A conversation on...
By Corner Church
Welcome to A conversation on. We are a group that values questions over answers, journeys over destinations, and process over quick solutions.
A conversation on is a sermon series for those that don't already have everything figured out.
A conversation on is a sermon series for those that don't already have everything figured out.
A Conversation on Palm Sunday
Taking a break from Acts to talk about Palm Sunday.
May 16, 2022
A conversation on Leviticus - Sacrifice
We are starting a new conversation on Leviticus today. We are going to talk through a bunch of the themes. Today we are talking about sacrifice.
May 13, 2022
A conversation on real relationships
Continuing our conversation through the Corner Church Ethos
April 08, 2022
A conversation on belief
We continue our conversation through the Corner Church Ethos.
April 01, 2022
A conversation on why we plant churches
Week 1 of a new series on the Corner Church Ethos. Today we start the conversation about why we plant churches.
March 28, 2022
A conversation on change
Almost done working through Acts, just a couple more weeks.
March 02, 2022
A conversation on commitment through process
Another conversation in Acts
February 23, 2022
A conversation on persistence
Continuing through the book of Acts
February 21, 2022
A conversation on insecurity
Continuing on our conversation through Acts
February 18, 2022
A conversation on seeing Christ in others
We are continuing our conversation through Acts.
February 14, 2022
A conversation on how the word of God spreads
Continuing our conversation through the book of Acts.
February 11, 2022
A conversation on when good people disagree
We continue our conversation through the book of Acts.
February 04, 2022
A conversation on grit
Continuing our conversation on Acts and today we are talking about Paul and Barnabas.
February 01, 2022
A conversation on Peter’s imprisonment
We continue our conversation through the book of Acts.
January 24, 2022
A conversation on Peter and Cornelius
We continue with our conversation through the book of Acts.
January 20, 2022
A conversation on partnerships
This conversation preceded our Christmas United service where we were able to get all of our communities to gather and share about how important it is for our church to partner with other churches and ministries around us. We need partnerships.
January 10, 2022
A conversation on the journey of faith
Continuing our conversation through the book of Acts.
January 06, 2022
A conversation on the stoning of Stephen
Conversation through the book of Acts
January 05, 2022
A conversation on division
Take It Deeper Questions Read Acts 6:1-7 Which responsibility at home or work would you gladly give up? Never give up? How do implicit biases impact your relationship with others? How do implicit biases impact your faith? How are implicit biases overcome? How are you challenged, encouraged, confused and/or focused by this text? Bible Reading Plan Deuteronomy 7 Deuteronomy 8 Deuteronomy 9 Acts 13 Acts 14 Acts 15
December 10, 2021
A conversation about God at Work
Take It Deeper Questions Read Acts 4 Are there any religious practices that you have participated in that you don’t do any longer or never really understood the purpose of? How would you feel and/or how would you respond to being jailed for your beliefs? How would your friends and family feel/respond? How do you explain/process the reality that sometimes God delivers from hardship and sometimes does not? How are you challenged, encouraged, confused and/or focused by this narrative? Bible Reading Plan Deuteronomy 1 Deuteronomy 2 Deuteronomy 3 Acts 7 Acts 8 Acts 9
December 08, 2021
A conversation on Pentecost
December 06, 2021
A conversation on John's objective (John week 36)
Take It Deeper Questions Read John 21 Have you ever been kicked off the team, out of the club, fired? Did you deserve it? How did that moment shape you? What do you think Peter was internally dealing with as they fished all night? What do you think Jesus’ tone was as He was asking Peter if he loved Him? What qualifies someone for a relationship with God? How did Peter fulfil that requirement? How does this narrative inform your personal relationship with God? Did John achieve his objective in you? (John 20:30-31) Bible Reading Plan Numbers 30 Numbers 31 Numbers 32 Acts 1 Acts 2 Acts 3
November 18, 2021
A conversation on commitment to the process of belief (John week 35)
Take It Deeper Questions: Read John 20 Imagine being given a million dollars. How long do you think the happiness from a million dollars would last until you returned to “normal?” How would you respond if someone you had known to be dead walked into a room with you? How do you think Mary and the disciples dealt with highs and lows? Do you take things at face value or do you prefer to do your own independent research? Why? How are you challenged, focused, encouraged and/or frustrated by this text? Bible Reading Plan: Numbers 24 Numbers 25 Numbers 26 John 16 John 17 John 18
November 11, 2021
A conversation on Jesus’ death (John week 34)
Take It Deeper Questions Read John 19:28-42 Do you want something witty, funny, profound, insightful, beautiful, thoughtful, long or short written on your tombstone? Why? What stands out to you about Jesus’ experience on the cross? What do you think has changed in Nicodemus’ life from his appearance in John 3? How do you think Jesus' death changed Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea? How has Jesus' death changed you? Bible Reading Plan Numbers 21 Numbers 22 Numbers 23 John 13 John 14 John 15
October 22, 2021
A conversation on Jesus’ death - (John week 33)
Take It Deeper Questions Read John 19:1-27 If you were reading this text for the first time, what questions would you have? Why does Jesus endure what He endures? How does that why impact you? Why would a king choose to be a sacrifice as opposed to demanding sacrifice? How are you challenged, focused, encouraged and/or confused by this narrative? Bible Reading Plan: Numbers 18 Numbers 19 Numbers 20 John 10 John 11 John 12
September 29, 2021
A conversation on Jesus’ Interrogation (John week 32)
Take It Deeper Questions: Read John 18:12-14,19-24,28-40 As a child, were you ever blamed for something you didn’t do? How did you react? Both Peter and Pilot caved. Who do you identify with more, Peter or Pilot? Why? How does Barabbas’ freedom at Christ’s expense illustrate the Gospel (good news)? How are you focused, challenged, encouraged and/or frustrated by this text? Bible Reading Plan: Numbers 15 Numbers 16 Numbers 17 John 7 John 8 John 9
September 22, 2021
A conversation on Peter's denial of Jesus (John week 31)
Take It Deeper Questions: Read John 18:15-18,25-27 What do you see as a point of success in your life? What do you see as a point of failure in your life? Which is easier for you to identify? Which is easier for you to talk about? Why? How does the story of Peter both humble and encourage you? How do you explain the highs and lows of your life? How does Jesus relate with you through them? What do you think Peter learned through all of this? What can we learn through our moments of great failure? Bible Reading Plan: Numbers 12 Numbers 13 Numbers 14 John 4 John 5 John 6
September 15, 2021
A conversation on Jesus’ prayer for His followers (John week 29)
Take It Deeper Questions: Read John 17:20-26 Would you rather be in a room full of people just like you or people who are the exact opposite of you? Why? How does unity happen when people are not exactly alike? What is unity? How is unity achieved? What is an individual's responsibility in progress towards unity? How do you see Jesus' prayer being answered in your life? In our world? Bible Reading Plan: Numbers 3 Numbers 4 Numbers 5 John 16 John 17 John 18
September 10, 2021
A conversation on Jesus’ prayer for His disciples (John Week 27)
Take It Deeper Questions: Read John 16:33-17:5 What going away gift have you given or received that still warms your heart today? What different things do people in your world think about the concept of eternal life? What are some of the risks of ignoring life after this one? What are some of the risks of overemphasizing life after this one? What does Jesus say about eternal life in this text? What is His intent in sharing this? How are you challenged, focused, confused and/or encouraged by this text? Bible Reading Plan: Leviticus 24 Leviticus 25 Leviticus 26 John 10 John 11 John 12
September 02, 2021
A conversation on Dealing with Suffering (John week 26)
Take It Deeper Questions Read John 15:18-16:11 How would you feel and act if you were at someone else’s family reunion or at a large group event where everyone seems to know everyone while you know no one? What does it look like to expect to be treated better than Jesus was treated? What does it look like to expect to be treated worse than Jesus was treated? How would you feel if all troubles were rooted back to your personal failings? How does a person get to the perspective of Paul found in Romans 5:3-5? How are you challenged, focused, confused or refined by this text? Bible Reading Plan Leviticus 21 Leviticus 22 Leviticus 23 John 7 John 8 John 9
August 27, 2021
A conversation on friendship with Jesus (John week 25)
Take It Deeper Questions Read John 15:1-17 What plant best describes you: Towering oak, producing apple tree, sweet cherry tree, weeping willow, tumbleweed, crab apple or other? Explain? What does the picture of pruning illustrate well in our relationship with God? What is your favorite part of living out the pruning illustration? What is your least favorite part of living out the pruning illustration? What is the significance of the repeated use of the word remain? What is the reward and what is the challenge of being a friend of Jesus? What are some keys to having a long term healthy friendship with Jesus? Bible Reading Plan Leviticus 18 Leviticus 19 Leviticus 20 John 4 John 5 John 6
