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When in Doubt. Overcoming Doubt- 9.29.19 – Rob Pilant

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We wrap up our series, When In Doubt, answering the question of “What do I do if I still have doubts?” Jesus knew we would. In fact, He planned for them. His design on how He wants us to approach life assumes we will have doubts. His plan for us meets us where we are at and teaches us where to go from here.

Small Group Questions

  • Besides God, what else do you have doubts about? What makes you doubt these things? Were there things you once doubted but now trust? Are there people you once doubted but now trust? What changed?
  • Read through the following quote:  “I must have truth. Therefore I doubt. If I did not doubt, I’d be just another one of those suckers P. T. Barnum was so grateful get born once a minute; I’d fall for every carnival sideshow delusion that comes along. And I scorn delusion. I must have hope. Therefore I believe. If I did not believe, I would cave in to despair. And I dread despair. In addition to believing and doubting, there is choosing. I must decide which road I will follow. I must place my bet.” — Ortberg, John.  Do you agree with this quote? What thoughts about doubt does this quote make you think? What thoughts about hope? Why is making a choice so important?
  • Please read Matthew 4:18-22. How did the disciples make their choice to trust Jesus in this moment? How did that turn into trusting Jesus with their lives?
  • Upon what do you base your beliefs about Jesus? How do you handle your doubts about God? Where do you get your answers when you have doubts? How have you come to trust Jesus even when doubts come up?

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When in Doubt. Hope- 9.22.19 – Rob Pilant

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Doubts are real and part of what it means to be human. Doubting isn’t sin, but it can really challenge how we can move forward. We’ve talked about how unrealistic expectations can lead to most of our doubts, but this week, I want to talk about how to combat our doubts. It comes from a little thing called Hope, and it is has the power to change the world!

Small Group Questions

  • What do you wish for? Does it make any sense to make wishes? Why do we make wishes? Upon what evidence do we base our expectation that this world should be different?
  • Please read Luke 8:40-48. How do you think it must have felt to be the lady with the constant bleeding for twelve years? How would that have effected how she interacted with people? How would that have effected her relationship with God? What do you think she would have been willing to do to restore her health?
  • Why did this lady have hope after twelve long years of struggle and disappointment? How do we keep hope in the midst of disappointment? How do you defend that your hope in Jesus is a wise decision?
  • What happens if we are wrong to place our hope in Jesus? What happens if we are right? Can we still place our hope in Jesus while having doubts? What does that look like?

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When in Doubt. Life after Death- 9.15.19 – Rob Pilant

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Last Sunday, we began a new series called, “When In Doubt,” where we ask the question, “Is life like shaking the Magic 8 Ball and hoping for the right answer, or is God someone we can count on?” This week, we look specifically at life after death. Can I be sure where I’m going and if God’s got my back?

Small Group Questions

  • What do you believe God expects from you? Why do you think He expects that from you? Do you feel you can live up to His expectations?
  • What does it take to earn God’s love? What is required for you to be guaranteed access to Jesus’ Kingdom?
  • Please read Luke 23:32-43. Did the criminal get access to Jesus’ Kingdom? Why did Jesus’ give this criminal access? Does Jesus’ reasons for giving the criminal access to His kingdom make sense to you? Why or why not?
  • What does it mean to trust someone with your life? How would that look? If someone says they trust Jesus with his or her life, what would you expect his or her life to look like? Does your life look like that?

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“Who are you?”

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Hogwash! That’s what it sounds like to me when someone tells me that my identity has nothing to do with what I do. Hogwash! Because what I do flows out of who I am! Now, it might not be accurate to find my identity as a basketball player, especially since I play so little of it these days. But, basketball does help reveal part of who I am as do my ambitions for volleyball, golf, cycling, running, triathlons, swimming, fantasy football, and card games. What they reveal is that I’m someone who likes to compete. I’m wired that way. You can take basketball or any other sport from me, and I will find a way to compete at something else. When God wired Rob, He decided to put a very large competitive gene in me. Not everyone has this gene. Some of you do, and my guess is everyone knows you do! But some are wired very, very differently from me. In fact, every one of you is wired way differently than I, even if we have the competitive gene in common. I am unique. You are unique. You are a one-of-a-kind masterpiece of God, and so is everyone, and I mean EVERYONE else.
One of the most fundamental discoveries we must make is who God created us to be. One of the greatest secrets to finding God’s will for your life is simply to understand HOW God designed you. What are you good at? Where do you struggle? What are passionate about? I think it would be a great idea to stop right here and answer those three questions. Grab a sheet of paper or open a file on your device and start answering those questions. Then based on your answers, see if you can start to discern who God designed you to be.
You’re not an accident or an afterthought. You are very important because you are very important to God. You are one of God’s wayward kids who He desperately wants back home. You are loved. You are chosen. You are adopted. You are you, and God is crazy about you! He knows you better than you know yourself, and He wants nothing more than you to want to know Him just as much. He wants you to call Him “Daddy”. When you know who you are in God’s eyes, then you are given the freedom to admit who you are to yourself. God has gifted you in some amazing, unique and specific ways. Who are you? You should really get to know you, and you should like you because God designed you, and He doesn’t make junk! You should also be able to admit that you aren’t great at everything. Some of the things we struggle with are just not things we have an inclination toward and should depend on others for help. Other areas of struggle require us to do some maturing because these struggles are hindering us from becoming who God really designed for us to be. Until we figure them out, we will be greatly limiting how much God can pour out His blessings into our lives.
All of this requires us to stop and think about ourselves in the light of knowing that God loves us and intentionally designed us. “Who are you?” is one of the most core and essential questions each person needs answered. Once you figure out who you are, you’re probably supposed to help someone else figure out who they are. After all, this is A Place For Everyone to Pursue Their God-Given Purpose.

