MARCH 17, 2019

UNASHAMED: SHARING MY FAITH

Daily Reading Plan:

  • Romans 3:21-26

  • Romans 5:1-11

  • Romans 6:5-11

  • Romans 6:20-23

  • Romans 10:9-17

 

Discussion Questions

Icebreaker: If you had $10,000,000 what would be the first thing you would purchase? 

OR If you could have one conversation with a famous person, who would it be and what would the conversation be about?

 This weeks Small Group will be used to help each person learn a simple way to share the Gospel and how their life has been impacted and forever changed. Encourage each person to think through their faith journey and how to communicate in a simple form. 

 Read 1 Peter 3:15. How can we practically set Christ apart in our heart? What is the answer that we are told people would be looking for? How have you been asked about your faith in Jesus? How did you answer?

 Read Acts 1:8. Jesus gave us this promise as well as this command. What is the promise? How is the Holy Spirit's presence comforting to you? What is the command? What does it mean to "be witnesses"? How does the command and the promise work hand in hand?

Read Luke 12:11,12 and Acts 4:1-9. Jesus gives a promise to the disciples in the Gospel and then in Acts the disciples see it come to life. How have you seen this promise come to life in front of you? Do you think this promise can be fulfilled in you? If yes, in what way? If no, then why not?

 Let's all agree to take part in sharing during this next part of the discussion. Sharing your story and the Gospel is important, therefore we will take time to do that tonight. Here is a simple outline on how to share your story: (complete these sentences)

            Before I came to know Jesus my life was.......

            What led me to trust Jesus was........

            Since that time my life in Jesus has been ........

 Now, take time to talk through what these scriptures mean, and how to share them with someone. Think about how you would weave these truths into your faith story. 

             Romans 3:23

             Romans 6:23

             Romans 10:9,10

 Now, practice sharing your story with either the group OR partner each person up with another and share one on one. 

To wrap up group, use the "Whatever it Takes" card from this weekends worship gathering. Use this card to pray for those who need Jesus as well as what the next step is in doing whatever it takes to see that person come to know Jesus.

MARCH 10, 2019

UNASHAMED: WHY CHURCH MEMBERSHIP?

Daily Reading Plan:

  • 2 John

  • 3 John

  • Exodus 20:1-17

  • Genesis 3

  • Romans 6:1-14

Discussion Questions

Ice Breaker: What is your favorite or most powerful memory regarding being a part of the church?

When you think of church do you think of a building or people? Why do we so often associate going to church with being at a building for an event? If you had to explain what a church is, how would you describe the church?

Being a part of church satisfies a simple yet deep need of our lives. Community is a huge part of what church is about. We are a community that God has called out and set apart for His mission and our growth. What is your favorite thing about being a part of community in the church? What does community mean to you? 

Community is grounded in covenant not in contract. We are God's covenant people therefore we should covenant to be His people together with others. Contracts are about rights and protection BUT covenant is about relationship and responsibility. How do you see church as a covenant? What does being in covenant with others mean? How is a community covenant lived out? 

Each church is different in methods, but the message of the church should be the same, no matter where it is. What is the central message of the church? Why is it important to agree on the message? Here are a few simple messages of FBMB: Talk about what these mean and how each one is currently done and dream about what it will grow to be: 

  • We are a people and a place for all people, because Jesus is for them

  • We are a people being transformed by Jesus, He is what we need most

  • We are committed to reach our area and beyond with the Good News of Jesus

  • We are connected to one another through biblical community and service

  • We meet to celebrate the work of God, past, present, and future 

  • The Bible is perfect truth, settled in Heaven and our source of revelation from God

  • We exist to help real people take their next step in a relationship with God through Jesus 

Pray for the needs of our church and community (Southwest LA) and seek a way to live out being the church. 

MARCH 3, 2019

UNASHAMED: WHY BAPTISM?

Daily Reading Plan:

  • 2 John

  • 3 John

  • Exodus 20:1-17

  • Genesis 3

  • Romans 6:1-14

Discussion Questions

IceBreaker: (the purpose of the icebreaker is to have everyone answer.)

            What was your favorite toy you had as a kid and why was it your favorite? OR

            If you were a super hero, what would be your super power?

Baptism is a symbol of life change. It is a picture of a point of departure as well as a point of entrance. It is not the departure or the entrance, it is a picture. What is a person departing, and what are they entering into? When you were saved, you departed the old way of living, thinking, and seeking. And entered into a new way of living, thinking and seeking. What change took place in your life at that point? What did you leave behind and what did you enter into?

