Friday, March 25, 2016

Group Questions (WEEK FIVE) 3.29 - 3.31

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)

Talk about a time when you thought, “Why am I here?”

Why do you think we ask the same question about life in general?

What are some things you have done to try and find the reason for your existence? Did they work?

Read Genesis 1:26-31. What are our four basic created purposes from these verses? What do these things tell us about God, and about ourselves?

We said sin clouds our ability to do our created purposes. How does sin do this in your life?

Why can’t the pain, problems and frustrations we all experience be chalked up to simple human mistakes?

Read John 1:1-5. What do we learn about God’s plan in these verses? Why is this important?

Read John 3:16 & 17. Why was this necessary? What does it tell us about the nature of God?

Read John 10:9-10. Put it all together now, what is John trying to tell us?

Which one of your created purposes do you need to live more fully in? What could you do about it this week?      

HOMEWORK

  • Memorize John 10:10.
  • Read and journal this week on John 1, John 3 & John 10.
  • Bring someone, bring someone back for THIS Sunday, it is the Most Encouraging Message (You’ve Never Heard)!


Saturday, March 19, 2016

Group Questions (WEEK FOUR) 3.225 - 3.24

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 has been your biggest take away from this series?

Talk about a time when you were a member of a team or group with a shared goal. How did that experience help you grow personally?

Read Matthew 16:13-18.  What do you think Jesus followers thought when He said these words? Why?

What do you associate with the word “church”?

How does the description of the original purpose of the church, from Sunday, differ from or affirm your past experiences?

What caused the early church to stall out?  What lesson do we learn for today’s church?

What are some things people think make them unworthy or disqualified from being fully engaged in the mission of the church? In light of Paul’s story, how might God use those parts of their stories to draw others to Him?

What are some things you can do to better understand how to use your strengths, weaknesses, and experiences to help draw others toward Jesus?

What is your next step to engage more fully in the mission of the church? Putting your faith in Christ? Baptism? Serving on a team? Giving? Inviting a friend? How can this group support you as you take this next step?

HOMEWORK

  • Memorize Matthew 28:19.
  • Watch any of the messages in the series you missed.
  • Pray for three people and invite them to Easter!!!


Friday, March 11, 2016

Group Questions (WEEK THREE) 3.15 - 3.17

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)

How have you seen or experienced faith being confused, misused or abused?

In the message, we said, “The ability to believe is the most powerful force at mankind’s disposal.” Do you agree? Why or why not?

We also said, “We constantly look for evidence to support what we believe to be true.” Share some ways you are guilty of this.

Finally, in trying to understand what faith / belief really is, we said, “Belief is easy to maintain within a community of shared belief.” YOU ARE DOING IT RIGHT NOW! So, did you find parts of Sunday’s message disturbing? If so, which parts and why?

How was the Jesus movement different from every other religious movement?

What changed Jesus remaining few followers minds? How is that different than religious belief?

Why should we believe with any confidence that God hears our prayers, that there is a heaven, and that God will help us in troubled times?

Read Acts 17:31b - 32. What are some ways you can tell people about this proof the Apostle Paul is talking about? Who are some of the “others who want to hear more” in your life?

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Group Questions (WEEK TWO) 3.8 - 3.10

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)

STUDENTS FIRST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH
6:00PM @ Church
(13266 Byrd Dr Odessa, FL 33556)

QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK 
(READ BEFORE YOU ARRIVE)

  • This Saturday night we spring forward for daylight savings time. Are you team standard time, or team daylight savings time? Explain why you are right!


  • Talk about a time when someone let you off the hook or forgave a debt. How did it make you feel?


  • What do you believe God wants from you?
  • Do you see yourself as a person who needs God’s grace? Why or why not?
  • What did we say the definition of grace was?  Now, read Ephesians 2:1-9.  Where do you see this in these verses?
  • In the message, we said, “God doesn’t negotiate because He doesn’t want something from you. He wants something for you.” Respond to that statement. If you believed this was true, how would it change the way you view God and your relationship with Him?
  • Most people respond to the idea of unconditional grace with, “But what about...?” What’s your “But what about...?”
  • What is one thing you can do this week to shift from a bargaining posture to a posture of gratitude for what God has done for you?  What can this group do to help each other do this?

The good news is we don’t have to bargain with God. God made the first move. God so loved the world he gave his one and only Son. When you  receive that gift by faith, the bargaining ends and the relationship begins. Obedience to God, then is a voluntary response of gratitude for what He’s given you.

HOMEWORK

  1. Memorize John 3:16 if you have never done so.
  2. Watch any of the messages in the series you missed.
  3. Pray for three people and invite them to Easter!!!