Knowing Jesus... Our Anchor (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: Knowing Jesus

The book of Colossians is the richest New Testament book that describes the supremacy of Jesus Christ. Once Paul lays the foundation, the book concludes with how followers are to live their life upon this foundation.

Last Week:


Two Weeks Ago:


Key Verse:

“since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus…” Colossians 1:4

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
Where did you spend Christmas Day?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
When is the last time you experienced happiness?
Describe the perfect day.
How much money would you need to feel secure?
What would be your ideal job?
What would be your best/ideal vacation?
Although those are all good things, if you could experience all of them, would you be truly happy? Why?
What is the world’s definition of happiness?
Read Luke 6:46-49
What does it mean to have faith in something?
What are some things that the world put their faith in?
How does that work out in the end?
How do you know?
Read Colossians 1:4
What does it mean to have faith in Jesus?
Why is that so important?
Read Colossians 1:4-5
What is the progression that comes out of faith in Jesus?
Could you love EVERYONE without Jesus? Explain
What is the hope that is laid up in heaven?
How does that help us when things here on earth don’t work out so well?
What is the difference between happiness and hope?
How does Jesus Christ impact that answer?
Read Colossians 1:6
For those who have faith in Jesus, why is it important that they “live out their faith” in a world that places their faith in other things?
Who in your life needs to see your faith/hope lived out?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
How can you live out your faith/hope this week? Will you do it?

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

Looking forward to 2019

Thank you for being a part of our LifeGroup ministry!

Currently we are on our winter break. We will be taking sign ups for LifeGroups on Sundays in church beginning Sunday December 30th and Sunday January 6th or you can sign up online.

Our current LifeGroups will start back up the week of January 13th. 

Our new LifeGroups that are being formed will begin the following week. 

Are you interested in hosting a LifeGroup? We would love to talk to you!
Please email stacey@gracepointkitsap.com

Unstoppable... Strategic (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: Unstoppable

Good news travels fast. In the book of Acts, Jesus launched His church and set a fire of hope that has continued to burn for centuries. Through the church, the gospel is the hope of the world and is unstoppable. God will continue to use His people to build His church until Jesus returns. His Church will never stop because He will never stop.

Last Week:
Who has God placed in your life that is different than you? Pray for that person and look for opportunities to build a relationship.

Two Weeks Ago:
Are there people in your path whom you dismiss out of preference? Spend some time engaging with them this week.

Key Verse:

To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. 23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.” 1 Corinthians 9:22–23

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
What did you want to be when you grew up?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
What is a hobby that you always wanted to try?
What has prevented you from trying it?
Do you know anyone who is doing it?
Why is it risky to try new things, especially things we don’t know how to do?
If you could do a different job and be successful at it, what would it be?
What would be a job you would never want to do?
Read 1 Corinthians 9:19-23
Does this mean anything goes as long as they accept Jesus in the end?
What is Paul trying to say? What is he not saying?
What is a person or type of person you would have a difficult time relating to?
How would this passage play out in getting to know that person?
Read Acts 17:16-21
What was Paul’s approach to the people of Athens?
Did he point out all of the things that were wrong with what they believed? Why?
Was Paul trying to be “right” or was Paul trying to relate? Why is that important?
What does it mean to earn the right to be heard?
Read Acts 17:22-32
How did Paul find common ground with them?
Did he compromise the message?
What impact did that have on the people?
When we are talking to people who are different/believe different than us, how can we find common ground? Why is that important?
When telling others about what you believe, can you disagree without being disagreeable? How?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Look for/ask God to provide someone to meet and/or talk to who is different than you.

Help us spread the word about our Christmas Eve Services - ChristmasForKitsap.com - Invite someone this week!

This is the last week of questions. See you the week of January 13th.

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

Unstoppable... Barriers (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: Unstoppable

Good news travels fast. In the book of Acts, Jesus launched His church and set a fire of hope that has continued to burn for centuries. Through the church, the gospel is the hope of the world and is unstoppable. God will continue to use His people to build His church until Jesus returns. His Church will never stop because He will never stop.

Last Week:
Are there people in your path whom you dismiss out of preference? Spend some time engaging with them this week.

