It's Just a Phase

Small Group Questions:

 

  1. Leaders have your group answer these 3 questions, but don’t linger to long on them.
    1. Name the 5 most impactful sermons you’ve heard
    2. Name the 5 most spiritually significant events you’ve attended
    3. Name 5 people who have impacted your walk with Christ. 

 

    Why is it that it was easiest to name the people that impacted your life?

 

2. How does knowing that 85% of people who accept Christ do so by the age of 14 impact the way you see church? 

 

3. Read Matthew 18:1-5. What is it about kids that make them more open to Jesus?

 

4. What do you do on a weekly basis that will have an impact on Eternity? Do you have a few that you are investing in regularly? Are you going to participate in Summer Serve?

Pete Briscoe- Hand in the Glove

Ice Breaker

1.     Pete Briscoe started by talking about disappointment.  What was the most disappointing gift you ever gave or received?

Diving In

2.     Galatians 2:20 was the central verse.  There were 3 main elements.  Discuss each of these.  How have they impacted you?  How are these not just theologically true but actually true for you?

a.     I died

b.     I’m indwelt

c.      I’m depending

3.     Pastor Pete used the illustration of the hand in the glove.  But no one is ever impressed with the glove, but it is obviously the hand within the glove.   How is it we fall into thinking highly of ourselves when it is Christ in us?

4.     Discuss the following summary statement:  “Since Jesus is in me, I’ll trust Him to do it.”  What do you need to trust Jesus with today?

5.     End with praying for one another that Jesus would live through you, love through you, and lead through you.

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Substitute - The "Normal" Christian Life

Memorize Together (10-15 minutes)

During this series we are memorizing Hebrews 10:19-25.  After 7 weeks your group should have this passage almost perfect.  Choose one of the following challenges:  1.  Have everyone say the entire passage (each person can make 6 mistakes).  2. Have one person from the group say the entire passage (they only get 2 mistakes) 

Small Group Leader provide a prize if the group is successful with the challenge they chose.

Ice Breaker (10 minutes)

1.      This week we’re talking about the “normal Christian life” adventure.  If you could live an adventurous life within any movie what movie and character would you choose?

Diving In (25 minutes)

2.      Pastor Josh began by describing how Jesus lived as our “elder brother”.  Meaning, He lived His life as a man, filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, in submission to the will of the Father.  (Phil 2:6-8, Heb 2:11)  Why is this concept important for us to understand if we too desire to live the “normal” Christian life that Jesus modeled?

3.      Pastor Josh talked about two keys necessary for the “normal” Christian life.  (Luke 4:36, 9:1)  Discuss each of these keys and why they are so important.

a.     Authority- Matt 28:18-20.  Do we pray prayers of authority that make God sweat?

b.     Power- Luke 5:16-17, 2 Cor. 12:9.  How does our own personal encounter, level of desperation, and recognition of our weakness play into exhibiting His power through us?  

4.      Where do you need to see His authority and power displayed in your life today?

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Substitute- A Trade of Trust

Memorize Together (10-15 minutes)

During this series we are memorizing Hebrews 10:19-25.  Pair up with someone in your group and split the verses up among the pairs.  Each pair rewrite your assigned verse in a paraphrase that makes the most sense to you.  Then read your paraphrases to the group and explain why you wrote yours the way you did.

Ice Breaker (10 Minutes)

1.     If you had to put your trust in someone in the group for the following situations who would it be?

a.     You’re about to make a huge financial move

b.     You’re hanging from a cliff and about to fall

c.      You’re having a relationship crisis

d.     Someone to do your laundry

e.     Someone else is going to make every meal for you

f.      Someone is going to make your schedule for everyday and you have to follow it

Diving In (25 Minutes)

2.     Read Mark 8:14-21.  Jesus is going to challenge 2 primary forces of influence and places of trust in their culture.  Discuss these 2 and how they had influence over the people in Jesus day how they creep in and have influence in our lives as well.

a.     Pharisees- Religion- is man’s effort to reach God.  Instead God’s wants relationship, which is God’s effort to reach man through sending Jesus.

b.     Harod- Government.  How does Jesus’ government differ?  Is 9:6-7

3.     Jesus book ends the conversation by pointing out His kingdom realities by talking about the multiplication of bread for both the 5000 and 4000.  What’s His point?

4.     If Jesus were to come to us today and warn us to beware of the yeast of…fill in the blank, who/what else might he add to that list?

