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Unsensibly Sensible. Those Who Mourn?. – 7.14.19 – Rob Pilant

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Unsensibly Sensible is such a great way to describe Jesus’ teaching. He pushes past our natural way of thinking into His supernatural way living. This week, we look at His statement, “Blessed are those who mourn.” How can someone who is mourning be the blessed one?

Small Group Questions

  • Please read Matthew 5:4. What things in this world break your heart? What things in this world should break our hearts but don’t? What things in this world break God’s heart?
  • Please recap the story of Jonah 1-4. What parts of the story stand out to you? Why did Jonah despise the Ninevites so deeply? How do you think Jonah rationalized his hatred for the Ninevites?
  • Can you relate to Jonah? Be honest! Why is it seemingly so easy for us to hate people we don’t like? Why would we not hate those we dislike?
  • Jesus flips our entire world on its head with His way of doing life. Why is His way so much better? What would happen if we truly started seeing people, all people, like Jesus sees them? How could you start seeing people through Jesus’ eyes?

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Unsensibly Sensible. Poor in Spirit. – 7.7.19 – Rob Pilant

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This Sunday, we start a brand new series called Unsensibly Sensible. The tension you get from hearing that title is the same kind of tension I think each of us feels when we hear Jesus’ teaching of the Beautitudes. They are so counterintuitive. They seem so radical and opposed to our natural inclinations. How can they be right? How can this be the best way to live? I want to show you how they are not only right but how living without these “beatitudes” will lead to so so much heartache and disappointment.

Small Group Questions

  • When you think of the “beatitudes” what comes to mind? What does it mean to you to be “blessed”?
  • Please read Matthew 5:3. What does that mean to you? What do you think would be the opposite of being “poor in spirit”?
  • Please take a minute and walk through the story of Nebuchadnezzar from Daniel 1-4. Which parts of the story jump out to you? How do you think you would have handled having all of the success and power that Nebuchadnezzar had? Is his success what was wrong in this story? If so, why? If not, why not?
  • Nebuchadnezzar attributed all of his success to himself. How can you make sure you don’t follow suit? Where are you pretending to be god in your own life? Is it working? Will it continue to work? What needs to change?

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Reality Check. Legacy. – 6.30.19 – Rob Pilant

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This Sunday, we come to the end of David’s life, and he leaves us with his last words. His words do not have power because he is dying. They have power because of how he lived. David gives us the keys to living in the midst of the drama, while keeping a God-like heart.

Small Group Questions

  • What have you loved most in learning about David’s life? What new thing did you learn about David? What is your opinion of David now?
  • Please read 2 Samuel 23:1-7. What are your first impressions of this poem written by David? What does David reflect on? What advice does David give? What warning does David give?
  • If you died today, what would people say about you? What makes you believe that? Is that what you want people to say of you? What is David’s legacy?
  • What do you want your legacy to be? Please take time to write down three to five things you would love people to remember you by? What steps would you have to take to make that true?

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Reality Check. Family is Messy. – 6.23.19 – Rob Pilant

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I’m excited for this Sunday because we are watching how David dealt with the messy, complicated world of family. Family is so important but so hard. How do we live out a life of peace and joy with a real family?

Small Group Questions

  • What makes family so great? What makes family so awful? How does it make you feel when one of your family has gone off the deep end? How do you respond?
  • On Sunday we covered 2 Samuel 13-19. Which part of David’s story in how he dealt with his son Absalom really catches your attention? What did David do right? What did David do wrong? Do you find it’s difficult to truly judge whether David’s actions were right or wrong? If so, why?
  • In 2 Samuel 14:32-33, we see restoration happen between David and Absalom. David had brought Absalom back to Jerusalem. How did Absalom respond? How did David respond to Absalom? How does this reveal the why God loves David’s heart so much?
  • This restoration moment is not the end of the story. Absalom would rebel again. How do you deal with family who can’t seem to learn their lesson? What does love require of you in a situation like this? How would David handle your situation or better yet, how would God?

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Reality Check. The Most Important Sunday. – 6.16.19 – Rob Pilant

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This is probably going to be the most important Sunday of this year. What we are talking about from the life of David is probably the most important message each of us needs to hear, and it’s not one of judgement but of love.

Small Group Questions

  • When you hear these two names, “David & Bathsheba”, what comes to mind? Take it a step further, what emotions come to the surface? Why?
  • Someone please tell the story of David, Bathsheba, Nathan and the sheep from 2 Samuel 11 & 12. Which parts of the story really jumps out at you? How do you think David felt when Nathan revealed the truth of the analogy to him? How is David’s reaction different than many people’s would have been?
  • How should we respond to God when our guiltiness has been revealed? Why do we struggle to do that? Why do we make so many excuses?
  • We don’t like to say we’re sorry and ask forgiveness, but if we will ask God for forgiveness, He will give it. Do you believe God will forgive you? Do you believe that when God forgives you, He really forgives you? Knowing of God’s love for you and the forgiveness He offers, how should that change your life?