August 05, 2021
A conversation on obedience (John week 24)
Take It Deeper Questions Read John 14:15-31 What are some buttons that cause you to rebell? What are some common things people think Jesus is calling them to do? What are some things you have felt Jesus call you to do? What are some common barriers that stop people from living out what God is calling them to do? Common barriers for you? If you love me (Jesus) follow my commands (love others). How are you challenged, focused, encouraged and/or confused by this call today? Bible Reading Plan Leviticus 15 Leviticus 16 Leviticus 17 John 1 John 2 John 3
July 30, 2021
A conversation on the Holy Spirit (John week 23)
Take It Deeper Questions: Read John 14:15-31 Who are some people that you are confident will never abandon you? Why? What attribute of the Holy Spirit, mentioned here, is the most meaningful, wanted and or needed by you? Why? Advocate, with you forever, you know Him, lives within you, a teacher, a reminder and Peace How have you seen these attributes lived out in the past? How are you challenged, focused, confused and/or encouraged by this text? Bible Reading Plan: Leviticus 13 Leviticus 14 John 17 John 18 John 19 John 20 John 21
July 21, 2021
A conversation on loving one another (John week 21)
Take It Deeper Questions: Think of and share some advice that you have received and you took to heart and have strived to follow. Think of and share some advice that you have received and you didn’t embrace and have not strived to follow. What are some important or notable aspects of Jesus’ love for His disciples? How are you challenged, encouraged, focused or confused as you hear the call for us to love one another in that same way? Bible Reading Plan: Leviticus 7 Leviticus 8 Leviticus 9 John 11 John 12 John 13
July 14, 2021
A conversation on loving like Jesus (John week 20)
Take It Deeper Questions: Read John 13:1-17 Would you rather have someone touch your feet or touch someone else’s feet? Why? In your life, who have you seen “washing feet?” What do you admire about them? What obstacles do you face in being like them? How does Jesus’ personality and character being on display impact you today? How can you be Christlike in relationship with the people in your world? Bible Reading Plan: Leviticus 4 Leviticus 5 Leviticus 6 John 8 John 9 John 10
June 30, 2021
A conversation on belief and unbelief
Take It Deeper Questions: Read John 12:12-19 What is the general draw and appeal to parades? Do they appeal to you? Why? What were the people celebrating as Jesus injured Jerusalem? What degree of understanding is a prerequisite to transformative belief? What happens when your expectations of God don't match reality? Is following Christ threatening to your lifestyle? How? Why or why not? Who do you personally identify with most and why? Crowd, disciple, pharisee, young donkey? Bible Reading Plan: Leviticus 1 Leviticus 2 Leviticus 3 John 5 John 6 John 7
June 17, 2021
A conversation on anointing
Take It Deeper Questions: Read John 12:1-11 If you had a year's wages to spend on friends, what would you do and why? Who do you identify with most in the story? Mary, Martha, Judas or the crowd? Why? How do you demonstrate that Jesus is set apart in your life? What is something that is costly in your relationship with Christ? How are you focused, confused, challenged and/or encouraged by this scripture? Bible Reading Plan: Exodus 39 Exodus 40 John 1 John 2 John 3 John 4
June 07, 2021
A conversation on expectations of God
Take It Deeper Questions: Read John 11:45-57 If you were programming a self driving car, what instructions do you insert when it comes to avoid the crowd or avoid the child? Why? What would you have done if you had been on the Sanhedrin? Why? In what ways are you most likely to misunderstand who Jesus is? How are you challenged, focused, confused or encouraged by this text? Bible Reading Plan: Exodus 36 Exodus 37 Exodus 38 John 19 John 20 John 21
May 26, 2021
A conversation on finding security in relationship with God
Take It Deeper Questions: Read John 10:1-21 Share a little about your closest relationship with an animal. Hypothesis as much as possible about an ideal sheep and shepherd relationship. Less than ideal sheep and shepherd relationship. What does this picture reveal about a healthy relationship with Jesus? What happens to your relationship with God when you try to make insecurities safe? What happens to your relationship with God when you address your insecurities? Bible Reading Plan: Exodus 33 Exodus 34 Exodus 35 John 16 John 17 John 18
May 19, 2021
A conversation on John - Who is Jesus?
Take It Deeper Questions: Read John 8:12-30 Share one of your earliest memories? What makes a memory vivid to you even with the passing of time? How is following Jesus like following someone with a light through a dark place? What is the significance of Jesus’ claims? How is following distinct from believing? How does a person follow better? Bible Reading Plan: Exodus 27 Exodus 28 Exodus 29 John 10 John 11 John 12
May 14, 2021
A conversation on John - Jesus is the water of life
Take it Deeper Questions Read John 7:35-43 How is a follower of Christ identified? How would someone know if you were a follower of Jesus? How does a person recognize Jesus? Do you know God? How do you know you do or don't? How do you get to know God better? Bible Reading Plan Exodus 21 Exodus 22 Exodus 23 John 4 John 5 John 6
April 28, 2021
A conversation on John - Jesus Feed 5,000
Take It Deeper Questions: Read John 6:1-24 What do you feel and how do you tend to respond when you are misunderstood? How do fascinations or infatuations tend to evolve over time? If John was focused on the miraculous provision of manna (Exodus 16) and the provision of water (Exodus 17) as he told these stories, how is your understanding of Jesus deepened and/or focused? How are you challenged, focused, confused or frustrated by this text? Bible Reading Plan: Exodus 12 Exodus 13 Exodus 14 Exodus 15 Exodus 16 Exodus 17
April 16, 2021
A conversation on John - Jesus is the water
Take It Deeper Questions: Read John 5:1-15 When you are sick, what are you like: Oscar the Grouch? Superman? Eeyore? Buddy Elf? Why does Jesus help this man in the story? How does God help people? How much does a person need to know in order to be helped by God? What does a person need to do in order to be helped by God? How are you challenged, focused, encouraged and/or confused by this text? Bible Reading Plan: Exodus 9 Exodus 10 Exodus 11 John 19 John 20 John 21
April 09, 2021
A conversation on John. - Where does belief come from?
Take It Deeper Questions: Read John 4:43-54 How has your definition of “illness” changed over the past year? What does “bringing your need to Jesus” mean to you? How does seeing impact faith? How does desperacy impact faith? How are you challenged, focused, encouraged and/or confused by this narrative in John? Bible Reading Plan: Exodus 5 Exodus 6 Exodus 7 Exodus 8 John 17 John 18
April 02, 2021
A conversation on this present moment
Take it Deeper Read James 4:13-17 How do you become more fully present? How do you live life in such a way that you don't feel like time is always flying? How do you create a life that’s actually worth living? What are healthy things to dwell upon? What are moments in the bible in which Jesus was interrupted? Write out the things you will choose to dwell on.
March 25, 2021
A conversation on John - born again
Take It Deeper Questions: Read John 3:16-21 What was scripture to you when you were young? Why is John 3:16 such a popular Bible verse? What is the simplest explanation of John’s words? What are the complexities (elements that call for faith) that still are present in that simplest explanation? If John’s words were meant to be contemplated, meditated on, processed… What do you need to think more about? How are you challenged, focused, confused and/or encouraged by John’s words? Bible Reading Plan Genesis 42 Genesis 43 Genesis 44 Genesis 45 John 11 John 12
March 15, 2021
A conversation on John - Jesus clears the temple
Take It Deeper Questions Read John 2:12-25 When have you felt rage that led to action? What set Jesus off? What did the religious authorities demand from Jesus? What does that demand say about their understanding of what just happened? What is the Old Covenant? What is the New Covenant? How is Jesus a reforming of the Old Covenant system? How is that reforming impacting you today? Bible Reading Plan: Genesis 38 Genesis 39 Genesis 40 Genesis 41 John 9 John 10
February 26, 2021
A conversation on Black History Month with Jazz
In the month in Feb. we are intentionally having conversations about Black history.
February 22, 2021
A conversation on fear and knowing
Take It Deeper Questions Read 1 John 4:16-18 How do you respond when you think something is your fault? How do you respond when you think something is not your fault? What is the impact of viewing relationships as merit-based? What are the signs of actually knowing someone in relationship? What does a sustainable relationship over time with people look like? With God? How do commitment and trust play a part in relationships? How have you seen God to be trustworthy?
February 19, 2021
A conversation on Black History
We are having conversations every week about Black history and the church.
