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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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

Luke 12:13-34 - 

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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