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It Doesn’t Make $ense- 11.17.19 – Rob Pilant

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It Doesn’t Make Sense…or does it? Does it make sense to give away what you’ve worked so hard to get? Part of us says “No” and yet another part, especially at this time of year feels really good about giving. Why? Why does being generous feel so good? There’s a very good reason, and I want to share it with you.

Small Group Questions

  • Who is someone who changed your life through their words or influence? How did that happen? Where would you be if certain key people had not invested in you?
  • Please read Luke 16:1-9. Why did Jesus tell this story? Why is the manager extremely smart for doing what he did? Why does Jesus praise the manager when it seems he swindled someone?
  • How often do you find yourself caught up in the same Game of Life everyone else gets caught up in? Why is it so easy to store up stuff and money? How do you break down your inclinations to choose stuff over people?
  • How are you being generous? What priorities in your life should change? What would that look like? Do you think it will make you happier? Why or why not? What would Jesus say?

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It Doesn’t Make $ense- 11.10.19 – Lance Hagenbeck

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If money could talk, what would it say?  What would it say about how you use it and spend it?  Would it say you are a spender, saver or somewhere in the middle?  Would it say you use it all on yourself or that you are generous with it?  This Sunday, we are going to talk about something that I believe our money would say that you wouldn’t necessarily expect it to say.  The world constantly fills our minds with its idea of what we should do with our money, but God’s word says something completely different.

Small Group Questions

  • What do you feel you regularly spend too much money on?
  • When it comes to managing money, what are three words that best describe you?
  • Parables are fictional stories Jesus told in order to teach his followers something important.  On that note, read Luke 12:13-21.
    -what does it mean when Jesus says “life does not consist in the abundance of possessions?
    -how does our culture shape our views about our stuff?
    -why did God call the man foolish for wanting to build bigger barns for his wealth?
    -what does it mean to be rich toward God?
  • How can being content with what we have lead us to live more generous lives?
  • If money is intended to be a means to something rather than the meaning of life, what would be a win statement for your money? If it’s not just consumption, upgrades, and waste, what is it?

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made- 11.3.19 – Rob Pilant

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Is sex really the “end-all-be-all” this world tells us it is? Does it live up to all of the hype? What’s God perspective on it? I can’t wait to talk with you about what God thinks about sex

Small Group Questions

  • Why do you think “sex” holds such a powerful place in our world today? Do you think we are more “sex-crazed” now than ever before? If so, what make you think that? If not, what makes you think we are not?
  • Please read Proverbs 5:15-19. In what context does Solomon say sex should happen? What kind of value does Solomon put on sex? Why do you say that?
  • Please read 1 Corinthians 7:25-35. According to Paul, what is supposed to be the “end-all-be-all” of our lives? How does Paul reinforce that with his teaching in this passage? Why is it actually good to be single?
  • You are fearfully and wonderfully made. What does that statement mean to you? If you are made, then someone had a purpose in mind for you when they made you. What is God’s purpose for you and your body? What’s your next step in pleasing God with the body He has given you?

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made- 10.27.19 – Rob Pilant

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As we have been exploring this concept that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, we’ve been establishing who we are and what we should be. The next step in this conversation has to do with a way we view ourselves. I think we have settled for “sexy” when we should be going for beautiful. We live in a hyper-sexed society with lots of expectations. And I’m not sure meeting them is really the direction to go with your life.

Small Group Questions

  • What in your mind is the difference between “sexy” and “beautiful”? Which adjective does this world push people to be more of? Why do you think this is the case?
  • What does it really mean to be found “sexy”? Is that a bad thing? Why? What do you think is God’s design for sex?
  • Please read 1 Corinthians 6:12-20. Should we do everything we “can” do or have the power to do? Why or why not?  Why does Paul say sex outside of marriage is a bad thing? Do you agree or disagree why?
  • Paul says that sex outside of marriage is too small of a view of sexuality. Why? What happens when we have sex outside of marriage? Why would you recommend people be married before they have sex?

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made- 10.20.19 – Rob Pilant

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You are fearfully and wonderfully made! The ramifications of knowing that brings so much peace and joy to our lives. What’s it like though if someone doesn’t know this? Where do they get their identity, and how does it effect who they are? This week, we talk about something extremely delicate and personal, but it has the power to completely transform how we view ourselves and our sexual identity.

Small Group Questions

  • Have you ever been told you can be anything you want to be? If so, how did it affect you when you found out you couldn’t be? How do you see this kind of thinking (that we can be anything we want to be or do anything we want to do) impact the way people live their lives? How is it helpful or harmful to someone?
  • Do you think a child is qualified to determine who they are? Why or why not? Are you qualified to determine your own identity? Why or why not? Has the way you have viewed yourself changed over the years? Have you changed over the years? Do you think you’re done changing? How does this impact your identity?
  • Please read Genesis 1:27-31. What stands out to you when you read that passage? If you are designed and created by someone, who then determined who you are? Do you believe that your identity, including your sexuality, was determined by God? If you do, how does that effect how you approach your identity?
  • When people struggle with questions about God, how do you think we should respond? How are you helping people who have questions about God find answers? How are you helping people who have questions about God feel the freedom to ask their questions? What are you doing to make A Place For Everyone to Experience Jesus?

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made- 10.13.19 – Rob Pilant

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This Sunday we start a very hard but very needed conversation about these bodies we have. We live in a time when many, many, many people have body shame and are searching for identity. People are hurting and they shouldn’t be. There is a salve to heal this hurt and I want to share it with you this Sunday.

Small Group Questions

  • Do you know someone who struggles with body image? How does that person view themselves? How do you see them? If there is a disparity, why do you think it exists?
  • In Genesis 3:3-7, we are told that immediately after eating the forbidden fruit, Adam and Eve got dressed because they realized they were naked. Why do you think they were all of a sudden ashamed of their bodies? Why is shame harmful in how a person views him/herself? What are we now missing as adults that kids running around naked and unashamed have?
  • Genesis 1:27-31 says that after God created humanity that He said it was very good. Do you think that applies to our bodies? What do you think Adam and Eve looked like? Why do you think that? Why does that body type capture the essence of what you call “beauty”?
  • Psalm 139:13-15 is a wonderful psalm that describes God’s direct involvement in our individual creation. Knowing that God designed and created you individually, how does that make you feel? If God designed and created each and every human, which body type is the “right” one? Shame comes from how we view ourselves. The antidote to shame is seeing ourselves through God’s eyes. What does God see when He looks at you?

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Dream Sunday- 10.6.19 – Rob Pilant

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This Sunday is probably the most important one of our entire year! We talk about why we exist, what’s our dream and how in the world can we accomplish something as extravagant as truly making A Place For Everyone to Experience Jesus and His love! We’ve got an amazing day planned that is sure to leave its mark on your life!

Small Group Questions

  • What is one of the most vivid dreams you had as a child? What do you dream about as an adult? Why is there such a difference between the dreams we dream as kids and the dreams we dream as adults?
  • What are your emotional reactions to the statement “Creating A Place For Everyone”? Can it be done? Will it be done? What would keep it from being done? What would make it possible?
  • Please read Romans 10:9-15. Do you believe that anyone who trusts in Jesus will never be regret that decision? What makes you give that answer? Do you believe everyone needs Jesus? Why?
  • How will people find out who Jesus really is and what He’s really about if no one tells them? How are you telling people about Jesus? Who is one person you can specifically target to help them find Jesus? How will you do it?

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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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