn. 3:19-21; Jn. 8:12; Jn.12:46; 1 Peter 2:9-10; 1 Jn. 1:5-7)

3. According to verse 9, what will our lives look like if we are living as children of (God’s) light?

4. How do we find out what pleases the Lord? How do these verses help us understand how we know if we are pleasing the Lord?

5. According to Eph. 5:11-14a, Christians are to expose deeds of darkness. How can we do this without taking part in these evil deeds? Can you give any examples of having done this?

6. Many Bible commentators believe the citation of the verse in Eph. 5:14b is a reference or adaption of Isaiah 60:1. How does Is. 60:1 help explain Eph. 5:14 to us today?

7. What changes in your life do you need to make to “turn on the light” for God in your daily living?

8. Use the words of the song, “Shine Jesus Shine” as your prayer for this week:

Lord the light of Your love is shining
In the midst of the darkness, shining
Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us
Set us free by the truth You now bring us
Shine on me
Shine on me

Shine, Jesus, shine
Fill this land with the Father’s glory
Blaze, Spirit, blaze, Set our hearts on fire
Flow, river, flow
Flood the nations with grace and mercy
Send forth Your Word, Lord And let there be light

Lord, I come into Your awesome presence
From the shadows into Your radiance
By the blood I may enter Your brightness
Search me, try me, consume all my darkness
Shine on me
Shine on me

Shine, Jesus, shine
Fill this land with the Father’s glory
Blaze, Spirit, blaze, Set our hearts on fire
Flow, river, flow
Flood the nations with grace and mercy
Send forth Your Word, Lord And let there be light
(lyrics by Chrystal Lewis)

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

From the Sermon on October 3, 2010 Calvary Baptist Church Tacoma, WA

Ephesians 5:1-7

1. In your opinion, what does it mean to live a holy life before God?

2. How should Christians look and live differently from the people around them who do not know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior?

3. According to Eph. 5:1, we are to be imitators of God, living a life of love. If imitation is the highest form of flattery, how do our efforts at imitating the love of God serve as the highest form of our worship?

4. In Verse 3, Paul mentions a list of acts Christians are to not even have a hint of in their lives. What are they and why do you think these actions are included by Paul?

5. According to Eph. 5:4, certain kinds of talk are also to be avoided? What is listed and what do these look and sound like today? What do these have to do with holy living for the Christian?

6. What power does thanksgiving have over the tongue? How can you use it to overcome unwholesome talk?

7. Eph. 5:5 makes a strong statement about living in the kingdom of God. What does idolatry have to do with the kingdom of God and the Christian?

8. What is the warning found in Eph. 5:6? What does this warning have to do with holy living in Christ?

9. In Verse 6, Paul makes reference to “empty words.” What are some examples of “empty words” as used in the church and society today and what should we be alert to?

10. What is the big take home lesson from Eph. 5:1-7 for us today as we seek to live holy lives in Christ?

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

From the Sermon on September 26, 2010 Calvary Baptist ChurchTacoma, WA

Ephesians 4:25-32

1. Read Eph. 4:25-32. Pray and ask God to give you insight into the Word of God and to apply what he says to you.

2. These verses contain a list of commands to help us live holy lives in the context of the church as followers of Jesus Christ. Notice that holy and good habits are meant to replace sinful and bad habits. According to Eph. 4:25, what is the first command and why is it important enough to be placed first in this list?

3. According to Eph. 4:26, how should a Christian handle anger? Are there times when a Christian can be angry and not sin, and if so, what are some examples?

4. In verse 27, Satan is mentioned in the context of anger. According to this verse, how does the devil use unrighteous anger?  How can we prevent Satan from using anger?

5. According to Eph. 4:28, what is the prescription for someone who is caught stealing?

6. In verse 29, “unwholesome talk” is mentioned as something the follower of Christ should avoid. What are some examples of what this sin might look like in the church and what is the correction?

7. According to Eph. 4:30, grieving the Spirit of God is also to be avoided, especially in the local church. What does it mean to grieve the Holy Spirit are what are some ways that we do this in the church? In the home?