Two Weeks Ago:
Who are the people God has placed in your life that God is pursuing? Pray for them and look for opportunities to engage with them this Holiday Season. ChristmasForKitsap.com

Key Verse:

 Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?” Acts 15:10

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
When would you like it to snow?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
Give an example of physical barriers you observed today?
Do you like or dislike barriers? Explain
When are they good? Bad?
Is that based on your comfort/convenience?
Read John 3:16; Romans 10:9-10
How does someone begin a relationship with God?
Can it be earned or is it a gift?
Why is that important?
Read Acts 15:1-5
What was going on with the early church?
Why were the Jewish leaders hung up about the Gentiles believing in Jesus?
What barrier were they adding in order for someone to have a relationship with God?
Why was that bad?
What are some of the barriers that church/Christians can add to people in their relationship with God?
Have you ever experienced that?
Read Hebrews 4:12
Why is it so important to go to the Bible for the answers?
What happens when we try to change God’s Plan to fit our perspective or comfort level?
Read Acts 15:6-11
What did Peter do that was so significant?
What do you think is the biggest barrier people outside the church believe about what is expected inside the church?
Have you ever experienced something like that?
What did you do?
How can you and I help change the perspective of people who are outside the church?
Is there someone in your “community” that doesn’t look like you, talk like you or act like you?
What would it look like for you to pray for/engage in conversation with that person?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Who has God placed in your life that is different than you? Pray for that person and look for opportunities to build a relationship.

Help us spread the word about our Christmas Eve Services - ChristmasForKitsap.com - Invite someone this week!


PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

Unstoppable... Uncomfortable (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: Unstoppable

Good news travels fast. In the book of Acts, Jesus launched His church and set a fire of hope that has continued to burn for centuries. Through the church, the gospel is the hope of the world and is unstoppable. God will continue to use His people to build His church until Jesus returns. His Church will never stop because He will never stop.

Last Week:
Who are the people God has placed in your life that God is pursuing? Pray for them and look for opportunities to engage with them this Holiday Season. ChristmasForKitsap.com

Two Weeks Ago:
Two questions: Where are you involved in the local church? to whom are you connected in your community? Pray about those questions and answers this next week.

Key Verse:

 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus.” Acts 8:35

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
Did you do any Black Friday Shopping?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
Would you rather change a poopy diaper in the church nursery or get in a discussion about politics in America?
Is it easier for you to talk with a homeless person or a difficult co worker?
Are there some topics you would talk about at home or with a close friend that you wouldn’t talk about at work or church? Why?
Is it the subject matter or the people that makes it difficult for you?
What makes you uncomfortable?
What makes you comfortable?
Read Acts 10:9-16
What are some “preferences” you have when it comes to food?
How did you arrive at those preferences?
What was Peter’s hang up about eating this particular food?
Was it wrong?
Why did God tell Peter to do something completely different and eat the food?
Read Acts 10:17-28
What was God doing in Peter’s life?
What this interaction for Peter’s benefit, Cornelius’ benefit or both? Explain
In God’s eyes, what was the difference between Peter and Cornelius?
How do people spiritualize a preference?
Read Mark 16:15
How does that verse apply to people we don’t like?
How does that verse apply to people with different lifestyles, political views, etc that we don’t agree with?
Can you interact and show God’s Grace and Love to people with whom you don’t agree or prefer to be around?
Why is that important?
Is that for your benefit, their benefit or both?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Are there people in your path whom you dismiss out of preference? Spend some time engaging with them this week.

Help us spread the word about our Christmas Eve Services - ChristmasForKitsap.com - Invite someone this week!


PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

Unstoppable... Pursuit (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: Unstoppable

Good news travels fast. In the book of Acts, Jesus launched His church and set a fire of hope that has continued to burn for centuries. Through the church, the gospel is the hope of the world and is unstoppable. God will continue to use His people to build His church until Jesus returns. His Church will never stop because He will never stop.

Last Week:
Two questions: Where are you involved in the local church? to whom are you connected in your community? Pray about those questions and answers this next week.

Two Weeks Ago:
Ask God for opportunities to boldly live out your faith this week and then thank Him when He answers your prayers. Come back and share what happened.

