Friday, October 30, 2015

Group Questions (WEEK 8) - Nov 3 & Nov 5

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

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

THURSDAY NIGHT
7:00PM @ the Taylor’s in Concord Station
(18019 Glastonbury Ln. LOL, FL 34638)

QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK
(READ BEFORE YOU ARRIVE)

What song best describes your mood when it is quitting time at the end of the week? What is your weekend jam?

What was your first job? What one memory (good or bad) sticks out to you about that first job?

What is one thing you love about your current job? What is one thing that frustrates you?

What / who do you think has shaped your view of work the most?

What does the following statement from Sunday mean: I will never find purpose in my work until I understand the purpose of my work?

Brian mentioned four main reasons we go to work: to pay the bills, to find our identities, to be successful, and to find purpose/significance. Which of these most closely captures your primary reason for going to work? Why?

Why do those four reasons we go to work fall short of being the purpose for the working life?

Read Colossians 3:23. What do you think it means to work “as working for the Lord”? Share about a time when you felt like you were doing this.

How does Colossians 3:23 change our perspective on work?

What makes it difficult to truly work for God? What are some of the distractions and circumstances that keep us from honoring God with our work?

What is one thing you can do this week at work to more fully work for God?

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Far from being a punishment or a curse, work is actually a blessing, first given to us by God in the garden of Eden. And because work is a blessing, there is no such thing as a job without purpose. The purpose of the working life is to show God working in my life. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Group Questions (WEEK 7) - Oct 27 & Oct 29

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

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

THURSDAY NIGHT
7:00PM @ the Taylor’s in Concord Station
(18019 Glastonbury Ln. LOL, FL 34638)

QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK
(READ BEFORE YOU ARRIVE)

BRING A CAN OF KIDS PLAY-DOH!!!

Read Acts 7:18-34.  Why do you think the author of Acts says Moses “was no ordinary child?” Do you agree or  disagree with Erwin McManus’ premise that there are no ordinary children?
 
List some unique and creative abilities that God has given you. Share your top three with the group. Why do you think God created you with those?

How have you seen your imagination be both a blessing and a curse?

If you don’t feel like you’re living an extraordinary life, what do you think is holding you back?

Talk about some extraordinary goals you have and what you can do to move toward them.

Share a time when you felt let down by God. Why did you feel that way and what did you learn from your experience?

How would you describe the story of your life that God has crafted thus far?

What steps do you need to take to fully tap into the creative soul that God has instilled within you?

Friday, October 16, 2015

Group Questions (WEEK 6) - Oct 20 & Oct 22

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

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

THURSDAY NIGHT
7:00PM @ the Taylor’s in Concord Station
(18019 Glastonbury Ln. LOL, FL 34638)

QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK
(READ BEFORE YOU ARRIVE)

Take out your phone, and share the story behind one of your favorite pictures. Bonus points if it is a funny picture!

After finishing the Freeway series, doing the homework from last week’s group, and maybe diving into the Freeway workbook, what did you learn about yourself?  What are some changes you have made?

What do you think the biggest obstacle will be to keeping your new found freedom?

On Sunday, we said that freedom is maximized as we share it with others. In other words, you were rescued to be a rescuer. What pushback or reservations do you have in letting God use your beautifully broken story?

Read John 4:1-42.  Make a list of all the key moments in these verses.  What do we learn about Jesus, ourselves, and God’s plan for the rest of our life in this story?

What are some things you could do to intentionally place yourself in environments where God could use your story?

What are the people in your life “thirsty” for?  How are they trying to quench their thirst with earthly water?  What can you do to help them find “living water?”

Do you believe God can use your ENTIRE story to help someone else find freedom?  What part of your story is the hardest to share?

Who do you know that your greatest failure or pain might help, share their name ___________.  Will you do it?

HOMEWORK

  • Memorize Galatians 5:1.
  • Take some time this week and go back through your entire Freeway workbook (or message notes). Circle or highlight the things that are key to your freedom. Make an index card with these keys to remind yourself moving forward.


Friday, October 9, 2015

Group Questions (WEEK 5) - Oct 13 & Oct 15

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

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

THURSDAY NIGHT
7:00PM @ the Taylor’s in Concord Station
(18019 Glastonbury Ln. LOL, FL 34638)

QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK
(READ BEFORE YOU ARRIVE)

Have you ever been given a nickname or pet name from someone? Explain it? Do you like it or hate it?

After the first five parts of this series, doing the homework from last week’s group, and maybe diving into the Freeway workbook, what are you learning about yourself?  What are some changes you want to make?

Read Genesis 29:14b - 28.  Many people would make this out to be a great love story, but in reality it is the story of a man driven by fear, insecurity and a sense of false identity.  How have those things led you to compromise in your life?

Do you think you are a people pleaser? If so, how has that carried over into your faith or view of God?

Do you struggle with self-acceptance?  If so, how has that carried over into your faith or view of God?

Do you think accepting yourself is a prerequisite to being able to receive love from God and others? Explain.

What is the difference between pleasing God and trusting God as our primary goal? How do you struggle back and forth between those two?

Why do so many people choose the path of pleasing God over the path of trusting God? What can we do to keep on the trusting path more?

How might you see yourself, and God, differently if you lived from a place of acceptance, instead of living for acceptance?  

HOMEWORK

  • Memorize Psalm 18:19.
  • God likes to hand out new names. Simon to Peter. Saul to Paul. Jacob to Israel. In Revelation 2, God talks about a white stone with a new name on it. It’s a name just for you. What is your best guess at God’s special nickname for you? Use a Sharpie and write this name on a rock and put it somewhere you will see it!
  • This week watch your thoughts. When they become negative or destructive, consider where those thoughts are coming from. Replace them with thoughts of love and acceptance from your Heavenly Father who loves you because you are His! 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Group Questions (WEEK 4) - Oct 6 & Oct 8

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

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

THURSDAY NIGHT
7:00PM @ the Taylor’s in Concord Station
(18019 Glastonbury Ln. LOL, FL 34638)

QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK
(READ BEFORE YOU ARRIVE)

Nothing screams fall more than football! What is your favorite team and why? What football memories do you have from your childhood?

After the first four parts of this series, doing the homework from last week’s group, and maybe diving into the Freeway workbook, what are you learning about yourself?  What are some changes you want to make?

Read John 8:1-11. Who do you identify with more in this story, the crowd who has been sinned against and was having a difficult time forgiving, or the woman caught in the sin who needed grace and mercy?  Explain.

Define forgiveness.  What does it mean to receive forgive-ness from God, others and yourself?

How is forgiveness different from excusing what people have done or just avoiding what people have done?

Have you ever thought about how you could get someone back? Why does it feel so good to do that?

What are some things in your life you need to surrender to God? How does not letting go or not forgiving actually hurt you in the meantime? Explain.

Why is it difficult to forgive ourselves?

Which is more difficult for you: receiving forgiveness from God, from others, or from yourself?

What’s one thing you need to do (if you have not already) because of this message / study?

HOMEWORK

  • Memorize Luke 6:37.
  • When you pray this week, turn your hands up to heaven. Let this be a simple form of surrender 
  • Write a letter of forgiveness, get it all out, then burn it as a symbolic way to “dropping the rock.”