“Buckets or Funnels?” – audio sermon and study guide

05 Feb

Wordserve Logo_COLORWordServe Church Study Guide for Feb 8, 2015

  • Sermon Title: “Buckets or Funnels?” (Rev. Bill Hogan)
  • Audio Link (check HERE on Sunday afternoon for the latest sermon)
  • Sermon Scripture: John 7:37-39
  • Additional Study Texts: Psalm 1

Getting Started

– Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?

– What spiritual comparisons can you draw between living like a bucket vs. a funnel?

Digging Deeper

Read Psalm 1

– How can one engage the world around them, yet not be drawn into the way of scoffers, etc.?

– What does the Psalmist mean to meditate on the Law of the Lord day and night? What does that look like?

– What is the purpose of this constant meditation?

– Focus on verse 3 for the next three questions:

— The Psalmist says these trees will bear fruit in their season. Does that mean there are times where we will not bear fruit? Explain your thinking.

— Why meditate on God’s law day and night if there might be times where we aren’t bearing fruit?

— What does the Psalmist mean by “prosper in all they do?” Does this mean bigger salaries, homes, and cars?

– What constitutes wickedness in this Psalm? How can we prevent being one of the wicked?

– Why do you think the Psalmist chooses the imagery of chaff to describe the wicked?

Taking It Home

– How would you respond to one who says, “I don’t have time for all that ‘God stuff!’” Discuss or role-play your response.

— Why should they consider incorporating God 24/7?

— How should they do that? (e.g., become a nun/monk? Or are there other alternatives?)

— What is ultimately at stake here for the individual? For the community?

– List some things that will help you and others around you resemble that well-watered tree in verse 3.   Discuss how to help families, fellow workers, etc., do the same.

– How will you incorporate God more consistently in your day and night in 2015? Commit to one step today!


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