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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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Faith That Works – 11.5.17 – Rob Pilant

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Sometimes “Faith” seems so abstract that it almost becomes irrelevant, but that is not how faith is supposed to work. Faith can have a real, concrete impact in our worlds and change absolutely everything for the good. That’s what this series is all about!

Small Group Questions

  • When you think about life, what are some things you can be confident about? (Death and Taxes!)  Why are you confident in those things? What are some things people should be confident in? Why aren’t they?
  • Please read Psalm 20. When you read verses 1-5, isn’t that what your heart longs for? If so, why? If not, why not or what’s missing?  When someone is anointed it’s a big deal. How does it make you feel that God wants to anoint you? Why would someone choose not to be anointed by God?
  • Why do most people who have faith seem to come up short when it comes to acting on that faith? Please read John 14:12-14. Why does coming up short on acting on that faith nullify God being able to bless them?
  • God has chosen to let you choose whether to have confidence in Him or not. What is holding you back, if anything, from trusting His way, truth and life? If you have confidence in God in most areas of your life, what is keeping you from trusting Him with the rest? What step can you take to trust Him more this week?

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It’s Complicated – 10.29.17 – Rob Pilant

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​Let’s be honest! If you’re in relationships, you’re going to have bumps and bruises. Things are going to go sideways, and sometimes, there ​are going to be deep hurts. Joseph displays for us the path to restoration even from one of the greatest hurts anyone could do to another human being. There’s so much we can learn from him!

Small Group Questions

  • Why do relationships fall apart? Is it usually a one-sided thing? Why or why not? Why is it so hard to repair relationships?
  • Think back through the last part of Joseph’s story found in Genesis 42-46. What do you think is Joseph’s motivation for putting his brothers through all that he did? Would you have done something similar if you wanted to restore your relationship with them? What would have done differently? Which part of the story surprises you? Why?
  • How big of a deal was it for Joseph to be sold into slavery? How do you think Joseph came to a place where he could forgive his brothers for selling him into slavery? How does this effect your attitude on restoring relationships in your world?
  • What is holding you back from restoring relationships in your world? Have you forgiven the person? Do you still desire to have a relationship with the person? Do you love the person? Why should you not restore the relationship? Why should you restore the relationship? Take a moment to pray as a group that God would give you the strength to act in these relationships the way He has demonstrated.

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It’s Complicated. The Perks of Faithfulness, Dedication, Resilience & Submission – 10.22.17

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We’ve been talking about how relationships are messy, and we’re supposed to walk toward the mess, but why? If you are going to get your feelings hurt and I’m going to get my feelings hurt, then doesn’t it just make sense to stay away from relationships? Well, this Sunday, we want to look at why relationships are so essential and how God is working through those relationships to help you become all He designed you to be.

Small Group Questions

  • What makes people so valuable? What makes you valuable? From a Jesus’ perspective, why was He willing to give His life for you?
  • When you think of the story of Joseph, the cupbearer and the baker (Genesis 39:20-41:57), how do you think it felt for Joseph to serve them? Do you think Joseph would have any reason to resent having to serve them? How do you think the cupbearer and the baker viewed Joseph? Do you think that Joseph would have had resentment when the cupbearer forgot about what Joseph had done for him? Do you think Joseph might have resented God through this? Why or why not?
  • When it comes to serving people, what can be motivations to do so whether right or wrong? What should be the motivation for serving people? What are some of the frustrations you will face in serving people? What should keep you going? Why?
  • Who are the people in your life you know you should be serving? Get specific. Make a list. Go ahead and take a couple of minutes to do it now. Share the list with the group. Is the list too long? Is the list too short? How should you be serving the people you have identified? What is your next step in serving these people?

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It’s Complicated. The Trap of Seduction – 10.15.17 – Rob Pilant

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This Sunday, we continue our new series, “It’s Complicated,” by looking further into the life of Joseph. ​We will look at how Joseph handled the incredibly complicated situation of his master’s wife trying to seduce him. In a situation where it seems Joseph can’t win, he does.

