For week of October 13th - October 19th
Just for fun what is your favorite TV show of all time and why?
1) In Daniel 3 these men went into the situation together. In what ways does the faith of those around you help or hinder your own?
2) What if the story read that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego died instantly in the fiery furnace. Would this outcome negatively impact your view of Godâ€™s faithfulness? Would you still view this as a great story of faith even if they died?
3) Have you ever gone through something that you wish God would have intervened before you went through it but you still went through it anyway? What did you learn in that situation?
4) How do you think walking in the furnace affected the faith of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego? What do you think was going through their minds as they were walking up to and being dropped in the furnace?
5) Their faith impacted the whole kingdom. How can making a firm stand for your faith affect those around you?
6) Worship is an important part of our faith. It postures our heart before the fire, it gives us the right perspective in the fire, and it leads to our praise after the fire. How can you build in more times of worship to God in your life?
7) Close by asking if anyone is going through something right now, let them know they are not alone and pray with and for them.
Cloud of Witnesses Part 8 - Jonathan
For week of October 6th - October 12th
1) Just for Fun: Which is your favorite Halloween Candy?
2) Read 1 Samuel 18:1-4
What could possibly be common ground for these two? What could possibly make Jonathan love David as himself?
What do you think the significance is of Jonathan removing his weapons and handing them to David? Is there anything practical that we might take from this example with regard to deepening our friendships?
Why do you think the Bible records the depth of David and Jonathan’s friendship? What purpose does it serve?
3) Read 1 Samuel 20:12-17
What do you learn about Jonathan’s character from this passage?
What does he recognize about David’s future?
What does he acknowledge about God?
4) We learn from the bible that Saul was jealous of David.
How would you define jealousy?
Describe a time in your life when you were jealous of someone else. What does it feel like to be jealous? What were the consequences of your jealousy?
What do you think motivates us to jealousy?
5) Do you have someone in your life that believed in you and helped you believe in yourself to accomplish something great?
6) What was your greatest take away from this message on Jonathan?
Cloud of Witnesses Part 7 - David
For week of September 29th -October 5th
1) Just for Fun: In your childhood, when a team was chosen, were you closer to the first one chosen or the last?
2) You must never let the opinions of others become your reality. God is not limited by what you or others think limits you. Are you someone who is affected by other’s opinions of you or of your own opinions of yourself?
3) Read 1 Samuel 16:7
Why did Samuel initially think Eliab was the Lord’s anointed?
What’s the irony here (see 1 Samuel 10:23-24)?
What does verse 7 suggest about the qualities God counts as most important for His servants?
4) Read 1 Samuel 16:7-13
If David was believing the lie, “I am what I do,” how would he have seen himself
How does God’s choice of David encourage you in your current stage of life or career?
5) Read 1 John 3:1-3
Why was the love of God so amazing to John?
How did John encourage his readers to define themselves?
How is defining yourself as a child of God different than defining yourself by your job title, achievements, or accomplishments?
For week of September 22nd - September 28th
1) Just for fun: What was your favorite cartoon to watch as a kid? Do you still like to watch them?
2) Read Nehemiah 2
· What were the elements of Nehemiah’s request (2:5)?
· What was the importance of those requests (2:7-8)?
· What were the king’s responses (2:6-8), and what do his responses indicate about his relationship with Nehemiah?
· Nehemiah made very specific requests – what does this indicate about his planning?
· What is the significance of the fact that God’s good hand was on Nehemiah (2:8)?
· What is the difference in how Nehemiah depended on God and how you do it? List any principles from 2:1-8 that you think are relevant and applicable today.
3) In 2:17-18, what reasons did Nehemiah give for trying again to build the wall? One of his reasons was that the ruins were a disgrace (2:17); why would he have characterized the situation this way (see Lamentations 2:15-18)?
4) What leadership lessons do we learn from Nehemiah’s approach to the people?
5) In 2:19, how did Nehemiah’s enemies initially try to discourage him and his followers? Why did they not use force immediately (2:9)?
6) What do we learn about Nehemiah in 2:20? What significance do you see in Nehemiah’s response to his enemies?
7) What can you learn from the passage about handling opposition to God’s work? How might your situation differ from what Nehemiah faced in his day?
8) No problem you will ever face in life is too big when you tackle them together. Who in your life has helped you tackle a problem? How did they help you in your time of need?
9) Great leaders aren’t people who make you believe theycan do anything. They are people who help us understand that together, wecan do anything. Who in your life has believed in you and helped you along the way?
For week of September 15th - September 21st
1) Just for Fun: If you could eliminate on thing from your daily routine what would it be and why?
2) On a scale of 1-10 how generous would you say you live your life? What do you feel has caused you live generous or cautious?
