King Me - Transforming Faith (week 5)

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: King Me!

Faith. It's this essential thing that we need to have in order to survive day to day living. We place faith in lots of things, some good, some bad. But the faith that matters most, and honestly the one we wrestle with most often, is our faith in God. In this seven week series we will do a character study of some real life characters in the Bible. Their faith in God will give us confidence to increase our faith in Him.

Last Week:
Are there difficulties in your life that seem insurmountable? Pray, share with an appropriate friend, and allow God to work. Read 2 Kings 4:1-7. God can do anything.

Two Weeks Ago:
Commit to a month of asking God for a bold faith request. Maybe it's in your own life. Maybe it's in your "community". Ask, Seek, Knock.

Key Verse: 
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
What has been a highlight for you this past year?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
Have you ever had to visit someone or spend the night in the hospital?
What are some of the feelings you have when you step inside the hospital?
Have you ever known someone who had a life threatening illness?
What was it like being around them?
Read 2 Kings 5:1-6
What do you think would be the worst illness to have?
If you had a life threatening illness, and you knew someone who held the cure, what would you do?
What would you not do?
Read 2 Kings 5:8-10
What is the most famous person you have ever met?
How did you feel when you met them?
How do you think Naaman felt when Elisha didn't come down to meet him?
How would you have reacted?
Read 2 Kings 5:11-12
How many people do you think struggle with pride?
Why do you think that is such an issue with people?
How does pride impact how a person sees things?
Read 2 Kings 5:13
Who is the person in your life that helps give you perspective?
What was God really asking Naaman to do?
What happened when he obeyed?
Read Luke 6:27-28; Colossians 3:13; 2 Peter 1:5-7; Ephesians 5:33
How are these things good for us to do?
What prevents us from doing them?
What could our pride be causing us to miss out on?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Have a wonderful Summer and we will see you back here in September!

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

 

King Me - Jars of Faith (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: King Me!

Faith. It's this essential thing that we need to have in order to survive day to day living. We place faith in lots of things, some good, some bad. But the faith that matters most, and honestly the one we wrestle with most often, is our faith in God. In this seven week series we will do a character study of some real life characters in the Bible. Their faith in God will give us confidence to increase our faith in Him.

Last Week:
Commit to a month of asking God for a bold faith request. Maybe it's in your own life. Maybe it's in your "community". Ask, Seek, Knock.

Two Weeks Ago:
Spend some time reading Luke 7:1-10 and James 2:18-26 this week.
What are some ways that you can be acting out your faith in your community (where you live, work, etc.)? Come back with an answer the next time we meet.

Key Verse: 
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;”
2 Corinthians 4:7–8

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
What was your favorite food truck this past Sunday?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
What does it mean to be desperate for something?
Has there ever been a time in your life where you have experienced desperation?
What would cause you to experience desperation in your life now?
Read 2 Kings 4:1
What was happening to this woman and her family?
What kind of conversations do you think she might have had with God?
Have you ever been in a situation where you or someone you know thinks God has abandoned them?
In times of desperation, why is it easier to focus on what we don't have instead of what we do have?
Read 2 Kings 4:2-4
What does having a relationship with God automatically give us?
In moments of desperation, what role does faith play?
What would have happened if this woman had ignored Elisha?
Do you think there are times when God gives us an answer but we are unwilling to obey?
Read 2 Kings 4:5-7
Why do you think God answers us in unconventional ways?
Couldn't God have just given her the money?
Because of the process she and her boys went through, what do you think she learned about God?
How do you think this impacted their faith?
Read Isaiah 55:8-9; Jeremiah 29:11-13
How do these passages apply to their story?
How do these passages apply to your story?
Read 2 Corinthians 4:7
What are the benefits of being desperate for God?
What does it mean for you to know/believe that God is in control?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Are there difficulties in your life that seem insurmountable? Pray, share with an appropriate friend, and allow God to work. Read 2 Kings 4:1-7. God can do anything.

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

 

King Me - BAD Kind of Faith (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: King Me!

Faith. It's this essential thing that we need to have in order to survive day to day living. We place faith in lots of things, some good, some bad. But the faith that matters most, and honestly the one we wrestle with most often, is our faith in God. In this seven week series we will do a character study of some real life characters in the Bible. Their faith in God will give us confidence to increase our faith in Him.

