Everlasting Father

• December 7th, 2017
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Dreams, Distress, Definites and Decisions

• November 27th, 2017

Main Idea: We can trust in what God knows and has shown to us
Take away: Since God has the future planned out, we can take better care of the present.
Memory verse: Daniel 12:3 - Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.

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Questions

  1. Have you ever had a dream that had particularly strong meaning for you? Do you think God speaks to people in dreams today?
  1. What (waking) dreams have you had for your life? Have you ever gone from “dream” to “distress”? What causes distress to get hold of us and how can we fight back against it?
  1. Everyone experiences distress or anxiety sometimes. What one or two truths about God can you remember when those times happen to you?
  1. Daniel prays not only for himself, but for his nation and people. Read through his prayer (Daniel 9:1-19) and talk about what you see there. How does Daniel’s prayer inform the way we might pray? 
  1. Do you need to make a decision today about some aspect of your life with God, or something that God has been speaking to you about?

Table Discussion Question: If I really trust that God knows the future, including my own future, how will that affect my day-to-day life?

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Lions Den

• November 20th, 2017

Main Point: Integrity is found at the intersection of conviction and trust.
Takeaway: Live in such a way that even people who disagree with you will admire how you live.
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Discussion Questions
Have you ever known someone like Daniel who consistently rose to the top in whatever they were doing? What qualities distinguished that person among their peers?
How can being consistent lead you to being exceptional?
How is your prayer life these days? If improvement is needed, what changes can you make?
Is your heart clear? If not, what conversations do you need to have to get there?
Table Discussion Question — What does a life of integrity look like on a practical level? How do the people around a person of integrity view them? How do people treat someone that they’ve found to be lacking in integrity?

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Writing On The Wall

• November 13th, 2017

Main Idea: God has a message for those who reject him, and for those who don’t.
Takeaway: On our own we cannot “be enough” but God has not left us on our own.
Memory verse: But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-6
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Questions
1. Stories about people “falling from grace” seem to be a part of our news almost daily. What should be our attitude/response to these? (Read Proverbs 24:17 and Galatians 6:1 for some guidance.)

2. What are some ways we might start to show contempt for the things of God? What might be some warning signs that we are headed down that slope?

3. Have you ever had to speak a hard truth to someone with more authority or power than you? What was that like? If you’ve been on the receiving end of that (you were the one spoken to by someone in a lower position), what was that like?

4. None of us are perfect followers of Jesus. Left to ourselves we’d all be “found wanting.” How do you deal with feelings of not being “good enough”? Where or when do you most feel that way, if you do? How has your relationship with Jesus helped you, or not, with those feelings?

Table Discussion Question: Imagine that God sent you a message, not of warning, but of encouragement. What do you think he would say to you?

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Fiery Furnace

• November 6th, 2017

Main Point: Trusting God is based on his nature, not your circumstances. 
Takeaway: What would someone in your position do if they trusted God completely? Do it! 
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Discussion Questions 
What is a time in your life when you had to fully trust God? How did that turn out? 
Where do you fall on the range of being “just along for the ride”to being a “control-freak”? 
Read Daniel 3:16-18 — what strikes you about the hope, faith, and trust that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had in their time of trial? 
Table Discussion Question: What would someone in your position do if they trusted God completely? What practical steps can you take to begin doing that right now?

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Conviction

• October 31st, 2017

Main Idea: We need to keep our convictions about God regardless of the culture around us.
Take away: No matter what the culture around me claims I will remember…God’s got this; and God’s got me.
Suggested Memory Verse: Daniel 2:20-21 - “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.”

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Questions

  1. What are some things you believe about the world today, and about God? How do those things influence each other?
  1. Where or how do you feel isolated or at odds with the culture around you? How does your faith in God sustain you or help you at those times?
  1. What impossible situation have you faced that God got you through? How did he get you through that?
  1. What role does prayer play in our ability to stay true to our convictions? What role does community and fellowship with other followers of Jesus play?

Table Discussion Question: What blessings or gifts has God given to you that will help you to maintain your beliefs and convictions about Him?

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Seats of Honor

• October 23rd, 2017

Main Point: Humility is a valuable commodity to God.
Takeaway: Continually pursue humility by the grace of God. 

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Discussion Questions

1) It’s far more enjoyable to be humble and have someone else exalt you than it is to exalt yourself and have someone else humble you. Share a story about a time that you’ve been humbled. What happened, how did you feel, and do you do anything differently now as a result of it? 

2) In what ways are you tempted to justify your pride? How does Philippians 2:5-8 impact that? 

3) How does God’s clear history of opposing the proud affect your tendency towards pride or humility?  

Table Discussion Question — What does it look like to continually purse humility by the grace of God? How can you live that out? How can other people help you?

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The Unforgiving Servant

• October 16th, 2017

Main Point: Forgiveness is not optional for Christ-followers.
Takeaway: If there is anyone in your life that you need to forgive, do it today. 

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Discussion Questions

  1. In what ways are you tempted to make forgiveness optional or conditional? Do you ever find yourself wanting to make it about the legitimacy of the debt, or about the other person? 

  2. In the video, Mary said “The forgiveness is for me.” What has your life experience taught you about the truth of this sentiment?
     
  3. Is there anyone in your life that you need to forgive? What is stopping you from forgiving them today? 

Table Discussion Question — Share with the group a story of forgiveness that has been particularly meaningful to you. 

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The Two Sons

• October 11th, 2017

Main Idea: Access to the kingdom of God is by way of humility, repentance and trust in Jesus.
Takeaway: The right move is to respond to God’s grace with repentance and trust in Jesus.
Scripture Memory Verse – Matthew 23:12 - For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
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Questions
1. Are you more apt to tell someone you’ll do something, and then not do it, or tell them you can’t, but then do it anyway?
2. In the message we talked about four ways pride is exposed in someone. What are some other indications of a proud heart?
3. How does pride get in the way of repentance and belief in Jesus?
4. How have you seen the truth of Jesus’ teaching that the proud will be humbled and the humble exalted?

Table Discussion Question: Talk about a time when you didn’t want to do what you were asked to, but ended up doing it anyway.

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The Sower & The Seed

• October 2nd, 2017

Main Point: We can become effective hearers of God’s word
Takeaway: Hear – Pray – Think – Act
Scripture Memory Verse – Psalm 119:18 - Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law
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Questions

Do you consider yourself a poor, good, or excellent listener? What would your spouse say? Or your friends? What could you do to listen better?

In the course of a week, how often do you sit down to read the Bible? (Go ahead – be honest!) If it’s not as much as you’d like, what gets in the way?

Have you experienced the power of reading and listening to God’s word? How?

What one thing could you do this week that would help you become a more effective listener of God’s word?

Table Discussion Question: Read and discuss this verse: Joshua 1:8. What does this verse tell us to do? What does it promise if we do it? What do you think is meant by “prosperous and successful” (NIV)?

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