Back in Black - part 4

For week of August 12th - August 18th

1) Just for fun, What’s in your wallet- is there anything unique you keep in your wallet?

If you have not met since the Back in Black series began, you may want to scroll down to the questions from Part 1-3 and go through some of them as well.

2) Even though we trust God with our eternal soul, why do you feel it is so difficult for us to trust God with our temporal money?

3) Can you share a time in your life where you trusted God with your finances (moved Him up on your list of priorities and gave to Him first) and He in turn blessed you with incredible blessings?

4) Knowing that our money is an indicator of our hearts, how do you feel about your heart?  What are some of the steps you are going to take improve how you feel?  

5) What is your greatest advice concerning money?

 

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Back in Black - part 3

For week of August 5th - August 11th

1) Just for Fun: What did you get into the most trouble for with your parents as a kid?

2) What is the most “questionable” thing you have purchased on credit?

Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from

the snare of the fowler.                                                                    

Proverbs 6:5 (NIV) 

3) Has having debt in your life ever made you feel like you were being  

hunted? If so, how? 

4) In order to get out of debt, it will take the gazelle-like intensity described in Proverbs 6:5. What are some specific areas of your financial life where you need to use gazelle-like intensity to get out of debt?  

5) Debt can cause our lives to spiral out of control. How have you seen debt cause this loss of control in your own life or the life of someone else?  

In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil.

Proverbs 21:20 (NIV)

6) The one step to breaking away from the bondage of debt is to save. 

Describe how you currently save and invest your money. For those that successful save, share any advice or tips you have with the rest of the group. 

For those that are not saving, what are some of the challenges preventing you from saving?

The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender. 

Proverbs 22:7 (NRSV)

7) Another step to getting out of debt is to stop borrowing money. 

How do you think lives would be changed financially if people stopped using credit cards or taking out unnecessary loans? 

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

Matthew 7:7 (NIV) 

8) Another step is to simply pray. Share a time when God met a financial need of yours through prayer. What did this situation teach you about the power of prayer?

9) Another step is to sell something. What are some things you could sell to help improve you current financial situation? Are you willing to sell them?  Why or why not? 

 

 

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Back in Black - part 2

For week of July 29th - August 4th

1) Just for fun, when you were a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?
*Feel free to scroll down and go through some of the questions from Back in Black Part 1 before jumping into these questions if your group has not met since this series began.

2) How has tracking all your money been going if you participated in the homework?  Did you discover something you did not realize about your spending while doing this exercise?

3) What is one goal you have when it comes to your finances?

4) What does the statement, Learn to honor God with everything, mean to you?

5) What is one of the biggest ways you have honored God with your stuff/money? 

 


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Back in Black - part 1

For week of July 22nd - July 28th

1) What is one goal you’d like to accomplish during your lifetime?

2) How did you feel about beginning this new financial series? (nervous, excited, curious about what the pastor was going to bring out, etc.)

3) The way we handle our finances is setting a pattern for how our children will handle their money.   

  • What example did your parents give you?  
  • How has that shaped your thinking when it comes to finances?

4) Jesus wants all of your heart and does not want to compete with your stuff.  

  • In light of that statement, do you feel you truly love God more than your stuff?  
  • Has this ever been a struggle in your life? 
  • And if so, what was the catalyst that changed your heart?

5) God can use your stuff to bless others.  How have you experienced this in your life, (whether it was someone blessing you with their stuff or vice versa)? 

6) What are you most excited about learning or hoping to learn in this financial series?

 

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July 15th Sermon - Go For It

For week of July 15th - July 21st

1. Have you ever tried to take a family photo? How did it go?

2. What is an encouraging word or phrase someone told you when you were younger that stuck with you? Why was that word or phrase significant to you?

3. What are some things in our culture that try to distract us from leading the next generation well?

4. Think about a person younger than you that you can influence. What are some things you can do to show them that God loves them and so do you?

5. In what ways can you use your strengths to lead the next generation well? (If you don’t know, ask those in your group what they see in you)

 

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July 8th Sermon - No Ordinary Family

For week of July 8th - July 14th

1. Just for fun: Where is your favorite place to vacation during the summer?

2. Read John 13:34-35. 

  • What commandment is given?
  • Why should be follow it?

3. There are 3 things when present in a church make us no ordinary family: a spirit of sincere love, a heart to seek and restore and a commitment to constantly encourage others.

  • Which has been your experience at Canvas?
  • Which do you feel you do better: love, restore or encourage others? Why do you feel that is what you are strongest at doing?

4. Tell of a time when you showed love, helped restore or encouraged someone who needed it. 

  • Why did you show love in that situation? 
  • How did the person respond? 
  • How did it change your relationship with them?

 

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Voices Series

June 3rd - July 1st

We will not be having any Life Group questions through our Voices series due to the fact we have guest speakers the entire month. Feel free to take this time to go through old questions, make up some of your own from the sermons, or just have fun hanging out together!

May 27th Sermon - Uncommon Courage

For week of May 27th - June 2nd

1) Just for fun:  Have you ever served in the military, or have any family who serve(d) in the military? If so, what branch did you/they serve in and where were some of the places you/they were stationed?

2) Why do you think worrying is a problem for most people?