5.     For yourself personally where do you need to make a trade of trust, from something in the world to Him and His world?

 

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Substitute- Flesh for Fruit

Memorize Together: (10-15 minutes)

During this series we are memorizing Hebrews 10:19-25.  Review the verses for a few minutes.  Sit in a circle holding hands.  Have someone start quoting the passage from the beginning.  They can continue quoting the passage for as long or as little as they want.  When they desire to they will pass it by squeezing one of the hands of the people beside them.  Each person must say at least one word before passing it to someone else.  Try to make it through the entire passage without looking and try it a couple times.

Ice Breaker (10 Minutes)

1.     If you could only demonstrate one element of the fruit of the Spirit…which would you choose and why?

Diving In (25 Minutes)

2.     Gal. 5:19-25 describe a substitution that’s been made for believes in Christ.  The flesh for the fruit.  Why is crucifying the flesh so difficult at times? 

3.     Pastor Josh described 3 Fruit Giving Realities.  Discuss how you apply each to your life.

a.     There is a new set of divine laws that you’ve been saved to.  Romans 8:2

b.     What the mind is set on will determine which laws you’ll follow.  Romans 8:5-6

c.      Setting your mind on His promises will result in fruit. 2 Peter 1:3-4

 

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Substitute- Holy Spirit Presence

Memorize Together: (10-15 minutes) During this series we’re going to try to memorize Hebrews 10:19-25. We’re going to play charades.  Split the verses either into phrases or entire verses…write them on sheets of paper and place them in a bowl.  Have individuals from your group draw and act out their phrase.  Make sure the group doesn’t’ just identify which phrase or verse is being acted but says the entire phrase or verse.  If they are struggling, keep acting out individual words till they get the entire phrase correct.

Ice Breaker (10 Minutes)

1.     This week we’re talking about how the Spirit is always “with” us.  Describe a time when you were scared because you were alone.  

Diving In (25 Minutes)

2.     Pastor Josh walked through 3 different ways God has revealed His presence to mankind throughout history.  What things would you have liked most about each?  What do you long for to understand God’s presence better?

a.     Old Testament- sporadic presence for the few (Exodus 33:9, 14-16)

b.     Jesus Era- physical/tangible presence for those in proximity (Matt. 1:23)

c.      New Testament- permanent presence for those who believe (John 16:7, 14:16-17) and convicting presence for all mankind (John 16:8-11)

3.     In John 14 there are two things Pastor Josh emphasized about the Spirit.  Why are these two elements so important?  How can these impact you today?

a.     He will speak truth…Spirit of truth (John 14:16-17,26)

b.     He will be with you…You’re not alone (John 14:18)

4.     Pastor Josh talked about how the Spirit speaks to us.  He used an unusual phrase “The Holy Spirit is like flow” based on John 7:38-39.  He provided some suggestions about how to keep the water running to set us up for hearing His voice.  Were there any suggestions that seem to resonate with you?  Are there other means by which the Holy Spirit seems to speak to you? 

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Substitute- Who Can Save?

Memorize Together: (10-15 minutes) During this series we’re going to try to memorize Hebrews 10:19-25. Split the verses up among the group.  Have each mini-group write their verse on the sheet of paper with a sketch or two that they think represents the verse.  Fill the whole page with the verse or sketches.  Now cut up the sheets into puzzle like pieces and mix all the pieces (from all the groups together)  As a small group, piece the puzzle back together in order.  At the end read it out loud and have each group explain why they sketched what they did.

Ice Breaker (10 Minutes)

1.     This week we’re talking about needing saving.  Have you ever needed to be saved in a dire situation?  Share your saving story.

Diving In (25 Minutes)

2.     This week Pastor Josh introduced the subject by talking about how we as American’s have the tendency to believe “we can do it”.  How does this mentality affect our walks with God?

3.     The standard of Biblical sacrifice was a pure spotless lamb.  The following were observation and application points.  Discuss each…or share any interesting thoughts about each.

a.     Jesus fulfilled the standard as he did not have a sin nature and was without sin.  Rom 5:12

b.     No other payment method was sufficient.  1 Pet. 1:18-19. 

c.      His payment cleanses our conscience from dead works or useless rituals.   Hebrews 9:13-14. 

4.     Acts 16:16-31 contains the story of a guard who though his life was spared, he knew he wasn’t living.  Even though his physical life is saved, he asks, “How can I be saved?”  Can you now or in the past relate to this man who though he was alive, he wasn’t living?

