04.15.18 - Small Group Discussion

Fierce - Deborah and Jael
 

 Main Point: God chooses leaders based on their faith, not their facade.

  • What’s one idea from the message that stood out to you? Why do you think it grabbed you?
     
  • What are the qualities or characteristics that you look for in a leader?
     
  • Why do you think we put so much weight on exterior qualities?
     
  • Who is one of your favorite surprising leaders in the Bible? Why?

Read: Judges 4:1-10.

  • Verses 1-3 establish the pattern that Israel falls into. Why does it seem like Israel is constantly unintelligent, but we have a hard time seeing the same pattern in ourselves?
     
  •  In verses 4-10, Barak says he wants Deborah to go with him. Why do you think he wanted her with him? Have you ever wanted someone to be with you when attempting a task?

Read: Judges 4:14-24.

  • Is there shame in a woman getting the glory for this battle? Why or why not?
     
  • Jael was not an Israelite, but she was chosen by God. How do you react when an outsider is brought in to lead? How does our culture approach outsiders as leaders?
     
  • What are some of your prejudices and assumptions regarding leaders that you need to work on?
     
  • How can we raise up leaders to have the proper qualities that truly matter?

Prayer: Pray for wisdom in electing leaders and wisdom in how you lead.

Posted on April 15, 2018 .

04.08.18 - Small Group Discussion

Fierce - Jochebed 

Main Point: Do the right thing and trust God to work it out.

  • What’s one idea from the message that stood out to you? Why do you think it grabbed you?
     
  • Who is the toughest woman you know? Why?
     
  • Jochebed’s name was almost lost to history. Who are some women whose names have been forgotten that have made an impact in your life?
     
  • Who is your favorite woman in the Bible? Why?

Read: Exodus 2:1-10.      

  • How would things be different if Jochebed had obeyed Pharaoh’s law?
     
  • What would the impact have been if Miriam wasn’t willing to step up and speak to Pharaoh’s daughter?
     
  • What are some of the other options that Pharaoh’s daughter could have taken?
     
  • Jochebed gave up Moses twice. Do you think it was easier or harder the second time? Why?
     
  • Have you had a time where you’ve had to choose between what God says is right and what the law says is right? How did you handle that situation?
     
  • Have you ever lost something because you followed God’s will instead of mankind’s will? Explain the situation, if you’re comfortable.
     
  • How can ‘doing the right thing and trusting God to work it out’ make things easier in your life?

Prayer: Pray for courage and boldness to do the right thing, no matter what, even when it doesn’t seem like it will make a difference.

Posted on April 8, 2018 .

04.01.18 - Small Group Discussion

Point of View - Divorce

Main Point: The resurrection is just the beginning!

  • What’s one idea from the message that stood out to you? Why do you think it grabbed you?
     
  • Frank talked about surprise endings. Share with your group about an ending that surprised you.

Read: Mark 1:1; John 21:25

  • Mark wrote that his Gospel was just the beginning of all that Jesus did. John wrote that it would be impossible to record all that Jesus did. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit they recorded certain events. Why did they choose the events they did? What is their significance? 

Read: Mark 16:1-8

  • Each of the Gospels records that women were the first to know that the tomb was empty. Why?
     
  • Mark gives an interesting detail about the angel’s position in the tomb. Is there importance to where the angel is seated? If so, what is its importance?
     
  • Mark’s Gospel ends so abruptly that, at some later date, an editor added verses 9-20. There is a lot of speculation about why it might have ended so suddenly, but assuming that the ending is intentional: why do you think the ending was so sudden?
     
  • We’re so familiar with Jesus’ story that the resurrection isn’t much of a surprise for us. But for those in the first century, it was an earth-altering event, a stunning plot twist. Put yourself in the shoes of the eyewitnesses of the resurrection. What would your reaction have been?
     
  • What is the effect of the resurrection for you and me? How does it change your point of view?

