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