Life Group Lessons

LIFE GROUP LESSON FOR DECEMBER 10th, 2017

Series: “Christmas … Who Needs It?”
Sermon: God
Scriptures: Romans 5:6-8; Galatians 4:4-7
 
Pray!
 
1.) Read Galatians 4:4-7. What does reading and understanding the “When the fullness of time (set time) had come, God sent His Son…” do to your reading of the Christmas story?
 
2.) After reading Galatians 4, think about ways in which our culture tempts us to behave like slaves even though we’re God’s children?
 
3.) During the message, John said, “The events of the Christmas story would be unbelievable if the backstory wasn’t so remarkable.” Do you find the Christmas story unbelievable or remarkable? What part(s) do you struggle with the most? What’s hard to reconcile? What are some of the things that have shaped your view of Christmas?
 
4.) Read Romans 5:6-8. What are some of the truths about God that you wouldn’t know to be true if God hadn’t demonstrated them?
 
5.) How does God’s demonstration in the life and death of Jesus differ from warnings and judgments given through the prophets in the Old Testament? Why was this demonstration necessary?
 
6.) In the message, John said, “Jesus’ death demonstrated that he was for us before we had the chance to say if we were for Him.” Is it difficult for you to believe God loves you that much? Why or why not?
 
7.) What can you do this Christmas/Advent season to show gratitude for God’s choice to demonstrate his love for you? How can your Life Group help you?
 
Pray!


LIFE GROUP LESSON FOR DECEMBER 3rd, 2017

Series: “Christmas … Who Needs It?” 
Sermon: The World
Scriptures: Genesis 12:1-3; Isaiah 49:6; Malachi 1:11; Luke 1:26-33; Galatians 4:4
 
Pray!
1.) How are you feeling heading into the Christmas season? Is this a positive or negative time for you?
2.) Do you find it difficult to believe the details of the Christmas story (prophecy, angels, Mary, Bethlehem, etc.)? Why or why not?
3.) Talk about a promise that was made in your life that never came to be. What happened? What did that experience do to you?
4.) Talk about a time when God seemed silent or distant in your life. What were the circumstances? How did that impact your faith moving forward?
5.) Read Genesis 12:1-3. How does understanding God’s promises to Abraham change your view of the Christmas story?
6.) Read Isaiah 49:6. What does this verse say about God’s character?
7.) Read Malachi 1:11. What verse say about God’s plan to bless Israel and make His name great? How does it inform our understanding of the Christmas story?
8.) How does the thread woven from Genesis 12 to the Christmas accounts in Matthew and Luke impact this season? How will this lead you to believe that God is at work even when He seems silent?
Pray!


LIFE GROUP LESSON FOR NOVEMBER 26th, 2017

Sermon: Thanksliving
Scripture: Deuteronomy 8 (also Psalm 23 & Philippians 1:12-18)
 
Share one thing you enjoyed about Thanksgiving. Or, share what/who are you thankful for. 
 
John highlighted three levels of gratitude, which we will work through
Level 1: Thankful for the blessings/gifts you have received 
Level 2: Thankful even though life is hard/challenging etc
Level 3: Thankful because of growth in character/Christ-likeness that results
 
Pray!
 
Read Deuteronomy 8 [thankful for the ___]
List all that God said and did for which the children of Israel are to be thankful? Which of these would you have difficulty or refuse giving thanks for?
What does this reveal about your heart and your view of God?
What does this text teach you about God?
 
Read Psalm 23 [thankful even though ____]
List all that God has done for which David is thankful? Which of these would you have difficulty or refuse giving thanks for?
What does this reveal about your heart and view of God?
What does this text teach you about God?
 
Philippians 1:12-18 [thankful because of ___]
List all that God has allowed and caused for which Paul is thankful? Which of these would you have difficulty or refuse giving thanks for?
What does this reveal about your heart and view of God?
What does this text teach about God?
 
* Jesus’ heart and habits overflowed with thanksgiving to God. He gave thanks before He multiplied the loaves and fish [e.g. Mark 6:41]. He did not grumble when tested in the wilderness [Matthew 4:1-11]. He preached the good news and healed people even though He was among enemies [e.g. Luke 4:16-30]. He also prayed for His enemies [Luke 23:33-35]. Because of His suffering, salvation has been accomplished [1 Peter 3:18].
 
