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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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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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Unsensibly Sensible. The Merciful? – 8.4.19 – Rob Pilant

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Unsensibly Sensible is such a great way to describe Jesus’ teaching. He leads us in such a counterintuitive way. This week, we talk about “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” And at first glimpse, it seems we have found one that makes sense to our natural way of thinking. But once you start thinking about it, it’s not nearly as straightforward as you might think.

Small Group Questions

  • What does mercy mean to you? How has someone shown you mercy? How have you shown other people mercy?
  • Please read Matthew 5:7 and then Luke 16:19-26. What parts of the story stand out to you? What do you think of the rich man? What do you think of Lazarus?
  • How do we tend to think of people who have a lot and keep it all for themselves? How do we naturally think of those who’ve made a mess of their lives?
  • How does someone become more merciful? How are you growing in your mercy? Do you believe Jesus would smile when He thinks of the mercy you have shown people? Why or why not?

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Unsensibly Sensible. Those Who Hunger and Thirst? – 7.28.19 – Heather Dellamater

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At some point in our lives, we have heard talk of a “heart healthy diet”. It is the call to healthy living by making better food choices.  Everyone understands what it means to have a food craving but what happens to our bodies when we indulge too often? Too many unhealthy choices can wreak havoc on our bodies. 
 
We have all heard the cliché, “You are what you eat.” Labels on food products are helpful in discerning how to make the right choices.  When it comes to our spiritual health, the Bible gives us a lot of help. In the Beatitudes, Jesus is telling us who are the blessed. There are certain characteristics of these blessed people. But, why would we want to hunger and thirst for righteousness? Join Heather Dellamater this Sunday as she helps us see  that if what goes into our bodies is a reflection of our physical health, our hunger for other things is an indicator of our spiritual health. 

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Unsensibly Sensible. The Meek?. – 7.21.19 – Rob Pilant

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Unesnisebly Sensible is such a great way to describe Jesus’ teaching of how to live a supernatural life, right here and right now. In this world, we are taught that power is everything, but Jesus sees things quite differently! Jesus says His way is the key to a blessed life!

Small Group Questions

  • Share a story about someone you knew who had great potential but never lived up to it? What kept them from fulfilling their potential? Share a story about someone who did live up to their potential? What is the difference between these two people?
  • Please read Matthew 5:5. A simple definition of Meekness is power under control or self-control. How has self-control been a struggle for someone you know who’s not doing well in life? How has self-control been a struggle for you?
  • In Judges 13-16, we read the story of Samson. When you remember the story of Samson, what things stand out? What was Samson’s downfall (get specific)? Dream together for a couple of minutes of what Samson could have been if he had learned self-control.
  • Where in your life do you need self-control? Do you have help? Who is or could help you with that area of your life? Who are you letting coach you about how to live your life well? What will your life look like if you don’t keep control over your power?

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