Last Week:
Spend some time reading Luke 7:1-10 and James 2:18-26 this week.
What are some ways that you can be acting out your faith in your community (where you live, work, etc.)? Come back with an answer the next time we meet.

Two Weeks Ago:
Memorize Hebrews 11:1
Where is God exercising your faith muscles? Where can you lean into your faith in God? Next time we meet share where/what God is doing in your life.

Key Verse: 
“When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.” And Elisha said, “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.”” 2 Kings 2:9

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
Who you told about Food Truck Sunday?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
Have you ever had a mentor in your life?
What were/are some of their characteristics?
Would you say they are/have been a blessing in your life?
Read 2 Kings 2:9
Do you have a difficult time asking for God's blessing in your life?
What does God's blessing look like?
What does it mean to have God's blessing in your life?
Why is obedience key?
Is God's blessing from obedience a type of "reward"?
Read James 4:2-3; 1 Chronicles 4:9-10
What is the difference between praying boldly and praying selfishly?
What would be a bold prayer for you to ask God to do?
How does that increase our faith?
Why are we reluctant to pray/ask God for bold things?
Read Matthew 7:7; Jeremiah 29:11
How do you define your community?
Of all the people in the world, why do you think God chose you to be around those people?
Read 2 Kings 2:9-15
What was Elisha's request?
What was God's answer?
What is a bold request you NEED to ask God about your community (in your world)?
What is preventing you from asking?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Commit to a month of asking God for a bold faith request. Maybe it's in your own life. Maybe it's in your "community". Ask, Seek, Knock.

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

 

King Me - Extraordinary Faith (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: King Me!

Faith. It's this essential thing that we need to have in order to survive day to day living. We place faith in lots of things, some good, some bad. But the faith that matters most, and honestly the one we wrestle with most often, is our faith in God. In this seven week series we will do a character study of some real life characters in the Bible. Their faith in God will give us confidence to increase our faith in Him.

Last Week:
Memorize Hebrews 11:1
Where is God exercising your faith muscles? Where can you lean into your faith in God? Next time we meet share where/what God is doing in your life.

Two Weeks Ago:
Memorize Exodus 14:14
Where do you need to exchange God's security for your own insecurity?

Key Verse: 
“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Jeremiah 33:3

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
Have you ever tried an extreme sport? (bungee jumping, skydiving, etc)

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
What do you do for a living?
What is the most difficult thing about your job?
What do you love about your job?
What would it take for you to leave your job?
Would you consider what you do extraordinary? Explain
What type of job (or other job depending on previous answer) would you say is?
Is it the job that makes it extraordinary or the person who does the job? Explain
Read James 1:22-25
What does this passage mean?
Is delayed obedience just plain old disobeience? Explain
1 Kings 19:19-21
What was Elijah calling Elisha to do?
Do you think he explained everything to Elisha and mapped it all out or do you think he just told Elisha to come with him?
What made Elisha's faith so extraordinary?
Read Luke 7:1-10; James 2:18-26
What is extraordinary faith?
How did the centurion act it out?
How can you and I live out that kind of faith here in Kitsap County?
What are the biggest obstacles to us not acting out our faith?
Who benefits when we delay our obedience?
What are some things that God has called you to do?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Spend some time reading Luke 7:1-10 and James 2:18-26 this week.
What are some ways that you can be acting out your faith in your community (where you live, work, etc.)? Come back with an answer the next time we meet.

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

 

King Me - Desperation (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: King Me!

Faith. It's this essential thing that we need to have in order to survive day to day living. We place faith in lots of things, some good, some bad. But the faith that matters most, and honestly the one we wrestle with most often, is our faith in God. In this seven week series we will do a character study of some real life characters in the Bible. Their faith in God will give us confidence to increase our faith in Him.

Last Week:
Memorize Exodus 14:14
Where do you need to exchange God's security for your own insecurity?

Two Weeks Ago:
Memorize Psalm 34:18.
Has there been a situation that you have been holding over God, blaming Him for something that happened to you? Are you willing to give that over to Him?

