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WORSHIP

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We are encouraging groups to simply pour into the Bible over the next several weeks and if nothing else answer the question: Why do I Trust the Bible? Above is an in-depth look into the Bible: who wrote it, how it came together, how to read it, etc. It is meant to be a resource for our groups and group leaders. Pull out the good and interesting stuff. Leave the rest. If you have any questions, contact: austinmaxheimer[a]onelifechurch.org

LOVE

Go and listen to people. Extend them love through listening. Ask people at work, in your social life, in your family, anyone in your life, why they do or do not trust the Bible. Then go back and share with your group. Discuss your results.

COMPASSION

The Gospel City Movement component we are going through right now is called Unifying Prayer. This is a focus because no movement happens without God moving. One way we are showing unifying prayer is through identifying and praying for one church in our area. Don’t just pray, “Lord help them,” prayers, pray Biblical prayers over them. Here are a couple passages that can help give you ideas of what to pray over the churches you have identified: Ephesians 1:15-23 and Philippians 1:3-9.

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WORSHIP

Cultural Communication: Because Jesus told his story in human terms.

Challenge your group to read this chapter over the next week: http://bit.ly/OAlTib If you are successful, lead your group the discussion questions found at the end of the chapter on pg. 132.

Of course, we also want to get into God’s Word. Read Acts 17:16-34

  • Where did Paul go to deliver the message to the Jews? Where did he go to deliver the message to the Gentiles? Why? What implications does this have for us today?
  • What sort of imagery did Paul use in his message on Mars Hill? How do you think it connected with the Athenians? What was the result? How can their reception of Paul’s delivery embolden and empower us as we go about our every day lives sharing the Gospel?
  • Real basic question…but notice how many times and how long Paul talked with these people. How do relationships change everything in communicating the Gospel? Specifically in how you are able to do it (think in terms of Cultural Communication).

LOVE

At Core Pastor Bret mentioned an exercise to explain (in normal every day language) what it means to be saved and why they would need to be saved, to someone who does not consider the Bible to be the authoritative word of God.

Really give it a go during your group time. Have everyone try. If we can’t do it in our loving, authentic Christ-centered communities, then when can we!

COMPASSION

Sharing the Gospel with someone far from God is ultimately the most compassionate thing we can do. Like Bret said at Core, we can plant all the shrubs in the world we want, but if we don’t lead them with to the Good News of Jesus Christ, in a way they can connect with the message, then we will have fallen short of the kind of compassion God wants us to deliver to our community. That is what Cultural Communication is all about.

Go through this exercise with your group: 

Think of a time you have had someone far from God come with you to church.  If you haven’t had that experience, imagine it. Picture a person in your life who is far from God finally coming with you.  “See” the experience through their eyes.

Thinking about everything we do from the parking lot to the sermon to the kids check in process:

1) what are you confident “connects” well with that person?
2) What did you (or would you) wish we would do to connect more effectively?

Now repeat this exercise filling in “our group” for parking lot, sermon, kids check-in etc.

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Baptism Celebration Special

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WORSHIP

Daily Reflection on Scripture is #1 mover of a person closer to Christ

As you read, reflect on:
1. Is there something I can learn about God?
2. How is the Good News of Jesus communicated here?
3. What impression did this make on me? What personal experiences come to mind?

Colossians 1: 1-8

How much hope of heaven actually lives in you day by day? How would you rate your understanding of grace?  Can you see grace leading to better fruit in your life?

Colossians 1: 15 – 20

How does this description inspire you to worship and have greater insight into who Jesus is?  If these descriptions are the truth about Jesus how should that positively impact your life?

Colossians 1:21-23

How does it feel to know that God Himself has reconciled you through Christ AND that you will presented before Him “without blemish and free from accusation.”?  How might that impact how you live and feel about yourself and life today?

Colossians 1: 24- 29

The promise is that Christ is in you?  What kind of influence should that thought have on you and how you conduct yourself today?

Colossians 2: 1-5

Do you feel encouraged in heart?  How about united in love with other believers?  Is there anything you can do to help reach that place with others?

