The Power in Weakness - Pastor TJ McConahay

Welcome to a New LifeGroup Session!

Before we jump into our study, let's take a moment to remember that 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 questions follow this same format. 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 help and skip the rest.

CURRENT SERIES: Student Ministry Takeover Sunday

This Sunday our Student Ministry "took over" our regular Sunday services

Last Week:
Are you facing a trial? How can you trust God while your in it? Memorize 1 Peter 1:6-7

Two Weeks Ago:
Memorize Philippians 4:19
Make a list of some of the things you want. Ask God to show you what is best. When the temptation of lust comes, recite this verse. Ask yourself, is this something that is good for me? If yes, do I trust God to provide it?

Key Verse:   “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9  

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
What is something that you are really good at?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
Where did you excel in high school?
Where did you come up a little short?
Which list was easier to compile, your strengths or your weaknesses? (explain)
What do we value more in our society?
What do you personally value more?
When can a strength become a weakness?
Read 2 Corinthians 12:7
What does it mean to be conceited?
What is the difference between being conceited and being confident?
What would you consider a "thorn in the flesh"?
Does something debilitating in someone's life automatically mean they are conceited about something? (Explain)
Read 2 Corinthians 12:8
Have you ever been in this situation? (Explain to your own comfort level)
Did God choose to take it away?
How did that feel?
Read 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
How is God's grace sufficient, if the situation is causing you discomfort?
Could God take it away if He wanted to? Then what is the benefit of sitting in it?
Read Hebrews 4:16; Philippians 4:13; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Isaiah 43:2
How do these verses speak to our difficult times in life?
How do we know that God is with us?
How can God work through our difficulties to impact those around us?
Have you ever thanked God for the difficulty?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Memorize 2 Corinthians 12:9
Are you able to thank God for the difficulties, and trust Him to take care of it?

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

Hope In Hard Times - Guest Speaker Dathan Brown

Welcome to a New LifeGroup Session!

Before we jump into our study, let's take a moment to remember that 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 questions follow this same format. 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 help and skip the rest.

CURRENT SERIES: Guest Speaker Dathan Brown

Dathan Brown is the Executive Director at Hume Lake Christian Camps - one of the largest and most dynamic cams in America. Dathan oversees Hume Camps located in Hume, San Diego, Hawaii and New England. 

Last Week:
Memorize Philippians 4:19
Make a list of some of the things you want. Ask God to show you what is best. When the temptation of lust comes, recite this verse. Ask yourself, is this something that is good for me? If yes, do I trust God to provide it?


Two Weeks Ago:
Memorize James 1:19.
When anger comes, What will be your action to the reaction?

Key Verse:
“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:6–7  

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
What is something that genuinely frightens you?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
What was your favorite subject in school?
What was your least favorite subject?
When it came to tests, which subject was easier, the one you liked or the one you didn't like?
Did "tests" in school cause you stress? Explain
Have you ever had a test that wasn't related to schooling?
What was that like?
How do the tests that life throws at us differ from the ones when we were in school?
Read 1 Peter 1:3-7; Romans 5:3-4
What does it mean to have hope?
Has your hope ever been tested? Explain
What is the benefit of that test, according to this passage?
Read 1 Peter 4:12-13; James 1:2-4; John 16:33
Are bad things a normal expectation for life?
How in the world can find joy in a difficult situation?
Why do bad things happen to good people?
2 Corinthians 1:3-5
How do my trials in life impact people around me?
Have you ever been able to help someone through something because you understand what they are going through?
Read 1 Peter 1:8-9
How do I know that Jesus understands my situation? 
Just knowing that, how does that knowledge provide us with comfort?
What do I do if God doesn't get me out of the trial on my timetable?
How do trials help me trust God more?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Are you facing a trial? How can you trust God while your in it? Memorize 1 Peter 1:6-7

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

Necessary Sins - Lust (week 4)

Welcome to a New LifeGroup Session!

Before we jump into our study, let's take a moment to remember that 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 questions follow this same format. 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 help and skip the rest.

CURRENT SERIES: Necessary Sins

Some sins are always wrong: murder, stealing, abuse, etc., but we allow certain habits to "help" us deal with life. Sometimes, those bad habits can become part of our identity. It's time to separate ourselves from these "necessary" habits and recognize them for what they really are: SINS. In this four week series we will look at lying, gossip, lust and anger and how we can replace these habits with obedience and grace.

