Hope  “Hope deferred makes the heart sick...” Proverbs 13:12 Without hope we can literally become sick. Heartsick. Sick in our minds and souls. This sickness can lead to discouragement, depression, hopelessness. But how do we find hope? Where do we look for it? How do we gain it? How do we fill our hearts and minds with the hope of Christ? We may know in our heads that Christ alone is our source of hope... but how do we get our hearts to believe it, too? “Hope, as you will find, is a skill that takes practice.” Edward Welch Hope takes practice. Hope takes faith. Hope takes work. Hope must be an active word in our vocabulary. Hope is not passive. Hope doesn’t arrive on our front doorstep. Hope must be invited in. Hope must be welcomed. Hope must be practiced. You may be wondering what I mean by “practicing hope” and this is a valid question. It sounds odd or maybe you’ve never considered before that we can be proactive and intentional about filling our lives with hope and joy.    8 Ways to Practice Hope    1. Pray often.  Pray without ceasing. When you don’t know what to pray, say the Name of Jesus. Pray God’s Word.   2. Remind yourself of who you are in Christ.  He delights in you! You are His child. You are chosen. You are loved. You are forgiven. You have the hope of eternity.  3. Confide in a friend.  Do not suffer alone. Send out a plea for help by text. Let others walk alongside you in your trials.  4. Go outside.  Nature can be therapeutic. Take a walk. Thank God for His beautiful creation.   5. Count your blessings.  Actually name them. Write them down. Create a gratitude journal and add to it daily. Count your blessings one by one...  6. Praise.  Did you know that when we worship and praise our Father the enemy flees? Praise silences the enemy. So turn up the praise music! Have a dance party!   7. Do not neglect fellowship through the Body of Christ.  As hard as it can be when we are down and out, we must not forsake the assembling of believers. We were made for relationships. Allow others to encourage your heart and you can be an encouragement as well! Allow others to lift you up in prayer. And when you intercede for others, that also helps to take your mind off of your own problems.   8. Get in the Word.  Stay in the Word. Pray the Word. Memorize the Word. Meditate on the Word. His Word gives life to us. Do not neglect the gift of His Word. This love letter from God is the key to our hopefulness. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3  Friends, we must learn to fix our eyes upon Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set before Christ, He endured the cross. Can you imagine? With joy he faced the cross... for you and for me. This passage tells us how to gain hope:  “Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”   When we lose heart, we become hopeless. To not lose heart, we must practice hope. We must set our hearts and minds on things above and not on earthly things.  “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”  Colossians 3:1-2  God’s Word is full of admonition and encouragement for where to fix our mind and thoughts. When we meditate on God’s Word, when we fix our hearts and minds on the things of God, what we are doing is practicing hope. And this act of practicing hope is essential to our abundant life in Christ.  - Written by Candace Crabtree    Hebrew 12: 1-3    Colossians3:1-2    Questions   SCRIPTURE READING    OPENING   What was something you hoped for as a kid for Christmas?  How has your concept of hope changed as you have gotten older?  What do you think it means to put our hope in Jesus?   SCRIPTURE DISCUSSION   Read Hebrews 12: 1-3  -  What do you think this text would have mean to the first audience to read it?  -  The author uses some great analogies in this text. What are they and what do you believe they are trying to communicate?  Read Colossians 3: 1-2  -  What does setting our mind on earthly things look like practically in our lives?  -  What does it mean to set our mind on things above? What would these things be?   OBSERVATION   -  If someone else was to examine your life what conclusion would they make in what you put your hope in? What evidence would they find?   APPLICATION   -  What practice ways can we put our hope in Jesus? (Share the ideas above in the Leader Thoughts)  -  How can we be an encouragement to one another to be people who put our hope in Christ?   PRAYER     Hope often brings praise to our hearts. Spend time together making a list of the things we can praise God with in our prayers. Spend time in prayer thanking him for His never-ending hope.       Children Teaching Element   Adult Discussion: 1. What are ways that you teach your child the good news of the Gospel?   2. How do you explain to your elementary age kids what salvation is?

Hope

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick...” Proverbs 13:12
Without hope we can literally become sick. Heartsick. Sick in our minds and souls. This sickness can lead to discouragement, depression, hopelessness. But how do we find hope? Where do we look for it? How do we gain it? How do we fill our hearts and minds with the hope of Christ? We may know in our heads that Christ alone is our source of hope... but how do we get our hearts to believe it, too?
“Hope, as you will find, is a skill that takes practice.” Edward Welch
Hope takes practice.
Hope takes faith.
Hope takes work.
Hope must be an active word in our vocabulary. Hope is not passive. Hope doesn’t arrive on our front doorstep. Hope must be invited in. Hope must be welcomed. Hope must be practiced. You may be wondering what I mean by “practicing hope” and this is a valid question. It sounds odd or maybe you’ve never considered before that we can be proactive and intentional about filling our lives with hope and joy.