Colossians 2: 6- 12

What kinds of modern ideas do your think you are most susceptible to?  How can knowing you WERE buried with Jesus in baptism help you overcome temptations and wrong ideas?

LOVE

We encourage all groups to celebrate communion following baptism celebrations. If you need help leading communion in your groups, check out the following resources on the One Life Groups blog:

Communion In Groups:

1. What communion is in the first place.

2. Why we do communion in groups.

3. How to do communion in groups.

4. When will we be doing communion in groups.

COMPASSION

At least a part of all group time starting now through March 16th should focus on the upcoming Engage Experience. Read the two blog posts below and begin incorporating them into your group time. Remember ‘report back’ date is March 3.

Engage Experience

Connecting to Partners

 

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Week 4

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WORSHIP

Daily Reflection on Scripture is #1 mover of a person closer to Christ

As you read, reflect on:
1. Is there something I can learn about God?
2. How is the Good News of Jesus communicated here?
3. What impression did this make on me? What personal experiences come to mind?

Psalm 51:10

Psalm 119:9-11

1 Corinthians 7:1-5

Ephesians 5:25-31

Proverbs 5:15-19

Romans 12:1-2

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

LOVE

One of our group goals is to create authentic Christ-centered community. This means genuinely accepting and loving others while not necessarily agreeing with every belief and stance they hold. This is true even of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

We become very aware of this when talking about issues that are contentious in our culture (such as sex!). Often times our reaction is to clam up and sweep such topics under the rug. Pastor Bret asked us yesterday to do just the opposite. He said that if we are going to usher in a Biblical sexual revolution we have to Honor and Celebrate Open Discussion about Sex.

With that in mind, discuss in your group the other two points made yesterday:

  • Honor and Celebrate Singleness: (1) Is this possible in our culture? (2) How can we do this as a church body?  As a group? (3) How can we possibly overcome the loud message in our culture that sex outside of marriage is a normal and healthy part of life?
  • Honor and Celebrate Sexual Boundaries: (1) Before getting straight into the sex talk, explore the metaphor a little bit. Why do we create boundaries in the first place?  (2) The extreme example of sex trafficking was given yesterday, why did Bret make this point? How might it be helpful in discussion with someone who is far from God? (3)

COMPASSION

Part of having compassion for others is to bring to light a holistic Biblical worldview in their lives. One of our big prayers as a church is to change the worldview of the next generation. That starts with our own children and the children we live in community with. As a group, brainstorm together how you can have a talk with your children (when the time is right) in a way that is not prudish or strict, but instead gives the beautiful image of Biblical relationship. Reflect on the analogy Pastor Bret used to conclude the message and use it to help frame your talk:

God has…

1. Ultimate Perspective

2. Ultimate Experience

3. Ultimate Love for us

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Week 2

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WORSHIP

Daily Reflection on Scripture is #1 mover of a person closer to Christ

As you read, reflect on:
1. Is there something I can learn about God?
2. How is the Good News of Jesus communicated here?
3. What impression did this make on me? What personal experiences come to mind?

Group Discussion:

Ephesians 5:22-24

When we come to the issue of husbands and wives and how they should relate to each other, we all bring a lot of baggage with us because these relationships have been abused and misused time and time again. Maybe that’s why Paul begins this sensitive discussion by once again pointing to Jesus as the model we are to follow. In what sense is Jesus the head of the church? How would you describe his relationship with the church? What does it look like for the church to submit to Christ? How does this knowledge inform your view of what it should look like for a wife to submit to her husband?

Ephesians 5:25-33

One last time in this chapter Paul points to Jesus as the example we are to follow, this time as it relates to how husbands should act toward their wives. How are Paul’s instructions to husbands similar to his instructions to wives in the passage we looked at yesterday (Eph. 5:22-24)? How are the instructions different? What do you make of this? Take time to ask God to help you put into practice what you are learning.

Matthew 9:3-6

Why do you think the Pharisees picked the issue of marriage and divorce when they wanted to test Jesus? In typical fashion, Jesus doesn’t give a direct answer to the Pharisees’ question, but his point seems clear–the marriage relationship is intended to be permanent. Why do you think divorce is such a serious thing for God? We have all been touched in one way or another by divorce. Pray about that.

