April 14th Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 7:26 – Is it wrong/sinful to desire pleasure, power, happiness, fame, and wealth?
  2. @ 14:55 – How can I experience the joy Jesus offers when my life is in crisis/broken?
  3. @ 20:15 –  Why is Good Friday called Good Friday?
  4. @ 20:55 –  How do we have eternal joy in our daily lives?
  5. @ 23:07 –  Will God bless a new marriage after a failed marriage? How do you deal with the judgement of others for your failures as a husband in the past?
  6. @ 31:19 –  If you asked me if I was going to heaven, I would still say I hope so. I hope I have not come to Jesus for the wrong reasons. I hope I do not just say the right word but not truly believe in my heart. How can we be sure our motives are pure and that we truly put all our trust in Jesus?
  7. @ 35:27 –  What I heard Paster Miles say was as Jesus told Peter on this rock I will build the church. If I am not mistaken Jesus call Peter a stone not a rock and if I am not mistaken Jesus is the rock. But in the context of the message Sunday about the reason the disciples followed Jesus. Peter was being lifted up to greater position than the other disciples by saying on this rock I will build the church
  8. @ 42:25 –  How do you know when the Master “has need of” your donkey?
  9. @ 45:42 –  How do I spiritually determine how to make the right decisions and have right responses?

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April 7th Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 5:03 – Who are those in the ‘great cloud of witnesses? (Hebrews 12:1)
  2. @ 10:28 – Why did Jesus change Simon’s name to Peter?
  3. @ 16:03 – How many people do I have to share with for me to be saved?
    1. If I have a bumper sticker that says, have you accepted Christ as your savior, is that enough to be saved?
    2. If I help with saturate San Diego is that enough?
  4. @ 19:00 – Is it true Barabbas was considered the representation of Israel (because of what his name means) and that he was liked by the Jews because he was a Roman hater/murderer and that some Jews wanted Barabbas released instead of Jesus because it was thought he would do more to bring the Romans down?
  5. @ 23:14 – At what age is a child accountable for their salvation?
  6. @ 31:10 – How does a parent cope when their adult child is not a believer or not currently following Jesus and they believe that if that child died today they would not go to heaven?
  7. @ 38:48 – How should I, as a mom, adjust to an “empty nest”? My adult kids are doing well, but some of them live far away and I don’t see them often. It hurts.
  8. @ 46:01 – In the book of Genesis, who are the people that Cain is afraid will kill him after he murders Abel? And who inhabits the land of Nod?

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March 31st Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 4:45 – On Saturday two women from the Jehovah Witness Church knocked on my door! Felt ill-equipped to say anything so I didn’t! What should I do to be prepared next time they come to my door?
  2. @ 14:37 – My question stems from a quote referenced by Pastor Garrett this morning. “How much of our church is American, and how much is Biblical” – David Platt. Recently I read a book titled “Small Is Big!: Unleashing the Big Impact of Intentionally Small Churches” – The book presents the argument that the biblical church was commonly small, and it was commonly led by “ordinary people” instead of the trained religious elite. The book brings up a lot of questions, but I’d love to hear your response to statements in the book like “Most aspects of ministry are better in a small setting” so each can bring a contribution (1 Corinthians 14:26). And another statement, “Simple churches multiply more quickly” – eg. China house church movement. How does a church the size of CCC, with multiple full-time pastors, look like the church of Scripture? And if there are areas where it doesn’t, do we have good reasons? (FYI – I love CCC and am not intending to be harsh with my question – and I promise my next question won’t be so short 🙂 ).
  3. @ 24:39 – What’s the difference between calling and anointing?
  4. @ 30:49 –  How can we encourage others that their presence here in church is important to all the church?
  5. @ 33:30 – How does one go about finding God’s will for their life?
  6. @ 36:13 – Why doesn’t this church offer an altar call?
  7. @ 37:31 – If we truly repent from our sins then Jesus will forgive us and separate our sin from us as far as the east is from the west. How do we reconcile this with on Judgment day we will have to give an account for every word and deed?
  8. @ 41:05 –  God gave the Israelites a whole bunch of rules, including the 10 commandments. I’ve been reading them in Leviticus 19&20. Some are related to sacrifice, others to controlling disease, and others for purity. I understand why we don’t follow sacrificial laws, because Jesus fulfilled these. But why not the others? Jesus said he came not to abolish the law but to fulfill it. (Matthew 5:17)
  9. @ 46:54 – Why are there differences between the NKJV and the NLT versions in the Acts 9 passage we were in on Sunday?
  10. @ 50:33 – Bonus Question! 😉

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March 17th Sermon Q&A

Last Sunday we studied through 2 Timothy 4:6-15. Pastor Mark and I sat down to answer the questions we received from the message.

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 6:24 – Verse 8 of today’s text, “Day” is capitalized. What is the significance? The day of the ‘Bema’ seat?
  2. @ 11:18 – Why does Easter keep changing every year? Isn’t it suppose to be Jesus resurrection? No one has been able to give me a good answer in 20 years.
  3. @ 16:07 – What does “fighting the good fight” look like practically in regards to marriage, children, work, and service to the Lord?
  4. @ 20:19 – Are Christians allowed to fight in the military or defend themselves?
  5. @ 28:40 – Have you or Pastor Mark ever been abandoned by people in the ministry?
  6. @ 31:49 – If I’ve done wrong or failed people or the Lord, how do I “restart” and repair the damage?

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March 10th Sermon Q&A

Last Sunday we studied through 2 Timothy 4:1-6 talking about the importance of preaching the Word. Pastor Mark and I sat down to answer the questions we received from the message.

