July 17, 2017   The Text: Read John 14:1-14 Focus on vs 13-14   Jesus finishes his attempt to ease the troubled hearts of his disciples by letting them know that when he leaves them he will sit at the right hand of God and will do anything they ask in his name. This is a huge statement and one that is often times taken out of context. It is also a frustrating statement for anyone who has prayed in the name of Jesus only to have the answer come back NO. We will use four other passages to better unpack what Jesus is really promising his disciples.  Discuss:  1. Read John 15:16 what condition(s) does this verse add to our prayers?  2. 3. 4.  Read John 15:7-8 what condition(s) does this verse add to our prayers?  Read 1 John 5:14-15 what condition(s) does this verse add to our prayers?  Read Mark 11:24 what condition(s) does this verse add to our prayers?  Respond:    Putting all of the verses together, in your own words, what must one do in order to guaranty that Jesus will do what you ask in his name?    Do your prayers usually fulfill these conditions? Explain why or why not.    Do you pray missional God sized prayers on a regular basis? Explain why or why not.    4. What will your prayer be for this week? Hold your group members accountable to this prayer.  Prayer  Jesus let us pray in such a way as to always receive a YES. Jesus do much through our prayers to glorify your Name!!!! 

 July 17, 2017

The Text:
Read John 14:1-14 Focus on vs 13-14

Jesus finishes his attempt to ease the troubled hearts of his disciples by letting them know that when he leaves them he will sit at the right hand of God and will do anything they ask in his name. This is a huge statement and one that is often times taken out of context. It is also a frustrating statement for anyone who has prayed in the name of Jesus only to have the answer come back NO. We will use four other passages to better unpack what Jesus is really promising his disciples.

Discuss:

1. Read John 15:16 what condition(s) does this verse add to our prayers?

2. 3. 4.

Read John 15:7-8 what condition(s) does this verse add to our prayers?

Read 1 John 5:14-15 what condition(s) does this verse add to our prayers?

Read Mark 11:24 what condition(s) does this verse add to our prayers?

Respond:

  1. Putting all of the verses together, in your own words, what must one do in order to guaranty that Jesus will do what you ask in his name?

  2. Do your prayers usually fulfill these conditions? Explain why or why not.

  3. Do you pray missional God sized prayers on a regular basis? Explain why or why not.

4. What will your prayer be for this week? Hold your group members accountable to this prayer.

Prayer

Jesus let us pray in such a way as to always receive a YES. Jesus do much through our prayers to glorify your Name!!!! 

      July 9, 2017  Bombshells – Greater Things   The Text: John 14:12   Jesus promises that anyone who believes will do greater things than even He did while on earth. This outrageous bombshell statement is hard to comprehend. How could we possibly do greater things than Jesus? The answer is found in the truth that when Jesus went to the Father, he sent His Spirit to live in all believers, and the Spirit uses His power to do greater things in and through the believers. The only thing we must do is surrender to His will and to His power, and let Him receive the glory.  Discuss:    Read John 14:1-12: Jesus comforts his disciples saying, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” How is this statement in verse 12 comforting to Jesus’ disciples and to all believers?    It is one thing to say that you know something is true, but it is another thing to say that you believe that it is true? If you believe Jesus’ statement in verse 12 is true, how will that change the way you live?    What is the hardest part about surrendering and getting out of the way? How would your unwillingness to surrender limit Jesus’s power in your life?    What are some ways that we tend to focus on building our kingdom instead of building God’s Kingdom? Does that matter?    Respond:    Ask yourself if you really trust God and if you are willing to live in such a way that reveals that faith?    Identify at least one thing in your life that is an obstacle to surrendering to God’s greater things. Give it to God so that He can work powerfully in you.    Is there anything that God is asking you to give so that He can do greater things in and through you?    Prayer  Lord Jesus, I want to do greater things for your Kingdom, but sometimes I get in the way. Please help me surrender to you and fully trust in your power alone to accomplish great things. I am impotent without you, and you could do it without me, but I cannot do it without you. Forgive me of my sin, remove any obstacle in my life that is hindering your powerful work in me. Make me willing to give whatever you ask – effort, talent, ability, spiritual gift, money, time – anything     that you ask from me. Thank you for filling me with your Holy Spirit so that anything is possible. Amen. 