8 Ways to Practice Hope

1. Pray often. Pray without ceasing. When you don’t know what to pray, say the Name of Jesus. Pray God’s Word.

2. Remind yourself of who you are in Christ. He delights in you! You are His child. You are chosen. You are loved. You are forgiven. You have the hope of eternity.
3. Confide in a friend. Do not suffer alone. Send out a plea for help by text. Let others walk alongside you in your trials.
4. Go outside. Nature can be therapeutic. Take a walk. Thank God for His beautiful creation.

5. Count your blessings. Actually name them. Write them down. Create a gratitude journal and add to it daily. Count your blessings one by one...
6. Praise. Did you know that when we worship and praise our Father the enemy flees? Praise silences the enemy. So turn up the praise music! Have a dance party!

7. Do not neglect fellowship through the Body of Christ. As hard as it can be when we are down and out, we must not forsake the assembling of believers. We were made for relationships. Allow others to encourage your heart and you can be an encouragement as well! Allow others to lift you up in prayer. And when you intercede for others, that also helps to take your mind off of your own problems.

8. Get in the Word. Stay in the Word. Pray the Word. Memorize the Word. Meditate on the Word. His Word gives life to us. Do not neglect the gift of His Word. This love letter from God is the key to our hopefulness.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3

Friends, we must learn to fix our eyes upon Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set before Christ, He endured the cross. Can you imagine? With joy he faced the cross... for you and for me. This passage tells us how to gain hope: “Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

When we lose heart, we become hopeless. To not lose heart, we must practice hope. We must set our hearts and minds on things above and not on earthly things.
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:1-2

God’s Word is full of admonition and encouragement for where to fix our mind and thoughts. When we meditate on God’s Word, when we fix our hearts and minds on the things of God, what we are doing is practicing hope. And this act of practicing hope is essential to our abundant life in Christ.

- Written by Candace Crabtree

  1. Hebrew 12: 1-3

  2. Colossians3:1-2

Questions

SCRIPTURE READING

OPENING

What was something you hoped for as a kid for Christmas?

How has your concept of hope changed as you have gotten older?

What do you think it means to put our hope in Jesus?

SCRIPTURE DISCUSSION

Read Hebrews 12: 1-3

-  What do you think this text would have mean to the first audience to read it?

-  The author uses some great analogies in this text. What are they and what do you believe they are trying to communicate?

Read Colossians 3: 1-2

-  What does setting our mind on earthly things look like practically in our lives?

-  What does it mean to set our mind on things above? What would these things be?

OBSERVATION

-  If someone else was to examine your life what conclusion would they make in what you put your hope in? What evidence would they find?

APPLICATION

-  What practice ways can we put our hope in Jesus? (Share the ideas above in the Leader Thoughts)

-  How can we be an encouragement to one another to be people who put our hope in Christ?

PRAYER

  • Hope often brings praise to our hearts. Spend time together making a list of the things we can praise God with in our prayers. Spend time in prayer thanking him for His never-ending hope.

Children Teaching Element

Adult Discussion:
1. What are ways that you teach your child the good news of the Gospel?

2. How do you explain to your elementary age kids what salvation is?

      ADVENT (PEACE)  Leader Thoughts  Peace  It is not hard to feel a lack of peace during this time of year. With family in town and holiday parties on top of our normal schedules in can seem overwhelming. Along with busyness there also come some very sorrowful moments as this time of year reminds us of loved ones we have lost. Whatever it is that makes us feel anxious God has other plans for us.  In the following home group we will be looking at two passages that we will put together. In our first section of scripture in Matthew 6 we will see Jesus as He calls us to not be anxious. We are reminded that God can take care of what we will eat and what we will wear. Our focus should not be on earthly things but heavenly things. While this is always easier said that done. We must remind our people that this is a shift in priority and focus for us that can create peace in our life.  The second piece of scripture is found John 15. This scripture will couple with the one before to give us an even closer look at how we find true peace in our life. Abiding in Jesus Christ will lead to spiritual fruit in our lives. If we are not attached to the vine when we should not expect to that good spiritual fruit in our life. We will take a look at what this means and how we can abide in HIm.   Goals for Home Group   - Communicate that abiding in Christ and seeking His Kingdom over our desires will lead to peace in our life.  - Take time and pray for people in your group struggling to experience peace currently in their lives.    DECEMBER 2, 2018  HOME GROUPS  1. Matthew 6:25-34 2. John15:1-11  Read Matthew 6: 25-34  Questions   SCRIPTURE READING    OBSERVATION     -  We see this “Therefore”statement at the start of this passage .What is the larger context that Jesus is teaching on here in Scripture?    -  Why do you think God is desiring for us to not be anxious?    -  What does being anxious rob from us in our life?  Read John 15:1-11    -  What can we learn from this analogy given in John 15 in how peace is produced in our  life?    -  How are abiding in Christ and Seeking His Kingdom in Matthew 6 connected and similar ideas?   APPLICATION     -  What are as of our life bring us the biggest anxieties?    -  What does it practically look like for you to seek God’s Kingdom and abide in Him when it comes to your work/family/community?   PRAYER     -  Make sure to take time and pray for anyone that is walking through difficulty that is leading to stress in their life.    -  Ask God to make you a group that shares the burdens of one another.      DECEMBER 2, 2018 HOME GROUPS   Adult Discussion:     Children Teaching Element      How do we teach our kids to strive and grow but not be overwhelmed by stress?    What are ways that we as parents can add stress to our children’s lives? How do we change this?    What are good Bible stories to share with our children to teach they can trust God and don’t need to worry?

