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Love Encourages

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In a world where it's easy to tear others down, love builds others up. Read Hebrews 10:23-25 Discussion Questions: Just like kids playing soccer, we all need people cheering for us to keep going and not give up. Who is someone who has encouraged you in your faith?   In Hebrews...

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Group Discussion - Love Honors

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Shame robs your identity, Jesus restores your identity, true community reminds you of your identity. Read Romans 12:10 Discussion Questions: Have you ever been in a situation where you needed ID but didn't have it? What happened? Sometimes we forget our true identity in Christ and we need...

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Group Discussion - Love Serves

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Love serves when life stinks. Read John 13:1-34 Discussion Questions: When was there a time in your life when someone serving you through prayer, meeting a need, etc. made a big difference? Christlike love is more than a feeling - it is active, tangible, unconditional.  Why does this...

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Group Discussion - The Dance

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There's no way to be in rhythm with others if we're out of rhythm with God Read 1 John 4:7-21 Discussion Questions: When it comes to dancing, do you have rhythm? Do you have a funny, awkward, or impressive dancing story? An ancient way of describing the relationship within the Trinity is a...

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Group Discussion - Hearts Out of Rhythm

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Refocusing your mind on Christ gives you the mind of Christ. Read Colossians 3:1-17 Discussion Questions: An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a device that gives the heart an electric shock to restore a heart to healthy rhythm.  What are signs that our hearts are spiritually...

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Group Discussion - ReFocus

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Life comes into focus when we focus on Jesus. Read Colossians 3:1-4 Discussion Questions: Matt shared about how distorted his vision was before he got glasses in the 3rd grade.  He couldn't see but didn't know he couldn't see.  When has there been a time your spiritual vision was...

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Group Discussion - The Story Continues

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God's Big story Continues to Move Forward Through His Spirit Empowered People.  Read Acts 28:30-31 Discussion Questions: Did you ever run track or cross country? What did you love or hate about it? Paul is passionately concerned with 'passing the baton' to others.  How is the...

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Where to from here?

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Trinity Family, Last Sunday evening, in an effort to conform more closely to the Scripture and to move toward even greater health and effectiveness, the church voted to adopt new bylaws.  We are moving to a model of church governance called elder-led congregationalism.  Elder-led...

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Group Discussion - Relationship

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We weren't designed to do life alone - and thankfully we don't have to! Read Acts 2:42-47 Discussion Questions: What are common stereotypes about church? Where do these come from? Name the cultural characteristics of a healthy church found in Acts 2:42. How do these differ from common...

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Group Discussion - Gospel

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Every Believer Can Impact the World by Sharing the Savior's Story in the Power of the Spirit.   Acts 2:14-41 In the mid 1800s Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis shared the good news that childbed fever could be eradicated if doctors washed their hands.  This good news was rejected.  Why do...

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