July 9, 2017

Bombshells – Greater Things

The Text: John 14:12

Jesus promises that anyone who believes will do greater things than even He did while on earth. This outrageous bombshell statement is hard to comprehend. How could we possibly do greater things than Jesus? The answer is found in the truth that when Jesus went to the Father, he sent His Spirit to live in all believers, and the Spirit uses His power to do greater things in and through the believers. The only thing we must do is surrender to His will and to His power, and let Him receive the glory.

Discuss:

  1. Read John 14:1-12: Jesus comforts his disciples saying, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” How is this statement in verse 12 comforting to Jesus’ disciples and to all believers?

  2. It is one thing to say that you know something is true, but it is another thing to say that you believe that it is true? If you believe Jesus’ statement in verse 12 is true, how will that change the way you live?

  3. What is the hardest part about surrendering and getting out of the way? How would your unwillingness to surrender limit Jesus’s power in your life?

  4. What are some ways that we tend to focus on building our kingdom instead of building God’s Kingdom? Does that matter?

Respond:

  1. Ask yourself if you really trust God and if you are willing to live in such a way that reveals that faith?

  2. Identify at least one thing in your life that is an obstacle to surrendering to God’s greater things. Give it to God so that He can work powerfully in you.

  3. Is there anything that God is asking you to give so that He can do greater things in and through you?

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I want to do greater things for your Kingdom, but sometimes I get in the way. Please help me surrender to you and fully trust in your power alone to accomplish great things. I am impotent without you, and you could do it without me, but I cannot do it without you. Forgive me of my sin, remove any obstacle in my life that is hindering your powerful work in me. Make me willing to give whatever you ask – effort, talent, ability, spiritual gift, money, time – anything

 

that you ask from me. Thank you for filling me with your Holy Spirit so that anything is possible. Amen. 

      July 3, 2017   The Text: Read John 14:1-14   Jesus is trying to encourage the troubled hearts of his disciples. He does so with three bombshell statements. The first of which is “I am the way the truth and the life.”  Discuss:    Why do the disciples have troubled hearts?    When Jesus says he must go prepare a room, what does he mean?    Why did Thomas need to see God?    What does “I AM” mean?    5. What gives Jesus the right to claim to be the way the truth and the life?  Respond:    When Jesus says he is the way how do you interpret this?    How is Jesus the truth in your life?    Have you ever experienced the life that Jesus  claims to be?    4. In what way do you need Jesus to calm your troubled heart?  Prayer  Jesus thank you for being the way the truth and the life. Please come and comfort our troubled  hearts. We believe that you are sufficient for all of our needs. 

July 3, 2017

The Text: Read John 14:1-14

Jesus is trying to encourage the troubled hearts of his disciples. He does so with three bombshell statements. The first of which is “I am the way the truth and the life.”

Discuss:

  1. Why do the disciples have troubled hearts?

  2. When Jesus says he must go prepare a room, what does he mean?

  3. Why did Thomas need to see God?

  4. What does “I AM” mean?

5. What gives Jesus the right to claim to be the way the truth and the life?

Respond:

  1. When Jesus says he is the way how do you interpret this?

  2. How is Jesus the truth in your life?

  3. Have you ever experienced the life that Jesus

    claims to be?

4. In what way do you need Jesus to calm your troubled heart?

Prayer

Jesus thank you for being the way the truth and the life. Please come and comfort our troubled

hearts. We believe that you are sufficient for all of our needs. 

