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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...

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...

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...

Group Discussion - God Has A Plan

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Scripture: Ruth 1:14-18, 2:10-13 , Ruth 4:13-17 Discussion: When has God asked you to do something you really did not want to do? What types of situations tempt you to become bitter? How can we overcome bitterness? As Ruth served, God met her needs.  How have you seen God meet your...

Group Discussion - Vicious Cycle

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God works through deeply flawed people to remind us that Jesus is our true rescuer.  Scripture: Judges 3:7-11, Judges 21:25 Discussion: Has your life ever resembled the movie, Groundhog Day, stuck in a cycle over and over again? What was that like? How did the cycle end? What are...

Group Discussion - On God's Side

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Leading Well Involves Facing my fears, Remembering it's not about me, and Knowing Where I stand Scripture: Joshua 1:5-9, 5:13-15, 24:14-15 Discussion: Bill Hybels writes that your biggest leadership challenge is yourself. How is this true?  What does self-leadership mean to you? Read...

Group Discussion - Hard Hearted

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We have a problem. God made a promise. The promise is a person. Deuteronomy 6:4-5 Discussion: What are some signs of a hard heart?   What leads to a hard heart? What leads to restoration? Read Deuteronomy 6:4-5.  How does this passage inform what it means to be a parent or...

Group Discussion - Rescue

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The blood of the lamb says you belong to God and to God's community. Scripture: Exodus 12 Discussion: Share a memory where you were positively impacted by someone offering you their presence.   Share a memory where you wish you would have been present with someone else...

Group Discussion - True Greatness

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God wants to make you great, but your idea of greatness must die.  Scripture: Luke 22:24-34 Icebreaker: What is one place on your bucket list to visit? Discussion: Jesus shares the Passover meal with his friends (Luke 22:14-23) and explains the he is the fulfillment of the meal and...

Group Discussion - Kingdom Revolution

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Jesus invites us to join a revolution, not just nod our heads in agreement! Icebreaker: What is your favorite thing to do in the summer? Scripture: John 18:36 Discussion: Few believed Dr. Semmelweis's revolutionary message in the 19th Century ('wash your hands') because his message...

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