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Group Discussion - Surprising Grace

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Unwrap the gift of God's troubling, surprising, overcoming grace found in Christ alone. Scripture: Luke 1:26-48 Discussion: Gabriel calls Mary 'favored one' (Luke 1:26-30). In other words, the angel is saying that God's favor has been bestowed upon Mary. Mary was troubled by this...

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Group Discussion - The Promise

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Advent means God's own joy and gladness have broken into this world, just as He promised. Scripture: Luke 1:5-25 Discussion: Do you get competitive when you play games? Have a funny story about that?   Icebreaker Suggestion: Have different people act out Zechariah in the...

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Group Discussion - Apathy to Expectation

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Apathy is the greatest threat to the church and a dead church is the greatest evil in the world. Scripture: Malachi 1:1-3, 1:6-13, 2:10-16, 3:6-12, 3:1-5, 4:1-3 Discussion: What is spiritual apathy? What does spiritual apathy look like in your life?   Is a dead church really...

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Group Discussion - An Eternal Kingdom

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God's kingdom people will both inspire and repulse those committed to the kingdoms of this world. Scripture: Daniel 1:1-8, 2:31-45, 3:16-18, 7:9-14 Discussion: Daniel and his friends found themselves in a culture hostile to God and God's ways.  Daniel resolved (set his heart) that...

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Group Discussion - Living By Faith

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In faith we cry out to God, in faith we listen to God, in faith we wait for God to transform our pain into praise. Scripture: Habakkuk 1:1-4, 1:5-6, Habakkuk 2:1-4, Habakkuk 3:17-19 Discussion: When you think about the mess this world is in, what emotions do you feel? When do you get...

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Discussion - Living as Exiles

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God calls His people to live as exiles, resident aliens in this world. Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-10, 7:1-11, 20, 29:4-14, 31:31-34 Discussion: Jeremiah is known as the 'weeping prophet.'  His ministry was characterized by grief over his people.  Jeremiah poured his heart into his...

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Group Discussion - Let Justice Roll Down

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God is at work setting this world right, and in that process He is raising up participators, not just spectators. Scripture: Amos 1:1-3, 2:6-7, 5:18-24; Micah 6:8 Discussion: Amos the prophet was ordinary - a farmer and rancher from a small town that God called to confront idolatry and...

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Imagining The Kingdom

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In dark days we can be sustained by a vision of the King and His kingdom. Scripture: Isaiah 6, 11, 40, 53, 61 Discussion: Read Isaiah 1:16-17.  Why does God care about justice?  What are justice issues today God cares about? In Isaiah 6, the prophet gets a glimpse of the true...

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Group Discussion - Heart of a King

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David is called 'a man after God's own heart' (1 Samuel 13:14). In David we see several characteristics of a true heart and David points forward to the true king of kings.  In 1 Samuel we find that God is the seer of hearts, the breaker of hearts, and the transformer of hearts. Scripture...

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Group Discussion - No Other Rock

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Scripture: 1 Samuel 1, 1 Samuel 2:1-10 Discussion: Matt Shared a personal story of a time his pride was shattered. How have you personally experienced God's opposition to pride and his grace to the humble? Before we hear about the great men Samuel, Saul, or David we meet a barren...

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