05-20-18 Sermon discussion

 
 

Icebreaker 

 Who has modeled a “Towel and Basin” life to you and for you? What person in your life

has most modeled a life of faithful sacrificial service?

 

Text

“He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You

do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” “No,” said Peter, “you shall never

wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” “Then, Lord,” Simon

Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” Jesus answered, “Those who have

had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not

every one of you.” For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one

was clean. When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place.

“Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and

rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also

should wash one another’s feet. I have sent you an example that you should do as I have done for

you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one

who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

JOHN 13:6-7 NIV

 

Sermon Discussion

 As this passage is read, what part of it stands out to you?

When scripture is read, the Holy Spirit will often highlight a word or idea in the

passage that is specifically intended for you right now. Share what part of the

passage stands out to you.

Read verses 6-8. Why would Simon Peter resist Jesus’ desire to wash his feet?

Why do you think Peter reacted the way that he did? What was he afraid of?

Read verse 11. Talk about what might have been going on in Jesus’ mind and heart

as he washed the feet of Judas, whom he knew would betray him.

Has anyone ever decided to wash your feet even though you had let them down

or betrayed them?

 Have you ever chosen to wash someone else’s feet even though they had let you

down or betrayed you?

Whose feet would be really dicult to wash right now? Is God calling you to move

toward somebody in sacrificial service that has let you down or has not filled your

expectations of the relationship?

Read verses 14-15. Travis made the point on Sunday that Jesus was calling his

disciples to do the menial things. The things that nobody wants to do. The things

that only servants would do in the first century. The daily things. The things that

we think may be below us!

In this passage, could Jesus be talking simply about caring for other people in

lowly, regular, basic daily ways (that we may feel are “Below Us”)? Talk about what

you think.

Read verse 17. What do you think Jesus meant by “Blessed”? If we committed to

serving others the way Jesus modeled for us, how specifically and practically

would we experience blessing in our lives and in our relationships?

 

 

Weekly Challenge

 Do a daily, regular, lowly and seemingly insignificant thing for somebody this week

that you would not normally do. As you do it, think about this passage and what

Jesus did and why Jesus may have instructed us to follow his example.

 

MINISTRY IDEAS

 • Pray for a passion and willingness to live a life of daily serving others.

 • Pray for forgiveness for seasons marked more by selfishness than service.

 • Pray for clarity as to what it looks like to go low so that others might be lifted

high.

 • Pray for grace so that we might serve those that have betrayed us or let us down.

 • Pray for the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit to follow the example of

Jesus your master.

 
 

05-13-18 Sermon discussion

 
 

Text

 John 13:1-5

 

Sermon Discussion

 

 In light of this story and what Jesus does, what is a good definition of serving?

Read verse 1. Why do you think that washing the disciples feet was “loving them to

the end”?

Read verse 3. Jesus knew where he came from and he knew where he was going.

Jesus knew who he was. Why is knowing who you are so crucial to serving

others?

Read verse 5. What would this look like practically and specifically in your life right

now? How are you being called to wash the feet of others in this season of your

life?

Who in your life is dicult to serve? And why?

What is the number one thing that keeps you from serving the people that you

really do want to serve?

How has someone else’s decision to serve you transformed your life? Share about

that.

 

MINISTRY IDEAS

 • Pray for a passion to serve.

 • Pray for forgiveness for seasons that involved more selshness then serving.

• Pray for clarity on what “washing other’s feet looks like in your life right now.

 • Pray that God would bring you into a new season of doing what your master did.

 • Pray to receive the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit so that you might

be let loose and set free to serve others that you might love them to the end!

 
 

05-06-18 Sermon discussion

 
 

Icebreaker 

 Share a time that you had to say a “New Yes” after something had failed or fallen apart

or grown cold?

Text

 John 21:15-22

 

Sermon Discussion

 Read verses 15-17. Peter was given the opportunity to say a “New Yes”. In what

area of your life are you being presented with the opportunity to say a “New Yes”?

Why is a “New Yes” more dicult to say than the initial yes?

Talk about why Jesus comes to Peter instead of moving on to somebody who

hadn’t failed. If that is who God is, what does that communicate to you and about

you in this season?

Read verses 18-19. This is a cryptic verse... Peter’s first Yes was a bit too much

about his own glory and a “New Yes” is about God’s glory. The initial yes is often

about finding our lives and the “New Yes” is about losing our lives. The initial yes

is about gaining and the “New Yes” is about giving. Share how God is wanting to

bring you through that kind of transition in your life during this season.