3) Read Philippians 4:6-7. How do you personally respond to the challenge to, “Be anxious for nothing”?

4) Read verse 7 again.

  • How can we best describe God’s peace? 
  • What does this verse say the peace of God does in our lives?

5) How has Philippians 4:6-7 challenged you to reexamine your response to stress and anxiety?

6) When thinking about the different things we can do Pastor Mark mentioned that will help us live brave even when we feel overwhelmed and full of anxiety, which one will help you the most? 

·       Breathe

·       Remember God has been faithful and will continue to be faithful

·       Visualize what it will be like when you get through the storm

·       Worship

 

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May 20th Sermon - More Than A Fan

For week of May 20th - May 26th

1) Just for fun: Pastor Mark talked about the time when there were only three different choices of Ice Cream Flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

2) Read Proverbs 9:10, Proverbs 14:27, Proverbs 22:4 and Psalms 36:1-2.

  • What’s your gut definition of fearing God? How does the word fear make you feel about God?

3) The fear of the Lord is an ongoing attitude of our heart that moves us to choose over and over again to obey God when it’s easier to do something else. The greatest evidence of the fear of God is complete obedience to God.

  • Share a story of a time when your fear of the Lord led to a wise decision, a fuller life, success, honor, or health.

4) Read John 8:4-11. Place yourself in this scene.  

  • What would be the emotions of the woman as she is “caught in the act” of adultery?  
  • What would you be thinking as part of the crowd gathered around Jesus when this scene unfolds?  
  • What is the emotional element gripping the woman’s accusers?

5)  These religious leaders were trying to trap Jesus. If he answered, "stone her,” he would be in trouble with Roman Law which forbade local governments to impose the death penalty without their permission. But if Jesus answered, "let her go," he would be going against the Mosaic Law that called for the death of an adulterer.

"But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. . ."

  • Where do you think the crowd’s attention has been focused while all this was going on? In other words, who do you think people are staring at?
  • The Bible never tells us what Jesus wrote on the ground. What do you think He could have been writing?
  • What can we learn from Jesus about helping someone who has fallen?
  • Share a time when you experienced undeserved grace. How did it impact your life?

6) When it comes to the word of God, we have to obey all of it, not just the parts we like. Is this something you have struggled to overcome in your life? How are you dealing with this now? 

 

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May 6th Sermon

For week of May 6th - May 12th

1) Just for fun: What is your favorite movie quote?

2) Talk about a time when you got to see people in a new context (for example, going out to dinner with cowokers). How did that experience change the relationships in that group?

3) What is the connection between investing in others and growing in your relationship with God?  Why do you think God set things up that way?

4) How could serving others change people’s perceptions of Christians and the church? Was your perception of Christians and the church ever changed because someone served you?

5) What kind of things keep us from investing in others?

6) Is there an organization or particular group in need that is near and dear to your heart? If so, talk about why you feel a desire to help that organization or group. 

It’s not our responsibility to change the world, only to play our part. It is true that you cannot serve everyone in need, but you can serve someone in need. 

End your time talking about ways you can serve others as a group. And if someone isn't serving at Canvas, encourage them to take that next step.

 

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My Life His Canvas - part 3

For week of April 22nd - April 28th

1) Just for fun: April 29th is our 10 year Anniversary. Share how you heard about Canvas and how many years you have been attending.

2) Have you ever had an impossible relationship that has either been restored or is in process of being restored? What were the first steps you took toward healing?

3) Of the 7 biblical steps to take to restore strained or broken relationships, which one is easiest for you to do?

  1. Always vent vertically before you attempt to engage horizontally.
  2. Be courageous and take the initiative.
  3. Focus on their feelings, not just the facts.
  4. Be quick to confess your part of the conflict.
  5. The right tone and attitude will transform the atmosphere.
  6. Be willing to give up so the relationship can grow up.
  7. Always focus more on reconciliation than resolution.

4) Which one of the steps listed above is the most difficult for you to do?

5) What about this series, My Life His Canvas, has impacted you the most?

 

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My Life His Canvas - part 2

For week of April 15th - April 21st

1) Just for fun: Go around the room and share something you have never done but would like to.

2) We will only conquer what we are willing to confront. Why do we sometimes find it so difficult to confront our problems and addictions?

3) Read Philippians 3:13-14 in a couple different translations. What "from your past" could Satan use to cause you to live life in reverse, focusing on the past? What steps do you take, or have taken, to prevent your past from becoming your present again?

4) Does it sometimes seem like you are at the mercy of your emotions? What tends to be the triggers that set off your emotions? How do you conquer them instead of letting them conquer you?

5) We know that God is a God of the impossible. Why do you think we find it easier to believe He will do the impossible for someone else but struggle to believe it for ourselves?

Close your time with your group by reading Mark 9:23 "All things are possible to those who truly believe" to your group and encourage them to believe that they can overcome anything in their life!

 

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My Life His Canvas - part 1

For week of April 8th - April 14th

1) Just for fun: Have you ever attended a wedding where something funny or unexpected happened?

 

Be mindful of the people in your group who may not be currently married or dating. They have input when it comes to the questions too because most likely they have been in a relationship and understand issues that come along in relationships. So make sure to include them.

 

2) If you are married or dating, how are you both different? How have your differences shaped and impacted your relationship- whether for better or for worse?