1 Peter 3:8-9

With these words Peter concludes his discussion of relationships, including the relationship between husband and wife, in 1 Peter 2 & 3. Harmony, sympathy, love, compassion, humility, non-retaliation, blessing… Regardless of your marital status, what are some concrete ways you can begin practicing these qualities in your relationships? Spend a little time confessing your shortcomings to God when it comes to these qualities, ask him to give you the grace you need to live out these qualities in your relationships, and then start practicing today!

LOVE

If all or most of your group is married couples, then pepare and play a version of the Newlyweds game. Here is a rules and questions.

If your is mostly single…go out in the community and do something only single people without kids can do!

COMPASSION

Without putting some of these understandings into practice, we will have wasted a good sermon on Sunday! As a group, come up with 3 applications that this understanding naturally leads to. Then break into groups of men and women and

To Experience Jesus in Marriage:

1. Understand what marriage is -

2. Understand and embrace the roles marriage defines -

3. Understand and embrace the actions marriage requires -

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Week 1

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WORSHIP

Daily Reflection on Scripture is #1 mover of a person closer to Christ

As you read, reflect on:
1. Is there something I can learn about God?
2. How is the Good News of Jesus communicated here?
3. What impression did this make on me? What personal experiences come to mind?

Group Discussion:

Ephesians 5:1-2

How would the day look different if you consciously “imitated God” today? Do you think of yourself as a dearly loved “child of God”?

Ephesians 4:32

How would your day look different if you forgave and showed the same forgiveness and compassion towards others as God has you?

1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Why would such great things as tongues, prophecy and faith be ruled as nothing if I don’t have love? What makes love so superior?

1 Corinthians 13:4

Is there anyone in your life you tend to feel (and show) a basic superior attitude over? How can you change that? How can you demonstrate that change?

1 Corinthians 13:5-7

Where in your life do you need to show more obvious encouragement, protection, trust and perseverance?

1 Corinthians 13:8-13

How does the permanence and greatness of love put life in perspective for me today?

1 Corinthians 14:5

As you go through the day and week, where can you show more politeness, selflessness and graciousness? Do you get angry easily? Are there wrongs others have done that you still are keeping close records on?

LOVE

For many of our groups, this is your first week back after breaking for the holidays. Plan some time to simply talk about the holidays, socialize, and concentrate on relationship building. Open up space to reconnect and for getting re-situated as a group.

Incorporate these principles into your group time: Model, Allow, Pray…3 Keys to Getting Their Story.

COMPASSION

Brainstorm together how you can live out, as a group, the three points Bret talked about on Sunday.  How can you, as a group show another group of people the love of Christ?

To Live a Life of Love:

1. Appreciate the value of love -

2. Understand what love is -

3. Experience Jesus’ love -

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 Week 3

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WORSHIP

Daily Reflection on Scripture is #1 mover of a person closer to Christ

As you read, reflect on:
1. Is there something I can learn about God?
2. How is the Good News of Jesus communicated here?
3. What impression did this make on me? What personal experiences come to mind?

Group Discussion:

2 Corinthians 9:7-9

As you think about giving – being completely free to make a choice NOT “reluctantly or under compulsion”, or, even more than that – cheerfully, what would you be willing to give? Since grace means “undeserved favor” and God has forgiven that favor to all of us as the “poor” what “undeserved favor” do you need in your life right now? In what category? Money? Relationships? Prayer?

2 Corinthians 9:10-11

Why would God “increase the store of seed” for those who are givers? What might that look like in your life? What would richness look like beyond money? Why would giving finances have that result?

2 Corinthians 9:12

What service in your life has resulted in others giving thanks? How can you increase the likelihood this will happen more through your life?

2 Corinthians 9:13-15

How is giving a mark of obedience? How can it inspire praise for God? Is your life marked by increasing generosity?

Luke 6:37-38 

Why is “give and it will be given to you” put in the same line-up as “do not judge and you will not be judged”?. What move can you make today to be more of a giving person?

