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February 18, 2018 |Jesus Changes Everything | Oppression to Freedom

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 5:1-20

Today: What keeps you down?

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

  1. Have I felt imprisoned by a circumstance, person, or way of thinking?
  2. What are the biggest lies that keep people “locked up?” Can we be free?
  3. Why is freedom important?  Why is it necessary to follow Jesus?
  4. How is Jesus involved in community to free people from oppression?
  5. What would my life look like if I were totally free to follow Jesus?

February 11, 2018 |Jesus Changes Everything | Fear to Faith

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 4:35-41

Today: What do you fear?

Make room!

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

  1. What were my greatest fears as a child?  Did they help me or hurt me?
  2. How did growing up bring perspective to those fears?  In what ways?
  3. How is Jesus’ response to his disciples out of place? Or is it out of place?
  4. What are my greatest fears today?  How does faith factor in?
  5. How can the “fear of God” eliminate or bring perspective to our fears?

Today: Football Sunday!

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

  1. What does it mean for someone to seek Christ? Am I seeking Christ?
  2. What does it mean for someone to truly surrender to God? Have I?
  3. What does it mean for someone to serve the needs of others? Do I?
  4. Where do I need to surrender to God? How does this impact others?
  5. Who in my life is seeking or searching for God? How can I help?

January 28, 2018 |Jesus Changes Everything | Starting Small

What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Mark 4:30-34

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

  1. What area of my life started small and grew into something amazing?
  2. Where do you see God’s Kingdom expanding in your life right now?
  3. What are the positive benefits of God’s Kingdom in society?
  4. Where are opportunities for God’s Kingdom to grow in our society?
  5. How do I fit into God’s Kingdom?  What is my purpose? My next steps?

January 21, 2018 |Jesus Changes Everything | Growth

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 4:26-29

Today: 

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

  1. What are the three biggest areas I would like to see growth in 2018?
  2. Where do I need to become more consistent in the growth I desire?
  3. Where do I need to be more patient with myself in the growth I desire?
  4. How does God’s timing play into the growth cycle for my areas?
  5. How can I implement more “input” goals rather than focus on results?

January 14, 2018 |Jesus Changes Everything | Light

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 4:21-25

Today: What are the major influences of our lives?

Jesus shines THROUGH us by shining IN us first. Turn the lights on!

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

  1. How would the world be different if there was no light?
  2. What is light in this parable? How does the light shine into our lives?
  3. How do we unintentionally or intentionally hide the light in our lives?
  4. What happens if we don’t make Jesus’ teaching prominent in our lives?
  5. How can we give Jesus’ teaching a platform in our lives for influence?

January 7, 2018 |Jesus Changes Everything | Good Soil

Mark: What is Jesus changing in and through you?

Text: Mark 4:1-20

Today: What threatens our relationship with God?

Make room!

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

  1. What is the Word? Why do you think Jesus compares it to seed?
  2. Which threat do you relate to in your relationship with Jesus the most? 
  3. How can you make room to give God’s Word space to work in your life?
  4. What does “applying” God’s Word mean? How does it help us grow?
  5. Why are soil conditions a matter of lifelong evaluation & recalibration?

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?