3) Is forgiveness the same as forgetfulness? Why or why not? Can you forgive and not forget? What does it take for you to move beyond conflicts and get on with life?

4) Have you ever looked to your spouse or significant other to fulfill you and meet your all expectations? If so, how did that go? 

5) We need to learn to maximize the good in our mate and minimize the bad. What are some of the good qualities your mate possesses that you really appreciate?

 

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A Seat at the Table - part 2

For week of March 25th - March 31st

1) Just for Fun: What are your plans for Easter weekend? Do you have any traditions your family has kept over the years?

2)  Did someone invite you to Canvas? What made you finally decide to give it a try?

3) Read Luke 14:16-23.

  • What would you title this parable?
  • What do you think about the people's excuses?
  • What excuses do people make for not coming to church or for not following Christ?

4) Who in your life right now needs to know the hope that only Christ can bring?

5) This week we are praying for Supernatural Encounters or opportunities for us to invite people to "come and see."  Share a time that you had a supernatural encounter whether it was when someone invited you, or when you invited someone to "come and see."

6) Colossians 4:5-6 says, "Be wise in the way you act toward those who are not believers, making good use of every opportunity you have. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the correct response for everyone." 

  • Was someone wise and gracious with you which lead you to be open to church and a relationship with Christ?
  • How has God changed your heart for the lost and the way you interact with them?

This is the last week before the biggest Sunday of the year that we have to opportunity to reach the lost. Close out your time praying for God to give everyone in your group wisdom, supernatural encounters and spiritual boldness as they invite this week. And pray for your pastors to make much of Jesus on Easter Sunday!

 

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A Seat at the Table - part 1

For week of March 18th - March 24th

1) Just for fun: If your life was a movie, which movie would it be and why?

2)  Did someone invite you to Canvas? What made you finally decide to give it a try?

3) Read Luke 14:16-23.

  • What would you title this parable?
  • What do you think about the people's excuses?
  • What excuses do people make for not coming to church or for not following Christ?

4) Who in your life right now needs to know the hope that only Christ can bring?

Commit as a life group to pray for, and invite those people to one of our three Easter Services.

 

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Be Great - March 11th Sermon

For week of March 11th - March 17th

1) Just for fun: If you were an ice cream, what flavor would you be and why?

2) How have you learned to keep yourself humble?

3) Do you find it easy or hard to be grateful? Why?

4) Has there been a time when you were in awe of God? Describe it.

5) Was there a time when you had to be bold in your faith? Would you be willing to share that story with the group?

6) What is one thing you need to focus on to take your relationship with Jesus to the next level?

 

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Heart of the House - part 3

For week of February 25th - March 3rd

1) Just for fun: What's something that happened today that made you smile?

2) Who is the most generous person you know in the world today? Why would you describe them in this way? 

3) Most people say that if they win the lottery they will be more generous but statistically this just isn’t true. Why do you think so? 

4) Read Genesis 12:2 and Proverbs 22:9. When you seek to be a blessing, you receive the blessing. 

  • What could God do in our Life Group, in our church if each one of us invested our time, ability, money into blessing others?
  • Is there someone or some family that we can bless as a Life Group? 

5) What idea, phrase, scripture, or story from Sunday’s message has changed your understanding of generosity? In what way has your understanding been changed?

 

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Heart of the House - part 2

For week of February 18th - February 24th

1) Just for Fun: Share a bizarre or very interesting encounter you’ve had in life (could be at work, personal, from travel, with friends).

2) What headlines in this past week suggest there is a global need for the gospel? 

3) What comes to mind when you think about sharing your faith? What has been your experience with sharing your faith or someone sharing their faith with you?

2) Share one of your first memories of being in a church building.

3) Read Matthew 28:18-20, known as the Great Commission. 

  • How do you feel you fit in with the Great Commission? 
  • Is it something you struggle to understand?

4) How has attending Canvas changed your life, family, relationships and walk with God?

5) What impacted you the most from this sermon?

 

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Heart of the House - part 1

For week of February 11th - February 17th

1) Just for fun: What is your favorite Valentine candy if you have one?

2) Read 2 Chronicles 16:9.

  • What is the prerequisite for God to show His strength and might through someone?
  • How has God shown His strength though you lately? 

3) God wants to do GREAT things through us. 

  • What are some of the hinderances to this in our lives?
  • How do we overcome those hinderances?

4) Read Mark 6:5-6 and Luke 7:7-9. Jesus was amazed by their lack of faith in Mark and amazed by their great faith in Luke. 

  • Who is someone you know that you are amazed by their great faith? 
  • How does their great faith affect the people around them? 

5) There are 3 faith filled facts found in Hebrews:

-You cannot always play it safe and please God

-As long as you have a  guarantee, you don't have faith

-To step towards your destiny, you will have to step away from your security 

Of these three, which one impacted you the most when you heard it?

6) In what ways would your future look different if you decided to step out in faith toward your destiny today?

End your time together praying for God to help you and your group live a life pleasing to God filled with audacious faith!

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Bring the Bold Back - February 4th Sermon

For week of February 4th - February 10th

1) Just for fun: What do you watch the Super Bowl for- the commercials, the actors game, or half-time show?