Titus 3:1-6

How can God’s generosity to us inspire us to be more generous, especially to those who are far from God?

Titus 3:7-11

Has your spiritual life ever been de-railed by getting caught up in useless arguments or topics? How much of your life is built in the things that are “excellent and profitable”?

LOVE

Share with those in your group the 3 greatest gifts you have received in life.  Also explore these questions:

1. What makes a great gift?

2. What was going on in your life that changed the gift from good to great?

3. What role does relationship have in gift giving?

COMPASSION

Brainstorm together how you can live out, as a group, the three challenges Bret talked about on Sunday.  Come up with two concrete actions steps you will take to actually move forward in doing them:

1. Helpful Actions -

2. Life Giving Words -

3. Humble Attitude -

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 Group Time Help

WORSHIP

Daily Bible Readings in 2 Corinthians:

M              T             W              Th            F               Sa               Su

8:1-5      8:1-5      8:1-5        8:6-7       8:8-10     8:11-12    8:13-15

Daily Reflection on Scripture is #1 mover of a person closer to Christ

As you read, reflect on:
1. Is there something I can learn about God?
2. How is the Good News of Jesus communicated here?
3. What impression did this make on me? What personal experiences come to mind?

Group Discussion:

  • Can you think of a time you when you wanted to contribute to something so badly that you did it in spite of the cost or sacrifice? What was it? Why did you do it? What was the result?
  • Giving is a graceful thing–it brings joy and pleasure, usually to both the giver and the recipient. How have you experienced the grace of giving in your own life? Given the fact that giving is graceful and we’ve all experienced it, why are we not more generous?
  • How is earnestness in giving (generosity) a valid measurement of the sincerity of one’s love? How does the sincerity of your love measure up under this test?
  • How does Paul’s statement “the goal is equality” make you feel? For most of us who have been brought up in a capitalistic, individualistic, consumerist culture, this is hard for us to swallow. We don’t like to give what we have worked so hard for to those who, for whatever reason, have not been as successful as we have, and yet that’s exactly what the Bible says we should do. Again, how does this make you feel?
  • Jesus once used a poor widow who dropped her last two pennies in the offering bucket as an example of true generosity (see Luke 21:1-4). There were rich people who gave far more than she did, and yet Jesus used her, not them, as the example of generosity. In light of verse 12 in the passage above, what made the poor widow more generous than the rich givers? In his commentary on this passage, Philip Hughes says, “Christian giving is estimated in terms not of quantity but of sacrifice.” Reflect on your own willingness to give sacrificially. If you can do it with sincerity, ask God to help you move toward greater generosity.

LOVE

1. Fully explore the Zombie analogy as a group:

  • Where do you spend the majority of your money?
  • Do you think about where it goes?
  • Or are you one of the ‘spending dead’?

2. Accountability is not a list of wrongs committed, but helping each other live lives of worship.  Come up with a 4-week accountability plan that helps lead to generosity.  Some possible areas to inspect together:

  • Tithing
  • Monthly Budget
  • A group offering

COMPASSION

Zombies don’t excel…excel 

Zombies don’t give…give

Zombies need grace…receive

These were the sermon points on Sunday.  How can you take these challenges and infuse them into your group?  By the end of this series, figure out a way to excel, give and receive at least once before the New Year.

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WEEK 1

WORSHIP

 Daily Reflection on Scripture is #1 mover of a person closer to Christ

As you read, reflect on:
1. Is there something I can learn about God?
2. How is the Good News of Jesus communicated here?
3. What impression did this make on me? What personal experiences come to mind?

Group Discussion Points:

Walk through these questions:

1. Answer the Who, What, When, Where and Why of Romans:

Who is the author?

What type of writing is this?

When was the Biblical book originally written?

Where were the recipients from?  Where was the author writing from?

What is the occasion?  Why was it written in the first place?  Original intent?

2. What is a thesis?  Many people call Romans 1:16-17 Paul’s thesis for Romans.  What is Paul saying in these verses?  How should understanding that point affect how you read the rest of the book?

