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Under Pressure – Q&A – 10.16.16 – Rob Pilant

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Politics, Sexual Variations, Racial Tension. We’ve talked about all of them, and now, we will go a little deeper by answering your questions about each. The questions you’ve asked are real and raw. Here is God’s perspective!

Small Group Questions

  1. What things in this world today most infuriate you? How are they deviations from God’s design? Why do you believe they have become prevalent?
  2. Read Matthew 5:1-7. Why do you think it is so tempting to look at others’ faults? Why do they many times seem so much worse than our own? Do we have blinders on?
  3. How can you take steps to help others with the struggles of which they are aware? How can you help people with struggles they do not even recognize they have? Where does listening come into the equation? Where does judging come into the equation?
  4. Do you have blinders on? Of what deviation from God’s design or sin do you need to repent? If you were to confess that area of deviation to the group, how would you hope they would respond? How can that guide you as you help others find Jesus and His way?

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Under Pressure – Racial Tension – Rob Pilant – 10.9.16

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It seems like there’s another shooting every week. In fact, it’s not even that shocking any more. I can’t believe I just said that, but it’s true. It’s our new normal, but it shouldn’t be! It ought not to be! Something must be done to combat this racial tension. To help us dive into this problem and seek God’s solution, Pastor Rob invited special guest Diane De La Santos, the Executive Director of City on a Hill, to help present a Godly path forward.

Small Group Questions

  1. Why do you believe the “racial” conversation has become such a big thing at this time? What are the major contributors to racism in our world today?
  2. Read Galatians 3:26-29. What is the main thrust of this passage? Does this passage do away with the concept of diversity? If so, how? If not, what is the purpose of diversity?
  3. When you process through what it means to really love people the way God loves them, how does it apply to racial tensions? What solutions can you think of to this major problem?
  4. What steps can you personally take to fight racism? What steps can you personally take to help those who are oppressed? What can your small group do to make a difference?

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Under Pressure-Sexuality – Rob Pilant – 10.2.16

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Sex, sex, sex! Everywhere and everything seems to be about it. And sure, it’s always been a hot topic but it seems that now it has become even more intense with fewer and fewer boundaries. Is that okay? What is okay? With churches embracing some aspects of the variation and dismissing some historical boundaries, what do you believe about the subject? What does God actually say about the subject? What is our response to those who believe differently than us?

Small Group Questions

  1. Do you have any friends or family who have a different sexual orientation than man and woman? If so, how is your relationship with them? Do you have any friends or family who struggle with sexual identity? If so, how is your relationship with them? Are there any barriers in your relationship?
  2. The Bible teaches that any kind of sexual relations other than sex between a husband and wife is a deviation from God’s design or sin. What are the ramifications?
  3. Read John 8:1-11. What is significant about this story? Are you surprised by Jesus’ response? Why? How would you have felt if you were the woman? How would the emotions that the woman was feeling reflect the feelings of people outside the church?
  4. If our primary lens through which followers of Christ view the world is “Love God by Loving People”, what kind of actions and words should we use with those who disagree with the Bible’s teachings? How do we reflect God to people? How can we make sure people know God loves them? What step can you take this week to display God’s love to someone who desperately needs it?

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Under Pressure-Politics – Rob Pilant – 9.25.16

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Out of control! That’s what this world feels like with all of the political wackiness, sexuality diversity and racial tension. What are we supposed to do? How are we to respond? How are we to function? That’s what we tackled on Sunday as we took on this subject of Christ followers and politics.

Small Group Questions

  1. What do you find most interesting about the political season? Why do you think our country is on the course it is on? (While people answer this question, listen intently to each answer from a “seeking to understand” perspective. Do not correct anyone’s view. If anything, ask for more clarity if you do not understand a thought presented.)
  2. Read 1 Samuel 8. How do you think things would be different if Israel had been satisfied with God as their only ruler? What is the biggest hindrance a “king” or government brings to fully obeying God with your life? Why?
  3. If a government or country is to be turned back to God, how do you believe that would happen? Remembering back to your history days, can you give any examples? Have you seen a turnaround towards God happen on a smaller scale, say maybe in a town, city, neighborhood, etc.?
  4. What is your part in turning our country back to God? What does it look like for you to be an active influence for good? How are you bringing America back to God? What could your small group do to turn people to God?

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Noah! – He Remembers – Rob Pilant – 9.11.16

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Has God forgotten about this world? Even more important, at least to me, has God forgotten about me? I have to admit it feels like it more than I want to confess, but the story of Noah convinces me that God is paying attention. We talked about how God remembers!

