9/25/16

Committed with the Message

9/25/16

Description:Questions for Discussion:1) When you look at our world where do you see a need for reconciliation?2) When you look at your life where do you see a need for reconciliation?3) What are some of the things people seek reconciliation through rather than Christ?4) What is 1 area you have a passion you could use to be a reconciler for Christ? Are there others who could join you in this?5) How can you remind yourself this week that you’ve been reconciled TO Christ to be a reconciler FOR Christ?

9/18/16

Compelled by Christ's Love

9/18/16

Description:Questions for Reflection/Discussion:1. Many things ‘compel’ people in our society – what are a few of the things that you see most strongly compel people?2. What do people believe about these things that make them seem so compelling?3. Paul say's that Christ's love is what compels him - what do you think that meant for his normal, everyday life? How did he live this out?4. What is one way Christ's love is currently compelling you in everyday life?5. What is one way you wish Christ's love were currently compelling you in everyday life?6. Who can you process through these questions with this week?

8/21/16

For Jesus' Name

8/21/16

Description:Questions for Reflection/Discussion:1. What part of the message struck you the most? Why?2. What did you learn about Jesus? God? People?3. In what way(s) might God be calling you to follow Jesus this week? For accountability, tell one person about this step.4. How might your life look different if you followed Jesus’ path consistently?

8/7/16

Servant Lives

8/7/16

Description:Questions for Reflection/Discussion:1. What part of the message struck you the most? Why?2. What did you learn about Jesus? God? People?3. In what way(s) might God be calling you to follow Jesus this week? For accountability, tell one person about this step.4. How might your life look different if you followed Jesus’ path consistently?

7/17/16

Transformed

7/17/16

Description:Questions for Reflection/Discussion:1. What part of the message struck you the most? Why?2. What did you learn about Jesus? God? People?3. In what way(s) might God be calling you to follow Jesus this week? For accountability, tell one person about this step.4. How might your life look different if you followed Jesus’ path consistently?

7/10/16

Help My Unbelief

7/10/16

Description:Questions for Reflection/Discussion:1. What part of the message struck you the most? Why?2. What did you learn about Jesus? God? People?3. In what way(s) might God be calling you to follow Jesus this week? For accountability, tell one person about this step.4. How might your life look different if you followed Jesus’ path consistently?

7/3/16

Sent Out and Packed Light

7/3/16

Description:Questions for Reflection/Discussion:1. What part of the message struck you the most? Why?2. What did you learn about Jesus? God? People?3. In what way(s) might God be calling you to follow Jesus this week? For accountability, tell one person about this step.4. How might your life look different if you followed Jesus’ path consistently?

6/26/16

Dinner with the Lost

6/26/16

Description:Questions for Reflection/Discussion:1. What part of the message struck you the most? Why?2. What did you learn about Jesus? God? People?3. In what way(s) might God be calling you to follow Jesus this week? For accountability, tell one person about this step.4. How might your life look different if you followed Jesus’ path consistently?

6/12/16

Baptism

6/12/16

Description:Questions for Reflection/Discussion:1. What part of the message struck you the most? Why?2. What did you learn about Jesus? God? People?3. In what way(s) might God be calling you to follow Jesus this week? For accountability, tell one person about this step.4. How might your life look different if you followed Jesus’ path consistently?

6/5/16

Prayer leads to Direction

6/5/16

Description:Questions for Reflection:What stuck out to you?What further questions does it raise?What does it say about Jesus?How will you respond personally?With whom / how can you share this?

5/22/16

Josiah: Your past doesn't determind your future.

5/22/16

Description:Questions for discussion:1. Would you say you come from a crazy family? What would be some of the more crazy things about your family of origin? 2. Going forward, if there was one thing you could leave behind from your family growing up, what would it be?3. Read 2 Chronicles 34:1-2. Why do you suppose Josiah was able to change so much, having come from such an evil family?4. What is one area of your life you need God’s word to have authority, if you are going to see a change in your family?5. In verses 3-7 Josiah essentially repents for the sins of his fathers and makes drastic changes. Is there anything you need to repent of from your family if God is going to change you going forward? 6. Which step that Josiah took most resonates with you? Is there something you can do in your life to emulate or imitate that step?7. Is part of your past keeping you from the life which God has for you? Can you commit that area to prayer and ask God to help you change?

