Sermon Questions: October 31, 2021

On Sunday, October 31, 2021 the sermon is based on 2 Thes. 3:1-2.  This message, “Winning Prayers,” by Kevin Bradford, is the conclusion to our “For the Nations” event from October 23-31 at Wildwood (find details here).  Below you will find questions related to this message for personal reflection or group discussion.

Sermon Questions:

  1. Pray
  2. Read 2 Thes. 3:1-2
  3. How would you rate your prayer life?  Do you feel that most of your prayer requests are answered with a “Yes”?
  4. What do you consider to be the keys to an effective prayer life? Have you ever tried praying the prayers of Scripture?
  5. This passage underscores the need to pray for the church’s outreach. What two facets are highlighted?
  6. Do you know any of Wildwood’s Global Outreach partners? In what ways could you personalize your prayers for those who present the Gospel to non-Christians?
  7. Although our “For the Nations” week is wrapping up, there are still many opportunities to connect with our partners, both locally and around the world. Contact the church office for more information.

Questions for Reflection: Sunday, October 10, 2021

  1. Many of us know the experience of getting “discombobulated” while scurrying through airport security. Have you had something happen to you going through security that was funny or especially frustrating? Share some about it.

 

  1. One thing is abundantly clear in 2 Peter 2—Peter is far from politically correct in the stance he takes regarding false teachers. List some reasons why that is so.

 

  1. Peter designates false teachers in verse 17 as “springs without water.” What does he mean by that? Can you think of some real-life examples?

 

  1. Many scholars believe in verse 18 that Peter points out that the false teachers special target was newer or younger believers. Why would they target that group?

 

  1. Bruce points out that even to skilled expositors verses 20-22 are a confusing epilogue. What reason did Bruce cite for why that is? Can you summarize both the Majority View and the Minority View?

 

  1. Bruce cited two reasons why he leans toward the Minority View. What were they? (see at bottom for the answer)

 

  1. Bruce concluded by calling us to “Live what you believe.” He stated that we can do that by demonstrating 1) humility 2) authenticity  3) accountability.  Brainstorm what it would look like in practical terms for us to demonstrate those three ideas.

 

  1. Close in prayer by thanking God again for His indescribable gift of salvation.

 

 

1) the strong similarity of wording between 1:1:1-4 and 2:20 including the exact same verbal structure for “escape”   2) Paul’s closing statement later in 3:17-18 that seems to coincide with the Minority View

Sneak Peek – Sunday, October 10, 2021

Hey Wildwood Family!

I hope you were able to make it to the Wildwood Church Picnic last Sunday evening.  We had delightful weather and a bundle of fun!  I heard many rave reviews about the food trucks and our children had a blast at the many games. Wow…the cake walk sure was popular.  Imagine walking away with a full cake of your choice!  I was envious.  It was great to see so many.

It’s Fall break and a few of our families are off taking advantage of the break.  No doubt some are headed to Dallas for the OU-Texas game.  We hope OU can teach the Longhorns “who’s on top.” We also hope your family is enjoying some time off from school.

On Sunday we will be showing a short video testimony from the author of the New York Times bestseller book Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus – Nabeel Qureshi.  In addition, we will conclude our series Be Aware! From 2 Peter 2.  The title of Sunday’s message is “A Final Autopsy” and I would invite you to read 2 Peter 2:17-22 before Sunday.

See you then!

Bruce

Questions for Reflection: October 3, 2021

On Sunday, October 3, 2021, Teaching Pastor Bruce Hess’ message is “The Inevitability of Judgment” from our sermon series “Be Aware!”. Below are some questions for your personal or group reflection.

1. Does Peter’s extremely direct and harsh assessment (i.e., ‘like unreasoning animals’, ‘stains and blemishes’) of false teachers surprise you?  Why?

What reasons might Peter cite for his frank assessments?  Elaborate.

2. What would you say are some current examples of false teaching in our day?

3.  Paul clearly urged the Elders of Ephesus to “Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock…be on the alert” (Acts 20 28; 31).  Why is it that so many believers and churches fail to do this?

4. What were the three motivations for false teachers found in Scripture?  Have you seen examples of each in the lives of any particular false teachers?  Expand.

5. Peter stressed that the rebellious and unrighteous are reserved for judgment, while believers will be rescued (vs. 9).  Take some time to again thank your Savior for His provision for you.