Key Verse: 
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
When is the last time you have played chess?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
What is the craziest weather event you have experienced?
What is the hottest place you have ever been?
Have you ever experienced a physical drought (no rain)?
What was it like?
Read 1 Kings 17:8-16
If you were the widow in that situation, what would have been your first reaction to his request?
What does it mean to be desperate?
Have you ever experienced desperation?
How does desperation increase our faith in God?
Read 1 Kings 17:17-24
If the woman saw the miracle of food being provided, why do you think she got angry at Elijah when her son died?
How do faith and desperation coexist?
Have you ever had a moment where in doing what is right, you experienced difficulty?
Why is it difficult to respond in faith in those situations?
Read 1 Kings 17:1-7
Was Elijah crazy or a man of faith in God?
God said, Elijah did. Why does it seem so easy on paper but difficult to do in real life?
Read Hebrews 11:1; Psalm 41:1
What does it mean to be desperate for God?
What has been the most difficult thing you have experienced in your life?
Did it strengthen or strain your faith?
How has faith played a role in your story?
 

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Memorize Hebrews 11:1
Where is God exercising your faith muscles? Where can you lean into your faith in God? Next time we meet share where/what God is doing in your life.

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

 

SECURE ME (Genesis 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: 

Security or rather insecurity is something we face on almost a daily basis. How can you live a secure life in such an insecure world? It's actually more possible than you think. Join us for this one week discussion on living secure. inSECUREitMEy

Last Week:
Memorize Psalm 34:18.
Has there been a situation that you have been holding over God, blaming Him for something that happened to you? Are you willing to give that over to Him?

Two Weeks Ago:
Read Psalm 139:1-18 every day this week. Write down your one takeaway and put it somewhere where you can find it when you don't "feel" God in your life.

Key Verse: “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” Exodus 14:14

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
What is one thing we don't know about you?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
Would you say we live in a society that struggles with insecurity? Explain
What were some of the things people were insecure about when you went to high school?
If you could have just a little more of "......", what would it be?
Of the three areas of security - physical, emotional or spiritual - which area do you feel the most secure? Least secure?
Is security about control? Explain
Read Genesis 1:28-31; 2:24-25; 2:18-19
If you could have everything that you wanted, would you feel secure? Explain
Did Adam and Eve want for anything? So what was the problem?
Read Genesis 3:1; 1 Peter 5:8
Why did Satan question Eve about the Creator and not the creation?
Ultimately, what is the source of man's security?
Read Romans 1:20-25
What happens when we think we can control our own feeling of security?
How do you see that playing out in our world?
Do you think people feel more secure or less secure than they did 50 years ago? Why?
Read Genesis 3:6
Do you think Eve trusted God?
Where did Eve's focus move?
How are we like Eve in our day to day life?
Why is it easier to focus on things we think we can control instead of trusting God?
Read Genesis 3:7-8
What changes did they have emotionally from vs 6 to verses 7-8?
Have you ever experienced those range of emotions in a short amount of time?
Read Isaiah 30:1; Philippians 4:12-13
What is the difference between these two passages?
Who is in control?
Read Exodus 14:14
What does this verse mean to you personally?
How does this verse help us in our moments of insecurity?
Do you believe God will show up for you?
Where can you apply that in your life this week?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Memorize Exodus 14:14
Where do you need to exchange God's security for your own insecurity?

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

 

I Want to Believe, BUT... - Heartless God (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: I Want to Believe, But...

It’s can be difficult to believe in a God we cannot see. We wonder why God didn’t answer our prayers, why God allows suffering, or why we can’t feel His presence. God may not meet all your expectations—but that’s good news! Find out why in a new series: I Want to Believe, But...

Last Week:
Read Psalm 139:1-18 every day this week. Write down your one takeaway and put it somewhere where you can find it when you don't "feel" God in your life.

Two Weeks Ago:
Memorize Psalm 16:5. Make a list of ways God's boundaries protect you.

Key Verse: “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
When is the last time you got a speeding ticket?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
Where were you when 9/11 happened?
How did you feel when you saw the pictures/heard the news?
What is something that makes you angry?
Where does that come from?
Read Matthew 5:45
Why does God treat the evil and good people the same?
Does that seem "fair"?
If you had a fairness scale, what type of person would be on the "bad stuff should happen to them" side?
Read Romans 3:23; Psalm 103:8-10; Romans 6:23
What would happen to us if God was really fair?
What does it mean for God to be "just" in situations where all we can see is what we think is fair?
How is God's justice better than our fairness?
Read John 16:33
What is one guarantee in this life?
Do you think people want to go through life pain free or do they just want to choose the amount of the pain they will experience?
Have you or someone you know ever had a near death experience?
What was it like?
Read Jeremiah 23:23-24; Psalm 34:18; Psalm 46:1
What does it mean for God to be "with" us in our pain?
Have you ever experienced that personally?
What was it like?
Read Isaiah 55:8-9;  1 Corinthians 13:12
If God is with us, why doesn't He just take away the pain?
Would you rather rest in knowing that God is in control or have Him reveal to you what is going to happen and how it will all turn out?
How can we find comfort in trusting God with the outcome?
If we hold something bad that has happened to us against God, how does that ultimately hurt us?
Why does God allow "bad things" to happen to people?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Memorize Psalm 34:18.
Has there been a situation that you have been holding over God, blaming Him for something that happened to you? Are you willing to give that over to Him?