In light of these truths and also what the three Scriptures above teach about God, what will you do to grow a heart and habit of thankfulness?
 
Pray! 


LIFE GROUP LESSON FOR NOVEMBER 12th, 2017

Series: Ezekiel
Sermon: The Graveyard Shift

Scripture: Ezekiel 36:33 – 37:1-14

Pray!

– Did you pray for and teach (words and actions) any truths from last week Scripture with anyone? If yes, please share.

Read Ezekiel 36:33 – 37:1-14

– Read chapter 36:33-38. What does God say He will do? Why will He do these things? How do you think His people, currently in exile, would have felt? Read chapter 37:1-2. Where would you have expected God to take Ezekiel after He spoke those words in chapter 36:33-38?

– John said, “God makes a garden of Eden promise, but then takes Ezekiel to a graveyard.” What promise in Jesus has God made that seems to be at odds with your current season of life? In light of this tension/feeling of exile, what is your view of God?

– Imagine God is speaking to you: “Son/daughter of mine, will this dark/desolate/dead season you are in change?” Read verse 3. How does Ezekiel’s answer to God’s question encourage you? How do you expect God to respond to Ezekiel? What does your expectation reveal is your belief about God?

– How does God respond [v.4-6]? What does God’s response reveal about Him? What does His response invites you to do? Or, what steps can you take to cultivate a habit of speaking God’s words over your problems and to yourself?

– Read verses 4-10. What pattern do you observe in these verses? What is your typical response to God’s Word?

– The bodies had everything, but breath (v.8). John highlighted: 
    – God breathed into man [Genesis 2:7] to make man a living being
    – God called the breath [Ezekiel 37:9-10] to give life to these people
    – God in Jesus breathed His last [Mark 15:37] to give life to people dead in sin
    – God sent His Spirit/breath to empower His children to live and be His witness to the end of the earth [Acts 1:8]

– What do the above verses teach us about God? about people? how we are to live?

– What steps can you and your life group take to live by the Spirit as God’s witnesses everywhere you go?

 
Pray!


LIFE GROUP LESSON FOR NOVEMBER 5th, 2017

Series: Ezekiel
Sermon: “Stranger Things”
Scripture: Ezekiel 1
 
Pray!
 
Love: God and neighbor as Jesus commanded
– Who did you pray will experience God’s Covenant of Peace?
– With whom did you share the truths of God’s Covenant of Peace?
* Thank those who did, even if it did not go well. 
 
Grow: in knowledge of God and self
Read Ezekiel 1
 
– John had a box, representing the temple in Jerusalem. He said the Children of Israel had limited God to the temple. To what is the place or time or area of your life do you limit God? What things has “limiting God” produced in your life?
 
– John said, “God is not limited to a certain place or time etc. He is always present. He takes the initiative.” He came to us in Jesus. He is always present with us by His Spirit. How does this make you feel? What hinders/keeps you from believing this truth? What does God’s presence, first in Jesus and now by the Spirit, mean for your life today? For every season of your life?
 
– Ezekiel, while in exile, fell on his face at the likeness of God’s glory (v. 28). Ezekiel was in awe of God. John, in exile on the island of Patmos (Revelation 1:17) also fell on his face. Why is there so little falling on our face before God today? What is your posture before God today? What is the posture of your life before God? 
 
– John, in his sermon, reminds us that Ezekiel’s vision points to Jesus. The four gospels show how the likeness of the four living creatures’ faces in verse 10 was fulfilled in Jesus. This vision of four living creatures was also seen by the apostle John (Rev 4:6-7). Also pointing to Jesus, who is the radiance of God’s glory (Hebrews 1:3). 
– Human —- Jesus is the Son of Man [gospel of Luke]
– Lion —- Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah [gospel of Matthew]
– Ox —- Jesus is the Servant [gospel of Mark] 
– Eagle —- Jesus is the Son of God [gospel of John]
* What feelings and thoughts do these truths about Jesus stir up in you towards God? 
 
Worship: God in spirit and truth
-What are some specific things you and your life group can do tonight in response to these truths? 
 
Go: make disciples as Jesus commissioned
– Who are the people God is inviting your life group to consistently pray for and share (with your words & life) these truths?
– How can your life group be intentional to pray for and share these truths with these people this week?
 
Pray!