5/15/16

Isaac & Rebekah: It's not about finding the right person, it's about becoming the right person.

5/15/16

Description:Questions for Reflection/Discussion:1. What are some of the dysfunctional things about your family of origin? Your immediate family? 2. What role do you play in the dysfunction of your family?3. In what ways are you tempted to believe that if you found the right person, that you might live happily ever after? What are the problems with this approach?4. Read Genesis 25:19-26. How long did it take for Isaac’s prayers to be answered? What sort of tensions might have existed in their marriage during this time? In what ways can you relate to this relationally? 5. For everyone: Which of the above 4 applications do you struggle with relationally and why?6. For couples: In what ways have your personalities come between you? Your children? How could you leverage the above 4 applications to grow relationally?7. Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-19. What role does Jesus play in “becoming” the right person?Couple’s Prayer Devotional Resource:http://resources.lcdev.tv/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/FTDF-Devotional.pdf

5/8/16

Jacob: If you don't deal with your past, it will come back and haunt you.

5/8/16

Description:Take it Home (Questions to discuss in community with others)1. What is a fond memory you have of growing up with your family? 2. What is one wound from your past that you realize you have brought into the present?3. Have you/how have you tried to address this wound in the past? Have you seen success in addressing it in this way?4. What might be one step you could take involving the power of Christ to address a past wound so that it doesn’t haunt you in the present?5. Who can you enlist to help point you back to Christ and his power as you seek to move forward?

4/17/16

Ephesians 2:11-22

4/17/16

Description:Questions for Discussion1. What are some things people you know put their hope in outside of Christ? 2. What is something you need to remind yourself that your hope is not found in, but rather, your hope is found in Christ? 3. Who is in your life that helps you remember this? If no one, who could be in your life to help you remember this? 4. What ‘piece’ of the whole are you in embodying hope? What are you passionate about that you could use for Christ? How could that bring glory to him? 5. What pre-Christ-follower or Christ-follower can you embody the hope of Christ to this week? How?

4/10/16

Ephesians 2:8-10

4/10/16

Description:Discussion Questions:1. Outside of the work of God in your life, what is one ‘work’ you might be able to boast could earn you favor with God? 2. How are you tempted to believe that God has saved you FROM works, but not FOR works? Where is it too easy to be comfortable in your faith?3. As an ordinary Christ-follower, what is one way God might use you extraordinarily in the every day stuff of life?4. What might be a ‘good work’ that God has specifically called you to? Your family?5. What step might you take this week towards showing God has saved you FROM works, FOR works?

4/3/16

Ephesians 2:4-7

4/3/16

Description:Questions for Reflection/Discussion:1. Why do you think people so often want to escape into other stories such as films and movies? What are they looking for?2. Read Ephesians 2:4-7. Why is this story greater than any story you might see in entertainment?3. Read verses 4-5. How do you understand the love of God? How have you experienced it in your life? How do you long to experience it still?4. These verses talk about three aspects of God’s character: love, mercy, and grace? Discuss how you would define each of these. What do these character traits tell you about God and how he has acted on our behalf?5. According to these verses what part do we play in our salvation? What part does God play? What might that mean for each one of us?6. Read verses 6-7. Essentially what Paul is saying is that those who have come alive in Christ are trophies of God’s grace on display in an eternal trophy case to all creation. How does that make you feel? What difference does that make for you on Monday at work?

3/13/16

Ephesians 1:19-23

3/13/16

Description:Questions for Reflection/Discussion:1. Who is your favorite fictional hero and why?2. Which do you think would be worse: for your favorite fictional superhero to not realize their strengths or to not use them? Why?3. The phrase, “With great power comes great responsibility” is not a new concept. Why do you think this statement is true?4. Read Ephesians 1:17-23. In verse 19 Paul prays that the Ephesians would know God’s incomparably great power to us who believe. Would you say that you are included in those “who believe?” If so, what does this then mean for you?5. Which of the above three implications of God’s power (past, present and future) do you most connect with and why? Least connect with and why?6. As the head of the body, Jesus fills His Church. The Church, in turn seems to be responsible for also filling everything in every way. If you are part of the Church, what is one way that you do not live in light of God’s power in you?7. What is one specific way you could demonstrate that you live in light of God’s power this week?

