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A message of Peace

Pastor Jordan Hansen with special guest, Judy Lamborn, CEO of Open Gate International.

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

  1. How “messy” is my life right now? What is God up to in the midst of it?
  2. Is it realistic to think God will eliminate all conflict from our lives?
  3. Why is the peace that Jesus offers different than the world’s definition?
  4. How can I experience forgiveness and wholeness this Christmas season?
  5. How can I help someone experience God’s peace this Christmas season?

Special guests Teen Challenge

Our HOPE is in Jesus Christ!

 

TALK ABOUT IT: Questions to process with family, friends, and 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 the gift of hope with others this season?

Jesus Changes Everything | The Money Trap

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 12:41-44

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

  1. What has God given me? How has God shown me generosity?
  2. How important is money in our society? What about in my life?
  3. How does “sacrificial” generosity reveal and cultivate our trust in God?
  4. Where in my life is it a “sacrifice” to give time, talent, or treasure?
  5. What giving goals have I set up in my life to grow in my trust of God?

Jesus Changes Everything | The Superficial Trap

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 12:28-40

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

  1. Does society focus more on outward appearance or the heart? Why?
  2. In what ways does “the church” focus on outward appearance?
  3. How do Jesus’ comments bring the conversation back to the heart?
  4. Why do humans so easily “drift” from what we know to be true and good?
  5. What disciplines can or do you practice that prevent you from “drifting?”

Jesus Changes Everything | The Knowledge Trap

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 12:18-27

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

  1. When in my life has my incorrect thinking caused me harm?
  2. Where in my own faith do I have more questions than answers?
  3. How have I un/intentionally allowed these questions to trap ME?
  4. What do I know is true of Jesus in these questions? How can he help?
  5. What is one way I can trust Jesus to correct my theology/thinking?

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 | Trap: Squatter’s Rights

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 12:1-12

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

  1. When was the last time someone said something to you that changed the spiritual direction of your life? What was it?
  2. How can you cultivate an open and receptive heart to receive God’s message?
  3. Think about the ways you have experienced privilege (God’s blessings) throughout your life. How have you used that privilege for the good of others?
  4. In what ways does stewardship differ from ownership? How does good stewardship reflect gratitude?
  5. In relationships, how is control opposed to trust? Why is trust so foundational when it comes to your relationship with God?

Jesus Changes Everything | Opposing Purpose

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 11:27-33

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

  1. Where in my life do I face the most opposition? What am I learning?
  2. How does Jesus defend himself from the “questioning” of his critics?
  3. How does “fear of people” lead to disobedience to God’s purposes?
  4. How can I be free from fear to follow Jesus with all my heart and life?
  5. What Bible verse can anchor my heart when opposition is “attacks?”

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?

Jesus Changes Everything | Discovering Purpose

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 11:1-11

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

  1. How important is purpose in life? Do I know my purpose? What is it?
  2. How is Jesus the central figure in this story and in the story of humanity?
  3. How does Jesus’ purpose shape my understanding of my own purpose?
  4. What are obstacles to fulfilling my purpose? How can they be removed?
  5. How can I be more available this week for God’s purposes through me?