Prayer: Since the resurrection proves that failure isn’t final, pray that God will help you to live as an overcomer!

Action: I Love My City is coming up on April 29. Frank tells me that he has heard from only one group about the project they are undertaking. If your group had talked about a service project please communicate those details with Frank via Email.

Posted on April 4, 2018 .

03.25.08 - Small Group Discussion

Point of View - Divorce

Main Point: You can’t change your point of view on your own; you need God’s help

  • What’s one idea from the message that stood out to you? Why do you think it grabbed you?
     
  • Have you ever had a change of view that was so sudden that it caught you by surprise?

Read: Mark 10:46-52

  • Why do you suppose Jesus asked Bartimaeus, “What do you want me to do for you?” He was all-knowing so Jesus already knew. Not only that, but wasn’t it obvious? Bartimaeus was blind. So why did Jesus ask a question with such an obvious answer?
     
  • Mark wrote that Bartimaeus followed Jesus down the road. If he followed him the entire way into Jerusalem, what would he have seen (for the very first time!)?

 Read: Mark 11:1-25

  • Like the people accompanying Jesus into Jerusalem, we can easily make Jesus into our own version of a Savior – one whose chief goals are to save us from physical, financial and emotional difficulties. Jesus’ salvation is primarily spiritual, though. What does that mean for us?
     
  • Like the fig tree, the religious leaders in Jerusalem looked healthy on the outside, but they were without fruit. How is this a danger for us? What can we do about it?
     
  • Try as we might, the only way we can change our point of view to Jesus’ point of view is with God’s help. How does he help us experience His point of view?

Prayer: Pray for God to help you experience Jesus’ point of view in every area of your life.

 Action: I Love My City is coming up on April 29. Has your group talked about a service project you can take on? Have you communicated those details with frank by emailing him.

Posted on March 25, 2018 .

03.18.18 - Small Group Discussion

Point of View - Divorce

Main Point: You live in a self-serve world, but you’re part of a world-serve church.

  • What’s one idea from the message that stood out to you? Why do you think it grabbed you?
     
  • Share with your group a recent example of incredible service that you witnessed or experienced.
     
  • What is it about our world that has so conditioned us to expect to be served more than to serve?

Read: Mark 10:32-34

  • This is the third time Jesus has told his disciples what awaited him in Jerusalem. This is the most detailed of the three. Why did Jesus keep returning to this theme in Mark 8-10?
     
  • We have the benefit of viewing Jesus’ death in light of his resurrection. How does that give us an advantage over Jesus’ first twelve disciples?

Read: Mark 10:35-45

  • Put yourself in this story. Are you more like James and John or are you more like the “indignant” disciples? Why do you think that?
     
  • Jesus has just told his followers that he will be betrayed, mocked, spit on, flogged, whipped and killed before rising again on the third day. How must he be feeling as he confronts their jockeying for rank and position?
     
  • Jesus makes it clear that the Church should look differently than the world when it comes to power structures and authority. How are we doing that? Are there ways that the Church reflects the world that need to be confronted? Where is the Church getting it right in terms of having Jesus’ outlook on service?
     
  • What is a specific way you can emulate Jesus attitude of service this week?

Prayer: Pray for your perspective on service to align with Jesus’ point of view.

Action: I Love My City is coming up on April 29. Talk about a service project your group can take on and then share those details with frank by emailing him.

Posted on March 19, 2018 .

03.11.18 Small Group Questions

Point of View - Divorce

Main Point: Divorce is not the enemy of marriage; a hard heart is.

  • What’s one idea from the message that stood out to you? Why do you think it grabbed you?
     
  • This might be a difficult conversation but if your group feels safe enough share how divorce has impacted you and your family.
     
  • There was a time when many churches did not feel like they were safe places to go through or recover from divorce. Why do you think that was? What has changed?

Read: Mark 10:1-12

  • Frank said the Pharisees were more concerned about their rights than their responsibilities. They were always looking for a loophole. In what ways are we like that? Why?
     
