Friday, October 28, 2016

Final Week of 2016 Questions!!!

FALL SCHEDULE

SUNDAY NIGHT // STUDENTS
7:00PM @ Suncoast Crossings Starbucks
16330 FL-54, Odessa, FL 33556
Ray & Amanda Emling

TUESDAY NIGHT // ADULTS
7:00PM @ 19612 Wyndham Lakes Dr Odessa, FL 33556
Brian Moon

THURSDAY NIGHT // ADULTS
7:00PM @ 1600 Villa Capri Cir #206 Odessa, FL 33556 (GATE CODE #1994)
Bobby Gulan

PLEASE ANSWER BEFORE GROUP

If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?

Once again, just to review, an idol is what?

Why is power / control so addictive?

How have you seen power corrupt people?

Do you think it is wrong or sinful to pursue promotion, leadership or power in some area of your life? Why or why not?  Can you come up with any Biblical references to support your position?

What was your quiz score? Did it surprise you?

Brian said we all fear powerlessness deep down.  How does that fear of  being powerless play out in our lives and actions?

Brian also said, “Our decision to pursue power exposes our fear that God is not enough.”  Explain this in your own words, and how you have seen this in your life?

Read Genesis 32:24-30.  How does this scene mark a shift in Jacob’s life?

What is the only option to replace the unhealthy pursuit of power in our hearts, read Matthew 26:36-42 for help?    

What could have Jesus done?  What did He do?

What do you need to surrender and cease striving for?


NEXT STEPS

Study the Bible: Read and journal: Psalm 46:10.

Take Care of Each Other: Prayer requests...

Embrace Serving: How can I continue to serve my group now that the semester is over?

Practice Generosity: How can I continue to practice generosity?


The Quiz from Sunday (1 - 10):

Do you get upset when people don’t do things the way you want them to be done?

Do you have a hard time following the rules other people establish?

When things go wrong, do you tend to shift the blame to others?

I feel the need to win every argument.

I sometimes “play games” or manipulate others to get my way.

I lose my temper when things, situations, or conversations don’t go my way.

______ TOTAL

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Week Seven Questions

FALL SCHEDULE

SUNDAY NIGHT // STUDENTS
7:00PM @ Suncoast Crossings Starbucks
16330 FL-54, Odessa, FL 33556
Ray & Amanda Emling

TUESDAY NIGHT // ADULTS
7:00PM @ 19612 Wyndham Lakes Dr Odessa, FL 33556
Brian Moon

THURSDAY NIGHT // ADULTS
7:00PM @ 1600 Villa Capri Cir #206 Odessa, FL 33556 (GATE CODE #1994)
Bobby Gulan

PLEASE ANSWER BEFORE GROUP

Just to review, what is our definition of an idol?

We said on Sunday that money is not the root issue, that usually there is an underlying, unmet need so we use money as a substitute.  What could some of these root issues be, AND how would someone use money to try and meet that need?

Do you think you are greedy?  Explain your answer… What was your quiz score?  Did your answer change after taking the quiz?

Read Luke 12:13-14.  What do you notice about Jesus warning?

What did we say greed was, it is not just the love of money, but it is also…?  Do you agree or disagree with that definition?  Why?

How much anxiety do you feel over money?  What does that tell you about your heart?

We talked about 3 Money Myths: 1) More money will give me more security. 2) More money will make me happier. 3) More money will make me more generous.  Which one of those do you struggle with the most?

What was the solution to turn the tide of greed in our lives and not live out these money myths?

Read Matthew 6:19-21 & 24. What do these verses tell us to do & why?

The biggest thing we said generosity does is it reminds us it is all God’s anyway.  That we don’t own anything, we steward.  How would making this shift in our thinking help us be more generous?

Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-11.  What is the motivation for Christian generosity based on this passage?

What is your motivation for giving if you are honest?

What is one thing you can do this week to apply tonight’s study?

NEXT STEPS

Study the Bible: Read and journal: Luke 12:13-14, Matthew 6:19-21 & 24, and 2 Corinthians 9:6-11.

Take Care of Each Other: Prayer requests...

Embrace Serving: What am I doing for our Halloweenie Handout?

Practice Generosity: Who/what are we pooling our resources for?

The Quiz from Sunday (1 - 10):

The statement “there is no money in the bank” creates more anxiety in me than the statement “there is no God.”

