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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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A Place for Everyone – 09.17.17 – Rob Pilant

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Last week, I shared my heart about what God has called Brooklife to become, “A Place For Everyone”, and y’all embraced it thoroughly and excitedly! This week, we begin to unpack what it means to be “A Place For Everyone”

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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A Place for Everyone – 09.10.17 – Rob Pilant

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​​I am so excited to share with you the dream God has placed on my heart for our church! It’s big, God-sized, and I’ll be sharing it this Sunday! This is the most important Sunday o​f this year, so please do everything you can to be here!

Small Group Questions

  • Where do people go to find a place to belong? Specifically, where do women go? Where do men go? Where do students go? Where do children go?
  • Please read John 3:14-17. What did God design the church to be? Why do you think the church is not higher on the list of where people go to find a place to belong?  With that in mind, how does that go against what God has designed the church to be?
  • When you think about the phrase, “A Place For Everyone,” what thoughts come to mind? How do you believe someone in your community will respond to that phrase when used to describe what Brooklife is about? How can you personally ensure that people believe that Brooklife really is “A Place For Everyone”?
  • Who in your sphere of influence needs to find a place where they can belong? Please name them. What can you do to provide a safe place for them to experience Jesus? What steps will you take? Take time to pray for the names listed and the courage to begin creating that safe place for them.

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Say What? How is That Fair? – 09.03.17 – Rob Pilant

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Jesus definitely keeps us on our toes, and once again, He challenges our thinking by telling a story that reveals His view of the gifts/grace He gives. Some of us think that His gifts and grace are beyond our reach because we just are not good enough to deserve it. Others might feel like God has let them down and hasn’t provided what they deserve. Today, we looked at the truth of how Jesus sees it.

Small Group Questions

  • Do you have any brothers and sisters or are you an only child?  Describe your “growing up” with your sibling dynamic. What were the hard spots? What were the great spots?
  • Please read Matthew 20:1-16. Why do you think this passage causes so much tension in our hearts? How can it be okay that someone works so much less and yet gets the same compensation?
  • When thinking through God’s way of doing life: “the last shall be first and the first shall be last”, why is that beautiful? Does it make it easier to swallow when you see that Jesus, God lived that way?
  • How can you start to follow Jesus’ example of living in a way that puts others first? In your romantic relationships? In your parenting / child relationships? In your relationships with coworkers? In other relationships?  Do you believe living this way could change the world? Why or why not?

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Say What? The Sheep and the Goats – 8.27.17 – Joey Bluel

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In the parable of the Sheep and the Goats, Jesus talks about the end times and gives us some insights as to what will happen when He returns. He also reminds us that what we do throughout our lives does matter and does make a difference.

Small Group Questions

  1. Why is it so difficult to fathom the return of Jesus?  Is it hard to imagine?  Is it hard to explain this to others?
  2. Why are actions so important?  Do you believe that your actions speak louder than your words?  What are some personal examples of this in your life?
  3. Certain verses in the bible say that we are saved by faith (John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8). In what ways does that relate to works? Is there more to “faith” then simply believing?
  4. In James 2:17 it says, “So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”  What emotions do you feel when you apply this verse to your life?
  5. What are some tangible ways you and your family can be living out “action” and play a role in having your actions speak louder than your words?

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Say What? Do We Need To Talk About That? – 8.20.17 – Rob Pilant

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​We take on a famous but concerning story Jesus told. It’s the story of the Rich Man and a poor beggar named Lazarus. The thing that makes it really interesting is that most of the story takes place after both have died. W get Jesus’ take on the after-life!

Small Group Questions

  • When you look back at your life, what are the most important things you have done? Which things have had the greatest impact on your life? Which acts have had the greatest impact on your life?
  • Please read Luke 16:19-31.  Which things in this story stand out the most to you? What emotions are aroused when you think of the Rich Man? What emotions are aroused when you think of the poor man, Lazarus? What emotions are aroused when you think of hell?
  • What similarities do many followers of Jesus have with the Rich Man? Which similarities do many followers of Jesus have with Lazarus? Why is there such a discrepancy? What would a great follower of Jesus look like?
  • What would you hope your life looked like in ten years? Would Jesus approve of the life you have chosen? What steps can you take to ensure that in ten years you don’t look back with regret?

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Say What? – Worth Everything?– 8.06.17 – Rob Pilant

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​This summer, we have been looking at Jesus and who he really is. We’ve been doing this by looking at what Jesus said or the stories He told. One of the things Jesus talked about a lot was “the kingdom of God”. He was constantly trying to help us understand what it was all about. As we look at Jesus’ “kingdom of God,” I believe we’ll find something more beautiful and precious than we ever imagined.

Small Group Questions

  • What are some of the most valuable things you possess? What are some of the most valuable things someone can possess? What extremes will people go to get the things you have mentioned? Why? Why are the things so valuable?
  • Please read Matthew 13:44-46. When you think of the Kingdom of God, what comes to mind? Why do you think Jesus spent so much time describing it? Why didn’t Jesus just tell us what it is?
  • Do you believe the Kingdom of God is as valuable as Jesus implied it was? If not, why not? If so, then why is it so hard to arrange our lives around making the Kingdom of God most important?
  • What simple steps can you take to live like the Kingdom of God is as important as Jesus said it was? What things in your life will need to change? Who can help you take these steps and make these changes? Please take time to pray and ask God for strength to take the steps and make the changes you believe you should.

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Say What? – What’s in your Hand– 7.30.17 – Lance Hagenbeck

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We live in a world that is obsessed with talent. As a result, there is a tendency for all of us to compare ourselves to other people and often times feel we don’t have anything to contribute because someone who is better at it can do it. We looked at a parable that Jesus told that challenges each of us to not compare ourselves with what other people have or are doing, but to take what we have been given and make the most of it.

Small Group Questions

  • Why do you think our culture is so obsessed with talent? Share with the group one of your talents.
  • How would you respond to a child who came up to you and said, “Life’s not fair!”?
  • Read the parable in Matthew 25:14-30. Do you find anything unfair or unsettling with this parable?
  • What is your favorite story about someone doing something with their “bag of gold” or the “hand they were dealt.”
  • In what areas of your life are you not taking advantage of what has been given to you or not using what you have in your hand?

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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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