February 18, 2021
A conversation on John - part 4
Take It Deeper Questions: Read John 2:1-11 What memorable things have you seen or experienced at a wedding? Where is the wine level (zest for life) in your life right now? Full? Half full? Empty? Why? What is filing you? What is draining you? What area seems like stale water in an old jug? How could Jesus bring more celebration into your life? Bible Reading Plan: Genesis 28 Genesis 29 Genesis 30 Genesis 31 John 7 John 8
February 12, 2021
A conversation on John - Part 3
Take It Deeper Questions: Ready John 1:35-51 As a child, what would it take for you to believe something your brother or sister told you? What is a disciple of Jesus? Historically and currently? What insights do you get into following Jesus as you see Jesus calling His first disciples? What are some different reasons or motives for following Jesus? John’s last words of chapter one refer to Jacob’s dream in Genesis 28:1-15. Why was reminding the disciples of the ancient covenant important? How is hearing the covenant important for you? Bible Reading Plan: Genesis 24 Genesis 25 Genesis 26 Genesis 27 John 5 John 6
February 05, 2021
A conversation on John - Part 2: John the Baptist
Take It Deeper Questions: Read John 1:6-34 What has set you up for success in your life? How did they do it? Why did they do it? The titles given to Jesus so far: The Word, The Christ, The Lamb of God, The Son of God) What is the significance of each of these? Which means the most to you now and why? How would you explain Jesus’ coming to forgive sins to a 10 year old? How do you personally understand Jesus’ coming to forgive sins now? What questions do you have? What do you need to process more? What is clear(er) now? Bible Reading Plan: Genesis 20 Genesis 21 Genesis 22 Genesis 23 John 3 John 4
January 22, 2021
A conversation on John - Part 1
Take It Deeper Questions: Read John 1:1-18 Have you ever had a nickname? How did it start? Does anyone still use that nickname for you? Put verses 1-5 and 14 into your own words. Words that someone who doesn’t have a Christian background could understand. Are there prerequisites to believing in and/or have faith in Jesus? If yes, what are they? Why does John start here? How does this help in getting to his final objective found in John 20:31? Bible Reading Plan: Genesis 15 Genesis 16 Genesis 17 Genesis 18 Genesis 19 John 1 John 2
January 15, 2021
A conversation on 2020
Take It Deeper Questions: Read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 What is something you always enjoy? When did you last enjoy it? What is something you never enjoy? When did you last not enjoy it? What are the differences between a person that never rejoices, sometimes rejoices and always rejoices? What are the differences between a person that never prays, sometimes prays and prays continually? What are the differences between a person that is never thankful no matter circumstances, is thankful in some circumstances and is thankful in all circumstances? As you process this, how are you challenged, encouraged and focused? Bible Reading Plan: Genesis 8 Genesis 9 Genesis 10 Genesis 11 Genesis 12 Genesis 13 Genesis 14
January 09, 2021
A conversation on love - (Advent week 4)
Take It Deeper Questions Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 What do you love most about the Christmas season? Least? How does loving others traditionally fit into your Christmas traditions? How do religious traditions traditionally fit into your Christmas traditions? What are the essential ingredients to the love that Paul is talking about in these verses? How are you challenged, encouraged, focused and/or confused by this text? Bible Reading Plan Luke 1 Luke 2 Isaiah 7:14 Isaiah 9:6 Isaiah 61:1 Micah 5:2 Hosea 11:1
January 06, 2021
A conversation on Joy (Advent week 3)
Take It Deeper Questions Read Luke 2:8-14 What has brought you great joy in the past? What would bring you great joy in 2021? How would you have responded if you were the shepherds in this narrative? What is the message of vs. 10? What does it look like to live in response to the “good news?” What is it to live in that joy? Bible Reading Plan Revelation 21 Revelation 22 Matthew 1 Matthew 2 Matthew 3
December 30, 2020
A conversation on peace (Advent week 2)
Take It Deeper Questions Read Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 1:26-38 Share a pregnancy story. (personal, spouse, sibling, relative) How would you respond if you were Mary or Joseph and received the news? How did Mary and Joseph seem to respond? Why do you think they responded this way? How is peace in the midst of the unknown possible? Why is peace in the midst of the unknown valuable? How are you challenged, focused, encouraged and/or frustrated by Mary and Joseph's peace in this moment of so many unknowns? Bible Reading Plan Revelation 16 Revelation 17 Revelation 18 Revelation 19 Revelation 20
December 23, 2020
A conversation on hope (advent week 1)
Take It Deeper Questions: Read Jeremiah 29:11 What are your plans for this Christmas season? How has COVID impacted your plans? How can hope and challenging circumstances be a reality? What is God given hope? How do the words in Jeremiah challenge you, frustrate you, focus you and/or encourage you? Bible Reading Plan: Revelation 11 Revelation 12 Revelation 13 Revelation 14 Revelation 15
December 21, 2020
A conversation on success - part 3
Take it Deeper Questions Read Matthew 25:14-30 If someone said they had a story for you and then shared this parable, how would you respond? Why? Who are you in the parable? Master, Servant 1, Servant 2 or Servant 3? Why? With the parable in mind: What things have you been entrusted with in this season? What does not being passive about those things look like? What is success with those things in this season? Bible Reading Plan Revelation 5 Revelation 6 Revelation 7 Revelation 8 Revelation 9 Revelation 10
December 12, 2020
A conversation on success - part 2
Take It Deeper Questions Read Micah 6:1-8 When have you felt undeserving? Undeserving of a good thing or a bad thing. What does it mean to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Why does God ask for these things specifically? Where have you had evidence of these things in the past? How did those moments look, feel, impact yourself and others? How are you focused, challenged, encouraged by this text in Micah? Bible Reading Plan Jude 1 Revelation 1 Revelation 2 Revelation 3 Revelation 4
December 04, 2020
A conversation on success - part 1
Take It Deeper Questions: 1 Corinthians 12:12-30 What would your closest friends and/or family say is your greatest strength? Weakness? How do these verses make you feel about your place in the body of Christ? About your need for others? What is the cost of isolation? How are you challenged and focused by this text today? Bible Reading Plan: 1 John 3 1 John 4 1 John 5 2 John 1 3 John 1
November 13, 2020
A conversation on “Where is God?”
TAKE IT DEEPER Where have you seen God at work outside of the Church? Do you think the Church has struggled recognizing the work of God outside its community and control? Why do you think that? What is the danger of ministry/missions work that focuses on attempting to make people more like the minister or missionary? Does God have the capacity to use people outside of the Church to effect His will (goodness)? When have you seen this happen? Where have you seen God at work outside the Church? Where do people search for God? Where have you found God? Where is God at work ahead of the Church today?
November 06, 2020
A conversation on Christ’s once and for all sacrifice
Take It Deeper Questions Read Hebrews 10:1-18 What daily rituals do you enjoy most and dislike most? What are the differences between Old Covenant atonement and New Covenant atonement? How much of your time is spent with a gnawing and/or vague sense of guilt? What does a life look like as it is continually being made holy? If you were to memorize one verse from this section, what would it be and why? Bible Reading Plan 1 Peter 1 1 Peter 2 1 Peter 3 1 Peter 4 1 Peter 5
November 03, 2020
A conversation on the old and new covenants
Written study guide: A conversation on the old and new covenants Take It Deeper Questions Read Hebrews 9:11-28 What have you gone through once but have since vowed to never do again? The author used Old Testament analogies to explain the meaning of Christ’s death to religious Jews. What analogies might clarify with non-religious people today? What is the Old Covenant? What is the New Covenant? What are your personal challenges in walking away from the Old Covenant and fully embracing the New Covenant? Bible Reading Plan James 1 James 2 James 3 James 4 James 5
October 31, 2020
A conversation on what matters most
Take It Deeper Questions Read 1 Peter 2:4-12 When have you been most closely connected to a home improvement project? How did it go? What was most enjoyable? What was most unenjoyable? How do you respond to Peter's description of you in verse 9? What struggle within yourself are you facing that only Christ can help you overcome? How are you focused, confused, challenged or confused by this text today? Bible Reading Plan Titus 1 Titus 2 Titus 3 Philemon 1 Hebrews 13
October 17, 2020
A conversation on the good old days
Take It Deeper Questions: Read Mark 1:9-12 What do you need to hear (what would you like to hear) from people in your world? What do you need to hear (what would you like to hear) from God? What was God telling Jesus? What do you hear as God speaks these words over you? Do you hear what God is trying to say? Why or why not? How does it impact you that God spoke these things to Jesus before he started his public ministry? Bible Reading Plan: 2 Timothy 1 2 Timothy 2 2 Timothy 3 2 Timothy 4 Hebrews 11 Hebrews 12
October 07, 2020
A conversation on the greatness of Jesus
Take It Deeper Questions Read John 3:1-21 Who are the most important or famous people you know? What do you think Nicodemus had to overcome in order to come to Jesus? Why did Nicodemus come to Jesus? (vs. 1-2) How did Jesus respond? What does it mean to be born of water and Spirit? Why is Nicodemous an important perspective to bring to the famous verses of John 3:16-18? Bible Reading Plan Hebrews 1 Hebrews 2 Hebrews 3 1 Thessalonians 3 1 Thessalonians 4 1 Thessalonians 5
August 30, 2020
A conversation on love...
