Just Like Sheep - Week 3 - Direction 6/4/17

Just Like Sheep - Week 3 - Direction 6/4/17

Welcome to a New LifeGroup Session!

Before we jump into our study let's take a moment to remember...there are three things we want to see happen every time our LifeGroups gather.

  • Movement toward Each Other
  • Movement toward God
  • Movement toward our Community

Our format is up that way.  All of the questions and discussions are designed toward movement.  We hope you enjoy your time together in your LifeGroup.  ***Remember, our goal is to deepen our relationship with Jesus and each other.  Use the questions that are helpful for your LifeGroup and skip the rest!

Current Series: Just Like Sheep

God refers to us as sheep.  It is not a compliment!  Sheep are stubborn, smelly, and stupid...just like us.  Join us as we take a 7-week journey through the most famous chapter in the Bible. 

Last Week: (accountability for the growth challenge last time we met)

Last week:

Find rest this week. Take 10 minutes of quiet.

Two weeks ago:

Memorize Psalm 23:1.  Answer this question.  Who is your shepherd?  Will you allow yourself, this week, to wrestle with that question and ask God to show you any areas where He may not be leading your life.

Key Verse - Psalm 23:3b  "He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake."

Movement Toward Each Other (know the people in your group)

This is the last time we will meet this session.  Think about what has happened in your faith walk since January.  What have been some cool moments for you so far this year?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)

  • Have you ever been lost?
  • Are you a stop and ask directions or just figure it out kind of person?
  • What are the advantages of your "position"?
  • Would you say you have a good sense of direction?
  • How does that work for you?
  • Have you ever been lost and felt panicked, like maybe on a hike or out in the woods?
  • Is there a difference than just being lost, say, in your car or walking around a city?  Explain.
  • When you are headed the wrong direction, what helps you find your way?
  • Read Psalm 23:3b; Isaiah53:6
  • What are some "life directions" that your parents or some other significant person in your life have given you?
  • Have you ever been given bad directions?
  • How do you know the difference?
  • Read Isaiah 42:16; Psalm 9:10
  • How would someone convince you to head in a different direction?
  • What if they were right and you were wrong?
  • What is the most difficult part of trusting God?
  • Read Proverbs 3:5-6; John 10:3
  • What is the difference between being led and pushed?
  • Which method will God use?
  • How can you be sure that you are listening/following the correct shepherd?
  • What are some indicators you can use to make sure you are heading in the correct direction?
  • Do you have some of those "indicators" we just listed in your life right now?

Challenge:

How can you stay connected to the people in your LifeGroup over our summer break?

PRAY FOR YOUR plusONE PEOPLE BY NAME

Key Verse - Psalm 23:2-3a

"He makes me lie down in green pastures.  He leads me beside still waters.  He restores my soul."

 

Just Like Sheep -Week 2 - Rest 5/28/17

Just Like Sheep 5/28/17 Rest

Welcome to a New LifeGroup Session!

Before we jump into our study let's take a moment to remember...there are three things we want to see happen every time our LifeGroups gather.

  • Movement toward Each Other
  • Movement toward God
  • Movement toward our Community

Our format is up that way.  All of the questions and discussions are designed toward movement.  We hope you enjoy your time together in your LifeGroup.  ***Remember, our goal is to deepen our relationship with Jesus and each other.  Use the questions that are helpful for your LifeGroup and skip the rest!

Current Series:  Just Like Sheep

God refers to us as sheep.  It is not a compliment!  Sheep are stubborn, smelly and stupid...just like us.  Join us as we take a 7-week journey through the most famous chapter in the Bible.

Last Week: (accountability for the growth challenge last time we met)

Last week:  Memorize Psalm 23:1.  Answer this question: Who is your shepherd?  Will you allow  yourself, this week, to wrestle with that question and ask God to show you any areas where He may not be leading your life?

Two weeks ago:  If married, be romantic this week.  If you are single, find a marriage you admire and thank them for hanging in there.

Key Verse - Psalm 23:2-3a  "He makes me lie down in green pastures.  He leads me beside still waters.  He restores my soul." 

Movement Toward Each Other (knowing the people in your group)

How much of Psalm 23 can you recite from memory?

