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

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