Take It Deeper Questions: Read 1 John 4:7-12 Share your “first love” story. If the absence of love leads to indifference, how is indifference similar and/or different to hate? How does God love? How does being loved by God and people affect you? How are we to love? Bible Reading Plan: Philippians 1 Philippians 2 Philippians 3 Philippians 4
August 15, 2020
A convesation on worry
Take It Deeper Questions Read Luke 18:35-43 Who is the most famous person you have seen up close? What were the circumstances? What do the disciples still fail to see about Jesus in this moment? What stands out about the beggars handicap, faith and character? What would have happened if the man didn’t take any initiative? What would have happened if Jesus would not have responded to the initiative? What insight does this story give into trusting God and being trustworthy in your relationship with God? How does this story challenge, encourage and give you focus? Bible Reading Plan Ephesians 1 Ephesians 2 Ephesians 3 Ephesians 4 Ephesians 5 Ephesians 6
August 12, 2020
A conversation on joy
Take It Deeper Questions Matthew 13:44-46 What is the most valuable thing you have either lost or found? Define joy. How and why is it possible to have joy in the midst of pain or cost? Why would someone joyfully do something that is not easy to do? Why do some people have a greater perspective while enduring things that are “costly” and are able to do them with joy? How are you challenged, focused and/or encouraged by our conversation on joy? Bible Reading Plan 2 Corinthians 13 Galatians 1 Galatians 2 Galatians 3 Galatians 4 Galatians 5 Galatians 6
August 08, 2020
A conversation on peace and distress
Take It Deeper Questions Read John 14:25-27 What is peace? How do you know when you have it or when you see it in someone else? How does a person get it if they don’t have it? How can you help others in their relationship with peace? How should peace be affected by current circumstances and how should it be unaffected by current circumstances? Bible Reading Plan 2 Corinthians 7 2 Corinthians 8 2 Corinthians 9 2 Corinthians 10 2 Corinthians 11 2 Corinthians 12
July 29, 2020
A conversation on pursuing change through brokenness
Take It Deeper Questions Read Matthew 5:3-12 If our culture would write a version of blessed statements, what would they be? What is your version of personal blessed statements? How have Jesus’ blessed statements come to a different light in 2020? What are the internal changes that this year is giving you opportunity to embrace and follow through with? Bible Reading Plan 2 Corinthians 1 2 Corinthians 2 2 Corinthians 3 2 Corinthians 4 2 Corinthians 5 2 Corinthians 6
July 25, 2020
A conversation on connecting with God during support and opposition
What to read Read Psalm 139 and reflect on the concept of God being present through support and opposition. Take It Deeper Questions Read Philippians 4:10-20 What do you look back on as being the happiest days of your life? What is Paul’s secret to contentment? How does Paul’s view of contentment resemble or clash with our cultures view of contentment? How does Paul’s view of contentment resemble or clash with your view of contentment? What outside force is most likely to upset your contentment? What is key for you to be content irregardless to outside forces? Bible Reading Plan 1 Corinthians 11 1 Corinthians 12 1 Corinthians 13 1 Corinthians 14 1 Corinthians 15 1 Corinthians 16
July 11, 2020
A conversation on rebuilding relationship with God
Take It Deeper Questions Read Matthew 23:25-26 Share your worst restaurant experience. Why do people feel pressure to look good to others? Why do Christians feel similar pressure? What are the issues you have discovered with living life and faith as an external show? How does internal transformation affect all of these external pressures? How are you focused, challenged and encouraged by Jesus’ words today?
July 10, 2020
A conversation on learning from other’s failures
Take It Deeper Questions: Read Luke 10:25-37 In your mind, what sets someone apart as being extraordinary? What sets someone apart as being extraordinary to God? How does this parable address prejudices? Who has been a Good Samaritan in your life? Do you have any common obstacles to being a Good Samaritan? How are you encouraged and challenged by this parable today? Bible Reading Plan: Romans 16 1 Corinthians 1 1 Corinthians 2 1 Corinthians 3 1 Corinthians 4 1 Corinthians 5
June 27, 2020
Behind the Message - A conversation about value
Take it deeper questions What are some things in life that you value, that other may not? What problems arise when perceived value is lacking? How does someone change their perceived value? What are the consequences of refusing to change the way you perceive value in different groups of people? How can you increase your own perceived value of people who are different from you? When confronted with a broken system what is your personal responsibility? What are you, or can you do?
June 20, 2020
Behind the Message: Into the Unknown - A conversation on being ill equipped
Take It Deeper Questions Have you ever tried to use the wrong tool for a job you were doing? How did it go? What are some things you actually feel well equipped to deal with? How do you feel when you witness great injustice? How do you feel when you witness great justice? What does it mean to “love your neighbor as yourself?” How can you move from sympathy or empathy into compassion?
June 13, 2020
Behind the Message: Into the Unknown - Asked to do Something Impossible
Take It Deeper Questions: Read Matthew 4:18-22 What does following Jesus mean to you? What does it say about Jesus that He asked people to follow Him? What does it say about the disciples that they followed Jesus? What does it mean to be “made into a fisher of man?” What does it look like to follow Jesus in this season? Bible Reading Plan: Acts 28 Romans 1 Romans 2 Romans 3 Romans 4 Romans 5
June 06, 2020
Behind the Message: Into the Unknown - What do I do when I don’t know what to do?
Because of the stuff currently happening in Minneapolis, we currently do not have take it deeper questions or bible reading available for this week. We just ask that you pray for us, for our city, and wisdom full of compassion. Thank you. - Greg
May 30, 2020
Behind the message: God Wants You Strong - A Conversation on Ephesians 6
Take It Deeper Questions Read Ephesians 6:10-23 If you were going into a “battle” today, would you tend to put on too much armor or not enough armor? Why? What sets you up for success on a normal day? Sets you up for struggle or failure? What sets you up for success in being Christlike? Sets you up for struggle or failure? With Paul’s equipment list in view, where are you adequately prepared and where do you have gapes to address? Bible Reading Plan Acts 18 Acts 19 Acts 20 Acts 21 Acts 22
May 23, 2020
Behind the Message: Effective Directive - A conversation on Ephesians 5
Read a written version of this conversation: Corner Church Blog Take It Deeper Questions Read Ephesians 5 How do you best receive direction? Worst? Why? How do you best receive correction? Worst? Why? How do you decide if a Biblical directive or correction is for you or not? How do you decide if you will do it or not? How do faith, belief, teaching and community fit into that equation? If Paul was writing you with some reminders, directives and corrections, how would you receive/process/react to his letter? Bible Reading Plan Acts 12 Acts 13 Acts 14 Acts 15 Acts 16 Acts 17 What to be reading as we are studying Ephesians Read the book of Galatians. How are Galatians and Ephesians similar and different?
May 16, 2020
Behind the Message: Grace led intentionality - Ephesians 4
Take It Deeper Questions: What were the house rules when you were growing up? Read Ephesians 4 Why does God care about how we live? (What are some potential “wrong” answers?) How has God refined you in the past? How is God refining you in this season? What do you think God wants to refine in you in the future? Bible Reading Plan: Acts 6 Acts 7 Acts 8 Acts 9 Acts 10 Acts 11 What to be reading as we are studying Ephesians: Read all of Ephesians in one sitting (It takes about 20 min.)
May 08, 2020
Behind the Message: For All - Ephesians 3
Take It Deeper Questions: When are you at your best? (Situation, season, scenario) When are you at your worst? (Situation, season, scenario) Read Ephesians 3 If grace is for all, who is most difficult for you to include in that all? Yourself or others? Why? How is God’s grace being played out in your life currently? How is God’s grace impacting you internally? Externally? If Paul’s prayer is answered in you, what happens? Bible Reading Plan: Acts 1 Acts 2 Acts 3 Acts 4 Acts 5 Places to be reading as we study Ephesians: Paul’s growing perspective of self and grace 1 Corinthians 9:1-2 - Defensive 1 Corinthians 9:22-23 -Self Righteous 1 Corinthians 11:1 - Perfected 1 Corinthians 15:9-11 - Convicted of past failings 2 Corinthians 12:11-13 - Something while being nothing Romans 1:1 - Servant of Jesus that is set apart Ephesians 3:7-9 - Less than the least Philippians 1:1 - Servants of Jesus Philippians 1:12-14 - Self sacrificing so even the least would know Jesus 1 Timothy 1:15-17 - The worst of sinners 2 Timothy 4:6-8 - Finished the race
May 04, 2020
Behind the Message: Through God's Grace - Ephesians 2
Read the written version Take It Deeper Questions: Read Ephesians 2 What is your ancestral heritage? How does that heritage impact where you are today? Define grace by illustrating it in a parable or a story. How is it possible to know about God’s grace while it has no personal impact? How has your understanding of God’s grace changed over time? How does Paul’s understanding of God’s grace impact his life? How does a lifelong process of greater understanding of God’s grace impact your life? Bible Reading Plan: John 15 John 16 John 17 John 18 John 19 John 20 John 21 Some great places to be reading as we talk through Ephesians: Ephesians 3 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 Romans 3 Hebrews 4:14-16
April 25, 2020
Behind the Message: God Cares - He is with you.
