Team Huddle: Easter 2015

05 Apr
April 5, 2015

Worship, Love, Compassion

1. Ephesians 2:13 says, “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Jesus.” As a Team, share some of your stories about being far off…and being brought near. If you still feel far off, where are you at in the journey?

2. The Church is supposed to be known for their love for one another. Why do you think the perception from people outside the Church is often the exact opposite? How can you start being known for your love for one another right there on your Mission Team?

3. Bret talked about the wall around the temple that separated the Jews and Gentiles (non-jews). What are some of the walls we put up in our lives that keep us from interacting with non-christians and showing them the love of Jesus?

Application

Helping one another experience Jesus

We encourage communion to be observed and practiced on Mission Teams. There is no better week to observe the Lord’s Supper.

Helps for COMMUNION ON TEAMS — Kindly ignore the ‘groups’ language :)

Communion in Groups

http://onelifechurch.org/groups/2012/11/01/communion-in-groups-pt-3/

Helping people far from God experience Jesus

The next series title is “Why Church, when Church is so lame?” How would you answer that? Work together as a Team on how you would answer if someone at work next week asked you that exact question?

The CURE: Week 4

29 Mar
March 29, 2015

Team Huddle the CURE Week 4 from One Life Church on Vimeo.

Worship, Love, Compassion

1. Often we equate purpose with success. And we often equate success with our personal success. How does what we’ve learned so far in Ephesians change the equation? What is a Christian definition of success? What is the purpose of the Church?

2. We are going to look ahead a little bit. Read Ephesians 2:11-22. The “therefore” tells us to look back and remember what came before effects what is to come. How does 2:1-10 help make sense of 2:11-22? How does our identity in Christ transform how we view others?

3. Pastor Trey taught us that the Greek word for “workmanship” (NIV) is the same root word we got “poem” from in English. How does this illustration help you understand this passage? What good would a poem do if it was written and on the shelf?

Helping One Another Experience Jesus

This past Sunday was Palm Sunday. It was a celebration of the King entering to take His rightful seat at the throne. Jesus of course flipped the expectation, His earthly throne being a cross. Go around and share just one way your life is different because Jesus is King of all.

Helping People far from God Experience Jesus

The big takeaway from this Sunday was: “You were created for a purpose.” Remember though, that this letter was written to the Church at Ephesus. It could just as easily be understood as: “You all were created for a purpose.” Take this time out to revisit why God has brought you together as a Team. What purpose does God have for your Team?

The CURE: Week 3

22 Mar
March 22, 2015

Worship, Love, Compassion

1. Read Ephesians 2:1-10 out loud. Now, read it out loud again and pay close attention to any time it says “In/With Christ”. Make a list of the things mentioned in this passage of God has done for us in Christ. How does this shape our own identities? How should this shape how we treat others?

2. Part of loving each other on Teams is simply knowing everyone on your Team’s story. Share with everyone where you went to High School, and what was your favorite thing about your experience there?

3. What areas of your life do you feel like you have a God’s Eye view? What areas do you have a Self Eye view in your daily life?

Helping One Another Experience Jesus

A difficult part of the Christian faith is letting our heavenly realities transform our daily actions. You can start right with your own team. Here’s an exercise: List out all the “duties” you perform on your Mission Team. Now have a discussion about how the Gospel–the Good News of Jesus–should effect how you go about these duties. Is there anything you need to change? Prioritize? Add to your Team?

Helping People far from God Experience Jesus

Revisit your discussion from Question #3. Work together as a Team to figure out how you would explain both the God’s Eye view and the Self Eye view to someone Exploring Christianity.

The CURE: Week 2

17 Mar
March 17, 2015

Worship, Love, Compassion

1. Paul references God’s great love in Ephesians 2:4-5. What is one time in your life where you experienced God’s great love in a tangible way? What was your response? What did you do about it?

2. Part of “loving one another” is simply getting to know each other. The television show Walking Dead was mentioned this past Sunday. Share what your favorite TV show is, and why, with your team.