2/28/16

Ephesians 1:11-14

2/28/16

Description:1. Why should knowing God chose you in conformity with the purpose of his will give you confidence? 2. You have heard the gospel so that others might hear the gospel – who do you know that needs to hear the gospel? Begin praying regularly for them. 3. Do you ever find yourself wondering if you need to have a define the relationship talk with God? How would knowing you are ‘sealed’ with the Holy Spirit impact that? 4. Where in your life specifically has God been calling you/is calling you to live ‘for the praise of his glory?’ 5. Who in your life needs to hear this message? Who can you share it with this week?

2/21/16

Ephesians 1:7-10

2/21/16

Description:Questions for discussion:1.Growing up, how secure where you in your parents love for you? How did that impact your development?2.Do you think there is a link between our confidence in God’s love for us and our ability to grow and mature into the people he wants us to be?3.Have you ever doubted the love of God? Why or why not?4.Read Ephesians 1:7-8. According to these verses, how has God demonstrated his love? What has he done for us? Is there anything more he could have done to show his love?5.Read Ephesians 1:9-10. What emotions do you feel from these verses? Excitement? Fear? What might that tell you about what you believe?6.Which of the three statements in the outline do you resonate with most? Why? What would it look like if you rehearsed that truth (all three) every morning before you stepped out the door? 7.What is one area in your life where you need God to come to you and remind you of his incredible love for you? Will you let him do that?

2/14/16

Ephesians 1:3-6

2/14/16

Description:DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, THE WEST BEND RECRODING IS BEING USED INSTEAD OF TH JACKSON RECORDING. Questions for Reflection:1. Have you ever experienced or are you currently experiencing “spiritual anxiety?” How would you describe it? How does that play out in your life?2. If two of the major responses to spiritual anxiety are “being religious” and “being irreligious”, which of these two have you found yourself leveraging? Why?3. Of the four spiritual blessings mentioned in Ephesians 1:3-6 (holiness, blamelessness, adoption, and grace), which sound like the best blessing to you and why? Which of these four blessings might you struggle most to grasp and why?4. If you knew that God had chosen you in Christ to receive all these blessings, how might this change the way that you view God? Yourself?5. How would the difference between Jesus manufacturing life jackets and pulling drowning people out of the water cause you to respond to Him? As a result, how might you respond and relate to Jesus differently this week?

2/7/16

Ephesians 1:1-2

2/7/16

Description:1. What would your definition of a saint be before this morning? 2. Do you find it easy or difficult to accept that God can see you as a saint? Why? 3. Is it easier to see God viewing you as a sinner than a saint? Why? Why not? 4. Where in your life do you need to apply this message, and not hide in shame from God? 5. Who in your life needs to hear this message? Who can you share it with this week?

1/31/16

Perseverance

1/31/16

Description:Questions for Reflection/Discussion:1. What is the hardest thing you have ever had to endure? What specifically helped you to persevere through that difficulty?2. How do you think you were changed by that experience? Was it for the better or for worse?3. Kelly Clarkson sings a popular phrase: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Do you agree with that or not, why or why not?4. Read James 1:2-4. What is James’ take on persevering through suffering? According to him, what is the result of perseverance? 5. Read Romans 5:2-4. Notice the progression in verses 3-4. What does it all begin with? What does perseverance lead to? What do you think this means?6. In our culture are we concerned about character? Why or why not? What aspect of ourselves do you think God is more concerned with?7. What is one thing in your life right now, you need God’s perspective and help to persevere through?

