God is at Work

Luke 1:57–66

Sermon Notes

  1. God has removed our Shame (vv.57–58)
  2. God has changed our Faith (vv.59–64)
  3. God draws a response from Us (vv.65–66)

Questions for Reflection

  1. What are some traditions you have that make this time of year feel like “Christmas?”
  2. How does the “messaging” of Christmas (from commercials, signs, radio) distract us from the center of the reason for celebrating this holiday?
  3. What are some things you are commonly asking God for in prayer? Are you looking more often for comfort and therapy from God or healing of our core problem of sin?
  4. Why do we become complacent or afraid of sharing this good news that Jesus came to earth to save us from our sin?
  5. What are some challenges you have faced in your evangelism?
Nothing Will Be Impossible with God

Luke 1:26-45

Sermon Notes

  1. Favor to the Undeserving, vv. 26–33
  2. Faith in the Impossible, vv. 34–38
  3. Fulfillment of the Incredible, vv. 39–45

Reflection questions

  1. Why was Jesus born into such humble circumstances? How do you see the humiliation of Jesus even before He is born in this story? What response should we have to Jesus’s voluntary humbling of Himself? See 2 Cor. 8:9; Philippians 2:5–8.
  2. Does the Bible hold up Mary as an object of worship? Does the Bible hold up Mary’s faith as something you should imitate? Can you think of other examples of a faith in God that is ready to obey and accept the circumstances He gives? (See Isaiah 6:8; Luke 5:11)
  3. Compare the following stories of God’s miracle babies – Gen. 18:9–15; 1 Sam. 1:19–28; Judges 13; Luke 1:18–20; Luke 1:26–38. Compare the reactions from the different characters. Which character’s reaction would most closely resemble your own?
LukeChris KrychoMatt Giesman
Trusting in Our Faithful God

Luke 1:5-25

Sermon Notes

  1. Silence doesn't change his faithfulness v .5–17
  2. Your wavering faith doesn't change his faithfulness v. 18–24
  3. Therefore, trust that he will faithfully fulfill his promises v. 22–25

Reflection questions:

  1. What are some reasons that we can trust God?
  2. What is something in your life that currently feels like silence from God?
  3. How have you waivered in your faith? How has that changed God's faithfulness toward you? (Hint: for those of you in Christ, it hasn't... Zep 3:17, Gal 3:3–5, Gal 4:4–7)
The Gospel of Knowing For Sure

Luke 1:1–4

Sermon Notes

  1. A Promises-Kept Account, v.1
  2. An Eyewitness Account, v.2
  3. An Orderly Account, v.3
  4. A Certain Account, v.4

Reflection questions

  1. How did being an eyewitness to Jesus’s ministry impact the eyewitnesses? Cf. 2 Peter 1:16ff; Luke 9:28–36 (esp. v.33); Luke 5:8 (compare to Isaiah 6:5)
  2. How is Luke’s gospel not simply a series of stories about Jesus but also a series of Old Testament fulfillments? See Luke 1:1; 24:25–27, 44–49
  3. What are some of the things Luke wanted Theophilus (and all of us) to be certain of? See Luke 1:17, 77; 2:29–32; 4:18–19; 5:32; 9:20–22, 51; 19:10.

    Title taken from a chapter title in Phil Ryken’s commentary on Luke.

LukeChris KrychoMatt Giesman
5 Prayers for Forestgate: Greater Love for the GOSPEL

Romans 1:16–17

Sermon Notes

  1. The Gospel saves sinners from shame, v.16a
  2. The Gospel powerfully saves all believers, v.16b
  3. The Gospel reveals God’s righteousness, v17a
  4. The Gospel begins and ends with faith

Reflection questions:

  1. Compare Adam and Eve’s life before sin (Gen 2:25) with their life after sin (Gen 3:6–8). Now compare their life to Paul’s statements about life in the gospel in Romans 1:16 and Romans 5:1–5 (especially vv1, 5). What do you see about the presence of shame in their/our lives and about their/our relationship with God?
  2. Read Philippians 3:1–14. How did the gospel save Paul from his own arrogance, and how can it save you from your arrogance? Read 1 Tim. 1:12–17. How did the gospel save Paul from his own wickedness? (And how can it do the same for you?)
  3. How would you define faith in God? Read Romans 4:18–21 (about Abraham) or Hebrews 11:8–19 if you need help.
5 Prayers for Forestgate: Godly Leaders

1 Timothy 4:6–16

Sermon Notes

  1. The Value of Godly Training, vv. 6–10

  2. The Challenge for Young Leaders, vv. 11–12

  3. The Temptation for God’s Servants, vv. 13–16

Reflection questions:

  1. Based on the time you spend, what activity do you value the most? Based on the time you spend, which of these two do you value more: physical training or training in godliness?

  2. Have you ever looked down on someone because of their youth, in spite of their maturity? In what ways are you (whether you’re young or old) trying to set a Godly example for those around you?

  3. What temptation did Timothy appear to face? (See 1 Tim. 4:13) Can you think of any other servant of God who faced this temptation? (Jonah 4:1–4, esp. v.3, 1 King 19:9–10, Hebrew 10:24–25) What is our encouragement to serve God when we feel worn out? (Eph 2:10; Phil. 1:6; Col. 1:29; 1 Cor. 15:10).

5 Prayers for Forestgate: GUIDANCE

Proverbs 3:5–8

Sermon Notes

  1. Use your own understanding, but don’t lean on it. vv. 5b, 7a
  2. Trust with all your heart and know your God. vv. 5a, 6a, 7b
  3. Turn from evil to find straight paths.

Reflection questions:

  1. When you face difficult decisions, where is the first place you turn for advice? Pastors, friends, mentors, parents, others? Based on this passage, where do you think you should turn first for guidance?
  2. Do you ever doubt that God will give you the answers you need to your problems? Do you ever doubt that God will give you those answers on time? When we doubt like that, what attribute(s) of God are we denying? (See Ps. 119:65, 66, 68)
  3. Does God promise that we will never experience hardship if we trust in Him? (cf. 2 Tim. 3:12) Does God promise that His path will generally turn out better than sin and rebellion against His path? (See Prov 3:7–8) Can God also redeem us in spite of our sinful choices? (cf. 1 Tim. 1:15; Heb. 7:25; Galatians 1:13 and 2:20)
Chris Krycho
5 Prayers for Forestgate Growth

Acts 2:42–47

Sermon Notes

  1. Growing in worship
  2. Growing in fellowship
  3. Growing by God’s Grace, v.47b

Reflection questions

  1. James Montgomery Boice writes (of Acts 2:42): “The closer men and women come to God the closer they want to get to where he speaks to their hearts, and that is in the Bible.” Is your devotion to God’s Word growing noticeably stronger, or is it the opposite?
  2. Can you grow in love for God and (at the same time) not grow in love for His body of believers? Consider the following: John 14:15; I John 4:20–21; I John 5:3; Eph. 3:20–21.
  3. In 1 Corinthians 3, Paul makes the same point as Acts 2:41, 47 – God alone must give growth to His church. But if God gives the growth, what are we supposed to do? Read 1 Corinthians 3:5–9 and 1 Cor. 9:19–27 to see Paul’s answer.