Consider this….

 

To You, from Pastor Tim Avazian,

 
 

Rev. Tim Avazian, Pastor
Message: “Upside Down Kingdom: “Tale of Two Houses”
Scripture: Matthew 7:24-27     April 11, 2021

Questions to Consider . . .

 
·  Where would your perfect home be located? Would it be at the beach, in the mountains, or in the desert? Would you
    like a home with a city view or a home with a lot of space?
 
 ·  Read the entire Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5, 6, & 7. Then once again read Matthew 7:24-29.
  
·  From Matthew 7:24-29, what observations can you make?  What stands out to you? What questions do you have?
  
·  What are the similarities and differences between the two builders?
  
·  Considering the Sermon as a whole, what are the things that are a part of your “house’s” foundation? What do you
    need to do to make a firm rock-solid foundation for your house?
  
·  There is the two-step process in following Jesus. What are the two steps? What is a key commitment to following
    Jesus?
 
 
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Rev. Tim Avazian, Pastor
Message: “Upside Down Kingdom: “The Self-Sacrificing King”
Scripture: Matthew 21:1-11     March 28, 2021

Questions to Consider . . .

 
  • Growing up, what was Holy Week like for you?  Were there traditions that you and your family followed?  Were there services you attended during the week?  Did you go to a Good Friday Service?  Did you go on Easter egg hunts? What is your favorite memory?
  • Think of a situation from a time when you were with a crowd of people.  What was the event that you were all looking at or participating in? Was it a sporting event or a concert? Maybe it was a wedding or a large community gathering.   Were you “swept-up” with the crowd?  Were you excited, scared, enthusiastically cheering?
  •  Read the four Gospel accounts of the Triumphant Entry (Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-19).  What observations do you see? Make a list of the people that were there at this impromptu parade.
  • What were the thoughts of those that were at the Triumphant Entry of Jesus?  What were the people thinking?  What did Jesus’ disciples think?  What were the Roman militia thinking? What were the Pharisees’ thinking?
  • If our God is “self-sacrificing” how are we His followers to be self-sacrificing? Think of ways that you might be a model of self-sacrifice this week in your own life.
  • How might you tell others or demonstrate to others about our self-sacrificing God?
  • The book that was noted about Athanasius is entitled The Good and Beautiful God by James Bryan Smith. This is a great book about learning about the character of God and how the Christ follower can “fall in love with the God that Jesus knows.” 
 
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Rev. Tim Avazian, Pastor
Message: “Upside Down Kingdom: “A Better Approach Than Judging”
Scripture: Matthew 7:1-12 March 21, 2021

Questions to Consider . . .
 

  • When have you been on the receiving end of judgment? Was it helpful or hurtful?
  • What are some reasons why we judge others?
  •  Judgment usually means that we are standing at a distance, pointing a finger at the person being judged. How would that feel if you were the person being judged? How would that feel if you were the person doing the judging?
  • Read Matthew 7:1-12. What observations do you make? What words or phrases stand out to you? What questions do you have?
  •  In taking these verses together, what would be a first step in correcting others?
 
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Rev. Tim Avazian, Pastor
Message: “Upside Down Kingdom: A God Who Cares”
Scripture: Matthew 6:25-34 March 14, 2021
 
Questions to Consider . . .
 
  • What are situations that make you most anxious?
  • What do you do when you are overwhelmed with a problem or a situation in life? Do you go somewhere, talk to       someone, get quiet or maybe eat some chocolate ice cream?
  • Read Matthew 6:25-34. What observations do you make? What are the areas in life that Jesus addresses?
  • Read Philippians 4:4-7. What advice does Paul write in dealing with problems that bring anxiety?
  • What advice would you give if a close friend came to you overwhelmed by a problem in their life?
  • What counsel would you give? What would you do?
  • Today, what situation in your life is causing you to be anxious that you can bring to God?
 
 
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Rev. Tim Avazian, Pastor
Message:  “Upside Down Kingdom: Wise Investing”
Scripture:  Matthew 6:19-24     March 7, 2021
 
Questions to Consider . . . 
 
  • What is something that you have saved or collected?  Are you still actively collecting it?
  • What would you consider as your greatest earthly investment?  Is it a house, a car, your retirement account or bank account?
  • Have you ever lost an earthly investment that you had put a lot of resources toward?  What were the circumstances and what was that like?
  • Read Matthew 6:19-24.
  • Jesus gives three examples of contrast.  What are the three and how do they constrast?
  • What is the link between treasure and heart?
  • Make a list of “earthly investments” and then make a list of “heavenly investments?” What do these investments look like?
  • Consider this past week, did your activities “invest” on earthly or heavenly investments?
 
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Rev. Tim Avazian, Pastor
Message: “The Upside Down Kingdom: Pray Like This”
Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15   February 28, 2021

 

Questions to Consider:

 

  • Who do you communicate with the most?  A spouse?  A family member? A best friend?  A boss? How do you communicate with that person?  Face to face?  By phone? Texting? Instagram, or Facebook?
  • Read the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 & Luke 11:1-4.
  • The prayer Jesus modeled begins with two petitions that relate to God and with three petitions that relate to us.  What are these five different petitions and how might they be rephrased in your own words?
  • “Prayer practices inevitably expresses one’s theology.” How does your prayer life express your view (your theology) of God?  How might your prayers change to have a “healthy” view of God?
  • At the end of Pastor Tim’s sermon, he read a prayer from The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name (by Sally Lloyd-Jones, Zondervan:  2007, pp. 222-227).  How might your prayers be different if you, like a little child, prayed to a “Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever” loving God?

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Rev. Tim Avazian, Pastor
Message: “The Upside Down Kingdom: The Great Reversals”
Scripture: Matthew 5:21-48 February 21, 2021
 
Questions to Consider:
 
  • Write your own list of 9 “Beatitudes” for people in today’s world. Who are the “un-blessable”, the spiritual zeros in our world? (i.e. “Blessed are the unemployed,” “Blessed are those who are pregnant too many times.” “Blessed are the homeless”)
  • How would that person react to Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount?
  • Read through the “great reversals” in Matthew 5.21-48. Write down each of the reversals and make a note of how a kingdom person is to act now.
  • How might your thinking have to be “rearranged” to incorporate Jesus’ Great Reversal in your life?
  • What steps can you take during Lent to “be holy?”
 
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Rev. Tim Avazian
Message: “The Upside Down Kingdom”
Scripture: Matthew 5:1-16  February 14, 2021
 
 

Questions to Consider . . .

 
  • Describe a person you think is happy,  This is a person that has a “deep-set” happiness, a person that is content and feeling “well-off”.  What needs in their life have been met?  What are their relationships like?  Do they have good or bad?  Does that matter?  What type of attitude toward life do they have?
  • Have you ever met or do you know someone who is like the description above?  This person is “well-off,” “content,” or “happy?”  Describe their lives.  What stood out (or stands out) to you in their life?
  • Read Matthew 5:2;12 and Luke 6:20-26.  From reading these lists, who are the blessed ones?
  • Which beatitude do you most relate to?  Describe the negative and positive.
  • How has God used you, especially in your weakness?
  • The Beatitudes are an “invitation of inclusion.”  Who in the 1st Centure was seen as excluded from God’s Kingdom?  Who in the 21st Centure might we think is excluded from God’s Kingdom?
  • How might you be a person who displays these Beatitudes in your life?  How might your “light shine” so you can be a dispenser of Christ’s Beatitudes this week?
 
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