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Series: Dear Me Pt. 4
Sermon: It’s for you too
4.22.18

 If you could go back and give advice to your
Younger self, what would you say?
 
Psalm 32:1-5 TLB
Jeremiah 31:34 TLB
 Psalm 103:12 NLT
 
 God wants us to forgive ourselves for what he has already forgot.  

Life Group Discussion Questions
Start talking. What’s harder for you to do: Forgive others or forgive yourself? Explain why.
Start thinking. Why do you think our past mistakes, bad choices, or sins can often have such a negative impact on our today? 
Read and discuss what you think this quote from C.S. Lewis means: “If God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than him.”
Start sharing when you were really sorry and wanted someone to forgive you but they wouldn't. Have you ever done that to someone else? Why do you think you withheld it from them?  
Start sharing in your life when you had a difficult time forgiving yourself. Why do you think you couldn’t forgive yourself?
If you’ve experienced freedom from guilt, shame, condemnation, or self-punishment, share with the group what helped you overcome?
Start praying. If you need help forgiving yourself and experiencing freedom from guilt, shame, or condemnation, let your group know and pray together for freedom.
Start doing. Prayerfully consider what you need to forgive yourself for. Ask yourself, have you confessed it to God? If not, then confess your sins to God and trust that He has forgiven you. When you’re not feeling forgiven, read Psalm 32:1-5 to remind yourself of the truth.
 


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Series: Dear Me Pt. 3
Sermon: Think About It
4.15.18

 If you could go back and give advice to your
Younger self, what would you say?
 
 Philippians 4:8 TLB

  Psalm 51:10 TLB
Create in me a new, clean heart, O God, filled with 
clean thoughts and right desires.
 
Think about what you're thinking about.
 
Life Group Discussion Questions
Start talking. Think of a conversation starter for the group. What do you consider to be a weird way that your mind works?
Start thinking. Create a thoughtful question. Why do you think it’s so important to be mindful of what our mind is fixating on?
Example: What is something that’s true about Christ and your
relationship with Him that defeats your shame-based thinking?
Start sharing. Create questions that create openness. What is something untrue, impure, or negative that you often find yourself thinking a lot about? How do you think these thoughts impact your mood, emotions, and mindset? What is something true, pure, lovely, or positive that you could fix your mind on when your being tempted to focus on the negative?
Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power. Pray that God would continue to change the way we think and help us to be more aware of what we’re thinking about.
Start doing. Create a step the group can commit to and live it out this week. Paul reminds us to fix our thought life on what is true, good, pure, and praiseworthy (Phil. 4:8 TLB). Write down a few things that are true, good, pure, and praiseworthy. Each time your thoughts drift towards fixating on what is a lie, impure, or negative; stop and choose to fix your mind on the good things you wrote down.
 
 



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Series: Dear Me Pt. 2
Sermon: Who You Gonna Be?
Date: 4.8.18
 

If you could go back and give advice to your younger self,
what would you say?
 
 1 Peter 2:9-10 NLT  
“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a
result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you
received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.””

God values you because of who you are,
not because of what you do.  

 
Life Group Discussion
Start talking—What different groups of kids were there at your school? If you’ve run into anybody from those groups today, has their identity changed?
Start thinking—How has who you were identified as when you were younger changed from how you identify yourself today? Why do you think we so often derive our value from what we do or what our title is? What are some pitfalls we may land in when we do this?
Start sharing—Read and share your thoughts about this
statement: God values you because of who you are and not
because of what you do. Share about some ways you view
yourself in a negative light. Share about how you think God feels about you.
Start praying— Stop and take time to share prayer requests and pray for one another.
Start doing—Would you go crazy and all of us try this out for
seven days. Join Youversion: http://bible.com/r/Sn
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Series: Dear Me Pt. 1
Sermon: T.G.I.S.
Date: 4.1.18


If you could go back and give advice to your younger self, what would you say?

Luke 22:54-62 NIV
 
Mark 16:1-8 NIV  

John 21:15-25 NIV

Psalm 37:24 TLB
If they fall, it isn’t fatal, for the Lord holds them with his hand.

God is in the restoration business.


