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Today: How do we speak in a polarized society?

Acknowledge dignity.

Practice wisdom.

Don’t forget the Gospel.

Offenses reveal opportunities!

TALK ABOUT IT: Questions to process with family, friends, & yourself.

  1. What are the “elephants in the room” the church needs to address?
  2. How has social media helped/hurt civil conversation in our society?
  3. Why are “manners” so important in reflecting the “imago dei” of people?
  4. Will all people embrace Jesus’ message if we reflect his love for people?
  5. Where do you see offenses being opportunities for Jesus to heal?

Today: Have you ever felt hopeless?

Ezekiel 37:1-14: What hope did the Israelites have?

What can God do in your valley?

God can breathe life into any hopeless situation.

TALK ABOUT IT: Questions to process with family, friends, and yourself.

  1. What gives you hope in life? Your journey with God? For our church?
  2. What area of life is God resurrecting or breathing new life into you?
  3. Why doesn’t God simply raise this army without Ezekiel’s obedience?
  4. How does God use our efforts to partner with Him in His causes?
  5. What one thing does God want you to do so He can breathe new life?

Knowing the Voice of God.

Three different voices you can hear.

  1. The voice of God
  2. The voice of our own fleshly desires.
  3. The voice of the enemy.

John 10:4-5

1 Samuel 17:45-50

  • Does it agree with the Bible?
  • Does it make me more like Jesus?
  • Can other believers confirm what God is saying?
  • Does it line up with how God designed me?
  • Does what I am hearing concern my gifts and who I am?
  • Is the voice convicting or condemning?
  • Do I have the peace of God?

Talk About It: Questions to process with family, friends, and yourself.

  1. Whose voice has the greatest influence over your life?
  2. Whose voice in your life do you trust the most and why?
  3. Have you ever allowed the wrong voice to change the trajectory of your life?
  4. Why is knowing the voice of God so imperative in our decision making and in our response?
  5. What lying voice or giant is holding you back from God’s truth and your purpose?

July 9, 2017 |Jesus Changes Everything | Family Matters

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Today: Who is YOUR family?

Mark 3:20-35: What does Jesus have to say about family?

Will we believe Jesus and trust his teaching?

But what about when I don’t do God’s will?

Jesus unites forgiven people who become his family.

TALK ABOUT IT: Questions to process with family, friends, and yourself.

  1. Who is your family? What makes a healthy/unhealthy family?
  2. Who is Jesus’ family? What makes his family healthy/unhealthy?
  3. Why is forgiveness so necessary for families and the church?
  4. How does Jesus’ teaching comfort those from broken families?
  5. How can you help someone experience God’s family?

July 2, 2017 |Jesus Changes Everything | Delegation

What is Jesus changing in and through you?

 

Mark 3:13-19: Jesus delegates ministry to the disciples.

 

What prepares us for whatever Jesus chooses for our lives?

 

What does God want to “delegate” to you and through you?

 

God chooses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

TALK ABOUT IT: Questions to process with family, friends, & yourself.

  1. What happens when people do not delegate well?
  2. How does delegation multiply our efforts in ministry and life?
  3. What are Jesus’ qualifications for sharing in his ministry?
  4. Why do you think God delegates Kingdom work to us?
  5. What has God called you to do in His Kingdom?

June 18, 2017 |Father’s Day | The Greatest Gift

What is the greatest gift you can give your kids?

Luke 11:9-13: What is the greatest gift our Father can give us?

How can we apply this to our lives as individuals? As dads?

But what about when dads are missing?

Give the gift of God WITH you to those you love.

TALK ABOUT IT: Questions to process with family, friends, & yourself.

  1. What are the qualities of a great father?
  2. How has your dad positively influenced you toward faith?
  3. How can the church provide hope for families with missing dads?
  4. How can you help the next generation (your kids) know the Father?
  5. Why is the Holy Spirit the ultimate answer to our prayers?

June 11, 2017 |Jesus Changes Everything | Priorities

What is Jesus changing in and through you? How do we honor God and Love people well?

Mark 3:1-6 | How does Jesus prioritize within the practice of his faith?

Showing compassion honors God and restores people.

What happens when we ignore hurting people?

Compassionate faith pleases God because He desires to restore lives!

Talk about it: Questions to process with family, friends, and yourself.

  1. What is the most compassionate thing someone has done for you?
  2. How often do we hide behind religion to look past someone in need?
  3. How do “hard hearts” keep human relationships from growing?
  4. Why is Jesus “grieved” when we fail to prioritize human need?
  5. What are some ways you can keep your heart soft towards people?

June 4, 2017 |Jesus Changes Everything | Seasons of Change

What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Talk about it: Questions to process with family, friends, and yourself.

  1. What type of season are you in? Growing | Reaping | Tough | Exciting
  2.  What can I learn from this season?
  3. Can you look back and see God working in past seasons?
  4. Why do you think God allows change in our lives?
  5. What does it look like to trust God in seasons of transition?

What is Jesus changing in/through you?

Jesus vs Sabbath

Mark 2:23-28, Exodus 20:8-11, 1 Samuel 21:1-6

Jesus is Lord even of the Sabbath.

  1. Do you Sabbath?  What does that look like?
  2. Why does God institute a Sabbath? How did Jews add to it?
  3. How does Sabbath bring us closer to Jesus?
  4. How can we take steps in growing the discipline of taking a Sabbath?
  5. How does Sabbath help your friends & family know God better?