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Reality Check – 5.19.19 – Rob Pilant

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Have you ever wondered why we are so obsessed with Reality TV? I think maybe it has something to do with loving to watch all the drama because somehow, it makes us feel better to know we aren’t as bad as them! But we all have drama, and in the midst of that drama, how do we find the life God designed us to have? We can learn a lot about life from a guy named King David! That’s what we’re talking about this Sunday.

Small Group Questions

  • What Reality TV shows do you like to watch? What’s your favorite part of the show? Why? How can your own personal life sometimes feel like Reality TV?
  • David’s life definitely comes off like Reality TV. When you think through all that happens in 1 Samuel chapters 1-4, how would you describe David’s life at that point? If you found yourself in a similar place, how would you feel? How do you think David felt about having had to wait so long to become king when God has promised him that so much earlier?
  • David actively waited for God’s timing. What does “active waiting” mean to you? How would you practice that in your own life? What does it mean to really “wait” on something?
  • What are you waiting on in your life right now that you believe God has promised you? What are you doing in the mean time? What’s your next step?
  • How are you taking steps to do your part in the church to change the world? What steps have you made? What is your next step?

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Mother’s Day. – 5.12.19 – Katie Ewing

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This Sunday, it’s Mother’s Day, and we want to celebrate all of our great moms! We’ll have a special gift for each mom and a photo op so you can capture a memory of this great day! Most importantly, we’ll have Katie Ewing sharing with us from personal experience how God is always with us, not just in the good times but in the middle of the times that seem almost unbearable. Don’t miss this Sunday! See ya here at 9 or 10:30am!

It’s Not Over. Life after Belief & Repentance. – 5.5.19 – Rob Pilant

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It’s Still Not Over! We’ve got ourselves squared away with Jesus, but what now? Does God really believe He can change the world through me? The answer is YES, YES, YES! God wants to use you to bring life, love and hope to this world. This Sunday, I want to show you how.

Small Group Questions

  • Have you ever really “devoted” yourself to someone? What did/does that look like? Have you ever devoted yourself to some thing? What did/does that look like? What does it require of you?
  • Please read Acts 2:42-47. What kind of pronouns show up throughout this passage? Throughout the New Testament of the Bible, God’s focus is almost always on us working together. Why do you think that is so important? Why is working together so complicated? Is it worth it to figure out how to work together?
  • Please discuss what it means to be devoted to the following: the Apostles’ teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer. Which of those things is hardest for you to really get into? Why? What would make it easier? Would doing any of these things together make them easier or more fulfilling?
  • Jesus called us to change the world…together. How are you taking steps to do your part in the church to change the world? What steps have you made? What is your next step?

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It’s Not Over. It’s Still Not Over. It’s Only Just Begun. – 4.28.19 – Rob Pilant

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So Easter has come and gone again. Jesus died and rose again…now what? Where do we go from here? What do we do with Jesus? That’s what I’m so excited to share with you this Sunday! It’s Not Over! It’s Only Just Begun!

Small Group Questions

  • When you think of what it means to “really blow it” in life, what comes to mind? Have you ever really blown it? How does thinking of that time make you feel? Do you often think of how you really blew it? Why do you think it has left such a mark on you?
  • Please read Acts 2:22-24, 36-37. Peter uses some strong language with these fellow Jews. How do you think the Jews felt during Peter’s challenge? What do you think was the heart behind them asking, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Recognizing how each of us have blown it with Jesus and the life He has given us, do you find yourself asking the same question? Why or why not?
  • Please read Acts 2:38-40. Thankfully, Peter doesn’t leave us hanging and tells us what to do. What does Peter mean when he tells them to repent? What is Peter talking about when he tells them to be baptized? Why are both of these steps so essential to forgiveness? What is forgiveness? Do you feel forgiven? Why or why not? Are you hanging on to your failure even though God has forgiven you? If so, why?
  • Peter had blown it. Peter repented. Peter went public with his faith. Peter embraced forgiveness. And Peter became a bold voice for Jesus. We see in Peter a progression. Where are you at in the progression? What’s your next step to move to having a bold (or bolder) voice for Jesus?

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It’s Not Over. Our Easter Celebration Begins – 4.14.19 – Rob Pilant

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This Sunday, we kick off our Easter Celebration with this thought, “It’s Not Over!” No matter where you are in your life. No matter what you’ve done or where you’ve been, because of Jesus and His resurrection, “It’s Not Over!”