Movement Toward God (grow in your relationship with God)

  • What did you spend the most time doing last week?
  • Would you consider yourself busy?
  • Of the three "outs" mentioned on Sunday (maxed, stressed, burned), which one relates the most to you?
  • What are some of the things that fill your schedule?
  • If you could stop doing one thing on that list, what would it be?
  • How would you describe a perfect, restful day?
  • When is the last time you "rested"?
  • What did you do?
  • Read Psalm 23:2-3a
  • What stresses you out?
  • What are some ways that you handle stress?
  • Why do you think there is a pattern in how the shepherd leads us to a "restored soul"? 
  • Read Psalm 46:10a
  • When is the last time you had "silence" in your life?
  • What is the biggest obstacle for you to have silence?
  • What would an attempt at a "Day with the Lord" look like for you?
  • Read Matthew 11:28-29
  • What is rest for your soul?
  • When is the last time you experienced something like that?
  • Read Psalm 23:3b-6
  • What comes after the rest?
  • If the Shepherd knows the path, why do you think He leads us into moments of rest?
  • What would some "rest" with the Shepherd look like for you this week?
  • How can we encourage you to take it?

Challenge:

Find rest this week. Take 10 minutes of quiet.

PRAY FOR YOUR plusONE PEOPLE BY NAME

Key Verse - Psalm 23:2-3a

"He makes me lie down in green pastures.  He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul."

 

 

Just Like Sheep - Week 1 - The Shepherd 5/21/17

Welcome to a New LifeGroup Session!

Before we jump into our study let's take a moment to remember...there are three things we want to see happen every time our LifeGroups gather.

  • Movement toward Each Other
  • Movement toward God
  • Movement toward our Community

Our format is up that way.  All of the questions and discussions are designed toward movement.  We hope you enjoy your time together in your LifeGroup.

***Remember, our goal is to deepen our relationship with Jesus and each other.  Use the questions that are helpful for your LifeGroup and skip the rest!

Current Series: Just Like Sheep

God refers to us as sheep.  It is not a compliment!  Sheep are stubborn, smelly, and stupid...just like us.  Join us as we take a 7-week journey through the most famous chapter in the Bible.

Last week: (accountability for the growth challenge last time we met)

Last Week: If married, be romantic this week.  If you are single, find a marriage you admire and thank them for hanging in there.

Two weeks ago:  Memorize Ephesians 4:32.  Ask God if there is someone you need to forgive and/or ask someone to forgive you.

Key Verse - Psalm 23:1  "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want."

Movement Toward Each Other (know the people in your group)

How much of Psalm 23 can you recite from memory?

Movement Toward God (grown in your relationship with God)

  • Have you ever visited a farm?
  • What was it like?
  • What do you think would be the hardest part about taking care of animals?
  • If you could farm one type of animal, what type would it be?
  • Why do you think sheep get such a bad rap?
  • Of all the animals God could use to describe us, why do you think He chose sheep?
  • How are we like sheep?
  • Read Psalm 23:1; Isaiah 40:11; John 10:11-16
  • What are the qualities of a good shepherd?
  • If that is what we need, why do we have such a difficult time following what is good for us?
  • What are some of the qualities of a bad shepherd?
  • What makes them seem good enough to follow?
  • Is it possible to see down a bad path before you take a step in that direction?  Explain.
  • Read Psalm 23:1
  • Sheep have a strong appetite.  What are some of the things you "want"?
  • Some of those things we listed are good things.  What causes them to take us down the wrong path?
  • Reach Philippians 4:19; Psalm 84:11
  • What is the difference between a need and a want?
  • How can you trust God to provide what you need when the watn is such a strong desire?
  • Read John 10:3-4, 27
  • What does it mean to "hear" the Shepherd's voice?
  • How do you "listen" for HIs voice in your own life?
  • The question this week was "who is your shepherd?".  How do you know you are following the correct shepherd?

Challenge:

Memorize Psalm 23:1

Answer this question.  Who is your shepherd?  Will you allow yourself this week to wrestle with that question and ask God to show you any areas where He may not be leading your life?

PRAY FOR YOUR plusONE PEOPLE BY NAME

Key Verse - Psalm 23:1

"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want."

iMarriage-Week 4-iProtect

iMarriage-Week 4-iProtect

Welcome to a New LifeGroup Session!

Before we jump into our study let's take a moment to remember.....There are three things we want to see happen every time our LifeGroups gather.

  • Movement towards Each Other
  • Movement towards God
  • Movement towards our Community

Our format is up that way.  All of the questions are designed towards movement.  We hope you enjoy your time together in your LifeGroup.  

***Remember, our goal is to deepen our relationship with Jesus and each other.  Use the questions that are helpful for your LifeGroup and skip the rest!

Current Series: iMarriage

A marriage will spin out of control when our perspective in our marriage is primarily on us.  Don't have a marriage reality with a single's mentality.

Last Week: (accountability for the growth challenge last time we met)

Last week:

Memorize Ephesians 4:32

Ask God if there is someone you need to forgive and/or ask someone to forgive you.