ADVENT (PEACE)

Leader Thoughts

Peace

It is not hard to feel a lack of peace during this time of year. With family in town and holiday parties on top of our normal schedules in can seem overwhelming. Along with busyness there also come some very sorrowful moments as this time of year reminds us of loved ones we have lost. Whatever it is that makes us feel anxious God has other plans for us.

In the following home group we will be looking at two passages that we will put together. In our first section of scripture in Matthew 6 we will see Jesus as He calls us to not be anxious. We are reminded that God can take care of what we will eat and what we will wear. Our focus should not be on earthly things but heavenly things. While this is always easier said that done. We must remind our people that this is a shift in priority and focus for us that can create peace in our life.

The second piece of scripture is found John 15. This scripture will couple with the one before to give us an even closer look at how we find true peace in our life. Abiding in Jesus Christ will lead to spiritual fruit in our lives. If we are not attached to the vine when we should not expect to that good spiritual fruit in our life. We will take a look at what this means and how we can abide in HIm.

Goals for Home Group

- Communicate that abiding in Christ and seeking His Kingdom over our desires will lead to peace in our life.

- Take time and pray for people in your group struggling to experience peace currently in their lives.

DECEMBER 2, 2018

HOME GROUPS

1. Matthew 6:25-34 2. John15:1-11

Read Matthew 6: 25-34

Questions

SCRIPTURE READING

OBSERVATION

  • -  We see this “Therefore”statement at the start of this passage .What is the larger context that Jesus is teaching on here in Scripture?

  • -  Why do you think God is desiring for us to not be anxious?

  • -  What does being anxious rob from us in our life?

    Read John 15:1-11

  • -  What can we learn from this analogy given in John 15 in how peace is produced in our life?

  • -  How are abiding in Christ and Seeking His Kingdom in Matthew 6 connected and similar ideas?

    APPLICATION

  • -  What are as of our life bring us the biggest anxieties?

  • -  What does it practically look like for you to seek God’s Kingdom and abide in Him when it comes to your work/family/community?

    PRAYER

  • -  Make sure to take time and pray for anyone that is walking through difficulty that is leading to stress in their life.

  • -  Ask God to make you a group that shares the burdens of one another.

DECEMBER 2, 2018 HOME GROUPS

Adult Discussion:

Children Teaching Element

  1. How do we teach our kids to strive and grow but not be overwhelmed by stress?

  2. What are ways that we as parents can add stress to our children’s lives? How do we change this?

  3. What are good Bible stories to share with our children to teach they can trust God and don’t need to worry?

       SummitKids   ENCOURAGE YOUR PEOPLE WHO ARE LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO SERVE TO CHECK OUT SUMMITKIDS.   Home Group   WE ARE LOOKING FOR NEW HOME GROUP LEADERS! CONTACT CHAD HIGGINS   Angel Tree   THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO SERVE THIS CHRISTMAS.   Growth Track   I WANT TO ENCOURAGE ALL OUR HOME GROUP LEADERS TO ATTEND OUR GROWTH TRACK.            Joy   In this first week of our advent series we want to help people understand the joy that comes from God coming to Earth in the form of man to save the world. We live in a world that searches for happiness but neglects to find joy. Take some time during this session to hear from your people about what brings them joy and what are things standing in their way of experiencing God’s joy this Christmas.  Ultimate joy is found in Christ Jesus. Jesus changes everything for us. When our view of the world changes from a me first mindset to a Kingdom first mindset then the trouble of this world can fade away. We can experience true joy that can never be taken away. Because our joy is found in heaven above and not on more things that life have to offer. Plus, our greatest need of salvation is taken care of in Christ.  Will we be people who are looking for joy in the next box to be opened for Christmas or will we find Joy in the King that has come? Encourage your people to sit back and account all that they have to be joyful for this Christmas.   Questions   If you grew up in a Church how was Advent celebrated? Was it celebrated?  When you hear the word Advent, what comes to mind?   This would be a great place to show the video or talk about some history of Advent and it’s meaning.   What are the benefits for us to celebrate Advent?  One of the characteristic often talked about in Advent is Joy. What’s the first image or memory that comes to mind for you when you think of the word joy? Why do you associate that experience or image with joy?    Isaiah 52:7-9    Romans 10:15     SCRIPTURE READING    SCRIPTURE DISCUSSION   What stands out in this Old Testament Prophecy? What can we take away and learn from it?  Compare Romans 10:15 to Isaiah 52:7. In what ways do you understand the gospel to be “good news”?   OBSERVATION   We see in Romans 10 that this good news is for all people. How do we show this news to others in our life? Do you do a good job at this normally?   Application   What different results would you expect from living out either of the following statements?  1. Seeking happiness to please yourself at all cost.  2. God wants us to seek joy in Him. What are some choices we can make that will enhance our joy What are choices that will destroy our joy? What are things happening in my life right now that cause joy or sorrow?   PRAYER   Take time to pray for those walking through difficult times right now. Ask that God would remind us of His Joy and that we would be fulfilled in it.      Children Teaching Element   Have this conversation with the adults in your group on how to teach joy to your children?  How do we teach God’s joy over happiness that comes from gifts this Christmas?  How do you talk to you children who are dealing with sorrow? How do we point them to Jesus?