5.     Pastor Josh talked about the 2 forms of saving we all need.  The future (eternal) and current (present) life.  John 10:10.  Where do you daily still realize you need His saving in your life?  (Another way of saying it, where do you daily realize you still need Him and must rely on Him?)

 

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Substitute- The Foundation of Righteousness and Justice

Memorize Together: (10-15 minutes) During this series we’re going to try to memorize Hebrews 10:19-25.  Pick a version your group would like to memorize from.  We’re going to use some of our memorizing tactics that we did during our last series.  Split the verses up among the group and take 3-5 minutes to memorize your verse and add a couple simple motions to help you remember.  Then go one at a time reciting the entire passage with motions teaching the others along the way.  Go 3 times all the way through the passage trying to get faster each time.

 

Ice Breaker (10 minutes)

1.     If you could substitute one of the worst years of your life with one of the best which years would you switch?

Diving In (25 Minutes)

2.     As we begin Substitute we look at the foundation of why Christ had to die for sins.  Ps. 89:14 says…”Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.”  Discuss God’s righteousness and justice as the critical foundation to why Christ had to die.

a.     If God is righteous and Holy why do these character traits cause an extreme response to sin?  Ps. 9:4, 11:7, Is. 59:2, Eph 2:1-3.  Why do we get dull to sin?

b.     It’s only in the context of this extreme payment for sin we see His extreme love for us.  Romans 5:8.

c.      It’s only in the context of this extreme payment for sin we see his set apartness and His view of sin. 

3.     If these foundations of righteousness and justice are so critical to God, it would seem that these would be critical foundations we would fight for in our lives as well.  How do you fight for righteousness?  Are there places in your life where you’ve become apathetic to sin?  How do you fight for justice?  Are there more productive ways you’ve found to bring justice into unjust situations?

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Refresh- Stories of Hope

Ice Breaker

1.     Fill in the blank:  When I feel hopeless all I need is…_____________.

Diving In

2.     This week Pastor Josh walked through a story of hope of the man born blind in John 9.  This week we want you as a group to practice writing and sharing your stories of hope with one another.  Share how you would fill in each of the 6 statements.  Perhaps at the end you can even practice giving your 60 second story of hope with another in the group.

a.      My life has a story of Hope (there is something to see here)  Vs 13-16 (ok so a. is super easy all you have to do is say the statement.  However if you’re unsure if you have a story of hope, now is a great time to talk about where you are in your walk with God and if you’ve ever personally trusted Him as your Savior)

b.     I was…________________________  (this is who you were)  Vs 17

c.      I found God/ a Savior/ Jesus.  Vs 17

d.     Others would have said…___________________.  Vs 18-20

e.     All I know, I was…_______________ but now I…_________________.  Vs 24-25

f.      If it were not for God...________________________________.    Vs 30-33 (this is connecting the act to the character of God)

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Grow Up- Sovereignty and Suffering

Memorize Together

The passage you’re working on during this series Grow Up is Eph. 4:11-16.  Everyone study the passage for a few minutes.  Then try to quote the entire passage as a group one sentence at a time.  Anyone can start and anyone in the circle can hop in to say the next sentence until you’re all the way through. 

Ice Breaker

1.     This week we’re talking about suffering.  Try to “one up” each other on the most painful experiences you’ve gone through.  (physical pain stories…let’s not go to emotional pain yet)   

Diving In

2.     As we look at God’s sovereignty, one of the hardest things for people to wrap their minds around is suffering in light of that.   Discuss the idea that “suffering is the platform of the greatest display of the glory of God’s grace.”   (1 John 4:10)

3.     Discuss this quote: “Some people can’t believe God would create a world in which people would suffer so much. Isn’t it more remarkable that God would create a world in which no one would suffer more than he did?”

4.     Pastor Josh talked through a handful of reasons why we suffer.  Discuss each of these and how they each play out in our lives.

a.     It’s the platform to learn to fully rely on Him.  2. Cor. 1:5-10

b.     It’s the platform to find completeness in Him.  James 1:2-4

c.      It’s the platform to experience all the good He has for us both here and in eternity.  Rom 5:18, 28

d.     It’s the platform to experience His grace and power.  2 Cor. 12:9-10

e.     It’s the platform to be a model of the suffering Savior.  2. Cor. 4:8-11

5.     What do you currently struggle to trust our sovereign God with that you hope to trust Him more with each day?  Ultimately you’re realizing He’s God and you’re not.

