Finding The Way: Part 16

April 4th, 2021

SERMON HIGHLIGHTS

Discussion Questions

INTRODUCTION:  Do you feel like you are stuck in a cycle? What is that cycle and how are working to break out? 

READ: John 11:38-44

WATCH SERMON HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

DISCUSSION

  1. Have you ever tried to convince people that you are alive (or something difficult to convince)? How did it turn out?
  2. Do you think you would have been convinced Lazarus was risen from the dead? What would have convinced you?
  3. Which resonates with you most right now: Jesus is my…Savior, Lord, Friend, or Life? 
  4. “Jesus is the way to Life,” what does that look like in your life so you are not on the hamster wheel?
  5. What cycle have you seen broken in the lives around you? 
  6. What cycle are you hoping to break out of and embrace Jesus is my Life?

PRAYER

Pray for one another to have what you need for a breakthrough of more LIFE

SHARE & PRAY (in groups of 2-3)

Share one thing you need prayer for today

  • Take time to pray for one person at a time
  • Invite the Holy Spirit to guide your time 
  • Listen to the Lord for guidance in how to pray for one another

…and then pray….

Finding The Way: Part 15

March 20th, 2021

SERMON HIGHLIGHTS

Discussion Questions

Introduction: What are some traditions you have for Easter? What will it look like for you this year?

READ: Read: Mark 15:21, Additional verses: Acts 13:1, Romans 16:13, Acts 19:33, Colossians 2:13-15, I Peter 2:21, Philippians 3:10, Mark 8:34

WATCH: Video Highlight (2: 34:11-40:02) (4: 44:23-52:03) (53:50-1:00:20)

DISCUSSION:

  1. Can you share a time when you felt most “seen” when you were a child?
  2. When have you been “forced” to do something that could have impacted you, like Simon carrying the cross?
  3. Have you ever symbolically nailed your sins to the cross? What emotions did it bring up for you?
  4. How will you focus on the cross as we approach Holy Week?
  5. What does it look like to follow in the footsteps of the cross?
  6. Did you have a moment when you went from being forced to carry the cross and instead chose to carry the cross? What did that look like in your life?

 

SHARE & PRAY:

Share one thing you need prayer for today

  • Take time to pray for one person at a time
  • Invite the Holy Spirit to guide your time
  • Listen to the Lord for guidance in how to pray for one another

…and then pray….

 

Finding The Way: Part 14

March 14th, 2021

SERMON HIGHLIGHTS

Discussion Questions

 Finding The Way: Part 14 – The Way Forward

Sermon Discussion Questions: March 13 & 14

READ: John 1:14; Ephesians 2:8; Psalm 103:8 & 10; John 17:17

WATCH: Video Highlight

OPENER: Share a highlight and a lowlight from the past week

DISCUSSION:

  1. Compare and contrast differences between moving forward and being stuck?

 

2. How do you define or describe grace?

 

3. How do you know something is true?

 

4. Have you ever discovered something you thought was real and it turned out not to be? What were some of the emotions you felt in that discovery?

 

5. In general, what is the difference between “and” and “or”?

 

6. “Refuse to choose” – answer one of these questions:

  1. What is one way to keep this practice?
  2. What would be required of you to refuse to choose?
  3. What behaviors are required to refuse to choose?  

 

  1. Eric Little chose “No” for himself and “Yes” to serve others. How does this example resonate with you?

 

SHARE & PRAY:

Share one thing you need prayer for today

  • Take time to pray for one person at a time
  • Invite the Holy Spirit to guide your time 
  • Listen to the Lord for guidance in how to pray for one another

…and then pray….

Finding The Way: Part 13

March 7th, 2021

SERMON HIGHLIGHTS

Discussion Questions

The Way of the Table

Sermon Discussion Questions: March 6 & 7

 

READ: Matthew 26.17-30

 

WATCH: Video Highlight

 

  1. Have you gotten bored with the Lord’s table? If so, why do you think this has happened? 
  2. When the Lord’s table is familiar and mundane, what are the consequences?
  3. Pastor Robert noted that the apple and horseradish dish in the traditional Passover meal was a reminder that in tears there can be sweetness. Can you relate? Have you had tearful experiences in which your relationship with the Lord has been particularly sweet?
  4. How does Pastor Robert’s walk through Jesus’s Passover dinner with the disciples affect your appreciation of Jesus initiating a new covenant for us? 
  5. Do you struggle to believe that God truly accepts you? What is the impact of embracing this truth? 
  6. Do you accept Jesus as he is? What is the toughest part of accepting Jesus for you?

