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Home Worship // May 24, 2020
Be the Switch

Luke 10:25-37
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” 28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Talk it Over – Discussion Questions

Start Talking…

  • What is a special talent you have? What do people tell you about it?
  • What does it mean to be a good neighbor? Did you ever have a “bad” neighbor?

Start Thinking…

  • Describe an interesting or memorable interaction you have had with someone in your neighborhood that was unexpected. What were the circumstances of this interaction? What kind of relationship was formed after this interaction?
  • How are you consumed with the convenient? How do you feel about that?
  • Read Luke 10:25-37 (see above). What is the definition here of being a good neighbor? How could it be a model for you in your neighborhood?
  • Pastor Tom talked about how we need to rediscover the art of neighboring. Why might this be the best place to start a Christ following?

Start Sharing…

  • During the time of our church building closure when a “place” is taken away, and the “people” are connecting with us face to face, and the “personalities” of the church staff and volunteer leaders are not driving our behavior, what’s the importance of considering our neighbors?
  • Do you just “go to church” and tend to have a privatized faith? It’s easy, right? Do you feel comfortable with a little change?
  • Share your 3×3 chart with the names of your neighbors. What did you learn?

Start Praying…
Be bold and pray with power.
God, we understand that our call to love the people next door can be hard, especially considering the independent culture we live in today. Help  us, as we work from home, have online friendships, and are too busy to meet new people. Help us see how worrying about more than ourselves can put us on the track to becoming the type of neighbors you have called us to be. Amen.

Start Doing…

  • Walk your neighborhood every day and pray for each person, family, apartment, home, around you. Start asking God why you’re in that place. What is God up to? Get curious…

Home Worship // May 17, 2020
The Call of All

John 15:16
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.

John 1:23
John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’”

Additional Reading – Acts 9:1-43 & Exodus 2:1-25

Talk it Over – Discussion Questions

Start Talking…

  • What’s one restaurant you’d love to go to if we had a magic wand and got rid of coronavirus this moment? What dish would you want us all to try?
  • Everyday, people live lives that they feel do not have a purpose. Every day, Christians struggle with the question, “How can God us me?” What have you been doing during the coronavirus quarantine? Has this helped you answer this question or not?

Start Thinking…

  • Describe how your current state. Mental. Physical. Spiritual. What’s happening?
  • A light switch on a wall causes power to go through the light bulb, thus, illuminating everything in the room. We’re called to be the switch and illuminate the world around us. What might this mean for you? For this group? For your family?
  • Read: “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” (John 15:16 NIV) Jesus links us requesting things from God with fruit bearing. The Father answers requests in order to help them accomplish the mission he gave them—to produce “fruit that will last.” So, there seems to be some need for alignment between what we ask for and how it connects to what God wants us to do in our lives.
  • Question: Have you ever thought about the idea that your prayers need to be more about God helping us accomplish the mission he gives us?

Start Sharing…

  • Point #1 It’s Not Your Past. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’ve been, or what you’ve done, God can still use you to fulfill his purposes and plans.
    • Describe a time when you had a strong sense that you had to do something but felt you were not qualified because of your past.
    • Note (Acts 9): Paul received a call from God. It changed everything for him. He had a messed-up past, but God still chose him to change the world during his lifetime. God has a way of doing that. God has a way of making up for our past and even leveraging it for his glory. Wooo!)
  • Point #2 – It’s Not About You (John 1:23): John knew his call. He knew that he wasn’t Jesus, but a tool to point people to Jesus. Our call is the same. It’s not about us, it’s about God’s work in and through us.
    • Question: Think of a person who points to Jesus in their life. Describe them.
    • Now, describe how you might point to Jesus. Ask the group: “How do you see me?”
  • Point #3 – It’s About God (Exodus 2): Moses was rescued at birth for a purpose. Even though he’d later run after committing murder, God still found him. Moses would ask, “How can I do it?” God would do it through him. God empowers his people.
    • What breaks your heart? What things have you been through that you can utilize to “be the switch?”

Start Praying…
Be bold and pray with power.
Father, thank You that in times of anxiety or panic we can find rest and security in You. One of the greatest things we can know and remember you is that you don’t call the qualified; you qualify the called. You don’t use the perfect; you know how to use us all perfectly. You are our creator, you know us best. Like a chef can tell you the exact ingredients in their creation, you know everything you have put in us and how we’re wired. Allow our course of action be always accompanied by your divine influence. Amen.

Start Doing…

  • Walk your neighborhood every day and pray for each person, family, apartment, home, around you. Start asking God why you’re in that place. What is God up to? Get curious..
  • Make a list of how God is providing for you. Abraham had given Hagar some food and water and sent her and Ishmael on their way through Beersheba. They eventually ran out of water and were forced to find shade under a bush. As Hagar was just a little ways away from her young son, she cried out to God for something to drink. The Bible says that at her most desperate moment, God “Opened Hagar’s eyes and she saw a well full of water” (Genesis 21:19 NLT). It’s amazing what we can find when our eyes are opened to the possibilities around us. It’s surprising what wonderful things are provided for us when we see our current situation in a new light. So often, what happens to us is more about our perspective than our place.