Small Group Questions

  • Why are you at Brooklife? What has God done in your life through His church?
  • Who are the people who have helped you take the steps that have brought you to your current place with God? How have they helped you? Be specific.
  • How are you taking steps to be the church? How are you “seeking and saving the lost”? How are you bringing hope and help to the “hopeless and helpless”?
  • What is God asking you to do in regards to the Believe Campaign? What is hindering you from taking this next step? Join one another in prayer and ask for His guidance.

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Noah! – How to Get God’s Attention – Rob Pilant – 9.4.16

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With all the craziness in this world, we can’t help but wonder if God is even paying attention. When we examined the life of Noah (you know, the guy with the ark), we discovered that He is absolutely paying attention and will even intervene. So, now the questions is, “How do we get God to intervene?” Wouldn’t you love it if you could just figure that out? *Here is link to the sluice gate video referenced in Rob’s sermon.

 

Small Group Questions

  1. Share something you really wanted God to give you but now you’re glad He did not. Why did you want that “thing” so badly? Why do you think God did not give it to you?
  2. Read Genesis 6:11-7:10. What is most surprising? Is there anything you never read or heard before? If so, does it change the way you interpret the story of Noah?
  3. Why do think God chose to work in the way He did (i.e. the flood, an ark, the animals, one family, etc.)? Do you think this was the easiest way for God to handle this situation? What confidence does this give you in Who
  4. To yourself, list some areas of your life where you are not currently walking with God. What would it look like if you were to walk with God in those areas? Share one of the items on your list and how you plan to conform it to God’s plan. Pray for one another as you take these steps of faith.

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Noah – A Glimmer of Hope – Rob Pilant – 8.28.16

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All of us are looking for something we can hold onto in this crazy world. With so much uncertainty all around us, what can we depend on? In the Bible, there is a story of a man named Noah, who amidst a crazy world, found a way to survive and please God at the same time. Join us as we look at how Noah accomplished this and how we can do the same thing in our world.

Small Group Questions

  1. Name some “glimmers of hope” people see in this world that inspires them to keep pressing on? What is an example of a “glimmer of hope” in your world?
  2. Take a minute and reflect on this guy, Noah. What do you remember about him? What most impresses you about him?
  3. Read Genesis 6:5-11. What jumps out at you most about this passage? Describe how God “feels” in this passage? What gives God hope?
  4. If God were to look down on this world and your life, would your life give Him the “glimmer of hope”? If not, why not? If so, why? We have been given the power to impact God, how will you use that power?

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Worship – It’s What We Do – Lance Hagenbeck — 8.21.16

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You are a worshipper! Whether you believe it or not, God created you to be a worshipper. We all worship; the question is “What or who do you worship?” We talked about what it means to honor God with our worship.

Small Group Questions

  1. When you hear the word worship, what comes to your mind? What image, thought, experience, place, or definition do you see when you think of worship?
  2. What are some things in your life that may become a distraction and get in the way of your worship of God?
  3. Why has worship been such a controversial topic in churches throughout history?
  4. In what ways can you express worship towards God throughout the week?

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You Make A Difference!— All For One — Rob Pilant — 8.7.16

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Have you ever seen one of those guys who stands on street corners with signs reading something like, “You are going to burn in hell!”? When I see that I wonder if I have missed something because it doesn’t seem to reflect the God I read about in the Bible. If that’s not how the Bible describes the preferred behaviors of His followers, then what exactly are we supposed to be doing? What is the spirit we are challenged by God to convey? God didn’t leave us hanging and has given us plain simple answers.

Small Group Questions

  1. What behaviors of so-called “Christians” are the most offensive and most preposterous in your opinion? How do these behaviors differ with what you see God revealing in the Bible? Have you ever been negatively affected by one of these behaviors? Please share.
  2. Read Ephesians 4:25-32. In your opinion, which negative action listed in this passage is most detrimental to people? Why? What does it look like when someone is behaving in this negative way? How are the people on the other side of this negative action impacted?
  3. On the positive side, which of the actions Paul encourages followers of Christ to adhere to are the most difficult for you? Why? Do you find that “malice” creeps into your heart? When you do feel “malice” in your heart, to what is it usually a reaction?
  4. What steps can you take to eliminate malice from your life? Where should you redirect your anger to instead of at people? Please take time to pray for one another as you seek to live out a life that reflects Jesus’ view of people.

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