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 | COMING SOON

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

July 15th | Joy In A Focused Life

JOY IN A FOCUSED LIFE

PHILIPPIANS 3: 15-4:3


1. Review

Do you have a walking in the dark story? (stubbing a toe? being scared?) What makes the dark so difficult to navigate? Why are people scared of the dark?

Darkness is part of the world we live in, therefore we must learn to function and have joy in such a place. How are you seeing the worlds darkness grow into all areas of culture? How has it crept into your home? How do you stay focused on Jesus in this ever-changing world?

Read Romans 12:2, What are the instructions of this verse? How can you live this out? How are you currently living it out? What is the difference in being conformed and being transformed? What are the sources of both?

2. Assess

If you had to compare your life in Christ right now to a race, where would you be? On your sofa watching it on TV? In the stands? On the sidelines? In the race? Give reasons why.

Are you more likely to strive for excellence in your secular life or in your spiritual life? What factors play into your answer?

Joy is tied to an inward reality of being at peace with God through relationship with Jesus and the Spirit. Joy is also tied to knowing this world is not our home. Read Philippians 3:20 What does Heaven mean to you? 

3. Apply

Read the entire text from the message, Philippians 3:15-4:3. Take time to outline the "stuff to do" and the "stuff to avoid" Of those two categories, which are you currently more active in participation? 

How can you live more as a citizen of Heaven than a citizen of the US this week? What adjustments do you need to make in order to do this? 

Who will you partner with to help along the way in this world 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 - Philippians 3:15-16
Day 2 - Philippians 3:17-18
Day 3 - Philippians 3:19-4.1
Day 4 - James 4:3-10
Day 5 - Romans 12:2

JULY 8TH, 2018

HOW TO KEEP GOING JOYFULLY

PHILIPPIANS 3: 12-14


1. Review

Evaluation and Elimination are important parts of moving forward. And you can only start from where you are. What things come to mind as you evaluate your life that have supreme value and what things do you find can be put aside?

Movement is an important part of life, movement is a sign of life. What areas in life to you deal with being complacent in? Where are you in regard to movement in your life in taking steps toward knowing God more and serving him more fully?

Read Hebrews 12:1-3, what are the simple instructions of these verses? If obeyed, how would these verses change you life? How have you lived these verses out in life recently? How have you seen others live this out?

2. Assess

Read Philippians 3:12-14, In Pauls life he had found supreme value in Jesus, therefore he was willing to stain forward to the high calling. In order to do so, he had to let go of and forget the past. What things tend to hold you back? What in your past are you holding on to? (even good stuff can hold us back)

What does your future look like if there is not change in your life?

When did you discover that Jesus was worth selling out for? What brought you to that point? What have you learned about living life with Jesus?

3. Apply

As a private activity: have everyone do a self evaluation. Where are they in a relationship with God? What do they need to let go of? What do they need to cling too? THEN, encourage conversations about their discoveries and what steps they will take.

Pray for everyone in group to experience victory and persevere in joyful living.


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 3:12-14
Day 2 - Psalm 118:28-29
Day 3 - 2 Timothy 2:10-13
Day 4 - Hebrews 12:1-3
Day 5 - James 1:25

JULY 1ST, 2018

KEEPING MY JOY

Philippians 3:1-11


1. Review

Our level of joy can fluctuate with events in life. What increases your joy most? What event in your life has challenged your joy most? How did you protect your joy or recover your joy in that challenge? What is your greatest distraction to joy currently?

Stabilizing joy is possible, but adjustments need to made. What are some easy adjustments that can be made in order to stabilize joy in your life? What are some more difficult adjustments that can be made? (religious rules and regulations? Preferences?)

Read Psalm 28:7 Use this verse to point out who God is to those who trust in Him. What does trusting the Lord produce in a believer? What are some verses you rely on to accomplish this in your life?

2. Assess

Read Philippians 3:1-7 Work through this text, focus on verses 3-7. What will the flesh do to our joy? Paul was religiously right, theologically trained, passionate about his stance and blameless according to religious norms. But he counted all those things as loss. What do you find hard to let go of to just simply cling to Jesus and leave self behind?

Read Philippians 3:8-10 What do these verses mean and how can you apply them to your current situation? What part is Jesus playing in your life daily?

Philippians 3:10, I want to know Jesus. The word know means to personally experience, it is more than intellectual knowledge. How are you experiencing Jesus in your life?

3. Apply

What adjustments can you make this week to experience freedom and fullness of joy in Jesus?

Take time to pray for one another regarding the answers to the above questions.


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 3:1-7
Day 2 - Philippians 3:8-11
Day 3 - Psalm 94:17
Day 4 - Philemon 1:7
Day 5 - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

JUNE 17TH, 2018

JOY ON THE JOB

Philippians 2:10-30


1. Review

All of life is made up of relationships. Therefore we must become experts on relationships on some level. What are your favorite activities, topics of discussion or qualities in your relationships?

A huge part of relationship is respect. What are some ways you show respect in relationships? Part of showing respect is to show and direct honor to the person. Read Romans 12:10, what does this look like in life?

Having joy on the job can be difficult. How can you improve your level of joy on the job? How can you contribute to the joy of others on the job?

2. Assess

Read Philippians 2:25-30 Epaphroditus is a key player in the church of Philippi and in the life of Paul. He is described having several powerful qualities, what are they as listed in these verses? What does each quality mean?

"E" was there for Paul and now Paul is there for him. On your job, who are you there for? How can you or will you exhibit "being there" for someone on your job?

Read Colossians 3:23-24 How can you live this out daily? How have you seen others live this out?

3. Apply

Relationships, whether at home or work, that thrive will tend to be selfless. What adjustments need to be made to add joy to your work relationships? home relationships?

How can you recognize and reward someone at your work place in order to build them up? How can you do this at home?

Who are you currently praying for, witnessing to or believing God for on your job?


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 2:19-30
Day 2 - Deuteronomy 15:10
Day 3 - Psalm 90:17
Day 4 - Luke 1:37
Day 5 - Colossians 3:17

JUNE 10TH, 2018

JOY IN MY POTENTIAL

Philippians 2:12-18


1. Review

Failing to recognize God’s plan for my life will rob me of the joy intended for me. How has your level of joy been influenced by your ability to do what you were designed to do?

Read Philippians 2:12, especially the last phrase. “work out your salvation with fear and trembling” We can only work out what God has put into us. When did you start taking your walk with God seriously? How did you start? How are you currently growing in that area?

Developing a healthy attitude toward “spending” our lives is important. What does that look like in your life? How are you currently giving away your life? What is one action you can do this week?

2. Assess

What are you shaped for? SHAPE is an acrostic for Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experiences. We are all shaped by God to fulfill our purpose.

What are your spiritual gifts? Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:7-10 and Ephesians 4:11

What is your heart? What do you love? What excites you?

What are your abilities that can be used to help others?

What is your personality type? How do you relate to others? How do you structure your life? How to you receive and process information? How to you make decisions?

What are your life experiences? Most meaningful? Most difficult? Specific training? How have you previously served or currently serving?

3. Apply

Read Romans 12:1,2

How can you offer God your life this week to provide joy to you as well as others?

 

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 2:12-13
Day 2 - Philippians 2:14-16
Day 3 - Philippians 2:17-18
Day 4 - Micah 6:8 - (memory verse)
Day 5 - Haggai 2:6-9