• August 8th, 2017

MAIN POINT: “Things we couldn’t control have happened to us, but that doesn’t make us unqualified
to be used by God for good purposes”


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Your Questions

• August 1st, 2017

Main Point: One day all of our questions will be answered!
Takeaway: Trust in the God who has all the answers and who is good



  1. Which of these questions have you wondered about? Did you receive a helpful answer? Why or why not?
  1. Why do you think that God doesn’t answer all of our questions about the afterlife as completely or clearly as we would like?
  1. How have you felt about this series on the afterlife? Has it helped you, or raised more questions for you? How will it make a difference to you in the days/months ahead?

Table Discussion Question: When you get to heaven, what is the first question you want to ask Jesus?

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• July 25th, 2017

Main Point: Heaven is a real and unimaginably spectacular place that is being prepared for us as we are being prepared for it. 
Takeaway: We don’t know what heaven is like now, but we can know now if we will spend eternity there.


Discussion Questions

  1. What places on earth have you been that you would describe as “paradise”? What made them so incredible? 
  2. When you imagine what heaven will be like, what aspect appeals to you the most? 
  3. What age do you think we will be in heaven? Will it be the same age for everyone? 
  4. When we get to heaven we will know each other as God knows us…completely, intimately, thoroughly, inside and out, with nothing hidden. How does being known to that degree make you feel? 

Table Discussion Question: It’s fun to speculate about what heaven will be like, but what is most important is knowing that we will spend eternity there. Do you know that? How would you explain the hope that you have to someone who doesn’t know where their eternal life will be spent? 

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• July 17th, 2017

Main Point: Hell is not a necessary destination, but it is a necessary reality
Takeaway: Hell is not God’s preferred destination for anyone; heaven is
Discussion Questions

1. What objections have you had about the reality of hell, if any? How are you wrestling through those objections?

2. It is said that God’s justice and love require that there be a hell. Why is that true?

3. We tend to make jokes about things that make us nervous or which are hard to talk about. Do you think that our culture’s joking and dismissive way of talking about hell might be a result of underlying nervousness about it?

4. Who do you know that causes you to be thankful for God’s patience (2 Peter 3:9)? What is your next step on their behalf? Is it to pray for their salvation? To write them? To go and talk to them?

5. If hell is the absence of God’s presence and influence, that means that the fruit of the Spirit will not be characteristic of hell (Galatians 5:22-23). Imagine what a world without those Spirit-engendered qualities.

Table Discussion Question — Hell is a real place, but those who trust in Jesus will not be there; he has saved us from this. What do think about someone who saves you from something that would have been horrible to experience?

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Judgment and Rewards

• July 10th, 2017

Main Point: The way we live now can change our experience for eternity
Takeaway: Go for the rewards!
Suggested Memory Verse: “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. - Revelation 22:12
Discussion Questions

1. As you think about going to heaven one day, and standing before Jesus, do you feel nervous, excited, curious, hopeful, or something else? Discuss that.

2. Have you ever participated in a courtroom issue, as a plaintiff, defendant, witness or juror? What was that like? How do you think standing in God’s courtroom will resemble that? How might it be different?

3. If you were to be judged by God only on the basis of your own works, do you think you’d feel confident to present your case for entering heaven? Consider all of the things you’ve done, the words you’ve spoken and the motives of your heart.

4. What kinds of rewards do you think Jesus might be handing out in heaven? What do you think about the idea that we should go for all the rewards we can?
How could that become a negative thing and how can we keep a proper perspective on it?

Table Discussion Question — What kinds of rewards do you appreciate most in this life? What are you most looking forward to in the next life?

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Death Is Not The End

• July 3rd, 2017

Main Point: Everyone is going to spend eternity somewhere. 
Takeaway: Live with the hope and the priorities of someone that knows that life doesn’t end with death. 


Discussion Questions: 

  1. How often do you think about what happens to someone after they die? What kind of things do you think about?  
  2. Do you live with the hope and priorities of someone that knows that life doesn’t end with death? How does that look differently than others “who have no hope”? 
  3. What kind of questions do you have about death, eternal life, heaven, hell, judgment, and what comes after this life? (Discuss them, and also submit them on the Northgate app for the “Your Questions” message at the end of this series!)

Table Discussion Question — Where will you spend eternity after you die? How do you know?

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Crucified & Risen

• June 26th, 2017

Main Point: Jesus’ destiny was to be crucified, but his story didn’t end on the cross. 
Takeaway: The greatest comeback ever changed the disciples lives and their destinies. Has it changed yours?

  1. Share your favorite comeback story with the group. 
  2. Try to put yourself in the disciples position after Jesus’ death, but before he rose again. What emotions do you think they experienced during those dark days? 
  3. How does the undeniable transformation of the disciples impact your belief of the resurrection? 

Table Discussion Question — Does your life have a turning point? What happened? What factors led up to that? 


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Family Man

• June 19th, 2017

Main Point: No one has done more to make things better for women, children and families, than Jesus
Take away: Jesus will make things better for any family committed to listening to and following his ways.
Suggested Memory Verse: “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:15b


Discussion Questions

  1. Have you ever read Matthew 12:46-50 or Luke 14:25-26 and been puzzled by what Jesus was saying? How do you understand these verses now? 
  1. Jesus’ teaching and example made things better for women and children, but we are still learning how to live those out. What are some issues facing “people groups” in our society today (including women, children, immigrants, the elderly, the poor, etc.)? Which ones are of particular interest to you? How does Jesus speak into those and what are some Christian responses we might make to address them?
  1. What are some places where you see Christian influence on the family? Based on your knowledge of Jesus’ teachings, do you think families would be better off or worse off for following Jesus? (I know the answer to that is assumed, but why do you think what you think? Would the family be better off if there were no religion, or no focus on God?) 

Table Discussion Question – What do you like best about your family? What is Jesus’ influence on your family like?

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Matchless Messiah

• June 12th, 2017

Main Point: Jesus insists that we be “all in” with him.
Take away: If you want to save your life, put yourself aside, pick up your cross and press on with Jesus.
Suggested Memory Verse: Mark 8:34 - Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”


Discussion Questions

  1. How do you (or how would you) feel when you are part of a team and a member of the team wants to do their own thing, rather than what is best for the team? What do you want to say to them?
  1. Can you think of a time when you wanted something to go one way, but God clearly meant for it to go a different way? How easy, or how difficult was it for you to accept God’s way? 
  1. Think of some examples of what it means to “deny yourself, pick up your cross and follow Jesus.” What do you think Jesus meant by “losing your life” in order to save it? Why is it important that he says we need to be willing to lose our lives “for him and for the gospel”? 

Table Discussion Question – Jesus says that it’s possible to get everything we might want and lose our self (our soul) in the process. What do you think he means by “lose your self”?

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• June 5th, 2017

Main Point: Jesus is all grace and all truth, all of the time. 
Takeaway: As Christ-followers we are called to be people who speak the truth, in love.
Suggested Memory Verse: The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. - John 1:14


Discussion Questions: 

  1. Do you tend to be more of a grace person or more of a truth person? 
  2. Has anyone ever told you a difficult truth in love? Looking back, what stands out to you about that interaction? 
  3. Does reading about this brutally honest side of Jesus change your opinion of him or feelings about him in any way? 

Table Discussion Question: What happens when people speak the truth, but fail to do that in love? On the other hand, what can happen when people do it well? 

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