SummitKids

ENCOURAGE YOUR PEOPLE WHO ARE LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO SERVE TO CHECK OUT SUMMITKIDS.

Home Group

WE ARE LOOKING FOR NEW HOME GROUP LEADERS! CONTACT CHAD HIGGINS

Angel Tree

THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO SERVE THIS CHRISTMAS.

Growth Track

I WANT TO ENCOURAGE ALL OUR HOME GROUP LEADERS TO ATTEND OUR GROWTH TRACK.


Joy

In this first week of our advent series we want to help people understand the joy that comes from God coming to Earth in the form of man to save the world. We live in a world that searches for happiness but neglects to find joy. Take some time during this session to hear from your people about what brings them joy and what are things standing in their way of experiencing God’s joy this Christmas.

Ultimate joy is found in Christ Jesus. Jesus changes everything for us. When our view of the world changes from a me first mindset to a Kingdom first mindset then the trouble of this world can fade away. We can experience true joy that can never be taken away. Because our joy is found in heaven above and not on more things that life have to offer. Plus, our greatest need of salvation is taken care of in Christ.

Will we be people who are looking for joy in the next box to be opened for Christmas or will we find Joy in the King that has come? Encourage your people to sit back and account all that they have to be joyful for this Christmas.

Questions

If you grew up in a Church how was Advent celebrated? Was it celebrated?

When you hear the word Advent, what comes to mind?

This would be a great place to show the video or talk about some history of Advent and it’s meaning.

What are the benefits for us to celebrate Advent?

One of the characteristic often talked about in Advent is Joy. What’s the first image or memory that comes to mind for you when you think of the word joy? Why do you associate that experience or image with joy?

  1. Isaiah 52:7-9

  2. Romans 10:15

SCRIPTURE READING

SCRIPTURE DISCUSSION

What stands out in this Old Testament Prophecy? What can we take away and learn from it?

Compare Romans 10:15 to Isaiah 52:7. In what ways do you understand the gospel to be “good news”?

OBSERVATION

We see in Romans 10 that this good news is for all people. How do we show this news to others in our life? Do you do a good job at this normally?

Application

What different results would you expect from living out either of the following statements?

1. Seeking happiness to please yourself at all cost.

2. God wants us to seek joy in Him.
What are some choices we can make that will enhance our joy
What are choices that will destroy our joy?
What are things happening in my life right now that cause joy or sorrow?

PRAYER

Take time to pray for those walking through difficult times right now. Ask that God would remind us of His Joy and that we would be fulfilled in it.


Children Teaching Element

Have this conversation with the adults in your group on how to teach joy to your children?

How do we teach God’s joy over happiness that comes from gifts this Christmas?

How do you talk to you children who are dealing with sorrow? How do we point them to Jesus?