1/24/16

Compassions

1/24/16

Description:Questions for Reflection/Discussion:1. Did you have an “attachment object” (i.e. special blanket, toy, etc.). If so, what was it and what made it special?2. Read 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. God is described as the Father of compassion. How do you react when God is described this way?3. In what ways did your earthly father either show or not show compassion to you as a child? If you are a parent, in what ways do you try to demonstrate compassion to your children?4. Describe a time when you needed to be comforted. What was that like for you?5 Share a time when you feel that you showed compassion to someone else. Why did you do that?6. When do you ever find yourself guilty of wearing a “dust mask” in relationships to protect yourself from other peoples’ pain? 7. When have you found yourself guilty of sugar coating, one-upping, or ignoring?8. Who is one person that you can comfort this week with the comfort that you have received from God though Christ?

1/17/16

Humility

1/17/16

Description:Take it Home (Questions to discuss in community with others)1. When you look at our world today, where do you see a ‘lack’ of humility? 2. In order to show humility, you have to view others as better than yourselves – do you agree, disagree? Why?3. How do you remind yourself of the ‘attitude of Christ’ Jesus that verses 5-11 talk about? 4. What difference does a relationship with Christ make in being empowered to live out humility? 5. Who do you struggle most consistently to empty yourself for in humility?6. Who is one person this week you can serve in humility through listening, blessing or eating with?

1/10/16

Repentance

1/10/16

Description:Questions for Discussion/Reflection:1. How do you usually respond when someone points out a blind spot to you? How has this happened in the past? Share a story.2. Why do you suppose owning up to faults and failures is so hard to do? What is the upside to doing that?3. Mike said “repentance is the doorway to the life which God has in store for us.” Do you agree with this or not? Why?4. Read Luke 3:7-9. What were the Jews putting their security in? Why was that false security? What could we be putting our false security in?5. Read Luke 3:10-14. John gives them some very practical things to actually DO. What would John say to US today? What would he have us DO?6. What is one thing you would like God to change in you in 2016? Have the group pray for that one thing.

1/3/16

Contentment

1/3/16

Description:Questions for Reflection:1. Think of 2-3 areas or things where people in general find contentment. 2. Think of 2-3 areas in your life where ‘wants’ have become ‘needs’ and if you don’t have these needs, you’re discontent. 3. Have you or do you ask for Christ to strengthen you in the situation where you regularly feel discontent? If so, what does that look like? 4. Has anyone ever helped you through prayer, encouragement and/or friendship, pointing you back to finding contentment in any situation through Christ’s strength?

12/13/15

The Thrill of Hope, the Weary World Rejoices

12/13/15

Description:Questions for Reflection/Discussion:1. What are some of your Christmas memories about waiting & anticipating?2. How would you define hope? What is the hope that is held out in Zephaniah 2:1-3? How would you feel if you heard this having just heard the pronouncement of certain judgment?3. What is the difference between true & false repentance? How would you define & evaluate true repentance?4. Have you ever seen someone who is unrepentant? What was that like? Have you ever experienced someone ‘coming clean?’ What was that like? How are they different?5. Read Zephaniah 2:3. What are the things God is looking for? What do you think it means to seek the Lord? What might that look like for us?6. Read Zephaniah 3:11-13. What if God were saying that to Kettlebrook. How should we respond to that. What would that look like? Why wouldn’t we do this today?7. Read 1 Corinthians 10:1-13. What is the lesson Paul want his readers to learn from these verses? How might this apply to you today?8. What is God telling you to do as a result of these verse?

12/6/15

Long Lay the World, in Sin and Error Pining

12/6/15

Description:Questions for Reflection:1. When you think of "hopelessness" or "darkness", what story/book/film best conveys these in your opinion? Why? 2. "Long lay the world, in sin and error pining..." In what ways can you relate to this verse of "O Holy Night"? In what ways are you pining? What things / circumstances / relationships are you pining for and why?3. Read Zephaniah 1:4-6. In what ways do you find yourself guilty of some of the same accusations that God makes to the people of Judah? 4. One of Zephaniah's chief indictments against the people of Judah was spiritual complacency. They did not seek the Lord, nor inquire of Him (v. 6). In what ways might you be indicted for spiritual complacency as well? 5. Read Zephaniah 2:1-3. What glimmers of hope do you find there as you prepare for next week? In what ways might you respond to this text this week?