Baptism is the believers public profession of faith in Jesus. It is where we Identify with Him in front of others. It is a physical action with a spiritual meaning. It is also an act that we choose for ourselves. When you were baptized, were you baptized with others present to celebrate and connect with? Tell us about that event. When you were baptized was it a choice that you made for yourself? How did you come to the desire to be baptized and identify your life with His?

Read Colossians 2:12. What is the picture of this verse regarding baptism? What is the spiritual identity shown in this verse regarding baptism? 

Read 2 Corinthians 5:17. Here is a simple Bible study principle; when you see the word "therefore" ask, what is it "there for?" Also read the surrounding verses like verses 11-21. What does verse 17 mean in light of the verses around it? What does "the old is gone and the new has come" mean? How have you experienced this in your life? 

Read 2 Corinthians 5:20. What does being Christ ambassadors mean? How are we to do this? What appeal are we to make? What does be reconciled with God mean, and how is that possible?

Last week we talked through the Gospel and how to be saved. Take time to talk through the basic elements of the Gospel. Use these simple words:

            Our Problem

            Gods Provision

            Gods Promise

            Our Next Step to respond and share      

How is baptism a picture of the Gospel? 

As you wrap up small group, help people to nail down their need for baptism or share about the power of the moment of baptism in their lives. 

If there are people in your group that need to be baptized help them take that next step. They can contact a staff member or visit the Hospitality room. Encourage them to do that ASAP.

FEBRUARY 24, 2019

UNASHAMED: HOW AM I SAVED?

Daily Reading Plan:

  • John 3:1-15

  • John 3:16-21

  • Ephesians 2:1-10

  • Hebrews 1:1-5

  • Acts 16:16-40

Discussion Questions

Icebreaker (get everyone talking, have each person in the circle answer) What is one of your favorite rescue stories of all time? (real life or movies)

How did this weekends message that help you better understand "How we are saved?"

Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed [unashamed and confident] of the gospel [the good news that Jesus came to rescue us] , for it is the power of God for salvation [to rescue us from sins penalty, its power over us and one day from sins presence] to everyone who believes [available to everyone] , to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”

Take a look at Romans 1:16 above. [notice the emphasis added in the brackets] The Apostle Paul wrote these words as a declaration, The goal of this series, is to help each one of us make the same declaration and live it out.

We generally do not talk about what we are ashamed of, but we do talk about what we are unashamed of. Somewhere there is a disconnect in why we do not share the gospel or good news about Jesus. So, why are we timid to share the gospel? When you think about sharing the gospel what emotion comes to you?

Read Luke 12:12, How does this promise help you gain confidence in sharing the Gospel and your story? What are the basic elements of the Gospel? [they must be backed up by the Bible] Use these pictures to describe the Gospel story. (as you work through these elements take time to connect them to the scripture)

What are the basic elements of the Gospel? [they must be backed up by the Bible] Use these pictures to describe the Gospel story. (as you work through these elements take time to connect them to the scripture)

GOSPEL ARROWS.jpg
  • The first downward arrow: God came down. Born of a virgin, lived a sinless life. Jesus is the perfect picture of who God is.

  • The cross: Jesus died on the cross, bearing the sin of man. He died as substitute, as the final sacrifice once for all believed for us. He took our place.

  • The double arches: After Jesus died, he was placed in a tomb. But three days later Jesus was resurrected. His resurrection shows his power of death, the power to breaks sins hold, and to ensure our resurrection one day.

  • The upward arrow: Jesus, after appearing to countless people post resurrection then ascends to the Father. He is seated at the right hand of God. This signifies his significance as well as the completion of his work on the cross.

  • The second downward arrow: Just as he ascended into Heaven, one day he will come again and make all things right.

Now, take turns sharing the story of the gospel with each other as a group. As you share talk through how each of these parts effect you and your daily living.

FEBRUARY 17, 2019

ETERNITY: WHERE IS HELL?

Daily Reading Plan:

  • Luke 16:19-31

  • Psalm 23

  • Isaiah 57:1-2

  • Psalm 48

  • Romans 6:23

Discussion Questions:

This week the Discussion guide will looking feel different. We will take sometime to deal with some thoughts regarding this mornings message as well as introduce the upcoming series, about knowing, and sharing your faith. 

Icebreaker: (icebreaker is to be used to get EVERYONE talking. Go around the circle)

What is one of your favorite movies? (one you can watch over and over and never get tired of) What is it about the movie that you love?

OR

In the past how have you imagined eternity? How do you picture heaven or hell?  

What was something Preacher said in this message or in the Eternity series that has got you thinking in a different light about eternity? 

In Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus is teaching about those who will enter Hell and Heaven. Take time to read through this passage. What words jump out at you? What words give you comfort? What words are scary? What does this passage tell us about Heaven? What does this passage tell us about Hell?