Small Group Questions

  • Have you ever experienced something in your life where you felt like your life was over? If you are willing, please share that experience with the group. What makes moments like that so hard to recover from? In those moments have you ever asked God why this happened to you?
  • Please read Matthew 21:1-11. What do you think was the mindset of the people who were cheering for Jesus? Why do you think Jesus was riding on the foal of a donkey?
  • Please read Matthew 21:12-13. What do you think Jesus’ rationale was in jumping off the donkey and immediately flipping tables in the temple? We see very few times that Jesus was truly angry. This is one of them. Why? How does that apply to how Jesus would view our world today?
  • The Jews were looking for Jesus to fix their problem. We are looking for Jesus to fix our problem. How does Jesus’ way of fixing our problems differ from the way we would like it done? Why is that so frustrating for us? What choice do you have? What choice will you make?

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Ghost Stories. Becoming Spiritual – 4.7.19 – Rob Pilant

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We’ve learned so much about our spirituality over the last couple of weeks. But I want to wrap up with what it truly means to be spiritual. What is it like to live spiritually? And what’s the big deal if I don’t?

Small Group Questions

  • What does it mean to you to worship something? What does it mean to you to be truth? When it comes to our interactions with God, what does it mean to worship God? To be truth with God?
  • Please read the story of the Woman at the Well from John 4:1-26. What jumps out at you from this story? If you were this woman, how would you have reacted to Jesus? How would you have handled it when Jesus told you to go and get your husband? Why do you think Jesus brought this part of the woman’s life up?
  • Many times when we talk about truth, we talk about the right content or information.  Jesus was pushing for the woman to understand a deeper truth, her condition and her need for God in her life. How does Jesus mentioning “eternal life” reinforce that concept?
  • What is spirituality? According to Jesus, to truly relate to God correctly we must worship in spirit and truth. What does that mean? What will life be like if we only understand the truth but do not lean into our connection with God? What will life be like if we both embrace truth and our need for connection with God? What can you do to more fully embrace “worshiping in spirit and truth”?

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Ghost Stories – 3.31.19 – Rob Pilant

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Last Sunday, we started our brand new series called, Ghost Stories, where we are stepping into the mystical, magical world of the spiritual. Even though science can’t prove its existence, something in each of us knows it does. So how do you tap into this “spiritual” life God wants each of us to have?

Small Group Questions

  • Why is it so much harder for most of us to learn from a book versus learning from a person like a coach or teacher? Please share of a time when someone helped you understand something that seemed impossible from the instructions on the page.
  • Please read John 14:15-17. Jesus calls the Holy Spirit a Counselor. What do counselors do? What does it mean that the Holy Spirit is a Counselor for you?
  • What does it mean to you when Jesus says the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth? How do you determine what is truth and what is fiction? Why is it so hard to definitively say what truth is in the realms of morals, politics, sexuality, etc.?
  • Why do you think Jesus tied love and obedience to the work of the Holy Spirit in your life? How would a lack of love effect your relationship with the Holy Spirit? How would a lack of obedience effect your relationship with the Holy Spirit? With all that in mind, what should be your next step in tapping into the power of the Holy Spirit in your life?

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Ghost Stories – 3.24.19 – Rob Pilant

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Sunday, we wrap up our series on Running With The Bulls, where we have discovered that to get the life you have always wanted, you have to stay focused on Jesus. I want to show you the attitude that is essential to staying focused. You don’t want to miss this Sunday!

Small Group Questions

  • Have you ever thought you understood something but later, found out there was a whole lot more to it? If so, please share your discovery with the group? In your own words, what does it mean to you that God is with you? Are you one of those people who has to understand something to believe in it? If so, describe why that’s important to you. If not, why is it not important to you?
  • Please read John 3:1-6. Who is Nicodemus according to this passage? Why is Nicodemus talking to Jesus? Do you feel like you understand where Nicodemus is coming from? How would you have responded if Jesus told you that you had to be born again?
  • Jesus tells Nicodemus that in order for Nicodemus to truly understand Jesus, Nicodemus will need to be born of the Spirit. What does that mean to you? Jesus also says that only those who are born of the Spirit can enter the Kingdom of God. What does that mean to you?
  • Without Jesus, we are missing something that is essential to us being who God designed us to be. What we are missing is the spiritual connection to God. Faith in Jesus gives us that connection. How are you leaning in to that connection God has awakened in you? What steps can you take to lean into it more?

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