3/5 Sermon Discussion Questions

  1. How many offices are in the church?
  2. What is a plurality of elders and why is it important?
  3. Elders are men who oversee and pastor Christ’s church. What should this look like among MBC?
  4. Pastor Aaron showed us several ways that elders bless the church. What do you consider to be the greatest of these blessings?
  5. How can we better reflect biblical patterns for church leadership?
  6. Book recommendations
    1. Church Membership by Jonathan Leeman
    2. Why Elders? by Benjamin Merkle
    3. Vine Project by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne

2/26 Discussion Questions

  1. What would our Sunday gatherings look like if we all came together with something to give to build up the body?
  2. What should be happening throughout the week so that you are ready to build up others?
  3. What are the differences between believing in Jesus to get things and believing in Jesus in order to be made like Him?
  4. Why do you believe in Jesus?
  5. Think about the members of your physical body. What does the interdependence of all the members of your body tell you about your relationship to other members of the church?
  6. What is regenerate church membership and why does it matter?
  7. How does Mambrino practice regenerate church membership?
  8. The church is a spiritual house made up of living stones committed to building up one another. Explain this definition. What do you like? What do you not like?
  9. What does it look like for you to be a member of this holy priesthood who offers up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ?
  10. What do you think about the idea that making disciples is as simple as helping the people around you take one step toward Jesus? Talk about how that can look on a Sunday morning.

Church, This is Us (1 Peter 1)

  • We are a born-again people (1 Peter 1:3, 23-25)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again
  • We are a hopeful people (1 Peter 1:3-4, 9)
to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,
  • We are a guarded people (1 Peter 1:5)
who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
  • We are a Jesus-glorifying people (1 Peter 1:6-7)
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
  • We are a Jesus-loving people (1 Peter 1:8)
Though you have not seen him, you love him.
  • We are a Jesus-believing people (1 Peter 1:8)
Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and
  • We are a rejoicing people (1 Peter 1:6, 8)
rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,
  • We are a surely-saved people (1 Peter 1:9)
obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
  • We are a served people (1 Peter 1:10-12)
Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.
  • We are a thinking people (1 Peter 1:13, 18)
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
  • We are a holy-obedient people (1 Peter 1:14-17)
As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile,
  • We are a redeemed people (1 Peter 1:18-21)
knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
  • We are a loving people (1 Peter 1:22)

Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,

  • We are a born again people (1 Peter 1:23-24)
since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you.

What’s a Member to Do?

“A church member’s job…is to know the gospel, to only support teachers who teach the gospel, to live by the gospel in word and deed, to help other church members do the same, and to call non-Christian neighbors to the obedience of repentance and faith in Christ the Savior-King. We help other church members by knowing them, by involving ourselves in their lives, and by speaking ‘only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear’ (Eph 4:29).”

Dever and Leeman, Baptist Foundations

2/19 Discussion Questions for Community Groups

  1. Use Matthew 16:13-19 to explain the idea that Christians are confessors.
  2. Does anyone have the right to question a person’s confession of Christ? Why or why not? Use Scripture to defend your answer.
  3. What are Jesus’ keys and who possesses them today?
  4. How should we use the keys in this church?
  5. Explain how binding involves membership, baptism, and the Lord’s Supper.
  6. Explain how loosing can be a response to heresy, hypocrisy, or division.
  7. How can we grow as a church when it comes to using the keys?
  8. Pray for the unity and strength of Mambrino Baptist Church.

2/12 Sermon Discussion for Community Groups

  1. What is a church?
  2. What does a church do?
  3. Where in the Bible do you get those answers?
  4. How can you pray for the church?
  5. What are elders, overseers, or pastors?
  6. What do elders do?
  7. Where in the Bible do you get those answers?
  8. How can you pray for your elders?
  9. What are deacons?
  10. What does a deacon do?
  11. Where in the Bible do you get those answers?
  12. How can you pray for your deacons?