  • Women in the time of Moses had few rights. Moses’ instructions in Deuteronomy 24:1-4 were for their protection. In Mark 10 how did Jesus elevate the status of women in his answer to the Pharisees?
     
  • David Garland wrote, “Divorce happens, but Jesus attributes it to a sclerosis of the heart – deliberate disobedience to God.” What are some ways in which we allow our hearts to grow hard, either in marriage or in general?
     
  • How can each of us foster a tender heart?

Bonus Read: If you have time, and are so inclined read Mark 10:13-16

  • Why are children so important to Jesus? In what ways should our spiritual lives should be childlike
     
  • Jesus just taught about marriage and divorce. Now he talks about children and childlikeness. How are these two subjects connected?

Prayer: Pray for your heart to become more tender.
Action: Talk about something specific you plan to do this week to cultivate a tender heart.

Posted on March 10, 2018 .

03.04.18 - Small Group Discussion

Point of View - Pride and Sin

Main Point: Adopting Jesus’ perspective means including him in every area of life.

  • What’s one idea from the message that stood out to you? Why do you think it grabbed you?
     
  • Have you ever had an eye test to get glasses or contacts? If not, think about simply going from a dark room into a lit room, or some such instance. Describe what it was like to suddenly be able to see properly?
     
  • What are some common areas that you feel Christians struggle with handling from God’s point of view? Why do you think people struggle in those areas?

Read: Mark 9:33-50. 

  • What is your feeling towards ambition? Do your actions and beliefs line up with Jesus’s stance to be last and serve everyone?
     
  • How do you feel about the phrase, “We’re Christians only, but we’re not the only Christians?”
     
  • How has Christians divisiveness caused issues throughout history and still today?
     
  • Jesus has a firm stance on sin. How is the stance that you hold similar or different from Jesus’s?
     
  • If our point of view is supposed to match Jesus’s point of view in every area of our lives, what areas do you need to refocus? How about the books you read or movies and TV you watch, for example?

Prayer: Pray for God to open your eyes to the parts of your life that you need to approach from God’s point of view.

Posted on March 3, 2018 .

02.25.18 - Small Group Discussion

POV - Next Level Faith

Main Point: Next level faith is having the faith of Jesus.

  • What’s one idea from the message that stood out to you? Why do you think it grabbed you?
     
  • Have you ever looked at something simply from a different angle or perspective and it totally changed how you looked at it, such as a board game, a sports replay, a position in a debate, etc.?
     
  • What do you think impacts the perspective you have regarding your faith? Have people said or done things that have changed how you view your faith?

Read: Mark 9:14-29.

  • How do you handle mountain-to-valley experiences going from a spiritual high to daily life?
     
  • How do you feel about stories dealing with demon possession? Why do you feel that way?
     
  • Do you think demon activity is different today than in Jesus’ day? Why or why not?
     
  • Do you think Jesus ever has a similar view of us as the view he presented in verse 19? Why or why not?
     
  • How often do you have an if-you-can approach to God’s ability as opposed to a you-can approach? What do you think creates each approach?
     
  • Frank presented three components to having the faith of Jesus in order to have a next level faith: You ask for it, you trust God to give you that kind of faith, and you do what Jesus did. What part do you think you can focus on this week?
     
  • How would the Church look if it was full of people who had the faith of Jesus? How can you help bring this state to fruition?

Prayer: Pray for God to help you in your disbelief.

Posted on February 25, 2018 .

02.18.18 - Small Group Discussion

PoV - Glory and Suffering

Main Point: Suffering and glory go together.

  • What’s one idea from the message that stood out to you? Why do you think it grabbed you?
     
  • What comes to your mind when you think about glory and suffering? Do they go together in your mind? Why or why not?
     
  • Share a time when suffering led to glory.
     
  • What’s something you have wanted to achieve, but have been hesitant to put in the hard work for?