Home Worship // May 10, 2020
From Panic to Peace

Philippians 4:4-6
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Isaiah 40:29
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Talk it Over – Discussion Questions

Start Talking…

  • What is your current, go-to way of relaxing? Is it different than before this pandemic? Why or why not?
  • Once social distancing ends, what is the first thing you’d like to do?

Start Thinking…

  • What is stressing you out most right now?
  • How is it that hard times are “the access code” to growth? Have you felt this in your life?
  • Read Philippians 4:4-6 (see above). What would be different about your life if your heart and mind were always guarded by God’s peace? How can you stay guarded?
  • Like a hand in a glove, God’s strength and presence fit our incompleteness. Explain this if it makes sense to you.

Start Sharing…

  • Describe a time when you saw how sharing struggles increased intimacy with someone through a tough situation.
  • How can you praise God in the middle of whatever struggle you are currently going through?

Start Praying…
Be bold and pray with power.
Father, thank You that in times of anxiety or panic we can find rest and security in You. The more we present it and the more honestly and humbly we reach out to you with it, the more you show us you are here now.  .Help us to thank You for all the ways You’ve blessed us, even during tough times, and guard our hearts and minds with Your peace. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Start Doing…
Reach out to a family member, friend, or neighbor this week and find out if there is some way you can safely serve them in the days to come.

Home Worship // May 3, 2020
Putting Anxiety on Ice

Psalm 9:9-10
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. 10 Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.


Psalm 22:19
But you, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me.

Talk it Over – Discussion Questions

Start Talking…
What is the biggest change you’ve experienced these past few weeks?
If you could choose one item to never run out of, which would you choose and why?

Start Thinking…
What do you call God? What does the name tell you about your relationship with Him?
Have you ever experienced God’s strength in a time of weakness? What happened?
God is our strength. He’s always faithful. He’s our hope. He’s near. He’s good. He’s full of unfailing love. Which of those attributes do you need to lean on the most right now?

Start Sharing…
What’s the biggest thing that’s worrying you right now?
How can you trust God in the midst of your worries this week?

Start Praying…
Be bold and pray with power.
Father, thank You for Your goodness. Thank You for the strength and hope You give us. Thank You for Your faithfulness and nearness. Thank You for Your unending love for us. Help us to trust in You no matter what we are going through. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Start Doing…
Reach out to a family member, friend, or neighbor this week and find out if there is some way you can safely serve them in the days to come.

Home Worship // April 26, 2020
Finding Hope in the Empty Shelves

1 Thessalonians 1:2-3
We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly. As we pray to our God and Father about you, we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:3-5
…but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Talk it Over – Discussion Questions

Start Talking…
What do you really like to do when you are at home during this season?
What do you miss the most?

Start Thinking…
Would you say you are more of a hopeful person or a fearful person?
We are all “carriers” of something. When people get near you, what do they catch?

Start Sharing…
Share one of the most influential people in your life. Think of their faithful work, loving deeds, and enduring hope. Describe them.
What kind of person do you want to be this week?
How do you balance hope and an acceptance of the reality of your situation?
What is the fatal flaw of an optimist?

Start Praying…
Be bold and pray with power.
Father, thank You for never leaving nor forsaking us. Thank You that we can count on You no matter how hard things get or how dark the world seems. Give us the courage we need to act as lights and guide others toward the hope only You can bring. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Start Doing…
Try reaching out to a family member, friend, or neighbor this week and find out whether there is some way you can safely serve them in the days to come.
How can you reap a better attitude and hope from reading Romans 5:3-5 (see above) daily?

Extra Credit!
Watch Stockdale Paradox: A Message for Uncertain Times with Jim Collins
youtube.com/watch?v=GvWWO7F9kQY

Home Worship // April 19, 2020
Don’t Stockpile Fear

Matthew 5:14-16
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. 15  If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. 16  Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

Talk it Over – Discussion Questions

Start Talking…
How do you like to spend time when you’re by yourself?

Start Thinking…
Are you dealing with any fears or anxieties right now? What are they?
Would you describe your faith as more of a weekly faith or a daily faith? What are some ways you could live out your faith more during the week?
How can you put others first and bring hope to those who need it this week?
How do you feel that imagining a bubble of light around you, as Pr. Tom suggested, will help you? What do you anticipate about how you’re going to be different?

Start Sharing…
Describe a time when God showed you He was with you—even though life was tough.
How can you put others first and bring hope to those who need it this week?

Start Praying…
Be bold and pray with power.
Father, thank You for never leaving nor forsaking us. Thank You that we can count on You no matter how hard things get or how dark the world seems. Give us the courage we need to act as lights and guide others toward the hope only You can bring. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Start Doing…
Commit to a step and live it out this week. Pray and ask God to show you how you can bring hope to the people around you this week.

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