      Leader Thoughts  Baptism  Baptism is an outward act that symbolizes the faith of accepting Jesus Christ as real, as God incarnate, as the sacrificial means by which those who believe in him can be forever reconciled toGod. The purpose of baptism is to give visual testimony of our commitment to Christ. It is the first step of discipleship ( Acts 8:26-39 ).  The symbolism of baptism is that, just as Christ died and was buried, so the baptized person is submerged under water. And just as Christ rose again, so the baptized person rises again from the water. Under the water is the believer’s old, dead, heavy, suffocating life. Out of the water, is the believer’s new, fresh, purposeful life.   Do You Need to be Baptized to be Saved?   According to God's Word, Baptism is not a requirement of salvation. Yet, we should understand the call to baptism and the importance of baptism in our faith.  Salvation is by grace through faith alone ( Romans 3:22 , 24, 25, 26, 28, 30; 4:5;  Galatians 2:16 ; Ephesians 2:8-9 ;  Philippians 3:9 , etc.). If water baptism were necessary for salvation, we would expect to find it stressed whenever the gospel of Jesus is presented. Paul never made water baptism any part of his gospel presentations. In  1 Corinthians 15:1-4 , Paul gives a concise summary of the gospel message he preached. There is no mention of baptism. In  1 Corinthians 1:17 , Paul states that “Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel,” thus clearly differentiating the gospel from baptism.   According to Romans 6:1-10, baptism pictures at least three things:     First, baptism is a picture of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. As we stand in the water we are representing Christ on the cross. As we are dipped underwater we illustrate the burial of Christ. As we come out of the water we demonstrate the resurrection of Christ.    Second, baptism is a personal testimony to us of the washing away of our sins. As we go under the water we reconfirm that our sins are forgiven and as we come out of the water we are resurrected to live a new life in Christ.    Third, baptism represents our personal identification with Christ. Paul declared in Romans 6:3-4 “We were buried with Christ in baptism and we are raised to walk in a new life" as forgiven followers of Christ empowered by the Spirit of God.     Goals for Home Group   Summit will be celebrating baptism November 18th. During this home group time we would love to help all our people talk about the scriptural meaning of baptism. We know that many of our people  !1  NOVEMBER 18, 2018 HOME GROUPS  come from different backgrounds and we want to be respectful of that while pointing to God’s word as we learn to exhibit unity in the church. Along with this we want to make sure we take the opportunity to ask people about their own experience with baptism and encourage any of our people who have never followed through with believers baptism to celebrate with Summit in this way.  1. Romans 6:1-10  Questions   SCRIPTURE READING SCRIPTURE DISCUSSION     WhatdoyoubelievethatPaulistryingtocommunicateinRomans6:3whenhesaysthatweare “Baptized into His Death?”    PaulusesseveralwordpicturestodescribetherelationshipbetweenaChristianandsin.Heuses: death, baptism, slave, and master. In your own words how would you describe the relationship between a Christian and sin?    Read Ephesians 4:22-24. What is the process of putting on the “New Self” that we see in Ephesians 4 and Romans 6? What can we learn here that is helpful for us?   OBSERVATION       Read Romans 6:6. How can Christians be dead to sin, but still have a daily struggle with sin?    InRomans6:1-10PaulisexplainingwhatGodhasdoneforallbelievers.InRomans6:11-14Paul is explaining what a believer’s response should be to what God has done. How would you explain this passage to a new believer who may not necessarily feel a great victory over sin in their life?   APPLICATION       From what we have read and your own background. What is the point of baptism?    Haveyoubeenbaptized?Whywereyoubaptized?Ifyouhaven’twhatisholdingyoubackfrom this?    Doyoubelieveyouarecurrentlylivinga“NewLife”?Howdoesthis“NewLife”effectyourfamily? Work? Community?    Jesus has called all His people to walk with unity together. How do we do that if we have different views on issues life baptism? What’s can God teach us when we strive for unity in these areas?   PRAYER       Take time to pray that God would remind us of our own baptism and the new life that He has invited us into.    PraythatwemayseemoreandmorebaptizedatSummit.    PraythatwemaywalkintheencouragementofHisdeathandresurrectionthisweek.       Children Teaching Element   Adult Discussion: 1. What is important for my child to know before they are baptized? 2. How do I know if my child is ready for baptism? 3. How do I help my child who is afraid to get up in front of everyone? 4. How can I help make baptism a meaningful experience for my child?

Leader Thoughts

Baptism

Baptism is an outward act that symbolizes the faith of accepting Jesus Christ as real, as God incarnate, as the sacrificial means by which those who believe in him can be forever reconciled toGod. The purpose of baptism is to give visual testimony of our commitment to Christ. It is the first step of discipleship (Acts 8:26-39).

The symbolism of baptism is that, just as Christ died and was buried, so the baptized person is submerged under water. And just as Christ rose again, so the baptized person rises again from the water. Under the water is the believer’s old, dead, heavy, suffocating life. Out of the water, is the believer’s new, fresh, purposeful life.

Do You Need to be Baptized to be Saved?

According to God's Word, Baptism is not a requirement of salvation. Yet, we should understand the call to baptism and the importance of baptism in our faith.

Salvation is by grace through faith alone (Romans 3:22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 30; 4:5; Galatians 2:16;Ephesians 2:8-9Philippians 3:9, etc.). If water baptism were necessary for salvation, we would expect to find it stressed whenever the gospel of Jesus is presented. Paul never made water baptism any part of his gospel presentations. In 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Paul gives a concise summary of the gospel message he preached. There is no mention of baptism. In 1 Corinthians 1:17, Paul states that “Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel,” thus clearly differentiating the gospel from baptism.

According to Romans 6:1-10, baptism pictures at least three things:

  1. First, baptism is a picture of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. As we stand in the water we are representing Christ on the cross. As we are dipped underwater we illustrate the burial of Christ. As we come out of the water we demonstrate the resurrection of Christ.

  2. Second, baptism is a personal testimony to us of the washing away of our sins. As we go under the water we reconfirm that our sins are forgiven and as we come out of the water we are resurrected to live a new life in Christ.

  3. Third, baptism represents our personal identification with Christ. Paul declared in Romans 6:3-4 “We were buried with Christ in baptism and we are raised to walk in a new life" as forgiven followers of Christ empowered by the Spirit of God.

Goals for Home Group

Summit will be celebrating baptism November 18th. During this home group time we would love to help all our people talk about the scriptural meaning of baptism. We know that many of our people

!1

NOVEMBER 18, 2018 HOME GROUPS

come from different backgrounds and we want to be respectful of that while pointing to God’s word as we learn to exhibit unity in the church. Along with this we want to make sure we take the opportunity to ask people about their own experience with baptism and encourage any of our people who have never followed through with believers baptism to celebrate with Summit in this way.