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

 

I Want to Believe, BUT... - Goosebumps God (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: I Want to Believe, But...

It’s can be difficult to believe in a God we cannot see. We wonder why God didn’t answer our prayers, why God allows suffering, or why we can’t feel His presence. God may not meet all your expectations—but that’s good news! Find out why in a new series: I Want to Believe, But...

Last Week:
Memorize Psalm 16:5. Make a list of ways God's boundaries protect you.

Two Weeks Ago:
Make a list of what you believe to be true about God. Take time this week to thank God for who He is, and who He is not.

Key Verse: 
“that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,” Acts 17:27

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
What was the name of your first boyfriend/girlfriend/crush

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
When did you start dating?
When was the first time you fell in love?
How did you know it was love and not some bad burrito from the night before?
Do feelings ever lie?
How do you know?
If so, then why do we place some much emphasis on them?
Read Psalm 139:1-18
How do we know that God is near?
Did the writer of this Psalm base any of it on feelings?
What is the difference between faith and feelings?
Which is more reliable?
If God "feels" distant, does that make it true? Explain
Read verses 7-12 again
Have you ever felt like God is not listening to you?
What do you do in those moments/seasons when God feels absent?
Read Matthew 13:14-15, 18-23
When is the last time you really felt God's presence in your life?
How do people, who have felt the presence of God, fall away from Him?
What advice would you give to someone who think God has gone silent in their lives?
Read Proverbs 8:17; Jeremiah 29:13; Matthew 7:7
What does this mean "Just because God is silent does not mean He is absent."?
How do those verses help answer that question?
When God feels distant, what should you do?
What will Satan try and get you to do?
Have one person read Psalm 139:1-18 out loud again. Everyone else in the group close your eyes and listen. Think of one "takeaway" for you in this passage.
What was your "takeaway"?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Read Psalm 139:1-18 every day this week. Write down your one takeaway and put it somewhere where you can find it when you don't "feel" God in your life.

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

 

I Want to Believe, BUT... - No Fun God (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: I Want to Believe, But...

It’s can be difficult to believe in a God we cannot see. We wonder why God didn’t answer our prayers, why God allows suffering, or why we can’t feel His presence. God may not meet all your expectations—but that’s good news! Find out why in a new series: I Want to Believe, But...

Last Week:
Make a list of what you believe to be true about God. Take time this week to thank God for who He is, and who He is not.

Two Weeks Ago:
Happy Easter!

Key Verse: “The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.” Psalm 16:6

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
If I want to have fun, I will go do...

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
Would you say you grew up in a strict household?
What did your family do for "fun"?
When you were a kid, what were some of your parent's "house rules"
Which ones were unfair?
Which ones did you appreciate when you got older?
When you think of words to describe church, where does fun come up on your list? Explain
Read Psalm 119:11
How do you view the Bible, a list of do's and don'ts or a guide to help us navigate life?
Why did God give us the Bible?
Why do you think people see church/Bible as a bunch of rules and no fun?
Have you ever viewed it that way?
Read Matthew 23:25-26; 7:5; Romans 3:20
What happens when we view God/the Bible as a list of rules and regulations?
What does it mean to have "knowledge of sin"?
Read Romans 3:23-26; Read Deuteronomy 5:6-21
Why did God give Moses the Ten Commandments?
Didn't they seem a bit strict/unrealistic? 
Read 1 John 1:8-9; Romans 10:9-10; John 3:16-17
The Law shows us a need of a what?
Is God trying to rub our nose in it?
What is the heart of God?
Read Psalm 16:5-6, 11
If you are/were a parent, what would be some "house rules" for your kids?
Why do kids need boundaries?
Why does God give us boundaries?
What would you say to a person who says that God is no fun?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Memorize Psalm 16:5. Make a list of ways God's boundaries protect you.