Does your fear of not having enough often hinder your desire to be generous.

You have money in the bank but no peace in your heart.

I often struggle with doing the right thing because I know it’s going to cost me financially.

I find myself often saying, “If I only had this much” then I would be satisfied.

I spend more time thinking about what I do not have than I spend thanking God for what I do have.

   

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Week Six Questions

FALL SCHEDULE

SUNDAY NIGHT // STUDENTS
7:00PM @ Suncoast Crossings Starbucks
16330 FL-54, Odessa, FL 33556
Ray & Amanda Emling

TUESDAY NIGHT // ADULTS
7:00PM @ 19612 Wyndham Lakes Dr Odessa, FL 33556
Brian Moon

THURSDAY NIGHT // ADULTS
7:00PM @ 1600 Villa Capri Cir #206 Odessa, FL 33556 (GATE CODE #1994)
Bobby Gulan

PLEASE ANSWER BEFORE GROUP

What is the most outrageous claim you have heard or seen from a health or beauty product?  (See if you can find the ad on YouTube for everyone!)

Just to review, what is our definition of an idol?

Do you think women or men struggle more with seeking to gain approval, acceptance, and identity from their appearance?  Explain your answer.

How does being addicted to appearance affect men and women differently?  How does it affect them the same?

What was your score from our quiz?  Did it surprise you?

How does appearance addiction affect your life, mood, self-esteem, view of others, confidence and so on…?

We talked about one really big cause for this in most of our lives, what was it, and how does it cause us to make an idol out of appearance?

Debate the validity or impact of this statement: A lie believed as though it were truth, carries the power of truth in our lives.

How does that play a role in appearance addiction?

We said appearance lies to us in three big ways: 1. Improving my outward appearance will heal my inner brokenness.  2. How I look is who I am.  3. Being beautiful will get me what I want.  Which one of those lies have you ever believed, or if you are honest, currently believe?

What were the consequences of believing those lies?

How does Colossians 2:8-10 help us turn the tide of being addicted to appearance?

What is one thing you could do practically this week to replace your outward appearance’s place in your heart?

NEXT STEPS

Study the Bible:
Read, journal & memorize John 10:10, Proverbs 31:30, and Colossians 2:8-10.

Take Care of Each Other: 
Prayer requests

Embrace Serving: 
What am I doing for our Halloweenie Handout?

Practice Generosity: 
Who/what are we pooling our resources for?

The Quiz from Sunday (1 - 10):

Do you have a hard time concentrating if you don’t feel you look your best?

Are you easily annoyed or judgmental of those who look like you will never look?

I am often anxious or self-conscious about what I wear, how I look, or what people think of my appearance.

I tend to be more concerned about how I look on the outside than who I’m becoming on the inside.

I tend to make snap judgments about people when I first see them.

I often allow my appearance to dictate my mood.

TOTAL:



Sunday, October 9, 2016

Week Five Questions

FALL SCHEDULE

SUNDAY NIGHT // STUDENTS
7:00PM @ Suncoast Crossings Starbucks
16330 FL-54, Odessa, FL 33556
Ray & Amanda Emling

TUESDAY NIGHT // ADULTS
7:00PM @ 19612 Wyndham Lakes Dr Odessa, FL 33556
Brian Moon

THURSDAY NIGHT // ADULTS
7:00PM @ 1600 Villa Capri Cir #206 Odessa, FL 33556 (GATE CODE #1994)
Bobby Gulan

PLEASE ANSWER BEFORE GROUP

What do you consider one of your most successful moments in life so far?  Why that achievement?

What are some things that make you feel successful?

Read Ecclesiastes 2:4-10  Do you consider Solomon successful?  Why or why not?

Do you think there is anything wrong with wanting to be successful?  What do you want to be successful at?  Where does that ambition come from?

Now read Ecclesiastes 2:11  When does chasing success slip into idolatry?

We took a quiz to see how big an issue this might be in our lives. With a minimum score of 8, and a maximum of 80, where did you put yourself?

Was your score a surprise to you?  Why or why not?

Where / how do you now recognize yourself seeking self-worth externally?

Idols are not expelled, they're replaced. Meaning it’s not enough to say I am not going to base my self-worth on what I do any longer. So, what changes do you need to make in order to find your sense of self-worth internally?

Read Matthew 16:26. What role does worship play in understanding our true worth?

