Central Speaks

Central Speaks

By Hamilton Central Baptist, NZ.
Hear our latest sermons as recorded at Hamilton Central Baptist Church, NZ.
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30:19
April 9, 2020
He Knows our Predicament
Discussion Questions (Week commencing Sunday 5th April 2020) Text: Hebrews 4:14-16 1.  What do you understand by the phrase: “empathise with our weaknesses” (v.15)? 2.  In what ways do you consider Jesus was tempted? Was it the same as we are today? 3.  Our text compares Jesus to a Jewish high priest. How would you explain that concept to a new Christian? 4.  What are some practical examples from your life of “receiving mercy and grace” from God? 5.  What is your answer to those who question God’s goodness or power in the light of human suffering? 6.  What will you do differently for considering this passage of Scripture?
28:33
April 4, 2020
Global Reach
Discussion Questions (Week commencing Sunday 29th March 2020) Text: Romans 10:13-15 1. Which part of Romans 10:13-15 impacts or challenges you the most? 2. How do you feel or respond to the challenge of global mission? Be honest! Some people are ‘far-sighted’ and only see mission overseas; others are ‘near-sighted’ and only see mission in our immediate vicinity. What is the right answer, and why? 3. Why do you think there is such an imbalance of personnel and mission-funding amongst the least evangelised parts of the world, compared with in countries that are highly evangelised? What can be done to correct this imbalance? 4. What does it mean to be/become a ‘world Christian’? 5. How do you respond to the quote from George Otis’ book: “The Last of the Giants” (Chosen Books, MI, 1993) p.228: “. . . while many nations of North Africa and Central Asia go begging for evangelistic resources, church workers from the United States are bumping into each other in airport baggage claim areas in Brazil, Mexico and the Philippines. In fact, the ‘mission’ experience of many US Christians today involves little more than being picked up at the airport by friends and transported to mission compounds or churches where they proceed to offer teaching to nationals who are already Christians . . .” 6. What are you going to do in response to this discussion?
28:10
March 28, 2020
Priority of the Poor
Want to watch this podcast? Todays message is also available on HCBC virtual church as a video. www.hcbc.nz/virtual Discussion Questions How do you feel about the suggestion that “God and the Bible has a bias toward the poor”? What do you reckon was Jesus primary point in telling this parable about the rich man and Lazarus? In Luke 16:13 Jesus made a radical statement about loving God or loving money. This is an easy statement if you are poor; how might it apply in a more wealthy context like ours? Some Christians believe those who are poor are in their predicament by their own foolish choices. How do you respond to that and does it change our sense of responsibility toward the poor? Consider the following Scriptures – what is the “take out” for you from each of them? Deuteronomy 15:7-8 Proverbs 14:31; 19:17; 22:9 Galatians 2:9-10      6.   Who might the “poor man” in Jesus parable be in our day and age, and what might we do to help?
32:37
March 21, 2020
Volunteerism!
Life Group Discussion Questions Text: 1 Corinthians 12:4-27 1. Why do you think the Bible places so much importance on Christians serving or using their gifts? 2. Read 1 Peter 4:10. What are some examples of God’s grace being displayed to you through the spiritual gifts of another person? 3. How do people find out (discover) what their spiritual gifts are or where/how they can serve? 4. What do you understand to be your spiritual gifts? 5. What is God’s response towards people who do not volunteer or serve or employ their spiritual gifts? 6. What is the primary role of spiritual leaders in the church – in terms of mobilising Christians to serve? 7. If you were given a blank cheque and invited to do anything you wanted to serve the Lord what would you like to do? What stops you?
31:03
March 14, 2020
Contagious Christianity
Life Group Discussion Questions Topic: Evangelism 1. Who was the most significant person in your decision to become a follower of Jesus? How did they influence you? 2. What is the best part about being a Christian for you? When the words “good news” are mentioned what really stands out to you? 3. What scares you the most about evangelism? Why? 4. What does 1 Peter 3:15 say to you? 5. Call to mind a not-yet-Christian in your circle of acquaintance – someone with no/little God-consciousness. Where would you need to start to present the good news to them? 6. How much information/knowledge does a person need to have in order to become a Christian? 7. What could/should we do with our church services to make them more “seeker-friendly?”