Two weeks ago:

Read Philippians 2:3-7 every day this week when you first wake up.  Ask yourself each day, "What is one way that I can put (insert name) ahead of my own desires today?"

Key Verse: Song of Solomon 2:15

"Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom."

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)

What is one thing in your life that you protect?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)

How many pets have you had in your life?

Can you recite all their "names"?

Which was your favorite? Explain.

What is one pet you would never want to have? Explain.

Read Song of Solomon 2:15

Describe the characteristics of a fox.

If you saw it in the wild, would it cause you fear? Explain.

What is an animal that would strike fear if you saw it in the wild?

What is the difference?

Why do you think Solomon chose this animal for this verse?

What are some "foxes" that might appear in a marriage?

Does the fox care whether the vineyards are new or old?

So what is the advice for the person who owns the vineyard?

Read Hebrews 12:1; Galatians 5:7-9.

At what point do the little things become big things?

How should you approach them?

Read John 10:10; 1 Peter 5:8

If Satan approached us like he is portrayed in these verses, would it be easier to see it coming? Explain.

Does Satan want marriages to thrive? Why?

Read Song of Solomon 2:8-14.

Whether you are married or not, how do you protect a marriage?

What are some of the things you did to "woo" your spouse?

Describe Romance.

No matter what stage of the "vineyard", what are some practical things people can do to foster that word in marriage?

Challenge:

If married, be romantic this week.

If you are single, find a marriage you admire and thank them for hanging in there.

PRAY FOR YOUR PLUS ONE PEOPLE BY NAME

Key Verse - Song of Solomon 2:15

"Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom."

 

iMarriage-Week 3-iForgive 5/7/17

iMarriage-Week 3-iForgive 5/7/17

Welcome to a New LifeGroup Session!

Before we jump into our study let's take a moment to remember...There are three things we want to see happen every time our LifeGroups gather.

  • Movement towards Each Other
  • Movement towards God
  • Movement towards our Community

Our format is up that way.  All of the questions and discussions are designed towards movement.  We hope you enjoy your time together in your LifeGroup.  

***Remember, our goal is to deepen our relationship with Jesus and each other.  Use the questions that are helpful for your LifeGroup and skip the rest!

Current Series: iMarriage

A marriage will spin out of control when our perspective in our marriage is primarily on us.  Don't have a marriage reality with a singles mentality.

Last Week:  (accountability for the growth challenge last time we met)

Last week:

Read Philippians 2:3-7 every day this week when you first wake up.  Ask yourself each day, "What is one way that I can put (insert name) ahead of my own desires today?"

Two weeks ago:

If you are married: every day find one way to serve your spouse.

If you are single: every day find one way for you to serve a friend, neighbor, co-worker, etc.

Key Verse - Ephesians 4:32

"Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you."

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)

  • When is the last time you needed to take medicine?
  • Did it help?
  • What would have happened if you chose not to take the medicine?
  • Define forgiveness.
  • What is the difference between "I'm Sorry" and "Will you Forgive Me"?
  • What is the most difficult part of forgiving someone else?
  • What is the opposite of forgiveness?
  • What happens if bitterness is left unchecked?
  • Read Ephesians 4:32.
  • What is the medicine for bitterness?
  • Read Colossians 3:12-13.
  • How does it work?
  • How do you keep the "I'm offended" list short in marriage?
  • What happens when you chose not to forgive?
  • Read Matthew 18:23-25.
  • As a Christian, what have  you been forgiven?
  • As a human being, why can it be so difficult to extend forgiveness to someone else?
  • Is forgiveness a one time event?
  • What do you do when you have truly extended forgiveness to someone, but the thought of what happened pops into your head?
  • Read Ephesians 4:32 again.
  • Is there forgiveness you need to extend to someone?
  • What would it look like if you did?

Challenge:

Memorize Ephesians 4:32

Ask God if there is someone you need to forgive and/or ask someone to forgive you.

PRAY FOR YOUR PLUS ONE PEOPLE BY NAME

Key Verse - Ephesians 4:32

"Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you."

 

iMarriage-Week 2-iDeserve 4/30/17

iMarriage-Week 2 -iForgive 4/30/17

Welcome to a New LifeGroup Session!

Before we jump into our study let's take a moment to remember...There are three things we want to see happen every time our LifeGroups gather.

  • Movement towards Each Other
  • Movement towards God
  • Movement towards our Community

Our format is up that way.  All of the questions and discussions are designed towards movement.  We hope you enjoy your time together in your LifeGroup.  ***Remember, our goal is to deepen our relationship with Jesus and each other.  Use the questions that are helpful for your LifeGroup and skip the rest!