1. Romans 6:1-10

Questions

SCRIPTURE READING SCRIPTURE DISCUSSION

  1. WhatdoyoubelievethatPaulistryingtocommunicateinRomans6:3whenhesaysthatweare “Baptized into His Death?”

  2. PaulusesseveralwordpicturestodescribetherelationshipbetweenaChristianandsin.Heuses: death, baptism, slave, and master. In your own words how would you describe the relationship between a Christian and sin?

  3. Read Ephesians 4:22-24. What is the process of putting on the “New Self” that we see in Ephesians 4 and Romans 6? What can we learn here that is helpful for us?

    OBSERVATION

  1. Read Romans 6:6. How can Christians be dead to sin, but still have a daily struggle with sin?

  2. InRomans6:1-10PaulisexplainingwhatGodhasdoneforallbelievers.InRomans6:11-14Paul is explaining what a believer’s response should be to what God has done. How would you explain this passage to a new believer who may not necessarily feel a great victory over sin in their life?

    APPLICATION

  1. From what we have read and your own background. What is the point of baptism?

  2. Haveyoubeenbaptized?Whywereyoubaptized?Ifyouhaven’twhatisholdingyoubackfrom this?

  3. Doyoubelieveyouarecurrentlylivinga“NewLife”?Howdoesthis“NewLife”effectyourfamily? Work? Community?

  4. Jesus has called all His people to walk with unity together. How do we do that if we have different views on issues life baptism? What’s can God teach us when we strive for unity in these areas?

    PRAYER

  1. Take time to pray that God would remind us of our own baptism and the new life that He has invited us into.

  2. PraythatwemayseemoreandmorebaptizedatSummit.

  3. PraythatwemaywalkintheencouragementofHisdeathandresurrectionthisweek.

Children Teaching Element

Adult Discussion:
1. What is important for my child to know before they are baptized?
2. How do I know if my child is ready for baptism?
3. How do I help my child who is afraid to get up in front of everyone? 4. How can I help make baptism a meaningful experience for my child?

       Sermon Response November 11, 2018     The Text:Nehemiah 13     Discuss:     How do you think Jerusalem fell into such great sin?    Do you feel like Nehemiah’s response to the sin was justified? Explain.    Why was the observation of the Sabbath so important to God?    It appears the Eliashib was extremely guilty of sin. He allowed Tobiah to have the storerooms in the Temple and he took a foreign wife. Why do you think religious leaders are so susceptible to moral corruption? How can you as a church member help support your pastors?     Respond:     Do you have a Nehemiah in your life? Someone who can call you out, cause you to repent, and point you toward Jesus.    Have you ever experienced the benefit of having a Nehemiah?    How can you homegroup better function as your Nehemiah(s)?    What would look different in your life if you gave someone complete access to your inner most thoughts and struggles while asking them to be a spiritual mentor? What is stopping you from doing this now?     Prayer   God never let us be complacent in our sin!

Sermon Response November 11, 2018

The Text:Nehemiah 13

Discuss:

  1. How do you think Jerusalem fell into such great sin?

  2. Do you feel like Nehemiah’s response to the sin was justified? Explain.

  3. Why was the observation of the Sabbath so important to God?

  4. It appears the Eliashib was extremely guilty of sin. He allowed Tobiah to have the storerooms in the Temple and he took a foreign wife. Why do you think religious leaders are so susceptible to moral corruption? How can you as a church member help support your pastors?

Respond:

  1. Do you have a Nehemiah in your life? Someone who can call you out, cause you to repent, and point you toward Jesus.

  2. Have you ever experienced the benefit of having a Nehemiah?

  3. How can you homegroup better function as your Nehemiah(s)?

  4. What would look different in your life if you gave someone complete access to your inner most thoughts and struggles while asking them to be a spiritual mentor? What is stopping you from doing this now?

Prayer

God never let us be complacent in our sin!

       Sermon Response November 04, 2018     The Text:Nehemiah 12:27-47     Discuss:     Why do you think Nehemiah chose song as the means of dedications?    Why did they offer sacrifices after the parade?    What is significant about the people of Judah bringing in their first-fruits, tithes, and offerings to the storehouse?     Respond:   1. When is the last time you truly celebrated something God did in or through your life? Tell the story.    Is there anything in your life right now that makes it hard for you to celebrate God? Please share.    Is there something as a group that you can spend time celebrating together?     Prayer   God thank you for all that you do in our lives. Help us give you the glory and praise for what you have done and rest in the fact that you are always working for our good.

Sermon Response November 04, 2018

The Text:Nehemiah 12:27-47

Discuss:

  1. Why do you think Nehemiah chose song as the means of dedications?

  2. Why did they offer sacrifices after the parade?

  3. What is significant about the people of Judah bringing in their first-fruits, tithes, and offerings to the storehouse?

Respond:

1. When is the last time you truly celebrated something God did in or through your life? Tell the story.

  1. Is there anything in your life right now that makes it hard for you to celebrate God? Please share.

  2. Is there something as a group that you can spend time celebrating together?

Prayer

God thank you for all that you do in our lives. Help us give you the glory and praise for what you have done and rest in the fact that you are always working for our good.