 Why is it dicult to make that transition?

Talk personally and practically about what that transition looks like in your life and

what you feel it will cost you?

Read verse 20-22. Jesus is bringing Peter into a new season and a “New Yes”.

Peters earlier season was focused on comparison and what other people thought.

Jesus is bringing Peter into a season where Peter is focused on Jesus alone…

“You must follow me”. How are you focused on other people and their thoughts

and comparing yourself to them?

How practically and specifically is God shifting your focus from yourself and others

to Jesus and Jesus alone? “You must follow me“!

 

 

Weekly Challenge

 Over the next few days, the opportunity to give a “New Yes” will present itself.

Choose to give a clear and definitive “New Yes” to Jesus and let him take you

where he knows you need to go.

 

MINISTRY IDEAS

 Pray for clarity on what that “New Yes” looks like.

Pray for boldness to give a “New Yes” is when it is scary and unclear.

Pray for forgiveness of sin and passed failure.

Pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit as this new season begins.

Pray for a renewed passion to follow Jesus without looking at anyone else.

 
 

04-29-18 Sermon discussion

 
 

Icebreaker 

 Talk about a time that you were asked “yet a second time” to do something that

you failed to do the first time. What was communicated to you when you were

asked a second time? In other words, how did you feel when you were asked a

second time?

 

Text

John 21:1-19

 

Sermon Discussion

 In verses 1-3, Peter gave up on his original call because of failure. How can you

relate to Peter? Where do you feel you have failed? In what area relationship or

ministry has defeat or resignation set in?

Verse 3, “All night they caught nothing“. Talk about how Peter may have felt in this

season of failure. What do you think about yourself or tend to do or not do in

seasons where you feel you have failed?

In verse 4, Peter doesn’t recognize Jesus. Why is it hard to recognize the

presence power and voice of Jesus in seasons of perceived failure and self focus?

Why do we tend to believe our own verdict about ourselves more than we tend to

believe God’s verdict?

The miraculous catch part of the story is amazing. Something happens and they

began to recognize Jesus. Can you think of a time in the midst of a season of

failure and self focus that Jesus showed up out of nowhere and something

happened that gave you hope that failure is not the final word?

 In verses 15-17, Jesus re-commissions Peter. He re-calls Peter. What would Jesus

want to say to you right now? What do you need to hear three times? Share

personally about an area or situation or relationship or ministry in which you need

to hear a fresh re-commissioning from God.

Notice that in all the resurrection narratives Jesus shows up and speaks personally

to Mary or Thomas or Peter. The resurrected Jesus, the Lord of the world shows

up and personally encounters Peter. What does that say about God? What does

that say about how special and important you are to God?

Considering this story, what would change tomorrow as a result of hearing what

Jesus would and wants to say to you?

 

 

Weekly Challenge

 Every time you think about that relationship area ministry or issue where you have

failed, hear and listen to the fresh voice of the resurrected Jesus that wants to

re-call and re-commission you.

 

MINISTRY IDEAS

- Pray that God will take the focus o of you and put it on him and his power.

- Pray that you would recognize Jesus and his presence in the midst of feeling

defeated.

- Pray that you would hear clearly what Jesus wants to say and what you need to

hear from him.

- Pray to be filled with the power of the Spirit in order that you might say yes to

the new call.

- Pray for forgiveness so that tomorrow is dierent than yesterday.

 
 

04-22-18 group discussion

 
 

Icebreaker 

 Share a story about a time you received a New Chance  or a second chance when

you did not feel that you deserved it.

 

Text

John 21:1-19

 

Sermon Discussion

Read verse 7.

Talk about how it feels when you have been carrying something heavy physically

or emotionally and that weight is taken from you. Share a time you tangibly felt the

forgiving power of God in your life.

Read verse 12.

Talk about a time that you felt isolated or lonely and somebody showed up and

changed everything. What do you think Jesus was communicating to Peter and

the others by inviting them to come and have breakfast?

Read verse 15.

Talk about a time that you felt completely unsure and somebody spoke into your

life, into your heart and you experienced a new birth of assurance and maybe

confidence... knowing it was going to be OK.

Read verse 15-17.