Last Week:
Memorize James 1:19.
When anger comes, What will be your action to the reaction?


Two Weeks Ago:
Read Ephesians 4:29 every day.
Speak well of one person every single day when that person isn't around to hear it

Key Verse: 
“What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?" James 4:1 

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
If you could buy one thing, money is no object, what would you buy?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
When you were a kid, what is one thing that you really wanted for Christmas?
How big of a deal was getting presents at Christmas when you were a child?
Did you make a list? 
What happened if you didn't get all the stuff you wanted?
What does the word "lust" mean to you?
Name some of the things/ways where lust would apply
What is the difference between need and want?
Are wants automatically something that turns into lust?
Where is the line?
Read James 4:1-3
What are the lengths someone would go to get what they want?
How about you?
When do you know that what you want may not be what is best for you to pursue?
Why is it so tempting, especially when it starts as just a feeling?
Read James 1:14-15
Have you ever thought God was holding out on you?
What does it mean to be "lured and enticed"?
If the Bible lays out the whole plan of lust, why do we still engage?
When it comes to lust, how far is too far?
Read Romans 1:21-25
How does this passage reflect what we see in our world today?
What happens when we fully embrace lust?
Then why do we do it?
Read Genesis 22:14; Galatians 5:16-17; Philippians 4:19
What do these passages tell us about God?
Does God love us even if we don't get what we want? Explain
Is it ok to pray about stuff that we want?
How do we know what we should pray for and not pray for?
How is not always getting what we want a blessing?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Memorize Philippians 4:19
Make a list of some of the things you want. Ask God to show you what is best. When the temptation of lust comes, recite this verse. Ask yourself, is this something that is good for me? If yes, do I trust God to provide it?

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

Necessary Sins - Anger (week 3)

Welcome to a New LifeGroup Session!

Before we jump into our study, let's take a moment to remember that 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 questions follow this same format. 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 help and skip the rest.

CURRENT SERIES: Necessary Sins

Some sins are always wrong: murder, stealing, abuse, etc., but we allow certain habits to "help" us deal with life. Sometimes, those bad habits can become part of our identity. It's time to separate ourselves from these "necessary" habits and recognize them for what they really are: SINS. In this four week series we will look at lying, gossip, lust and anger and how we can replace these habits with obedience and grace.

Last Week:
Read Ephesians 4:29 every day.
Speak well of one person every single day when that person isn't around to hear it


Two Weeks Ago:
How are you known around those who are closest to you? One who speaks truth or one who bends it? Read John 8:31-32 every day and speak the truth.

Key Verse: 
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,” Ephesians 4:26

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
What is one thing in this world that is guaranteed to make you mad?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
How was dealing with anger modeled for you growing up?
Did you ever see an example of someone handling it well? Explain
How is anger modeled in society differently today than when you were a child?
Without getting political...Would you say that we are an angry nation? Explain
How do you contribute to that?
Can someone avoid the "feeling" of anger?
When the feeling of anger comes on, what is usually your initial reaction?
Is anger a sin? Defend your answer
Read Ephesians 4:26; James 1:19-20; Psalm 4:4
When it comes to anger, what usually gets us into trouble?
How does someone "ponder" anger?
Why do you think the Psalmist adds "and be silent"?
What does it mean to be "slow to anger"?
Can I blow up later as long as I have thought it all out?
Is it ok to admit that something has made me angry?
Read Ephesians 4:31
What is the hardest part of putting all these forms of anger behind you?
Of the types of anger listed, which one might trip you up the most?
Why do we enjoy having the silent arguments with the person we feel has wronged us? 
How can that be damaging?
Read Ephesians 4:32-5:2
When I am angry, why is it so hard to apply these verses to my situation?
What does forgiveness look like to you?
How can I forgive someone who may not ever apologize?
What does it mean to "walk in love", especially toward someone with whom I am angry?
When it comes to anger, what is the best way for us to pray for you?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Memorize James 1:19.
When anger comes, What will be your action to the reaction?

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

Necessary Sins - Gossip (week 2)

Welcome to a New LifeGroup Session!

Before we jump into our study, let's take a moment to remember that 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 questions follow this same format. 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 help and skip the rest.

