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Today: What I want to see God do in my life in 2018.

The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9?

God will establish our steps!

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

1. Why do our lives need intentional reflection & recalibration?

2. How does a spiritual discipline like fasting help us to recalibrate?

3. Have you ever tried fasting? How did it go? What could make it better?

4. What are some “baby steps” you will take to see growth in 2018?

5. How do you believe God will establish your steps in 2018?

Today: What does love do?  Matthew 1:18-25

LOVE shows up!

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

  1. Who has been the most loving person in your life? Why?
  2. How has the way they loved you influenced the way you love others?
  3. How did their physical presence in your life make a difference?
  4. How does Jesus “showing up” reveal the loving heart of the Father?
  5. How can we make room for Jesus to “show up” in our lives in 2018? 

Today: Because Christ has come to us, we can live every day in the joy of the Lord. Praise to His name!

Our JOY is in Jesus Christ!

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

  1. What gives you joy? What steals your joy? What influences your joy?
  2. How does the quality of your relationships impact your joy?
  3. Is Christmas a joyful or a difficult season for you? Why?
  4. Why is the news of Jesus’ birth supposed to give you to all people?
  5. How can our relationship with God bring joy to our lives?

Today: Special Christmas Program featuring our youth.

Our PEACE is in Jesus Christ!

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

  1. Do you have a sense of peace in your life? Why or why not?
  2. Is your relationship with God in good standing? What is holding it back?
  3. How are y0ur relationships with your family, friends, and co-workers?
  4. Why is the peace that Jesus offers different than the world’s definition?
  5. How can you experience God’s peace in your life this Christmas season?

Today: He is our hope, today and forever! 2 Corinthians 1:20

Our HOPE is in Jesus Christ!

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

  1. What is your hope this Christmas season for yourself and your family?
  2. How does hearing the stories of God working in others give us hope?
  3. Why is the gift of Jesus a reason to hope? How does Christ offer hope?
  4. How did the coming of Christ change everything for humanity?
  5. In what ways can we help share hope with others this season?

Series : Generous followers of Jesus SHARE him.

Today: How does COMMUNITY shape how we share Jesus with people?

Grow together!

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

  1. How does community work for you? Which communities matter most?
  2. How do you decide your level of commitment to your communities?
  3. How does she share Jesus with her community? How do they respond?
  4. How does her experience with Jesus create a “new” community?
  5. Why are “Jesus communities” important for people who follow Jesus?

Series : Generous followers of Jesus SHARE him.

Today: How does WHOLENESS shape how we share Jesus with people?

Go Deeper!

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

  1. What are the obstalces to speaking to the deeper needs of people?
  2. Is Orange County a shallow or deep water place to live? Why/Why not?
  3. How does Jesus speak to the deeper needs of this woman?
  4. How do we create space in our connections with people to go deeper? The next generation?
  5. How do we create space with our church family to go deeper?

Series : Generous followers of Jesus SHARE him.

Today: How does AUTHENTICITY shape how we share Jesus?

Be REAL!

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

  1. How is Jesus authentic? How does he speak truth and show grace?
  2. What grade would you give our church for “being real” with people? Explain.
  3. When has someone spoken a hard truth to you but you were better for it?
  4. How does knowing someone’s story help us have grace for them?
  5. Do you lean more toward grace or truth? How can we be balanced?

Series : Generous followers of Jesus SHARE him.

Text: John 4:1-42 “The Woman at the Well.”

Today: How does PRESENCE shape how we share Jesus with people?

Lenses: Presence. Authenticity. Wholeness. Community.

Show Up!

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

  1. Who has been the most influential spiritual influence on your life?
  2. How did they SHOW UP in your life and share Christ with you?
  3. What wells (places with people) can you be present at to share Christ?
  4. How can you be more intentional about connecting with people?
  5. How can your group be more open to new people to the community?

Series : Generous followers of Jesus SHARE him.

Today: What does the Holy Spirit do THROUGH our lives?

The Holy Spirit empowers us to _____ about Jesus.

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

  1. Have you ever felt powerless to say what God was asking you to say?
  2. How did the disciples’ speaking in tongues benefit those in the city?
  3. What is the symbolic significance of fire and tongues in this passage?
  4. Why does what we say about Jesus matter as much as living like him?
  5. How can the baptism of the Holy Spirit help us go beyond our abilities?