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Amazing Servanthood

March 8th, 2020
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From Mark 9:30-37   Questions for group discussion or personal reflection: What are you most excited about with spring on the horizon? If a non-Christians asked you what the most important elements of being a Jesus follower were, what would you say? How should this passage influence our answer? Have you encountered examples of Christian


Light for the Path

December 17th, 2019
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Psalm 23:1-4 The leader of our path Jesus leads with care and compassion Shepherd’s don’t drive, they lead As a result, our cooperation is necessary Jesus’ vigilant care and extreme compassion mean he can be trusted The path A fulfilling path But let’s not declare the American dream over ourselves Based on need, not desire


The Healing Ministry of Jesus

November 17th, 2019
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Mark 5:1-20   Jesus’ Encounter with the Evil Spirits Jesus Overpowers Jesus has unparalleled authority in the spiritual realm Demon possession might be a rare phenomenon but Satan’s work in the world is not Spiritual warfare as a battle of truth v. lies The lie often looks good at first glance Deceptive ideas aimed at


Generous Missions

August 19th, 2019
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Faithfulness on mission means wrestling with (not ignoring or explaining away) scripture that challenges us    TWO CRITICAL QUESTIONS  What characterizes our engagement with our neighbors? Self-Interest v. Selfless Generosity Self-interest Behavior (often good) that comes with conscious or subconscious expectation we get something in return. Image > substance Selfless Generosity Self-emptying with hopes of


The Power of the Tongue

May 26th, 2019
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From James 3:1-12 Don’t let it’s size fool you. The tongue has tremendous potential for good, and for evil. Questions for group discussion or personal reflection: Icebreaker: If you could tame one animal and have it as a pet, what would it be? Share a time when someone said something to you that changed the


A Faith that Follows

February 10th, 2019
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Biblical faith is all about trusting God enough to follow him. From Hebrews 11:1-7 Questions for group discussion or personal reflection: Who is someone you look up to in the faith? Why? If someone asked you to define what faith means, what would you say? Do you think about faith any differently after the message?


Hope for the Present

December 16th, 2018
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We can live with hope (confident expectation) that following Jesus leads to “the good life” in the present. Questions for group discussion or personal reflection Icebreaker: Name something about Christmas that most people like but you dislike? Why? What is your favorite part? Read Colossians 1:22-23, Hebrews 3:6, and Hebrews 10:23. How do these passages


Faithful Focus

October 7th, 2018
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From Hebrews 1:3-6 As we study Hebrews, we see how following Jesus offers us the path to the greatest love, hope, joy, and peace. There are a myriad of fun, interesting and helpful things that God has made. The challenge is learning how to enjoy all that life has to offer, while keeping Jesus at


The Centrality of Justice

May 20th, 2018
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Amos 5-6 illustrates God’s passion for justice and the importance of God’s people being defined by abundant and consistent justice. May God’s majesty and grace motivate us towards lives that are concerned for the poor/vulnerable. And may we make consistent sacrifices to care for their physical and spiritual needs. Questions for group discussion or personal


The Ultimate Thing

March 18th, 2018
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From 1 Corinthians 13 Love is the ultimate thing. Our intimacy with God is not illustrated by performance (use of our gifts, ways we sacrifice), but how we love. Questions for group discussion or personal reflection: What spiritual gifts or acts of sacrifices do you think impress others most in our current context? Share a


Purposeful Running

December 4th, 2017
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God saves the sexually immoral! When we run to God He turns towards us with love and compassion…even at our worst. From 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 Questions for group discussion or personal reflection: For the whole group: Icebreaker: Christmas is right around the corner! What’s your favorite Christmas memory as a child? What was your “sex


God’s Performance Evaluation

October 29th, 2017
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From 1 Corinthians 4:1-13 The cultural definition of success and strong leadership looks very different than God’s definition. We can easily be swept in the current of our culture that that says success is about wealth, power, prestige, results, popularity, etc. Yet, the wisdom of the cross has something very different to say about success


Created for Community

September 10th, 2017
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We are designed for community. Without relationships we cannot flourish. The gospel motivates us towards community. Instead of drifting towards isolation or unhealthy dependence, we are called into a healthy interdependence as the body of Christ. We must enter relationships with humility (sober judgement) and a commitment to sincere love. Questions for group discussion or