NEXT STEP

Study the Bible: Read, journal & memorize Matthew 16:26

Take Care of Each Other: Prayer requests...

Embrace Serving: What am I doing for our Halloweenie Handout?

Practice Generosity: Who/what are we pooling our resources for?

The Quiz from Sunday (1 - 10):

I have a need to be approved by others to feel good about myself.

I want to be known as a workaholic.

I want my kids to behave so others will think I am a good parent.

I believe that if I make mistakes, I myself am a failure.

When I’m criticized I tend to take it personally.

I criticize others in order to feel better about myself.

I compare myself a lot to other people.

I tend to covet a lot more than I celebrate.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Week Four Questions

FALL SCHEDULE

SUNDAY NIGHT // STUDENTS
7:00PM @ Suncoast Crossings Starbucks
16330 FL-54, Odessa, FL 33556
Ray & Amanda Emling

TUESDAY NIGHT // ADULTS
7:00PM @ 19612 Wyndham Lakes Dr Odessa, FL 33556
Brian Moon

THURSDAY NIGHT // ADULTS
7:00PM @ 1600 Villa Capri Cir #206 Odessa, FL 33556 (GATE CODE #1994)
Bobby Gulan

PLEASE READ BEFORE GROUP

Would you rather be rich, beautiful, powerful, famous or loved? (Be honest)

Sometimes we get what we want, but it’s not what we need. Sometimes we chase a dream that turns out to be meaningless. Have you ever had this happen?  How did you feel inside?

Why do you think Jesus cares more about our inner self (mind, will & emotions) than He does our outer self (behavior)?

What does that tell us about what God desires for us?

We said if the greatest possible blessing is to know God, then the greatest obstacle to that is worshiping false gods. What are some of the false gods we chase?  What does the Bible call that?

How did we define idolatry?

In what ways do you do that in your life? HINT: If you are not sure, ask yourself these questions. 1. Am I willing to sin to get it? 2. Am I willing to sin if I think I am going to lose it?

Why does it matter if we identify our idols?

Read Matthew 11:28-30  What is Jesus invitation in these passages?

It is not enough to simply relinquish an idol (a lie). You have to replace it (truth). What are some things you could replace your idols with?  

NEXT STEPS

Study the Bible: Read, journal & memorize Matthew 11:28-30

Take Care of Each Other: Prayer requests...

Embrace Serving: Halloweenie Handout???

Practice Generosity: Who/what are we pooling our resources for?
 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Week Three Questions

FALL SCHEDULE

SUNDAY NIGHT // STUDENTS
7:00PM @ Suncoast Crossings Starbucks
16330 FL-54, Odessa, FL 33556
Ray & Amanda Emling

TUESDAY NIGHT // ADULTS
7:00PM @ 19612 Wyndham Lakes Dr Odessa, FL 33556
Brian Moon

THURSDAY NIGHT // ADULTS
7:00PM @ 1600 Villa Capri Cir #206 Odessa, FL 33556 (GATE CODE #1994)
Bobby Gulan

PLEASE READ BEFORE GROUP

Now that it’s officially fall, what is your favorite thing about this season? (Bonus points for anything other than Pumpkin Spiced _______)

How was Jesus approach to God different from the religion of His day?

Read Matthew 6:1-18. What three spiritual practices does Jesus talk about?

Were any of these habits modeled for you growing up?  What difference could you see in that persons life because of these spiritual practices?

What other spiritual practices can you think of?

What are some ways you could begin, or strengthen, one of these spiritual practice this week?

What has been a defining moment in your life?  As you think back on this incident, what role did God play in your thoughts?  Did you pray?  Did you pray differently?  Were you angry?

Would you say this event strengthened or weakened your confidence in God? Why?

Read James 1:2-4. James says that trials test our faith, or confidence in God, the goal of these tests is “perseverance.”  The implication is that trials can create persevering faith in God.  But why trials?

If God uses defining moments to build our faith in Him, what should our response be next time life takes us by surprise?  What would help us?

Have you ever been asked individually or in a group setting to serve in a church or ministry? What was your initial response to those kinds of requests?

Read Matthew 14:13-21. The disciples used the size of the crowd and their lack of food as excuses to not do what Jesus asked.  What excuses have you used?

As you consider the disciples’ excuses, what were they forgetting to factor into the equation?