Small Group Questions

  • Why is it so difficult for us when we are treated unfairly? Please share a story of how you were treated unfairly. In the midst of the scenario, what gave you the strength to press on? What were the obstacles?
  • Please read Genesis 39.  Tell this story in your words. What in this story makes sense? What in this story give you pause? Did Joseph do anything wrong? If so, what? Did Joseph do anything right? If so, what?
  • How hard is it to stand up for what is right when you know it could cost you big? Have you been placed in a scenario that resembles the one Joseph has been put into? Does having God as your moral compass make it easier or harder to stand up for what is right? Why? Who gets violated when we do not stand up for what is right?
  • Where are your moral boundaries? What lines will you not cross in your relationships (dating, marriage, parenting, etc.), finances, job, etc.? Why? What other moral boundaries or lines will you not cross? Why?

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It’s Complicated. The Power of Envy– 10.08.17 – Rob Pilant

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We start a brand new series called, It’s Complicated! Yep, we’re talking about relationships. They make the world go around but man, can they be messy! We need perspective so we’re going to take a look at the life of Joseph and how God helped him navigate the relationships in his world.

Small Group Questions

  • When you were a kid, what were some of the things you were envious of other kids for? How about as a teenager? How about now? How does it effect the way you view people?
  • Please read Genesis 37. Can you feel the brothers’ pain? What role does Joseph play in this story? What role does Jacob play in this story?
  • Where did the brothers go wrong? What could the brothers have done differently to not end up where they did? In the progression of disgust and hate, where would it have been easiest to turn things around?
  • Relationships are messy. How can you make sure your relationships never slip into a place of envy, disgust and hate? If Jesus were one of the brothers, how do you think He would have handled things? How does this story weave into our dream of becoming A Place For Everyone.

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A Place For Everyone To Pursue Their God-Given Purpose – 10.01.17 – Rob Pilant

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​When you think about what each and everyone of us need whether you are a Jesus-follower or not, it’s purpose. We need to know we matter. When we say we want to be “A Place For Everyone”, we say we want everyone, those inside the church and out, to discover why God created them. No one is an accident. You matter.

Small Group Questions

  • What do you think most people believe their purpose is? What do you believe is your purpose? Does it even matter? Why or why not?
  • Please read Ephesians 2:10. How does knowing that you are God’s handiwork make you feel? If you are designed by God, what does that mean for the purpose of your life? What is the significance, if any, of being designed versus being an accident?
  • Please read Romans 12:3-8. Have you ever believed that in order to have faith you have to stop thinking? If so, why did you believe that or why do you not believe that? What makes it hard for you to believe either that the universe was designed by God or that the universe was incidental?
  • If you believe that the universe’s design and your design is incidental, what does that mean about you? If you believe that there is a designer of the universe and you, what does that mean for you? Which is more appealing? What is humanity’s purpose based on your belief? What is your purpose based on your belief?

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A Place for Everyone to Find Life-Giving Relationships – 09.24.17 – Rob Pilant

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 These last two weeks have been great as we have been exploring the dream God has given Brooklife to become “A Place For Everyone”. Last week, we talked about becoming a a place for everyone to experience the love of Jesus. This week, we talk about being a place for everyone to find life-giving relationships. The key words in that sentence are “life-giving”. We all have many people in our world but what do life-giving relationships look like?

Small Group Questions

  • From the viewpoint of people who don’t know God, what are some of the grandest displays of love in our world?  In your life, excluding God’s love for you and others, what are some of the greatest displays of love?  Who is the hardest person in your world to love? Why?
  • Please read Ephesians 3:16-19. What does it mean to be “rooted and established in love”?  What does it mean to “grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ”? What does it mean to “to know this love that surpasses knowledge”?  What does it mean “that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God”?
  • Please read 1 John 4:19-21. What do these verses say to you? Who are the people you are supposed to love? What is our motivation?
  • When you bring together the meaning of Ephesians 3:16-19 and 1 John 4:19-21, what conclusions can you draw? When you think through the concept of “Creating A Place For Everyone To Experience The Love Of Jesus”, how does that tie in with the concepts of these two Bible passages? How can you being to create a place for everyone to experience the love of Jesus?

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