Where do you want to go? Heaven or Hell? (duh...) Are you confident as to where you are going to spend eternity? (take time to share the Gospel to give assurance as well as to potentially lead someone to be saved by Jesus)

The upcoming message series is on what is the Gospel, how to share the Gospel, and why is it important to grow in walking with Jesus. Take the remaining group time to invite each person to share their story. It needs to be broken up like this:

  • What was your life like when you were saved?

  • What brought you to the point of realizing your need for salvation?

  • How has being saved by Jesus changed your life? How is it impacting your life daily today?    

Ask each person to share tips, verses, etc on how they share the Gospel with others. 

Close the group time by praying for open doors and interceding for those in your lives who need Jesus. 

FEBRUARY 10, 2019

ETERNITY: WHERE IS HEAVEN?

Daily Reading Plan:

  • John 14:1-14

  • John 14:15-31

  • Revelation 21:1-27

  • Revelation 22:1-11

  • Revelation 12-21

Discussion Questions:

(Ice Breaker: What is your biggest question or questions about Heaven?)

Review

  • Why is Heaven important? When you think about the reality of heaven, what comes to your mind first? What do you think Heaven is going to be like? What are the sights, sounds and smells of heaven?

  • What are you looking forward to most that will be made right in Heaven? How does looking forward to that moment impact your life today?

  • Who are you looking forward to seeing in Heaven and why? What will you talk about? 

Assess

  • Read Revelation 21:1-4. What is happening in this passage? When all things are made new, how does that impact you today? Read verse 4 again. What is the impact of no more mourning, no more death, no more tears, no more pain? When it says, "God will wipe away every tear from their eyes" that means he will literally wipe them away. What does that moment look like or feel like to you?

  •  Read Revelation 21:5-7. Who is seating on the throne? What does "all things" mean? Life will never be what it once was. How does living in the visible presence of God look as you imagine it?  Take time to think though the text, use your satisfied imagination to see all things being made new. 

  •  Read Revelation 21: 9-27. Read through this text slowly, invite the group to talk through what each element will be like. 

 Apply

  • It has been said that Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people. How are you currently being prepared for our eternal home? Read Philippians 1:6. What is God "work" is God doing in you? His promise is not only for this life but in the life to come.

  •  Heaven is not only something to come, but heaven is here in us, with us. What adjustments do you need to make to live out heaven in your life today?

  •  As a believer we should look forward to when all things will be made right, and sin will no longer be a problem. When we imagine Heaven, who in your life do you want to make sure is there with you? How can you share the Gospel with them this week? Who are they, and how can we pray for them?

FEBRUARY 3, 2019

ETERNITY: WHY RESURRECTION?

Daily Reading Plan

1 Corinthians 15:1-11

1 Corinthians 15:12-19

1 Corinthians 15:20-34

1 Corinthians 15:35-49

1 Corinthians 15:50-58

 

Discussion Questions:

Today we will have a different approach to our discussion time. First what is one thing that stuck out to you as Preacher taught through the message of Why Resurrection? 

 LEADER NOTE: Take time to allow everyone to speak. Since the message is on Resurrection today we will take a look at some key passages regarding our resurrection in the Bible.

  •  Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-8
    What are the main points of the Gospel that Paul is pointing out to the Corinthian church?
    (it saves us, Christ died for sin according to the scripture, he was buried, raised on the 3rd day according to the scripture, He was seen by many witnesses) 

  • What do those points have to do with us being saved?

  • How would you use this passage to explain the Gospel to an unbeliever? How would you start the conversation? 

  • The resurrection of Jesus breaks the power of sin in believers lives and it insures our coming resurrection. It enables us to live a life of victory today.

  •  Read Colossians 3:1-4
    What does this passage teach us about the resurrection we have a share in with Jesus? What should be our response to our new life of being raised in Christ? 

  •  What does "set your mind on things above" mean? How can we do that in our daily living? What is the difference in having our minds on things above compared to things on earth?

  •  What is the promise of the coming resurrection for us in verse 4? How did the message this morning help you better understand that?

  •  The belief of the Resurrection of Jesus is important. The Bible tells us that we must believe the resurrection of Jesus in order to be saved.

  • Read Romans 10:8-15
    What does this passage teach us about the need to believe in the Resurrection of Jesus? How does a person confess Jesus? What does Jesus being Lord mean?

  •  What is the promise to those who will believe? (verses 9, 11, 13) What does that mean to you, how has being saved impacted your life?

  •  In verses 14-15 what does it teach us about our responsibility in sharing the Gospel? 

  •  All believers are "sent". Who comes to your mind when you think of someone who needs to be saved by Jesus? Take time to share their names and have a time of prayer for them as well as open doors to share the Gospel with them. 

