Brighter - Part 2

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The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,

shining ever brighter till the full light of day. 

Proverbs 4:18

What is something you are currently looking forward to on the calendar?

When was a time you had trouble seeing clearly and a friend really helped you move in the right direction?

“I know one thing for sure: I was blind . . . I now see.”

John 9:25, MSG

What hope can be found in Christ?

What riches can be found in Christ?

What power can be found in Christ?

What’s the response to a person who cannot see clearly? Who still feels overcome and trapped in darkness?

Brighter - Part 1

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When was a time when you found yourself in literal darkness? Where were you? 

What are some effects of living in darkness? 

The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,

shining ever brighter till the full light of day. 

Proverbs 4:18

In what ways has your life become BRIGHTER as a result of following Jesus? 

How is a person “righteous”? 

OPEN THE DOOR

DIRECT MY FOOTSTEPS ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD; LET NO SIN RULE OVER ME.

Psalm 119:133

Can you share a time you saw a disagreement turn ugly?

Who is someone in your life who by nature tends to be a peace-maker?

How would you describe the life of Jesus?

-What did he stand for?

-What did he value?

“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that. In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.”

Matthew 5:43-48, MSG 

What way(s) can interactions with our “enemies” “bring out the best” in us?  

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

Revelation 3:20, NIV 

COURAGE

COURAGE. The Heb. word ḥāzaq means literally ‘to show oneself strong’.

Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.

Psalm 119:133

 Have you ever had to move from a location to a new location? From where to where? How did you feel during that process? (good experience or rough?)

When was a time you switched jobs or started a new endeavor? What were some of the internal and external challenges of starting the new adventure?

Are you naturally geared toward stability or change?

The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.”

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him.

Genesis 12:1; 4

“Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.”

But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 

Ruth 1:15-16

With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.”

But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.

Genesis 19:15; 26

The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”

But Jonah ran away from the Lord . . .

Jonah 1:1-3a

How would you define courage?

What has helped you to go the direction God wants you to go when you are tempted to stay, look back, resist?

First Table of 2019!!

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We are looking forward to a great new year with you at The Table!! 

 

Tonight (1/8), we are going to have a night of just being together. There will be no real agenda other than meeting new people, catching up with old friends, and spending some good time together to start this year strong. More than ever, it's important to build good friendships, and The Table is a place where that happens. We want to make sure we continue to build this family so you can live to your full God-potential! 

 

On a practical level . . . 

 

We usually have childcare on our normal discussion nights, however, tonight we will not have our normal childcare. Your children are more than welcome to come, though, if you want to bring them! 

Also, you should eat dinner before coming . . . but maybe come a little hungry because we have a random surprise planned that will hopefully be awesome! 

Start 2019 off right by coming to The Table tonight! And if you can't come tonight, we hope to see you next week as we discuss something that will help change your life this new year!! 

We love ya and hope to see you tonight! 

Parables // Part 5

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“A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’

“ ‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’ ”

Luke 13:6-9

When was a time you did something you didn’t want do for a friend? Why did you do it?

Do you think people don’t like Jesus? Why/why not?

What is your motivation for repentance?

Have you taken intentional steps towards repentance? What helps you in that effort?

Parables // Part 4

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Luke 16:1-9

“The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.”

Luke 16:8-9, NIV

When was a time you wanted something or wanted to do something so bad, you moved heaven and earth to make it happen?

From your experience what has been a good way to steward your resources to build the Kingdom of God?

Thinking ahead, where should resources be leveraged to build the kingdom of God?

REMEMBER

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Matthew 25:31-46

Am I a sheep?

-Mr. Rogers

The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.

Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit!

Hebrews 11:1-2;12:1, MSG

PARABLES // Part 3

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“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

Matthew 13:3-9

Come for part 3 of our Discussion Series, PARABLES!

PARABLES // Part 2

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“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

Matthew 9:16-17 NIV

When was a time you bought something new or developed something new and completely made the old thing or way obsolete/impractical? 

What are some things people try to blend from their old lives with the new ways with Jesus wants them to operate?

What is something you had to embrace as new with Jesus that was different than your normal way of living?  Were you glad you made the switch?

What are some old things the church has embraced but doesn’t seem to fit with the new things Jesus wants the church to embrace? 

What are some new ideas the church could adopt but might fly in the face of the old way(s) of doing things? 

PARABLES // Part 1

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“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”

He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”

Matthew 13:31-33

When was a time your patience led to a great outcome?

Is there anything frustrating to you about following God? What?

What is something you have seen grow from a small start to something significant in your life since following Jesus?

What helps you to stay on track when you are tempted to stop cultivating godly growth?

What does Jesus’s parable teach about how his followers should view and help other people?

CARRY THE WATER // Part 1

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"WHOEVER DRINKS THE WATER I GIVE THEM WILL NEVER THIRST. INDEED, THE WATER I GIVE THEM WILL BECOME IN THEM A SPRING OF WATER WELLING UP TO ETERNAL LIFE." 

JOHN 4:14

 

Where do you go (place) if you need or want some peace? 

How do you define "peace"? 

 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace . . . 

Galatians 5:22

 

In which arenas do you think Christians need to Carry The Water of Peace? 

 

Water Carriers

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Exodus 17

 

"Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life." 

John 4:14

 

Who is the most encouraging person you know? How do they encourage you?

What is it about the Christian faith that you find appealing? 

Are you in a positive/full season of life or a negative/empty season right now? 

Given our culture, what opportunities does a Christian have to "Carry Water" in the desert?