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

 

I Want to Believe, BUT... - On-Demand God (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: I Want to Believe, But...

It’s can be difficult to believe in a God we cannot see. We wonder why God didn’t answer our prayers, why God allows suffering, or why we can’t feel His presence. God may not meet all your expectations—but that’s good news! Find out why in a new series: I Want to Believe, But...

Last Week:
Happy Easter!

Two Weeks Ago:
Generosity is not natural, but it can be. Ask someone in your group to hold you accountable to implement that change you just mentioned.

Key Verse:  “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?” Romans 8:35

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
If we found you in a drive through, what drive through would it be?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
Do you remember when you had your first remote controlled TV?
What was that like?
What would TV be like if you didn't have a remote?
How are we as a society conditioned to be "on demand" or "instant gratification"?
If a company is slow in giving you what you want, how does that impact your feelings about that company?
What are some core things that you believe (non God related)?
How did you arrive at those beliefs?
Have those beliefs ever been challenged?
Read Romans 8:35, 37-39
How many of you know someone who does not believe in God?
How do you think they arrived at that conclusion?
How does God feel about you and me?
How do you know that?
Does God always give you what you want?
Then how can that be true?
Do you think we put expectations on God that we would not put on someone else? Explain
Read Isaiah 55:8-9; Proverbs 3:5-6; Ephesians 3:17-19
What does the Bible say about God?
Is that easy or difficult to believe?
What do you do in those moments when those beliefs are tested?
How would you answer someone who says they don't believe in God because He doesn't care about their needs?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Make a list of what you believe to be true about God. Take time this week to thank God for who He is, and who He is not.

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

 

No LG Questions the week of 4/1-7. Happy Easter!

Welcome to a New LifeGroup Session!

Hi Everyone, Thanks for stopping by. There are no questions this week due to Easter Sunday. If you do meet this week, I would suggest going back to a previous set of questions you have not discussed. We will be back with a brand new series next Sunday, April 8th.

Thanks,

Pastor Kevin 

 

This Is What We Do - Irrational Generosity (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: This Is What We Do

Money. All of us have some. Have you ever wondered why? Of all the things God gives us, how does money fit into His Plan for my life? Join us for a three week journey that will answer that very question.

Last Week:
Be generous this week, in some way, with some person. It doesn't need to be financial although it can, but look for a way to be generous.

Two Weeks Ago:
If you are not tithing, start and see what God does for the next three months - keep a journal.
If you are tithing, increase it and see what God does for the next three months - keep a journal.

Key Verse: “But generous people plan to do what is generous, and they stand firm in their generosity.” Isaiah 32:8, NLT

REMINDER - THERE ARE NO LG QUESTIONS THE WEEK OF EASTER... FEEL FREE TO REVIST A WEEK OR USE THE QUESTIONS FROM AN "OFF" WEEK.

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
Are you more spontaneous or planned out?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
Do you have any habits or quirks, something you do or like a certain way?
Do you remember how or when it started?
Why is that important to you?
Define Irrational.
Read Luke 10:33-35
What are some situations that would cause you to give spontaneously?
Which is easier, to give spontaneously or strategically? Why?
Read verse 33 again.
How does compassion play into spontaneous giving?
Before the Samaritan man acted, what did he do first? (saw the injured man)
How aware are we to the generosity opportunities that are around us?
Is it lack of preparation or lack of vision?
Someone read out loud “But generous people plan to do what is generous, and they stand firm in their generosity.” Isaiah 32:8, NLT
How do you plan generosity?
How do you plan to purposely increase your generosity?
What would it look like for you to have a plan to increase generosity?
How does that sound?
Read Mark 12:41-44
Have you ever sacrificed (gone without) for your kids, family member?
Was it easy? Explain
Why is it easier to sacrifice for a loved one versus a stranger?
What is the difference between comfortable generosity and sacrificial generosity?
Do you think generosity should stretch us? Explain.
How has this series changed your perspective on generosity?
What is one take away/change you will implement in your life?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Generosity is not natural, but it can be. Ask someone in your group to hold you accountable to implement that change you just mentioned.

