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Home Worship // August 9, 2020
Church Explosion

Mark 1:14-20
After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.

3 Discussion Questions

Complete these discussion questions with your LifeGroup, a family member or a friend after viewing the service. If you are not gathered with others, consider taking some time to reflect on these questions and maybe do some journaling.

  1. As you think of one of your favorite bosses, coaches or teachers, what was it about them that made it easy to follow their advice or example?
  2. What did Jesus tell the people they must do besides believe His good news?
  3. Have you ever thought you had gifts for others that could help them? How far out can you extend your contacts to include sharing gifts with people in other churches or places?

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Home Worship // August 2, 2020
APEST – Apostle, Prophet, Evengelist, Pastor & Teacher

Ephesians 4:11-16
11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

3 Discussion Questions

Complete these discussion questions with your LifeGroup, a family member or a friend after viewing the service. If you are not gathered with others, consider taking some time to reflect on these questions and maybe do some journaling.

  1. H. Richard Niebuhr once noted: The great Christian revolutions came not by the discovery of something that was not known before. They happen when someone takes radically something that was always there. How can seeing and talking about how you’re a gift for the church as an Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, or Teacher?
  2. Why is it so easy to be a spectator in the body of Christ?
  3. Share what you believe to be the giftedness of each other.

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Home Worship // July 26, 2020
Big Shifts

Ephesians 4:11-16
11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

3 Discussion Questions

Complete these discussion questions with your LifeGroup, a family member or a friend after viewing the service. If you are not gathered with others, consider taking some time to reflect on these questions and maybe do some journaling.

  1. There are three approaches to ministry in a church – leader-focused, program-focused and people-focused. Which is the biblical model? Which one have you historically wanted? What do you want now
  2. What programs have you been involved in, at any church, that has helped you in your walk with Christ?
  3. In the healthy church, every member functions every day. Why is that?

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Home Worship // July 19, 2020
What is a Healthy Church?

Ephesians 4:11-16
11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

3 Discussion Questions

Complete these discussion questions with your LifeGroup, a family member or a friend after viewing the service. If you are not gathered with others, consider taking some time to reflect on these questions and maybe do some journaling.

  1. In Ephesians 4:12, Paul shows us that the primary role of a leader is to equip the people to function properly. Up to this point, how have you understood the meaning of “equip”?
  2. What is the purpose of people who are paid in the church? Seriously, how is Pastor Tom doing, and based on scripture (Ephesians 4), build youd case. What is his responsibility and what is yours?
  3. Share what you need to change in your life in reference to the church. What do you need to adjust?

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Home Worship // July 12, 2020
Understanding the Church

Matthew 16:13-18
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

3 Discussion Questions

Complete these discussion questions with your LifeGroup, a family member or a friend after viewing the service. If you are not gathered with others, consider taking some time to reflect on these questions and maybe do some journaling.

  1. From your perspective, what is the current state of the Church?
  2. When you think of the word “church”, what do you think of? What emotions and feelings do you have?
  3. Though the church is a rich reality described through these images – Bride of Christ, Body of Christ, Temple of God – which of these best described your personal experience of the church?

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Home Worship // July 5, 2020
Rethinking the Church

Matthew 16:13-18
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

3 Discussion Questions

Complete these discussion questions with your LifeGroup, a family member or a friend after viewing the service. If you are not gathered with others, consider taking some time to reflect on these questions and maybe do some journaling.

  1. Describe your experience with church. Where did you start, what has happened, where are you now?
  2. Why have most of us come to believe we are consumers of what the church has, rather than being participants in helping Jesus build His church? Which of these two points of view lead to the most disappointing burnout?
  3. How is God calling you to change? What help is God giving to help you change?

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Home Worship // June 28, 2020
Be the Switch

Galatians 2:19-21, 5:22-26
19 “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

3 Discussion Questions

Complete these discussion questions with your LifeGroup, a family member or a friend after viewing the service. If you are not gathered with others, consider taking some time to reflect on these questions and maybe do some journaling.

  1. Has someone ever called you a “crummy Christian” or a hypocrite? Why? What are your thoughts?
  2. “No one can live the Christian life in his or her own strength.” Explain this in your own words.
  3. The Holy Spirit lives in us so that Christ may live through us to touch others. Talk about how that works and how you’ve seen it (or not seen it) in your life.