Read: Mark 9:2-11.

  • Peter, James, and John see Jesus transformed into brilliantly white clothes symbolizing righteousness and hear God speak in support of Jesus. How does this fit with how they pictured the messiah?
     
  • Peter babbles in fear about building shelters. What are some ways we respond to God’s glory in fear?
     
  • Why could they not understand the phrase, “rising from the dead?”
     
  • Jesus declares that he will suffer and be rejected. Does this fit with what we think of when we think of heroes in stories? Why or why not?
     
  • How is suffering and glory going hand in hand an encouragement?
     
  • If you are a person who has had a lot of suffering, what can help you remember that glory will eventually come?
     
  • If you are someone who has not had much suffering, how can you help lighten the load of others?

Prayer: Pray for strength to endure suffering, and pray for courage to step up and help others who are suffering.

Posted on February 17, 2018 .

02.11.18 - Small Group Discussion

Point of View - Paradoxial Savior

Main Point: Changing your point of view is more important than changing your circumstances.

  • What’s one idea from the message that stood out to you? Why do you think it grabbed you?
     
  • Share a time when your point of view shifted dramatically as the result of being confronted by some new experience or situation.
     
  • Why do you think it is so hard to see things from another’s point of view?

Read: Mark 8:31-33

  • Imagine being there when Peter confronted Jesus. What do you think was going on? What would your reaction be?
     
  • In his response to Peter, Jesus makes it clear that people are not the enemy; the devil is. What are some practical ways you can live that principle out?
     
  • What are some ways you struggle to see things from God’s point of view?

Read: Mark 8:34-38

  • These four paradoxes that Jesus tells the crowd must have had puzzled them. Which of the four challenges you the most?
     
  • Frank said that changing your point of view is more important than changing your circumstances. Share a time where you longed to change your circumstances, but needed to first change your point of view. What difference would (or did) changing your point of view make?
     
  • It can be difficult to see situations from God’s point of view; it can be nearly impossible, sometimes, to see people from God’s point of view. Is there someone in your life that you need to begin seeing through God’s eyes? What would that look like if you did?

Prayer: Pray for the spiritual vision to see everything from God’s point of view.

Read Mark 9:2-13 to be ready for next Sunday’s teaching.

Posted on February 12, 2018 .

1.28.18 - Small Groups Discussion

Main Point: A generous lifestyle is about more than money.

  • What’s one idea from the message that stood out to you? Why do you think it grabbed you?

  • Share some instances where you have seen generosity lived out that had nothing to do with money.

Read: Exodus 31:1-6

  • Who do you know that has been specifically chosen and gifted by God for a task? What kind of inspiration have you drawn from being around that person?

  • We don’t know anything else about Bezalel and Oholiab except what we read here (and a bit about their genealogy in a couple other passages). What kind of legacy did they leave behind? What would you like to be written about the way you used your gifts for God’s glory?

Read: Exodus 36:1-7

  • What does this passage communicate about generosity?

  • The wealth that the Israelites offered for the construction of the Tabernacle was immense. 2,800 pounds of gold worth $41 million today and 9,600 pounds of silver worth $2.25 million today. What strikes you about that incredible outpouring? In what ways does our giving reflect theirs? In what ways does it not?
  • Frank said, “A generous lifestyle is about more than money.” What is it about? •
  • America is the wealthiest nation on the planet. The poor in America are middle-class in the rest of the world. What responsibilities come with the privilege?
  • Talk about the way this series has affected your group’s perspective of generosity and how you can continue to grow in generosity as a  group and as individuals.

Prayer: Thank God for the ability to raise your standard of giving and impact the world for Christ through being generous.

Posted on January 29, 2018 .

01.21.18 - Small Group Discussion

Contagious Generosity - How to be Generous

Main Point: Generosity begins where tithing ends.

  • What’s one idea from the message that stood out to you? Why do you think it grabbed you?
     