PRAY FOR EASTER
REMINDER - THERE ARE NO LG QUESTIONS THE WEEK OF EASTER... FEEL FREE TO REVIST A WEEK OR USE THE QUESTIONS FROM AN "OFF" WEEK.

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

 

This Is What We Do - Living in Abundance (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: This Is What We Do

Money. All of us have some. Have you ever wondered why? Of all the things God gives us, how does money fit into His Plan for my life? Join us for a three week journey that will answer that very question.

Last Week:
If you are not tithing, start and see what God does for the next three months - keep a journal.
If you are tithing, increase it and see what God does for the next three months - keep a journal.

Two Weeks Ago:
Are there patterns of frustration in your life, difficulties you relive?
Spend some time in Galatians 5:22-23. Is there something God wants to give you that perhaps you are resisting?

Key Verse: “So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have.” 2 Corinthians 8:11 

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
What is the last thing you gave to someone?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
Have you ever been to a third world country or seen poverty?
What was it like?
Was anyone happy? Explain.
When you left that situation, how did it make you feel about your own life?
When is the last time someone was generous with you?
Was it difficult to receive someone's generosity? Explain.
Would you rather have generosity come from a stranger or someone you know? Explain
Would you say that you know more people that have more "stuff" than you or more people that have less "stuff" than you?
What is the scale you use to base your answer (i.e. $$$, cars, houses, vacations, etc)?
Read Mark 6:34-38
What was the disciples biggest concern?
What does it mean to live with a lens of scarcity vs a lens of abundance?
Read 2 Corinthians 8:2-4, 12
How could the Macedonians be begging to give when they were experiencing "extreme poverty"?Would you agree that all of us have something?
Which is an easier perspective to have, scarcity or abundance?
Why is it easier to say I will be generous when I have more .... to give?
How can we give to others out of what we have now versus what we hope to have "someday"?
Read Malachi 3:10
What is the perspective in that verse when we read it through the lens of abundance vs scarcity?
What are ways that you and I can be generous with what we have (non financial or financial) right now?
What is one way this week you can be irrationally generous?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Be generous this week, in some way, with some person. It doesn't need to be financial although it can, but look for a way to be generous.

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

 

This Is What We Do - Put God First (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: This Is What We Do

Money. All of us have some. Have you ever wondered why? Of all the things God gives us, how does money fit into His Plan for my life? Join us for a three week journey that will answer that very question.

Last Week:
Are there patterns of frustration in your life, difficulties you relive?
Spend some time in Galatians 5:22-23. Is there something God wants to give you that perhaps you are resisting?

Two Weeks Ago:
Who needs to see you be content in the midst of a difficult circumstance in your life?
Read Philippians 4:11-13 each day until we meet again and ask God to help you live it out.

Key Verse: 
“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” Matthew 6:21

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
When is the last time you bought a lottery ticket?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
When have you experienced generosity from someone?
How did you react?
What is the most common way people are generous?
Where is the easiest area of your life to be generous with others?
When it comes to money, do you think people are generous?
How much more money do you think someone would need to be generous with others?
What if God's generosity with us was based solely on our generosity towards others?
Would that change our perspective in how generous we were with others? Explain
Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-9; Proverbs 11:24-25
What does verse 6 mean to you?
Is God like the stock market where the more we give the more we get back?
Other than financial, what are some other ways you "reap bountifully" when you give to God?
What does it mean to be a cheerful giver?
Does God need your money?
Then why does God command us to give?
Read Malachi 3:10
How does faith work?
Why does God ask us to "test Him" in our be generous with Him?
How bad do you want God's blessings in your life?
Tithe challenge:
Barry talked about tithing for 3 months and see what God does. If nothing happens GPC will give your money back.
Why is this such a big deal (hint - it has nothing to do with money)?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
If you are not tithing, start and see what God does for the next three months - keep a journal.
If you are tithing, increase it and see what God does for the next three months - keep a journal.

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

 

Better Than Happy- Joy in Getting What You Need (week 8)

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: Better Than Happy

All of us wish for happiness. Some people look to their friends, family, and finances to find it. Some devote their search for happiness in food, clothes, toys, and new things. But happiness is a lot like the cold air we exhale in the winter – it’s here and quickly disappears. God has something better in mind than a search for happiness. It’s called JOY. 

Last Week:
Who needs to see you be content in the midst of a difficult circumstance in your life?
Read Philippians 4:11-13 each day until we meet again and ask God to help you live it out.