  •  Read Ephesians 2:1-10
    Use this text to remind us that we have been made alive in Jesus. Take time to point out parts that are most meaningful to you in the text.

JANUARY 20, 2019

ETERNITY: WHAT DO THE DEAD KNOW?

1. Review

  • What part of this mornings message do you want to talk more about? What jumped out at you?

  • We have a natural need to prepare for what is to come. What do you look forward to most about Eternity? What are your biggest questions about eternity?

  • How does Eternity affect your life right now? What kind of confidence to you have regarding eternity? Do you have the eternal security that is available to Christians in Christ? How does that help you face life?

2. Assess

  • Read Luke 16:19-31. This is the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus. What can be learned from this story regarding the afterlife experience? What is the difference in the experience of Lazarus and the Rich guy? What are the thoughts of the rich man? Which is more at peace?

  • Read John 14:1-3. What does this teach about Jesus' continued work in eternity? Take time to talk about Heaven. What are some questions you have about Heaven? Does Heaven feel like home to you right now?

  • Read John 14:4-7. What do these verses say about who Jesus is? Many have the same question as Thomas, how does Jesus' words answer his question? How does Jesus' words impact your life? What does "Jesus is the Way" mean? What does "Jesus is the Truth" mean? What does "Jesus is the Life" mean?

3. Apply

  • The mortality rate of all Americans is 100%. How would you help someone understand that there is more to life than this life? How would you share the hope of Jesus with someone? What does knowing Jesus as described in John 14:6 mean to you?

  • Who do you know that needs to know Jesus? What steps can you take to help them know Him this week? Take time to pray for them, ask God to open a door to share with them and celebrate what he will do and has done as you share.

5 Day Reading Plan

As you read these verses, take time to meditate on each one. Also use the questions below to help apply it to your life.
1- What have I learned? (Observed / interpretation)
2- How will I respond? (Application)

Day 1: 1 John 4:1-6

Day 2: 1 John 4:7-21

Day 3: 1 John 5:1-5

Day 4: 1 John 5:6-12

Day 5: 1 John 5:13-21

JANUARY 13, 2019

ETERNITY: WHAT IS DEATH?

1. Review

  • Did you ever feel like you were somewhere for "eternity?" Like the DMV, Drs office, traffic, etc? What made it seem like an "eternity?" 

  • Why is death a mystery? Why do we have some many questions about death? Have you ever wondered what death will be like? How did this mornings message help you understand death better? 

  • What is the solution for questions about where you will "be" after death? Have you taken the steps to nail it down? 

2. Assess

  • Read Hebrews 9:27. What does this verse say about humanity? Do you think people fear death? Have you feared death? How has your understanding of death changed over time as you grew from being a child to an adult? How would you help someone who is dealing with the fear of death? 

  • Read 1 John 5::13-15 - What stands out to you in this passage? What do you think the author was really trying to say? What is the heart of the passage? Can you illustrate this truth with an example from your own life? What does it mean to believe on His name? Do you know today if you are secure and saved in Jesus?

  • Read Acts 4:11-12. What stands out to you in this passage? What do you think the author was really trying to say? What is the heart of the passage? Can you illustrate this truth with an example from your own life? (LEADERS NOTE: Take this time to share the gospel and ask for those who need to be saved to trust Jesus.)

3. Apply

  • What is the next step for you to live out what God is saying to you through this message and group?

  • What is one thing you need from God right now, regarding what we've talked about and the scripture we have studied?

5 Day Reading Plan

As you read these verses, take time to meditate on each one.
Also use the questions below to help apply it to your life.
1- What have I learned? (Observed / interpretation)
2- How will I respond? (Application)

Day 1: 1 John 1:1-10

Day 2: 1 John 2:1-14

Day 3: 1 John 2:15-29

Day 4: 1 John 3:1-10

Day 5: 1 John 3:11-24

JANUARY 6, 2019

ETERNITY: BEFORE TIME

1. Review

  • Have you ever wondered about how big is God? Have you ever had a child ask you where did God come from? What answers did you come up with? 

  • Would you agree that many if not most people have a very limited view of God? Why do you think that is true? How big do you see God being? What is your view of how important you are in the big picture? 

  • Most of us have an expanded view of who we are, and of our own life. Did you ever think of yourself being the age you currently are? God did. What is the proper view of yourself in regard to how big God is? How does that impact your life daily?

2. Assess

  • Read Psalm 90:2. What does this say about God? Why is it important that we see God as being before time? How would you explain that God was before time? Think about this, the infinite, timeless Holy God subjected himself to time to save us. How do you feel about this truth?

