Nov 23-24, 2019
Deeper: Part 7
Discussion Questions: November 23 and 24
INTRODUCE: Which prayer to go deeper has resonated most with you in this series?
READ: Exodus 34.1-4
WATCH: Deeper: Part 7
- Pastor Robert described the tablets of the Ten Commandments as God’s wedding ring for his people. Have you thought of the tablets in this way? What is the effect of thinking of God’s laws in this light?
- We can always go deeper with God…do you believe that? What are the times or situations that seem to be optimal times for going deeper?
- Does your sin tend to push you away from God or draw you to God?
- Pastor Robert noted that Satan often tries to trick us twice about sin: before we sin (It’s no big deal…just go for it…) and after we sin (That was a big deal…God’s not going to forgive you for doing that.). Have you heard these lies? Does one or the other of these lies tend to trip you up?
- What are the implications of believing that we can go deeper with God when we sin, fail, and fall short? What happens when we realize that sweet times with God are possible amidst failure?
- Moses first prayer in Exodus 33 is in verse 13: “teach me your ways.” It was a recognition of the mystery of God; a request for God to “teach me to love you.” What are the ways that God answers this request for you and me?
- Pastor Robert noted that God provides a four-point sermon about his ways: He is, 1) compassionate, 2) gracious, 3) slow to anger, and 4) abounding in love. Which of these four points do you know best? Which of these do you know and believe least?
- If we think of God’s glory as “weight,” as the evidence of his presence and work, what are times where his glory has been particularly evident to you?
- How close to God do you want to be?
- All we have to do is ask God to take us deeper, to draw close to us…what keeps you from making this request?
Ask God for the boldness of Moses, to have the courage to boldly ask God to take you deeper after you’ve sinned and fallen short.
Praise God for his ways, for his compassion, grace, slowness to anger, and abounding love that are the “Why” behind all that he has done and is doing.
Praise God for his glory, his weight and presence. Celebrate his glory in your life and the lives of those around you.
Ask God to teach you his ways, to show you his glory, and to lead you to Jesus.
Nov 16-17, 2019
Deeper: Part 6 (Spend Me)
INTRODUCE: Share about a time when you spent so much money on a gift or to help someone else that you had to personally deny yourself. How did you feel about that sacrifice…did you have any regrets?
READ: Isaiah 58:6-11
PRAYER: Begin with a time of praying Ephesians 3:14 out loud together for your Connect Group.
WATCH: First part of DEEPER Sermon
- Since beginning this sermon series, DEEPER, how have you sensed that your relationship with God has done just that? What specifically do you think has helped it go deeper?
- Discuss the analogy of being “like spring whose waters never fail” as described in Isaiah 58:11. If the described you, what would it practically look like?
- When you see Terry Louis Frasier’s urn on the fireplace at our new “base camp,” what will it mean to you? How will you describe its significance to others?
- Describe the kind of “fasting” God has chosen for us as listed in Isaiah 58:6-7. What life situation described in these verses stands out to you? Why?
- Pastor Robert made the statement, “God is filling us up so much because needs of the world are so great.” Discuss how this statement impresses you. What call do you hear from God?
- How and why does the prayer “Spend me” take us straight to the cross?
- Discuss the four ways in which Jesus spent Himself while on the cross. What other ways did he “spend “ Himself in His life of ministry? Consider Mark 10:45. From the discussion of this question, in what ways have you spent yourself that are similar to Christ? What did it cost you to be “spent?” Time, talent, “treasure?” (14:20-15:01, 15:12-15:49)
- Share your thoughts about how the gospel is in your blood as shared by Pastor Robert.
- When we allow ourselves to become “kingdom currency” how does that practically impact our lives?
- As you consider the “Spend us” prayer in the sermon, through whose life does God want to take you deeper? What might it cost you?
Closing Prayer: Focus on praying for one another asking for God’s insight, clarity or provision in how each person believes God wants to “spend them”.
For Further Study
- In Isaiah 58:6-11, look at all of the instances where “you,” “yours” and “yourself” are used. What are the promises given? In what ways can you be spent as “kingdom currency?” In these verses examine when the Lord is mentioned and the role He takes. Where and when have you seen this play out in your life in the past?