11/29/15

The Presence of God

11/29/15

Description:Questions for Reflections1. Have you ever had an experience where you have doubted God’s presence or asked the question “where is God?” How have you answered this previously? How might you answer this question now (different? same?)?2. Share a time where you personally felt God’s presence in your life. What was that like? What difference did that experience make in your life? Though the feelings fade, what are some ways to live as though we are in God’s presence all of the time?3. Read Exodus 40:34-38 and Deuteronomy 1:29-33. What were some of the things that made the tabernacle significant to the Israelites in the Old Testament? What did it mean to them?4. John Ortberg stated, “The central promise in the Bible is not ‘I will forgive you.’ The most frequent promise is ‘I will be with you.’” Why do you think that is? What might that reflect?5. Share a time or experience where you prayed for, or longed for, Jesus’ presence to be physically in your life (to talk to, learn from, lean on, etc). Read John 14:15-20. How does these verses make you feel? Do you believe what Jesus says? Why does it feel hard to believe this at times?6. Read 1 Cor. 3:16 and 6:19-20. As God’s temple in the world, what are some ways we can honor God with our lives? What are some ways we can shine God’s light into the darkness?

11/22/15

Sacrifice

11/22/15

Description:Questions for Reflection:1. When you hear about the Old Testament sacrificial system, what do you feel? 2. God seems to make a big deal out of ‘life being found in the blood’ and ‘blood needing to be shed to amend for sin’ – why do you think? 3. Have you trusted in Jesus’ offering of himself for you? If not, why not? 4. In light of Jesus offering himself for you, how have you offered your life back to Him? 5. What is the biggest thing/area you have yet to offer? 6. Where have you offered God your livestock, but haven’t offered him your life?

11/8/15

Justice

11/8/15

Description:Questions for Reflection: 1. How would you define justice? 2. When is the last time you remember thinking, ‘this isn’t fair?’ Why did you think that? 3. When you think about God’s justice in the Bible, are there instances where you think, ‘that’s not fair?’ 4. Do you agree with the statement, ‘without justice, there is no mercy.’ Why? 5. How does a person grow in their understanding of Christ taking the judgment only they deserved? How do grow to appreciate this? 6. Where do you see injustice in the world and it really bothers you? What might God call you to do to engage in bringing his justice into that situation?

11/1/15

Covenant

11/1/15

Description:1. What has been the biggest promise someone kept or broke to you?2. Are God's promises to us the same or different than to the Israelites? How?3. What is God's part of the covenant to us as Christ-followers? What is our part?4. If you think 'performance' vs. 'promise' - which most accurately describes your marriage relationship? Work relationships? Parenting? Friendships?5. How can God help you move to 'promise' motivated and empowered relatonships?6. Who is one person you can enlist to help in this way?

10/25/15

The People of God

10/25/15

Description:1. Have you ever had a funny cross cultural experience? Explain. What made it humorous? 2. Read Exodus 19:3-6. What do you suppose it means that the Israelites were to be a Kingdom of Priests? What does a priest do for the people? Who do you think was to be the recipients of Israel’s “ministry” if they were all priests? 3. The word “holy” in verse six means to be ‘removed from common use; set apart for special treatment.’ What do you suppose Israel was set apart for? How would they be different from the other nations at that time? 4. Read 1 Peter 2:9-12. What does Peter say about believers in Jesus there? What are we to be doing? How is our role similar to the role that Israel played to the world? 5. Have you ever thought of yourself as having dual citizenship? What aspects of God’s Kingdom culture are more easy for you? Which ones are more difficult? 6. What is one way your group can pray for you as you strive to be God’s unique/chosen/royal/holy person this week? Who is one person you want to better represent the Kingdom to accurately?