  • This week’s teaching was on the obedient discipline of tithing (giving ten percent of your income) to God. Why is that such a difficult topic to talk about, and a difficult discipline to practice?

Read: Malachi 3:6-11

  •  According to this text, what is the connection between tithing and being blessed?

Read: Hebrews 7:1-2; Genesis 14:17-20

  • The Hebrew writer compares Jesus to the ancient priest, Melchizedek. What impact do these two scriptures have on our understanding of whether or not Christians should tithe?
     
  • In Matthew 5:17-20 Jesus said that he did not come to abolish the Law, but to fulfill it. He also said that our righteousness should exceed that of the Pharisees. How does that influence your understanding of tithing?
     
  • The main point of Sunday’s sermon was, “Generous obedience always results in generous blessing.” Where have you seen the connection between obedience and blessing you your life this week (or in the past)?

Read: 2 Corinthians 9:6-11

  • What does “cheerful” giving look like?
     
  • How can you as a group encourage each other to be more generous?
     
  • If your group has not already done so, talk about a way your group can come together to plan an act of contagious generosity.

Prayer: Pray for God to give you a heart that obeys him in the way you practice tithing and generosity.

Posted on January 21, 2018 .

01.14.18 - Small Group Discussion

Contagious Generosity - What Generosity Looks Like

Main Point: Generous obedience always results in generous blessing.

  • What’s one idea from the message that stood out to you? Why do you think it grabbed you?
     
  • Frank talked about an example of contagious generosity at a McDonald’s drive-thru where 167 people in a row paid for the meal of the people in line behind them. Share with your group about a time when you experienced something like that.
     
  • Why do you think generosity is contagious?

Read: Genesis 12:1-5; 13:8-17; 14:19-20

  • Where do you see the principle, “I will bless you … and you will be a blessing” (Genesis 12:2) at work in your own life, or in the lives of people you know?
     
  • What role do you see generosity playing in the different life paths of Abraham and Lot?
     
  • In terms of generosity, in what ways are you more like Abraham? In what ways are you more like Lot?

Read: Luke 19:1-10

  • Luke portrays Jesus as being intentional about connecting with outcasts. What does that teach you about Jesus?
     
  • Jesus restored Zacchaeus’ identity, which he had forfeited by collaborating with the Romans and taking advantage of his own people. In what ways do we forfeit our identity, and how does Jesu restore us?
     
  • The main point of Sunday’s sermon was, “Generous obedience always results in generous blessing.” Where have you seen the connection between obedience and blessing you your life this week (or in the past)?

Prayer: Pray for your heart to grow more obedient!

Posted on January 14, 2018 .

01.07.18 - Small Group Discussion

Contagious Generosity - Where Generosity Begins

Main Point: You were created to give, not to keep.

  • What’s one idea from the message that stood out to you? Why do you think it grabbed you?
     
  • Share a time from your childhood when you naturally responded with generosity. Or perhaps a time when you saw a child in your life naturally want to give generously.
     
  • Why do you think children lose that sense of generosity?

Read: Luke 12:13-15

  • Why do you think we sometimes struggle with feelings of envy and unfairness?
     
  • Why did Jesus refuse to perform a function – settling a dispute between two people – that was something a first-century rabbi would normally do?
     
  • What are some ways that work for you, or that you would recommend others can use to defend against greed taking root in their lives?

Read: Luke 12:16-20

  • What surprises you about this parable? Where do you see yourself in this story?
     
  • On Sunday Frank offered three reasons why the farmer might have acted this way: he might have been fearful his grain would run out, forgetful that God was the source of his wealth and/or prideful in his accomplishments. How are these three enemies of generosity?

Read: Luke 12:21

  • What are some practical ways you can be rich toward God?
     
  • What is your reaction to Sunday’s Big Idea: You were created to give, not to keep.

Prayer: Pray for your heart to grow more generous!

Action: Talk about a way your group can engage in contagious generosity this month.