6. Some Bible teachers claim the Genesis flood was local.  What are some evidences that it was indeed a world flood?

7. Rejoice afresh in the truths of John 5:24

8. Bruce encouraged us to pray for (and share the gospel with) those in your world who don’t know Jesus.  He listed friends, loved ones, neighbors, co-workers, and fellow students. Think of one person from at least two of the categories and pray for them right now.

Sneak Peek – Sunday, October 3, 2021

Hey Wildwood Family!

What was that sound?  Could it have been T-H-U-N- D-E-R?  Yes, it was!  What a welcome, wonderful sound.  It has been a dry-dry September.  Finally, some precipitation.  We are ready, Lord, for some significant moisture.  Please, bless us!

Anyone already tired of seeing Halloween displays?  Some in my neighborhood have had theirs up for weeks.  The stores, some since July.  Really? Time moves fast enough by itself, right?

This Sunday afternoon will be the Wildwood Church Picnic at our facility from 5pm – 7pm. The weather looks to be fabulous. Come!  There will be live music, $5 food trucks, fun for the kids, etc.  A great time for all ages to gather and fellowship together.  It will also be an opportunity to meet some of our local outreach partners.  Sounds fun to me!

On Sunday we will continue our series entitled, Be Aware! as we dive into 2 Peter 2:3-16.  This is a long passage, so I encourage everyone to read it before Sunday.

Have you ever wondered:  what motivates false teachers?  Well, the New Testament gives us at least three difference motivations—can you name them?  Come and found out on Sunday as we present a message entitled, “The inevitability of Judgment.”  I look forward to gathering around God’s Word together.

See you Sunday!

Bruce

Questions for Reflection – September 26, 2021

On Sunday, September 26, 2021, Teaching Pastor Bruce Hess’ message is “The Reality of Danger” from our sermon series “Be Aware!”. Below are some questions for your personal or group reflection.

1. Peter paints a picture that false teachers will come and should be anticipated by followers of Jesus.  What causes that and why do you think Peter was so assured it would happen?

2. How aware of the Secular Social Justice Worldview were you before Sunday’s message?
What, if any, manifestations of the tenets of the SSJ Worldview have you seen/heard?  Elaborate.

3. Were you aware that the SSJ Worldview traces directly back to the atheistic secularists at the Frankfurt school in Germany? Should that make a difference?  Why or why not?

4. How does Ezekiel 18:20 apply to some of the rhetoric popular in some circles today?

5. In what ways does false teaching discredit and defame the gospel?  (vs. 2b)

6. As a follower of Jesus how should Colossians 2:8 be applied in our life?  Share ideas.

7. What are some practical ways you can live out our call to be salt and light in our world?

8. Pray 2 Timothy 2:24-26 before the Lord for you and your family.

Sneak Peek – Sunday September 26, 2021

Hey Wildwood Family!

Anybody out there enjoy our recent temperature dip into the 50s?  I gotta admit I love the seasonal changes we experience in Norman.  My wife Janet is somewhat sad to see fall come each year because she truly loves being able to be in the swimming pool…when younger she even did synchronized swimming!  I don’t blame her. But, alas, fall marches on.

Pastor Mark has done a wonderful job of walking us through the book of Galatians these last number of months.  My appreciation for Galatians went up!

This Sunday we will be launching a three part series from 2 Peter chapter 2 which I’ve entitled, Be Aware!. Very few would identify 2 Peter 2 as their favorite chapter because of all the discussion of false teaching and future judgment.  On the other hand, it is intriguing to think that Peter—as he was soon anticipating leaving this life—took significant time to warn us of a danger that is often out of our everyday awareness.

Sunday’s message is entitled, “The Reality of Danger. “  As part of the message we will look at a present-day example of false teaching as we examine the Secular Social Justice Worldview against a biblical backdrop.  You can’t miss this!

A reminder: our church picnic is on the horizon, coming up a week from Sunday on October the 3rd  at Wildwood from 5-7 pm. The picnic is for all ages and should be a fun time to gather together outside.  I miss gathering together!  Details are in the newsletter and the bulletin.

See you Sunday!

Bruce

Questions for Reflection – July 25, 2021

On Sunday, July 25, 2021, Teaching Pastor Bruce Hess’ message is “Treasure the Scripture!” from our sermon series “Be Diligent to Grow”. Below are some questions for your personal or group reflection.

1. Bruce began by pointing out that we have a natural human tendency to stray from God’s truth.  He mentioned how virtually all seminaries were founded with a solid belief in the Scripture and how historically most departed from that position within 50 years. Why is that? What contributes to that?