Current Series: iMarriage 

A marriage will spin out of control when our perspective in our marriage is primarily on us.  Don't have a marriage reality with a single's mentality.

Last Week: (accountability for the growth challenge last time we met)

Last week:

If you are married: every day find one way to serve your spouse.

If you are single: every day find one way for you to serve a friends, neighbor, co-worker, etc.

Two weeks ago:

This week take some time to investigate perspective, peace and hope in your life.  Where are you full?  Give praise to God.  Where are you lacking?  Ask God to show you how He can fill you up?

Key Verse-Philippians 2:4

"Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others."

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)

What is an award that you won as a child?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)

  • Name all of the "titles" that you currently hold? (i.e. husband, wife, boss, coworker...)
  • Which one is most important?
  • Which one do you care about the least?
  • What are some of the "perks" that come with your titles?
  • Have you ever been around someone that demanded something because of their title?
  • How did people react to that?
  • Read Philippians 2:5-7
  • What are some of Jesus' titles?
  • How could Jesus have leveraged His Titles with mankind?
  • What did He chose to do instead?  Why?
  • How does that "mindset" (see verse 5) play out in marriage?
  • Read verse 7 again.
  • How doe someone "empty" themselves in the marriage relationship?
  • What does the world say that you deserve or should get out of marriage?
  • Is it the same for the man and the woman?
  • Reach Matthew 22:39; 5:43-44
  • What does it mean to be a servant in marriage?
  • Isn't a servant just another word for "slave"?
  • What is the difference?
  • Is how I serve my spouse dependent on how they treat me?  Explain.
  • Read Philippians 2:3
  • What are some examples of how you have seen this lived out is a marriage relationship?
  • What are three ways I could apply this verse to my marriage/or I could apply to a friendship/coworker relationship this week?

Challenge:

Read Philippians 2:3-7 every day this week when you first wake up.  Ask yourself each day, "What is one way that I can put (insert name) ahead of my own desires today?"

PRAY FOR YOUR PLUS ONE PEOPLE BY NAME

Key Verse-Philippians 2:4

"Let each of you look not only to his own interests , but also to the interests of others."

 

 

iMarriage-Week 1-iWant 4/23/17

iMarriage-Week 1-iForgive 4/23/17

Welcome to a New LifeGroup Session!

Before we jump into our study let's take a moment to remember...There are three things we want to see happen every time our LifeGroups gather. 

  • Movement towards Each Other
  • Movement towards God
  • Movement towards our Community

Our format is up that way.  All of the questions and discussions are designed towards movement.  We hope you enjoy your time together in your LifeGroup.  ***Remember, our goal is to deepen our relationship with Jesus and each other.  Use the questions that are helpful for your LifeGroup and skip the rest!

Current Series: iMarriage

A marriage will spin out of control when our perspective in our marriage is primarily on us.  Don't have a marriage reality with a single's mentality.

Last Week:  (accountability for the growth challenge last time we met)

Last week:

This week take some time to investigate perspective, peace and hope in your life.  Where are you full?  Give praise to God.  Where are you lacking?  Ask God to show you how He can fill you up.

Two weeks ago:

This week be praying for our Easter services and for those who will hear about Jesus for the first time.  Be praying for your plusONE.  Who has God placed in your life that you can invite to Easter?

Key Verse - Philippians 2:4

"Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others."

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)

What was your first new car?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)

  • What is the last new thing that you purchased?
  • Are you a "read the manual " person or a "what manual" type of person?
  • What is the value in y our position (manual/no manual)>
  • What do you do if/when the item breaks?
  • Why do you  think they give you a manual when you purchase something?
  • Read Philippians 2:3-8.
  • How is this passage a manual for marriage?
  • Read Philippians 2:3 again.
  • What does it mean to be selfish?
  • What are some ways that would show up in a marriage relationship?
  • What does it mean to be humble in a marriage relationship?
  • Won't you become a doormat or be taken advantage of in your marriage?  Explain.
  • Reach Philippians 3:4; 1 Corinthians 13:4-5
  • If you give only to receive, what does that make you?
  • Why are we to look toward the other person's  interests and not our own?
  • Why do people get married?
  • Do you think people enter marriage to give or to receive?  Defend your answer.
  • Based on this passage, what should be the mentality of someone who enters into marriage?
  • Read Philippians 2:5-8.
  • What does it mean to be a servant in a marriage relationship?

Challenge:

If you are married: every day find one way to serve your spouse.

If you are single: every day find one way for you to serve a friend, neighbor, co-worker, etc.

PRAY FOR YOUR PLUS ONE PEOPLE BY NAME

Key Verse - Philippians 2:4

"Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others."