Take It Deeper Questions: Read Philippians 4:1-9 What is the best thing that happened to you this week? What has brought you joy in this season of so many unknowns? Why does Paul bring relational reconciliation into this exhortation? How does Paul’s advice apply to our current situation with a global pandemic? What does prayer do as you process the anxieties of this season? Bible Reading Plan: Luke 17 Luke 18 Luke 19 Luke 20 Luke 21
April 22, 2020
Behind the Message: As Christ - Ephesians 1
Take It Deeper Questions: When you count your blessings, what do you put on the top of the list? Read Ephesians 1 As you read: Mark everything that Paul mentions that God gives to us or does for us. When is it easiest and when is it the most difficult for you to see God’s blessings? What have you needed from God in the past? What do you need from God today? In this season? What do you think Paul would tell you as you are reflecting on your current needs? Bible Reading Plan: John 9 John 10 John 11 John 12 John 13 John 14 Reading Suggestion for Ephesians Series: Ephesians 1-2 Acts 18-19 Revelation 2
April 18, 2020
Behind the Message: Engaging With Different
Take It Deeper Questions: Read Matthew 5:43-48 Who is easy for you to love? Who is it easy for you to avoid loving? If you read this text a month ago and now, how has the call in Jesus’ words changed or intensified? Why does Jesus bring perfection into this conversation? How can the call of this text be lived out in your life this week? Bible Reading Plan: Luke 12 Luke 13 Luke 14 Luke 15 Luke 16
April 15, 2020
Behind the Message: What makes Easter, Easter?
Take It Deeper Questions Read Luke 24:13-35 How would have you answered this question 45 days ago: What would I do if I was told to stay home and not come close to people? What has become more clear to you in this season brought on by the covid19? Where is your road to Emmaus - the place where Jesus surprised you recently? What changes in a person when he or she has faith that Jesus is risen? Bible Reading Plan John 3 John 4 John 5 John 6 John 7 John 8 We are starting a study of Ephesians next Sunday Ephesians 1
April 11, 2020
Behind the Message: Not how, but why do we pray?
Take It Deeper Questions: Read Luke 11:1-13 What was your perspective and practice of prayer when you were a child? What motivates the disciples to ask about prayer at this point? What insight does the parable give us about prayer? What should be the relationship between Jesus’ example of prayer and our prayers? What would you pass along to someone you were teaching to pray? Bible Reading Plan: Jesus with real people Luke 7 Luke 8 Luke 9 Luke 10 Luke 11
April 08, 2020
Behind the Message: God Gives Hope - Palm Sunday
TAKE IT DEEPER QUESTIONS Read 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 What is bringing you joy this week? What are you praying a lot about lately? What are you thankful for? How has the meaning of Paul’s words here changed in the past month? What is your personal call to action? Bible Reading Plan Luke 22 Luke 23 Luke 24 John 1 John 2
April 04, 2020
Behind the Message: Enjoy Fellowship
What does it look like to truly enjoy fellowship with God?
April 01, 2020
Q Service - Gary and Noelle
How can you connect with neighbors who are different than you?
March 31, 2020
Behind the Message - Reorient
Dialogue Questions How do people measure priorities? What direction do you need to turn away from? What things in life do you treasure? How is that treasure dictating your life’s direction?
March 25, 2020
Q Service - Rick
What do you do (should you do) when you discover you are wrong?
March 24, 2020
Behind the Message: What Should We Talk About? • Personal Bible Study
Take It Deeper Questions: Read Psalm 13 Describe a burden that you are currently wrestling with. To what extent have you been honest with God about this burden? To what extent do you feel like you have surrendered this burden to the Lord? To what extent would you say you are honest with God in prayer? Why is it so important for us to be honest with God? What are the indications that you are trusting in the Lord? Bible Reading Plan Mark 13 Mark 14 Mark 15 Mark 16 Luke 1
March 18, 2020
Q Service - Michelle
How can you discover and deepen community in this season of life?
March 17, 2020
Missions Trip Recap - Puerto Rico
What's the deal with mission trips, and why do church go on them?
March 11, 2020
Q Service - Scott
As you reflect on your day to day life, what things sneak in and steal worship away from God?
March 10, 2020
Behind the Message: Reconcile With Different
Take It Deeper Questions: Read 1 John 4:7-21 What personality trait or strength did you get from your father? Mother? What is the difference between love that is a feeling and love that is an action? If you want to do a better job of loving others, how should you go about it? How do you want to love others this week? At home, work, community, in a difficult relationship, with people that are similar to you, with people that are different from you. Bible Reading Plan: Mark 3 Mark 4 Mark 5 Mark 6 Mark 7
March 05, 2020
Q Service - Jenny
What would it look like I you jumped out of your comfort zone and leaned into community?
March 03, 2020
Behind the Message: Reconciliation with Culture
Take It Deeper Questions: Read 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 If you were appointed as an ambassador, where would you like to be sent and where would you rather not be sent? What is the ministry of reconciliation? What is Paul implying by using the title ambassador? What motivation does Paul share for being Christ’s ambassador? What does being Christ’s ambassador look like in your life? Where do you have room to grow? How will you become a better ambassador? Bible Reading Plan: Matthew 26 Matthew 27 Matthew 22 Mark 1 Mark 2
February 27, 2020
Behind the Message: Reconciled To Others
Take It Deeper Questions: Read Ephesians 4:31-32 What does a “right” relationship with another person look like? What does a “wrong” relationship with another person look like? Can reconciliation with another person take place without returning to the good old days? How? Why? What keeps you from pursuing reconciliation with people? What keeps you (a person) focused on doing the work of reconciliation with people? Bible Reading Plan: Matthew 16 Matthew 17 Matthew 18 Matthew 19 Matthew 20
February 21, 2020
Ask a pastor: What do pastors do?
It's something between nothing and everything...
February 18, 2020
Ask a pastor: How does God speak to you?
Short answer: probably the same way He speaks to you...
February 11, 2020
Behind the Message: With
Scott and Zach talk with Ty about a message he is sharing at all three Corner Church communities.
February 10, 2020
Ask a Pastor: Why should I invite people to Church?
Whose responsibility is to invite your friends to Church? Is invitation even the goal? Why do some people invite everyone and others never invite anyone?
February 04, 2020
Ask a Pastor: What conversations are hardest to have?
Hard conversation are... well... hard...
January 28, 2020
Behind the Message: Reconciliation with God
Take It Deeper Questions: Read 1 John 4:7-21 What personality trait or strength did you get from your father or mother? How has God demonstrated that He is love? How can a person know God and experience His love? What is the connection between God’s love for us and the love we have for others? How do you feel nudged to love more sacrificially?
January 23, 2020
Ask a pastor: How do you grow?
Zach, Scott and Greg share how they personally continue to grow as individuals.
January 21, 2020
Behind the Message: Multiplication - How We Plant
Take It Deeper Questions: What is freedom? What does it really look like to enjoy being free? What things keep you from experiencing freedom? What system do you use to try and be good enough? Read 1 John 1. The greek word used for fellowship means “deep conversation and intimacy”. Who do you have fellowship with? What does it mean to have fellowship with God? What does “living in the light” referring to? Bible Reading Plan - Read the New Testament in 2020 - cornerchurch.tv Matthew 6 Matthew 7 Matthew 8 Matthew 9 Matthew 10
January 18, 2020
Ask a pastor anything: Do you feel like you can be your authentice self?
Can pastors be authentic? Are there pressures to hide who they really are?
January 14, 2020
Behind the Message: Reconciliation 101 - NOT FREE
Take It Deeper Questions Read Luke 15:11-32 Have you found yourself most often in the position of the son, father or brother? Why? What are the costs of unresolved estrangement? What are the costs of resolving estrangement? What is the difference between a truce and reconciliation? Why do some estrangements never get resolved? Where do you need to pay up today in order to walk towards reconciliation? Read The New Testament This Year: Week of January 5 • Jesus starts Matthew 1 Matthew 2 Matthew 3 Matthew 4 Matthew 5
January 09, 2020
Ask a pastor: How do you handle skepticism?
A Corner Conversation short with Scott, Zach and Greg.
January 07, 2020
Ask a pastor anything: What do you feel most insecure about?
Corner Conversation podcast short "Ask a Pastor anything"
December 31, 2019
Ask a pastor anything: Why one church in three communities?
