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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Ildiko Kober - Hungary Missons

• September 26th, 2017
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The Prodigal Son

• September 19th, 2017

Main Point: God’s grace is undeserved, enduring, and impartial.
Takeaway: Don’t become stingy with what you have been given for free.
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Discussion Questions:
If you got a mulligan on one life/financial decision that you made in the past, what would you use it on?
How has God’s grace changed you?
Is there anyone in your life that you don’t feel is deserving of the same forgiving and redeeming grace that has been extended to you? How can you counteract that bias?
Table Discussion Question — When the father runs to the son while he is still a long way off, what does it say to you about God’s grace and his heart towards people in sin?

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The Rich Fool

• September 11th, 2017

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The Parable of the Rich Fool

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?”15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Do Not Worry

22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life[a]? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 

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Uniquely (Un)Qualified - ?

• September 7th, 2017

Main Idea: Difficult or challenging life circumstances may uniquely prepare us to be of service to God
Takeaway: Let Jesus turn your difficult or challenging life experiences into an opportunity to shine a light on his transformative power.
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Discussion Questions

1. Talk about what this means to you: “For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

2. Human strength and power are highly valued in the world. How does the worship of human strength and power lead us away from God and into sin?

3. Paul lists four kinds of “weakness” he’s suffered for Jesus: insults, hardships, persecutions and difficulties. How can we let Jesus’ power be seen in each of these?

4. How have you experienced the power of Christ transforming your life?

5. In this series we heard the stories of Mephibosheth, Jonathan, Gideon, Rahab and Kristin. Which of the stories did you identify with most, or learn the most from? What did you learn?

Table Discussion Question — What life experience have you had that you could let God use to bring his love and power to someone else?

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Rahab

• August 29th, 2017

"We can choose how we respond to God despite the situations that we find ourselves in"

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Gideon

• August 22nd, 2017

Main Point: God doesn’t look at who you are right now, but at what you could be.
Takeaway: When the Lord is with you, his strength will overshadow your weakness.
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Questions
1) Are you a natural risk-taker? What is one of the bigger risks that you’ve taken in life? How did it work out?
2) How would you answer someone who asks the question that Gideon does in Judges 6:13 — “But if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?”
3) In what ways do you identify with Gideon in Chapter 6?
4) How does the way that God patiently deals with Gideon’s doubts and insecurities make you feel about similar struggles that you have had or are currently having? 5) How have you see the Lord's strengths overshadow your weaknesses in your life?

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Jonathan

• August 22nd, 2017

Takeaway: We can overcome the impact of unhealthy people by being renewed in Christ

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Discussion Questions

  1. Do you think we are formed more by our genetics or our environment? Which do you think plays the bigger role in our development?
  1. How have you been impacted, either positively or negatively, by significant people in your life? How much were you aware of their impact at the time it was happening? What have you learned since then?
  1. Some people talk about the skills and abilities that people can develop as a result of living in a less than ideal home situation. What might those be?
  1. Did you know the story of Jonathan before hearing this weekend’s message? What stuck with you regarding his story?
  1. Choose one of the three “renewal steps” talked about (renewed identity, renewed way of thinking, renewing relationships) and talk about your experience with that, or your struggle with it.

Table Discussion Question — Because Jonathan was strengthened by God, he could encourage David to be strong in the Lord. What is one of your God-given qualities that you would like God to use to benefit others? (For example, your sense of humor, your empathy, your wisdom, etc.)

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