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All In. Baptism – 7.23.17 – Rob Pilant

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Last week, we ended with the question, “Why wouldn’t you get baptized?” I know many of you have been processing that question so I wanted to share with you another great insight about baptism from none other than Jesus’ own baptism. Jesus taught us so much through His incredible example.

Small Group Questions

  • Have you ever tried to do something by yourself that was really a two-person job? If so, can you think of a time you tried but it didn’t go well? If so, please share the story with your group? Why do you think we try so hard to do things by ourselves?
  • Please read Matthew 3:11,13-17.  Who is John the Baptist? Why do you think he reacted to Jesus’ request the way he did? How would you have reacted to Jesus asking you do something like that? What do you think Jesus said it was “proper” for this to be done?
  • Jesus was acting in accordance with God the Father’s will. Have you ever wondered what it must have been like for the one who created the universe to take direction from someone else? Jesus is God and yet He is having to submit. What can this teach us about following God’s direction in our lives? What are you willing to do to follow God’s lead?
  • A better question might be, “What am I not willing to do to follow God’s lead?” When you honestly ask that question of yourself, what things come to mind? Please share why it would be so hard to follow God’s direction in those areas. Jesus submitted to God the Father’s direction of being baptized, why wouldn’t you?

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All In. Baptism – 7.16.17 – Rob Pilant

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Sunday, we paused our series, “Say What?”​ where we’ve been looking at the stories Jesus told so we can take a look at this interesting concept of “baptism”. We all have a little bit different backgrounds so it’s really important to look and see what God says baptism is and why it is important.

Small Group Questions

  1. What is your favorite sports team? Do you have any of that team’s memorabilia? If so, why? If not, why do you think people do have team memorabilia?
  2. Please read Acts 8:26-38. What stands out most to you from this story? Why do you believe the Ethiopian wanted to be baptized so quickly?
  3. Have you been baptized after making the decision to be a Jesus-follower? If so, why did you make the decision to do so? What has it meant to you? If you have not been baptized, what’s keeping you from making that next step?
  4. Following Jesus is a progression. It’s step by step, growing little by little. What is your next step in your walk with Jesus? If the next obvious step is baptism, will you take that step? If it’s something else, please share with the group what that step is. Please pray together over how each of you can walk a little more with and life Jesus.

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Say What? – Choosing the Cheap Seats– 7.9.17 – Rob Pilant

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I love the stories Jesus told. They are so not what we would expect Him to say. This week He tells the story of why it’s better to choose the cheap seats over the front row seats. How could that ever be wise? Well, in Jesus’ economy, not only is it better, it will change how we view everything!

Small Group Questions

  • Do you have a preferred seat at a movie theater? Why? Why is it frustrating when that seat isn’t available?
  • Read Luke 14:7-11. What were the guests thinking when they picked their seats? How embarrassing would it have been to be asked to move so someone more preferred could sit in that seat? Have you ever seen this happen where someone sat in seats they weren’t entitled to and had to be removed? Share the story.
  • This story points out a selfishness problem. These guests were all about themselves. What are ways in which we live, that point out that you might have some selfishness as well? What would be a better way to handle those situations? Having good seats at a game or a concert is not selfishness. What would move having good seats into a selfish behavior?
  • How can you use your opportunities, gifts and time to better serve others? How can you position yourself to bring comfort to others? Share some ideas with the group and then ask God to give you the strength to put them into practice.

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Say What? – Lost & Found– 7.2.17 – Lance Hagenbeck

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Small Group Questions

  1. Why do you think people who were not like Jesus liked to be around Jesus?
  2. Share a time when you came to a point where you knew something had tochange. How did you determine what your next steps would be?
  3. Why do you think the “other brother” was so upset when the prodigal son came home?
  4. As we, a church, become more intentional about reaching lost people, what are some ways we can make sure we don’t become like the “other brother?”
  5. What does the response of the father towards his son coming home teach us about how God feels about us? Is it difficult for you to accept this extravagant grace? Why or why not?

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Say What? – The Key to Better Belief– 6.25.17 – Rob Pilant

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I just love the way Jesus talked because He never said what you’d expect a “church” person to say. He was so real and so connected to what really matters. Sunday, we talked about this concept of “Belief”. Why is it so hard to believe? Why is it so hard to trust? Jesus talks about a mustard seed and what this story tells us will transform the way we look at faith!