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Grow Up- Forgiveness

Memorize together: Through this series we introduced memorizing scripture together.  The passage you’re working on during this series Grow Up is Eph. 4:11-16.  Divide your group in to 6 groups. Give them each a slip of paper with one of the six verses in this passage. Have them develop a pantomime for the verse. They need to act out their verse. The other groups guess which verse it is. Once it is guessed they need to recite the verse. The first group that guesses correctly does their pantomime until all of the verses have been covered.

Icebreaker

1. Have a few people share stories of giving or getting forgiveness. How did it make them feel?

 Diving in: 

2. Pastor Lorin had us look at Colossians 3:13. Our forgiveness is supposed to be like God’s. How do you apply that idea in your own life? How does it make a difference in your forgiving of others?

3. What are the steps for forgiveness in Matthew 5:23-25 and Matthew 18:15-17, 21-35? How can you apply them?  

4. We looked at the 5 languages of apology. How can knowing yours and other peoples help you?

 Three questions were given to help clarify what your language is

-What do I expect the person to say or do?

-What hurts most deeply about this situation?

-How do I apologize to others? 

Another way to identify your language is  from the book When Sorry Isn’t Enough which includes an Apology Language Profile to help in understanding your apology language. Following are some of the situations with some possible responses. Have your group members spend a few minutes reading and putting a check mark next to how they would respond to each situation. The key to their responses follows. Using their responses and the three questions above have them determine which apology language is most helpful for them.

You were in a crisis and needed help, but your friend ignored your need. He/she should say:        

_____ Δ “Saying ‘I’m sorry’ doesn’t feel like it is enough. What more can I say or do to mend our friendship?”        

_____ □ “I realize now that I could have been more help to you, and I promise that I’ll do everything I can do to help you if ever you are in trouble again.”
 _____ * “I am sincerely sorry and ask you to forgive to me.”        

_____ ◊ “I should have been there for you. I’m so sorry I let you down.”        

_____ О “I let you down when you needed me the most. I made a terrible mistake.”

 

At lunch, your server dropped food on you and ruined your shirt. He/she should say:
_____ * “Can you please forgive me for my carelessness?”        

_____ ◊ “I am so sorry about that. I feel bad that I’ve ruined your shirt and inconvenienced you like this.”        

_____ О “I am normally pretty careful, but I wasn’t careful enough this time. I accept full responsibility for this mess.”        

_____ Δ “I would like to reimburse you for your dry cleaning or for the cost of a new shirt. What seems most appropriate to you?”        

_____  “This has taught me a hard lesson. You can bet that I’ll be even more careful in the future when serving guests.”
 

 A church member blamed you with sole responsibility for the failure of a committee project although he/she shared leadership duties of the committee. He/she should say:        

_____ Δ “There is no excuse for my behavior, and the only way I’m going to feel remotely better is to make this right between us. What do you need me to do or say?”        

_____  “I’m either going to learn how to treat my team members more appropriately, or I’m not going to lead any more committees. I want to grow from this experience.”        

_____ * “Please forgive me. I was wrong to blame you, and I pray that you will forgive me.”        

_____ ◊ “I can’t believe I blamed you like I did. I really am embarrassed about my behavior, and I’m sorry.”        

_____ О “I had just as much to do with the failure of this project as you or anyone else. I should have admitted my
shortcomings in this area.” 

Each of the five shapes next to the blanks represents a certain language of apology. Thus, ◊ = Expressing Regret, О = Accepting Responsibility, Δ = Making Restitution,  = Genuinely Repenting, and * = Requesting Forgiveness. Whichever shape you circled the most times while answering the profile questions is your primary language of apology.
 

5. Have each group member share what they think is their apology language. How can understanding a person’s apology language help to restore a relationship with them?

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Grow Up- Discipline

Memorize Together:  Last week we introduced memorizing scripture together.  The passage you’re working on during this series Grow Up is Eph. 4:11-16.  This week break up into 5 mini groups in 2’s or 3’s.  Assign one verse per group.  Take 3-5 minutes to memorize your verse and add a couple simple motions to help you remember.  Then go one at a time reciting the entire passage with motions teaching the others along the way.  Go 3 times all the way through the passage trying to get faster each time.

 

Ice Breaker:

1.     This week we are focusing in on disciplines (not punishment, but creating good habits).  Share a discipline you’ve always wanted to add to your life.

