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? 

One Foot In // Part 2

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I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.

Matthew 10:16

 

When was a time you talked a  friend out of doing something stupid? Why did you do it?

What should a Christian’s motivation be for keeping “one foot in” the world? 

What are some things Christians do to “help” the world that isn’t really helpful at all? 

What’s the best way a Christian can be salt and light in the world?

How can a Christian make sure they are only keeping “one foot in” and not falling too deep into the world? 

One Foot In // Part 1

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“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves."

Matthew 10:16

What's something Christians do that the world would observe as being strange?

Are there dangers of being siloed in Christian community?

Are there dangers of a Christian being too "worldy"? 

 What do you think the relationship should be between the Christian and "the world"?

Platform People // Part 3

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WHATEVER YOU DO, WORK AT IT WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AS WORKING FOR THE LORD.

COLOSSIANS 3:23

 

SO WHETHER YOU EAT OR DRINK OR WHATEVER YOU DO, DO IT ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD.

1 CORINTHIANS 10:31

 

When was a time you cheated at something?

What does it look like to fail well? 

How does being a Christian impact your view of failure?

What gets in the way of making a workplace a platform for God?

Platform People // Part 2

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WHATEVER YOU DO, WORK AT IT WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AS WORKING FOR THE LORD.

COLOSSIANS 3:23

 

SO WHETHER YOU EAT OR DRINK OR WHATEVER YOU DO, DO IT ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD.

1 CORINTHIANS 10:31

 

am·bi·tion

amˈbiSH(ə)n/

noun

  1. a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work.

    "her ambition was to become a model"

    synonyms:aspiration, intention, goal, aim, objective, object, purpose, intent, plan, desire, wish, design, target, dream

    "her ambition was to become a diplomat"

    • desire and determination to achieve success.

      "life offered few opportunities for young people with ambition"

      synonyms:drive, determination, enterprise, initiative, eagerness, motivation, resolve, enthusiasm, zeal, hunger, commitment, a sense of purpose; 

      informalget-up-and-go

      "young people with ambition"

 

JOIN US TONIGHT FOR PART 2 OF OUR DISCUSSION, PLATFORM PEOPLE!

Platform People // Part 1

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Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.

Colossians 3:23

 

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 10:31

 

 

What do you do right now that you find most meaningful? Why?

Do you typically connect your work to something God cares about? Why or why not?

In what ways do you think a person can make the workplace a platform for God?

What gets in the way of making a workplace a platform for God?

On The Heart // Part 1

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The Table is led by some seriously awesome people, and the Discussion Series this month is all about what God has been teaching them/putting on their hearts to say to our family! 

Chapter 1 of On The Heart was incredible last year! You will not want to miss Chapter 2! 

Don’t worry, we’ll get that Pens game on somehow. 

See you tonight!!