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 7:28 – What text do you think Timothy used for preaching?
  2. @ 11:39 – What did the first preachers and teachers consider ‘scripture’?
  3. @ 14:08 – Micaiah (in 1 Kings 22) seemed to be sarcastic, is it ok to be sarcastic? 
  4. @ 20:00 – Should a christian listen to the news today?
  5. @ 26:36 – What are some good teachings and commentaries I can go to when I don’t understand something in the Bible?
  6. @ 28:29 – Do I need to study biblical history?
  7. @ 30:19 – Is impatience sin?
  8. @ 34:02 – How do I practically “preach the word” to individuals , timing etc?
  9. @ 39:02 – What does it mean to “walk in the Spirit” and how do I do it?
  10. @ 43:28 – I’ve been a bible believing church attending Christian for 20+ years and still find myself not trusting God. I lived through an inordinate amount of death and tragedy and those circumstances are hard to escape?
  11. @ 50:00 – I was talking to my daughter yesterday. Thru-out the Bible it will state “fear not” or “fear God” why should we fear God if he is our Father our ABBA.

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March 3rd Sermon Q&A

Last Sunday we studied through 2 Timothy 3:16 – 4:2 talking about the inspired and useful word of God. Pastor Mark and I sat down to answer the questions we received from the message.

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 3:23 – What is the difference between soul and spirit. And what is Spirituality?
  2. @ 7:47 – Can you explain how God views gay people? How is it that someone can grow up knowing the scriptures, yet still feel the urge to love and even marry another of the same gender? Today’s society pushes to accept gays and gay marriage. So, what is Cross Connection’s belief on society’s acceptance vs God’s word in the scripture.
  3. @ 16:37 – All scripture is inspired and useful – what about the books not included in the Protestant Bible? (ie. Catholic)
  4. @ 20:03 – Are there any other “Holy Scriptures.”
  5. @ 21:30 – Wallbuilders said the Bible that Thomas Jefferson cut up was like a red letter edition. The red letter addition was used by missionaries, to give to the Native Americans. Have you heard this before?
  6. @ 25:52 – How do you know if you are being “called ” to preach the word. Either in a pulpit or to a person.
  7. @ 33:00 – What is discipleship?
  8. @ 35:26 – My spouse is an unbeliever, can I still teach my kids about God?
  9. @ 38:34 – Is scripture useful to unbelievers?
  10. @ 41:07 – What happens to those who die that have never heard the gospel? (Natives)?

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February 24th Sermon Q&A

Last Sunday we studied through 2 Timothy 3:1-9 considering the reason for peril in the last days. Pastor Mark and I sat down to answer the questions we received from the message.

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 0:36 – Did Timothy ever have trouble following Paul? Did he ever have doubts? Or doubts about God’s will?
  2. @ 9:05 –  What kind of milestones should you make and how do you make them?
  3. @ 15:49 – In the context of Pastor Jason’s sermon, how do I find someone to mentor (disciple) me so that I can turn around and mentor (disciple) someone else?
  4. @ 28:34 –  Had this question come up in our house this week with our kids. If Jesus is God in the form of man, how did God send his son to earth?

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February 17th Sermon Q&A

Last Sunday we studied through 2 Timothy 3:1-9 considering the reason for peril in the last days. Pastor Mark and I sat down to answer the questions we received from the message.

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 4:00 – If I recognize that I have a hardened heart. How do I change that?
  2. @ 13:12 –  If I am struggling with some of the things mentioned in verses 2-5 am I not saved?
  3. @ 17:22 – What does it mean to repent?
  4. @ 24:18 –  How do I confront a Christian friend who does not have the fruit of the spirit in the way they live?
  5. @ 31:25 –  Are you saying we need to kick out Christians who live in sin from our church?
  6. @ 35:05 – If my children are disobedient how should I discipline them?

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February 10th Sermon Q&A

Last Sunday we studied through 2 Timothy 2:20-26 considering the topic of vessels of honor and dishonor. Pastor Mark and I sat down to answer the questions we received from the message.

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 13:00 – Do you believe that all non-believers in the church are here with dishonorable intentions?
  2. @ 15:40 – Do all vessels of honor start out as vessels of dishonor?
  3. @ 18:35 – You mentioned that the culture Timothy lived in was an honor and shame culture which placed higher value on older adults and that our current culture values youth. What are the consequences of valuing youth? Would our culture do better if we valued older people more?
  4. @ 23:45 – How do we conduct ourselves as vessels of honor in our day to day life?
  5. @ 30:15 – How do we resist youthful lusts?
  6. @ 36:50 – How would you counsel someone who is addicted to youthful lusts, what are some practical steps they could take to become pure?
  7. @ 40:10 – What are the consequences of pursuing youthful lusts? Are there negative consequences of righteousness/purity?

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February 3rd Sermon Q&A

Last Sunday we studied through 2 Timothy 2:14-19, and we considered the importance of maintaining unity, while also rightly dividing the Scriptures. Pastor Mark and I sat down to answer the questions we received from the message.

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 9:40 – If there is a person who likes to dispute over the bible in my small group bible study how should I approach them?
  2. @ 17:30 – How do I know if I am fixated on something that is unhelpful?
  3. @ 23:33 – What should I do if another christian questions a practice or belief of our church?
  4. @ 32:34 – Can you explain the primary, secondary and tertiary doctrines? And, What are typical theological things that people argue about that are non-essential?
  5. @ 45:48 – What is our church government here?
  6. @ 51:23 – Should I argue with the mormons or JW who come to my door about scripture?
  7. @ 55:55 – How do I reconcile a relationship that was broken because of we had different views of the word of God?

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