Diving In:

2.     This week Pastor Josh walked through 1 Cor. 9:14-27.  He described this as the holistic picture leading to discipline.  Discuss each element of the passage.

a.     The Call- Verses 1-2, 14-15.  What’s your call?

b.     The Quality applied to the Call: Conviction- Verse 16  Do you struggle to find or maintain conviction to your call?

c.      The Strategy- Verses 19-23.  What’s your strategy to accomplish your call?

d.     The Quality applied to the Strategy: Discipline- Verses 24-27.  Do you struggle to have discipline in your life?  Where do you desire to add discipline?

3.     Pastor Josh talked about the 3 parts that make up a habit/ discipline.  The Cue/ The Action/ The Reward.  Only the Action needs to change to change habits/ disciplines in life.  What action do you want to subtract from your life and what do you want to add?  Can you swap these two actions and form a new habit/ discipline?  You also might want to break up into even smaller groups within your group and talk about your cues in life and your rewards…ie. a cue could be anxiety and the reward is relief of anxiety…while the action in the middle might currently be nervous eating. 

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Grow Up- Joy in Trials

Memorize Together:  We’re adding a new element to our small group times together.  During each series we’re going to try to tackle memorizing a passage of scripture together.  Each week in a playful or creative way you’ll spend about 5-10 minutes working on memorizing the passage.  By the end of a 4-6 week series you’ll be surprised to find yourself being able to quote the entire passage.  The best way to renew our minds in truth is to have the truth of the Word of God memorized.  For Grow Up we’re going to be memorizing Eph. 4:11-16.  Pick a version your group would all like to memorize together and let’s get started.

For this week, simply split up into groups of 2’s or 3’s.  Give each group a sheet of paper.  Assign each group one verse from within the passage (5 verses, so you need 5 groups).  Have each group write their verse on the sheet with a sketch or two that they think represents the verse.  Fill the whole page with the verse or sketches.  Now cut up the sheets into puzzle like pieces and mix all the pieces (from all the groups together)  As a small group, piece the puzzle back together in order.  At the end read it out loud and have each group explain why they sketched what they did.

Ice Breaker:

1.     As a child what excited you most about growing up? 

Diving In:

2.     Reread James 1:2-4.  Paul begins with “consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds.”  He can say this cause he’s thinking of the outcome in verse 4 not the process.  Discuss the statement: If looking at a problem or challenge to your faith doesn’t produce joy then I don’t see it correctly.

3.     Pastor Josh talked about how we sometimes get caught in evaluating who’s responsible for the trial (God or the devil) vs. the trumping question of “is this testing my faith?”  Why is moving onto that second question more important?

4.     “Testing of your faith develops perseverance…and perseverance must finish it’s work.  Discuss the statement:  Sprinting through trials produce relief, while perseverance through trials produce character.  Where have you seen yourself short changed in life by sprinting through the trial vs persevering through the trial?

5.     Pastor Josh talked about how there are times when we struggle to find joy in our trial that we will often have to find it in others.  (Phil. 1:3-6/ 2 Cor. 7:4)  How does this counterintuitive thought really work out in our faith journey?  This is often about celebrating God working in another in the very way we desire to see Him in our own lives.

6.     What’s your trial right now?  What do you think God is completing and maturing in you by going through it?

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Refresh- Love

Ice Breaker

1.     This week Pastor Josh talked about love.  We all love interesting things, ie sleeping in till noon, eating squid, the color puke green, etc.  Share one of the strangest things that you love.

Diving In

2.     In John 13:34 Jesus gives his followers a new command to love one another as He has loved them.  This is a shift from the Old Testament command of loving others as you love yourself.  Why is this a significant shift in our standard of loving?

3.     Pastor Josh talked about 2 observations of what makes the love of God unique in our lives based in 1 John 4:6-17.  Discuss these points.

a.     The love of God is to impact us as a tribe.  Why is this significant in a world filled with different tribes?  As God’s love impacts the entire tribe, how is this supposed to be unique and significant to a watching world?  Why does it hurt the church tribe badly when it becomes known for what it hates versus how it loves?

b.     We only manifest God’s love where we’ve processed God’s love.  How does focusing on God’s love described in verses 9-10 impact all areas of our lives?  Why can the cross (and the love of the cross) transform anger, fear, pride, jealousy, lust, etc?

4.     How might you bring refreshing acts of love to those in your life this week?  (Don’t forget to leave a refresh business card)

Childlike- The obstacle of the banal

Ice Breaker

1.     This week Pastor Josh talked about the obstacle of the banal or another way to say it, the obstacle of everyone is doing it.  Throughout the years we’ve all gotten caught up in fads that everyone is doing.  Share about one of the things you wore or bought that looking back you can’t believe you did.

