worthy // Part 2

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We continually ask ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit give, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lordand please him in every way.

Colossians 1:9-10a

…bearing fruit in every good work… 

(Colossians 1:10)

What does it mean to “bear fruit” 

and why is that tied to living  a life worthy of the Lord? 

“Live well for the master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard.”


What are some qualities of “working hard” ? 

…growing in knowledge of God…


Why is growing in knowledge of God associated with living a life worthy of him?

What has helped you know God better?

We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lordand please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God . . .

Colossians 1:9-10

worthy // Part 1

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We continually ask ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit give, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lordand please him in every way.

Colossians 1:9-10a

What kind of value do your closest friends bring to your life?

What kind of value is God bringing to your life right now?

What comes to mind when you hear the word WORTHY? 

What do you think it means to “live a life worthy of the Lord?”

Why should apersoncareto/whatshouldbethemotivationbehind a person’s desire to “live a life worthy of the Lord?”

What often combats a person’s intentionality in living a life worthy of the Lord? 

Howdoyouthinkapersoncangrow in caring about living a life worthy of the Lord? 

The Broken Hallelujah - Part 3

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Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Hebrews 4:13

When was a time you were rewarded for being honest when it was difficult?

What has helped you or forced you to be honest about your mistakes? 

What good came from those experiences? 

I remember my affliction and my wandering,

the bitterness and the gall.

I well remember them,

and my soul is downcast within me.

Yet this I call to mind

and therefore I have hope:

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,

for his compassions never fail.

They are new every morning;

great is your faithfulness.

I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;

therefore I will wait for him.”

The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,

to the one who seeks him;

it is good to wait quietly

for the salvation of the Lord.

Lamentations 3:19-26

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” 

Matthew 5:3, NIV 

Why & How? 

Brighter - Part 3


The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,

shining ever brighter till the full light of day. 

Proverbs 4:18

What is the best way for the Christian life to point to the brighter reality in Jesus?

”A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

John 13:34-35

How do you think the majority of our culture defines love?

What does it look like?  

What are some of the challenges associated with loving people like Jesus loves us?

How can this love be shown in your specific circle(s)?

Brighter - Part 2


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


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”? 



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. 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!!


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?



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!