Another Corner Conversation short "Ask a Pastor Anything"
December 24, 2019
Behind The Message: Rethink Christmas - Not Ideal is OK
Take It Deeper Questions Read Matthew 1:18-25 Share a story from your Christmas past How would you feel in Joseph’s shoes? What would you say to your family and friends? What reason does Matthew give as to why Jesus was born? (21) What do you learn from the faith of Joseph? Bible Reading Plan: Luke 3:1-20 Matthew 3:1-17 Luke 4:1-13 Matthew 4:1-11 Luke 4:14-30 Matthew 4:12-17 Luke 4:31-37 Matthew 4:18-25
December 21, 2019
Ask a pastor anything: Why do Christianity and guilt seem inseparable?
The first episode of our podcast shorts "Ask a pastor anything."
December 17, 2019
Behind the Message: Rethink Christmas - Not Imprisoned by Circumstances
Take It Deeper Questions Read Matthew 1:18-24 What positive qualities about your parents come to mind as you recall your childhood? How do you think Mary and Joseph explained all this to their extended family? What do you learn about faith from Joseph? How have you experienced Jesus as Immanuel? Bible Reading Plan Matthew 1:1-17 Matthew 1:18-25 Matthew 2:1-12 Matthew 2:13-18 Matthew 2:19-23 Matthew 13:53-57 Matthew 3:1-12
December 17, 2019
Behind the Message - Rethink the Holidays
Take It Deeper Questions Read Romans 8:18-27 What signs of aging or weathering are you feeling in your bones? What do you think Paul means by the glory to come? Why do we as Christians groan? What is the difference between what Paul is talking about and wishful thinking? Bible Reading Plan Luke 1:1-25 Luke 1:26-38 Luke 1:39-56 Luke 1:57-80 Luke 2:1-21 Luke 2:22-40 Luke 2:41-51
December 08, 2019
Behind the Message - The Good Neighbor Paradox • Meets Needs
Take It Deeper Questions If you need exactly four people to help you with something, who would you ask? Why? Where do you think this desperation to get in front of Jesus came from? What did the paralyzed man think and feel as Jesus said his sins were forgiven? What did Jesus understand about this man’s deepest needs? How do you think the paralyzed man would recount the story twenty years later? How are you challenged, encouraged and/or focused in your loving your neighbors by this story? Bible Reading - Jesus Meets Needs Luke 4:31-37 Luke 4:38-44 Luke 5:1-11 Luke 5:12-15 Luke 5:17-26 Luke 5:27-32 Luke 5:33-39
November 29, 2019
Behind the Message - The Good Neighbor Paradox • Know(n)
Take It Deeper Questions: Read John 10:1-21 Share your favorite pet or animal story. What is being illustrated about how Jesus knows us? What is being illustrated about how we can know Jesus? What is being illustrated about what Jesus has, is or could do for us? What is being illustrated about how we can respond to what Jesus does for us? How is this text nudging you today? Bible Reading Plan John 10:1-6 John 10:7-10 John 10:11-13 John 10:14-21 John 4:15-20 Matthew 12:22-29 John 13:31-38
November 21, 2019
The Neighbor Paradox
Take It Deeper Questions Read John 5:1-11 When you get sick, what are you like? Oscar the Grouch, Superman, Eeyore, other? How did Jesus place Himself in the life of the crippled man? What obstacles did Jesus overcome? (pre, during and post) How does this narrative shape your view of what it is to be a Christlike neighbor? Bible Reading Plan Matthew 4:18-22 Luke 19:1-10 Mark 5:24-34 John 5:1-11 Deuteronomy 22:1-4 Mark 5:1-20 Luke 10:25-37
November 08, 2019
The Final Instructions
Take it Deeper Questions Read James 5:13-20 What are the most common prayers people in your world pray? What troubles surround you? What troubles affect you directly? Share and then pray. What good things surround you? Share and celebrate them. Give thanks to God. Pray for yourself and people in your world xwho are in need of physical healing. Confess: In your heart. In writing. Outloud Pray for the people you know that have wandered from the truth.
November 01, 2019
Take It Deeper Questions: Read James 5:1-12 What have you found it easy to be patient for and what have you found it difficult to be patient for? What character traits does James bring out in this text? Which of these character traits do you think is the most lacking in our culture, in you? How does a person grow in character? How does a person help others grow in character? How are you encouraged and challenged by this portion of James letter? Bible Reading Plan: 10-28 - James 5:13-20 10-29 - James 1:1-18 10-30 - James 1:19-27 10-31 - James 2 11-01 - James 3 11-02 - James 4 11-03 - James 5
October 26, 2019
Take It Deeper Questions Read James 4:13-17 What tends to be the most distracting to you when you need to get something done? What are the differences between striving to get ahead and striving to do God’s will? With the distant future and epic things removed from the answer, what is God’s will for you? How are you personally focused by the word of James 4:17? Reading Plan 10-21 - James 5:1-12 10-22 - Matthew 6:25-34 10-23 - Matthew 7:1-6 10-24 - Matthew 7:7-12 10-25 - Matthew 7:13-20 10-26 - Matthew 7:21-29 10-27 - Luke 6:17-26
October 19, 2019
Submission and Faithfulness
Take It Deeper Question: Read James 4:1-12 Whom did you quarrel with most while growing up? Do you still quarrel with them in the same way today? When you quarrel, do you seek to understand what desire is really motivating you? Do you pray about this desire? How does pride fit into this process for you? Where do you need to improve? Bible Reading Plan 10-14 - James 4:13-17 10-15 - Matthew 6:19-24 10-16 - Matthew 6:25-34 10-17 - Matthew 7:1-6 10-18 - Matthew 7:7-12 10-19 - Matthew 7:13-20 10-20 - Matthew 7:21-23
October 12, 2019
Two Kinds of Wisdom
Take It Deeper Questions Read James 3:13-18 Who are the wise people in your world? Why do they stand out to you? What is the difference between worldly wisdom and Godly wisdom? What does following our own wisdom lead us to? How do we pursue Godly wisdom when it doesn’t feel logical? Bible Reading Plan October 7-13 10-7 - James 4:1-12 10-8 - Matthew 5:33-37 10-9 - Matthew 5:38-42 10-10 - Matthew 5:43-48 10-11 - Matthew 6:1-4 10-12 - Matthew 6:5-15 10-13 - Matthew 6:16-18
October 05, 2019
Where are your words steering you?
cornerchurch.tv Take It Deeper Question Read James 3:1-12 Who in your life has stood out as being unusually uplifting in their words? How have they impacted you and others? Jesus wasn’t always tame with His words. When is harsh language acceptable? Why do you think James and Jesus were both stern or harsh with religious insiders? If our tongue is our rudder or bit, where are your words steering you? What turns do you want or need to make? How are the words of James focusing you or challenging you today? Bible Reading Plan September 30 - October 6 9-30 - James 3:13-18 10-1 - Proverbs 31 10-2 - Matthew 5:1-12 10-3 - Matthew 5:13-16 10-4 - Matthew 5:17-20 10-5 - Matthew 5:21-26 10-6 - Matthew 5:27-32
September 26, 2019
Ask a Pastor Anything #1
September 23, 2019
Work, righteousness and grace
cornerchurch.tv Take It Deeper Questions Read James 2:14-26 Are you more likely to act without thinking or think without acting? What is the optimal relationship between faith and deeds? Does this optimal relationship mean salvation is received by doing things? Does this optimal relationship mean salvation is received by doing nothing? What can we learn from Abraham and Rahab? How are you challenged by James’ words today? Bible Reading Plan 9-16 - James 2:14-26 9-17 - Proverbs 19 9-18 - Proverbs 20 9-19 - Proverbs 21 9-20 - Proverbs 22 9-21 - Proverbs 23 9-22 - Proverbs 24
September 19, 2019
Working Through Implicit Bias
Take It Deeper Questions: Read James 2:1-13 For what event would you consider buying the most expensive seats? Why? In what ways have you had favorites with people/relationships? In what ways have those been good/bad? How does favoritism impact loving our neighbors. Living out “Local, Early and Together?” How are you challenged and/or encouraged by James’ words in this portion of the text? Bible Reading Plan September 9-15 9-9 - James 2:1-13 9-10 - Proverbs 13 9-11 - Proverbs 14 9-12 - Proverbs 15 9-13 - Proverbs 16 9-14 - Proverbs 17 9-15 - Proverbs 18 cornerchurch.tv corner.coffee
September 07, 2019
Don't Just Listen, Do
Take it Deeper Questions Read James 1:19-27 Which best describes your temper: short fuse, big bomb, long fuse, little fizz, other? In what area of your life could you do a better job at applying God’s word rather than merely listening to it? What is the world's pollution that James talks about? How can you work towards not being polluted? How are you being nudged by James words today? Reading Plan 9-2 - James 1:19-27 9-3 - Proverbs 7 9-4 - Proverbs 8 9-5 - Proverbs 9 9-6 - Proverbs 10 9-7 - Proverbs 11 9-8 - Proverbs 12
August 31, 2019
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August 28, 2019
Building Perseverance - James 1
corner.coffee cornerchurch.tv Take It Deeper Questions: Read James 1:1-18 What is the hardest test you remember taking? How did it go? How would more perseverance impact your life? Is your perseverance on an upward trajectory? Why or why not? How are you challenged or nudged by James’ words today? Reading plan for the week: 8-19 - James 1:1-18 8-20 - Proverbs 1 8-21 - Proverbs 2 8-22 - Proverbs 3 8-23 - Proverbs 4 8-24 - Proverbs 5 8-25 - Proverbs 6
August 19, 2019
What does it mean to be neighborly?