When we fail we think it’s over, especially if we fail big. Talk about how the cross

and the resurrection of Jesus speaks a word of “Opportunity” even in the face of

great failure. Share an area of life or a story about how you thought failure was the

end but really the grace of God turned it into a new beginning!

Read verse 19.

Share an area in your life that you tend to feel disqualified. And if you don’t want

to share it, think about it. Read verse 19 again… Talk about what it looks like to live

“Qualified” Even when you feel disqualified. Get very practical. How do we live

qualified when we feel disqualified?

 

 

Weekly Challenge

 Give someone a New Chance or a second chance this week. There is someone

you have given up on or have written o. That someone may very well be yourself.

As you experience the New Chance of the gospel, allow it to flow through you to

someone else as God makes “All Things New”.

 

MINISTRY IDEAS

 - Pray for forgiveness, that God would take the weight of your past from you.

- Pray that the power of God would speak into that area that you are unsure

about and bring you the confidence that only the Spirit of God can bring you.

- Pray for the boldness to get off the bench and into the game in that area where

you have failed many times.

- Pray that God would breathe his life and bring his grace into that area where

you need a new chance.

 
 

04-15-18 group discussion

 
 

Icebreaker 

 Share a story about something you really did need to see in order to believe. It can be

a light, heavy or funny story. But you really did need to see it in order to believe it!

 

Text

John 20:24-29

 

Sermon Discussion

 Read verse 24.

Thomas wasn’t with the disciples. In doubt he opted out. What is the symptom in

your life when you lose hope? When you feel that death has the last word what

are you tempted to do?

Read verse 25.

Thomas had lost hope. Thomas thought it was over. In what area have you lost

hope?

In what relationship have you lost hope?

Where In your life have you begun to believe that death has the last word?

 Read verse 26 through 27.

Could Jesus have shown up mainly to encounter Thomas? Could God be that

personal?

As the Spirit of God shows up personally to you right now in this group, what do

you think he would say to you about the area or the relationship where you have

lost hope?

Share what you think Gods resurrection truth would be to you about that area or

that person or that issue.

What would it look like in your life, in that relationship, with that issue, in that

ministry, with that person or in the mist of that temptation to “stop doubting and

believe”? Share personally and practically what that would look like.

 

 

Weekly Challenge

Let the power and the hope of the resurrected Jesus invade that relationship or

area of struggle or hopelessness this week. When those hopeless feelings take

over, stop and read this passage and invite the resurrected power of God into that

place of doubt so that this week is different than last week.

 

MINISTRY IDEAS

- Pray that God would bring hope into a relationship that feels hopeless.

- Pray for God to bring hope into the fight against addiction.

- Pray that God would refresh and renew vision and passion for tomorrow.

- Pray that the power of doubt would be defeated so that you are set free and let

loose to do what God has called you to do.

 
 

04-08-18 group discussion

 
 

Icebreaker 

 Share a time that you stepped out to do something or say something even though

you were incredibly afraid.

 

Text

John 20:19-23

 

Group Discussion

Why does the resurrection change everything?

When the resurrected Jesus shows up, all of the disciples are hiding in fear. Read

verse 19 and talk about Who God is. Share a time that God showed up when you

were afraid and communicated to you that he will never give up on you.

What are you always afraid of?

What are you called to do that you are afraid to do in this season?

What action or conversation have you been putting o because of fear?

Read verse 21 and talk about what Jesus means when he says, “As the father has

sent me, I am sending you”.

 What is the peace of God and why do we need it in order to be and do what God

created us to be and do?

How would your life change specifically if you begin to walk with a great measure

of the peace of God? What would you do less of? What would you do more of?

Read verse 22. What do you think it means to be breathed on and filled with the

Holy Spirit?

Read verse 23. Why does forgiveness of all sin defeat fear and bring peace?

 

Weekly Challenge

 Become aware of a moment where fear grips you. Stop and invite the Spirit of

God to breathe Peace in you and over you. See if that changes the moment.

 

MINISTRY IDEAS

 

- Pray that God would break the power of fear in that specific area.

- Pray that God would forgive or pray for faith to believe that you are forgiven.

- Pray for God’s supernatural peace in a difficult or uncertain situation that is

happening right now.

- Pray for clarity as to what it looks like to be sent as the father sent Jesus.- 

- Pray to be filled with the Spirit of God afresh.

 
 

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