8. List the “bad stuff” and the “good stuff” mentioned in the last two verses of Eph. 4. When you are hurt or offended by “bad stuff” in the church, what is to be your response with the help of God and why?

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

From the Sermon on September 19, 2010 Calvary Baptist Church Tacoma, WA

Ephesians 4:17-24

1.Read Eph. 4:17-23. Pray and ask God to give you insight into the Word of God and to apply what he says to you.

2. In Eph. 4:17-19, the Apostle Paul describes those people who have not yet received Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. What characteristics do non-believers have according to these Scripture verses? (The term “Gentiles” here describes non-Jewish, non-believers, but can be generalized to refer to all who are not yet believers.)

3. How do these characteristics describe you as you look back on your life before you came to know Jesus?

4. In verse 20, the writer mentions “coming to know Christ.” Based on your understanding of the Bible, what do you think this means? What kind of knowledge is included?

5.What difference should “coming to know Christ” have in your life according to Eph. 4:20-24?

6.The reference in these verses is to a daily growth pattern based on a decision to follow Jesus. How have you grown since you received Christ as your Lord and Savior? Has that growth been easy or difficult? Explain why.

7.According to Eph. 4:24, the follower of Jesus is growing into something by doing something. What are we to do and what will God make happen as a result?

8.What will you begin or continue to do tomorrow as a result of hearing and studying this passage of Scripture today? What help do you need from your Calvary Community Group or church to do this?

Bible Study – Eph. 4:1-6    Sept. 8, 2010

1.What does it take to get along with others?

2.In Eph. 4:1, the Apostle Paul mentions a “calling” that the believers have received.  Read Eph. 1:18 and Rom. 8:28-30. What do these verses tell us about our “calling?”

3.In Eph. 4:2, what four relational characteristics are mentioned? What definitions would you give for each one?

4.In Eph. 4:3, we are told to “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” What are some ways we can make such an effort?

5.How many times is the word “one” mentioned in Eph. 4:4-6? What is the connection of these occurrences to verse 3?

6.Why is unity so important in the church? (see John 17:20-23)

7.In Eph. 4:1-6, the truth of the Trinity is mentioned. What is the connection between the Trinity of God and the unity of the church?

8.According to this passage of Scripture, how will you know you are living a life worthy of the calling you have received as a Christian? (Notice it doesn’t say “become more worthy, it says live according to what you have already received.)

Bible Study – Eph. 3:20-21    Sept. 1, 2010

1.In your opinion, what is the most difficult thing for God to do?

2.According to Eph. 3:20a, God is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask…” Evaluate our prayers as a church with this in mind. What are we praying about? For what do we need to be praying?

3.According to Eph. 3:20b, God is “able to do immeasurably more than all we imagine…” On the basis of this statement, what should we be planning?

4.What is at work within the believer and the church?

5.Look up the following verses in Ephesians: 1:19; 3:7; 3:16-18. What do they tell us about God’s ability and his work in us and in the church?

6.According to Eph. 3:21, what is the ultimate purpose of God’s power at work in and through us? What should we expect from God?

7.Summarize your personal application of Eph. 3:20-21 in a sentence.

Bible Study – Eph. 3:14-19    August 25, 2010

1.What is your usual “posture” of prayer and where did you learn it?

2.In Eph. 3:14-19, Paul prays for the church. How is God addressed and how is the Trinity included in his prayer?

3.According to Eph. 3:16, what is Paul’s first prayer petition for the church?

4.If God the Father were to answer that prayer for our church, what might the answer look like? And, how would that answer affect our church in our neighborhood?

5.In Eph. 3:16-17a, for what is God’s power needed? Why is it needed?

6.Paul’s second prayer petition for the church is found in Eph. 3:17b-19. What is that petition and why is the answer to that prayer so important for the church?

7.According to Eph. 3:19, what is the ultimate outcome of the answer of this prayer request?

8. What is the “measure of all the fullness of God” and what does it look like in you personally? What might it look like in our church?