      June 25, 2017  This week concludes the two part study of the book of Ruth. Last week, we focused on Boaz and his example of protecting/providing and comforting/caring for Ruth. He covered her and acted as her kinsman-redeemer, buying the land of her father-in-law and marrying her, welcoming Naomi as well. Jesus, as our Better Boaz, covers us with his blood and takes us from being foreigners and aliens to members of his family and recipients of all the covenantal promises.  Sunday, we talked about Ruth’s example of trusting God in wilderness times, being faithful in the waiting, and resting in the promises and rewards. We also discussed our ultimate redemption through the blood of Christ.  DISCUSSION  Ruth 1:1-5  1. What is the significance of Elimilech taking his family to Moab during the famine in Israel and staying there for 10 years?    What does this say about the way Elimilech led his family? (faith, protection, etc.)    What does it mean if believers “return to Moab”?  Ruth 1:15-16  2. Ruth was born and raised in Moab. She turned from all she knew to go with Naomi to Israel.      What does it show about Ruth’s faith that she clung to Naomi saying “your people shall be my people, and your God my God”. (Note Orpah went back “to her gods”)    In what ways was Naomi a type of mentor/spiritual mother for Ruth? (also 2:20-3:5)    Do you have someone like this in your life? Someone that you can help point you towards God and guide you along the way?    Are you this for anyone else?  Ruth 2:1-13    4. Ruth went to the field and worked all day-for two months, through both the barley and wheat harvests. She was humble, obedient, hard working, and diligent. She had faith in the way she handled even the mundane, boring parts of life. Boaz recognized her great character as she cared for Naomi and worked with integrity in his field.    What example Ruth set for us, as people that spend most of our days just doing the things that have to get done?    Read Matthew 25:23. What does God say about people that are faithful in the little things?    How can we live missionally in “the little things”.       Ruth 2:12 and 3:9  5. Both passages talk about taking cover under wings. (Some translations use the term “garment”, but both words are the same Hebrew word, “Kanaph”)    What do the wings symbolize?    Wives, how can your husband provide this safety for you? Describe how you feel when you are secure under his wings of protection and godly leadership? (See also Song of Solomon 2:3)    How can the protection and gentleness of being under the wings of a faithful husband relate to your ability to respect and submit to your husband? (Eph. 5:22-33)  CONCLUSION  Read Ephesians 2:12-14 and 1 Peter 1:18-19  6. Ultimately, Jesus is the Better Boaz for both men and women. We rest under the wings of his blood. We are no longer aliens and foreigners, but part of God’s family and under his blessings and promises...receiving the “full reward”.       PRAYER    How does it comfort you to know you are under God’s wings, wings of protection that will never be removed?    If you are in a time of wandering, maybe you have “traveled to Moab”. What steps do you need to take to return to God and place yourself back under his wings?       God, thank you for giving us grace that we did not deserve and for saving us, even though we were like foreigners and separated from you because of our sin. Thank you that you have called us and we can trust you in the wilderness and rest under your wings of safety and protection. Thank you for those that have helped to guide us along the way. We pray that we will remain faithful and be a people of integrity and a witness to you in this world. Let us rest under your wings, stay focused on you, and trust that we will find our full reward in you alone. 

June 25, 2017

This week concludes the two part study of the book of Ruth. Last week, we focused on Boaz and his example of protecting/providing and comforting/caring for Ruth. He covered her and acted as her kinsman-redeemer, buying the land of her father-in-law and marrying her, welcoming Naomi as well. Jesus, as our Better Boaz, covers us with his blood and takes us from being foreigners and aliens to members of his family and recipients of all the covenantal promises.

Sunday, we talked about Ruth’s example of trusting God in wilderness times, being faithful in the waiting, and resting in the promises and rewards. We also discussed our ultimate redemption through the blood of Christ.

DISCUSSION

Ruth 1:1-5

1. What is the significance of Elimilech taking his family to Moab during the famine in Israel and staying there for 10 years?

  • What does this say about the way Elimilech led his family? (faith, protection, etc.)

  • What does it mean if believers “return to Moab”?

    Ruth 1:15-16

    2. Ruth was born and raised in Moab. She turned from all she knew to go with Naomi to Israel.

  • What does it show about Ruth’s faith that she clung to Naomi saying “your people shall be my people, and your God my God”. (Note Orpah went back “to her gods”)

  • In what ways was Naomi a type of mentor/spiritual mother for Ruth? (also 2:20-3:5)

  • Do you have someone like this in your life? Someone that you can help point you towards God and guide you along the way?

  • Are you this for anyone else?

    Ruth 2:1-13

4. Ruth went to the field and worked all day-for two months, through both the barley and wheat harvests. She was humble, obedient, hard working, and diligent. She had faith in the way she handled even the mundane, boring parts of life. Boaz recognized her great character as she cared for Naomi and worked with integrity in his field.

