Weekend Teaching

COMMA: Pausing in God's Word

What if every day you took a moment to listen to the voice of someone who loves you? Join us for weekend services all month as we learn how to hear from God in the Bible. How can you make sense of what it means, let it sink into your heart, and change the way you live? Find locations and times for our five campuses!

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THIS WEEK'S Discussion Questions
  1. Ice-breaker: Are you, by nature, a person who tends to buck authority or submit to authority? Explain. What do you find difficult about submitting to God's authority in your life?

  2. Read John 5:1-15. Why were the religious leaders upset with Jesus? The section that follows this one, vv.16-30, is entitled: The Authority of the Son. How does that topic relate to the story of the lame man?

  3. Read John 5: 16-30. Make four observations (the O in COMMA) about this passage (T-R-T-S). In other words, what is the text's theme (T)? What are some repeating words or ideas (R) that you see in these verses? What are some truths about God (T), Father or Son, that are revealed in the passage? What is something striking (S) that jumps out at you--and why?

  4. Craft a one-sentence message (life lesson or big principle) from your theme observation. (This is the first M in COMMA.) Then suggest two or three applications (the A in COMMA) of this message for your own life.

  5.  Craft a one-sentence message from one of your repeating words observations. Then suggest two or three applications of this message for your own life.

  6. Craft a one-sentence message from one of your truths about God observations. Then suggest two or three applications of this message for your own life.

  7. Craft a one-sentence message from your something striking observation. Then suggest two or three applications of this message for your own life.

  8. What's the most difficult part of doing COMMA for you? What coaching tips might you give to yourself along these lines?  

  9. Prayer Prompt: In John 5:6, Jesus asks the man the question "Do you want to get well?" Spend time in prayer asking for healing for needs in your life and the lives of those you know - they may be physical needs, emotional, spiritual, or relational. Imagine Jesus is standing before you or that person asking the question "Do you want to get well?" and pray with confidence in his healing. 

 SERVICE Resources
  • Find locations and times for our five campuses!
  • Watch live service here: Saturdays 5 & 8pm | Sundays 9am,11am and 8pm.
  • We celebrate communion the first weekend of the month. At home? Please have grape juice/wine and bread/crackers ready. Have kids? Take a look at our Family Communion Guide

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