9.Put this prayer in your own words and pray it for Calvary Baptist.

Bible Study – Eph. 2:11-22 August 11, 2010

1. Everyone has at one time or another been excluded from a group of people. What did you feel like when that happened to you?

2. In the days of the Apostle Paul, Gentiles were excluded from the chosen people of God, the Jews. According to Eph. 2:11-13a, from what were the Gentiles spiritually separated and how do you think they felt about it?

3. According to Eph. 2:13 and following, what did Jesus do for Gentiles as well as Jews when he died on the cross for our sins?

4. In verse 13, it says that Jesus has “brought you near” to God. What does that mean to you personally? How does that truth affect your prayer life? (Note that this reality is also stated a little differently in verse 18.)

5. According to Eph. 2:15, what was one of the reasons for which Christ died and why is that so important?

6. In Eph. 2:14-17, the Apostle Paul talks about peace. What would be the significance of that word to Jews? How about to Gentiles?

7. Cross reference to Galatians 3:28-29. How do these verses help us understand the truth of
Eph. 2:11-22?

8. In Eph. 2:19-22, the Apostle Paul gives us three pictures of the Church. What are they and how do they help us understand the church and our role in it today?

9. What are the walls of separation that we build in the church and how can we tear them down with God’s help? What can you personally do?

Bible Study – Eph. 2:1-10 August 4, 2010
1.Describe a time when you received an act of grace from someone. How did it feel and what was your response?

2. A world view is the “lens” of ideas and beliefs through which you interpret the world and your interaction with it. Read the first three verses of Ephesians 2. What elements of a Judeo-Christian world view are presented there is Paul’s writing?

3.How would you describe the power of sin as presented in Eph. 2:1-3? What is the ultimate result of that sin without God’s intervention through Christ?

4. According to verse 4, what is the motive behind God’s saving us?

5.According to verse 5 and verse 8, what is the means of our salvation?

6.In verses 4-6, we are told some of the things that God did for us when he saved us. What are they?

7.What three characteristics or attributes of God are mentioned in conjunction with salvation? How would you define each one?

8.According to verses 8-10, what role do works have in our salvation?

9.How are you discovering the works that God has prepared for you?

Bible Study – Eph. 1:15-23 July 28, 2010
1. Describe how you learned to pray?

2. Read Eph. 1:15-23. What impresses you about Paul’s prayer that he prayed while
under house arrest in Rome, chained to a Roman soldier day and night?

3. Using Paul as an example, what do we learn about the importance of perseverance in
prayer from Eph. 1:15-17a?

4. In Paul’s prayer, he remembered the love and faith of the believers in the Ephesian
church. When you pray for Calvary Baptist, what can you remember to give thanks to
God for?

5. In Eph. 1:17b and following, Paul offers a specific prayer for what does he pray and

6. Paul prays for the believers’ knowledge and the word he uses is experiential knowledge.
What are some of the ways we can learn about Christ through experiencing him?

7. According to Eph. 1:18-19, what are the three things that Paul seeks that the believers
and the church know?

8. In Eph. 1:19 and following, Paul mentions the power of God? What are some of the
ways the resurrection power of God can or should be seen in and through the church?

9. According to Eph. 1:22-23, Christ is head over the church. What are some of the
practical ways Christ’s headship can or should be seen at Calvary?

Bible Study – Eph. 1:11-14 July 21, 2010
1. Describe the time when you understood the Gospel for the first time and gave your life to
Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.

2. According to Eph. 1:11, what did God do when you accepted Jesus as your personal
Savior and Lord?

3. According to Eph. 1:11, what had God done for you before you were ever saved?

4. What are some of the things in which people put their hope, their future?

5. According to Eph. 1:12, when you seek God’s will, what are you really seeking?

6. One definition of “glory” in this text of Scripture is “God on display.” What are some of
the ways God is on display in your life?

7. In Eph. 1:13-14, we are given a promise by God? What is that promise and how do we
know that promise will be completed?

8. What does this promise mean for you personally? How does it change the way you think
and act?

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