  • What example Ruth set for us, as people that spend most of our days just doing the things that have to get done?

  • Read Matthew 25:23. What does God say about people that are faithful in the little things?

  • How can we live missionally in “the little things”.

 

Ruth 2:12 and 3:9

5. Both passages talk about taking cover under wings. (Some translations use the term “garment”, but both words are the same Hebrew word, “Kanaph”)

  • What do the wings symbolize?

  • Wives, how can your husband provide this safety for you? Describe how you feel when you are secure under his wings of protection and godly leadership? (See also Song of Solomon 2:3)

  • How can the protection and gentleness of being under the wings of a faithful husband relate to your ability to respect and submit to your husband? (Eph. 5:22-33)

    CONCLUSION

    Read Ephesians 2:12-14 and 1 Peter 1:18-19

    6. Ultimately, Jesus is the Better Boaz for both men and women. We rest under the wings of his blood. We are no longer aliens and foreigners, but part of God’s family and under his blessings and promises...receiving the “full reward”.

 

PRAYER

  • How does it comfort you to know you are under God’s wings, wings of protection that will never be removed?

  • If you are in a time of wandering, maybe you have “traveled to Moab”. What steps do you need to take to return to God and place yourself back under his wings?

 

God, thank you for giving us grace that we did not deserve and for saving us, even though we were like foreigners and separated from you because of our sin. Thank you that you have called us and we can trust you in the wilderness and rest under your wings of safety and protection. Thank you for those that have helped to guide us along the way. We pray that we will remain faithful and be a people of integrity and a witness to you in this world. Let us rest under your wings, stay focused on you, and trust that we will find our full reward in you alone. 

      June 19, 2017   The Text: Read The Book of Ruth (If you want to)   The story of Ruth and Boaz is one of faithfulness and obedience. It’s a story of redemption and ultimately of God’s love for his people. From this book we can see several characteristics of Boaz that men should strive to achieve. But the reality is, no man can be Boaz without knowing the better Boaz, Jesus.  Discuss:    Why did Ruth choose to stay with Naomi?    Why did Boaz show favor to Ruth?    What made Ruth’s actions in the threshing floor so extraordinary?    4. Why did Boaz choose to redeem Ruth through the land of Elimelech?  Respond:  1. 2. 3. 4. 5.  What makes a man a good protector and provider?  How can a man be a great comforter and giver of care?  What does it mean for a man to provide a covering of leadership for his family? What does this look like?  What does it mean for a man to provide a spiritual covering for his family. What does this look like?  Why is it so important for a man to have a relationship with Jesus in order to be like Boaz?  Prayer  God you are the better Boaz. Help the men in the room to be more like you. Let them love you first and foremost and may your grace be sufficient to love and lead their family well. 

June 19, 2017

The Text:
Read The Book of Ruth (If you want to)

The story of Ruth and Boaz is one of faithfulness and obedience. It’s a story of redemption and ultimately of God’s love for his people. From this book we can see several characteristics of Boaz that men should strive to achieve. But the reality is, no man can be Boaz without knowing the better Boaz, Jesus.

Discuss:

  1. Why did Ruth choose to stay with Naomi?

  2. Why did Boaz show favor to Ruth?

  3. What made Ruth’s actions in the threshing floor so extraordinary?

4. Why did Boaz choose to redeem Ruth through the land of Elimelech?

Respond:

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

What makes a man a good protector and provider?

How can a man be a great comforter and giver of care?

What does it mean for a man to provide a covering of leadership for his family? What does this look like?

What does it mean for a man to provide a spiritual covering for his family. What does this look like?

Why is it so important for a man to have a relationship with Jesus in order to be like Boaz?

Prayer

God you are the better Boaz. Help the men in the room to be more like you. Let them love you first and foremost and may your grace be sufficient to love and lead their family well. 