3. Pastor Bret laid out two different types of Christian responses to the Gospel: (1) The Mean Moralist and (2) The Flaky Party-On Dude. Which do you tend to gravitate to? When you go too far one way, are you more about following every rule or more about not worrying about rules at all? How does the Gospel help us to live in the center?

Application

Helping One Another Experience Jesus

We learned in Ephesians 1:22 that the church is the representation of Jesus’ body, the fullnesses of Him who fills all in all. Your Mission Team is that!! This should drive you to want to invite people into your team…so others can experience Jesus. Why do you think you don’t regularly invite people onto your team? Who should you?

Helping People Far From God Experience Jesus

Pastor Bret said he was going to talk directly to believers this Sunday because that’s what Paul was doing with his message to the Ephesians. But, he said he wanted to frame it in the sense of “airing some dirty laundry” (see question #3 above). What is the value of this? How can this simple move help people far from God experience Jesus?

The CURE: Week 1

08 Mar
March 8, 2015

Worship, Love, Compassion

1. What causes you to worship? How does thinking of the beauty and wonder of who God is and what He has done through Jesus take us to deeper levels of worship?

Read: Ephesians 2:1-3 together

2. What hangups might you or people you know have with the idea of total depravity? Why do you think Paul(the writer of Ephesians) decided to place this idea in between two sections talking about God’s plan and grace towards believers?

3. When thinking of our own depravity, how does this take us to higher levels of worship?

Helping One Another Experience Jesus

One way to worship Jesus together is to pray together. Take a moment in prayer. You can either pray out loud or to yourselves. 1. Thank God that he has loved us even when we were not very lovable. 2. Ask God for continued guidance and power to walk away from past desires, addictions, struggles and to walk closer with Him. 3. Pray for yourself and the other team members that they might worship God more deeply in light of what He has done for them.

Helping People Far From God Experience Jesus

How does the fact that this text is calling out believers about how they once lived affect how you see unbelievers and their actions? How does the concept of total depravity help us better love the people that God has placed in our lives and those whom our Mission Team is seeking to show the love of Jesus?

Soulful: Week 8

01 Mar
March 1, 2015

Ephesians Survival Guide

 

 

 

Worship, Love, Compassion

1. What’s your favorite movie? Could you relate to Pastor Matt’s analogy of being on the set of your favorite movie as opposed to recreating that movie by yourself down in your basement with figurines? How does that help you when thinking of God’s Story?

2. Read Ephesians 1:19-23 together. This is a passage that scholars say shaped the early confession (what Christians said about Jesus) of the Church. How do these verses shape your view of Jesus? Share one thing that is in this passage that maybe you hadn’t thought before.

3. How does God’s Story equal compassion? Reflect on this quote: “The Gospel is good news not good advice? Advice = what we should do. Good News = report of what was done for us.” How does this transform how we normally think of acts of compassion?

For a further and more detailed explanation of how your mission can connect to God’s story, watch this video by Austin Maxheimer

Application

This week we are going to collapse Helping one another experience Jesus and Help people far from God experience Jesus into one activity:

Watch this video as a Team. It will take about 5 minutes. How does your Mission Team fit into God’s Story? How can you get to your missional “sweet spot” where you are bringing the Good News–the Kingdom of God–to others? How do Worship-Love-Compassion help you get there?

Soulful: Week 7

22 Feb
February 22, 2015

Ephesians Survival Guide

 

 

Worship, Love, Compassion

1. Have you ever heard (or said) someone say: “your walk with Christ”? What does this mean? We say that worship in teams happens when you help each other direct all of life to God. How does this understanding make sense of walking out your life with Christ?

2. Are you “hacking on the golf course” in your faith? Is your relationships with Christ fueling your happiness and joy or sucking the life out of you? If you do not consider yourself to be a follower of Jesus, do you feel hope or lack thereof? Why or why not? Share with your teammates.

