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christian – it’s time to trust– 3.12.17 – Rob Pilant

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This week, we jump into Ephesians 5:18-20 and it starts with “Do not be drunk”. But it’s not exactly what you might be thinking. It’s not so much about drinking but engaging in the life God has called His people to live instead of running from it.

Small Group Questions

  1. Why do people get drunk? What does getting drunk accomplish? What are other ways people use to escape “life” or their problems?
  2. Read Ephesians 5:18-20. Why do you think Paul contrasted “being drunk with wine” with a being a “filled by the Spirit”? What do you think being “filled with the Spirit” means?
  3. Being filled with the spirit results in singing songs of praise to a God. Why is that true? What does good music do for you? Why did God created music? What does singing praises do for your heart?
  4. If being “filled by the Spirit” is surrendering to God’s will for your life, what can you practically do to enable yourself to be filled? As Christians, we have been called to face the world not run from it. What steps can you take this week to lean in to facing this world?

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christian – it’s not what you think– 3.5.17 – Rob Pilant

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Why do Christians make dumb decisions? Well, for the same reason non-Christians make bad decisions, we get caught up in a moment. I want to present to you one of the greatest principles you can apply in your life. It’s transformative! It’ll help you become who you and God desire you to be!

Small Group Questions

  1. Where do people tend to make their dumb mistakes? Where do Christians make their dumb mistakes? Why would it be worse for Christians to make dumb mistakes?
  2. Read Ephesians 5:14-17. What is your definition of wisdom? Give an example of a time you behaved wisely? Also give an example of a time you behaved
    unwisely? How have the wise versus the unwise decisions impacted your life?
  3. The natural tendency of people is to waste. How do you see people wasting their lives or opportunities? How do Christians waste opportunities?
  4. Guard Rails are incredible way to make sure your life remains set apart for God. What Guard Rails do you already have in your life? What Guard Rails do you need to intentionally put in place? As a group pray for the wisdom from God to live like the Lights God has created you to be. Ask God for the wisdom to put up the right Guard Rails in your lives.

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christian – it’s time to make a difference– 2.25.17 – Rob Pilant

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You might ask the question, “If there are so many “christians” in our world, then why is God’s love not more evident?” Sunday, we found the answer in our study of “christian: it’s not what you think.”

Small Group Questions

  1. Why do you think it took so long for America to enter into World Wars 1 & 2? Why do Christians tend to stay in the background? Why do you tend to hang back?
  2. Read Ephesians 5:8-14. From verse 14, what would be the difference between being a “sleeper” and being “dead”? How does this relate to someone’s spiritual condition? What is the difference between being spiritually dead and spiritually asleep?
  3. According to the passage, how do we shine light in our communities? What does goodness, righteousness and truth mean to you? How can you live those out in your community? What are ways Christians might not be living those out?
  4. To find out exactly what pleases God, we must read the Bible. Would you be willing to lay aside something this Lent season to give yourself time and energy to take up spending more time with God by reading His Word? If so, make the commitment to your group, then hold each other accountable. Pray as a group and ask God for the strength to stand by this commitment.

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christian – it’s time to get practical – 2.19.17 – Rob Pilant

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Last week, we jumped into this series on what it means to be a “Christian”. We discovered that it means we are to imitate God…but what does that mean? The Bible doesn’t leave us hanging and jumps into a very clear description of what His people, Christians, should look like.

Small Group Questions

  1. What would you say if someone asked you what it means to be a Christian? What would you say if someone asked you what makes a Christians different?
  2. Read Ephesians 5:3-7. What does “these are improper for God’s holy people” mean to you? Why do you believe the things listed in this passage are inconsistent with imitating God?
  3. Thinking deeper about the subject, why are the behaviors listed in this passage bad for you other than being against God’s will? Where do living life with these behaviors leads to what?
  4. Which one of these behaviors do you struggle with the most? Are you willing to be transparent and share it with the group? If so, share it with the group. If not, ask your self why not? Are you willing to tell the group why not? What steps can you take to eliminate the behavior you struggle with from your life?

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christian – it’s not what you think – 2.12.17 – Rob Pilant

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What comes to mind when you hear the label “christian”? Good things? Bad things? Confusion? Tension? We dove into the confusion around this label and saw where we can find God in it.