LIFE GROUP QUESTIONS
Start talking—Why do people enjoy restoring things? Share of something you have personally fixed, restored, or refurbished.
Start thinking—Why do you think God is so excited about restoring us?
Start sharing—Is there anything about you that you feel like God needs to restore or is there anything that you feel like God can't restore? Share of a time where you’ve experienced a relationship restored. What was it like? How did it feel?
Start praying—Pray for those who need something in their life to be restored.
Start doing—Get prayer about whatever it is you need to have restored, whether it’s your soul, marriage, etc.
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Series: Full of It Pt. 2
Sermon: Truth
Date: 3.25.18


What you are full of you will be led by.

John 1:14 NIV
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:17 NIV
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.


Ephesians 4:15-16 TLB
15-16 Instead, we will lovingly follow the truth at all times—speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly—and so become more and more in every way like Christ who is the Head of his body, the Church.



Titus 2:7 TLB
And here you yourself must be an example to them of good deeds of every kind. Let everything you do reflect your love of the truth and the fact that you are in dead earnest about it.


Don’t settle for only believing the truth, be living it as well.



Fill in the blank. One area I want to better live out what I believe is _________________________.



LIFE GROUP DISCUSSION
Start talking. Come up with conversation starter for the group.
The old expression, “You're so full of it” has a negative connotation… what is a good “it” that you wish you were more full of?

Start thinking. Create a thoughtful question.
Why do you think it’s so important that Jesus followers “practice what they preach?”
Why do you think we sometimes have a hard time receiving truth?

Start sharing. Create questions that create openness.
Read and discuss Titus 2:7 TLB - “And here you yourself must be an example to them of good deeds of every kind. Let everything you do reflect your love of the truth and the fact that you are in dead earnest about it.” What do you think it looks like to “reflect your love of the truth?”
Share something you know to be true but you have a hard time living it out.

Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.
Pray and ask God to fill our hearts with truth and give us the courage to live that truth out to our friends, family, co-workers, and classmates.

Start doing. Create a step the group can commit to and live it out this week.
Fill in the blank. One area I want to better live out what I believe is _________________________.


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Series: Full of It Pt. 1
Sermon: Grace
Date: 3.18.18


What you are full of, you will be led by.

 Ephesians 1:6 NLT
So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us
who belong to his dear Son.
 
Colossians 4:6 NIV
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt,
so that you may know how to answer everyone.
 
 Being full of grace means ensuring others experience
the fullness of your grace.
 

LIFE GROUP QUESTIONS
Start talking—What’s the first thought that comes to your mind when you hear the word “grace?”
Start thinking—When do you find it most difficult to extend grace to others? Read Colossians 4:6 NIV—“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer
everyone.” What do you think it looks like to let our words be full of grace?
Start sharing—Share of a time when someone extended to you grace when you knew you didn’t deserve it? How did that make you feel? Read and discuss what Paul was wanting us to understand about grace in his letter to the Christians living in Ephesus. Ephesians 2:8-9 NLT—
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”
Start praying—If you’re having a difficult time receiving God’s grace for something you have done or extending grace to someone for something they’ve done, share it and pray for one another.
Start doing—Identify someone in your life you are hoarding grace from and find a way to give to them what you are holding back from them.
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Series: H2O Pt. 5
Sermon: Stinky Feet
Date: 3.11.18

 John 13 TLB
 
Mark 10:45 NIV
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,
and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
 
 It is humility that gives us the ability to be like Jesus.
 
 Whose feet has God put in your life? What can you do to serve them and add value to them regardless of how dirty, stinky, or different
may be from yours or what you’re comfortable with.

LIFE GROUP QUESTIONS
Start talking.
1. Under what context or in what circumstance are you most aware that you are lacking in humility?
Start thinking.
2. Why do you think that humility is not a value we often see modeled for us by our leaders, politicians, athletes, Christians, etc? Why do you think it is so vital that Jesus followers display humility in our world?
Start sharing.
3. Share about someone you admire because of their humility? What is it about them that you like? Share with the group someone you know God needs you to be more humble with because your natural reaction toward them is to be proud, stubborn, defensive, or critical.
Start praying.
4. Be bold, and pray with power. Take time to pray and ask God for a
humble spirit. It is humility that gives us the ability to be more like Jesus.
Start doing.
5. Create a step the group can commit to and live it out this week. Whose feet has God put in your life? What can you do to serve them and add value to them regardless of how dirty, stinky, or different they may be from yours or what you’re comfortable with.
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Sermon: The Power of Perspective
Date: 3.4.18