       Sermon Response October 28, 2018     The Text:Nehemiah 11:1-3     Discuss:   1. We ran into another list of names and numbers in chapter 11. So I want you to answer this one question then spend some time talking as a group.... What do you think of Nehemiah’s plan to populate Jerusalem? (the draft 1/10 of those living in the countryside)   Respond:   1. Spend time discussing how you can “fill” your groups with more people in the hopes of fulfilling Summit’s purpose to make disciples for the glory of God.  2. Spend time discussing how your group can help “fill” the church with more people in hopes of fulfilling Summit’s purpose to make disciples for the glory of God.   Prayer   God help us make disciples for you glory!

Sermon Response October 28, 2018

The Text:Nehemiah 11:1-3

Discuss:

1. We ran into another list of names and numbers in chapter 11. So I want you to answer this one question then spend some time talking as a group.... What do you think of Nehemiah’s plan to populate Jerusalem? (the draft 1/10 of those living in the countryside)

Respond:

1. Spend time discussing how you can “fill” your groups with more people in the hopes of fulfilling Summit’s purpose to make disciples for the glory of God.

2. Spend time discussing how your group can help “fill” the church with more people in hopes of fulfilling Summit’s purpose to make disciples for the glory of God.

Prayer

God help us make disciples for you glory!

      Sermon Response October 22, 2019   The Text Nehemiah 9:38-10:39   The people worshipped together in Nehemiah 8, and they held a public confession in Nehemiah 9. Now, in Nehemiah 10, they renew their allegiance to God and His law.   Discuss      Read Nehemiah 9:38. What is your understanding of the word “covenant” or “binding agreement”? What do you think the people were committing to do?      The Hebrew word for “firm agreement” here is “amanah” which is the word for   faith. What significance do you think this plays in the story?     Read Nehemiah 10:28-29. Each person who signed this document was   identified as someone who was “able to understand”. Why is this important?     They bound themselves not only to the oath to obey ALL of God’s law, but also to   the curse associated with it if they didn’t obey.  Read Galatians 3:10-13.  Who does Paul say is under a curse? Even though Jesus became a curse for us by dying on the cross, why do we still live in reliance on the law to save us?     Read Galatians 5:4-6. What is the result of trying to be made right with God through obeying the law?      Read Galatians 5:13-18 & 1 John 3:6. What do these verses tell us about “walking in the Spirit”?      Respond    1.  “Be in the moment for this moment for His Kingdom and His purposes and His glory.” How would remembering this statement help you walk in the Spirit and make the right decision when tempted to sin or when you are at a crossroads of making a big decision?   Prayer   Dear Jesus, I have relied on my own strength and my own goodness in an attempt to have you accept me, yet there is nothing that I can do - either good or bad - that changes your opinion of me. Please help me to walk in your Spirit and to rely on you, and you alone, to save me. Thank you for the cross! I love you, Jesus! Amen.

Sermon Response October 22, 2019

The Text Nehemiah 9:38-10:39

The people worshipped together in Nehemiah 8, and they held a public confession in Nehemiah 9. Now, in Nehemiah 10, they renew their allegiance to God and His law.

Discuss

  1. Read Nehemiah 9:38. What is your understanding of the word “covenant” or “binding agreement”? What do you think the people were committing to do?

  2. The Hebrew word for “firm agreement” here is “amanah” which is the word for

    faith. What significance do you think this plays in the story?

  3. Read Nehemiah 10:28-29. Each person who signed this document was

    identified as someone who was “able to understand”. Why is this important?

  4. They bound themselves not only to the oath to obey ALL of God’s law, but also to

    the curse associated with it if they didn’t obey. Read Galatians 3:10-13. Who does Paul say is under a curse? Even though Jesus became a curse for us by dying on the cross, why do we still live in reliance on the law to save us?

  5. Read Galatians 5:4-6. What is the result of trying to be made right with God through obeying the law?

  6. Read Galatians 5:13-18 & 1 John 3:6. What do these verses tell us about “walking in the Spirit”?

Respond

1. “Be in the moment for this moment for His Kingdom and His purposes and His glory.” How would remembering this statement help you walk in the Spirit and make the right decision when tempted to sin or when you are at a crossroads of making a big decision?

Prayer

Dear Jesus, I have relied on my own strength and my own goodness in an attempt to have you accept me, yet there is nothing that I can do - either good or bad - that changes your opinion of me. Please help me to walk in your Spirit and to rely on you, and you alone, to save me. Thank you for the cross! I love you, Jesus! Amen.

      Sermon Response October 14, 2018   The Text:Nehemiah 9    Discuss:     Why were the people fasting, dressing in sackcloth and putting dust on their heads?    In the text, what phrases describing God stand out to you the most?    Which of the many acts of disobedience do you feel is the worst one the Israelites committed?     Respond:   1. As you look back, “remember”, your life what are the highlighted moments that allow you to see God’s faithfulness?    When was the time in your life you felt the most forgiven? Explain why.    What makes repentance so difficult? Is there anything you do that seems to be helpful at making repentance a normal part of your time with God    What do you need to do this week to better live in God’s goodness, compassion, and kindness?     Prayer   Lord may we never forget how good you are and may our lives be full of you.