  • Read Isaiah 57:15. Based on Isaiah's description of God, who is he? How important are these facts about God? How do play into your daily life? What does it say about how God relates to us in our living?

  • Read Ecclesiastes 3:11. What has God done? Setting eternity in the hearts of man can also be translated, God set transcendence in the heart of man. Transcendence is the need to look outside of our selves. How have you found that to be true in your life? If we are unable to look outside of ourselves we could never be saved, because we would only see our need and no solution. What were the conditions if you life when you first discovered your need for God?

3. Apply

  • Seeing God for who he really is, is very important. Knowing every fact about God is not possible. He is too large, too grand and too expansive. The God of the Bible is often reduced down to something / someone we can grasp. If our god is small enough for us to know everything about, then he is not enough. 

  • How have you seen God be BIG as he is, in the Bible? In your life? In the church? In time? 

  • How will you relate to God this week?

5 Day Reading Plan

As you read these verses, take time to meditate on each one.
Also use the questions below to help apply it to your life.
1- What have I learned? (Observed / interpretation)
2- How will I respond? (Application)

Day 1: Isaiah 57:15

Day 2: John 17:5

Day 3: Psalm 90:2

Day 4: Proverbs 9:10

Day 5: Ecclesiastes 3:11

DECEMBER 30, 2018

Imagine: Diligence

1. Review

  • What brings you most satisfaction in life? What was the last thing you experienced satisfaction in, that you once worried about? What does the sense of satisfaction bring to your life?

  • Diligent work is God’s plan for our financial success. How have you seen hard work pay off in regard to your finances? How would you teach a child the importance of work?

  • Being constant is an important part of life. How have you seen this at work in life? in faith? in family? or in another area?

2. Assess

  • Read Proverbs 28:20. What is the promise in this verse? How would you see this working out in someones life? What do you think the outcome could be, of getting ahead of God's blessings?

  • Read Matthew 7:24-27. What are the comparisons made in these verses? What did Jesus teach about the fool? What was his house built on? What was the wise persons house built on? There is a certain thing in life, difficulty will come to us. How can you adjust your life to be on the Rock of Jesus and his Word?

3. Apply

  • While we have been talking about imagining a different financial life, there are transferrable principles to many areas of life. What has been the greatest lesson you have learned during this series? What adjustments have you been able to make and have success?

  • Read Revelation 2:3. Honestly answer, Is this true of you? What changes need to be made of this to be said of you?

5 Day Reading Plan

As you read these verses, take time to meditate on each one.
Also use the questions below to help apply it to your life.
1- What have I learned? (Observed / interpretation)
2- How will I respond? (Application)

Day 1: Proverbs 10:4

Day 2: Proverbs 28:20

Day 3: 2 Thessalonians 3:10

Day 4: Proverbs 4:13

Day 5: 2 Peter 3:14

DECEMBER 16, 2018

Imagine: Contentment

1. Review

  • Advertisement and marketing is designed to catch our attention. What was/is your favorite commercial as a kid? as a young adult? or most recently? What makes it your favorite? Have you thought about buying the product? If so, why?

  • How would you define greed? How would you define contentment? What is the difference in the way these two impact your life? Who is the most content person you know? and why?

  • Inner peace will allow us to have a greater level of contentment. How has being at peace with God and yourself enabled you to be satisfied or content? What brought you around to having this peace?

2. Assess

  • Read Philippians 4:12-14. What are the simple teachings of these verses? What were the conditions of the authors life at this point? Could you imagine being able to make these statements in the position he was in? What difficult thing have you faced that challenged your contentment?

  • Read Hebrews 13:5. How has God come through for you? What did you need and he provided? How has learning and experiencing this truth changed your view on life? Honestly, do you believe that God will never leave you or forsake you?

  • Read Proverbs 16:8. What does this verse say about the accumulation of wealth compared to being right with God? Why do you think Christians struggle so badly with the desire for stuff or experiences ahead of a desire to be right with God in daily living?

3. Apply

  • What adjustments can be made in your life this week or in the near future to change the direction of your life? Simple adjustments can make a huge difference? What is a good starting point for you in living out the principles we are learning from the message?

  • Discontentment is based on, not what you have but but what you want; then what do you want that God has not yet given? Now, let's ask that question a little different. What do you need that God has not yet provided? Remember His word, "I will never leave you or forsake you."

5 Day Reading Plan

As you read these verses, take time to meditate on each one.
Also use the questions below to help apply it to your life.
1- What have I learned? (Observed / interpretation)
2- How will I respond? (Application)

Day 1: Philippians 4:12-13

Day 2: Hebrews 13:5

Day 3: Luke 12:15

Day 4: Proverbs 16:8

Day 5: 1 Timothy 6:10-11

DECEMBER 9, 2018

Imagine: Unity

1. Review

  • Have you ever asked God for patience? How did that work out for you? What do you struggle with most when it comes to patience? How does the lack of or the presence of patience affect your life?