When in Doubt. Doubting Isn’t Sin- 9.8.19 – Rob Pilant

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This week, we start a brand new series called, “When In Doubt,” and the title is exactly right. It’s not IF we are going to have doubts. It’s WHEN we have doubts, what do we do with them? Is it sinful to doubt God? Can I have faith and still have doubts? Such a big and important topic.

Small Group Questions

  • Have you ever had unfounded doubts about someone? What caused you to doubt that person? Think about a spouse or close friend. How have they overcome your doubts about him/her?
  • Have you ever doubted God? The answer is “yes”. What do you doubt about God? Do you find it comforting or concerning that your pastor, John Ortberg and even John the Baptist have had doubts? Why?
  • Please read Luke 7:18-29. Who is John the Baptist? What all had John the Baptist accomplished? What did Jesus think of John the Baptist? Why did John the Baptist doubt God?
  • What do you expect of God? Take some time and list them. Are your expectations founded in what God has promised to be or provide, or are they what you want Him to be or provide? Why is understanding the difference between these two questions so important?

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Faith doesn’t erase our doubt; Only Jesus does that- 9.1.19 – Sean Cass

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Having spiritual doubt is a lonely thing, even though everyone in the church experiences it! Join us this week for a one-off series as we look at the “heroes of faith” in the book of Hebrews and talk about how to handle our doubts in our faith journey.

Small Group Questions

  • Have you ever had spiritual doubts (doubts about God, how authentic the Bible is, did everything in the Bible really happen etc.)? What do you do with these thoughts and questions?
  • Read Hebrews 11. Why are all of these Old Testament characters and their stories also shared in the New Testament of the Bible? How are they used as an example for us?
  • The Bible talks about having endurance not to lose faith and endurance not to “fall away” from our faith. Can you think of people who have walked away from their faith? What are the circumstances that brought them to that point?
  • Faith is complete confidence and trust in someone or something. How can faith outweigh our doubts? Can real faith exist with doubt?

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Unsensibly Sensible. Persecuted? – 8.25.19 – Lance Hagenbeck

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We’ve all experienced benefits from following Jesus, but there comes a point in your journey of faith where following Jesus is going to cost you something. There will be times when each of us will have to decide if we are going to do what we want or feel is best for us or do what Jesus wants us to do.  It’s in those moments of decision where we discover who our hearts really belong to and who we are really living for.  Blessed are those who are persecuted or willing to sacrifice for righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Small Group Questions

  • As you were growing up, what did you dream your life would be like as an adult?  How does your current reality matchup with those childhood dreams?
  •  Talk about a time when you knew you were supposed to do something that was difficult. Did you do it?  What was the outcome?
  • Has your faith ever cost you something? If so, how has paying that cost changed your relationship with God?
  • Are you currently being nudged to do something, say something, quit something, start something, or give up something? What can this group do to support you?

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Unsensibly Sensible. Peacemakers? – 8.18.19 – Rob Pilant

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This Sunday, we continue our series called “Unsensibly Sensible,” where we are looking into Jesus’ teachings called the Beatitudes. This week, we talk about “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God,” and it seems pretty simple.  I mean who does like someone who brings peace, but as I was digging into it, I found a depth that I believe can change everything in how you follow Jesus. Join me this Sunday at 9 or 10:30am so I can show you what I found!

Small Group Questions

  • Have you ever had someone try to force you to adopt his or her perspective? How did that make you feel? Did it work? Why do you think it didn’t?
  • Please read Matthew 5:9. Why is this Beattitude a hard one for us? What is something you are really passionate about? How would you feel if someone told you that what you are most passionate about is unimportant and that your perspective on it was wrong?
  • Paul went from forcing everyone to believe his way to what we read in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23. How does someone make a shift like that? What makes this way of living so much better especially when it comes to influencing people?
  • What does Paul’s statement, “I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some” mean to you? Isn’t that compromising what we believe? Why not? How can you put it into practice?

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Unsensibly Sensible. Pure in Heart? – 8.11.19 – Rob Pilant

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Blessed are the pure in heart. What does it mean to be pure in heart? In a world that seems filled with hidden agendas and gotchas, how can you be blessed by living with pure motives? It might not make sense to you right off the bat, but when you hear what Jesus has to say, you’ll never want to live any other way!

Small Group Questions

  • When was the last time (you can talk about) where you were manipulated or deceived? How did it make you feel? When was the last time you manipulated or deceived someone else (don’t answer out loud)? How do you think that person would feel if they knew you had manipulated or deceived them?
  • Please read Matthew 5:8. What does “pure in heart” mean to you? Who is the most pure in heart person you know? What makes that person stand out in your mind? Do you find yourself wanting to be like that person? Why?
  • Genesis 25-31 shares part of the story of Jacob’s life. When you read this story from an objective eye, how do you feel about Rebekah? Jacob? Laban? Is that the way you want to be thought of?
  • Taking it a step further. As a follower of Jesus, if we are manipulators and deceivers, what does that tell people about Jesus? How would this stand in the way of us being A Place For Everyone to experience the love of Jesus?

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