2) Before listening to this sermon:

  • How would you define boldness?
  • Would you consider yourself a bold person?

3) What is the most difficult situation you have faced because of your faith in Christ?

4) In what way could you strengthen your sense of boldness about being a Christian in your place of work, neighborhood, or family?

5) Boldness is not the goal, getting closer to Jesus is the goal. How can you strengthen you relationship with Christ this week?

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A Valley Called Nowhere - Pastor Robby

For week of January 28th - February 3rd

1) Just for fun: What is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?

2) Have you ever had to help someone close to you get through a difficult time in their life? How did you do it?

3) Read Psalm 23. Robby talked about how "valleys" represent any difficult times in our life. We are either in a valley, just got out of one, or need to prepare for one.

  • Have you ever made it through a “valley” in your life? How?
  • Are you currently in a “valley”? Are you willing to share what the valley is?

4) To get out of a valley we need to surround ourselves with people who love us and Jesus, fill our heart with God’s word, and surrender to the Holy Spirit. 

  • Which of these do you feel you need the most right now in your life?
  • How can you start to apply it right now to help you get out of a valley?

End your time praying for each other and encouraging each other.

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One Life - Part 3

For week of January 21st - January 27th

1) Just for fun: Share one thing that you love to do that you get to do nearly every day.

2) In the midst of all our luxuries and conveniences, amazingly, we still find things to complain about.

  • When do you find yourself complaining the most, and what do you complain about?
  • Do you enjoy being in the company of a “complainer”? Why or why not? 

3) Do you know people who are not happy unless they have something to complain about? What is the deeper issue of their life? 

5) How does complaining and arguing affect our standing before God?

6) How does complaining and arguing affect our standing before men, especially non-believers?

Challenge-
In what ways are you tempted to complain and argue? Pray about ways that you can overcome those temptations and think about ways that you can be accountable to each other to be victorious in this area of your life. 

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One Life - Part 2

For week of January 14th - January 20th

1) Just for fun: If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

2) Pastor Mark started off this message by asking the question, What do you wish was different about your life? For most of us there is probably quite a few things we would like to be different.

  • Share with the group one of those things. 
  • Why do you feel like this one thing has not changed for you?

3) Philippians 2:13 says For God is working in you giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him

  • How does “your working” and “God’s working” relate? Does that give you any encouragement to do the work of God vs. your work? Why?
  • There are two dangers related associated with this. The first is to try to act without God’s empowerment, and the second is to not act at all. Describe the drawbacks of each. 

4) Read Exodus 4:10-12.

  • What next steps do you think you need take to stop making excuses?
  • Which of those steps are things you cannot do without God’s grace? In what ways do you need to trust God to do what you cannot do?
  • How would your life be different if you stopped making excuses and started obeying God?
  • What are some of the things holding you back from totally relying on God in every area of life?
  • To become the person God created you to be, what do you need to start doing? What do you need to stop doing?

5) Next steps to encourage your group:

Make a list of things you know you can do and the things you cannot do. Take your list and pray over it. Ask God to help you with the things you cannot do and commit to placing your full trust in Him. Keep your list in a place where you can refer to it often and update it when God comes through for you and helps you accomplish those things you could not do.

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One Life - Part 1

For week of January 7th - January 13th

1.  What are you looking forward to the most in 2018? 

2. What aspect of your life do you typically compare to others? 

3. Read Colossians 3:23.

  • Have you ever had a difficult time doing a job-well-done because of whom you were working for?
  • How does knowing that you are ultimately working for the Lord change the way you do your work? 

4. The enemy learned long ago that he didn’t necessarily need to destroy us; he just needed to distract us.  A huge way he does this is by allowing us to view someone else’s life, and then compare ours to it. 

  • What are some of his chief tools he uses to do this? (Social media, magazines, & etc.) 
  • How can you stop the infiltration of these tools and tactics?

5) Read Hebrews 12:2-3 Keeping our eyes on Jesus is key to becoming like him and thereby fulfilling our purpose in life. How do these verses say we can de-clutter our lives and focus on Jesus? 

6) What is the biggest change that will take place in your life when you totally live for an audience of One (no longer worrying about what others think of you, only what God knows about you)?

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Hope Has A Name - Part 3

For week of December 17th - December 30th

1) Just for fun: Have you ever re-gifted something that was given to you?

2) Who is the most peaceful person you know?  What have you learned from them?

3) Do you have something in your life right now you wish was different? How will having peace help you through this difficult time?

4) Out of all the titles that could have been assigned to the coming King, why do you think God gave him the title "Prince of Peace"?  What does this name tell us about the character of God?

5) Of the 3 points listed below from the message 'Prince of Peace', which one impacted you the most and why?
-More success does not mean more peace.
-Peace is not simply the power of positive thinking.
-Peace is the result of a relationship with the Prince of Peace.

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Hope Has A Name - Part 2

For week of December 10th - December 16th

1) Just for fun: What was your favorite moment this Christmas?

2) When you move through your day, how do you sense, feel and see the might of God?

3) Our desires dictate our behavior. How has God changed your desires in life to live to honor Him?

4) Was there ever a time in your life that you wanted to quit?  What was it that made you want to stay in the game?

5) What we do does not define us. How we do what we do defines us. How can Christ be mighty through you every day through the things that you do?

