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It’s Not Over. Our Easter Celebration Begins – 4.14.19 – Rob Pilant

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This Sunday, we kick off our Easter Celebration with this thought, “It’s Not Over!” No matter where you are in your life. No matter what you’ve done or where you’ve been, because of Jesus and His resurrection, “It’s Not Over!”

Small Group Questions

  • Have you ever experienced something in your life where you felt like your life was over? If you are willing, please share that experience with the group. What makes moments like that so hard to recover from? In those moments have you ever asked God why this happened to you?
  • Please read Matthew 21:1-11. What do you think was the mindset of the people who were cheering for Jesus? Why do you think Jesus was riding on the foal of a donkey?
  • Please read Matthew 21:12-13. What do you think Jesus’ rationale was in jumping off the donkey and immediately flipping tables in the temple? We see very few times that Jesus was truly angry. This is one of them. Why? How does that apply to how Jesus would view our world today?
  • The Jews were looking for Jesus to fix their problem. We are looking for Jesus to fix our problem. How does Jesus’ way of fixing our problems differ from the way we would like it done? Why is that so frustrating for us? What choice do you have? What choice will you make?

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Ghost Stories. Becoming Spiritual – 4.7.19 – Rob Pilant

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We’ve learned so much about our spirituality over the last couple of weeks. But I want to wrap up with what it truly means to be spiritual. What is it like to live spiritually? And what’s the big deal if I don’t?

Small Group Questions

  • What does it mean to you to worship something? What does it mean to you to be truth? When it comes to our interactions with God, what does it mean to worship God? To be truth with God?
  • Please read the story of the Woman at the Well from John 4:1-26. What jumps out at you from this story? If you were this woman, how would you have reacted to Jesus? How would you have handled it when Jesus told you to go and get your husband? Why do you think Jesus brought this part of the woman’s life up?
  • Many times when we talk about truth, we talk about the right content or information.  Jesus was pushing for the woman to understand a deeper truth, her condition and her need for God in her life. How does Jesus mentioning “eternal life” reinforce that concept?
  • What is spirituality? According to Jesus, to truly relate to God correctly we must worship in spirit and truth. What does that mean? What will life be like if we only understand the truth but do not lean into our connection with God? What will life be like if we both embrace truth and our need for connection with God? What can you do to more fully embrace “worshiping in spirit and truth”?

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Ghost Stories – 3.31.19 – Rob Pilant

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Last Sunday, we started our brand new series called, Ghost Stories, where we are stepping into the mystical, magical world of the spiritual. Even though science can’t prove its existence, something in each of us knows it does. So how do you tap into this “spiritual” life God wants each of us to have?

Small Group Questions

  • Why is it so much harder for most of us to learn from a book versus learning from a person like a coach or teacher? Please share of a time when someone helped you understand something that seemed impossible from the instructions on the page.
  • Please read John 14:15-17. Jesus calls the Holy Spirit a Counselor. What do counselors do? What does it mean that the Holy Spirit is a Counselor for you?
  • What does it mean to you when Jesus says the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth? How do you determine what is truth and what is fiction? Why is it so hard to definitively say what truth is in the realms of morals, politics, sexuality, etc.?
  • Why do you think Jesus tied love and obedience to the work of the Holy Spirit in your life? How would a lack of love effect your relationship with the Holy Spirit? How would a lack of obedience effect your relationship with the Holy Spirit? With all that in mind, what should be your next step in tapping into the power of the Holy Spirit in your life?

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Ghost Stories – 3.24.19 – Rob Pilant

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Sunday, we wrap up our series on Running With The Bulls, where we have discovered that to get the life you have always wanted, you have to stay focused on Jesus. I want to show you the attitude that is essential to staying focused. You don’t want to miss this Sunday!

Small Group Questions

  • Have you ever thought you understood something but later, found out there was a whole lot more to it? If so, please share your discovery with the group? In your own words, what does it mean to you that God is with you? Are you one of those people who has to understand something to believe in it? If so, describe why that’s important to you. If not, why is it not important to you?
  • Please read John 3:1-6. Who is Nicodemus according to this passage? Why is Nicodemus talking to Jesus? Do you feel like you understand where Nicodemus is coming from? How would you have responded if Jesus told you that you had to be born again?
  • Jesus tells Nicodemus that in order for Nicodemus to truly understand Jesus, Nicodemus will need to be born of the Spirit. What does that mean to you? Jesus also says that only those who are born of the Spirit can enter the Kingdom of God. What does that mean to you?
  • Without Jesus, we are missing something that is essential to us being who God designed us to be. What we are missing is the spiritual connection to God. Faith in Jesus gives us that connection. How are you leaning in to that connection God has awakened in you? What steps can you take to lean into it more?

