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A Part of God’s Family with Scott Barlow

Speaker

Scott Barlow

Topic

What it means to be”adopted” into the family of God

Scripture

Summary

God has Made promises to his adopted sons and daughters:
1) to Love us
2) to Protect us
3) to Provide for us
4) He has a Plan or us
5) to Correct us
6) to Honor us 

Focus

This week we’ll discuss what it means to be welcomed into God’s expansive family.

Discussion Questions

1) What stood out to you from Scott’s message?
2) What does it mean to be adopted by God?
3) Christianity is the only world religion which dares to call God father. What does that mean to you?
4) God could have chosen any way He wanted to illustrate us as part of his family, but he chose the imagery of adoption. Why do you think he did it this way? How does this help explain the relationship we have with him?
5) In your own life or in others close to you, where have you seen the doctrine of adoption be of practical value?
6) Which of the 6 promises God makes to his adopted children mean the most to you? Could you add another promise?

Hope That Brings Peace with Tim Case

Speaker

Tim Case

Sermon Message

Hope that leads to peace in our souls

Summary

In many respects Peace has a sound to it. It can sound like, “I can’t believe we are on lockdown again. What is going to happen to my business? I can’t believe they aren’t wearing a mask!” It’s the sound of doubt, fear, and frustration. Before peace can settle in a person’s heart, there is another sound that must be heard. It’s the sound the scriptures, where we hear the heart of God. It’s a sound that gives a reason to hope when it looks like all hope is gone.Romans 15:13 says,“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” So we will talk about Hope that leads to peace this week. 

Discussion Questions

1) What stood out to you from Tim’s message?
2) How would you summarize Tim’s message? What title would you give to it?
3) Tim referenced a conversation he had with a member of the cleaning crew named Matt, who commented that he was sad to see all the division taking place in our country. Tim used that to say there is a lot of division in the body of Christ—mask vs no mask; vaccine vs no vaccines; etc. if we disagree with one another then we are considered enemies.. Why should Christians act differently toward each other? What is our common ground (be specific)?
4) How can we behave differently toward Christians who think differently than us on these and other sensitive issues?
5) Tim read several scriptures dealing with Hope and peace. Can you recall some of them? Can you add to the list? Please share them with the group.
6) What do you feel God is asking you to do in response to this message? What is your next step? How can your small group support you and hold you accountable in this?

Hebrews 6:13-20 – Hope! with Kellan Peterson

Text

Hebrews 6:13-20

Reflection

Into a dark world, Jesus came, bringing hope to the hopeless. It is pretty much a given that we will experience difficult and painful times, but to get through them, we must have hope. We long for it—hoping the future will be better. But we often place our hope in the wrong things. Where do you turn? Whom do you trust?

Discussion questions

1) What does hope mean to you? Is hope the same as desire? Wish? Explain.
2) How is Hope linked with faith/trust?
3) Where are you placing your hope other than in Jesus?
4) How do you hold onto hope in the midst of a tragedy? A difficulty?
5) What is something that makes you feel hopeful right now?
6) How can you cultivate moments of hope in your life?

We Win! with Randy McCord

Text

Revelations Chapters 1-3, 21-22

 

Discussion questions

1) As you reflect on Sunday’s message, what one principle or insight stands out as being particularly helpful, challenging, insightful, or difficult to grasp?
2) If Randy’s sermon had to be re-delivered, what two points or ideas would you encourage him to include no matter what?
3) When and where do you struggle the most with what Randy talked about
4) If you were to incorporate into your life the main points of his message  how would the next week be different? 1 year from now? 
5) How can we pray for you regarding this issue?

Letting Go of Regrets with Bill Muir

Series Title – Letting Go

This weekend Bill began a series focusing on letting go of things that hinder our relationship with Christ or effect our joy, and Christian growth.

 

Summary

All of us have regrets from past decisions we’ve made. Only Jesus can give us a clean slate.
Bill’s message focused on three elements of letting go of regret.
  • Why should we let go if regret
  • Why can we we let go of regrets—permission
  • How to let go of regrets

Focus

This weekend’s message was about forgiving ourselves for past mistakes and failures.

Discussion questions

What stood out to you from Bill’s sermon regarding dealing with regret?
What is your biggest regret? 
Is it hard for you to forget your past? Why or why not? Why do you think people  wallow in regret when the release of forgiveness is available?
What difference does Jesus make when it comes to dealing with your past sins and regrets? What is holding you back from accepting God’s Forgiveness?
Does your unwillingness to forgive yourself chain you to your past and and make you unable to move forward or experience God’s joy? Explain.
Read Philippians 3:12-15. This passage tells us that while we can’t change our past, but God can change our future. Has this passage helped you over come a past failure? 
What does God’s grace and forgiveness mean to you? How has it changed you and helped you overcome your failures?
Do you have a story of how God used your mistake as a ministry opportunity?

John Chapter 1 with Victor Borchard

Text

John 1:1-14

 

Summary

The focus of Victor’s message was on three things that can strengthen our faith Highlighted in bold)
The Word—Because he’s creator of everything whatever the challenge He’s Got this
The Witness—We all have a testimony and a responsibility to share it
The Response—He’s Got You
The Incarnate—He’s 100% man and 100% God so, He Get’s You

Focus

We’ll talk about these 3 principles and how they apply to us personally. 

Discussion questions

1) What stood out to you from Victor’s message on John 1?

2) He’s Got this
Victor said that because God created all things now matter how great the challenge may be, He is greater. Can you give testimony to that truth? Share your experience with the group.

3) He’s Got You
Victor shared a potential health crisis he and his wife faced. It brought comfort to know that God was in control of the situation but also Victor and his wife personally. Does the thought that He’s got you, personally, bring you comfort? Explain.

4) He Get’s You
As believers He knows our struggles, our doubts our weaknesses but doesn’t condemn us. Read Hebrew 4:15-16. Jesus’ ability to “sympathize with our weakness” is presented to us as a comfort in Hebrews. How does Jesus’ ability to identify with our weaknesses comfort you specifically? How do Jesus’ experiences recorded in the gospels enable him to relate to your own experiences?

5) Do you find it more difficult to think of Jesus as human, like you, than to think of Him as God? Explain.