Matthew 9:1-13 MSG 
Back in the boat, Jesus and the disciples recrossed the sea to Jesus’ hometown. They were hardly out of the boat when some men carried a paraplegic on a stretcher and set him down in front of them. Jesus, impressed by their bold belief, said to the paraplegic, “Cheer up, son. I forgive your sins.” Some religion scholars whispered, “Why, that’s blasphemy!” Jesus knew what they were thinking, and said, “Why this gossipy whispering? Which do you think is simpler: to say, ‘I forgive your sins,’ or, ‘Get up and walk’? Well, just so it’s clear that I’m the Son of Man and authorized to do either, or both. . . .” At this he turned to the paraplegic and said, “Get up. Take your bed and go home.” And the man did it. The crowd was awestruck, amazed and pleased that God had authorized Jesus to work among them this way. Passing along, Jesus saw a man at his work collecting taxes. His name was Matthew. Jesus said, “Come along with me.” Matthew stood up and followed him. Later when Jesus was eating supper at Matthew’s house with his close followers, a lot of disreputable characters came and joined them. When the Pharisees saw him keeping this kind of company, they had a fit, and lit into Jesus’ followers. “What kind of example is this from your Teacher, acting cozy with crooks and riffraff?” Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? Go figure out what this Scripture means: ‘I’m after mercy, not religion.’ I’m here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders.”



1. What you SEE pales in comparison to what you DON’T SEE

2. The best perspective is never limited to TIME and SPACE

3. Change your PERSPECTIVE and change your OUTCOME

4. Engage REALITY but embrace POSSIBILITIES


Life Group questions:
1. Share of a time where your thinking or emotions led you to make a poor decision that you later regretted?

2. Read and discuss Proverbs 23:7 NKJV
7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

3. Our understanding on things is so limited compared to Gods' and our perspective on things is not always accurate. How do you think Proverbs can help us when we need guidance and/or making a decision?

Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

4. ​Discuss this statement: Everything you think and believe today will effect how you will live tomorrow.

5. Share with one another something you need to begin trusting God with and leaning in to his perspective rather than your own. Take time to pray for one another.
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Series: H2O Pt. 4
Sermon: Asleep at the Wheel
Date: 2.25.18
 
Mark 4:35-41 NLT
35 As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the
other side of the lake.” 36 So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). 37 But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. 38 Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” 39 When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. 40 Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
41 The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”

Hebrews 13:8 NIV
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  

When you’re in a storm, WHO is a better question
to ask God than WHY.

 Put the 3X5 card of verses about who Jesus is somewhere
you can see it every day.

Start talking—Share of a time when you were really scared.
Start thinking—Why do you think it's so hard to always understand why we go through the difficult or scary circumstances we often find
ourselves in?
Start sharing—What are some healthy and not-so-healthy ways you respond to life's storms? Share of a time when who Jesus is got you through the difficult thing you were going through. Share your favorite thing about who Jesus is. If you’re not a Jesus follower or are a new
Jesus follower, share with the group any questions you have
about who Jesus is.
Start praying—Pray for those who are currently going through a storm and ask God to remind them of who he is.
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Series: H2O Pt. 3
Sermon: Water and Witness
Date: 2.18.18
 
Matthew 3:13,15-16 MSG
Jesus then appeared, arriving at the Jordan River from Galilee. He wanted John to baptize him. John objected, “I’m the one who needs to be baptized, not you!” But Jesus insisted. “Do it. God’s work, putting things right all these centuries, is coming together right now in this baptism.” So John did it. The moment Jesus came up out of the baptismal waters, the skies opened up and he saw God’s Spirit—it looked like a dove—descending and landing on him. And along with the Spirit, a voice: “This is my Son, chosen and marked by my love, delight of my life.”

Acts 1:8 NIV
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
 
A witness is someone who has received the fullness of God’s power.   

 Be on the lookout for an opportunity to share with someone else what God has done in your life. Go and be a witness!

Start talking—If you’ve ever been water baptized, share with the group why you did it and what it was like.
Start thinking—Why do you think Jesus would be water baptized and Jesus followers would be encouraged to do the same?
Acts 1:8 says that God empowered us by his Holy Spirit to be his
witnesses. What do you think it means to be a “witness” for God?
Start sharing—What is your story? Share with the group one thing God has done in you or for you that has changed you.
Start praying—Pray that God will give us the courage to seek opportunities to share with others the good work God has done in us.
Start doing—Be on the lookout for an opportunity to share with someone else what God has done in your life. Go and be a witness!
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