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Hope Has A Name - Part 1

For week of December 3rd - December 9th

1) Just for fun: Who is done with all their Christmas shopping?  Who ends up waiting until the last minute to purchase their gifts?

2) What are some of the oddest names you have ever heard of?  As you can tell, our names matter.  Is there any significance to your name (were you named after someone, etc.)?

3) What is the best way you prepare your heart and mind for the Christmas Season?

4) Even though we already know that God already knows everything, why do you think we find it difficult to be honest with Him and try to hide our sin or distrust from Him?  Has God ever made you feel unloved because of your past?  Then how can we move from hiding to confiding in him?

5) How do you best hear from God (through reading his word, hearing that still small voice, through others conversations with you, etc.)? 

6) Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor, in what way can we be a wonderful counselor to someone else this Christmas Season?

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November 19th Sermon - Pastor Caleb

For week of November 19th - November 25th

1. Just for fun: What is one of your Thanksgiving traditions? What is your favorite Thanksgiving foods?

2. Our takeaway this week was: Gratitude is a choice we have rather than a circumstance that has us. What are some ways you have you made gratitude a choice in your life?

3. Have you or someone you know experienced something tragic and came out of it with a greater sense of gratitude?

4. When we experience hard times, what are some ways to remain grateful through it?

5. What was your biggest takeaway from the message? Why?

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Ordinary World Changers - Part 3

For week of November 12th - November 18th

1) Just for fun, if you could have any super power, what would it be and why?

If you are having Life Group for the first time since beginning this sermon series, we encourage you to go back through some of the questions from the past two weeks to set a foundation.

2) This week’s takeaway was this, “Our greatest opposition will not come because we are doing something wrong, it will come because we are doing something right”.  How does this help or hinder you when moving forward with trying to change your world?

3) When doing something great discouragement can come to you in two ways, through daily Challenges and Criticism from others.  How have you handled each of these when they came your way?  Which one is harder for you to grow through and why?

4) Discouragement will come from without, but it will also come from within.  What do your inner voices say to you when taking steps to change your world? (Ex: you could never accomplish this because you are too young, you don't have enough money, etc.)  

5) One way to fight back when those negative thoughts rise up is to remember the greatness of God.  What great things has God done for you in the past that encourages you in your present?

6) Another way to fight back is to remember it is not about you.  Whose life will you be impacting when you keep fighting? Who has God asked you to fight for? Your kids, your family, your community?  

Remember, God does EXTRAORDINARY THINGS THROUGH ORDINARY PEOPLE WHO REFUSE TO ACCEPT THINGS THE WAY THEY ARE. Let that keep you in the game!

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Ordinary World Changers - Part 2

For week of November 5th - November 11th 

1) Just for fun: Were you voted for anything in school (Most Popular, Most Likely to Succeed, Class President, etc.)?

2) When you hear the word "leader" what comes to mind? Have you ever considered yourself a leader? Why or why not? 

3) Our take away truth from Sunday's message, The Leader In You, was "You don't have to be the best, you just have the care the most". Have you seen or known someone who was leading the way not because they were the most talented or gifted, but because they were the most passionate? How does that person make you feel about yourself when you think about wanting to do great things for God and others? 

4) Of the three things leaders do (Definite mission clearly, Make Plans Carefully, and Inspire People Passionately) which one is the easiest for you to do? Which one doesn't come so easy? 

5) If you could lead anything, what would it be? 

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Ordinary World Changers - Part 1

For week of October 29th - November 4th

1) Just for fun: Were you voted for anything in school (Most Popular, Most Likely to Succeed, Class President, etc.)?

2) Have you ever had a Nehemiah moment where you heard about an injustice or travesty and decided you had to do something about it? 

3) What is the greatest heartbreak in the world you see today that you would love to be a part of changing for the better? 

4) Have you ever thought about the heartbreak you feel being a burden from God? That the misery you feel could be the secret to your ministry and service to others? 

5) If you have ever turned that misery into your ministry, how did that ministry to others change you?

6) Who do you know (personally or from a far) that has been that greatest example of standing up and acting on behalf of others? How has their life inspired you?

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Feel Free - Part 4

For week of October 22nd - October 28th

1) Just for fun: What is your favorite Halloween candy?  

2) Out of the three major causes as to why people struggle so much with Inadequacy, which one can you identify with the most and why?

  • Unfair Criticism 
  • Unrealistic Compliments
  • Unwise Comparisons

3) In Sunday’s message we read some of Gideon’s story. Has there been a time in your past that your self-doubts ever sabotaged your success before you even started? 

4) Have you ever thought about who or what truly has the ability to qualify you? Who has the ultimate right to determine if you are a success or failure? 

5) Read 2 Corinthians 3:5-6 NLT

  • Remember God calls us, equips us and empowers us!

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Feel Free - Part 3

For week of October 15th - October 21st

1) Just for fun: Did you trick or treat as a kid? If so, what do you remember most about it? 

2) Of the three things that fear breeds in our lives, which ones have you experienced in the past?

- Fear can make us forget

- Fear can make us fail

- Fear can make us frail

3) Can you remember a time when God showed up in your life and reminded you that he has spared you, protected you, or looked out for you in any way? 

