Friday, March 27, 2015

Spring Group Questions (March 31 & April 2)








This Week’s Schedule

TUESDAY NIGHT
7:00PM @ Church Lobby
(13266 Byrd Dr Odessa, FL 33556)

THURSDAY NIGHT
7:00PM @ the Moon’s
(2938 Mingo Dr Land O’ Lakes, FL 34638)
___________________________________

QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK
(READ BEFORE YOU ARRIVE)

Ice Breaker: What were you doing in 2006? Where did you live? What was going on in your life? Were you working, or in school? Single or married?

What are some of your earliest memories of our church? What stood out that made us unique or different?

Read Acts 15:1-19. Describe in your own words the tension that was going on in these verses. What was this really about?

What similar tensions do you see in the churches  today?

How does / should “not making it difficult for those turning to God”  impact the way we do church?

How have you, or someone you have brought, been impacted by this?

On Sunday, we talked about 5 things we all need to do to continue this impact at our church. We phrased these in the form a question. Why are questions better than answers?

The first question was: What’s my next step? Growth is never accidental, it is intentional. What are you intentionally doing right now to take your next step? How might our church suffer if you don’t?

The second question: Who am I bringing? Who are you bringing on Easter? What creative ways have you found to not just invite, but bring people?

If someone saved your life, would you tell people? What is holding you back from bringing someone to meet your Savior? What will you do about it?

Question three: Does my giving honor God? Are you a tither or a tipper? What could you begin doing this week to honor God with your finances?

Question four: How can I help? Read John 2:1-11. How have you seen the miracle because you serve? What is holding you back from stepping up and serving?

Finally: When should I be there for our guests? What difference does your punctuality and attendance  really make? How can you help encourage others to come early and consistently?

What would happen if our church worked these questions into the rhythms of their daily lives?              

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring Group Questions (March 24 & 26)








This Week’s Schedule

TUESDAY NIGHT
7:00PM @ Church Lobby
(13266 Byrd Dr Odessa, FL 33556)

THURSDAY NIGHT
7:00PM @ the Moon’s
(2938 Mingo Dr Land O’ Lakes, FL 34638)
___________________________________

QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK
(READ BEFORE YOU ARRIVE)

Ice Breaker: If you could be in the TV series or movie of your choice, what would you choose and what character would you play?

Share about a time when you experienced a gap between what you expected and what you experienced?

Have you ever felt like God was the one that created the gap? If so, share what happened, how did God let you down?

Read John 11:1-5.  What relational details are we given and how does this set up our expectation level?

Who are the people you expect the most from? What two categories do most of those people fall into? Did Jesus fit both of those categories for Mary, Martha and Lazarus?

Read John 11:6-17.  If you are Mary and Martha, what do you do when the God who has the last word doesn’t speak the word you want to hear?

Following Jesus can be a disappointing experience at times. What are some other examples from the Bible where Jesus created an expectation gap?

Reread John 11:4.  When we feel disappointment with Jesus, what two things should we always look for?  How have / how would those things help you?

Read John 11:18-24.  The miracle happens in your life when you stop looking for a way to get out of a situation, and start looking to Jesus for a way to get you through this situation. What does that mean? Share an example.

Read John 11:25-27.  Where was Martha’s faith and how is that a helpful lesson for us today?
Jesus had to disappoint Mary and Martha’s expectations so that He could exceed Mary and Martha’s expectations. How have you seen this in your own life, and what did you learn through it?  

How can we encourage someone going through a gap in their life right now?          

Friday, March 13, 2015

Spring Group Questions (March 17 & 19)








This Week’s Schedule

TUESDAY NIGHT
7:00PM @ Church Lobby
(13266 Byrd Dr Odessa, FL 33556)

THURSDAY NIGHT
7:00PM @ the Moon’s
(2938 Mingo Dr Land O’ Lakes, FL 34638)
___________________________________

QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK
(READ BEFORE YOU ARRIVE)

We said the problem with bad habits is that they are automatic. What bad things do you find yourself automatically doing?

How did this bad habit begin? When did it begin?

The first part of understanding a habit is that there is always a cue. What do you think the cue might be for your bad habit loop to begin?

The second part of a habit is the actual action, known as the routine. What is your bad routine?

Finally, there is the reward, the pay off. What reward do you get from your bad habit?

We looked at the extreme bad habit Saul was in, read Acts 8:1-3, and Acts 9:1-2.  What was Saul’s cue? What was his routine? What was his reward?

Saul is confronted by Jesus and radically changed, in fact his name is changed to Paul, and he became the greatest evangelist for the Gospel in the history of the world. Read Acts 17:1-4. What do we now learn about Paul’s habit loop?

How is this helpful for our bad habits, what is the principle?

How have you seen the truth of this play out in your life?

Read what Paul goes on to write in Romans 13:14. This is another principle for tweaking a bad habit, avoid the cue in the first place. How could you practically do this in your life?

Read 1 Corinthians 15:33. How have you seen this play out with your bad habits? What should you do?

At the center of every habit loop is a craving. We said that ultimately all problems come down to worship problems. What does that mean?

How could worship change a bad habit into a good habit?

Friday, March 6, 2015

Spring Group Questions (March 10 & 12)








This Week’s Schedule

TUESDAY NIGHT
7:00PM @ Church Lobby
(13266 Byrd Dr Odessa, FL 33556)

THURSDAY NIGHT
7:00PM @ the Moon’s
(2938 Mingo Dr Land O’ Lakes, FL 34638)
___________________________________

QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK
(READ BEFORE YOU ARRIVE)

Read Romans 12:1-2.  If up to 40% of our life happens by habit, what does that mean for us as we consider these verses?

What is one of your good habits?  Did this habit pay off immediately, or was the reward evident slowly over time?  What does this tell us about becoming the person we were created to be?

Read Daniel 6:1-10.  What is going on here? Retell the story in your own words.

What clues do these verses give us about Daniel’s private life that led to his public victory?

Read 1 John 3:7.  What does Daniel’s story, and what John tells us here, teach us about our habits?

On Sunday we said, “Not all habits are created equal.” What does that mean, and how have you seen this in your own life for good and bad?

Read Daniel 1:8.  What does controlling your habit life do for your sense of peace in the rest of your life?

What is one thing you can do this week based on  tonight’s study?