  • Developing patience comes through testing. What is a test you have gone through that taught you patience? When did know you were being tested in the process? (going in to the test, in the middle of the test or at the end?)

  • Last week we talked about budgeting as a plan to protect your finances and spending. Commitment to a plan will protect you in patience. How have you seen a plan protect you in regard to life? work? home life? finances? What has the lack of planning caused?

2. Assess

  • Read Ephesians 4:2. What part of patience does humility play in life? How does humility affect your life? What has been the greatest lesson learned about humility? 

  • Read Galatians 6:9. Have you ever grown weary in doing good? Weariness will have an effect on our patience and our ability to stick with a plan. When test have come to your life, how have you dealt with weariness and maintained patience?

  • Taking a look at the small victories will keep you from weariness and will assist in keeping patience. What are some small victories that came at the right time to encourage you or enable you to continue on in any area of life?

3. Apply

  • Read Psalm 37:7-9. Take time to work through these verses. What do they say regarding patience? What are the encouragements of these verses? What part of patience does hope play?

  • What "baby steps" can you take this week to increase your patience? When you are faced with a distraction to the "baby steps" what will you do? 

5 Day Reading Plan

As you read these verses, take time to meditate on each one.
Also use the questions below to help apply it to your life.
1- What have I learned? (Observed / interpretation)
2- How will I respond? (Application)

Day 1: Ecclesiastes 7:9

Day 2: Ephesians 4:2

Day 3: 1 Corinthians 13:4

Day 4: Proverbs 15:18

Day 5: Psalm 37:7-9

DECEMBER 2, 2018

Imagine: Unity

1. Review

  • What one thing would you love to have but you can’t afford? OR what is one thing you have that you had to save in order to get? What adjustments did you make? Was it worth it?

  • What is one of the greatest obstacles you have experienced in your life? How did you face it? What was the end result in being able to overcome it? How has this continued to impact your life?

  • Oneness is available for us in our homes. How have you seen oneness (one mindedness/unity) impact your life? What adjustments have you had to make as an individual to have oneness at home? 

2. Assess

  • How would you define unity based upon Sunday's message? What are the benefits of unity over disunity? How have you worked to find unity in your life? home? marriage?

  • Setting goals and budgeting are good practices to achieve unity. How do you budget in your home? What financial goals do you have for your family? What basic goals do you have for you family? Have you ever thought about having a family purpose statement? If you had to write out a family mission statement what would it be?

  • Read Proverbs 21.5, 20. What are the simple principles of these verses? How have you seen these work out in your life? How have you been able to adjust in order to save and be more wise in your spending?

3. Apply

  • As a group, create a basic budget outline that can apply generally for each home represented. Be sure to include: savings, giving and basic monthly expenses.

  • Now, talk through adjustments you will need to make in order to create and stick with a budget in your home. Use this time to set goals that your budgeting can help you attain. 

  • A good resource for further study is  "I Was Broke, Now I'm Not" by Joe Sangl.

5 Day Reading Plan

As you read these verses, take time to meditate on each one.
Also use the questions below to help apply it to your life.
1- What have I learned? (Observed / interpretation)
2- How will I respond? (Application)

Day 1: Matthew 12:25

Day 2: Philippians 2:4

Day 3: Proverbs 21:20

Day 4: Proverbs 21:5

Day 5: Amos 3.3

NOVEMBER 18, 2018

Imagine: Freedom

Luke 12:15

1. Review

  • Did you collect anything as a kid? What was your favorite possession growing up? Do you collect anything now? 

  • How would you define greed? What is the source of greed in one's life? What have you learned about the difference in your wants and needs? How have you had to adjust your life to focus on your need and not your wants?

  • Have you ever thought about the fact that Jesus desires all parts of your life to line up with His character? (even finances?) What are somethings that the message brought to your mind regarding that statement?

2. Assess

  • Read Luke 12: 13-21, this is the Parable of the Rich Fool. What is the most simple teaching of this parable? (watch out for greed and greed is rooted in the heart) How have you seen greed overcome someone? How have you had to deal with the desire to have more?

  • Let's face it, no one likes the thought of budgeting until they see the benefit of it. What type of budgeting do you use for your house hold? How has having a budget helped you to give and be generous? 

  • Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-11. What are the "commands" in these verses? What are the "promises" of these verses? How have you seen these principles at work in real life? How has God provided to you to give to others?