The disciples did what they knew how to do. They passed out the broken   pieces of bread and fish. And God blessed their efforts and allowed them to accomplish far more than they could have in their own strength. What is the lesson for us?

What opportunities do you sense God opening for you to practice serving others?

NEXT STEPS

Study the Bible: Read and journal this week on Matthew 6:1-18, James 1:2-4 and Matthew 14:13-21.

Take Care of Each Other: Prayer requests...?

Embrace Serving: Halloweenie Handout???

Practice Generosity: Who/what are we pooling our resources for?


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Week Two Questions

FALL SCHEDULE

SUNDAY NIGHT // STUDENTS
7:00PM @ Suncoast Crossings Starbucks
16330 FL-54, Odessa, FL 33556
Ray & Amanda Emling

TUESDAY NIGHT // ADULTS
7:00PM @ 19612 Wyndham Lakes Dr Odessa, FL 33556
Brian Moon

THURSDAY NIGHT // ADULTS
7:00PM @ 1600 Villa Capri Cir #206 Odessa, FL 33556 (GATE CODE #1994)
Bobby Gulan

PLEASE READ BEFORE GROUP

As a little kid, what was the scariest thing you ever took a leap of faith on and just trusted your parents (i.e. jumping into the pool, climbing a tree, a ride)?

What have been the most faith-building events/relationships in your life. How have these things affected your confidence in God?

Read Matthew 8:10. Do you know people whose faith in God is so strong that at times you would describe it as amazing? What is it about them that makes you think their confidence in God is so strong?

Read Matthew 7:24-28. This parable follows the Sermon on the Mount. Why do you think Jesus concluded his sermon with this parable?

Have you ever applied a specific principle from a sermon or teaching that, looking back, prepared you for an unexpected storm?

Can you think of a difficult time you have faced that could have been avoided if you had applied the principles of Scripture?

Looking back, are there people you feel God divinely brought into your life at crucial times? Who? How did God use them?

Who in your circle of relationships would say YOU are someone God divinely dropped into their lives?

Based on this discussion, what advice would you give a friend who had lost faith or who would describe his or her faith as weak?

NEXT STEPS

Study the Bible: Read and journal this week on Matthew 8:1-10 and Matthew 7:24-28.

Take Care of Each Other: Prayer requests...

Embrace Serving: Halloweenie Handout???

Practice Generosity: Who/what are we pooling our resources for?


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Week One Questions

FALL SCHEDULE

TONIGHT // STUDENTS
7:00PM @ Suncoast Crossings Starbucks
16330 FL-54, Odessa, FL 33556
Ray & Amanda Emling

TUESDAY NIGHT // ADULTS
7:00PM @ 19612 Wyndham Lakes Dr Odessa, FL 33556
Brian Moon

THURSDAY NIGHT // ADULTS
7:00PM @ 1600 Villa Capri Cir #206 Odessa, FL 33556 (GATE CODE #1994)
Bobby Gulan

This groups is all about taking a next STEP

Study the Bible Together.  Each week we’ll come together, share some snacks or maybe a meal, and then circle up to talk about Sunday’s message. Bring a Bible! Each week we’ll be challenged to take a next step on our journey with Jesus because we believe, “Changed People Change.”

Take Care of Each Other.  We all need someone to lean on. We were not designed by God to be lone rangers. Our group will be there for each other in good times and bad… Even after we stop meeting this semester because we believe, “Those Who Get Grace Give Grace.”

Embrace Serving Together.  This semester we’ll get the chance to serve each other and serve the community because we believe, “Saved People Serve People.”    

Practice Generosity Together.  We will also get the opportunity to be generous with our finances together. This semester we will pick a cause (personal, local or global) and combine our money to make a difference because we believe “Blessed People Bless People.”

[PLEASE READ BEFORE GROUP]


Come up with two truths about yourself and one lie. Have the group guess which is the lie.

Share with us 3 key people from your life, 3 key events from your life, and 3 key places.  Why are those special?

What brought you to the Suncoast?

What’s kept you coming back to the Suncoast?

What’s the scariest thing about groups? What apprehensions have you had or have?

What are you looking to get out of being in a group?

What’s one next step you are pretty sure God wants you to take this semester?

HOMEWORK

  • Attend or watch “Amplify” part 1 on Sunday.
  • Bring someone with you next week.