CURRENT SERIES: Necessary Sins

Some sins are always wrong: murder, stealing, abuse, etc., but we allow certain habits to "help" us deal with life. Sometimes, those bad habits can become part of our identity. It's time to separate ourselves from these "necessary" habits and recognize them for what they really are: SINS. In this four week series we will look at lying, gossip, lust and anger and how we can replace these habits with obedience and grace.

Last Week:
How are you known around those who are closest to you? One who speaks truth or one who bends it? Read John 8:31-32 every day and speak the truth.

Two Weeks Ago:
Do something encouraging for someone who attends at GracePoint and someone who leads at GracePoint. 

Key Verse: 
“A gossip goes around telling secrets, but those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence.” Proverbs 11:13

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
If a complete stranger was to learn about you, how would you want to be known?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
What are five qualities you look for in a friend?
What is one quality or trait that is an absolute friendship killer for you?
If you had to trust someone with a secret, who is the person you would tell?
Why do people gossip?
Have you ever had someone gossip about you?
How did it feel? What did you do?
How has the electronic age changed "gossip"?
Is it easier to gossip about someone you know or someone you do not know? Explain
What is the difference between being concerned and being a gossip?
When someone wants to share a "story" about someone, are you more likely to listen or to walk away?
Why do we enjoy hearing about other people but don't like it when people talk about us?
How does gossip impact relationships?
How likely are you to share something personal with a person who is know to gossip? Explain
Read James 1:26; 3:2-6
What does it mean to "bridle your tongue"?
What is the warning about what comes out of our mouths?
Is there such a thing as non damaging gossip? Explain
Read Matthew 12:34-35
What does this passage say about the connection with the heart and the words that come out of our mouths?
So how does that apply to a person who gossips?
Read Proverbs 11:13; Ephesians 4:29
What is the opposite of gossip?
How can we build someone up, especially when they are not there to hear it?
Which is worse, a person who speaks gossip or a person who listens to gossip?
Is there a difference? Explain
How can we stop gossip?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Read Ephesians 4:29 every day.
Speak well of one person every single day when that person isn't around to hear it

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

Necessary Sins - Lies (week 1)

Welcome to a New LifeGroup Session!

Before we jump into our study, let's take a moment to remember that 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 questions follow this same format. 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 help and skip the rest.

CURRENT SERIES: Necessary Sins

Some sins are always wrong: murder, stealing, abuse, etc., but we allow certain habits to "help" us deal with life. Sometimes, those bad habits can become part of our identity. It's time to separate ourselves from these "necessary" habits and recognize them for what they really are: SINS. In this four week series we will look at lying, gossip, lust and anger and how we can replace these habits with obedience and grace.

Last Week:
Do something encouraging for someone who attends at GracePoint and someone who leads at GracePoint. 

Two Weeks Ago:
This week, play your favorite worship song all alone. Focus on the words and worship God as an audience of One. 

Key Verse: 
“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”” (John 8:31–32)  

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
If you had to lie about something, what topic would it be?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
Have you ever caught someone in a lie?
How did it feel?
Do you want people to always be honest with you?
Is there ever a time where you would prefer not hearing the truth? Explain
What is your definition of a "white lie"?
Can you give an example of what would be considered an acceptable lie?
Do you believe telling lies are necessary? Explain
What is the difference between a white lie and a regular lie?
Where is the line and who decides where it is drawn?
Read Genesis 3:3-7; John 8:44
What is mankind's "default" wiring?
Who teaches us to lie?
Why did Jesus come to earth?
Are lies sin?
Read John 8:31-36; Proverbs 12:22
What does it mean to be enslaved to sin?
Why does Jesus want to protect us from it (sin)?
In the end, who ultimately is impacted the most by the lies we tell?
What is the downside to telling the truth?
What is the upside of telling the truth?
Where in your life/what topic is it easiest for you to lie?
How does John 8:31-36 apply to that area in your life?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
How are you known around those who are closest to you? One who speaks truth or one who bends it? Read John 8:31-32 every day and speak the truth.

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

The Church - Paul Hill (Guest Speaker)

Welcome to a New LifeGroup Session!

Before we jump into our study, let's take a moment to remember that 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 questions follow this same format. 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 help and skip the rest.