2. Bruce also mentioned that he can trace a similar drift from God’s truth in his family line. Have you witnessed such a drift in your family line or with some individuals you have known? Elaborate on why and how that may have happened.

3. Psalm 119 emphasizes that Scripture is 1) the way of blessing (vs.1-2); 2) a source of strength (vs. 28b); 3) a treasury of wisdom and counsel (vs. 24, 98-100); and 4) never outdated (vs. 89,160).  Reflect and share some times when Scripture has proven to be that in your life.  Why do people develop the perspective that Scripture is at times outdated?

4. Verse 19 tells us that Scripture is like a lamp shining in a dark (murky, dingy) place.  What makes our world, our culture, murky and dingy?

5. Bottom line, why is Scripture a reliable lamp in this murky world?

6. Based on our study (from 2nd Peter 1 and 2 Timothy 3), describe the process of how the apostles and prophets came to write Scripture.  Cite some phrases from those passages.

7. In 2 Timothy 3:16 Paul states that the Scripture is profitable for four things.  Note them and explain what each means.  What is the ultimate aim (hint: note vs. 17).

8. Take some time to pray and thank God for the wonderful provision of His Word.

Sneak Peek – July 18, 2021

One thing I’ve observed over multiple decades is that life always involves changes. And some of those changes can catch us off guard and be truly surprising. One change that seems to be looming on the horizon is the likely change involving OU and Texas leaving the Big 12 Conference.  Now, that one caught me totally off guard.  How about you?

Some changes are good changes—like having Pine Cove City in our facility this week with 177 elementary campers attending, nearly half of which aren’t Wildwood attenders. We believe God has been at work this week in many young hearts.  Special thanks to the Pine Cove staff for serving our Norman kids.

Some changes are…well…changes.  One of those is Wildwood will be shifting back to our pre-Covid worship service times beginning again in the month of August.  From August 8thon that means a return to 8:30am; 9:45am; 11:00 worship gatherings.  Be sure to check the bulletin for all class and Sunday Groups information. Sunday August 1st is a baptism Sunday.  Cool. We can do this!

This Sunday we will be wrapping our series (from 2 Peter chapter one), entitled, Be Diligent to Grow! This week I have the privilege of delving into one of my favorite subjects ever—the Scripture!  We will be diving into 2 Peter 1:19-21 (a classic passage on the Word of God).  The message is entitled, Treasure the Scripture!  You don’t want to miss this one!  So practical!

See you Sunday!

Bruce

Questions for Reflection – Sunday, July 18, 2021

On Sunday, July 18, 2021, Teaching Pastor Bruce Hess’ message is “Be Encouraged!” for our sermon series “Be Diligent to Grow”. Below are some questions for your personal or group reflection.

1. As Bruce stated, while there is no Scriptural admonition for us to choose a ‘life verse,’ still some Jesus followers have done so.  If you have chosen a life theme verse, share what it is and why you have chosen it.  If you haven’t selected a ‘life verse’ for some reason,  what verse stands out to you as especially encouraging in your spiritual life?  Elaborate on why that is.

2. Bruce postulated that events and counsel from Jesus in Luke 22:31-34 and John 21:15-19 likely had significant long-term impact on Peter.  Imagine you are relating Peter’s experience to someone new to their faith.  How would you elaborate on the cause-and-effect impacts of those events on Peter’s life and ministry after Jesus’ ascension?

3. We often find ourselves thinking—Well, I’ve heard that verse before or I’ve heard teaching on that subject before.  Yet Peter goes out of his way to stress the spiritual importance of us being reminded of spiritual truth.  List several reasons why it is vital to be reminded of truth we “already know.”

4. Bruce quoted legendary basketball coach John Wooden’s “eight” laws of learning. Can you remember them?  What is unique about those “eight” laws?

5. Think of a biblical truth that might often slip from your everyday life focus.  What is the truth and why do you think it is so easy to lose practical focus on that truth?

6. In Philippians 3:1 Paul wrote that saying the same things again is a “safeguard for you.”  Why would that be true?

7. Several times Peter referred to leaving his ‘earth tent’ (vs. 13, 14) and having an ‘exodus’ from this world (vs. 15). What practical things can we learn for our life from what Peter is discussing?

8. The Bible says there are only two destinies in this world (see Matthew 7:13-14).  How confident are you about your future spiritual destiny? What have you done with Jesus?

9. Give God praise that our faith is not based on cleverly concocted fables but on rock solid historical facts.