Posted on January 7, 2018 .

12.31.17 - Small Group Discussion

Socks and Underwear - Gift Returned

  • Share you best of / worst of Christmas 2017.
     
  • What’s one idea from the message that stood out to you? Why do you think it grabbed you?

Read: Luke 2:8-18

  • Everyone in this story is named – except the shepherds. Why do you think that is?
     
  • After the first Christmas, the shepherds went back to their everyday life. We have to go back to our everyday lives after Christmas, too. How will the lessons of Christmas 2017 change the way you live?
     
  • The shepherds spread the word about what they saw that first Christmas night. What are some ways you can spread the word about the coming of the Messiah?
     
  • Frank told us Sunday that a better translation of verse 19 is “Mary treasured all these things and put them together in her mind.” What are some of the lessons that you’ve put together after all you experienced this Christmas?

Read: Colossians 4:5-6

  • What are some ways that you can make the most of the opportunities God presents you at work to share Jesus with the people God has put in your path?
     
  • What are some ways that your conversations can be “seasoned with salt and full of grace?”

Prayer: Share with the group the name of someone you would like them to pray about becoming a Christian in 2018.

Posted on January 3, 2018 .

12.17.17 - Small Group Discussion

Socks and Underwear - Gift Returned

  • What’s one idea from the message that stood out to you? Why do you think it grabbed you?
     
  • What is a gift that you received that really surprised you?

Read: John 1:10-13

  • What is a great adoption story that you know of? Maybe it is your own, or maybe it is someone in your family.
     
  • What is it about adoption that makes it so special?
     
  • When a child is adopted, the family goes to the courthouse for a special proceeding in front of a judge. Your “adoption ceremony” as a Christian took place when you trusted Jesus and were baptized. Share your Christian “adoption story” with the people in your group.

Read: Galatians 4:4-5

  • Frank said on Sunday that we should receive the gift of God’s Son gratefully, humbly, and joyfully. Why do you think Christmas, especially, brings up those feelings in us?
     
  • What is your response when you receive an amazing gift that is totally undeserved?
     
  • The difference between wages and gifts is that wages are earned and gifts are undeserved. What is your response to Jesus, as God’s amazing, undeserved gift?

Prayer: Pray That your life reflects the gratitude, humility and joy that should be ours as recipients of the most amazing gift ever: Jesus!

Posted on December 17, 2017 .

12.10.17 - Small Group Discussion

Socks and Underwear - Gift Returned

  • What’s one idea from the message that stood out to you? Why do you think it grabbed you?
     
  • What is your worst gift returning experience? Maybe a bad customer service experience or a weird gift that was awkward to return. Or maybe a gift that you gave that you later found out was returned.

Read: John 1:10-11

  • Try and imagine yourself living in first century Israel. Do you think you would have recognized and received Jesus or not?
     
  • The Romans in Jesus’ day rejected him as the Son of God because they rejected the children of God (the Jews). Do you know people who have rejected Jesus because of experiences they’ve had with His followers? How did you act in that situation?
     
  • Are there times when you’ve struggled with rejecting Jesus or the church because of the Christians you know? How did you work through that?
     
  • The Jews in Jesus’ day rejected Jesus as Messiah because He wasn’t the kind of Savior they expected. Are there times when you’ve felt let down by Jesus? What did you do in that situation?

Read: John 14:2-3

  • Jesus didn’t come to earth to save you from unemployment or disease or poverty or pain. He came to save you from hell. How does this challenge the way you view Him as Savior?
     
  • How can you and I help people who reject Jesus because of His followers? How can we help people who reject Jesus because He wasn’t the Messiah they were hoping for?

Prayer: Pray to have compassion and patience with people who have obstacles that stand between them and faith in Jesus.

Posted on December 10, 2017 .

12.03.17 - Small Group Discussion

Socks and Underwear - Unexpected Gift

Main Point: Hope sometimes comes in ugly packaging.

