The Story: Week 31 (9.17.17)

Discussion Questions

  1. Do you ever find yourself talking to yourself? When? What do you typically find yourself talking to yourself about? When was the last time you answered back?

  2. Read Psalm 103:1-2. What does it mean to call yourself to attention before God? How does David do that?

  3. Read Psalm 103:3-13. David tells himself what is true about God. What is true about God that you find you often forget and that you need to be reminded of?

  4. Read Psalm 103:15-18. David reminds himself who he is. Do you have a high view of yourself or a low view of yourself? What do you believe God thinks about that?

  5. In this Psalm, David reminds himself what God has done on his behalf. The New Testament reminds us that God has revealed himself and redeemed us in Jesus. What daily practices or habits remind you of what God has done for you in Jesus? 

The Story: Week 22 (7.16.17)


1. When you hear the term, “personal spiritual awakening,” what comes to mind?

2. Hezekiah’s father was one of the worst kings in the history of Judah. Yet, his son, Hezekiah, was one of the godliest. How do you explain that?

3. Read 2 Chron 29:3-11. What does this say about Hezekiah’s priorities as king? Why was the temple so critical?

4. Was there ever a time in your life when you had to clean out some junk in your life in order to experience God in a fresh way?

5. Do you think it is possible to serve God with sin in your life? If your answer is no, how do you explain so many who are apparently used by God and later discovered to have secret sinful patterns?

6. Hezekiah’s story illustrates five factors necessary to experience a personal spiritual awakening: confession of sin, commitment to obey the Scriptures, the centrality of the gospel, prayer for others, and extravagant generosity. Which of these five do you personally need to focus on?

The Story: Week 21 (7.9.17)


  1. What are some of the songs on your play list - secular or Christian? Why do you like them?

  2. How would you answer the question, “why is singing so important for Christians?”

  3. Read Ephesians 5:18-20 and Colossians 3:16. How are these two passages similar? How are they different? What do they teach us about congregational singing?

  4. Sometimes people complain about 7-11 songs (7 words repeated 11 times). How would you answer them? How would Psalm 136 and Rev 4:8 help?

  5. Read Zephaniah.

  6. Pastor Sam mentioned that singing is worship and a weapon and a witness. Can you give an example of any of these from your own life? 

The Story: Week 20 (7.2.17)


  1. What is your favorite disaster movie? If you can’t think of a favorite, what is a disaster movie you wouldn’t mind seeing again? Why do you think disaster movies are so popular?

  2. Read Psalm 46. What are some of the disasters or fearful situations mentioned in the psalm? What might these symbolize?

  3. What do you think are the greatest fears of people in our area? Your friends? Your family? Are those fears realistic? What would happen if those fears actually happened?

  4. Sam asked the question: “If I handed you one of those dry-erase markers and a white board, and asked you to write down your greatest fear, what you worry about - what would you write? What causes your chest to tighten and your stomach to churn?” How would you answer?

  5. How does Psalm 46 help address fear? Can you give an illustration of how the promises of Psalm 46 have helped you with worry or fear?

  6. What is the significance of God being called “The Lord of Heaven’s Armies... the God of Jacob (vs. 7, vs 11). Why “heaven’s armies?” Why “Jacob?” 

The Story: Week 19 (6.25.17)


1. Who was the first person you ever loved? How old were you?

2. Why did God ask Hosea to marry Gomer? Do you think she was loyal to Hosea at first? What happened? What do the names of the three children mean?

3. Read Hosea 3. What was the toughest part of what Hosea has to do?

4. When did God buy you back to himself? How did that happen to you? Has it happened yet?

5. What questions did the message leave unanswered? What hope or fears did it raise for you? 

The Story: Week 17 (6.11.17)


  1. What season of life are you in?

  2. What are some things that God is teaching you in this season of life?

  3. What season may be coming to an end for you... and a new season may be beginning for you?

  4. What does it mean practically for you to live a life that fears God?

  5. What are some things about the season you are in right now that you frankly do not understand but for which you are trusting God and would appreciate prayer?

  6. What season might God be saying to you, “move on?” 

The Story: Week 16 (6.4.17)


  1. Read 1 Kings 11:1-9. 
  2. What was Solomons’ basic problem? 
  3. Why didn’t his great wisdom save him? 
  4. What did Solomon’s advanced age have to do with his slipping away from God?
  5. When do I notice myself slipping away from the Lord? 
  6. What keeps me from drifting away from full devotion to God?
  7. What’s wrong with 90% devotion to the true God and 10% devotion to other tings?Isn’t some devotion better than none?

Bonus questions - 

  1. Why is intermarriage forbidden in Jewish law? Is it wrong to date a non-Christian today? What is your advice to “mixed-faith” couples today?
  2. Why don’t we practice polygamy today? if it is so bad, why was it practiced in the Old Testament era, even under the law?

The Story: Week 15 (5.28.17)


  1. What questions were raised by the message? What stood out in the message?

  2. Have you read any of the proverbs? if so, what popped out at you? Why?

  3. If you had to give a son or daughter 5 statements of counsel before sending them on a trip, to keep them out of trouble, what would you say? Why?

  4. Have you ever known someone you considered wise? What characteristics caused you to consider them wise?

  5. How would you define wisdom?

  6. How would you define the Fear of the Lord? Why do we not hear much

    about the fear of the Lord?

  7. How is the fear of the Lord the beginning of wisdom?

  8. What is the difference between worldly wisdom and godly wisdom? 

The Story: Week 14 (5.21.17)


1. What is wisdom?

2. How can we get true wisdom (Job 12:13)?

3. Where can we find wisdom (Psalm 19:7, James 1:5)?

4. What are the dangers of worldly wisdom (1 Corinthians 3:19-20)?

5. To whom does God reveal wisdom (Matthew 11:25)?

6. How do we reveal wisdom (Ephesians 3:10)?

7. How is God given wisdom superior to worldly wisdom (Luke 21:15)?

Mother's Day at the Orchard (5.14.17)


  1. What comes to mind when you hear, “mother,” or “mom?” Why or why not? Describe your mother.

  2. If you were writing a sermon on “Four Things Every Mother Should Know,” what would you include?

  3. Read Isaiah 49:14-15. God compares him relationship to his people like that of a mother to her child. Why are mothers good illustrations for God’s love? Be specific as you can.

  4. Read Luke 14:26 and Mark 10:29-30. Jesus relativizes the role and influence of mothers. Why does he do this?

  5. The 6th commandment says, “Honor your father and mother.” How does an adult do this? How can a dishonorable mother be honored? What are the limits of honor to be given to a parent?

  6. Pray for the mothers in your group, as well as mothers who come to mind. 

Reach 901 - Week 6 (5.7.17)


1. What do you know about King David? What kind of man was he? What is he best known for? 

2. Read the story found in 2 Samuel 24. What questions does it raise in your mind? 

3. What might you say to someone who says, “I could never believe in a god who judges people?” Why was God displeased with the census? Why did David say, “I have sinned greatly in taking this census?” (2 Sam 24:10)? 

4. Why does God want us to obey him? What are some typical reasons we give for not obeying him?

5. Had you been given the option David was given (2 Sam 24:11-13), which one would you have chosen? Why? 

6. What is the significance of the temple being built on Mt. Moriah (see 2 Chron 3:1)