Key Verse:

 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus.” Acts 8:35

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
Would you rather chase or be chased?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
What is something that you would really like to have?
How long could you sacrifice for something that you really wanted?
Have you ever done that before? Explain
If someone tells you it can’t/shouldn’t be done, does that inspire you or make you want to quit?
Which is more important to you, is it about the pursuit or is it about attaining the prize at the end?
Have you ever pursued something only to attain it and realizer it wasn’t worth it?
Read Acts 8:26-35
How is this passage an example of God pursuing us?
How does God use us in His pursuit of others who don’t yet have a relationship with Him?
Read Acts 8:1-3
What was Saul’s issue?
Was he passionate about his pursuit?
Is it possible to passionately pursue the wrong thing?
How would you know?
Read Acts 9:1-19
Why would God pursue someone who was so hostile to Him?
Is there anyone too far gone for God to Pursue? How do you know that?
What do you think Ananias was thinking when God told him to talk to Saul?
What would have happened if he had said “forget it”?
What did God reveal to Saul and to Ananias?
Read Romans 3:23; 5:8-9
Even though there journey was different, was there any difference between the Eunuch and Saul?
How did God use other people in their lives?
Do you think you could be God’s Philip or Ananias to someone you know?
How do you think God can use you?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Who are the people God has placed in your life that God is pursuing? Pray for them and look for opportunities to engage with them this Holiday Season. ChristmasForKitsap.com

Help us spread the word about our Community Tree Lighting Event on 11/25. Invite someone this week!


PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

Unstoppable... Force (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: Unstoppable

Good news travels fast. In the book of Acts, Jesus launched His church and set a fire of hope that has continued to burn for centuries. Through the church, the gospel is the hope of the world and is unstoppable. God will continue to use His people to build His church until Jesus returns. His Church will never stop because He will never stop.

Last Week:
Ask God for opportunities to boldly live out your faith this week and then thank Him when He answers your prayers. Come back and share what happened.

Two Weeks Ago:
Memorize Galatians 5:22-23
Where do you need to allow God’s power in your life?

Key Verse:

“So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them… ” Acts 5:38–39

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
If you had to root for a college team (any sport) who would it be?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
Did you ever join a team when you were a kid?
What was your favorite part of being on that team?
Have you ever played for a championship? Did your school?
What is it about being a part of a team or group that makes us feel a part of something larger than ourselves?
Read Acts 5:17-21, 33
What was God asking them to do? Why?
How did the religious leaders feel about that?
Read Acts 5:35-39
What was the “have to have” toy or trend when you were a kid?
What do we know about mankind’s trends and appetites?
Read Genesis 1:1,26-27; John 3:16-17
How do we know that God’s plan won’t fail?
What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus?
Read Matthew 16:15-18
For those who follow Jesus, how are they a part of the “team”?
Read 1 Corinthians 12:12, 17-20
What part of your body do you think about the least? Why?
What would happen for you to start thinking about it a lot?
What do you think is a really important part of a local church?
How often do you think about it?
What is ongoing thing at church that you don’t really think about until you show up one Sunday and it isn’t working?
How are you vital to the local church?
Read Matthew 5:14-16
Name two people who are in your “community” who don’t go to church/follow Jesus.
Why do you think God has placed them in your life?
Why is it important for us to be “connected” to our community (the people around us who don’t know Jesus)?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Two questions: Where are you involved in the local church? to whom are you connected in your community? Pray about those questions and answers this next week.

Help us spread the word about our Community Tree Lighting Event on 11/25. Get a flyer from the GS Counter on Sunday and post it somewhere in your community.


PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

Unstoppable... Boldness (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: Unstoppable

Good news travels fast. In the book of Acts, Jesus launched His church and set a fire of hope that has continued to burn for centuries. Through the church, the gospel is the hope of the world and is unstoppable. God will continue to use His people to build His church until Jesus returns. His Church will never stop because He will never stop.

Last Week:
Memorize Galatians 5:22-23
Where do you need to allow God’s power in your life?

Two Weeks Ago:
What is one new thing you have learned about worshipping God? How can you apply that in your life on a DAILY basis?

Key Verse:

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13 

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
What do you think would be the worst way to die? (if you listened to the sermon this question will totally make sense)

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
When you were a kid, what was your favorite thing to play on at the playground?
Was there anything that scared you?
When you had kids, was there anything at the playground you didn’t want them to try?
What is the difference between boldness and playing it safe?
When you were a kid at the playground, which was easier?
When you are a parent with a child at the playground, which is easier?
What’s the difference?
In your life, where do you play it safe?
Where are you more bold?
Read Acts 3:1-6
What would have happened if Peter had played it safe?
Where did his boldness come from?
Do we have access to that same boldness? How?
How would you describe your favorite restaurant to a friend?
Would you pull out the menu and read it? Why?
Which is easier, telling someone about your faith in God or telling someone about your favorite restaurant? Explain
Read Acts 3:4, 6-7, 11; 4:4, 8-12
What was the progression from one act of boldness?
Do you think Peter and John thought that was going to happen?
Which is easier, to play it safe with my faith in God or to be bold with my faith in God?
Which has the greater impact?
Why does that matter?
Read Acts 4:13-14
How does humility and vulnerability in my faith in God provide opportunity to reach my community?
Read Matthew 16:25
What does this verse mean to you?
What does it look like for you to boldly live out your faith in your community?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Ask God for opportunities to boldly live out your faith this week and then thank Him when He answers your prayers. Come back and share what happened.