3. What do you feel would help you move toward happiness as God has for you, that is your inheritance as one of His sons or daughters?

Helping one another experience Jesus

We say that love for each other happens at One Life Church through being part of a team. A successful Mission Team can’t help but be attractional. Who should you invite from your life to be a part of your team? Share with your teammates.

Helping people far from God experience Jesus

Cultural communication happens when we tell Jesus’s story in human terms, when we share the Christian message in a way people can relate to. How was this modeled in this teaching? Name some specific examples you remember. How can you do the same?

Soulful: Week 6

15 Feb
February 15, 2015

Worship, Love, Compassion

1. Read Ephesians 1:13-14 together. In the message Pastor Bret broke down the two main images in these verses that teach us about our relationship with God: being sealed and receiving and inheritance. Share with your Team what you learned through this.

2. If you knew you were inheriting $20 million at some undetermined point in the future, how would that change how you act now?

3. A powerful point from the message was that God did not just save you from something but to something. That is the whole point of our Mission Teams. Talk with each other about how this is going on your Team. Are you living towards this higher purpose?

Helping One Another Experience Jesus

Take some time together and simply review the other Mission Teams at your campus. Check out their mission statements, know what they’re up to, see what they do.

Helping People Far From God Experience Jesus

Understanding the Trinity is tough, especially the one who is most unfamiliar to us, the Holy Spirit. If it’s difficult for us to articulate, just think how tough it is for an Explorer or someone far from God! Spend some time together talking through you understanding and experiences with the Holy Spirit. Check out this video for further thoughts:

Soulful: Week 5

08 Feb
February 8, 2015

Team Huddle Soulful Week 5 from One Life Church on Vimeo.

Ephesians Survival Guide

Worship, Love Compassion

1. What are some things you have placed your confidence in throughout your life? What did you learn from these experiences? Don’t just give churchy answers, what did you learn? Discuss together what God might have been teaching you through that?

2. What was the last promise you made to someone? If you feel comfortable, share that with your Team. How did it go? What components are needed to make a promise?

3. Read Ephesians 1:9-13 together. What is God’s promise in these passages? How should this effect our view of our own identity? Do you think this should effect how we see and treat others? How and in what ways?

Helping One Another Experience Jesus

One of the things we want to continue to encourage is Teams building up other Teams. One of the things that builds confidence is when we affirm what other Teams are doing and share it with them. Take a few minutes and make a list of things you’ve seen another Team at One Life do, then have your leader give it to their leader.

Helping People Far From God Experience Jesus

One of the things we can do to help our friends and acquaintances experience Jesus is to understand God’s sovereignty in new ways. Check out this video and discuss how science contributes to the discussion of sovereignty :

Soulful: Week 4

01 Feb
February 1, 2015

Team Huddle-Soulful-week4 from One Life Church on Vimeo.

Ephesians Survival Guide

 

Worship, Love, Compassion

1. Have you ever even thought that God might have a plan for your life? What about for your Mission Team? How can you help each other in your personal lives and on your Teams redirect more of your life activities to God and align with His plan for your life?
2. It is a good practice to be thinking about where you want to be in life in 5 years, a plan for the future. Share with your Team where you might like to see yourself and/or your family in 5 years. If you haven’t thought about it, go ahead and take a minute or two to reflect and write down some thoughts. Silence is OK.
3. In the Christian worldview the greatest act of compassion the world has ever experienced is God sending His son to save the world. In Ephesians 1:3-14 we get a great look at how and why this effects our lives. Read it together and notice all the “In Him” phrases. What are the benefits of a relationship with Jesus?
Application
Helping one another experience Jesus
Review question #2. Find the person on your Team whose birthday is closest to your own and swap your info on your 5-year plan. Pray for that person and their plan throughout the next week.
Helping people far from God experience Jesus
Revisit your Mission Teams mission statement, how you specifically as a Team are helping people far from God experience Jesus. Be honest with each other, how do you think you’re doing? What have you learned over the past month? How can you adjust?