39:02
March 7, 2020
People of the Book
Life Group Discussion Questions Text: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 1. What is your favourite passage in the Bible? 2. If you were asked by a non-churched friend where they should start reading the Bible, where would you tell? Why? 3. How worthwhile is it (in your opinion) placing Bible’s in every motel/hotel room and prison cell, etc? 4. In what ways do you feed your spiritual soul from the Bible? 5. 2 Timothy 3:16,17 talks about the ways the scriptures teach, rebuke, correct and train us in righteousness. What examples do you have of this in your life? 6. How has the word of God illuminated the “path” in your life? (Psalm 119:105) Share examples. 7. What are you going to do this week to make the Bible more a part of your life?
33:11
February 29, 2020
Offerings that Multiply
Lincoln Badger 2 Kings 4:42-44
35:10
February 22, 2020
Reformatting . . . like Jesus
Life Group Discussion Questions Text: Romans 12:2 1. If you had one minute to explain what it means to be a Christian what would you say? 2. What were the steps (or links in a chain) that led you to become a follower of Jesus? 3. In what ways have you experienced “being put back together” since becoming a Christian? 4. If Jesus is our model or template for life, how much like him is it really possible to become? 5. What are some examples of character issues in your life where you need to be “transformed” to be more like Jesus? 6. What value do disciplines like “attending church services” or “belonging to a small group” or “learning from what the Bible teaches” bring to your Christian experience? 7. What could you do this week that will help “train” you in your spiritual growth?
30:01
February 15, 2020
Christianity is a Team Sport
Life Group Discussion Questions Text: Acts 2:42-47 What are some examples of encouragement that you have felt from other Christians (like geese flying together) that has kept you going? Who is the most significant person(s) in your life in terms of your Christian experience? In what ways is the life of the church described in Acts 2:42-47 similar or dissimilar to ours? What might a historian write about the kinds of things Christians in our day and age are “devoted” to? How important is Christian community? Can a person be a Christian and not be linked with a Christian church (of some description)? Why do some people have a low view of Christian community and relationship? What can we/you do to enhance the sense of “koinonia” (Acts 2:42-47) in our church/small group?
36:59
February 10, 2020
Prepared to Serve
Life Group Discussion Questions Text: Ephesians 4:12 Tell about your experience with strategic plans and goal setting. How has it been helpful in your life? If you had to describe God’s strategic plan for the church what would you say? Why do you think God gives spiritual gifts to his children? How do you go about finding your spiritual gift(s)? How do you respond to the idea that “works of service” is normative for all Christians? What are some examples of people coming up with a brand new idea to serve the Lord that has proven to be hugely successful? In what ways can the church “prepare” you better for “works of service”? What will you do differently this week for considering this passage of Scripture?
34:55
February 1, 2020
Older Brother Syndrome
Life Group Discussion Questions Text: Luke 15:25-32 Why do you think the religious leaders (mentioned at the beginning of Luke 15) were so concerned about Jesus spending time with “sinners”? How would you describe God’s attitude toward “lost” people in our day and age? Where does “older brother syndrome” occur in our day and age? How important is it to make the church as culturally relevant as possible to the people we want to reach? Is it possible to go too far in making the church culturally relevant? What could HCBC do to be more seeker-friendly to those looking for God? Where does/has “older brother syndrome” manifested you?
39:04
December 7, 2019
The Parable of the Loving Father
Life Group Discussion Questions Text: Luke 15:11-24 What do you reckon is the hardest thing about being a parent in this day and age? Why do you think God allows us the dignity of free choice? Why not create us pre-programmed to behave in certain ways? Given that Jesus’ parables were aimed at teaching a key point, what do you perceive to be the primary lesson Jesus had in mind in this parable? What experience have you had of turning away from God and returning to him? Why do some Christians struggle with self-forgiveness and accepting the face that God restores them? What would be contemporary equivalents of the ‘robe’, ‘ring’ and ‘shoes’ that the father put on his son (v.22)? What will you do differently this week for considering this passage of Scripture?
35:02
November 30, 2019