Small Group Questions

  1. How would you define a “christian”? How would your friend who’s not a Jesus-follower define a “Christian”?
  2. Read Ephesians 5:1-2. How does it make you feel to have God refer to His followers as “dearly loved children”? Is that a similar feeling to what you grew up with? What are similarities? What are the differences?
  3. What does it mean to you to be an “imitator of God”? How would you imitate God in the life God has given you? What things would remain the same? What things would be different?
  4. How can you begin reshaping people’s opinions of what it means to be a “Christian”? What steps can you take to showing the people God has placed in your sphere of influence the love of Christ?

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The Power of RE – Recharge – 2.5.17 – Rob Pilant

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You know what they say about how you eat an elephant…one bite at a time. Well, I think we have missed this concept when it comes to becoming what God has designed us to be. We tend to think in terms of instantly becoming just like Jesus, but it’s a process. I want to show you how you can take one major step in fulfilling God’s design for your life.

Small Group Questions

  1. Who are the greatest people who have ever lived? Jesus is definitely the greatest, but try to think of some others. What makes them so great? How do you think they achieved that greatness?
  2. Read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22. What are the seven practices listed there? Which one is easiest for you? Why? Which one is hardest? Why?
  3. Would you be willing to admit you struggle with more than one of these practices? What is the danger in trying to fix all of these areas in your life at the same time? How would taking on one of these practices make more sense?
  4. God loves you. God loved you before you did anything good or bad. God still loves you, so your actions do not determine His love. How does that make you feel? This means that living a life for God is not about achieving a certain standard to earn God’s favor. Instead, the Christian life is a process of becoming like Christ, fulfilling the design He has for you. Instead of trying to fix everything, ask God which one of these practices. He wants you to focus on and then commit to spending the next 120 days dedicated to that commitment. If you are able, please share which one you chose with the group and then as a group pray for one another and the commitments you have made.

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The Power of RE – Regroup – 1.29.17 – Rob Pilant

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People can be really annoying and it’s easy to give up on them, but life without people actually really sucks! Maybe last year was one where you threw in the towel on people for whatever reason. If you’re going to have the life you want, you’re going to have to figure out how to let them back in. This would be a great time to get that started. I want to show you from the Bible why that is so important.

Small Group Questions

  1. What is the best part of having people in your life? What’s the worst part? Give an illustration of each.
  2. Read Hebrews 10:23-25. What jumps out to you? Why does the passage say not to give up on meeting together? What can “as you see the Day approaching” refer to? Could it have more than one meaning?
  3. What’s difficult about being in a House Group? Be honest. What could make it better? How can you personally help make that happen for your group?
  4. Take time to pray that your House Group would be a place where everyone comes, contributes and is blessed. Take time to pray that God would show you those who might benefit from being a part of your group. Pray that God would multiply what He has given in your group to other groups.

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The Power of RE – Refuel – 1.22.17 – Rob Pilant

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We’re all searching. We’re all looking. But many of us are not finding what we really need. We’ve gotten distracted or just plain out frustrated. I want to show you that God is discoverable, reachable, and here for you. I want you to see that He is ready to give you the hope, energy, and peace you crave.

Small Group Questions

  1. When do you find it easiest to see God? Do you believe everyone is, at their core, searching for God? Why or why not?
  2. If not everyone is “searching” for God, almost everyone is looking for hope or something they can count on. Why have they not found it? What are some substitutes for God people look to for hope?
  3. When you now look at 2 Timothy 2:15, what do you see? What did the verse say to the original audience? What lessons or principles have you now learned
    from that verse?
  4. What is keeping you from “searching” for God now? What steps can you take to getting to know God personally through the Bible? How can those in your group help you in this endeavor?

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The Power of RE – Restart – 1.15.17 – Rob Pilant

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I want us to think about the way we approach our lives. It seems we live in a constant state of fear of failure. It’s a horrible way to live and thankfully, it’s not how God want us to live this life!

Small Group Questions

  1. Give a few examples of what people identify as their greatest regrets. What are the typical New Year’s Resolutions? What are some atypical New Year’s Resolutions? Statistically, most New Year’s Resolutions have already failed for 2017. That’s only 15 plus days into the New Year, and the resolutions have already failed. Why do you think that’s the case?
  2. Read Philippians 2:12-16. Who was this passage written to? Since they have been forgiven, they are now ready to live the life to which God has called them. What are some of the principles for the living the life of a follower of Christ that are listed in this passage?
  3. Most of us set out to do better because we are trying to earn something. How does this differ with the way Christians approach how they live? Why are we living our lives as follower of Christ? What is our purpose as followers of Christ? What happens if we fail? What should we do?
  4. Growth is key to being in God’s will for your life. Share with the group the aspect of your life you need to improve this year. How can you grow in it? Pray for one another as you grow into the followers God has called you to be.

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