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The Me I Want to Be – What Am I Worth?- 1.14.18 – Rob Pilant

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To be the “Me I Want To Be” I need to work to make it happen, but what do I work at? What is the definition of success? What is the definition of how I define my worth? How do I truly make a difference? Not only will we talk about the next essential habit we need in our lives, but why it is so essential.

Small Group Questions

  • Who are some of the most powerful people in the world? Who are some of the most powerful people you personally know? What makes them so powerful? Do you want to be like them? Why or why not? Do you think they are happy? Why or why not?
  • In Matthew 23:11, Jesus said, “The greatest among you will be your servant.” What are your first impressions of that statement? How does that statement jive with the world’s view of who is the greatest? Why do you think Jesus believes that?
  • Please read Matthew 23:1-12. How would you describe the way the teachers of the law and the Pharisees used their power? Is this “great” behavior? Why or why not? Is this behavior you would be proud of in your own life? Jesus obviously believed it was wrong, and His way is better. If you lived life Jesus’ way, could you be proud of the way you lived? Why or why not?
  • To be the “Me You Want To Be”, Jesus says you need to become a servant of people. Who in your life would it be good for you to serve? Your fellow employees? Your boss? Your subordinates? Your kids? Your friends? Your spouse?

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The Me I Want to Be. How to Hear From God – 1.7.18 – Rob Pilant

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It seems that every year we desire to kick off the year with wanting to fix something that’s a bit out whack in our lives. I think that’s actually a really good thing, but what should we pick? That’s exactly what this series is all about: what it takes to become The Me I Want To Be!

Small Group Questions

  • What makes “pure gold” pure? When you think of being “purely human”, what comes to mind? What parts of humanity seem to be counterfeit humanity? Why do people settle for a counterfeit humanity?
  • Please read Psalm 119:9-16. Why is God important in the mix of becoming “pure”? Why is God’s Word important to becoming “pure”?  What is the purpose of the Bible in your mind?
  • Why do you think many struggle with reading the Bible? Some say the Bible is hard to understand, but take on really difficult pursuits in other aspects of life. Why do you think they do not see that kind of value in reading the Bible? How does seeing the Bible as the means to understand how to live the life I was designed to live effect that perception?
  • Do you desire to be the pure you God designed you to be? If not, why not? If so, what are you willing to do to attain it? What step can you commit to take tonight to begin on that path?

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Laser Like Focus – 12.31.17 – Rees Beguhl

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As we move into the new year, 2018, what does it look like to be focused? Not just focused on something but focused on someone? That someone…is Jesus. We will be looking at what Hebrews 12:1-3 has to say about our focus and where it should be!

Small Group Questions

  • Looking back into 2017, what were some things that had your focus. Do you think that this focus strengthened your relationship with God or pulled you away? How?
  • In the message, we talked about not being alone in the race of life. Who do you have on your team? How do they encourage you to keep running the race that God has asked you to run. What do you do to remind yourself that God is with you in the race and that you are not alone?
  • Jesus already ran the race of life and won! How and why does this affect your every day living? When was the last time you actually thought of yourself as a winner? Do you believe that today?
  • What will you focus on in 2018 so that “you will not grow weary and lose heart” in the race of life? How will you train for your race? Who will be on your team? What do you hope to accomplish?

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Christmas Unwrapped. The Gift of Presence – 12.17.17 – Rob Pilant

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Why did God choose to send Jesus the way He did? This Sunday, I want to show you something that could totally rock your thinking…that God actually likes you!

Small Group Questions

  • Think of the people you like most. What do you like most about them? Do you think most people see themselves as likable? Why or why not? Do you think you are likable?
  • In Genesis 2 & 3 we find the account of creation. How does the creation story differ than how you perceived it when you were growing up? When you see the way God interacted with Adam and then Eve, how does that effect your perception of God?
  • Please read Revelation 21:1-4. What is your favorite part of that passage? How does it make you feel to know Jesus will be with us? Have you ever wondered why He would choose to do that?
  • Please read Luke 13:34. What does it make you think to know Jesus “longed” to gather up the ones He loves? How does it make you feel to know He wants to protect you? How does it make you feel to know that instead of longing for Him, we ignore Him? How can we begin to long for Jesus the way He longs for us?

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Christmas Unwrapped. The Gift of Love – 12.10.17 – Joey Bluel

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The Christmas story, the birth of Jesus, the coming of a Savior….but why? Why did He have to be born? Why did he have to come here? ​Hosea, an Old Testament Prophet, lived out a prophecy that clearly demonstrates the type of love that God has for us and shows us how God demonstrates his love for us. Through the birth of Jesus, we see why His love came down.

