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Author: Christine Cummings

Jesus Changes Everything | Trap of Politics

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 12:13-17

Bait question: Is it right to pay taxes to Ceasar or not?

Can government and Christian community coexist?

Can a Christian be a good citizen and fulfill civic duty?

What does effective Christian engagement in culture look like?

  • Loving
  • Merciful
  • Forgiving

Let’s avoid the trap of divisive politics and seek to engage our culture with love, mercy, and forgiveness.

Jesus Changes Everything | Fulfilling Purpose

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 11:12-26

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

  1. Why did Jesus curse the fig tree? How does it relate to my life?
  2. What kind of fruit has God “purposed” or “created” me to produce?
  3. How does producing fruit point others to God’s main purpose, Jesus?
  4. How did the moneychangers block God’s purposes in peoples’ lives?
  5. How can prayer, belief, and forgiveness allow God to produce fruit in us?

What is God’s Vision for Your Life?

Jesus wants to rescue me so I can help rescue others!

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

  1. What is God’s vision for my life? What is God’s mission in this world?
  2. Why is “knowing” God the first step? How do I “know” God?
  3. How does my baggage prevent me from embracing God’s vision for me?
  4. What are the clues God gives to help me discover my purpose?
  5. How can God use me to make a difference in someone’s life?

Jesus Changes Everything | All People

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 7:24-30

Today: Where is God pushing you outside your comfort zone?

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

  1. What has someone done to make me feel included in his or her “group?”
  2. How have I grown from people who think and act differently than I do?
  3. Where and who can I reach, beyond my own culture, because of Jesus?
  4. Why is it important for a church to reflect the diversity of its community?
  5. How can we be more open, as a church, to embracing all people?

Resurrection Sunday | He is Risen!

Text: Matthew 28:1-10

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

  1. What Easter traditions do my family celebrate?
  2. How are my family’s Easter traditions connected to Jesus’ resurrection?
  3. Why is the resurrection of Jesus so important in the Christian faith?
  4. How would my life be different if I truly believed Jesus IS risen?
  5. Does my life reflect the “worship” seen in this story?  Why or why not?

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?