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Running With The Bulls. Hang On! – 3.17.19 – Rob Pilant

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Sunday, we wrap up our series on Running With The Bulls, where we have discovered that to get the life you have always wanted, you have to stay focused on Jesus. I want to show you the attitude that is essential to staying focused. You don’t want to miss this Sunday!

Small Group Questions

  • What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done? Why? How did you accomplish it?
  • Please read Hebrews 3:14-19. What does it mean to you to “hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first?”  Specifically, how does that command play into us staying focused on Jesus? What would distract us or make it hard to “hold firmly”?
  • How would you define “unbelief”? For a follower of Jesus, what does it look like to have “unbelief”? How did it look for the Israelites before entering into Canaan?
  • Why is it so important to hold on? What steps can you take to make sure you hold on to your focus on Jesus? Who will help you hold on?

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Running With The Bulls. You Need Cheerleaders – 3.10.19 – Rob Pilant

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So, we’ve been looking at the way you get what you’ve always wanted…staying focused on Jesus. But, in a world filled with distractions, how do you stay focused on Jesus? Well, you need cheerleaders! See what I mean!

Small Group Questions

  • What is your response when you see someone accomplish something incredibly difficult? What is the hardest thing you ever accomplished? What feelings did that accomplishment evoke in you?
  • Please read Hebrews 3:1, 12-13. According to verse 1 we are to fix our eyes on Jesus. What makes that so hard?  If you’ve had success at staying focused on Jesus, please share what contributed to that success.
  • Hebrews 3:12-13 speaks to our need to help and be helped by others if we are going to stay focused on Jesus. What parts of that thought excite you and which parts concern you? Both verse 12 and 13 are commands to every follower of Jesus, which speaks to their importance. How can you make sure you are both watching out for your “brothers and sisters”? How can you make sure you are encouraging your “brothers and sisters”?
  • Please share stories of how people have helped you achieve your accomplishments. Would you have achieved those things without others’ help? How can you practically help your “brothers and sisters”? Where should you start?

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Running With The Bulls – 3.3.19 – Rob Pilant

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Last Sunday, we started our series, Running With The Bulls, and learned that the only way we can have the life we’ve always wanted is to stay focused…on Jesus. He is the only way. But then the question becomes, “How do I stay focused?”

Small Group Questions

  • Why is it so hard to focus on anything for any length of time? What are some tricks you use to help you focus on something? When have you been most focused in your life?
  • Please read Hebrews 3:1, 5-11. What does it mean to you to “hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.”? How did the nation of Israel fall short of this when it came to entering the “Promised Land”?
  • Why did God call entering the “Promised Land” rest? In Jesus vernacular, what does it mean to find “rest” in Jesus? What does it not mean?
  • Are you focused on Jesus? If not, what keeps you from being focused on Jesus? Why do you think those distractions have the tendency to push Jesus out of the focus? What’s your next step in making Jesus the focus of your life?

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Running With The Bulls – 2.24.19 – Rob Pilant

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This Sunday, we start a brand new series called “Running With The Bulls!” If I were you, I’d be asking what does Running With The Bulls have to do with Jesus? It’s actually a study coming out of Hebrews chapter 3. I know that really didn’t help, but here’s what I want you to know. If you can put into practice what this series is talking about, it will completely change your life in an incredible way!

Small Group Questions

  • What are some things you have been able to accomplish when you focused yourself on that thing? How do you feel about what you accomplished? Why?
  • Please read Hebrews 3:1-4. What does it mean to you when Jesus is called “our apostle and high priest”? How has Jesus been an “apostle” to you? How has Jesus been a high priest for you?
  • The passage says that Moses also functioned as an apostle and high priest. How did Moses do that? How is Jesus worthy of more honor than Moses?
  • Is Jesus your focus? Why or why not? If Jesus is your focus, what are signs in your life that this is true?  If Jesus isn’t your focus, what would it take for you to make the decision to make Him your focus?

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