Small Group Questions

  • In what ways does the Christmas story demonstrate true love?  Why did this demonstration of love have to begin with God sending his son, Jesus, to be born on earth?
  • Read John 3:16.  It says God SO loved.. Do you know a parent with a case of the SO loves (maybe its you)?  Give an example of how you, or a parent you know, SO loved their child that it maybe even caused a little embarrassment to the child!
  • Read Romans 5:8. What does it show us about the true love of God. How does that relate to the Christmas story?
  • In the story of Hosea and Gomer, we learn Hosea goes to great lengths to find and rescue Gomer, and he pays the price to have her back.  Do you feel that Jesus has rescued you? If so, what is your story?  What was your life like when God showed up, and how has it changed since?
  • We know that one way God shows his love is through his people, Christians.  For those of you that would say you are a follower of Jesus, a Christian, who is one person that God has put in your life that needs to experience rescue? Who has God put in your life that you can show love to?   This person needs to know how loved they are by God, how can you play a part in making that happen?

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Christmas Unwrapped. The Gift of Understanding – 12.3.17 – Rob Pilant

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We start a brand new Christmas series called Christmas Unwrapped where we explore why it was necessary for Jesus to become a baby.

Small Group Questions

  • What’s your favorite part of the Christmas Season? Why? When you think about it, what’s the craziest part of Christmas for you? What’s the part of the Christmas story that you think is hardest for people to truly believe?
  • Why do you believe God had Jesus be born as a baby and live on this earth for thirty-three years? Please read Hebrews 4:12-16. How does it feel to know God can see that deep into you?
  • Share what you know about how the High Priest of Jewish system works. What would be some qualifications for a High Priest? How does Jesus being the Great High Priest eclipse those qualifications? From Hebrews 4:15, why was it important that God became man? How does that change everything?
  • Knowing that God knows you completely and can completely feel your pain, how honoring is it that Jesus willingly died in your place? Why? Since Jesus made everything right for all who put their faith in Him, how should that shape the rest of our lives? What would be an improper response to that gift? How can you honor that gift with you life?

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Faith That Works. Believing in Faith – 11.26.17 – Rob Pilant

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We wrapped up our series, Faith That Works! What is that essential to put it all together? How do we move beyond a faith that just pacifies? How do we move forward? That’s what I want to show you.

Small Group Questions

  • Does it surprise you that some people cannot see serious problems coming into their lives due to their current actions? Why? What are some examples of behaviors you can see in people’s lives that you know will end up costing them?
  • Please Read Proverbs 3:1-18. The writer of Proverbs presents several wise behaviors and the results of those behaviors. Do any of the wise behaviors stand out to you? Why? Do the behaviors seem wise? Why would someone not follow one of these behaviors?
  • Which of the wise behaviors listed is hardest for you? Why? Is the outcome presented worth the effort in the long-term? In the short-term?
  • If we want a Faith That Works, we must be willing to allow that Faith To Work in us. Are you willing to make the sacrifices necessary to get a “Faith That Works” or are you satisfied with a faith that satisfies? Is a Faith That Works just too costly right now? Why or why not?

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Faith That Works – 11.19.17 – Rob Pilant

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The last couple of weeks, we have been talking about a Faith That Works. We don’t want just a faith that pacifies but one that produces results. What does that faith look like? This week we dig into the Principle of First. These truths of this principle have the power to change everything in your faith. Click here for the video: The Principle of First

Small Group Questions

  • What are some of the priorities in your life? How do those priorities effect the rest of your life? Which priorities are the highest? Why?
  • For a Faith That Works, God must be first. Why? Do you struggle with God having to be first? Why or why not?  Have you ever thought about the concept of God not being able to do some things? What thoughts come to mind? What is it that God cannot do?
  • Why do you think money or “tithing” is such a hard conversation to have for some of us? Should it be? Why or why not? What experiences in your life have affected your perspective on giving or tithing? How does that fit with God and His ways?
  • Please read Exodus 13:11-15. Explain what this passage means in light of Sunday’s message. What if the reason we are not experiencing a Faith That Works (the blessings of God) is because we are not putting God first? What is holding you back from living life the way God has prescribed?

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Faith That Works – 11.12.17 – Lance Hagenbeck

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We all go through moments and seasons in life that cause us to question or doubt God. The interesting thing though is that once we get through those seasons and look back, it was those very moments or seasons that actually caused our faith to grow. This Sunday we will be talking about how God uses difficulties in our lives to grow our faith.

Small Group Questions

  • Give a brief example of an event or set of circumstances in your life that led to feelings of helplessness or being out of control.
  • As you think back on this incident, what role did God play in your thoughts? Did you pray? Did you pray differently? Were you angry?
  • Would you say this event strengthened or weakened your confidence in God? Why?
  • Read James 1:2-4. James says that trials test our faith or confidence in God. How is a trial a test of our faith?
  • James says the goal of these tests is “perseverance.” The implication is that trials can create persevering faith in God. But why trials? Can you think of other ways God could create persevering faith in us?

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