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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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Group Discussion - Kingdom Stories

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In Matthew 13 Jesus tells kingdom stories to illuminate what the kingdom of God is like.  Like a seed, the kingdom is packed with power yet easy overlook.  The kingdom of God is easy to miss. But once you discover it, the change in you will be impossible to...

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Group Discussion - The Language of the Kingdom

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God's kingdom has invaded the broken systems of this earth. Will we remain in the shadows, or will we make full use of citizenship by learning the language and culture of the kingdom?

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Group Discussion - Kingdom Message and Mission

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The good news preached by Jesus is 'the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the gospel.' Heaven has invaded earth! Jesus' message is not one of escapism but of TRANSFORMATION. We are called to be people on the lookout for what God is doing in this world. Scripture: Mark 1:14-15 Now...

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