  • What’s one idea from the message that stood out to you? Why do you think it grabbed you?
     
  • Is there a Christmas where you received a gift that disappointed, or one where the packaging did not match the contents?
     
  • What is the oddest gift you’ve ever received?

Read: John 1:1, Luke 2:7

  • What surprises you about these two very different accounts of Jesus coming to earth?
     
  • If you were planning the birth of God’s son, what would you have done differently? Why do you think God made his entrance into this world the way he did?

Read: Hebrews 4:15-16

  • God wants to identify with our struggles and challenges. What are some of the struggles that you have that Jesus had, and how does knowing that help you?

Read: Philippians 2:5-7

  • Where do you see God’s love in this passage?
     
  • How can you reflect Jesus’ humility and attitude of service this Christmas?
     
  • Where are some places that you’ve been able to find hope despite the ugly way it might have been packaged?

Prayer: Pray for people that you know who need hope this Christmas, and for your ability to demonstrate hope to them.

Posted on December 3, 2017 .

11.26.17 - Small Group Discussion

Identity - Who Do You Say That I Am?

Main Point: Your core identity determines where you belong, not the other way around.

  • What’s one idea from the message that stood out to you? Why do you think it grabbed you?
     
  • We have looked at three important questions this month: 1) Who am I? 2) Where do I fit in? 3) What is my purpose? Which of these do you struggle the most with, and why?
     
  • Which of these have you learned the most about this month, and why?

Read: Matthew 16:13-14

  • Jesus took the disciples to Caesarea Philippi, a city that was dominated by false gods. What are some of the false gods or beliefs with which you struggle?
     
  • The trip to Caesarea Philippi was, essentially, a field trip with an intended purpose. Why do you think Jesus deliberately took his disciples to a city that good Jewish rabbis strictly avoided?
     
  • When Jesus asked Peter about his identity, Peter told him, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). What are the implications of that statement in your life?
     
  • All three – identity, belonging and purpose – are contained in Jesus’ reply to Peter in verse 18: “And I tell you that you are Peter [a new identity] and on this rock I will build my church [belonging], and the gates of Hades will not overcome it [purpose]. Despite Peter’s occasional stumbling, how did he live out this new identity, belonging and purpose throughout his life?
     
  • Like Peter, as followers of Jesus, we receive new identities too (2 Corinthians 5:17). We belong to Christ’s family (Romans 12:5). And we have a purpose (2 Corinthians 5:20) Which of these is most challenging for you? Why is that the case?

Prayer: Pray for the ability to grasp your identity, belonging and purpose as a follower of Jesus.

Posted on November 30, 2017 .

11.19.17 - Small Group Discussion

Identity - What is My Purpose?

Main Point: Your core identity determines where you belong, not the other way around.

  • What’s one idea from the message that stood out to you? Why do you think it grabbed you?
     
  • Has there been a time in your life when you struggled to understand life’s meaning and/or your purpose?
     
  • What are some ways in your past that you have tried, but failed, to make sense of life’s purpose?

Read: 2 Corinthians 5:11-21

  • Paul wrote that he “stopped evaluating others from a human point of view.” What are some ways that we evaluate others from a human point of view?
     
  • Paul describes someone who has become a Christian as “a new creation” in verse 17. How does that affect how we view ourselves? How does it affect the way we should view others?
     
  • God reconciled the world to himself through Jesus. Jesus uses you and I to reconcile the world to God, too. God has given us “this wonderful message of reconciliation.” What are some of the ways that we communicate that message?
     
  • Paul writes that we are “Christ’s ambassadors”? An ambassador does not speak from himself or herself. How should your speech reflect that?
     
  • An ambassador represents the interests of his or her sovereign. How should your actions reflect that?
     
  • What are some practical ways you can act as a faithful ambassador in your neighborhood? In your workplace? In your school?

Prayer: Pray for opportunities to engage in community and to bring others along

Posted on November 19, 2017 .