- “His sign says anything helps and I wonder, is that true? Does anything help? I don’t just wonder that about the guy on the corner. I wonder it about the mission trip we go on where we build a house. Or if I give cans on a Sunday, does that help?” We often hear the phrase “anything helps,” but does it really? With this video, Urban Entry works through the best ways to give to those in need. This video, made by a man from Colorado Community Church, looks at these questions in a practical way and asks thought provoking questions. It comes with Discussion Questions and a Bible study (also available on the website) along with bonus material. You can find a trailer and information on purchasing it on www.urbanentry.org
You can watch a Vimeo of it from 11/17/19-12/1/19 in its entirety by going to https://vimeo.com/347125663/9df3c5353c
- Reading Option: Expanding on the idea of helping people in great need, When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert has a forward by John Perkins who said, “We need the person of Jesus Christ to transform not just the poor but also ourselves.” This book helps it readers think through how to live out the “Spend Me” prayer.
Nov 9-10, 2019
Deeper: Part 5
Discussion Questions: November 9 and 10
INTRODUCE: What makes you most excited about the new church building? What makes you most nervous?
READ: Isaiah 61.7 and Ephesians 3.14-21
WATCH: Deeper: Part 5
As a group:
For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.
…and then pray….
Nov 2-3, 2019
Deeper: Part 4
Discussion Questions: November 2-3, 2019
Introduction: When do you feel the need to fill your gas tank? Is there a story of a time you ran out of gas?
Read: 1 Chronicles 4:9-10, Gen 12:2-3, and John 7:38
Watch: Deeper Part 4
Discuss: sermon link: https://vimeo.com/coloradocommunity/review/370578589/63a1343e23
- Blessing is when God gives you the conditions for your life for you to flourish: how have you defined blessing in your life?
- What blessing have you requested from God in prayer? (Q1 and Q2 3:50-5:40)
- Have you ever prayed for more of God’s presence and seen it granted? What did it look and feel like?
- Have you prayed the prayer of Jebez? (Enlarge my territory and let your hand be with me) (Q3 and Q4 7:00-9:36)
- What does it feel like to be drawn deeper rather than digging deeper with our works?
- Does prayer feel like work or like the next breath? What prayers have drawn you deeper? (Q5 and Q6 15:13-18:10)
- If you feel comfortable to share, what is your “pain” that you could pray through? How do you pray your pain?
- How can we spur one another on to go deeper with God? How are you inspired to go deeper right now? (Q7 and Q8 19:34-25:35
Prayer in Groups of 2-3: Pray for one another (by name) for God’s blessing to come and rest upon them. Wait in God’s presence and listen for His response.
Examen in a Nut Shell
The Examen is a method of reviewing your day in the presence of God. It’s actually an attitude more than a method, a time set aside for thankful reflection on where God is in your everyday life. It has five steps, which most people take more or less in order, and it usually takes 15 to 20 minutes a day. Here it is in a nutshell:
1. Pray for light: Begin by asking God for the grace to pray, to see and to understand.
2. Give thanks: Look at your day in a spirit of gratitude. Everything is a gift from God.
3. Review the day: Guided by the Holy Spirit, look back on your day. Pay attention to your experience. Look for God in it.
4. Look at what’s wrong: Face up to failures and shortcomings. Ask forgiveness for your faults. Ask God to show you ways to improve.
5. Resolution for the day to come: Where do you need God today? What can you do today?
Oct 26-27, 2019
Deeper: Part 3
INTRODUCE: Share about a time when you were more than certain you were going to run out of something but “not enough” turned out to be more than enough.
READ: Jeremiah 2:13-14, John 4:4-10, John 10:10
PRAYER: Begin with a time of praying together
WATCH: First part of Deeper sermon
- When have you experienced a time of feeling drained by people or life and it seemed like going to church or doing other “spiritual things” didn’t seem to help? What did help (or could have helped) you get beyond that empty feeling? (3:14-4:55)
- Even tumbleweeds drop seeds as they roll around and seem dead. Thus, they are really being fruitful. What could you look for during “empty” times in your life that would be encouraging…showing you that there is still purpose in your life?
- How can you know or recognize that you are feeling empty when there is no gauge to tell you that? Quickly examine your life right now. ..your moods and attitudes. Currently, how abundant would you gauge your life to be? (5:04-5:22)
- In John 10:10, Jesus says He came to give us an abundant life. What is “in abundance” in an abundant life? 6:48-7:01, 7:08-8:09, 24:27-25:00)
- When you or someone you know seems empty, what steps can be taken to move into a sense of a feeling of abundance? (8:40-9:30)
- In what areas of your life do you feel that there is scarcity? How do you “deal with” that feeling?
- In what ways do you see “there’s never enough” playing out in our culture? (11:19-11:29)
- How could your relationship with Christ or your knowledge of what He is like bring a shift from feeling scarcity in your life to a feeling of abundance? (11:42-12:08, 15:44-18:17)
- After listening to Pastor Robert’s apology to the congregation, for what was he apologizing and what are your thoughts about it? (22:06-24:26)
- “With God there is always more.” What are the first thoughts that come to your mind when you hear this? How might those six words change the way you view life?