      June 12, 2017   The Text: Read John 13:31-38   In this passage Jesus will predict Peter’s denial and gives his disciples a new command. The command itself is to love one another. This is not the new part. The new part is the way in which his disciples are to love. They are to love others the same way Jesus loves them... completely and sacrificially by laying down their lives. This is how the world will know His disciples.  Discuss:    Why did Jesus say that he was now glorified (vs 31-32)?    Why can the disciples not go where Jesus is going?    3. Why do you think Jesus calls his command to love new? Explain.  4. What is the difference between Peter’s denial and Judas’ betrayal?  Respond:    What makes loving people so hard?    Is it possible to truly love someone  unconditionally?    What fuels your love for others? How are you  currently doing at this task?    Have you ever tasted the sweet joy of forgiveness? Explain.    Prayer  God you have shown us how to love others. Your sacrifice of Jesus demonstrates for us perfect love. God give us grace to love others well. Let us taste your grace and forgiveness and may it fuel our love. May the world know that we are your disciples by the way we love. 

June 12, 2017

The Text: Read John 13:31-38

In this passage Jesus will predict Peter’s denial and gives his disciples a new command. The command itself is to love one another. This is not the new part. The new part is the way in which his disciples are to love. They are to love others the same way Jesus loves them... completely and sacrificially by laying down their lives. This is how the world will know His disciples.

Discuss:

  1. Why did Jesus say that he was now glorified (vs 31-32)?

  2. Why can the disciples not go where Jesus is going?

3. Why do you think Jesus calls his command to love new? Explain.

4. What is the difference between Peter’s denial and Judas’ betrayal?

Respond:

  1. What makes loving people so hard?

  2. Is it possible to truly love someone

    unconditionally?

  3. What fuels your love for others? How are you

    currently doing at this task?

  4. Have you ever tasted the sweet joy of forgiveness? Explain.

Prayer

God you have shown us how to love others. Your sacrifice of Jesus demonstrates for us perfect love. God give us grace to love others well. Let us taste your grace and forgiveness and may it fuel our love. May the world know that we are your disciples by the way we love. 

      June 5, 2017   The Text: Read John 13:18-30   An emotional story of Jesus identifying his betrayer during the last supper. In these verses we see the Sovereign will of God and the humanity of Jesus. Judas Iscariot will be identified as the betrayer in the most intimate of ways, by Jesus sharing bread with him. This passage is raw and leaves us with one big question. Was Judas predestined to betray Jesus or did he choose to do so?  Discuss:  1. Why do you think Jesus chose to reveal Judas in this manor?  2. What makes Judas’ betrayal so hurtful?  3. What do you think it means that Satan entered Judas?  4. Do you think Judas was predestined to betray Jesus? why or why not? (good luck)  Respond:    Have you ever choose to betray Jesus? Explain.    What can you choose to do today to better  honor Jesus?    Is there any area of your life where you are  willingly choosing yourself over God? Explain.    Prayer  God may we choose every day to honor and serve you. Give us hearts for your people and your purpose. Let us cling to you and your Son Jesus.  We need you God to give us grace to choose what is best. 

June 5, 2017

The Text: Read John 13:18-30

An emotional story of Jesus identifying his betrayer during the last supper. In these verses we see the Sovereign will of God and the humanity of Jesus. Judas Iscariot will be identified as the betrayer in the most intimate of ways, by Jesus sharing bread with him. This passage is raw and leaves us with one big question. Was Judas predestined to betray Jesus or did he choose to do so?

Discuss:

1. Why do you think Jesus chose to reveal Judas in this manor?

2. What makes Judas’ betrayal so hurtful?

3. What do you think it means that Satan entered Judas?

4. Do you think Judas was predestined to betray Jesus? why or why not? (good luck)

Respond:

  1. Have you ever choose to betray Jesus? Explain.

  2. What can you choose to do today to better

    honor Jesus?

  3. Is there any area of your life where you are

    willingly choosing yourself over God? Explain.

Prayer

God may we choose every day to honor and serve you. Give us hearts for your people and your purpose. Let us cling to you and your Son Jesus.

We need you God to give us grace to choose what is best. 