 

PRAYER

Lord, thank you for the cup of redemption provided for us because of your sacrifice on the cross. Thank you for the new covenant by which we’re brought into relationship with you. May we cherish and celebrate this each time we partake of the table.

 

SHARE & PRAY:

Share one thing you need prayer for today…

  • Take time to pray for one person at a time
  • Invite the Holy Spirit to guide your time 
  • Listen to the Lord for guidance in how to pray for one another

…and then pray….

Finding The Way: Part 12

February 28th, 2021

SERMON HIGHLIGHTS

Discussion Questions

   Finding The Way: Part 12

The Way of Healing

 

INTRODUCE: Describe a particularly memorable path or road on which you have been. Where was it located? What made it so memorable?

READ: John 5:1-9, Matthew 9:27-18, Matthew 20:29-32  

WATCH Highlight Video

 

 

  1. There are three signs on the road to healing, each with a question on it. The first question is, “Do you want to be well?” What might you have to choose to do that you have never done before in order to be healed?

 

2. Do you believe that only Christ is able to heal your brokenness?  Why or why not?

 

3. Is it easier for you to follow Jesus in a crowd, or when you are alone with Him and no one is looking?

 

4. The third sign on the road to healing asks, “What do you want Jesus to do for you?” What actions and attitudes do you have to want to do if Jesus gives you your “want?” (You must want to do what your wants lead you to do.)

 

5. Where do you feel incomplete, fragmented or broken?  Is it in the physical, emotional or spiritual? On a spectrum ranging from a low level of awareness to a high level of awareness, where do you see yourself in that area of your life?

 

6. Where are you on the road to healing? Describe how it would look for you to take steps toward the healing He offers to you.

 

PRAYER

  • Pray for the way of healing for those who made themselves vulnerable as they shared in your group. Spend time asking God to show you an area of brokenness of which you may not be aware. 
  • Ask God to show you a time this week that you can spend with Him, honestly considering an area of brokenness and the three signs. 

Do you want to be well?  Do you believe that Christ is able to heal?  What do you want Him to do for you?

For Additional Thought:

Read Isaiah 53:5 and I Peter 2:24. Think of times when Christ was physically broken, emotionally broken and spiritually broken.  

Consider His experience from the Garden of Gethsemane until his death, how did Christ handle each area of brokenness?

 

Finding The Way: Part 11

February 21st, 2021

SERMON HIGHLIGHTS

Discussion Questions

FINDING THE WAY: THE WAY OF NUDGING IDOLS

INTRODUCE: What is one thing that happened this past week or month that you are grateful for?
READ: Mark 4.35-41; I Kings 18.28; Isaiah 65.3-4a; Mark 5:1-20
WATCH Video Highlights

DISCUSS: 
Do you go to scripture for:
    Comfort
    To grow in trust
    Reassurance
     Something else

  1. The disciples asked, ‘Who is this that even the wind and the waves obey him’. What do you think makes a good question?

2. What is an idol?

3. Discuss or name some regional &/or national idols?

4. What is the difference between smashing and nudging?

5. In 3-4 minutes, share either:
      a. A time when Jesus mattered more than anything else
      b. What has the Lord done for you?

PRAYER:
Are you aware of an area of your life you would like to give to Jesus? Pray for those in your group who are asking God the same question.
In groups of 2 or 3, share one other need that you would like prayer for today…
Take time to pray for one person at a time
Invite the Holy Spirit to guide your time 
Listen to the Lord for guidance in how to pray for one another
…and then pray….

Finding The Way: Part 11

February 21st, 2021

SERMON HIGHLIGHTS

Discussion Questions

FINDING THE WAY: THE WAY OF NUDGING IDOLS

INTRODUCE: What is one thing that happened this past week or month that you are grateful for?
READ: Mark 4.35-41; I Kings 18.28; Isaiah 65.3-4a; Mark 5:1-20
WATCH Video Highlights

DISCUSS: 
Do you go to scripture for:
    Comfort
    To grow in trust
    Reassurance
     Something else

  1. The disciples asked, ‘Who is this that even the wind and the waves obey him’. What do you think makes a good question?

2. What is an idol?

3. Discuss or name some regional &/or national idols?

4. What is the difference between smashing and nudging?

5. In 3-4 minutes, share either:
      a. A time when Jesus mattered more than anything else
      b. What has the Lord done for you?

PRAYER:
Are you aware of an area of your life you would like to give to Jesus? Pray for those in your group who are asking God the same question.
In groups of 2 or 3, share one other need that you would like prayer for today…
Take time to pray for one person at a time
Invite the Holy Spirit to guide your time 
Listen to the Lord for guidance in how to pray for one another
…and then pray….