Diving In

2.     We all struggle with taking our cues in life from what everyone else is doing, values or thinks.  3 guys had those things become hurdles that kept them from following Jesus.  Discuss these 3 men and their responses from Luke 9:57-62.  Who’s excuses do you most relate to?  How do these hurdles trip you up?

a.     57-58- Finding your security in yourself or your things vs God.

b.     59-60- Finding your joy in stuff and status vs God.

c.      61-62- Finding your approval from others vs God.

3.     What step could you take this week to start the process of living out childlike faith and finding your security, joy, and approval in Him?

Childlike- The obstacle of predictability

Ice Breaker

1.     This week we talked about the obstacle of predictability.  Some people love predictability and others hate it.  Where do you fall?  Are you super predictable or love the unpredictable?

Diving In

2.     In regards to predictability and God we often put God in a box, never allowing him to surprise us, challenge us, or show us something new, thus stifling the creativity of God.  Why can a predictable God sometimes sound better? 

3.     In a culture that scientifically can “know” so much.  How does this mindset push back on the grandeur of God?  Ps. 145:3/ Ps. 139:6, 17/ 1 Cor. 2:10-12/ Is. 55:8-9/ Rom 11:33

4.     In Mark 6:44-52 you see the disciples experience the power of Christ once again in their lives.  Yet Jesus is trying to get them to not box the power of God into a single format as you see in vs 51-52.  How were the loaves intended to set them up for the challenge on the lake?

5.     Discuss this statement:  We can embrace the NATURE of God as predictable while the ACTIONS of God can remain unpredictable.

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Childlike: the obstacle of the dream stealers

Ice Breaker

1.     This week we looked at our dreams in life.  Share one dream thing in your life…dream job, dream car, dream vacation, dream place to live, dream skill/ ability.

Diving In

2.     This week we looked at Zacchaeus. (We’ll call him Zac for short)  Luke 19:1-10.  Pastor Josh talked about some of his life dreams culturally as a Jew that had been lost.  What was most interesting or impactful when thinking about Zac and the life and job he chose?

3.     As a tax collector Zac had turned his back on his family, his community, his God.  He let go of the Jewish dream of being a respected member of the community.  Are there dreams you’ve turned your back on either in the past or recently, and why?  Are there any you wonder if God will ever bring to the surface again?

4.     Zac’s promise in verse 8 to repay anyone who he’s stolen from and to give to the poor is a big statement which demonstrates him sprinting back toward the dream of living respectable and an honorable life.  Have you ever been desperate for a dream to be restored?  How did your desperation come out?  How do we practically sprint to Jesus with our dreams?

5.     Not only is the dream restored for Zac but Zac himself is also restored.  Discuss the statement “God not only restores dreams he restores dreamers.” 

Childlike- Destoying Dullness of the Gospel

Ice Breaker

1.     This week we launched into a new series called Childlike.  What was one of your childhood dreams?  To be, to do, to have, to go?

Diving In

2.     Jesus said in Mark 10:15 that anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.  Where have you lost child-likeness in your faith journey?

3.     This week we focus on seeing the Good News through the eyes of a child.  Discuss each of the elements of the gospel and how we can lose childlike wonder, gravity, and appreciation.

a.     We were made for Him.  Rom. 11:36/ Col. 1:16

b.     Sin separated us from Him.  Rom. 3:23, 6:23,

c.      Christ paid the price for us. Rom. 5:6-8, 2 Cor. 5:21

d.     We can receive the gift of grace.  Eph 2:8-9

4.     What happened to the kind of Christians who were filled with passion and gratitude, and who every day were unable to get over the grace of God?  How can we be “dangerous” to a dull and boring religion?

Awakening Hope- The Great Exchange

Ice Breaker

1.     If you could exchange a gift from Christmas, which would it have been and for what?

Diving In

2.     This week we looked at Isaiah 61:3.  It’s a beautiful list of exchanges that Lord has for His people.  Discuss these 3 main topics Pastor Josh talked about.  What exchanges need to be made in your life in these areas?  How do you practically do that?

a.     His Beauty- be On you

b.     His Joy- be In you

c.      His Praise- Come Out of you

3.     The people are called oaks of righteousness.  What do you often call yourself in your mind?  What does God call you?

4.     We are a planting for the display of His splendor…where do you think God is using you to be a display of His splendor?