August 17, 2019
We are supposed to make each other better
cornerchurch.tv corner.coffee TAKE IT DEEPER QUESTIONS: Read Matthew 10 Have you ever had an unusual houseguest? What’s the story? What warnings or encouragements would you need to hear from Jesus in order to go out and represent Him? Under what circumstances do you find it most difficult to talk about your faith? What does the paradox in verst 39 mean? What do you think the disciples felt as they were empowered by JEssu? What do you feel as you are empowered by Jesus?
August 08, 2019
How to: Humility
Take It Deeper Questions Read James 4 How were fights resolved in your world when you were growing up? What is “friendship with the world?” Why does God oppose the proud? Why does God give grace to the humble? What is false humility? What are the biggest roadblocks to being truly humble? cornerchurch.tv corner.coffee
July 27, 2019
Conversation lead by Ty Collins in prep for the message "Vocational Christianity."
July 25, 2019
The Forgiveness Effect
cornerchurch.tv corner.coffee Take It Deeper Questions: Matthew 18:21-35 What would you do to celebrate if all your debts were suddenly canceled? Do you tend to be quick or slow to forgive? Why? What are the results of not being merciful? Physical, emotional and spiritual? What have you found helpful in forgiving those who have wronged you? How has God’s forgiveness affected your life and your willingness to forgive?
July 24, 2019
Commitment is more than...
cornerchurch.tv corner.coffee Take It Deeper Questions: Read Matthew 16:24-28 If a sociologist was tasked with understanding you and the only resource they were given was all of your stuff, what would they find? What would they write? What do these things in verse 24 mean: Come after me (Jesus)? Deny self? Take up your cross? How would you explain to a twelve year old what it is to lose your life in order to gain it? How would you explain to a twelve year old what it is to gain the whole world, yet forfeit your soul? If salvation is not about what a person does, what is this reward that is mentioned in verse 27? How does this text challenge you today?
July 14, 2019
A life of sacrifice
instagram.com/cornerchurch cornerchurch.tv corner.coffee Take It Deeper Question Read 1 John 4:7-21 In the Aesop’s Fable, are you more like the tortoise or the hare? Why? Why are God’s commands “not burdensome?” What things can a Christian know? (vs. 13,15,18,19,20) How does your love for God affect you love for others? If 1 John was dropped from the Bible, what would be missing from the story of God’s redemptive work in history?
July 06, 2019
More than just "I'll pray for you"
cornerchurch.tv corner.coffee Take It Deeper Questions Read John 17:20-26 What going away gift have you received or given that still puts a smile on your face when you think about it? What unity exists between God and Jesus that we should copy? What does Jesus ultimate desire reveal about His love for us? How are your prayers for others like and unlike Jesus’ prayer? How is your prayer life nudged or influenced by Jesus and His example?
June 29, 2019
More than just hearing what's said
corner.coffee cornerchurch.tv Take It Deeper Questions Read John 4:1-26 Who in your life is notably good at listening to you? Who is it easy for you to listen to? Do you think the Samaritan woman was “easy” for Jesus to listen to? Why or why not? How would this interaction be different if Jesus didn’t let the Samaritan woman get a word in edgewise? Why is there power in being known? Who in your world do you need to know better? How can you get to know them better in this season?
June 28, 2019
More Than a Random Act of Kindness
cornerchurch.tv corner.coffee Take It Deeper Questions: Read John 15:9-17 What is your favorite love story? Why? What does God’s love for Jesus say about Jesus’ love for us? What is Jesus’ command? What is the result of keeping it? What does friendship with Jesus mean? Look like? Feel like? Result in?
June 16, 2019
cornerchurch.tv corner.coffee Take It Deeper Questions: Read Ruth 4 What have been your top three biggest life changes? (exp. Salvation, move, marriage, divorce...) Why was Boaz willing to be the kinsman-redeemer? How did Ruth’s life change and how was it the same after her and Boaz married? Why does God want to see humanity redeemed? How does Jesus fit into that redemption? How is life different and how is it the same after being redeemed by Christ?
June 12, 2019
cornerchurch.tv corner.coffee Take It Deeper Questions: Read Ruth 3 How do you tend to respond to extreme need? Your own need and others needs? How do you know when God has met a need outside of anyone elses involvement? How do you know when God has met a need with someone else's involvement? How do you know when someone meets a need outside of God’s involvement? What are some common differences between a short term fix and a long term solution? Why doesn’t everyone focus on long term solutions? Where do you need to bring focus to a long term solution and how do you expect God to be a part of that process?
June 01, 2019
Take it deeper Read 1 Cor. 13 How has humanity changed in the last 100 years? What causes beliefs and ideologies to change? What causes relationships to grow? How do you show love? How do you feel love? Why do people invest time or money?
May 25, 2019
cornerchurch.tv corner.coffee Take It Deeper Questions Read Ruth 2 What have you done, or do you do that is the most farmer like? What character traits of Ruth stand out to you in this chapter? What challenges was she facing that were overcome by her character? What character traits of Boaz stand out to you in this chapter? What challenges was he facing that were overcome by his character? What character traits is your life asking for? What challenges are you facing that will be overcome by that character trait?
May 25, 2019
cornerchurch.tv corner.coffee Take it Deeper Questions Read Ruth 1 When have you felt alone in this world? Explain. When have you felt most cared for? Explain. When you face intense stress, do you tend to respond more like Naomi or Ruth? What changed in Naomi to cause her to want to be called Mara? What stayed consistent in Ruth? What people or situations in your life are in need of you being like Ruth? What needs to change or stay the same in order for you to be more Ruth like?
May 22, 2019
Dealing with Life's Pain
Take it deeper questions How do you respond when you’re doing all the right things and something terrible happens to you? How do you respond when you completely lose control of a situation? Paul was in prison while he wrote Philippians. How does that change the context of what he wrote? Is pain always a bad thing? How can it be a good thing? How do you communicate with God when He doesn’t “feel” present?
May 08, 2019
What is Church Partnership?
In this Corner Conversation Zach and Scott talk about Church Partnership? What is it? Why would anyone do it? What is the value? Corner Church in Minneapolis North Loop / Uptown / Camden cornerchurch.tv Thanks for joining the conversation.
May 03, 2019
How Do You Know What To Do?
Take It Deeper Questions: Read Luke 2:41-52 When have you been lost? How was the lostness resolved? Why is there a wide range of emotions in finding someone or something that was lost? What does this narrative reveal about Jesus’ character, even as a child? What did Jesus understand and His parents not understand? Why did Luke include this episode of Jesus life? If we are to be Christ-like, what does this narrative nudge us towards?
May 01, 2019
Everyone thought it was over. When you see who walked through the door YOUR JAW WILL DROP.
Take It Deeper Questions Read Romans 5:1-11 Who are the peacekeepers in your life? How do they do it? Out of the areas of suffering, perseverance, character and hope, where is God working in your life right now? What did Jesus do for us when He died and rose again? How do verses 6-8 impact you? How do they encourage you? Challenge you? How much of God’s peace and hope need to begin with a feeling and how much must begin with head knowledge and conscious claiming of peace and hope?
April 20, 2019
While enjoying a nice meal together, you would never guess what he did to everyone.
Take It Deeper Questions Read 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 What type of personal growth is easiest and most difficult for you to identify: physical, emotional or Spiritual? Why? What happens when you recognize people that are trying to make you better? What happens when you ignore or resent people that are trying to make you better? What happens when you strive to do what is good for others and for everyone? What happens when you focus solely on doing what is good for you? What happens when you pray, worship and are thankful always? What happens when you never pray, never worship and never are thankful? What happens when you are working towards being blameless? What happens when you don’t care about trying to be Christ-like? How do Paul’s words give you focus today?
April 13, 2019
He steps out of the boat onto the water. What happens next will CHILL YOU TO YOUR CORE.
