Lord Over All

• May 30th, 2017

Main Point: As Jesus gets bigger fear will get smaller

Take away: Don’t be afraid of fear; take it to Jesus 

Suggested Memory Verse: Isaiah 41:13 - For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, “Do not fear; I will help you”.

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Discussion Questions

  1. When are you most likely to feel afraid? What kinds of things frighten you most? Storms? Thoughts? Anticipation of illness or death?
  1. If God gives us all of our emotions for a purpose (i.e., He didn’t make a mistake when he created us with the ability to feel fear) what purpose does fear have for us? What good can come from fear?
  1. As you grow in your faith do you find your fears lessen, or weakened, or do you find that you struggle as much as ever with fear? Do you ever wrestle with “old tapes” that cause you to feel afraid? 
  1. Which fear response is most natural for you: to run, hide or fight back? How are you learning to run to Jesus, be covered by Jesus, or invite Jesus to fight your battles?
  1. Of the three (or four) stories told today from Mark 4:25-5:43, which one speaks most loudly to you? Why? 

Table Discussion Question – Read the scripture memory verse together - Isaiah 41:13 - For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, “Do not fear; I will help you”. What would you like to ask God to help you with today?

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ICCM - Linda Adams

• May 24th, 2017
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Forgiver

• May 15th, 2017

Main Point: Our greatest need is to receive God’s forgiveness.
Take away: Come to Jesus for forgiveness, and help others find that forgiveness too. 
Suggested Memory Verse: Psalm 103:2-3 - Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.
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Discussion Questions

  1. While the text does not connect the man’s physical state and his sin, we know that in sometimes there is a connection. How can our sin impact our physical health? How can forgiveness?
  1. This man had a great group of friends: people who would do anything to get him to Jesus. What did they have to face/overcome in order to help him? What are friendships like that worth to you?
  1. At first the paralyzed man didn’t get what he had been brought to Jesus for. How do you think he felt at that moment, or what might he have been thinking? What do you think he might have been thinking as he walked out of the room a few minutes later?
  1. Jesus’ authority to forgive sins was questioned. Do you ever question that? Do you ever doubt that Jesus has forgiven your sins?

Table Discussion Question – Read this verse together - “Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight.” (Romans 4:7 - New Living Translation). Tell a story about a time you experienced forgiveness for disobedience, and how that made you feel.

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Inviter

• May 10th, 2017

Main Point: Jesus was constantly inviting people to something greater than their current situation. 
Takeaway: The invitation of Jesus is for each one of us, but it doesn’t stop with us. Who are you inviting?

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Discussion Questions 

1) Of all of the invitations you have received in your lifetime which are the most memorable? 

2) Read Mark 1:16-20 — what stands out to you about these interactions? What do you think drew Simon, Andrew, James, and John to Jesus’ invitation? 

3) Do you honestly believe that the invitation of Jesus is to those looking for more? Does your life portray that? 

4) Is there anyone in your life that you consciously or subconsciously don’t feel is deserving of the same invitation that you have received? 

Table Discussion Question — Are there any people in your life who fall into the “3 nots”(not in church, not going well, not prepared for) that you could be inviting? How can the other people around the table help you do that? 

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Servant

• May 1st, 2017

Main Point: Jesus’ self-proclaimed identity was to be a servant
Takeaway: Seek ways to serve as an expression of the love you’ve received
Suggested memory verse: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)
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Questions
1. What are some ways you can serve others out of the love that Jesus has shown to you? In your marriage? As a parent? As an employer or employee? As a friend?

2. What are some of the negative human attitudes that get in the way of us embracing a servant’s attitude? What makes that hard sometimes? What cultural messages might we be hearing that trip us up in this?

3. Think of someone you know who has been to you an example of a great servant? What makes them come to your mind? In what ways would you like to be like them?

Table Discussion Question: What is one way you could consciously, deliberately serve someone before you go to bed tonight? Will you follow through on that?

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Gahanda Team Stories

• April 24th, 2017

Memory Verse: “Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” Psalm 96:3

Main Point: We will be a church that sends people into the world to change lives.

Takeaway: Whose life will be impacted for Christ by you? 

Discussion Questions: 

  1. Who are the people that you find most difficult to have conversation with about Jesus? Family? Co-workers? Strangers? Others? What challenges do they present?
  1. Have you ever been on an international mission trip? If so, what did you experience and what did you learn about God? If not, would you ever consider going on one? Why, or why not?
  1. When have you felt most out of your comfort zone? What were the circumstances and how did you respond to that? What do you think God was trying to help you understand?

 Table Discussion Question: How can we declare God’s glory every day?

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The Problem With Sin is Solved!

• April 18th, 2017

Main Point: Jesus’ death and resurrection has provided us the bridge we needed to a relationship with God and escape from sin and death.
Takeaway: Celebrate the risen Christ!
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Discussion Questions:
1. Are you experiencing victory over sins through a relationship with Jesus? Are there sins you struggle with that you need to specifically name and ask God to set you free from?

2. Have you made the step of faith from relying on yourself for your salvation, to trusting in Jesus? When did you take that step? How has it made a difference in your life?

3. The Bible says that when we have a relationship with Jesus we no longer need to feel or fear being condemned and we have eternal life as a promise from God. If we really believe that, how will it change the way we live?

Table Discussion Question — What do you think about what Ephaste did, in seeking a marriage that would glorify God’s work in the world? How can our relationships with each other bring hope into the world?

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It’s A Progression

• April 11th, 2017

Main Point: Sin is al­ways progressive. It is never satisfied, and any efforts to contain it are in vain. 
Takeaway: Sin cannot be contained. Kill it or it will take over.

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Discussion Questions: 

  1. What are some progressive things that you have seen in life — things that are never satisfied or content and are always moving forward trying to take new ground? 
  2. Have you ever seen someone trying to contain or satisfy sin? How did that work out for them in the long-run? 
  3. What are practical ways that serious minded Christ-followers can starve our sinful nature and feed our relationship with God? More important than knowing what those things are, how often are you actually doing them? 

Table Discussion Question — Are there any baby lions in your life? What do you need to do with them? How can the other people around the table help you do that

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The Consequences

• April 4th, 2017

Main Point: God is always willing to forgive us when we sin, but that doesn’t always free us from the consequences of our sin. 

Takeaway: There are consequences to our sins, but the eternal consequence has been

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Discussion Questions 

1. What makes sin look so appealing on the surface? 

2. Why does God frequently impose “Godly Consequences” for our sin? 

3. What are some “Natural Consequences” of sin that can occur even after God has forgiven us? 

4. Has sin ever cost you more than you wanted to pay? What did that look like? 

Table Discussion Question — Do you think that God should have allowed Moses to cross into the Promised Land? How does God not letting him enter shape your understanding of him? 

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We Don’t Like to Call it Sin

• March 27th, 2017

Main Point: Naming the problem is the first step to the solution
Takeaway: God wants to forgive our sin, and will through our faith in Christ
Suggested Memory Verse – Psalm 51:10 - Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
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Questions
1. When you hear David’s story what do you wonder about, question, struggle with or want to know more about?

2. Have you ever resisted “naming” something that only began to change after you did?

3. How can the knowledge of someone’s love for us impact our ability to confess our wrongdoings?

4. Confessing sin and receiving forgiveness doesn’t necessarily erase the consequences of sin. Why would God allow consequences to remain? Does that make forgiveness mean less?

Table Discussion Question: Talk about how it feels, and how you respond, when you know someone is no longer angry with you for some wrong you had done to them.

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