4) Read 1 John 4:18

  • Is there a time in your life where you had to learn to face your fears and someone was there to encourage and support you?
  • How would you encourage someone who needs to face their fears right now?

5)Read Philippians 4:8 NLT

  • When you start to allow fear to take control in your life; are there tools that you have learned to use to refocus on the positive and healthy thoughts?

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Feel Free - Part 2

For week of October 8th - October 14th

1) Just for fun: Did you trick or treat as a kid? If so, what do you remember most about it?

2) Of the three misconceptions about failure below, which ones have you believed in the past?

Failure is avoidable 

Failure is objective (Just because someone calls it a failure doesn’t mean it always is)

Failure is irreversible)

3) Read Luke 5:3-11

  • When Jesus instructs them to launch out and fish again Peter tells Jesus they have been fishing all night and tried everything they knew to do and nothing was working. Have you ever felt that way in a situation, like you were doing everything you knew to do and nothing was working? What kept you believing God could do what He said He could do in that situation?
  • What was the outcome of remaining faithful?

4) Read Galatians 6:9

  • Is there a time in your life where you had to learn to trust God’s timing?
  • How would you encourage someone who needs to trust God’s timing right now?

5) How can you see God use your faults and failures as opportunities for God to work wonders in your life?

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Feel Free - Part 1

For week of October 1st - October 7th

1) Just for fun: Do you use emoji’s in your texts in emails? If so, which ones do you most often use?

2) On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate yourself when it comes to being an emotional person (with 1 having little emotion and 10 being very emotional)?

3) What are some things in life that cause you to be emotional whether good or bad situations?

4) Read Proverbs 25:28 aloud. 

  • What role did city wall serve in ancient times? Served to protect a city from invasion. Served as a boundary to protect the identity of the city.
  • According to this saying, what is the purpose of self-control? What happens when we do not have it?

5) Out of the 5 Biblical steps for dealing with out of control emotions, which steps are the hardest for you to take?

  • Take responsibility and own your emotions
  • Don’t let yesterday define your today
  • Challenge every negative emotion in your life
  • Be courageous with your accountability
  • Believe that God’s power can break every stronghold in your life

6) Which step is the easiest for you to take?

7) Which part of this message Mastering the Moods affected you the most and why?

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So Will I - September 24th Sermon

For week of September 24th - September 30th

1. Just for fun: Do you have any siblings? Who out of them got whatever they wanted growing up? (Or if you were an only child did you get whatever you wanted?)

2. Pastor Robby preached from Luke 15:11-32; about a father and his 2 sons (possibly go back and read over the story in your group).

  • Who do you relate to more in the story right now in your life? The younger son, older son, or father?

3. God's love isn't based on our actions, he loves us right where we are. Have you ever been like the younger son and felt you didn't deserve God's love because of your actions?

4. Have you ever been like the older son where pride crept into your life and you felt you deserved God's love because of your actions?  

5. The father was waiting on the younger son to return and ran to him once he did (verses 20-24). The goal is to live our life running with the father. How can we practically do that and show unconditional love to others?

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This Over That - part 4

For week of September 17th - September 23rd

1) Just for Fun: If you had more time today, what would you have wanted to spend that time doing?

2) Read Luke 10:38-42.

  • Do you find yourself being more like Martha or more like Mary?
  • What do you think Mary was doing right?
  • What do you think Martha was doing right?

3) Pastor Mark shared some ways to help us choose and identify the important. 

  1. Start Creating Artificial Deadlines
  2. Be Highly Selective with your Yes’s 
  3. Settle What Matters Most then Put it Down on Your Calendar First

Out of these 3, which will be the easiest for you? Which will be the most difficult for you?

4) In what area of your life will taking the necessary steps outlined for us in this message help you the most?

5) Out of the 4 This Over That messages, which one helped you the most and why?

  • Choosing Purpose over Popularity 
  • Choosing Surrender over Control
  • Choosing Discipline over Regret
  • Choosing the Important over the Urgent

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This Over That - part 3

For week of September 3rd - September 9th

1. Just for fun: 

  • Have you ever signed up for a gym? How many times? How long did it last?
  • Which is hardest to pass up? A tasty treat, a great sale, or mindless binge-watching?

2. Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most. How does that statement play out in your own life?

3. Why do you think our actions tend to favor the pain of regret over the pain of discipline?

4. What are some areas in your life where you feel you lack discipline? What will your life look like in five years if you don’t make changes?

5. What do you want most? What goals could you set that would require you to rely on God's strength and grace?

6. Share a story of when you were able to choose discipline over regret. What worked for you?

Close your time together praying for your group- Father, we need your power. We are so weak. We know what to do, and then we do what we know we shouldn’t. Will you give us the ideas, power, and grace to stick with discipline? Amen.

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This Over That - part 2

For week of August 27th - September 2nd

1. Just for fun: What is your favorite thing you look forward to about the Fall season?

2. What does trust look like in a relationship? How do you know when you fully trust someone? 

3. Read Proverbs 3:5-6. 

How would you define trusting in God? 

What does this proverb say will be the result of trusting God wholeheartedly? 

How have you experienced God’s leading in your life? What does it look like? 

4. What is something in your life you tried to control instead of trusting God? What was the result?

5. Read Proverbs 3:6  again. “…acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” What is a decision that you face right now in which God is challenging you to trust Him?