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Home Worship // June 21, 2020
Be the Switch

Romans 8:28-29
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 

1 Samuel 27:1-8
But David thought to himself, “One of these days I will be destroyed by the hand of Saul. The best thing I can do is to escape to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will give up searching for me anywhere in Israel, and I will slip out of his hand.” 2 So David and the six hundred men with him left and went over to Achish son of Maok king of Gath. 3 David and his men settled in Gath with Achish. Each man had his family with him, and David had his two wives: Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail of Carmel, the widow of Nabal. 4 When Saul was told that David had fled to Gath, he no longer searched for him. 5 Then David said to Achish, “If I have found favor in your eyes, let a place be assigned to me in one of the country towns, that I may live there. Why should your servant live in the royal city with you?” 6 So on that day Achish gave him Ziklag, and it has belonged to the kings of Judah ever since. 7 David lived in Philistine territory a year and four months. 8 Now David and his men went up and raided the Geshurites, the Girzites and the Amalekites. (From ancient times these peoples had lived in the land extending to Shur and Egypt.)

1 Samuel 30:1-6
David and his men reached Ziklag on the third day. Now the Amalekites had raided the Negev and Ziklag. They had attacked Ziklag and burned it, 2 and had taken captive the women and everyone else in it, both young and old. They killed none of them, but carried them off as they went on their way. 3 When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. 4 So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. 5 David’s two wives had been captured—Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. 6 David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.

Isaiah 30:18-21
Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! 19 People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. 20 Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. 21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

3 Discussion Questions

Complete these discussion questions with your LifeGroup, a family member or a friend after viewing the service. If you are not gathered with others, consider taking some time to reflect on these questions and maybe do some journaling.

  1. How do you explain why bad things happen to nice people?
  2. If you’re walking with God and want to be used by Him, you will go through difficult times in your life. Think about a difficult time where you experiences a supernatural power that could only be from God. How did God work in your situation? What did God do to work things out?
  3. How has adversity developed your character? You can know for sure that God is doing something immensely important in and through you.

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Home Worship // June 14, 2020
Be the Switch

Exodus 3:1-4
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” 4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.”

3 Discussion Questions

Complete these discussion questions with your LifeGroup, a family member or a friend after viewing the service. If you are not gathered with others, consider taking some time to reflect on these questions and maybe do some journaling.

  1. Most people are not like Moses – they are not willing to stop and seek the meaning of spiritual things. The Lord was appearing to Moses and he stopped to seek the meaning of the Lord’s appearance. What are the risks you face when you take on a difficult challenge?
  2. What difficult challenge do you need to courageously face this week? Where are you “taking your foot off the gas?” What are you needing to believe about God so you can adjust your life to God’s will?
  3. What is a practical way you can depend on God instead of making excuses?
    1. be more empathetic to this week?

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Home Worship // June 7, 2020
Be the Switch

1 Peter 3:8-12
8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. 11 They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

3 Discussion Questions

Complete these discussion questions with your LifeGroup, a family member or a friend after viewing the service. If you are not gathered with others, consider taking some time to reflect on these questions and maybe do some journaling.

  1. What keeps you from getting to know your neighbors?
  2. In verse 9 we read, “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing…
    1. How does this relate to that you’re seeing in the news these days?
    2. Why is it so easy to NOT follow this scriptural principle?
  3. Who is a neighbor you will:
    1. reach out to this week?
    2. pray for this week?
    3. be more empathetic to this week?

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Home Worship // May 31, 2020
Be the Switch

Luke 10:38-42
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

3 Discussion Questions

Complete these discussion questions with your LifeGroup, a family member or a friend after viewing the service. If you are not gathered with others, consider taking some time to reflect on these questions and maybe do some journaling.

  1. Martha’s service was not the issue—it was the fact that her service was distracting her from being fully engaged with Jesus. When, if at all, have you allowed serving someone to distract you from truly being with them?
  2. What’s your biggest distraction now? How does it make you feel?
  3. “The greatest enemy of spiritual life is hurry.” In what ways can rushing through life be detrimental to our spiritual growth?

 

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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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