      May 29, 2017   The Text: Read John 13:1-17   Jesus is in the upper room having the last supper with his disciples. Prior to the meal the disciples had been fighting about who would be the greatest and Jesus took the opportunity to teach a powerful lesson about true greatness. Jesus chose to use few words but his actions left little room for misunderstanding. Jesus having all authority and power humbled himself and performed the job of the lowest servant by washing his disciple’s feet. Jesus then commanded his followers to do for others as he had done for them.  Discuss:    Why do think Jesus chose to wash his disciple’s feet?    What do you think caused Peter to respond to Jesus the way he did?    When Jesus says he must cleanse Peter, what does he mean?    Respond:    Why is it so difficult for us to serve others?    When was the last time you sacrificially served someone else?    When you think of what Jesus did for you on the cross does it motivative you to do the same for others? Explain.    4. Who do you need to serve this week?  Prayer  God give me a heart to serve those around me. May I have a heart that seeks to serve because I have been served by you. 

May 29, 2017

The Text: Read John 13:1-17

Jesus is in the upper room having the last supper with his disciples. Prior to the meal the disciples had been fighting about who would be the greatest and Jesus took the opportunity to teach a powerful lesson about true greatness. Jesus chose to use few words but his actions left little room for misunderstanding. Jesus having all authority and power humbled himself and performed the job of the lowest servant by washing his disciple’s feet. Jesus then commanded his followers to do for others as he had done for them.

Discuss:

  1. Why do think Jesus chose to wash his disciple’s feet?

  2. What do you think caused Peter to respond to Jesus the way he did?

  3. When Jesus says he must cleanse Peter, what does he mean?

Respond:

  1. Why is it so difficult for us to serve others?

  2. When was the last time you sacrificially served someone else?

  3. When you think of what Jesus did for you on the cross does it motivative you to do the same for others? Explain.

4. Who do you need to serve this week?

Prayer

God give me a heart to serve those around me. May I have a heart that seeks to serve because I have been served by you. 

      May 22, 2017   The Text: Read John 12:37-50   Jesus is explaining how some of the Jewish worshipers have chosen not to believe in Him despite His many miraculous signs. Jesus quotes Isaiah 6:10 to inform his listener that God is hardening the heart of some for the specific purpose of saving many (read Romans 11:25-26). When we looked at the other places Isaiah 6:10 is quoted in the New Testament we see several reasons why people would choose to not believe in Jesus: 1) The preaching of the gospel was flawed. 2) The listener could care less. 3) God is hardening hearts for a purpose 4) The listener desires the praise of man more than the praise of God.  Discuss: Respond:    How could bad preaching cause unbelief? Give examples. How can you combat others bad preaching?    What do you do when a person could literally care less about hearing the gospel?    How do you personally handle the scriptures that say God hardens hearts and blinds eyes to the gospel? Do you think there is a balanced approach to these passages? Explain.    4. How does the fear of man cause unbelief. How can we combat this fear in ourselves? And in others?  Prayer  God may those who currently do not believe in your Son find faith in Him. 

May 22, 2017

The Text: Read John 12:37-50

Jesus is explaining how some of the Jewish worshipers have chosen not to believe in Him despite His many miraculous signs. Jesus quotes Isaiah 6:10 to inform his listener that God is hardening the heart of some for the specific purpose of saving many (read Romans 11:25-26). When we looked at the other places Isaiah 6:10 is quoted in the New Testament we see several reasons why people would choose to not believe in Jesus: 1) The preaching of the gospel was flawed. 2) The listener could care less. 3) God is hardening hearts for a purpose 4) The listener desires the praise of man more than the praise of God.

Discuss: Respond:

  1. How could bad preaching cause unbelief? Give examples. How can you combat others bad preaching?

  2. What do you do when a person could literally care less about hearing the gospel?

  3. How do you personally handle the scriptures that say God hardens hearts and blinds eyes to the gospel? Do you think there is a balanced approach to these passages? Explain.

4. How does the fear of man cause unbelief. How can we combat this fear in ourselves? And in others?

Prayer

God may those who currently do not believe in your Son find faith in Him. 

