Weekly Reflection Questions
Each Week Pastor Brian offers a few questions for reflection based upon his sermon. You can find those questions here each week. We encourage you to ponder these questions as a family, with a friend, with your small group, or in your personal reflection time each week.
Find the worship service archive HERE.
Find the weekly sermon archive HERE.
1) On Sunday, we talked about how some parts of our faith are essential – and how it’s worth holding onto them, no matter what. If you had to name one thing as the heart of Christian faith, what would it be?
2) On Sunday we talked about how faith isn’t about what we do to get closer to God – it’s about what God has done for us. How does it make you feel to know that God has given everything in order to reach out to you?
1) On Sunday, Haymarket Church celebrated our birthday – one year since we launched as an independent United Methodist Church. What is your favorite thing about Haymarket Church?
2) On Sunday we talked about the story of the Good Samaritan and said that Jesus invites us to see everyone as our neighbor – which means we are invited to love everyone, even the people who we find most distasteful. Who is God calling you to love this week?
3) Jesus is the ultimate Good Samaritan – he crosses the street to save us when we have fallen into life’s ditch. How has Jesus stepped into your life to heal you, care for you, and save you?
1) On Sunday we talked about how God is “building a bigger table” where all people are welcome. What could you do in your life to be more welcoming and hospitable?
2) Haymarket Church is committed to being a church that is welcoming to all people. What do you think it means to be a church that welcomes everyone?
3) When Jesus was rejected, he refused to respond with violence? He rejected revenge and chose the way of peace. How can you choose forgiveness over anger this week?
1) On Sunday we talked about how Jesus is in the business of overturning injustice. What injustices in our society do you pray for Jesus to overturn?
2) On Sunday Pastor Brian said “when Jesus shows up, love is set loose.” Where do you need God’s love to be set loose in your life?
3) Jesus only offer us forgiveness – he also promises us freedom from whatever holds us down. How do you need Jesus to set you free this week?
1) This Sunday Pastor Brian said that Christians “believe in order to live.” What Christian beliefs sustain you throughout your life?
2) We believe that God is Love, and that therefore we Christians are called to live our lives in love. What can you do to reflect God’s love this week?
3) God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – a community of perfect love. What can our community/church do to become more loving and welcoming (so that we can reflect
God’s own love)?
1) On Sunday we talked about how working for justice is part of what it means to follow Jesus. What injustices do you see in our world that God is calling you to address?
2) Pastor Brian said that Jesus “refuses to be contained” by us. How do you think we
typically try to “contain” Jesus?
3) What’s one thing you can do this week to join what God is doing in the world?
) In Sunday’s sermon, Pastor Brian talked about physical things we can do to encounter God (communion, serving others, spending time in important conversations, etc.).
What’s a thing you can do this week that could help you encounter God?
2) In Sunday’s Scripture, Jesus “was revealed to the disciples in the breaking of the bread.”
Have you ever had a moment when your eyes were suddenly opened to what God was doing?
3) On Sunday in worship we talked about Holy Communion. At Haymarket Church, we celebrate communion every Sunday. What’s your favorite thing about communion?
1) On Sunday in worship, we talked about God’s story, and how we have a role to play in it. What role do you think God wants you to play in God’s story?
2) How does seeing the Bible as one big story help you understand the Bible better? What questions do you have about the “7 Theological C’s” that Pastor Brian shared?
3) On Sunday, we talked about God’s story and how Jesus is the center of it. Is Jesus the center of the story of your life? And, if not, what can you do about it?