CURRENT SERIES: THE CHURCH Paul Hill - Guest Speaker

Paul Hill is the Executive Director of Montana Wilderness School of the Bible and a former member of the GracePoint Staff. Paul served here at GracePoint as the Executive Pastor for over 10 years.

Last Week:
This week, play your favorite worship song all alone. Focus on the words and worship God as an audience of One. 

Two Weeks Ago:
What is your favorite "worship" song? This week, look up the lyrics and print them out. Read them out loud everyday as a reminder that worship is a choice. Choose to worship God.

Key Verse: 
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8, ESV  

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
What is the weirdest thing you have ever seen in church?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
Everyone has a "first time" in church. What was it that brought you to GracePoint?
How long have you been attending here?
How many churches have you attended in your life?
If you could keep one thing in a church, what would it be?
If you could change one thing in a church, what would it be?
What do you think keeps most people from coming to "church"?
Read Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
What's the big deal about us coming together at a church?
Does it really matter if I show up or not? Explain
What part of the "body" do you play at GracePoint?
How are we better as a church when you are there?
Read 1 Timothy 5:17
Would you ever want to be a pastor? Explain
What do you think would be the hardest part?
What do you think your pastors need the most from you? Explain
What does it mean to be a friend to a pastor?
Read Hebrews 13:7, 17; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
What is the weight of responsibility for a pastor in a church?
What is the weight of responsibility of the people who attend that church?
What does it mean to show respect/esteem to a pastor in your church?
What about if someone else is showing disrespect to a pastor in your church?
Why do you think God wants you here at GracePoint in this season of your life?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Do something encouraging for someone who attends at GracePoint and someone who leads at GracePoint. 

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

Worship (week 2) - Pastor Mike Best

Welcome to a New LifeGroup Session!

Before we jump into our study, let's take a moment to remember that 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 questions follow this same format. 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 help and skip the rest.

CURRENT SERIES: Worship

In this two week series Pastor Mike will explore the why's and how's of worship

Last Week:
What is your favorite "worship" song? This week, look up the lyrics and print them out. Read them out loud everyday as a reminder that worship is a choice. Choose to worship God.

Two Weeks Ago:
 Is there a secret fear that you are holding on to? What would it take to give it to the Lord?

Key Verse: 
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8, ESV  

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
Have you ever caught yourself singing the words to elevator music?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
If you had to listen to one type of music for an entire month, what type would it be?
Have you ever heard a song as an adult that can bring you back to an event that you experienced as a teenager?
What was the song?
Have you ever listened to a song that has moved you deeply?
Was it the song or the feelings attached to the song?
Have you ever had a physical reaction to a song?
Why do we play certain songs at sporting events?
What is it about music that moves us so much?
What style of worship (song) do you enjoy the most?
Where does that come from in you?
As a group, listen to Chris Tomlin's "My Chains Are Gone" together
What spoke to you most about that song?
Read Psalm 42:1-2; 33:8; 100:4; 42:5; 32:11
Describe the emotion being identified in each of these passages
Have you ever felt like this during a time of worship? Explain
Why do some people raise their hands or dance around when they worship?
When you worship God, what are some of the emotions that are stirred up in you?
Have you ever felt a little self conscious when you are worship God?
For you, what would it look like to have reckless abandonment in your worship to God?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
This week, play your favorite worship song all alone. Focus on the words and worship God as an audience of One. 

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

Worship (week 1) - Pastor Mike Best

Welcome to a New LifeGroup Session!

Before we jump into our study, let's take a moment to remember that 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 questions follow this same format. 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 help and skip the rest.

CURRENT SERIES: Worship

In this two week series Pastor Mike will explore the why's and how's of worship

Last Week:
 Is there a secret fear that you are holding on to? What would it take to give it to the Lord?

