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?”