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This Over That - part 1

For week of August 20th - 26th

1) Just for fun: School is back in session. Who was your favorite teacher and why were they your favorite? 

2) If you don’t know the purpose of a thing, you could end up misusing it. (Remind them of the story Pastor Mark told of the athletic cup and the oxygen mask.) Do you have a similar story, maybe not as funny, of misusing an item because you didn’t know it’s true purpose?

3) Have you ever found yourself living for the approval of others? How did that effect your life?

4) Like Moses, have you ever chose a calling over your comfort and God’s purpose over man’s popularity? 

5) When you live a life of purpose it gives you power to push through the pain. What are some pains you have endured as you lived a purpose-filled life?

6) How would you encourage someone who is facing a decision to step out in faith and live a life of purpose that others may not get? 

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June - July 2017

We won’t have any specific Life Group questions through our 2 summer series (Voices and Road Trip). Feel free to go back through older questions, write your own, or just have fun nights with your group this summer!

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Salt Life - May 28th Sermon

For week of May 28th - June 3rd

1) Just for fun: What are/were your Memorial Day plans?

2) Read Acts 10:38. How differently would your day look if everywhere you went you were intentionally doing good?

3) At the Sermon on the Mount Jesus introduces the Beatitudes, or the attitudes that should be (Matthew 5:1-9). Read these verses together and reflect on these questions.

-What is an attitude?

-Are attitudes good, bad or both?

-Are attitudes a choice?

-Why do you think our attitudes are important as followers of Christ?

-Do you know someone who always has a bad attitude? How do they affect those around them?

-Do you know someone who always has a great attitude? How do they affect those around them?

4) Each of the beatitudes has two parts: the first part begins, "Blessed are..." and the second begins "for they..."  The second part of each of these beatitudes grows out of the first part. Some of the beatitudes seem to make sense and fit into our worldview, others do not. Identify one of the beatitudes that makes sense to you (in other words, one in which you think that part two grows naturally out of part one). Explain what you believe Jesus is communicating in the is beatitude and why it makes sense to you.

5) Some of the beatitudes seem almost backwards. Identify one of the beatitudes that does not seem to make sense (in other words, part two does not seem to grow naturally out of part one.) What do you think Jesus is trying to communicate through this seemingly backwards statement?

6) Read Matthew 5:13.

-Describe some of the ways we use salt?

-What are some of the qualities salt possesses?

-How can the ways salt is used and the qualities it possesses translate to the qualities we have as followers of Christ?

-How do you think your attitude affects your "saltiness"?

7) What impacted you the most about this message?

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Baptism Sunday - May 21st

For week of May 21st - May 27th

1) Just for fun: Do you have a family tradition that carries great meaning... that makes you feel part of the family? 

2) One thing that is amazing about baptism is that Jesus himself asked John the Baptist to baptize him, “to fulfill all righteousness.” His Father showed up in an amazing way at his baptism. Please read Matthew 3:13-17.

·      What did God say to his boy? 

·      What do you think that was like for him? 

3) Interestingly, shortly after his baptism, something very intense happens. Please read Matthew 4:1-2. 

·      What happens? 

·      Why do you this happened right after Jesus was baptized?

4) If you have been baptized, did you notice something similar after you were baptized? As you are able, please share that with the group. 

5) Misconceptions about baptism are common in church. Have any of these misconceptions about baptism been a part of your thinking? And was there something in your past that led you to think that way?

•        Baptism as a way to wash away sin.

•        Baptism as a means of salvation.

•        Baptism by some other method than immersion.

•        Baptism prior to genuine conversion.

•        Baptism is not very significant. 

6) Read Matthew 28:18-20. 

•        Why do you think baptism is part of our mandate to make disciples and teach them to observe Jesus’ commandments? 

•        What would you say to someone who claims to be a follower of Christ yet has no intension of being baptized? 

7) Read Romans 6:3-11. 

•        How many times do these verses reference “death”? 

•        Who’s death? How is dying symbolic of our conversion to Christ? 

•        What dies when we are saved? What do you do with an old man who dies? 

•        How does baptism picture this process? 

8) If you have been baptized, share your baptism story. (If someone has never been baptized, encourage them to pray about taking part in our next Baptism Service.)

9) What insight, principle, or observation from last weekend’s message did you find to be most helpful or eye opening?

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Relationship Goals - part 3 and part 4

For week of May 7th - May 13th and May 14th - May 20th

1) Just for Fun: What would you say was the best movie you ever saw?

2) If you had to define "marriage", what words would you use? What makes marriage unique and different from any other human relationship?

3) The Bible says, “A man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). What do you think it means to be “one flesh”?

4) Males and females often have different communication styles. Have you found this true in your marriage? How do you work through the challenges this can bring?

5)  If you are a man, which of the 5 things a man needs do you feel is your greatest need? And why? What difference does it make when that need is properly met?

Unconditional Love

Intimacy

Spiritual Leadership

Encouragement

Friendship

6) I you are a woman, which of the 5 things a man needs do you feel is the easiest for you to demonstrate?

7) As a woman, does looking at meeting your man's physical needs as a ministry that only you can fulfill, change they way you feel about meeting his need for intimacy?