Finding The Way: Part 10

February 14th, 2021

SERMON HIGHLIGHTS
Discussion Questions

Discussion Questions: February 14th

Finding the Way: The Way of the Wilderness, Part 10

INTRODUCE: Describe a time when you were out in nature and felt isolated or vulnerable.

READ: Luke 4:1-13, Exodus 5:1, Deuteronomy 8:2-3  

WATCH Video Highlights

DISCUSS:

  1. Think back to times in your life you could describe as “wilderness moments.” In looking back, what was one wilderness experience and what work did God do in your life through it?
  2. How do you see yourself as having been prepared for a wilderness experience that you have had? What would you say helped you to be prepared?  How could you have been better prepared?
  3. Matthew and Luke give different images of how the Holy Spirit leads us into the wilderness. (setting sail or taking hold of us) Which one have experienced? Share details about how the Spirit’s leading looked as it played out.
  4. Consider a temptation with which you have struggled or are currently struggling. In what way could the temptation be rooted in you questioning whether God will provide that which you desire, will give you a pain free life, or whether He really loves you? How have you stepped in, to do for yourself what you thought God would not do?
  5. As you have come out of times of being in the wilderness, what was revealed about your heart and how were you humbled? What did such a time of testing show you about yourself and God?
  6. In what ways are you considering being led into the wilderness through this season of Lent?

PRAYER: 

Spend time asking God to show you any areas in which you are trying to live by bread alone (enjoyment solely through what the world has to offer) rather than living by God’s words.  Pray for those in your group who are asking God the same question.

 

 

Finding The Way: Part 9

January 31st, 2021

SERMON HIGHLIGHTS
Discussion Questions

Finding The Way: Part 9

The Way of Absolution

Discussion Questions: January 31st

SERMON DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

January 31, 2021

GREETING:  What is one thing that brought you joy this week? 

WATCH VIDEO HIGHLIGHT

DISCUSSION

  • What are the elements in life that make a whole person?
  • What are some results a person may experience as a result of carrying guilt?
  • Share 3-5 words that describe freedom.
  • How would you define absolution?
  • In your own life, have you personally experienced the difference between forgiveness and absolution? Can you describe it?
  • Keeping people’s names and circumstances confidential, as you look back to recent conversations, has someone confessed something to you? Do you remember your feeling or response?
  • Can you identify someone in your life that you can call when needing coffee or confession?
  • In light of today’s message on absolution, what words would be appropriate to say to someone who confesses to you?

 

PRAYER

Concerning forgiveness, what would you like Jesus to do for you? (help you forgive? help you receive forgiveness? help you know God loves you, and there is nothing you can do about it?  something else?)

Invite the Holy Spirit to guide your time 

 

Listen to the Lord for guidance in how to pray for one another

…and then pray….

 

Pray for that grace to be given this week in a tangible, recognizable way.

 

Finding The Way: Part 8

January 24th, 2021

SERMON HIGHLIGHTS

Discussion Questions

Finding The Way: Part 8

January 24th, 2021

Sermon Discussion Questions

Introduction: What is a miracle you have experienced in your life?

Read: John 2:1-11, John 19:29, John 14:15

Watch Video Highlights

Discuss:

  1. Have you seen a miracle that revealed more of who God is? Share your experience.
  2. Have you ever had a faux pas similar to running out of wine? What did you do?
  3. Why do you think Jesus chose to use the ceremonial jars rather than having them fill the wine bottles with water?
  4. Have you ever experienced a miracle of “transformation” in your life rather than a miracle of “appearance” you were originally hoping for? How did the transformation play out?
  5. How have you seen God through obedience in your life?
  6. When have you been faithful in a small request which then revealed God in a big way?

SHARE & PRAY:

Share one thing you need prayer for today…

Take time to pray for one person at a time

Invite the Holy Spirit to guide your time

Listen to the Lord for guidance in how to pray for one another

…and then pray….

Finding The Way: Part 7

January 17th, 2021

SERMON HIGHLIGHTS
Discussion Questions

Finding The Way: Part 8

January 10th, 2021

The Way of Unity

Sermon Discussion Questions: January 16 & 17

READ: John 17.20-23 and Psalm 133

WATCH: Video Highlight

  1. In your own words, what is the difference between “uniformity” and “unity”? (35.58-36.36)

  2. Are we unified as believers right now in our…church? …city? …nation? …world? (36.37-37.37)

  3. If Christians were truly unified in the way Jesus prays for us in John 17.20-23, what would be different from how things are now? What would be the same as the way things are now?