3) How generous we are with others determines how generous God is with us. How have you seen this demonstrated in your own life?
4) True generosity never keeps score. Have you had someone in your life that tried to keep score with their giving toward you? how did it make you feel?
5) Who in your life is someone that you would consider a generous person? What traits or values do you notice as they serve others?
6) We've all be given resources of time, money and giftedness. In what area would you most like to grow in being more generous to other?
7) Consider someone in your life today who would benefit from your generosity. How can you demonstrate generosity to that person this week?
Cloud of Witnesses Part 2 - Esther
For week of August 25th - August 31st
1) If you had a time machine that would work only once, what point in the future or in history would you visit?
2) In the Esther narrative, Mordecai took a stand based on his faith – he refused bow and worship Haman. Have you ever had to take a stand like that? How did that turn out?
3) Mordecai’s refusal to bow down to Haman resulted in Haman lashing out against all of the Jews. One man’s disobedience to the governing authorities caused the suffering of many people. Read Romans 13:1-7 and Acts 5:27-29. Wrestle with the tension here. Was Haman wrong for refusing to obey Haman? What do you think you would have done?
4) What life lessons does Haman teach us about pride, self-centeredness and hatred?
5) Mordecai’s advice to Esther (Esther 4:14) was wise and timely. How did it change Esther’s perspective? Have you ever been in Esther’s place? Explain.
6) In your opinion what makes the story of Esther great?
For week of August 18th - August 24th
1) Just for fun: School is back in session, who was your favorite teacher growing up and why?
2) What story (like Diana Nyad Pastor Mark shared) of someone who accomplished something almost impossible inspires you to do believe or do something great?
3) One of the things Noah has taught us is that we can make a difference for our families and for future generations. How have your ancestors made difference for you? How do you plan to make a difference for your descendants?
4) Noah would teach us that one person willing to do the right thing can absolutely make a difference. Who is one person in your life who did the right thing that made a difference for you?
5) Three things Noah's life inspires us to do are:
Never be afraid to take a stand for what is right.
Never be afraid to be the first one to try something new.
Never be afraid to trust God to do what he said he would do.
- Of these three, what are the easiest for you to do? And why?
- Which is the most difficult? And why?
6) What are some of the things you are learning about yourself and Noah as you have gone through your journal this week?
For week of August 11th - August 17th
1)Pastor Caleb talked about the Disney movie the blank check. What was one of your favorite childhood movies?
2)The quality of our lives is largely determined by the quality of our relationships. What would you rate the quality of your relationships now?
3)Read romans 12:10-13 (CRV) What about this verse is the easiest to live out? What is the hardest? Why?
4)Pastor Caleb made a statement that when you remember how good God has been to you in the past, it’s easier to know how he’ll take care of you in the future. What are some ways God has been good to you in the past?
5)In this life, true joy is found in people and not in things. Have you found this to be true? Why or why not?
6)What are some ways we can build a better Ohana? How can we improve the quality of our relationships?
For week of August 4th - August 10th
1) Just for fun: What is your favorite movie quote?
2) When you have someone over for dinner, what do you do to prepare for your guests? What special things do you do during the meal to make your guests feel welcome and comfortable in your home?
When someone chooses to serve you in some way, or offers to bless you in some way, what does that say to you about their love for you?
In what ways have you served the people that you love? Why did you choose to serve them?
Have you ever served someone you didn’t know? If so, why did you serve a stranger?
As Christians, why are we called to be servants in the world? Read Matthew 5:13-16 & 22:36- 40.
3) 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?
4) What kind of things keep us from serving others? Why is it difficult for us to serve others at times?
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 through serving them.
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.
For week of July 28th - August 3rd
1) Just for fun — If a movie was being made about your life, who would you chose to be the actor/actress to play you, and why?
2) Everyone faces temptations, even Jesus did! 1st Corinthians 10:13 tells us that God always shows us a way out in our temptations. How does it make you feel to know that God is with you in the temptations that you face?
3)What are ways you have been able to overcome some temptations in your life?
4)What are some of the temptations you seem to be facing right now in your life?
5) We can find freedom in our lives when we FIRST fully trust Jesus. What areas of our lives are hardest to surrender over to Jesus? Why is that?
End your time together praying over these areas and the temptations that we face.
For week of July 21st - 27th
1) Just for Fun: What was the scariest thing you did as a child/teen? (Ride a rollercoaster, ask a girl/guy to prom, etc.)
2) What would you say your number one fear is?3) If you were to step out and trust God in some area of your life that scares you to death, what would you be stepping out to do?
4) If you have stepped out, trusted God, and have tried to accomplish something that scared you to death, what did you do, and what was the result? How did it change you?
5) How differently would your life look right now if you just faced the fear holding you back?
6) How do you fight fear in your life?
7) What about this message meant the most to you?