3. Think of times you have shared ‘news’ in the past.  Any news.  Have you ever given news that wasn’t received well…or at all?  Have you ever given news you knew was a lie?  Have you ever give bad news?  How were those experiences?  Compare them to when you’ve tried to tell a highly skeptical person about the Good News of Jesus Christ.  Similarities?  How can we change our delivery?

4. Bret said we are making a big deal out of Romans because it is THE news, it is truthful news, and it is the Good News.  How does that reinforce Paul’s message in chapter 1?

LOVE

Divide into two groups.  Give one group 1:18-24.  Give the other group 1:28-2:2.  Have each group play the part of the skeptic and come up with a list of questions and issues they have about the passage.  Come back together and have the groups take turns asking the questions while the other group responds.

COMPASSION

Have everyone in your group think of one person in their life they would like to see living in Christian community.  Then have them write down how they would actually get them there…things and activities the group can do to create a comfortable environment for them to step into.  Turn into leader.

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WEEK 2

WORSHIP

 Daily Reflection on Scripture is #1 mover of a person closer to Christ

As you read, reflect on:
1. Is there something I can learn about God?
2. How is the Good News of Jesus communicated here?
3. What impression did this make on me? What personal experiences come to mind?

Group Discussion Points:

Do you think the Gospel has lost its place as the center of Christians’ thinking today?  Look at the churches in our nation, community…look at our groups and teams here at One Life.  Are we basing our belief and actions solely on who Christ is and what he’s done for us?

Walk through these questions:

1. What is happening “out there”, e.g. nation, world, community, neighborhood?

2. What difference should the Gospel make?

3. Where does the Gospel really need to challenge and change what we think and do?

4. How could we stimulate constructive criticism and change?

LOVE

Find the best way for everyone in your group to pray for a new person in your group every day of the week.  Just ask them to pray the simple prayer Bret asked us all to pray: “Lord, help us understand your grace.”  Pray that for a different group member every day!

COMPASSION

Have someone read aloud Romans 2:1-5.  Have someone else read Matthew 7:1-5.  If you felt this was directed at you, what sort of emotions would you experience?  In what ways is this good news?  How does human judgment proclaimed by Christians hinder the Good News of God’s justice done?  Think of people in your life that you know were hurt by people who had planks in their eye.  How can you show them compassion?  Go and do it.

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WEEK 3

WORSHIP

 

Going Deeper:

  • Part of understanding Scripture is exploring the parts.  In the opening verses of chapter 3 Paul uses several rhetorical questions.  What is a rhetorical question?  Why would Paul use it as a way to communicate with the Romans?
  • Psalms 5:9; 10:7; 14:1-3; 36:1; 53:1-3; 140:3; Isaiah 59:7-8 are all used in Romans 3:10-18.  How do your read the Psalms?  How does Paul use the Psalms in this passage?  What point is he trying to make?

Romans 3:21-26 is one of the richest passages in the Bible.  Read these verses in light of the following claims made in Project Justice.

Claim #1: Nearly everyone believes there is a ‘should’ and ‘should not’ list.  Maybe not everyone agrees with where certain actions should go, but it does exist.

Claim #2: This should and should not list is treated like it is something that exists outside of us.

Claim #3: The overly simple extreme stances for how this list came to be is that it (1) Is purposeful and originates from God  OR (2) It is random/accidental and originates from purely material substances.

Claim #4: That while there are built in bad guys (like the Nazis) the truth is that everyone violates the should not list and has justice due.

Claim #5: We celebrate justice done and mourn justice not done.

Claim #6: Jesus, being God and man, is able to receive our justice due so that we can celebrate justice done and provide meaning for life.

LOVE

One of our goals for groups is for us to know each other’s story because it builds authentic community.  Break out into groups of 3-4 and talk about one of the two following questions that hopefully uncover a bit of our stories:

1. Who first explained or exemplified the Good News in a way that clicked?  What was going on in your life?

2. Tell a time when you celebrated justice done in your life.  What were your feelings towards the people involved?

COMPASSION

Salvation is described as a free gift of grace, but it’s purpose is to restore our relationship with God.  Come up with a group service opportunity that is a free gift to someone, but is also either built on an existing relationship or builds a new relationship.