Two Weeks Ago:
Stress will come this week, whether great or small. Memorize Philippians 4:4-8. Say it out loud every day before you get up. Let us know how it made a difference in your life.

Key Verse: “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
If you had to pick dentist or spiders, which would it be?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
What do you think is the greatest reward of being a parent?
What do you think is the greatest struggle?
What is the best advice you have ever heard about parenting?
What would happen if a four year child got everything he or she wanted?
How does a parent's perspective help that child?
Read Philippians 4:19
Why doesn't God just give us what we think we need?
How is that comforting? How is that frustrating?
Does it ever feel like God is not listening or understanding you?
Read Galatians 5:22-23; 2 Peter 1:5-7
If you had to pick one fruit to eat every day for a month, what would it be?
What is your least favorite fruit? Why?
Based on the qualities listed in Galatians and 2 Peter, if you were shopping in God's grocery store, which "fruit" would make it into your basket first?
Which fruit seems the least appealing?
How do these qualities make our life better?
How do they impact the lives of those around me?
Read John 15:4-5
How do we reproduce this "fruit" in our lives?
What does that mean for you on a daily basis?
Read Genesis 50:19-20
What did Joseph have to endure in his life?
When he had the opportunity to respond, what did he choose to do?
How does that give us hope?
How can you measure growth in your life?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Are there patterns of frustration in your life, difficulties you relive?
Spend some time in Galatians 5:22-23. Is there something God wants to give you that perhaps you are resisting?

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

 

Better Than Happy- Joy in Being Content (week 7)

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: Better Than Happy

All of us wish for happiness. Some people look to their friends, family, and finances to find it. Some devote their search for happiness in food, clothes, toys, and new things. But happiness is a lot like the cold air we exhale in the winter – it’s here and quickly disappears. God has something better in mind than a search for happiness. It’s called JOY. 

Last Week:
Stress will come this week, whether great or small. Memorize Philippians 4:4-8. Say it out loud every day before you get up. Let us know how it made a difference in your life.

Two Weeks Ago:
What are the regrets that keep you awake at night?
memorize Romans 8:28 and when those thoughts come in your head, quote this verse.

Key Verse: “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” Philippians 4:11 

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
What is a moment in your life when you were completely happy?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
Finish this statement, "If I just had ________, I would be content."
Is contentment a bad thing? Explain
When you were a kid, what brought you contentment?
Has that changed as an adult? If so, how?
What is the difference between being content and having a need?
When have you been most content in your life?
Is contentment something you strive for or just a decision by which you arrive?
Read Philippians 4:11-12
Which is easier, being content in the ups or in the downs? Explain
How does someone "learn" to be content?
Read Matthew 11:28-29
What is the difference between relief and rest?
Which sounds more appealing?
1 Timothy 6:6-8; Proverbs 30:8-9
What is the biggest struggle against contentment?
Why are people who seemingly have the most appear to be unhappy?
Remember the contentment answer you had earlier? What would happen if you had it, and then you lost it?
Read Philippians 4:13; Isaiah 41:10; 2 Corinthians 12:9
What do these passages mean to you?
How do they apply to the topic of contentment?
Can God be enough to complete our contentment, regardless of how things turn out? How?
How can we find contentment in any situation?
Where is an area where you might struggle being content? (it's ok, we ALL have at least one)
What is the benefit of relying on God instead of our circumstance for our contentment?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Who needs to see you be content in the midst of a difficult circumstance in your life?
Read Philippians 4:11-13 each day until we meet again and ask God to help you live it out.

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

 

Better Than Happy- Joy in Having Peace (week 6)

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: Better Than Happy

All of us wish for happiness. Some people look to their friends, family, and finances to find it. Some devote their search for happiness in food, clothes, toys, and new things. But happiness is a lot like the cold air we exhale in the winter – it’s here and quickly disappears. God has something better in mind than a search for happiness. It’s called JOY. 

Last Week:
What are the regrets that keep you awake at night?
memorize Romans 8:28 and when those thoughts come in your head, quote this verse.

Two Weeks Ago:
Take some of the ideas about "being second" and apply them this week, especially to those difficult people in our life.