10/18/15

Redemption

10/18/15

Description:1. Describe a time when you messed up, but found a way to redeem yourself. What was that like for you?2. Describe a time when you messed up but someone else stepped in to fix it for you. What was that like for you?3. What things are you “handcuffed” to in your life? (i.e., things you “have to have, do, be, etc.) Why is that?4. Have you ever received a gift certificate from someone, but failed or forgot to use it before it expired? How did that make you feel?5. Read Romans 3:21-26; Galatians 3:13-14; and Colossians 1:13-14. How do each of these texts uniquely reinforce God’s redemptive thread in Jesus?6. God’s story points us to Jesus as the ultimate redeemer and the cross as the ultimate redemption not just in His story, but in yours. Have you experienced redemption in Jesus? If so, how? If not, why do you think that is the case?7. What is one thing that you need Jesus’ redemption from and how can you seek His redemption this week?8. How can you leverage God’s redemptive story to share the gospel with others in your life this week?

10/11/15

The Story

10/11/15

Description:1. What are some of your favorite Epic stories? Why do you appreciate them? What makes them so enjoyable or so great?2. Do you ever feel like you are a part of a story that is going somewhere or is your life part of a random existence? Why?3. Mike said: “Remembering what God has done in the past is vital for living by faith in the future.” Do you agree or disagree with that statement. Why or why not?4. Read Deuteronomy 8:1-5. What did God want them to remember (verses 2-4). Why do you suppose God wanted them to remember these things?5. What is your experience in life when you forget the context of your own story; when you forget where you have come from and doubt a certain future?6. Read Hebrews 11:13-16. What are the common characteristics about “all these people” (verse 13) they have been talking about. What do you suppose God wants you to remember and what do you think God wants you to anticipate?

10/4/15

Deeper in Prayer

10/4/15

Description:Questions for Reflection:1.What has been your experience with prayer? How would you describe your prayer life? Frustrating, mysterious, life-giving, or something else?2.If Jesus was the Son of God, why do you think he prayed? If Jesus prayed consistently, what do you suppose that says about us, God’s adopted children?3.Read Matthew 6:5-15. What are some things Jesus tells us not to do, and what are some things Jesus tells us to do in prayer here? What are some of the things he tells us to ask God about in verses 9-13? How does this compare with the things that you typically ask God for?4. Read 1 John 5:14-15. What is one of the conditions about answered prayer according to John. How would this change our prayer life if we tried to pray in this way? 5. Share any principles or things with the group that has helped you be more consistent in your prayer life?6. What is one thing you could do this week to help you grow in your prayer life?

9/27/15

What is God's Glory

9/27/15

Description:This audio, "What is God's Glory" is supplemental for the 9/27/15 message, Deeper in Community.

9/27/15

Deeper in Community

9/27/15

Description:Take it Home (Questions to discuss in community with others)1. When you hear ‘the law’ can only condemn you, what do you think?2. How is the ‘way of the Spirit’ even more glorious than the ‘way of the law?’3. On a scale of 1-10, how ‘glorious’ would God be in your mind? Why? 4. How does a person increase their view of how ‘glorious’ God is? What are different ways to do this?5. How do you agree/disagree with, ‘When we recognize God’s glory given to us God’s glory will be lived out through us’ 6. What’s one way you’d like God’s glory to be lived out through your life that it currently isn’t, especially towards pre-Christ-followers? How do you get there? Who else can help you?7. What’s one way this week that you can intentionally allow God’s glory to be lived out through you to pre-Christ-followers?Listen to, "What is God's Glory" on 9/27/15 for additional information corresponding to this message.

9/20/15

Deeper in Discipleship

9/20/15

Description:Take it Home (Questions to discuss in community with others)1. When you read this story this morning do you wonder, ‘Does stuff like that still really happen?’ Why/why not?2. Does Jesus’ call to show and tell the gospel, to make disciples who make disciples seem attainable or unattainable? Why?3. What do you think of the statement, ‘we can accomplish nothing of spiritual significance outside of Jesus’ authority and power working through us.’ 4. How does a person grow in their understanding of Jesus’ authority and power? How does a person grow in showing Jesus’ authority and power?5. Who are the people in your life who: (1) like you, (2) welcome you, and (3) serve you? (friends, family, neighbors, co-workers) 6. How might you be able to show and/or tell them the gospel this week or in the coming weeks?