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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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Group Discussion: Gospel-Driven Community

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A healthy person and a healthy community is one that does the diligent work of rooting out what is not healthy and cultivating what is healthy. Scripture: Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 5:1-5 Discussion: Matt shared about mesquite trees and cactus overtaking his family's ranch.  Just because...

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Group Discussion - 4 Nameless Men

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Scripture: Mark 2:1-12 Discussion: Mark 2:1-12 tells about something amazing. What's something amazing you have seen God do lately? Encourage the group with the story! Why do you think the paralyzed man's 4 friends are nameless in this story? Chris Liebrum made some great observations...

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Group Discussion: Gospel-Driven

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Every family has a story, and at the center of our story is the good news of King Jesus. Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Discussion: Matt referenced the show This is Us. What is a movie, show, book or story that has drawn you in? Why do we love a good story? While This is Us is a...

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Group Discussion - Recognizing Jesus in the Law

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Recognizing Jesus in the Law How does the story of Moses point to Jesus? Read Galatians 3:19-22.  Logan shared that a primary purpose of the Mosaic law was to demonstrate our inability to keep it, revealing our need for God's grace.  How does the law reveal our need for Jesus? Why...

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Group Discussion - Recognizing Jesus as Supreme

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Because Jesus is first, your life only makes sense when you put Jesus First  Scripture: Colossians 1:15-20 Discussion: This passage emphasizes that Jesus is supreme. When we pick off the toppings we don't like from a supreme pizza, it ceases to be a supreme pizza.  Many of us try...

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Group Discussion - Love Forgives

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Jesus has created a new covenant community of forgiven forgivers.

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