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Weekend Message

Question: What do you think are the main reasons your family and friends struggle with isolation?

Today’s primary texts: Genesis 3, Luke 14:15-24

Participate in a Grow Group and help restore that which is broken.

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

  1. What are the things in your life that most move you towards isolation and disconnection?
  2. What would you have done, had you been Adam or Eve in the garden? Why?
  3. How can Newport Mesa Church embody the Luke 14:15-24 passage?
  4. How does contributing to healthy communities (Grow Groups) help put our world back together again?
  5. Why are healthy communities so rare and what can be done to make them more common?

Question: Am I weary? Do I carry heavy burdens?

Series Verse: Matthew 11:28-29

Todays Primary Texts: Hebrews 4:1-13

Sabbath is SALVATION.

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

  1. Am I weary? Do I carry heavy burdens? Do I need rest?
  2. Do I believe the promise of rest and salvation is for me? Why or why not?
  3. How does “disobedience” keep us from entering into God’s rest?
  4. How does God’s Word “guide” me into rest? Why is trust so important?
  5. How can practicing a day of rest model and teach others about salvation?

Question: Am I weary? Do I carry heavy burdens?

Series Verse: Matthew 11:28-29

Todays Primary Texts: Isaiah 58 and Colossians 2:16-17

Sabbath is WORK.

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

  1. Am I weary? Do I carry heavy burdens? Do I need rest?
  2. How is the gift of Sabbath rest also a discipline to practice?
  3. What kinds of “activities” are acceptable practices on Sabbath?
  4. What kinds of results should disciplines produce in us? Is it true of me?
  5. What can I “do” to incorporate rest into my weekly rhythm?

Question: Am I weary? Do I carry heavy burdens?

Series Verse: Matthew 11:28-29

Todays Primary Texts: Genesis 2:1-3 & Exodus 20:8-11

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

  1. Am I weary? Do I carry heavy burdens? Do I need rest?
  2. What are the biggest factors that keep me weary & burdened?
  3. What would a day without technology & social media look like for me?
  4.  When in my schedule could I be more intentional about resting?
  5. What would a day of rest look like for me? What helps my soul worship?

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 | Jesus Rescues

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 9:42-50

  • God LOVES KIds
  • Soul Care – the only way to be SOLD OUT to Jesus
  • God PRESERVES us for His Purposes
  • Be SALTY

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

  1. Do you have kids that God has placed in your life that He wants you to lead?  How are you doing with that?
  2. What are you doing to care for your soul?  Is there something, in your life, that needs to be cut off in order to be fully sold out to Jesus?
  3. When we fully commit to Christ, we become a living sacrifice.  What does that mean right now for you?
  4. Are you a salty person (not the old sea captain kind of salty!)?  How are you salt in the world right now OR how are you not being salty?
  5. What opportunities do you have to be salt in your home, workplace, neighborhood, or school?  Choose one to act on this week!

Jesus Changes Everything | God’s Mission

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 9:30-41

Today: How does God shape us in HIS Mission?

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

  1. What is keeping people from God’s mission in Orange County?
  2. Is ignorance or fear a bigger issue, for me, in serving in God’s mission?
  3. How does serving people, especially kids, fulfill God’s mission?
  4. How does my ego or insecurity get in the way of serving people?
  5. Why do we need to partner with each other to fulfill God’s mission?

Jesus Changes Everything | Failing Forward

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 9:14-29

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

  1. What is an area of my life that I feel like I have failed?
  2. What have I learned from the experience? How have I grown?
  3. How has that experience impacted my belief in God in that area?
  4. How does asking God to help my unbelief actually demonstrate belief?
  5. How can I be more offensively in my prayer life? What tools can I use?

Jesus Changes Everything | Encountering God

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 9:1-13

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

  1. What is my most powerful “encounter” with God? Explain.
  2. What did I learn from that spiritual experience? What changed for me?
  3. How do I listen to Jesus?  How does this influence the way I live?
  4. How can an encounter with God prepare me for a season of suffering?
  5. How can I be more intentional in creating space for holy moments?

Jesus Changes Everything | Peter’s Confession of Christ

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 8:27-38

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

1. What do you think Jesus was doing by asking his disciples about his identity?
2. What was the significance of Peter’s answer?
3. How do your beliefs about Jesus (Christology) influence the way you follow him (discipleship)?
4. How do you set your mind on the “things of God?” What are the results of that focus?
5. Why do you think suffering is part of “the way” of following Jesus for the disciples and for you?