3. Apply

  • What adjustments do you need to make to be better in the handling of your household finances? What encouragements can you give to help others in making adjustments? You have to start somewhere, where can you start this week?

  • Our hearts will follow our treasures. Read Matthew 6:19-21. What are you OR can you be investing in that has eternal consequence that you are not currently investing in? 

  • Read Hebrews 13:5, There is a command and a promise. Do you see it? What are they? How can you find out if God is true to this promise and how will you? 

5 Day Reading Plan

As you read these verses, take time to meditate on each one.
Also use the questions below to help apply it to your life.
1- What have I learned? (Observed / interpretation)
2- How will I respond? (Application)

Day 1 - 1 Corinthians 16:2

Day 2 - 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

Day 3 - Philippians 4:10-13

Day 4 - Hebrews 13:5

Day 5 - Matthew 6:25-30

NOVEMBER 11, 2018

Strength In The Shadow

Romans 8:31-39

1. Review

  • Have you ever faced opposition in your life? How did you overcome the opposition? What was the most difficult thing you faced in that time? What did you learn in that time?

  • How would you define God's will? How have you seen God's will at work in your life or in others lives? What is the difference in living within God's will compared to not being in his will? How have you personally experienced the difference?

  • When you think about the God's love for you, what is the first thing that comes to mind? What was life like before you felt the true love of God? How has being loved by God changed you? When did you first truly learn of His love for you?

2. Assess

  • Read Romans 8:31-34. Answer the questions that are in the text. Also, did God hold back anything from us? What does it mean to you that Jesus is interceding for you at the right hand of God?

  • Read Psalm 62:1-8, take time to work through the text. Look at the comparisons in those who are for God and those who are not. What is the differences? In verses 5-8, what do we learn? 

  • Read Romans 8:35-39, as you read, take time to discussion the impact of these words. How far can God's love reach? What is God's love immune to? What does being "more than a conqueror" look like? 

3. Apply

  • What is one thing you can share tonight about what you have learned as we worked through Romans 8? What area of your life has been challenged or have you experienced change in?

  • Read 1 Corinthians 15:57. What area of you life do you need victory in, but you haven't received it from God? Are you really seeking him in that area? 

  • Our victory is insured by Jesus' death, burial and resurrection. Take time to pray for one another to walk in the victory that is ALREADY ours in Jesus. 

5 Day Reading Plan

As you read these verses, take time to meditate on each one.
Also use the questions below to help apply it to your life.
1- What have I learned? (Observed / interpretation)
2- How will I respond? (Application)

Romans 8:31-34

Romans 8:35-39

1 John 4:2-4

1 Corinthians 15:57

Psalm 62:1-8

NOVEMBER 4, 2018

COMMITMENT

Ephesians 5:15-17

1. Review

  • Your life matters; what does that statement mean to you? Since you know your life matter how does that influence the way you "walk" in this life?

  • Making the best use of your time is important. What adjustments have you had to make in order to maximize your time? How has that changed your mindset about commitments? What has been the greatest impact to your life?

  • What does seeking God with all that you have look like when lived out daily? What are some promises in the scripture about seeking God? How have you found these promises to be true?

2. Assess

  • Read Ephesians 5:15-17, What does "be very careful, then, how you live" mean? What does wisdom in living look like? Have you suffered through unwise decisions in your life or in other's lives? How'd you make it through?

  • Seeking God is sometime misunderstood. Read Proverbs 3:5-7, What do these verses teach about seeking God? How have you seen these truths lived out? Take time to work through these verses and learn from one another. 

  • Read James 4:7-10, work through these verses. Seeking God is being submitted to Him and being welcomed by Him. What are your personal challenges that you face regarding these verses?

3. Apply

  • Is there a situation you need wisdom about? What is it? Read James 1:5, Hearing wisdom is one thing, but following through on the wisdom gained is another thing. What steps can you take this week?

  • Your life matters and time is short. Read James 4:14, how long does a mist stay around? How long is your life in relationship to eternity? What has God called you to that you haven't yet be active in? What changes need to be made in order to make the most/best use of your time for His Kingdom?

5 Day Reading Plan

As you read these verses, take time to meditate on each one. Also use the questions below to help apply it to your life.

1- What have I learned? (Observed / interpretation)

2- How will I respond? (Application)

Ephesians 5:15-17

Colossians 4:5-6

Proverbs 15:22

1 Thessalonians 5:18-22

Ephesians 5:1-2

OCTOBER 28, 2018

Review

As an icebreaker, What was something Preacher said today that you would like to talk more about? Use this to get people talking

Everything changed in Genesis 3, when sin entered in to the world. Since then everything has been in decay and in a state of groaning. Glory is always preceded by groaning. How have you seen this in  your life? What have you experienced that took time, effort and some pain before it came to be true in your life?