Close your time together
For week of July 14th - 20th
1) Just for Fun: What was the most difficult test you ever had to take? (ex. Final exams, drivers license test, etc.)
2) Read Jams 1:2-4 (Message)
How do you feel when you read these verses? Encouraged? Stressed? etc. And why do you feel that way?
3) Testing in life exposes and expands our faith. How have you experienced these in your life through tests?
4) In the midst of difficulty, why is it so important to focus on God instead of the the trail and testing?
5) What was on of your greatest test in life and how did you grow from it?
Through our Voices series we will not have Life Group questions. Take this time through our summer Voices series to have fun, relax and do something with your Life Group! Go somewhere fun as a group, play a new game, connect with others in the community etc! Enjoy the Summer!
For week of May 26th - June 1st
Just for fun: Do you have any Memorial Day traditions? If so, what are they?
Read Philippians 1:12-26 together. The Apostle Paul knew about joy that was dependent on his situation. Do you think it’s possible for us to have that same joy? Why or why not?
Do you feel like there’s an area in your life that’s holding you back from being truly free? Would you be willing to share it?
Pastor Caleb talked about 5 things that can hold us back from being truly free: extreme debt, unhealthy relationships, unrealistic expectations, comparison and lack of surrender. Which one of these have you seen be the most destructive in someone’s life? Why?
What are some ways we can live in true freedom?
For week of May 19th - 25th
1) Just for fun: What is your favorite thing you look forward to about Summer?
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?
For week of May 12th - 18th
1) Just for Fun: If you had an extra hour of free time a day, how would you use it?
2) Mary was a very unlikely candidate to give birth to and raise the Son of God. But God choose her to do something very uncommon. Is it easy or difficult for you to believe that no matter who you are the Lord can use you too?
3) What have been some of your most difficult problems that you faced that you knew you were not facing them alone because God was with you? What did you learn from this situation?
4) What have been some of the promises of God to you that you have stood on? Is it easy or difficult for you to believe that God is who He says He is and that He can do what He says He can do?
5) What is something "impossible" that you are still believing God for in your life or the life of someone you love?
For Week of May 5th -11th
1) Just for Fun: May 12th is Mother's Day. What is your favorite meal your mom, grandmother or aunt cooked for you?
2) How would you define purpose?
3) Have you ever focused more on 'finding' your purpose, than living 'with' purpose? How are these two different to you?
4) Read John 10:10. What purpose do you have in your life that you feel the enemy has tried to steal?
5) The enemy will use distractions and pain to keep you from living life of purpose. What have some of your distractions and pain been? At the time you experienced them, did your recognize them as attempts to keep you from your purpose?
6) How can you move through the rest of this week living with purpose?
For week of April 14th - April 20th
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.
For week of April 7th - April 13th
JUST FOR FUN — If you could be cast in a movie of your choice, what movie would you choose and which character would you want to play?
1) What brings you joy in life? (This could be anything).
2) What comes to mind when you think of the word “sabbath”? How would you define it?
3) God created the sabbath for us (he designed us to have rest). Good things become bad things when they keep us from the best things. What GOOD things can you say NO to in order to say YES to the best things?
4) Creating margin in your life is a great way to create rest for our souls. How can you create margin in your life to spend more quality time with yourself, others and God?
5) End by encouraging everyone to take small steps in building rhythms of rest in their life.
For week of March 31st - April 6th
1) Just for fun: Who invited you to Canvas Church or how did you hear about it?
2) Pastor Mark asked us, “Who in your life right now needs to know the HOPE that only Jesus can give?” Do you have anyone in your life like that right now
3) Read John 4:1-26
How does God’s love for us transform the way we see other people?
How did Jesus see the woman at the well?
How do you think others saw her?
What was the outcome of her telling others about Jesus? (Verses 39-42)
4) Who was instrumental in you coming to Christ? Did someone invite you to church, share Jesus with you at work, etc.?
5) God uses usto reach others. In what ways do you feel God best uses you to reach others?
End your time together praying that God would use each of us to reach those far from Him, for Him.
For week of March 24th - March 30th
1) Just for Fun: This past week was the first week of spring, what is your favorite memory about this time of year?
2) Do you have any physical scars that tell a story? If so, what are they?
3) Hebrews 4:15 says, For Jesus, our High Priest, is not one who cannot fell sympathy for our struggles. On the contrary, He was temped in every way that we are, yet he triumphed and remained sinless.
How does this next line hit you?... God being God in your life, is not merely him delivering you out of your pain, it is him experiencing that pain with you.
4) God is not an absentee father, he will always be involved in your life. Based on the relationship you had, or did not have with your earthly father, how does this knowledge make you feel?
5) Because of God’s faithfulness, we are survivors. What were some of your greatest difficulties that you have survived?
