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Jesus is Better than David

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Because of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, we can share in the greatest victory ever won. Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:7, 1 Samuel 17:41-52, Romans 8:11 Discussion: Matt shared about some historic Olympic victories. Do you have a favorite 'Olympic moment?' Olympic athletes represent us even...

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Jesus is Better than Ruth

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God is a loyal friend who provides us loyal friends and who sent Jesus as our ultimate loyal friend. Scripture: Ruth 1:1-18 Discussion: When has there been a time in your life God provided you a loyal friend? Who is someone in your life that might need a loyal friend today? How can this...

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Jesus is Better than Samson

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Are you pushing people away or drawing people toward Christ? Scripture: Judges 16:23-31, Luke 23:33-46 What do you remember most about the stories you heard of Samson growing up?  How is Samson's life both a witness and a warning? Is Samson characterized more as one who feeds his flesh...

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Jesus is Better than Gideon

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God sees where He's taking you and knows what He's making you. Scripture: Judges 6 Discussion: Matt compared Walker Tx Ranger and George Costanza.  We expect Walker to be courageous but would be truly amazed to see courage from Costanza.  Do you feel more like a spiritual Walker...

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Jesus is Better than Rahab

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Let the Gospel destroy your shame or shame will destroy you. Scripture: Joshua 2 Discussion Questions: Shame can be described as a painful feeling of exposure or humiliation.  Why is shame such a powerful force? Read Psalm 34:5.  What does this reveal about shame and its...

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Jesus is Better than Joseph

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Nothing can ultimately derail your life when your life is defined by God with you. Scripture: Genesis 39, Genesis 50:19-21 Discussion:  Name a time in your life when you know God was with you. Did you realize it at the time?   4 Times in Genesis 39 we read, 'God was with...

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Group Discussion: Jesus is Better than Jacob

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God defeats the Jacob in me so that a proud taker can become a humble receiver. Discussion: Matt shared a time in college when he was humbled playing 'bull in the ring.'  Sometimes we need to be humbled, but it doesn't feel good. When is a time you've been humbled? How has God used that...

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Group Discussion: Jesus is Better than Abraham

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Your significance is not rooted in your level of success, but in your level of surrender. Genesis 12:1-3, 15:1-6, 22:1-14 What does it mean to offer your life 'as a blank check' to God?  What are some differences between success and significance? Abram was successful but not...

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Group Discussion: Jesus is Better than Noah

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Noah's life is a witness to God's faithfulness and a warning of our wandering hearts. Scripture: Genesis 6:5-22 Discussion: In Philippians 3:12-14 Paul compares the Christian life to a race. How is your race going?  If something was to trip you up or get you off track, what would it...

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Group Discussion: Jesus is Better than Adam

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Once you grasp that Jesus is better, all rivals are ruined for you forever.   Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:20-26 Discussion: In a Hulu commercial featuring Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganielo, we are told, 'That's the funny thing about better...once you try it, you can't go back.' ...

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