8) Has there been a time that you have encouraged your mate that you saw a change in them afterwords? Remember, what gets rewarded, gets repeated.

9) What couple in your life has modeled what a strong and healthy marriage looks like?  How has that effected you in your marriage?

Close your time together praying for God to strengthen the marriages in your group. And pray for any singles you may have and for God to prepare them in this season to be the man or woman of God their spouse will need.

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Relationship Goals - part 2

For week of April 30th - May 6th

1) Just for fun: Do you have a memorable or funny first date story?

2) If you are single, how do you see God using this season as a season of preparation in your life? If you are married, how did your season of preparation help you in marriage?

3) If you are in the season of perfection, or if you are married, when you were dating and in this season, which was the most difficult for you: Limit your time together, Limit your talk or Limit your touch? What advice would you give someone who is in this season right now?

4) In the season of progression, did you discuss important things like what your future plans, dreams and goals are? Did you discuss how you would raise kids, handle finances, and other important decisions like that?  How did that help you later in marriage?

5) If you are uneasy discussing your past or future plans with someone you are serious about because you are afraid of their reaction, what do you think this would tell you about this relationship? 

End your time together praying for all the singles in your group and those in our church.  Also, pray for every married couple to be an inspiration for others.

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Relationship Goals - part 1

For week of April 23rd - April 29th

1) Just for Fun: If your life was made into a movie would it be a comedy, romance, action or is it too complex for a genre?

2) Have you ever had a relationship in your life that was sabotaged by something either you or someone else did?

3) Read Phil. 2:3-4. We have many opportunities to live life with one another and care for each other. Tell about a time when you looked out for the interests of another person.

  • Did your attitude have any effect on how much you cared?
  • How did caring for others make a difference in your relationships?

4) Read Philippians 2:7-8. What does Paul tell us about what Jesus chose to do?

  • What does it mean that Jesus he gave up his divine privileges (v.7)? 
  • In what ways did Jesus take on the nature of a servant? What are the characteristics of being a servant? 
  • How does Jesus illustrate the teaching of Philippians 2:3-4? 
  • What does Paul mean when he says that Jesus became obedient to death, even death on a cross? Was there a limit to Christ’s obedience? 
  • Have you ever considered that Jesus could have come as a “demanding king” instead of as a “humble servant”? How would your response to Him be different if that was how he came?

 5) Of the 4 relationship killers listed below, which one have you experienced the most, whether on the giving or receiving side?

  • Competing Desires
  • Ego/Pride
  • Constant Criticism
  • Not Making Christ our Priority and Focus

6) What aspects of Jesus’ attitude would you, on your own, like to work on this week? Some examples might be:

  • Empty yourself of you... become humble. 
  • Become more obedient to God and His will in your life. 
  • Allow God to be glorified in your life through everything that you do. 

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Born to Fly - March 12th Sermon

For the week of March 12th - March 18th

1) Just for fun: What are your plans for Spring Break this year? 

2) Did you have someone in your life as a child (coach, teacher, etc.) that taught you some great life skills that have served you well as an adult?

3) When God gets ready to lead you to a new place of purpose, he will always make it harder for you to stay than it is for you to leave. How have you seen this play out in your own life?

4) Do you feel like you are in a season where God is stirring your nest? How has this sermon helped you?

5) What impacted you the most about the message Born to Fly?

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Canvas Series - part 2

For the week of February 26th - March 4th

1) Just for Fun: What part of your daily routine do you enjoy the most?

2) Pastor Mark showed us three of his masks in this message, Holy Mark, Happy Mark, and Handle it Mark, what masks can you admit to wearing? Why do you feel you have had to wear them?

3) One thing that drives us to wear masks is shame that is brought on by sin.  Do you know someone who is living this right now or has in the past?  How is/has their sin causing/caused them to mask who they really are?  What lessons can you learn by watching their life?

4) Have you experienced a failure that the shame of it began to define your life?  How have you been able to break free from it no longer letting the failure to define your future?

5) On a scale of 1-10 (1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest) how did you rate yourself on the question of where you are in your relationship with God and how intimate you are with him?  Remember, you don’t have to cover your sin and shame because God has covered you with Jesus.

Pray with your group that you would all deepen your relationship and intimacy with God and learn to drop your masks with Him and others.

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Canvas Series - part 1

For the week of February 19th - February 25th

1) Just for Fun: Share with everyone a highlight in your life from this past week?

2) Have you ever been accused of doing something you didn’t do? How did that make you feel? How did you respond?

3) In light of the fact that Joseph had gone from being a favored son to a slave, how do you think he was able to maintain a hopeful and emotionally well-balanced approach to this drastic change in his life? 

4) Of the four things Joseph did that set the stage for God to repaint his picture on the canvas of Joseph’s life, which one is the easiest for you to do?

·      Stay Diligent- Determine to do your best in spite of the situation

·      Stay Positive- 

·      Stay Hopeful-

·      Stay Focused-

5) Which of the four is the most difficult for you to do?

6) There is no mistake in where God has you right now in life. How are you allowing God to use you right where you are?

7) There is often a delay before seeing God work through us. Delays are a necessary time of spiritual preparation. How do you see God’s hand in the “delays” in your life?

8) What has been one of your biggest take-a-ways for the life of Joseph?

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