  4. What are other ways you prefer to “prove” Jesus rather than by living in unity with other believers? (43.53-44.44)

  5. Is it easier to follow an earthly leader instead of the King of Kings? Why might this be so? (51.15-52.43)

  6. What is one thing you could do to live in closer unity with other believers? (57.28-58.22)

  7. What are you willing to sacrifice to proactively seek unity with other believers? (58.30-61.00)

PRAY:

Lord, help your prayer in John 17.20-23 be demonstrated in my life and relationships. May I pursue unity with other believers as I pursue you, and may our lives be a life-giving aroma that points to you.

SHARE & PRAY:

Share one thing you need prayer for today…

  • Take time to pray for one person at a time

  • Invite the Holy Spirit to guide your time 

  • Listen to the Lord for guidance in how to pray for one another

…and then pray….

Finding The Way: Part 7

January 10th, 2021

SERMON HIGHLIGHTS
Discussion Questions
Finding The Way: Part 7

January 10th, 2021

Sermon Discussion Questions: 

Introduction: What are some ways you stayed connected to our church during this last year and what is your hope for the coming year?

Read: 2 Samuel 12:1-7A

Watch: Sermon Highlight Video

  1. Can you share an epiphany that you experienced similar to David where you realized something about yourself you needed to fully recognize that you may have been ignoring or covering up?
  2. What reflections have you seen or had in your life during 2020?
  3. Which one of these do you tend toward: denying, blaming, or defensiveness? How do you work to avoid these in your life?4
  4. What has helped you to face the true reflection that brings you to your knees? 5
  5. How have you experienced lamentations recently? What has helped you to embrace this moment? 

PRAYER:

What is your prayer of hope for this year? Pray for one another to experience and live in the hope that Christ gives.

In groups of 2 or 3, share one other need that you would like prayer for today…

  • Take time to pray for one person at a time
  • Invite the Holy Spirit to guide your time
  • Listen to the Lord for guidance in how to pray for one another

…and then pray….

Finding The Way: Part 6

January 3rd, 2021

SERMON HIGHLIGHTS
Discussion Questions
Finding The Way: Part 5

January 3rd, 2021

INTRODUCE: Where are you or what are you doing when you feel the least encumbered, the most free?

READ: John 14:6, Luke 4:14-21, 28-30, Isaiah 61:1-4

WATCH: Sermon Highlight Video

DISCUSS: Jesus began His ministry by introducing it through reading Isaiah 61:1-4 in the synagogue in Nazareth. He claimed to be anointed by the Spirit of the LORD for a specific work with humanity. Each of the four groups of people about whom He spoke could be considered from both a spiritual and a physical perspective. Christ’s followers are to continue on with His ministry even though they also are in need of being touched by His ministry.

  1. Read Matthew 25:35,36, and 40 and James 2:5. Discuss what it means to be poor in both the physical and spiritual realms. What was Jesus saying He was called to do for such people? In your sphere of influence, how are you carrying on Jesus’ ministry in both the spiritual and physical realms?
  2. Discuss what it means to be imprisoned in both the physical and spiritual realms. What was Jesus saying He was called to do for such people? What ways have you found to carry on Jesus’ ministry in both the spiritual and physical realms for people who are imprisoned? Brainstorm new ways to carry on Christ’s ministry.
  3. Discuss what it means to be blind (disabled) in both physical and spiritual ways. What was Jesus saying He was called to do for such people? How are you carrying on Jesus’ ministry for those who are disabled? (Consider how people who have been hurt badly by someone claiming to be a Christ follower could be spiritually disabled.)
  4. Discuss what it means to be oppressed in both the physical and spiritual realms. How did Jesus minister to such people? What Biblical examples can you give? What ways have you found to carry on Jesus’ ministry in both the spiritual and physical realms of oppression? What obstacles have you come up against and how have you pushed back against them?
  5. Even as Christians carry on Christ’s ministry in the world, personal struggles with poverty, imprisonment, disability, or oppression in either a physical or spiritual realm can affect our daily lives. In which of these areas are you feeling led to walk into a year of Jubilee…freedom from it?
  6. Using the analogy of the Goldfish Prison, why do we still swim in circles even when Christ has set us free and came to give us abundant life? (John 10:10) What would it look like if you walked in that freedom…that when the prison door was opened you completely walked out of the cell and never returned to it again?

PRAYER:

Spend time asking God to show you any areas in which need to walk into Jubilee. Pray for one another  to experience and live in that freedom that Christ gives.

In groups of 2 or 3, share one thing you need prayer for today…

  • Take time to pray for one person at a time
  • Invite the Holy Spirit to guide your time 
  • Listen to the Lord for guidance in how to pray for one another

…and then pray….