Hope helps us endure. How did you make through time of waiting? What are you currently enduring in your life with the hope of something better to come?

 Assess

Read 2 Corinthians 4:7-12 What does this passage teach about our lives as believers? Work through this text to encourage one another to press on.

Read Romans 8:26-28 How does the Spirit help us? How have you experienced the Spirit helping you in this way? In verse 28, it says that God works "all things" which means good, bad and ugly. How have you seen God take a difficulty and turn it into a victory in your life or someone else's?

Read 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Many lose heart in difficulty. What is the encouragement in this verse about not losing heart? How have you seen the "Wasting away" of the outer self and the renewing of the inner self? Focusing on temporary things will distract us from the eternal things that are both present and to come. How do you keep your focus on God and not on the difficulty?

Apply

What steps can be taken this week to live according to what we have learned? What adjustments can be made to fully live this out? What can you do this week to encourage someone who is stuck in the groaning and not able to see the coming glory?

Take time to recap what was talked about in group. Use the discussion that was had to guide to the prayer time.

Daily Reading Plan

1 Peter 1:5,6
Romans 8:18-22
Romans 8:23-30
Ephesians 4:1-3
1 Corinthians 7:17

NOVEMBER 11, 2018

Rescued

Romans 8:1-4

1. Review

Go around the room and ask: What have you heard from God this week? What scripture did you read this week that was meaningful to you? How did you see God at work around you?

The idea of rescue is powerful. How have you felt the power of being rescued in life? Tell us about that.

Romans 8:1 says "There is therefore, now NO condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus." Do you remember when the condemnation fell away from your life? What did you experience in that moment? How has this truth impacted your life? What was the greatest release you felt?

2. Assess

Read Romans 8:1-4 Based on these verses, how would you explain the Gospel to someone who thinks they are not not "good enough" for God?

Today we learned, we no longer have to be controlled by sin. We have been set free from sin by the Spirits power. We also have the power to overcome sin. How have you seen sin be overcome in your life or someone else life? How is the struggle managed?

Sin found an impossible fortress in Jesus. Read Proverbs 18:10, How have you experienced this in your life? When did Jesus become more than part of your life, but he became your life? How has Jesus become your everything?

3. Apply

Based on Romans 8:1 there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. What are you still battling that can be left behind right now?

Read Galatians 5:16-18 Use this text to encourage the group to be given fully over to the Spirits power in life. Also, use this text to pray for one another.

What practical steps can you take tonight to find the freedom that is offered to you in Jesus?

5 Day Reading Plan

As you read these verses, take time to meditate on each one.
Also use the questions below to help apply it to your life.
1- What have I learned? (Observed / interpretation)
2- How will I respond? (Application)

Day 1 - Romans 8:1-4
Day 2 - Galatians 5:16-18
Day 3 - Romans 13:14
Day 4 - Psalm 36
Day 5 - Proverbs 14-6-8

 
 

September 23rd

Trading Spouses

Romans 7:1-6

1. Review

Let's start with a question for everyone to answer. Lets go around the circle and answer this question: What have you learned recently about God or life? Or how has God been at work in your life?

The power of rules and regulations can lead to bondage and false assurances. How have you seen Christianity and the Bible twisted into ideas, activities and errors that are false?

The old law was a set of rules numbering more than 1300. Do this and don't do that was the norm of the day. Could anyone live up to that standard? Even Jesus was questioned about that:

Read Matthew 12:1-8, How did Jesus address the issue?

2. Assess

Spiritually speaking, What is the difference in legalism and liberalism? How do you balance the extremes of legalism and liberalism?

Read Galatians 5:1,13-15 Why have we been set free? How have we been set free? How can we use our freedom? How can we abuse our freedom?

Read 1 Peter 2:16-17 Living in freedom is a choice. When did you first discover the freedom to obey verses like this in your walk with Jesus? What has obeying this produced in your life? 

3. Apply

Read Matthew 22: 34-40, What is the greatest commandment? What did Jesus say about this law in regard to the law and the Prophets? How can you live out, Love God and Love people?

Read Romans 13:8-14 Take time to work through this text. How does your life line up with these verses? What adjustments do you need to make?

5 Day Reading Plan

As you read these verses, take time to meditate on each one.
Also use the questions below to help apply it to your life.
1- What have I learned? (Observed / interpretation)
2- How will I respond? (Application)

Day 1 - Romans 7:407
Day 2 - 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
Day 3 - Colossians 1:9-14
Day 4 - Proverbs 18:1-4
Day 5 - Galatians 5:1