Key Verse: 
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8, ESV  

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
If you could change your name to something different (name), what would it be?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
True or False, I have been known to sing in the shower
What was your favorite band in High School?
If you could be the lead singer in any band past or present, who would it be?
When you think of worship, you think of...?
Read Micah 6:6-8; Romans 12:1
How would you define worship?
Is worship more than singing? Explain your answer
Pastor Mike defined worship as an outward expression of our priorities and values.
Based on his definition, What are some some of the things we worship in America?
What are some of things you and I worship?
What do you receive from those things that you worship?
Is that bad?
Why do we worship God?
Read Matthew 11:28-30; 10:40-42; Hebrews 11:6
What do we get out of worshiping God?
So if we receive all of these blessings from worshipping God, why do we struggle to maintain it?
Read Psalm 42:11
How do we keep praising God even during the difficult circumstances in our lives?
True or false, worship is a choice, not a feeling
How can our focus on our situation pull our focus away from God?
Ironically, who is the only one who can fix your current situation?
What is your favorite worship song? (see challenge below)

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
What is your favorite "worship" song? This week, look up the lyrics and print them out. Read them out loud everyday as a reminder that worship is a choice. Choose to worship God.

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

New LifeGroups - Start Here - New LifeGroups - Start Here

Welcome 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 weekly in every LifeGroup! 

 

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

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

Hebrews 10:24-25
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

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

Last Week: (this is where the challenge will go from the previous week's discussion)


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

What was it like your first day of High School being on a new campus around new people?

Describe some of the emotions that go with being "the new person"

In our group tonight, we want to take an opportunity to get to know each other. This can be a little scary, especially the first night. So let's make this easy.

If you could pick one thing to eat for an entire day, with no opportunity to be sick or gain weight, what would you choose?

What are a few words you would use to describe yourself?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)

Welcome to LifeGroups: It can be a little scary, perhaps even awkward. Don't worry, we are on this journey together. Let God speak into your heart and take the steps He is leading you to take. Deep breath. Ready? Here we go...

Each time we get together, we are going to be challenged to move forward, relationally, towards God and towards our community (changes in my life impacting others).

Which of these three areas sounds most appealing to you?

Which area do you think is going to be the most challenging?

Read Hebrews 10:24-25

What jumps out at you?

How are you motivated to move forward in your life?

What does encouragement look like for you?

The verse speaks of us helping each other move forward. To stir one another on towards something. One of the ways we can do that is through our group covenant. We wanted to take a few minutes and explain what our group will look like over the next 12 weeks (talk about the group expectation here - separate sheet). We are making a commitment to each other for movement in our lives over the next 12 weeks. 

As you think about these three areas (each other, God & community), what is one way this group can pray for you?

Movement Towards Your Community (apply what you've learned in your life)
*James tells us that faith without works is dead. Are you willing this week to take a step towards applying these truths to your everyday life?

There will be a challenge each time we meet to apply what we have learned. To do something. We call it, movement.

Ask God this week for movement in your life. Ask Him for clear direction as you get involved with your LifeGroup over the next 12 weeks.

Verse for the week: Hebrews 10:24-25

 

 

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

Prayer Requests - 

Is there anything that we can pray about as a group this week for you? (Have someone write them down. You will probably pray the first time & you don't need to go through them all, especially if praying out loud like this will make you nervous.)

Psalm 22 - Guest Speaker Ken Rudolph

Welcome to a New LifeGroup Session!

Before we jump into our study, let's take a moment to remember that 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 questions follow this same format. 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 help and skip the rest.

Current Series: Guest Speaker Ken Rudolph

Last Week: Hi Everyone! Welcome Back!

Key Verse: Psalm 22:8
"He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him!"

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
What is one thing that is guaranteed to bring a tear to your eye?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
What is one thing that you are afraid of? (group promises not to "surprise you" next time, especially if it's spiders :-)
When you were a kid, was there a time where you were really afraid of something?
What happened to those fears when you got older?
What causes us to stop being afraid of something?
Do our fears change depending on the stage of life? Explain.
What is a future fear you might have ten years from today?
Read Psalm 22:1-2
Have you ever felt like that, abandoned by God?
What do you do in those moments of feeling all alone?
Read Psalm 22:3-8
When has the Lord shown up in a bad situation?
Why are those moments in our lives so important?
Read Psalm 22:14-21
What does it mean to be overwhelmed with life?
If you had a friend who was going through something awful, what would you share from your experiences that would be helpful to them?
When life gets hard, is there a verse that you like to read? What is it?
How do you know that God will be able to handle whatever comes at you?
Read out loud together - Psalm 23
Even though you are grown up, is there a fear that you still hold on to?
How does this passage speak to that hidden fear?
For you, what does it mean to "trust the Lord"?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Challenge: Is there a secret fear that you are holding on to? What would it take to give it to the Lord?

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

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."