Take it Deeper Questions Read Acts 3:1-10 Which is more devastating; to be sick or to be without money? Why? As a crippled man in Peter’s day, what would he write in his diary on a typical day? What do you think he would write about this day? Would you do the same thing Peter did, or would you ask John if he had a dime? What was going on inside of Peter? How are you challenged by Peter’s faith? If you were more like Peter in this moment, how would it impact how you connect and relate with the people around you?
April 06, 2019
He went out to sea to get away. He never expected to find a fish THIS big.
Take It Deeper Questions: Read Mark 9:14-32 When you were a child, what issues were most likely to trigger an argument within your family? Whom do you most identify with, afflicted boy, concerned father, observing crowd, struggling disciples or the criticising Pharisees? How is it possible to believe and not believe at the same time? When have you felt like the father? I believe, help me with my unbelief? What doubts are recurring in your life? What faith realities are you confident in? What happens in you when God answers your prayer. “I believe, help me with my unbelief.
March 31, 2019
After hearing what happened to these boys in the furnace, you’ll never look at fire the same again.
Take It Deeper Questions Read Acts 16:16-34 What public spectacles have you experienced that made you feel uncomfortable? The did financial cost affect the girl’s owners acceptance of the Gospel? What financial concerns keep some people from faith today? What was Paul and Silas’ attitude in prison? How did they get that attitude? What is your go to attitude when doing things for God doesn’t work out well? How are you challenged by Paul and Silas’ experience? How can you move from being challenged to being changed?
March 24, 2019
This 13 year old shepherd boy shares his ONE SECRET for killing giants. What he shares will ROCK YOU.
Take It Deeper Questions: Read Mark 10:13-22 What situations or scenarios do you find yourself the least patient? Why would the disciples want to keep the children away from Jesus? What childlike qualities was Jesus encouraging? Why do you think Mark shares the story of the rich young man here? How was the rich young man NOT like a child? How do these two narratives challenge you and focus you in the growth of your faith?
March 19, 2019
You’ll never guess what happens after the 7TH TRUMPET BLOWS
Take It Deeper Questions Read Joshua 5:13-15 Who is the most intimidating person you have ever met? What made them that way? What is meant by “neither?” What does the commander want? Why? What are the parallels between this story and the story of Moses and the burning bush showing us? (Exodus 3) What insights do these interactions give us in how God interacts with us and how we are to interact with Him?
March 10, 2019
Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for the Israelites, THIS HAPPENED.
This we talk about the Exodus story, but more specifically the Moses story. Take It Deeper Questions Read Ephesians 3:1-13 What is your favorite mystery movie or book? Why? What mystery that was made known to Paul is revealed in this passage? Why would Paul consider himself “Less than the least of all God’s people?” On a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high) with how much “freedom and confidence” do you approach God? How can we share the Good News in such a way that people hear it?
March 02, 2019
When you find out what happened after the boat was built, YOUR JAW WILL DROP.
Week two of our series: Clickbait This week we look at the story of Noah. Take It Deeper Questions Read Hebrews 9:11-28 What event have you gone through once, but have since vowed, “never again?” How is the priesthood of Christ distinguished from the old system? (12-14) Why does Christ’s sacrifice have an everlasting result? The author used OT analogies to explain the meaning of Jesus’ death to religious Jews. What analogies might clarify this with non-religious people today? How do these analogies help us understand what Jesus accomplished on the cross for us?
February 24, 2019
He said this ONE phrase...what happened next CHANGED EVERYTHING
Welcome to week one of our new series called Clickbait. Take It Deeper Question Read Genesis 1 If you could create a new animal, what would it be like and why?( Features, character, preferred environment, relationship with people) How aware are you of the created world in your everyday life? What aspect of creation is most inspiring to you? Why? How does it affect your understanding of God? What does it mean to you to be created in God’s image? How should this affect your relationship with God and with others?
February 17, 2019
Why is diversity important in the Church?
This week we walk into a difficult conversation. This topic is often avoided, which is the wrong answer. We don't have all of the answers, but that shouldn't stop us from engaging in conversation.
February 08, 2019
Church Culture - Let it Grow
How do we have a healthier church culture? What does it take to change culture? Take It Deeper Questions Read Colossians 3:1-17 In buying clothes, are you a name-brand buyer, bargain hunter, spouse conscious, quality conscious, style conscious, or you don’t give any of this any thought? Why? Why do you think Paul uses the verb “put to death” in verse 5? (Google search “nekroo”) Why do you think Paul uses the verb cloth in vs. 12? (Google search “endyo”) What “wardrobe changes” do you feel are needed in your life? How would that change affect you, your relationship with God and your relationship with others? Who can help you with your “clothing choices?”
February 02, 2019
Church Culture - Together
This week we are starting a conversation about "together." What does it mean to be a part of a church? A family? A community? Take it Deeper Questions Read Philippians 1:1-11 What type of email subject line would cause you to open it immediately? What challenges commonly appear in partnership? How and why can those challenges be terminal to a partnership? How and why do those challenges overcome? How do you see God working in your life and in others lives as mentioned in verse 6? As Paul’s prayer in verses 9-11 is answered in you, what do you see happening? What changes? What stays the same?
January 25, 2019
Church Culture - Early
This is part 3 of a 4 part series about church culture. This week we talk ponder what it would be like if we invested into relationship early. Take It Deeper Questions Read James 2:14-26 Are you more likely to act without thinking or think without acting? What is the relationship between faith and deeds? What different ways can this relationship be healthy or unhealthy? Why is Abraham a good example? How does a person grow in being animated and motivated by his or her faith? How can you grow in that?
January 20, 2019
Church Culture - Local
In this podcast we talk about the importance of focusing on what is local. Take It Deeper Questions Read Luke 10:25-37 When have you helped a stranger in distress or when has a stranger helped you when you were in distress? What may be some reason the priest and Levite didn’t stop to help the hurt man? What reaction did the audience have in hearing Jesus revere a Samaritan? How did this parable answer the question “who is my neighbor?” Who is your local? (people within your relational web) How can you be a good Samaritan to the people that cross your path daily?
January 11, 2019
What's growing in the petri dish?
This is an intro into our series about Culture. It's every where and it grows regardless if we want it to or not. What's in your petri dish? How can we change the culture around us, and what is our responsibility? Take It Deeper Questions Read Luke 19:1-10 and Luke 18:18-30 What unusual subcultures have you been a part of? What is standing in the way of that subculture becoming mainstream? How were the cultures of the Rich Young Ruler and Zacchaeus different? Similar? Why did Jesus address these two people differently? Why did these two people respond differently to Jesus? How are you personally challenged seeing these two stories side by side?
January 05, 2019
The Great Commission
81 characters remaining We have been in the book of Matthew for 2 years. Over 90 messages later we wrap up with a conversation about the great commission. Take It Deeper Questions: Read Matthew 28:16-20 What do you remember from your first flight? Where were you going? What were you feeling? What are the cinematic ingredients of a great ending? What are the ingredients of Jesus last words? How do you respond to these questions? How do I see and respond to Jesus’ authority? Is Jesus’ call to go telling me to be where I am at? Am I willing to intentionally invest in people indefinitely? Why is Jesus called Immanuel? God with us. How has to book of Matthew changed your views of Jesus as the Messiah? The Kingdom of God? Jesus’ ministry? Your ministry?
December 30, 2018
The Simple Christmas Story
Holiday messages are always hard. Especially Christmas. It's tempting to make a production out of it, but when you really look at Christ's birth it was anything but grandiose. That says a lot about who Jesus is.
December 22, 2018
What is the impact of Jesus’ resurrection?
Take It Deeper Questions - Read 1 Corinthians 15:12-25 - What false teaching was being spread among the Corinthians? (vs.12) - From this passage, what does Paul say would be true if there were no resurrection of the dead? - What is the result of resurrection? - How has/does Christ's resurrection and our resulting victory over death affect you? Hope, courage, confusion? - How do people go from unbelief to believe? Is it the same process for everyone? Why or why not?
December 15, 2018
Welcome to another episode of behind the message. We are three pastors in Minneapolis, MN and this is an invitation to join us in processing faith, scripture and life. Thanks for joining us today!
December 09, 2018
Expectations of Jesus
Jesus Before Pilate “We want Barabbas”
November 29, 2018
Let’s talk about Judas
This week in Matthew we reach the story of Judas.
November 16, 2018
Willing to Die, but Not Willing to Pray
A conversation around Matthew 26:31-46. If you are in Minneapolis we would love to have you join us, Sunday morning at 10a at any Corner Coffee location.
November 01, 2018
Maybe Christianity is different than what I’m used to
October 26, 2018
Heros Not Wanted
How we view others matters. Are you a Hero or an Advocate?
October 26, 2018
Local • Early • Together
Scott sharing about his message Local • Early • Together. Shared at Corner Church in Minneapolis, MN.
October 26, 2018