Help us spread the word about our Community Tree Lighting Event on 11/25. Get a flyer from the GS Counter on Sunday and post it somewhere in your community.


PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

UNSTOPPABLE.... Power (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: Unstoppable

Good news travels fast. In the book of Acts, Jesus launched His church and set a fire of hope that has continued to burn for centuries. Through the church, the gospel is the hope of the world and is unstoppable. God will continue to use His people to build His church until Jesus returns. His Church will never stop because He will never stop.

Last Week:
What is one new thing you have learned about worshipping God? How can you apply that in your life on a DAILY basis?

Two Weeks Ago:
This week. Listen to any worship song, alone, and choose a different way to express worship to God than what you normally do. Try it out. See what happens.

Key Verse:

So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.” Acts 2:41

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
Have you ever experienced a major weather/environmental event (i.e. - hurricane, tornado, earthquake)?
What was it like?
What do you think would be the worst type of “event” to experience?
Read John 3:16-17; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9-10
How does someone receive God’s power?
Is it a special prayer that you pray or something that you need to do?
When it comes to receiving God’s power, is there anything that we can do to get it?
Read 2 Corinthians 12:9; Ephesians 1:18-19; John 14:26
What does it mean to have God’s power in you?
How is it beneficial to you?
What are some ways that we experience God’s power in our lives?
Read Acts 1:8; Romans 8:26-27
What happens when we begin a relationship with God through Jesus?
What does the Holy Spirit do in our lives?
How is the Holy Spirit our advocate?
Read Galatians 5:22-23
What happens when we lean into God’s power?
How does this make our lives better?
Can we do those things on our own or without God’s power? Explain
How does God power impact beyond just our lives?
Why is that important?
Is there an area in your life where it is easier for you to try to do it in your own strength instead of living in God’s power?
What would it look like for you to live that out this week?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Memorize Galatians 5:22-23
Where do you need to allow God’s power in your life?

Halloween is this week… Maybe you can make it a LifeGroup event!


PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

 

Unleashed - A Holy Roar (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: Unleashed

We are all hardwired to worship. The problem is that we worship other things than a holy, righteous God.  As believers, we are commanded to give praise to God. Often times our background, experience, personality, and preferences have restrained our expression of worship. This series will encourage us to unashamedly UNLEASH our praise to a worthy God!

Last Week:
This week. Listen to any worship song, alone, and choose a different way to express worship to God than what you normally do. Try it out. See what happens.

Two Weeks Ago:
Memorize Psalm 33:2-3
Listen to that song “It is Well” by Kristene Dimarco at least one time this week - loudly and thank God through your worship

Key Verse:

that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:6

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
Name a food/restaurant you absolutely love

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
If you had to pick your favorite band of all time, who would it be?
Have you ever seen them perform live?
What is your favorite song from that band?
When you hear it, what type of emotion does that stir up in you?
Read Psalm 63:1-3
What is your favorite part of worshipping God? (It’s ok if this is hard to answer)
What does it mean for you personally to worship God?
How has this sermon series pushed you in your thinking/acting in worship to God?
What’s been the hardest part? Why?
What have you learned about preference and how that influences you in worship?
Read Romans 15:1-6
Who is worship for?
How do I worship God when I don’t like the song?
What does it mean to glorify God with “one voice”?
Is worship a preference of worship or a decision to worship? Explain
How does this passage apply to GracePoint Church?
Read Romans 14:10, 13, 19
Would you agree that people are on different stages of their faith journey with God?
Would the same apply to comfort and freedom in worship?
Why do we need to be careful in how we view others in their worship to God?
Read Psalm 117:1; Psalm 145:4
How will your worship of God be different?
What steps will you need to take so you keep moving forward in your worship to God?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
What is one new thing you have learned about worshipping God? How can you apply that in your life on a DAILY basis?

Halloween is just around the corner… Maybe you can make it a LifeGroup event!


PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

 

Unleashed - Expressions of Praise (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: Unleashed

We are all hardwired to worship. The problem is that we worship other things than a holy, righteous God.  As believers, we are commanded to give praise to God. Often times our background, experience, personality, and preferences have restrained our expression of worship. This series will encourage us to unashamedly UNLEASH our praise to a worthy God!

Last Week:
Memorize Psalm 33:2-3
Listen to that song “It is Well” by Kristene Dimarco at least one time this week - loudly and thank God through your worship

Two Weeks Ago:
Take a step towards truly worshiping God and a step away from what others around you are thinking about you…

Key Verse: 

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!” Psalm 100:4

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
What is the first concert/band you paid money to see perform live?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
What are some of the things God has been teaching you about worship through this series?
Have you taken any steps, large or small, to change how you worship?
Why is music such a big draw for people?
When you were a kid, what kind of music did you like?
How did your parents or older siblings influence what music you liked?
Do you still like that same type of music today? Same band?
How often do you go back and listen to the classics of music you liked/listened to when you were younger?
What is it about new music/styles that causes us to either love it or hate it?
Read Revelation 15:3; Psalm 144:9; Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16; Psalm 103:1-3
Why is praise such a big deal?
Have you ever received an award for something you accomplished?
What was it? How did it make you feel?
Why does it feel good to get recognition or praise for something we’ve done or accomplished?
What does it mean for you personally to praise God?
Should we always praise God in the same way? Explain
What would it be like to have the same conversation every day with your spouse or close friend?
How does your answer to that question apply to how we worship God?
What are different ways we can worship God?
What would be a different way (than what you normally do) for you to worship God?
When it comes to worshipping God, why is it hard for us to try something new?
What would it look like for you to try a different way to worship God? (See challenge below)

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
This week. Listen to any worship song, alone, and choose a different way to express worship to God than what you normally do. Try it out. See what happens.

Halloween is just around the corner… Maybe you can make it a LifeGroup event!


PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

 

Unleashed - Heart of Praise (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: Unleashed

We are all hardwired to worship. The problem is that we worship other things than a holy, righteous God.  As believers, we are commanded to give praise to God. Often times our background, experience, personality, and preferences have restrained our expression of worship. This series will encourage us to unashamedly UNLEASH our praise to a worthy God!

Last Week:
Take a step towards truly worshiping God and a step away from what others around you are thinking about you…

Two Weeks Ago:
The next time you worship corporately, thank God for the sacrifice He made for you. Let that be your guide, not the people around you, as you worship Him.

Key Verse: 
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37, ESV)

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
If you could be in any professional band, what would it be?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
Did you ever take music lessons as a kid?
Were you glad did or do you wish you had taken lessons as a kid?
Have you ever played air guitar while driving?
What do you think is the most difficult instrument to play?
If you could play any instrument what would it be?
Read Psalm 33:2-3; 57:7-9; 47:1,6-7
What are your top three types of music you enjoy?
Where do you think our enjoyment of music comes from?
How does music impact your mood?
Read Psalm 56:3-4, 11-12
Have you ever had a child hold their arms up to you just to be held?
What was that like?
How does a child find comfort in the arms of their mom or dad?
It’s easy to praise God when things are going well, but how do we praise/worship God when things aren’t going so well?
How could our arms raised towards God be a comfort just like a child ends comfort is his or her parents arms?
How do faith and worship work together?
Listen to the song “It is Well” by Kristene Dimarco
What were some of the emotions that came to the surface?
Did it cause you to focus on something bad or on how God took you through something bad?
In the best of days or in the worst of days, how can we sing “It is well with my soul”?
How will that knowledge help you get through this next week?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Memorize Psalm 33:2-3
Listen to that song “It is Well” by Kristene Dimarco at least one time this week - loudly and thank God through your worship

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

 

Unleashed - Enthusiasm of Praise (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: Unleashed

We are all hardwired to worship. The problem is that we worship other things than a holy, righteous God.  As believers, we are commanded to give praise to God. Often times our background, experience, personality, and preferences have restrained our expression of worship. This series will encourage us to unashamedly UNLEASH our praise to a worthy God!

Last Week:
The next time you worship corporately, thank God for the sacrifice He made for you. Let that be your guide, not the people around you, as you worship Him.

Two Weeks Ago:
What is one way you can worship God this week when you are not in church?

Key Verse: 
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37, ESV)

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
What was the name you used for your grandparents?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
What is a current TV show that you really enjoy?
What are some hobbies you really enjoy?
Would it be easy talk with someone with any of those topics you just mentioned? Why?
What does it mean to be enthusiastic about something?
Have you ever been to a concert?
How did the crowd react to the songs?
What do you think it means to be “enthusiastic” in worship to God?
Read Psalm 67:3; 145:10; 44:8
Is it weird to raise hands in church?
Is it weird to raise hands at a concert or at an athletic event?
What's the difference between being enthusiastic about a team winning and being enthusiastic during worship?
Read 2 Samuel 6:14-22
What was David doing?
Why was David’s wife so upset?
When it comes to worship, is it easier to relate to David or Michal?
Read Nehemiah 8:6; Psalm 22:22; 69:30; 109:30; 149:3; 150:6
Do you think it is easier for men or women to worship God “unleashed” in church?
Why is that?
When it comes to worshiping God, unleashed, what do you think is our reservation to truly worshipping God for who He is?
Read Luke 7:36-39,
Two people are with Jesus but have very different perspectives. How come?
What was Simon focussed on?
What was the woman focussed on?
Read Luke 7: 44-47
What was the difference between Simon and the woman at Jesus feet?
How can this story be applied to us when we worship God?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Take a step towards truly worshiping God and a step away from what others around you are thinking about you…

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

 

Unleashed - Sacrifice of Praise (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: Unleashed

We are all hardwired to worship. The problem is that we worship other things than a holy, righteous God.  As believers, we are commanded to give praise to God. Often times our background, experience, personality, and preferences have restrained our expression of worship. This series will encourage us to unashamedly UNLEASH our praise to a worthy God!

Last Week:
What is one way you can worship God this week when you are not in church?

Two Weeks Ago:

Key Verse: 
Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice;” Luke 17:15

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
What is the most expensive thing you bought as a kid?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
Does a child view $100 the same way an adult views $100? Explain
What causes an adult to place more value on a $100 than a child?
Read 1 Peter 2:9-10
What do you think the word sacrifice means to God?
What value does God place on you?
What does that mean to you?
How aware are you of your value to God when you are worshiping Him?
If you were given a $100, how would you spend it?
If you were told if you wait sixty days to spend it, you will get another $10, would you wait? $100? $1000?
At what point is it worth the sacrifice to wait?
What does the word sacrifice mean to you?
What is something you willingly would/do sacrifice for? Why?
Have you ever sacrificed for something only to be disappointed when you were done?
Did that cause you to never want to sacrifice for something again? Explain
Read Hebrews 13:15; Habakkuk 3:17-19
Have you ever seen worship as a sacrifice?
How self aware are you of others when you worship?
How does that influence how you worship God?
In what ways can worship be a sacrifice?
Is it difficult to praise God when things are not going well? Explain
Why is it important that we worship God no matter what circumstances we are facing?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
The next time you worship corporately, thank God for the sacrifice He made for you. Let that be your guide, not the people around you, as you worship Him.

PRAY FOR YOUR "plusONE" PEOPLE BY NAME

 

Unleashed - Hardwired to Worship (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: Unleashed

We are all hardwired to worship. The problem is that we worship other things than a holy, righteous God.  As believers, we are commanded to give praise to God. Often times our background, experience, personality, and preferences have restrained our expression of worship. This series will encourage us to unashamedly UNLEASH our praise to a worthy God!

Last Week:
Welcome Back! Take a moment to catch up and/or introduce yourself.

Two Weeks Ago:

Key Verse: 
Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice;” Luke 17:15

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
What was the favorite thing you did over the summer?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
What is your favorite sports team?
What caused you to root for that team?
Do any of you have a team that was passed down to you from your parents or grandparents?
Have you ever cheered so loudly for something that it caused you to lose your voice?
When is the last time you got really excited/cheered for something?
Have you ever high-fived a stranger over some common event?
Was that weird or normal? Explain
What type of church did you grow up in?
What was the music like?
Everyone here has been to church. Who taught you how to worship?
What does “worship” mean to you?
Have you ever felt self conscious about how you worship in church? Explain
What is the difference between giving a high five to a stranger at a sporting event and being self conscious of worship at church?
Read Isaiah 6:1-7
Why do we worship God?
Does that make it easier or harder to worship God?
Read Romans 1:21-25
If we know why we worship God, what causes us to worship other things?
Read Luke 17:11-19
How many were healed by Jesus?
Why do you think only one came back?
What was his reaction to being healed by Jesus?
How can we take that same posture with us when we worship God?
What are you asking God to do in your life through this series?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
What is one way you can worship God this week when you are not in church?

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.)

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