- What is happening in your life right now for which you would like to find Biblical promises to claim? What promises in the Bible do you find yourself claiming often? Who can help you find those needed promises that will remind you that “all you have in Him is more than enough?” (25:12-25:35)
For Further Study
- Expanding on the idea of going deeper, Brother Lawrence wrote in his book, The Practice of the Presence of God, that “Practicing the presence of God is a single act that does not end. God paints Himself in the depths of our souls and we must merely open our hearts to receive Him and His loving presence.” This book, first published in 1691, gives a picture of a man living in scarcity and how he had a deep relationship with God. It provides instruction on how to be content throughout simple days by knowing God and feeling His presence. Another book along this same line was written by Thomas a Kempis in 1418, and is titled The Imitation of Christ. These books, though old, give insights into developing an intimate, personal relationship with God in order to enjoy abundance in life while living in with few material goods.
- Pastor Robert presented some of God’s attributes in the sermon. Those mentioned were immutable (unchanging), eternal and infinite. Go tohttps://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/15-amazing-attributes-of-god-what-they-mean-and-why-they-matter.html and read about the attributes of God. Journal your insights into how each of these attributes bring about the abundant life Jesus came to give to you.
Oct 18-19, 2019
Deeper: Intro Pt. 2
Discussion Questions: Oct 18-19, 2019
Introduction: When do you feel the need to fill your gas tank? Is there a story of a time you ran out of gas?
Read: Jeremiah 17:5-8 and Jeremiah 2:13
Watch: Deeper Part 2
Discuss: sermon link: https://vimeo.com/coloradocommunity/review/367507402/93780d3c86
- Who do you think you are being asked by God to become?
- Do you ever feel like you allow yourself to get empty before you get full? In what ways do you avoid this pattern in your life?
- Can you recall a season in your life where you felt you were running on spiritual fullness? What helped to keep that constant?
- What is the biggest drain in your life that you need to be conscious about so you don’t become empty?
- Are you living like a tree or a tumbleweed right now? What is impacting this the most in your life right now?
- Have you ever felt like you were living like a tumbleweed running on empty but were able to look back and see the seeds that were planted in spite of your emptiness?
- Have you ever thought of emptiness as a sin? Jeremiah 2:13
- What does it look like to dig deeper to a well so we have an infrastructure dependent solely on Him?
Prayer in Groups of 2-3
Given today’s discussion, what’s one thing you would like prayer for? What is a personal need you have that you would like to share/be prayed for?
Read John 4:10-15
Consider the dialogue between Jesus and the woman at the well, would you respond the same as the woman or differently? If so, how?
Take time to consider what Jesus is offering
Listen to words or phrases that stand out
Listen for something to think further about
Listen for your desire and request
Listen for impact and intention
Other verses to consider this week:
Interested in more:
Oct 12-13, 2019
Discussion Questions: October 12 and 13
INTRODUCE: When did you first attend CCC? What stands out in your memory about that first visit?
READ: Jeremiah 2:13
WATCH: Deeper: Introduction
- Why were you drawn to attend CCC?
- Robert mentioned the season of discernment of a year and a half ago. Did God reveal anything to you during that season? Did you hear him speak? If so, what did you hear?
- Can you relate to the question Pastor Robert asked God (“Do I have what it takes?”)? What is the role God is calling you to?
- What changes might you need to make in order to welcome new people to CCC?
- Do we try to do too much? What can tempt us to take on roles beyond our gifting and/or capacity?
- Do you have fears about CCC changing buildings? If so, what are they?
- What can we do individually to keep the mission of CCC as we transition to a new space?
- Do you feel like a cistern, praying to be filled up or more like a well, digging deeper and seeking the stream of living water?
- Can you imagine a life where you are always full of God?
- Where do you sense God is asking you to go deeper?
- God, would you help me to seek you as a deep well seeking your living stream and to not act as one who builds cisterns merely hoping to catch water;
- God, would you reveal your role for me (as you have done with Robert as pastor);
- God, would you show me where and how you want me to go deeper.
FOR FURTHER STUDY:
- Look at 1 Corinthians 12:1-11. How does Paul’s teaching in this letter to the Corinthians provide wisdom and encouragement as you think about attending and serving at CCC?
- Consider this article about spiritual gifts and the author’s reflections on the important question of “What is the purpose of spiritual gifts?” https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/questions-about-spiritual-gifts-what-is-the-purpose-of-spiritual-gifts/
- Follow this link to take a simple online spiritual gifts assessment: https://gifts.churchgrowth.org/spiritual-gifts-survey/