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Reality Check. Not Just Warm Fuzzies. – 6.9.19 – Rob Pilant

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This Sunday, we continue our series called, Reality Check, where we are learning from David what it looks like to live the “Jesus life” in the midst of all the drama that life throws at us. This week is one of those warm, fuzzy moments in David’s dramatic life, but there’s a twist! It’s one we all face, and, to be honest, I think it trips us up a lot! Hear about the twist and how
best to deal with it in your life!

Small Group Questions

  • What’s the kindest thing you’ve done for someone? What made it so special? Have you ever had someone do something like that for you? How did it make you feel?
  • Please read 2 Samuel 9:1-13. What kind of feelings are evoked in you when you read this passage? What do you believe David’s motivation was for being kind to Mephibosheth? Why does this kindness not make sense?
  • Outrageous generosity and compassion are hallmarks of Jesus’ ministry. Please read Luke 26-37. What do you think is the emphasis behind Jesus’ seemingly irrational perspective on how to treat people including your enemies? What are the dangers of living Jesus’ way? What are the potentials?
  • Living Jesus’ way puts people above everything else. How are you putting people above everything else in your life? What aspects of your life tend to push people to a secondary importance? What needs to change in your life?

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Reality Check. The Right Reaction to God’s Grace. – 6.2.19 – Rob Pilant

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This Sunday, we continue with our series, Reality Check, where we are really trying to figure out how to deal with all the drama in our world and do it in a way that brings peace and joy into our lives. In other words, we are trying to figure out how to get God to smile over our lives like He did over David’s. That’s what we’re talking about this Sunday!

Small Group Questions

  • Have you ever experienced being rescued from something that could have been life-threatening? If so, how did it make you feel? How do you feel about the person(s) who rescued you?
  • Please read 2 Samuel 7:18-29. Why is David so grateful (2 Samuel 7:1-18)? What first comes to mind when you read this passage? What did David do to be worthy of this kind of generosity from God?
  • On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being really high, how much gratitude is currently in your heart? Why do you think it is that high or low? When was the last time you took time to remember what all God has rescued you from (either things you were caught up in or things walking with Jesus has kept you from)? Please take some time to think through what God has rescued you from?
  • How do you feel now that you have reflected on what God has rescued you from? How does that change your perspective? How can you make stopping to remember more a part of your life? Jesus rescued you and He is for you; how are you displaying trust for Him and His ways in the way you live out your life of gratitude?

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Reality Check. Danger of Shortcuts – 5.26.19 – Krista Heinen

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We continue our series, Reality Check about the crazy and drama-filled life of David. We pick up the story in 2 Samuel 6 where David is now the King of Israel. He wants to welcome God into his reign. But instead of doing it the right way, he takes a shortcut with deadly consequences. As we unpack this passage, we are going to find there are no shortcuts with God.

Small Group Questions

  • What did you learn about the Ark of the covenant from the sermon? And what shortcut did David take when transporting the Ark?
  • God is not arbitrary in His commands. There is always a purpose to what He asks us to do. How have you seen this play out in your own life?
  • What are shortcuts we take with God? Why are there no shortcuts with God? What happens when we try to take those shortcuts?
  • How is God worthy of our worship? Should this influence our desire to take shortcuts? Why?
    When have you tried to take a shortcut with God? What happened?

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Reality Check – 5.19.19 – Rob Pilant

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Have you ever wondered why we are so obsessed with Reality TV? I think maybe it has something to do with loving to watch all the drama because somehow, it makes us feel better to know we aren’t as bad as them! But we all have drama, and in the midst of that drama, how do we find the life God designed us to have? We can learn a lot about life from a guy named King David! That’s what we’re talking about this Sunday.

Small Group Questions

  • What Reality TV shows do you like to watch? What’s your favorite part of the show? Why? How can your own personal life sometimes feel like Reality TV?
  • David’s life definitely comes off like Reality TV. When you think through all that happens in 1 Samuel chapters 1-4, how would you describe David’s life at that point? If you found yourself in a similar place, how would you feel? How do you think David felt about having had to wait so long to become king when God has promised him that so much earlier?
  • David actively waited for God’s timing. What does “active waiting” mean to you? How would you practice that in your own life? What does it mean to really “wait” on something?
  • What are you waiting on in your life right now that you believe God has promised you? What are you doing in the mean time? What’s your next step?
  • How are you taking steps to do your part in the church to change the world? What steps have you made? What is your next step?

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