      May 15, 2017   The Text: Read Ephesians 6:1-4   For Mother’s Day we talked about the God given design of mothers and the impact they have on their children’s lives. The hope is to spend time in your groups talking about the role of mothers.  Discuss:  1. What is one great lesson you can remember learning from your mother?  Respond:    Read Proverbs 3:5-6. How can a mother best guide the lives of their child under the umbrella of direction? What is the hardest part of giving life direction to a child?    Read Matthew 20:20-21 What would be the greatest prayer you could pray for a child? Why? Do you pray for you children (future children)? Explain what motivates these prayers.    Read 2 Timothy 1:5. Under the umbrella of faith a child will flourish. What are the main differences between an umbrella of faith and an umbrella of religion? How do you make sure and provide an umbrella of faith?    Prayer  God thank you for great mothers. 

May 15, 2017

The Text:
Read Ephesians 6:1-4

For Mother’s Day we talked about the God given design of mothers and the impact they have on their children’s lives. The hope is to spend time in your groups talking about the role of mothers.

Discuss:

1. What is one great lesson you can remember learning from your mother?

Respond:

  1. Read Proverbs 3:5-6. How can a mother best guide the lives of their child under the umbrella of direction? What is the hardest part of giving life direction to a child?

  2. Read Matthew 20:20-21 What would be the greatest prayer you could pray for a child? Why? Do you pray for you children (future children)? Explain what motivates these prayers.

  3. Read 2 Timothy 1:5. Under the umbrella of faith a child will flourish. What are the main differences between an umbrella of faith and an umbrella of religion? How do you make sure and provide an umbrella of faith?

Prayer

God thank you for great mothers. 

      May 7, 2017   The Text: Read John 12:30-36   Jesus tells a group of listeners that the Son of Man must be lifted up, hung on a cross, in order for three very important things to happen. 1. Jesus takes upon himself the wrath of God and the debt of sin. 2. Jesus conquers Satan  3. The cross becomes the lighthouse by which all mankind will be called to the Father.  After Jesus says these things he disappears into the crowd to speak publicly no more.  Discuss:    How does the cross of Christ become Judgement for the world?    How does the cross of Christ destroy the Prince of this World?    How does the cross of Christ call all mankind to the Father?    Respond:    Why is the symbol of the cross so powerful?    What does the cross mean to you?    Has the cross of Christ called you to God? Explain how.    4. What is the cross calling you to do?  Prayer  God thank you for the Cross. For its power and the joy that comes through faith in Jesus the one who was lifted up. May we live lives that are worthy of the Cross, by your grace. May we all be witnesses of the cross as you continue to call men and women to yourself. 

May 7, 2017

The Text: Read John 12:30-36

Jesus tells a group of listeners that the Son of Man must be lifted up, hung on a cross, in order for three very important things to happen. 1. Jesus takes upon himself the wrath of God and the debt of sin. 2. Jesus conquers Satan

3. The cross becomes the lighthouse by which all mankind will be called to the Father.

After Jesus says these things he disappears into the crowd to speak publicly no more.

Discuss:

  1. How does the cross of Christ become Judgement for the world?

  2. How does the cross of Christ destroy the Prince of this World?

  3. How does the cross of Christ call all mankind to the Father?

Respond:

  1. Why is the symbol of the cross so powerful?

  2. What does the cross mean to you?

  3. Has the cross of Christ called you to God? Explain how.

4. What is the cross calling you to do?

Prayer

God thank you for the Cross. For its power and the joy that comes through faith in Jesus the one who was lifted up. May we live lives that are worthy of the Cross, by your grace. May we all be witnesses of the cross as you continue to call men and women to yourself. 

      April 30, 2017  I love our baptism services.  The stories of life change and the symbolism is always so powerful.  I gave a short message at the end of service, calling people to share their faith this week.  I challenged the church to share their faith with someone in their family, at their place of work, or while out and about.  For the sermon response this week I simply want you to answer one question.  How has your faith in Jesus Christ changed your life?  Explain in great detail.   Take the time to let everyone in your group answer this question.

April 30, 2017

I love our baptism services.  The stories of life change and the symbolism is always so powerful.  I gave a short message at the end of service, calling people to share their faith this week.  I challenged the church to share their faith with someone in their family, at their place of work, or while out and about.  For the sermon response this week I simply want you to answer one question.
How has your faith in Jesus Christ changed your life?  Explain in great detail.

Take the time to let everyone in your group answer this question.