Key Verse: “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
What stresses you out?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
What do you think are the top stressors in life?
What are the certain stressful periods in life?
Give examples of unhealthy ways to handle stress?
How do you handle stress in your life?
Would you consider that healthy or unhealthy?
Read Philippians 4:4
What does "always" mean?
Should you be happy when you are stressed out?
In what are we being told to rejoice?
Read Philippians 4:5; Jeremiah 23:23
Is the promise that God will take away all of our stress or that He will walk with us through it?
Why is that better?
Read Romans 11:33-36
How does this passage speak to finding peace?
Is there a relationship between trust, faith and peace? Explain
The more we embrace peace, what does it do to our faith and trust? How?
Read Philippians 4:6-7
What does that passage mean to you?
Where is your calm place? How did you find it?
What have you learned now about stress that you wish you could go back and tell the younger you?
Read Philippians 4:8-9
How would thinking about these things help us with our stress?
What is the promise in verse 9?
How can you carry the God of peace with you this week?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Stress will come this week, whether great or small. Memorize Philippians 4:4-8. Say it out loud every day before you get up. Let us know how it made a difference in your life.
 

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

 

Better Than Happy- Joy in Getting Past Our Past (week 5)

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: Better Than Happy

All of us wish for happiness. Some people look to their friends, family, and finances to find it. Some devote their search for happiness in food, clothes, toys, and new things. But happiness is a lot like the cold air we exhale in the winter – it’s here and quickly disappears. God has something better in mind than a search for happiness. It’s called JOY. 

Last Week:
Take some of the ideas about "being second" and apply them this week, especially to those difficult people in our life.

Two Weeks Ago:
What are your current "chains"? How can you choose to handle them in Christ this week?

Key Verse:  “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28  

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
If you could relive one moment in your life what would it be?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
What do you want to be remembered for?
What do you think you will be remembered for?
What does the word "regret" mean to you?
Do you think everyone has regrets?
What do you think are some of the common big regrets in people's lives?
Do you think everyone handles them the same way? Why?
When it comes to dealing with regret, it is easier to deal with something you have done or something that was done to you? Explain
Read Psalm 38:4
How would you tell someone to get past their regret?
At what point are you able to change what happened in the past?
Then why do we keep beating ourselves up when we can't change what happened?
Read 1 John 1:9; Isaiah 43:25; Psalm 103:12
How do we know God has forgiven us?
How do we live like God has forgiven us?
When it comes to regret, what can we change?
Does forgiveness from God mean there are no consequences for our actions?
Read Joel 2:25; Romans 8:28
What do these passages say about our past?
Who wants us to live in the shame and regret of our past?
How do we move past it?
When it comes to things in our past that we regret, is our story over or just a chapter in our story?
Read Romans 8:28 out loud together as a group.
It's time to move past our past

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
What are the regrets that keep you awake at night?
Memorize Romans 8:28 and when those thoughts come in your head, quote this verse.
 

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

 

Better Than Happy- Joy in Being Second (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: Better Than Happy

All of us wish for happiness. Some people look to their friends, family, and finances to find it. Some devote their search for happiness in food, clothes, toys, and new things. But happiness is a lot like the cold air we exhale in the winter – it’s here and quickly disappears. God has something better in mind than a search for happiness. It’s called JOY. 

Last Week:
What are your current "chains"? How can you choose to handle them in Christ this week?

Two Weeks Ago:
What is your purpose here in Kitsap County? What can you start doing this week?
 

Key Verse:  “And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” Matthew 25:40
 

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
What was your greatest accomplishment in school?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
When you hear "second place", what is the first thing that comes to your mind?
Have you ever come in "second" at something? 
How did it make you feel?
Do you think that the loser of the Super Bowl this year was just happy to be there?
As a society, why do we put such an emphasis on being first?
Read Matthew 20:1-16
How would you feel if you one of the laborers who worked all day?
Does the person who worked the least deserve the same wages?
What is the difference between generous and fair?
Read Mark 9:35; Matthew 25:40
What does it mean to serve others?
Is serving others conditional?
What is the most difficult part about serving others?
If you are constantly "second" how will your needs be met?
Who are the "least of these" in your life?
Read Matthew 5:43-44
How do you serve someone who doesn't deserve it?
How did Christ model that for us?
Who is someone in your life that it would be difficult to serve/love them?
Why do you think it is so important that we put others ahead of ourselves?
If this is something we are supposed to do, why is it so hard?
How could you put being second into practice this week?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Take some of the ideas about "being second" and apply them this week, especially to those difficult people in our life.
 

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME