04-01-18 group discussion

 
 

Icebreaker 

 Share a story about something being remade or restored and why seeing or being

a part of that experience was exciting.

 

Text

John 20.1-18

 

Group Discussion

WHO?

 After reading this story and experiencing what God does for Jesus and what God

through Jesus does from Mary, describe WHO God is. Assume you are talking to a

person that has never heard about God or Jesus or the resurrection. Based on this

story alone use adjectives or attributes to describe this God.

 WHAT?

What does the resurrection mean for Jesus?

What does the resurrection mean for this world?

What does the resurrection mean for Mary (Miriam) and for you?

 WHY?

Why do you need power from outside of yourself to be remade, restored or

saved?

Have you tried with your own power and energy to remake yourself? How

did that go?

Why do you think God is committed to remaking and restoring us?

Why is it difficult and what do we need to often give up in order to be remade?

HOW?

How specifically is God wanting to remake you?

How or in what area has the enemy gained ground in your life (ground that is not

his)? Fear, guilt, self-hatred, addiction, insecurity, anger…

How could you take a step toward becoming the renewed person that God

intends you to be? What would that step look like today?

What have you been labeled?

What is God’s new name for you?

 

 

Weekly Challenge

Think hard and in community and prayer, figure out what you have settled into

that really is not a part of the you that God intended. Take a step toward allowing

the Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead to begin to remake you this week.

 

MINISTRY IDEAS

 - Pray that you would believe in the resurrection and all that it means.

 - Pray that false views of God would be replaced with a true view of God as the

restorer.

 - Pray that God would break off labels or “that” label and rename you.

 - Pray that God would break the chains of guilt or grief or self-hatred as a result of

your past.

 - Pray that you would experience the intimate and unquenchable love of “Your

Father”.

 
 

03-25-18 group discussion

 
 

Icebreaker

 Who has clung to you during a very dicult time in your journey? What did they risk

or sacrifice to do that for you? What did that do for your relationship with them?

 

Text

John 18:12-18

John 19:25-30

 

Group Discussion

WHO?

 Read Psalm 23 and ask the question, “Who is God“? If God remained with Jesus

as Jesus bore all the sin of the world, how much more will he remain with you?

 WHAT?

 John remained with Jesus, and God remained with Jesus. What does it look like

for you to remain at a post, or in a relationship, or on mission right now in your life?

What does staying look like for you right now?

 WHY?

 Why is it so important to stay in a relationship when it is painful or hard to stay?

Talk about a time when it was hard to stay but you did and share the results.

HOW?

 How do we become more and more convinced that God will never leave us or

forsake us?

How does the enemy try to get you to run when God is calling you to stay?

 

 

Weekly Challenge

 Thank God and someone else for staying by your side when you were dicult to

stay with. Call or talk to that person this week and express your gratitude for their

sacrifice.

 

MINISTRY IDEAS

- Pray that God would heal the wound and meet us in our pain of abandonment.

- Pray that God would reveal how near He is to us, even when we are being

difficult to be around.

- Pray for forgiveness for running out on a person or a relationship when we were

called to stay.

- Pray for boldness and courage to stay in “that” relationship that is tough right

now.

- Pray to commit your life to the God that has never left you and never will.

 
 

03-18-18 group discussion

 
 

Icebreaker

 Share a scene from a movie or a book or your life that impacted you because of

the great love or sacrifice that was expressed.

 

Text

John 15:9-17

 

Group Discussion

WHO?

 Jesus is teaching that God is love. According to Jesus, that is who God is.

Is that your experience of God?

A few people in your life have taught you who God is.

What have you experienced about who God is through those few people?

 WHAT?

 What is this passage calling you to do?

What is love? Share, from this passage, what love is or looks like.

What has been done to you in the name of love, but you knew then, or upon

reflection, that it wasn’t love at all? How did you know?

What is scary about living a life of self- giving love?

 WHY?

 Why does laying down your life lead to joy? Why would God lay down his life?

Why would God call you to lay down your life?

Why is it so difficult for you to love?

HOW?

How does this passage challenge you specifically?

What relationship or situation do you immediately think about as you read this

passage?

How specifically is God calling you to lay your life down for another? In what

relationship or situation is this call most difficult for you right now? And why?

 

 

Weekly Challenge

 Be on the look out this week for a moment or story that expresses sacrificial

self-giving love and note how deeply it stirs you.

 

MINISTRY IDEAS

- Pray that God would give you clarity on what it looks like to love.

- Pray that God would forgive you for not choosing love.

- Pray that you would begin to experience the joy that comes from a life of love.

- Pray that God would break the chains that keep you from loving as you would

like to.

- Pray for forgiveness for those who have not loved you well.

- Pray to accept God’s unbelievable and unconditional love that is yours in Christ

Jesus.

- Pray that you would return to a place of remaining in God’s love. A prayer to

come home.

 
 

03-11-18 group discussion

 
 

Icebreaker

 Talk about where your influence is every day. If you were to talk with someone

about Jesus, who would that be? Co-workers, friends, neighbors, etc? Who are the

people God has already placed in your life that need to hear about Jesus?

 

Text

John 15.26-16.3

 

Group Discussion

WHO?

 What is this text revealing about Jesus? What do we learn about Jesus' role in our

lives from this passage? What is the Spirit revealing about what he does versus

what we do as we walk out our journey?

 WHAT?

 What is the Lord calling you to in reference to this passage? Are there people he's

calling you to talk to about Jesus? What are the obstacles for you in walking out

being a witness in your areas of influence? What is holding you back, what are

you scared of, etc.? If you were to take a guess, what do you think the Spirit longs

to do through you in your areas of influence?

 WHY?

  Why would God choose to use us feeble humans as witnesses? Why is persecution

'normal' in the life of a believer? Why is it hard to trust the Spirit as the

Advocate? Why is there joy in the midst of persecution as we walk this out?

HOW?

 You are unique, and God has intentionally created you to be a witness in the

specific way he's made you. How will you walk out being a witness this week in

the unique way God has made you? How can you bring up conversations about

Jesus where your influence is?

 

 

Weekly Challenge

 Look for the doors the Spirit is opening up in conversation with the people around

you, and take a first step in talking about Jesus.

 

MINISTRY IDEAS

- Pray for boldness to walk out your witness.

- Pray for the Spirit's revelation as to who he's opening up conversation with.

- Pray for those in your influence who don't know Jesus that he would open their heart.

- Pray that God would show you the obstacles keeping you from walking out your

- witness.

- Pray that fear, whatever fear is keeping you quiet, would be broken

 
 

03-04-18 group discussion

 
 

Icebreaker

 Tell a story about talking to someone about Jesus and whether it went well or

didn’t go well. Or, tell a story about somebody talking to you about Jesus and

whether it went well or whether it didn’t go well.

 

Text

John 6:25-69

 

Group Discussion

WHO?

 According to this story, WHO is Jesus? What does “Bread of Life” mean? The Jews

in the story doubted that Jesus could be the one from heaven. Why do you

believe that Jesus is the bread of life from heaven? Or, Why do you believe that he

isn’t? Or, Why are you undecided?

 WHAT?

 WHAT do you feel called to do based on this story or teaching? WHAT is difficult

about receiving this truth (the claim that Jesus is the bread of life that gives eternal

life)? WHAT is difficult about sharing this truth with others? WHAT about our

modern world makes receiving this truth difficult?

 WHY?

 WHY would God arrive as a human being, as Jesus, as the bread of life? WHY

would God come from heaven to a world that would not receive him? WHY would

God put himself or put his son in that kind of situation?

WHY would Jesus ask his disciples to enter into a similar situation?

HOW?

HOW does it look specifically and practically to live in light of this story? How are

you to respond to this story? Share HOW you are to think, act, change or live

differently.

HOW do you think you are “uniquely” called to communicate Jesus to other

people?

Is there a specific person in your life that you are to have a Jesus conversation?

 

 

Weekly Challenge

 Look for an opportunity to talk to someone about Jesus or to bring up the topic of

Jesus in a conversation.

 

MINISTRY IDEAS

- Pray to receive Jesus as your bread of life.

- Pray for renewed passion to talk about Jesus as a normal part of your day/life.

- Pray that God would break your heart for those that do not yet know Jesus.

- Pray for those that you love that are not yet disciples of Jesus.

- Pray that fear, whatever fear is keeping you quiet, would be broken.

 
 

02-25-18 group discussion

 
 

Icebreaker

 Talk about a time when you were in need and somebody was generous to you.

How did that feel? Or talk about a time that you saw somebody in need and met

that need. How did that feel?

 

Text

John 6:1-15

Matthew 14:15-21

Leviticus 23:22

Galatians 2:10

 

Group Discussion

WHO?

 In this story Jesus and his disciples are miraculously generous. In this story there

are leftovers as a result of generosity. WHO is God? Is God generous? Will God

provide? Do you see God as one who will provide for your needs even when you

are generous? Why do you see God the way you do in this area?

 WHAT?

 WHAT are you to do as a result of experiencing Jesus and his disciples in the

story? WHAT fears surface as a result of seeking to live in light of this story? Does

generosity scare you? If so, why? Does generosity excite you? If so why?

 WHY?

 WHY does generosity matter? WHY would God call us to give to and care for

people that have less than we do? In other words, what does our generosity do to

others and their view of God? What does our generosity do to us?

HOW?

HOW specifically and practically are you feeling called to be generous? Do you

need to go back to anyone or make anything right in the area of generosity? What

does it look like to move forward as a generous person? What specific areas do

you think of when you think of risking to be more generous? (Think of family,

strangers, church, neighbors, work relationships)

 

 

Weekly Challenge

 As you continue to think about this story, do one intentional random act of

generosity this week. You may even discover that God sovereignly planned that

act as he continues to form you into the person that he created you to be!

 

 

MINISTRY IDEAS

- Pray that fear would no longer keep me from being generous.

- Pray that I would be filled with God and overflow toward others.

- Pray for forgiveness for choosing greed instead of generosity.

- Pray that my false view of God in this area would be replaced with a true view of who God is.

- Pray for the words and boldness to go to someone or a group and encourage generosity.

 
 

02-18-18 group discussion

 
 

Icebreaker

Talk about a time when somebody stood up or risked for you, whether you were

there or not. How did it feel? How did you feel about them whether you

experienced it or heard what had happened?

 

Text

John 3.1-18 (Specifically v1-3,16-18)

John 7.45-52

1 Samuel 20.28-42 (Specifically v31-33, 42)

John 19.38-42

 

Group Discussion

Who?

 Nicodemus risked, stood, spoke and took heat for Jesus. We are all inspired by

that. According to the Bible we bear the image of God. We are like him. WHO is

God? In other words, WHO did Nicodemus reflect in the story? Talk about whether

you see God as one who risks, stands, speaks and takes heat or not. Talk about

why you do or don’t see God this way.

 WHAT?

In light of this story, WHAT are we challenged to do or change or say in our

relationships? Is there a friendship in which we are called to have someone’s back

in the way we have not? When we think about doing this, WHAT are we afraid of?

 WHY?

 WHY are we stirred by what Nicodemus did? WHY do we love when people stand

up for us? Even if we are nervous doing it, WHY does it feel so good when we

stand up for other people? WHY did God stand up and take heat for us on the

cross?

HOW?

HOW practically and specifically are we to do what Nicodemus did? HOW does

this look in our lives, relationships and friendships? Share one very practical way

that you are feeling prompted by the Spirit to stand speak, or risk on behalf of

someone you have sworn friendship to. (You could include a spouse, girlfriend or

boyfriend, extended family member or one of your kids.)

 

Weekly Challenge

 On the cross, God in Christ risked, stood, hung, and took heat for us his friends.

Think about that all week. Begin every morning thinking about that. Ask, what

does it look like to live with our friends and even our enemies in light of the story

of the cross?

 

MINISTRY IDEAS

- Pray that any false views of who God is would be replaced with the truth.

- Pray to find friendships that are life-giving.

- Pray for forgiveness for not standing or speaking when called to do so.

- Pray that God would break off specific fear that keeps us from standing or speaking.

- Pray to forgive those that have went quiet on us in our time of need.

- Prayer to enter the kingdom and become a friend of God and others.

- Pray that God would fill you with his spirit that I might be like him.

- Pray for specifically how God is calling you to live this out.

 
 

02-11-18 group discussion

 
 

Icebreaker

When was the first time you experienced injustice (toward yourself or another) and thought  'something needs to be done about this' OR 'Ineed to do something about this?'

 

Text

"When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts He found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So He made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; He scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves He said,"Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father's house into a market!" His disciples remembered that it is written: "Zeal for your house will consume me." The Jews then responded to Him, "What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?" Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days." They replied, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?" But the temple He had spoken of was His body. After He was raised from the dead, His disciples recalled what He had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken."

JOHN 2:13-22 NIV

 

 

Group Discussion

Who is God?

WHO is God based on in this story? We tend to have a passive, aloof, and even weak view of God. As a result of what Jesus is doing with His friends, what is Jesus communicating about WHO God actually is? Talk about how the story challenges your view of God.

What is the passage calling us to do?

When God wants to get something done in his world, how does He like to do it? Because we are made in God's image, WHAT are we to do about injustice present in our lives, families, workplaces, neighborhoods, church, and world? WHAT injustice do you see surrounding you? WHAT specifically do you feel challenged to engage in or say as a result of this story?

Why?

WHY does justice matter? What is the big deal about mercy and justice? WHY would God challenge us to let go of our small story of safety and security and step into His large story of risk and the pursuit of justice for other people? WHY are you settling for a smaller, safer story?

How?

HOW are you hiding from what God is calling you to change or impact in your sphere of influence? HOW specifically and practically will you take the first step toward being zealous, as Jesus was, for justice in the lives of other people?

 

Weekly Challenge

The God revealed in Jesus is present and on the move. What, this week, would God not be OK with? As a man or a woman in His image, consider "turning over some tables!" But, don't do it alone because we are "Together on Mission".

 

MINISTRY IDEAS

·Pray that God would give us his eyes to see how He would like for us to make a difference.

·Pray for boldness to act.

·Pray for God to reveal how we are involved in injustice so we might repent and change.

·Pray to forgive others for the injustice done to us.

·Pray to recover a passion or zeal to risk for the benefit of others.

 
 

02-04-18 group discussion

 
 

icebreaker

When did you first experience the fun, joyful celebration of being together with others on any sort of mission or endeavor? Describe how that felt.

 

Text

" On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine." "Woman, why do you involve me?" Jesus replied. "My hour has not yet come." His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water"; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet." They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, "Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now." What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and his disciples. There they stayed for a few days."

JOHN 2:1-12 NIV

 

Group Discussion

Who?

Based on this story, WHO is God? Jesus is fun, going somewhere new, and wants to go there with you! Is this the view of God that you grew up with? Share how Jesus and his actions in this story challenge or expand your view of God?

What?

In this story Jesus is clearly starting something; beginning something new. WHAT could that mean for our lives? WHAT is this story calling us to think, believe, or do when it comes to tomorrow? WHAT could this new thing that God is doing mean for you and those closest to you?

Why?

Sometimes we get comfortable with the old. WHY would God challenge what we may be comfortable with in order to bring us into something new? (Maybe think about something in your life that would be hard to let go of.) WHY would God ask us to get rid of the old? What is his ultimate purpose? Share what you really, really think God 's ultimate purpose is.

How?

How will you embrace the new wine that God is pouring out in your life? HOW can and will tomorrow be very different than today? Share practically and specifically how you will begin to live tomorrow in light of this story.

 

Weekly Challenge

This week, think about God in this new way. A God who is fun, a God who is going somewhere new, and a God that wants you to  go with him. Look  at the  world through that lens. Read books , watch movies , and encounter relationships from that perspective. How we see God changes everything . He might even turn water into wine before your very eyes!

 

MINISTRY IDEAS

• Pray for new and true realities about God to replace old and false ones. Think about incorrect views of God that you picked up on your journey of life that God wants to correct.

 

• Pray for clarity concerning new things God wants to bring about in our lives.

 

• Pray for clarity on who we are to journey with into the new season God has for us.

 

• Pray for repentance of old, tired , and dead things that God wants to remove from our lives.

 

• Pray for trust that God has our best in mind even if it can be difficult to get there.

 

• Pray to enjoy the journey with others and with God as we are intoxicated with him and him alone.

 

• Pray to be filled up and overflow ing with the presence and power of God .

 

Don 't miss out on "Together on Mission" Part 2

READ AHEAD: John 2:13-25