6) How has God allowed you to use your greatest difficulties to help someone else travel along the same road you once traveled?
7) How has this series impacted you and what is your take away from it?
For week of March 17th - March 23rd
1) Just for fun: If you could choose your age forever, what age would you choose and why?
2) Failure makes us feel like giving up. Have you ever experienced this?
3) Jesus never gives up on us even when we want to give up on ourselves. If you have been able to overcome failure, what was it that helped you realize that your failure wasn’t the end for you?
4) Read 1 Peter 2:24. In what ways could meditating on this scripture everyday be helpful to you?
5) How would you encourage someone who is dealing with failure right now?
For week of March 10th - March 16th
1) Just for fun: Share about a book you have recently read or a movie you have recently seen that you would recommend to your Life Group.
2) Pastor Mark shared, Sometimes the more you are convinced you are right, the more you could actually be wrong. Our defensiveness could be a real clue to our self deceitfulness. Do you know someone right now who is deceiving themselves into believing they are not dealing with an issue when in fact you and everyone else can see they are? Why do you think they can't see it when so many can?
3) Have you ever come to the realization that you too had been deceiving yourself regarding an issue you denied or ignored? How did you respond to your revelation?
4) In order for us to stop deceiving ourselves we need to hear, know and be transformed by truth. Has someone spoke a truth to you that was about you to help change you? (This question is similar to #3 but #3 is about you coming to a realization and this question is more about someone else coming to you with a realization about yourself.) Did you receive what this person was saying or did you think they were being irrational?
5) Is there something in your life right now that you would have the courage to drop your mask and confess to your life group that you know is an area God is dealing with you to work on in your life? Is there anything your life group can do to support you as you face this challenge?
Close your time today, as Mark encouraged in the message, with Psalm 139:23, "Examine me, O God and know my mine; test me and reveal my thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me in the path of everlasting life."
For week of March 3rd - March 9th
1) Just for fun: What was your favorite TV show to watch when you were growing up?
2) Pastor Mark showed us three pictures in this message, Holy-Mark, Happy-Mark, and Handle-it-Mark.
-What "faces" 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 has their sin 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.
6) No matter what your number was on the scale, what steps do you feel you need to take to grow more intimate with God?
Pray with your group that you would all deepen your relationship and intimacy with God and learn to be vulnerable with God and each other.
For week of February 24th - March 2nd
1) Just for fun: What do you feel is the most courageous thing you have ever done?
2) In what areas do you feel you have grown in last year? In what areas do you hope to grow in 2019?
3) What are some of the promises God has given you that have already come to fruition? What do you feel was your “part of the job” in seeing them come to pass?
4) When thinking about your promises that you are still waiting for, of the six instructions listed below, which one is the easiest for you to do and which one is the hardest for you to do and why?
-Embrace new opportunity
-Trust God completely
5) What are you looking forward to the most in 2019?
6) What are some of the things as a Life Group can do together this year that you wanted to do last year but never did? Start planning those things today.
For week of February 17th - February 23rd
1) On Sunday we learned that when we feel the need to be perfect, we can know that Jesus only wants our best. Have you ever felt the need to be perfect in some area of you life? Why?
2) Pastor Caleb shared about getting distracted and leaving his son outside in a swing. Do you have any stories about getting distracted?
3) What are some good things that can easily become bad things in our lives?
4) What should be some of the best things in our lives?
5) Matthew 11:28 (NIV) says “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Have you found this verse to be true in your life? Would you be willing to share an example?
Close your time together reminding your group to focus and pray for the best things and to not be distracted by the good things. And that the best really is yet to come!
For week of February 10th - February 16th
1) Just for fun: What is your favorite Valentine’s Candy?
2) Pastor Mark mentioned in this sermon that people have described their life as a circus, a roller coaster, a puzzle, a symphony, a journey, a dance and even a prison sentence. How metaphor would you use to describe your life right now?
3) Read Romans 12:2 in multiple translations.
What is our motivation for being transformed?
In what ways does this verse speak to you?
4) One of the three ways we can view our lives here on earth is as a test.
In what ways do you feel you have been tested?
What did you learn from this testing?
5) Life on this earth can also be viewed as a trust.
What are some of the things you believe God has entrusted you with?
6) The third way life can be viewed is as a temporary assignment.
What are some of the things you have experienced in life that remind you of the brevity of life?
7) Read Jerimiah 29:11.
Why do we make plans in our life?
How do you feel when everything goes as planned?
How do you feel when things don’t go as planned?
What is God’s plan for us according to Jerimiah 29:11?
How does that encourage you?
8) What was your greatest take away from this message?
Close your time together reminding your group that no matter what they might be going through right now, God’s plan for their future is filled with hope, love and peace. And that the best really is yet to come!