Small Group Questions

  1. Why do you believe most people have trust issues? Do you have trust issues? If so, why?
  2. Please read Matthew 17:14-20.  How does this passage make you feel about the power of having faith in or trusting God? How have you been trusting God in your life? What mountains have been moved by that faith? What mountains still need to move?
  3. Please read Mark 4:30-32. What do you know about the Mustard Seed and the Mustard Plant?  With that in mind, how can you be a part of spreading the Kingdom of God into this world? What will it require of you?
  4. Trust is a huge issue. What steps can you take to strengthen your “trusting God” muscles? Please share with the group at least one step you will take to strengthen your trust in God.

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Say What – Putting Jesus to the test – 6.18.17 – Rob Pilant

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We looked into the seemingly crazy things Jesus said!

Small Group Questions

  1. How does it make you feel to be judged? Have you ever been judged unfairly? How did that make you feel and how did you respond?
  2. Please read Luke 7:36-50. Which aspects of this story stand out to you? Why? How do you think it must have gone over in the room for the lady to wash Jesus’ feet with her tears and hair? How does Jesus’ response surprise you? What does that teach you about Jesus’ love for people?
  3. How does Simon’s response effect you? Do you think you would have responded like he did to the women? To Jesus? How did Jesus show compassion to Simon?  What is the primary purpose of the parable Jesus told?
  4. Sins come in many different shapes and sizes, and it is easier to condemn other’s variety and forget our own. With what areas of your life would you think Jesus would not be pleased? If you answered that question at all, then you are a sinner just like the lady. How does it make you feel that Jesus knew this lady was a sinner, and yet, He saw her, loved her, and forgave her? What does that knowledge lead you to do?

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Say What – The Good Samaritan – 6.11.17 – Jonathan Misirian

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This week we began a brand new series called, Say What?  Throughout this series we will be looking at the stories Jesus told and discover some amazing truths that are hidden inside these stories.  This weekend guest speaker Jonathan Misirian shared with us the story of the Good Samaritan and talked about the truth that Jesus came to be our rescuer.

your church – 6.4.17 – Rob Pilant

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Sunday was special because we are really celebrating what God is doing through you. We’re celebrating how God has worked through you to bring love and change to so many people’s lives. We remember and dream big.

Small Group Questions

  1. Who is someone at Brooklife who has made a big, positive impact on your life? How? Why do you believe they chose to do that?
  2. Read Galatians 3:23-29. Why do you believe these verses are so important? How should they motivate us to live lives that designed to share Jesus with everyone around us?
  3. Brooklife’s five priorities are Sunday Services, Small Groups, Leadership Development, Nextgen (Kids and Students), and Outreach (Local and Global). Which area are you most drawn to help in? Why? How could you make a greater difference in one of these areas?
  4. Brooklife is your church. You are your church. If your church is going to make the difference in people’s lives God has designed it to, what next step do you need to take? What is holding you back from taking that step? What can your group do to help you take that step?

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Big Church – Pass It On – 5.28.17 – Joey Bluel

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We all do pretty stupid things in life. Our pasts are full of mistakes we’ve made and experiences we’ve had. There’s good, bad, happy, horrible, and everything in between. But what do we do with these experiences? Is there a way to use them to help influence the people around us? In the book of Acts, the theme continues to be the church movement, but the focus switches from Peter to Paul. This Sunday, we are going to look at the life of this guy named Paul and how he built into those around him. We are going to look at how God can take someone like Paul, living a life of destruction, and change them to live out a life of incredible faith. One way Paul did this was by inviting in those around him. As Christians one of the most important things we can do is invest in those around us

Small Group Questions

  1. What was one of the stupidest things you have ever done? What influenced you to do it? What did you learn from it?
  2. Saul (later named Paul) was living a crazy, violent life before Jesus showed up and changed him. What can we learn from this? Who can Jesus use to continue the church movement?
  3. Read Deuteronomy 6:5-9. In what ways can we impress this type of love on our children and the next generation? How are you doing at this? What intentional step can you make towards living this out more?
  4.  Paul mentored Timothy, and Timothy’s life was greatly affected as a result. Who is somebody in your life that you would credit for influencing you in a positive way? In what ways? Share with your group.
  5. We aren’t supposed to sit back and “watch” church happen. God calls us to play a role in moving the church forward. One way is by pouring into the next generation. What are some of the biggest experiences in your life, both good and bad, that shaped you into the person you are today? In what ways are you using your experiences and your influence to pour into the next generation?

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