Sermon Response October 14, 2018

The Text:Nehemiah 9

Discuss:

  1. Why were the people fasting, dressing in sackcloth and putting dust on their heads?

  2. In the text, what phrases describing God stand out to you the most?

  3. Which of the many acts of disobedience do you feel is the worst one the Israelites committed?

Respond:

1. As you look back, “remember”, your life what are the highlighted moments that allow you to see God’s faithfulness?

  1. When was the time in your life you felt the most forgiven? Explain why.

  2. What makes repentance so difficult? Is there anything you do that seems to be helpful at making repentance a normal part of your time with God

  3. What do you need to do this week to better live in God’s goodness, compassion, and kindness?

Prayer

Lord may we never forget how good you are and may our lives be full of you.

      Sermon Response October 07, 2018   The Text:Nehemiah 8    Discuss:     What was the importance of the platform in verse 4?    What do you feel like the Levites were explaining as Ezra read the Law?    Why do you think the people were weeping?    What was the significance of living in temporary shelters?     Respond:   1. Describe a time in your life when reading the Word of God greatly impacted you?    Have you ever been moved by the teaching of the Word? Explain what happened in your life as a result of this teaching.    In your opinion what makes the Word of God so powerful?    What can you do this week to further immerse yourself in the Word?    Set a challenge as a group to be in the Word. Pick a book or chapter to read each day this week and hold each other accountable.     Prayer   Lord may your Word catch fire in our lives!

Sermon Response October 07, 2018

The Text:Nehemiah 8

Discuss:

  1. What was the importance of the platform in verse 4?

  2. What do you feel like the Levites were explaining as Ezra read the Law?

  3. Why do you think the people were weeping?

  4. What was the significance of living in temporary shelters?

Respond:

1. Describe a time in your life when reading the Word of God greatly impacted you?

  1. Have you ever been moved by the teaching of the Word? Explain what happened in your life as a result of this teaching.

  2. In your opinion what makes the Word of God so powerful?

  3. What can you do this week to further immerse yourself in the Word?

  4. Set a challenge as a group to be in the Word. Pick a book or chapter to read each day this week and hold each other accountable.

Prayer

Lord may your Word catch fire in our lives!

       Sermon Response September 30, 2018     The Text:Nehemiah 7:1-5     Discuss:     Why do you think Nehemiah appointed his brother and Hananiah into leadership roles?    What do you feel was the motivation for Nehemiah taking a census? Explain.    Why do you think they had not rebuilt their homes in Jerusalem?     Respond:   1. David and Nehemiah each took a census. David’s was incited by Satan and Nehemiah’s was laid on his heart by God. How can this be?    Have you ever allowed fear to stop you from doing something you know God has called you to do? Explain.    How can one best combat fear? How can one increase their faith?    Read Isaiah 41:10. How can you remind yourself of this truth the next time you fear?    What can you do this week to better trust in God?     Prayer   Lord may we find our faith increased by seeking you!

Sermon Response September 30, 2018

The Text:Nehemiah 7:1-5

Discuss:

  1. Why do you think Nehemiah appointed his brother and Hananiah into leadership roles?

  2. What do you feel was the motivation for Nehemiah taking a census? Explain.

  3. Why do you think they had not rebuilt their homes in Jerusalem?

Respond:

1. David and Nehemiah each took a census. David’s was incited by Satan and Nehemiah’s was laid on his heart by God. How can this be?

  1. Have you ever allowed fear to stop you from doing something you know God has called you to do? Explain.

  2. How can one best combat fear? How can one increase their faith?

  3. Read Isaiah 41:10. How can you remind yourself of this truth the next time you fear?

  4. What can you do this week to better trust in God?

Prayer

Lord may we find our faith increased by seeking you!

       Sermon Response September 23, 2018     The Text:Nehemiah 6     Discuss:     Why do you think the foreign leaders were scheming to harm Nehemiah?    What do you think of Nehemiah’s responses to their invitations and threats? Explain.    Can you believe that Nehemiah completed such a huge project in 52 days? Explain.     Respond:   1. What do you think allowed Nehemiah to navigate so many potential land-mines in his life?    Read Proverbs 3:5-6. How often do you lean on your own understanding? Explain.    Describe a time when you were able to lean on the Lord for understanding.    Read Proverbs 16:18. Describe a time when your pride caused a fall.    What can you do this week to lean more on the Lord?     Prayer   Lord may we trust in you for our direction and our life!

Sermon Response September 23, 2018

The Text:Nehemiah 6

Discuss:

  1. Why do you think the foreign leaders were scheming to harm Nehemiah?

  2. What do you think of Nehemiah’s responses to their invitations and threats? Explain.

  3. Can you believe that Nehemiah completed such a huge project in 52 days? Explain.

Respond:

1. What do you think allowed Nehemiah to navigate so many potential land-mines in his life?

  1. Read Proverbs 3:5-6. How often do you lean on your own understanding? Explain.

  2. Describe a time when you were able to lean on the Lord for understanding.

  3. Read Proverbs 16:18. Describe a time when your pride caused a fall.

  4. What can you do this week to lean more on the Lord?

Prayer

Lord may we trust in you for our direction and our life!