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Group Discussion - Apathy to Expectation

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Apathy is the greatest threat to the church and a dead church is the greatest evil in the world. Scripture: Malachi 1:1-3, 1:6-13, 2:10-16, 3:6-12, 3:1-5, 4:1-3 Discussion: What is spiritual apathy? What does spiritual apathy look like in your life?   Is a dead church really...

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Group Discussion - An Eternal Kingdom

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God's kingdom people will both inspire and repulse those committed to the kingdoms of this world. Scripture: Daniel 1:1-8, 2:31-45, 3:16-18, 7:9-14 Discussion: Daniel and his friends found themselves in a culture hostile to God and God's ways.  Daniel resolved (set his heart) that...

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Group Discussion - Living By Faith

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In faith we cry out to God, in faith we listen to God, in faith we wait for God to transform our pain into praise. Scripture: Habakkuk 1:1-4, 1:5-6, Habakkuk 2:1-4, Habakkuk 3:17-19 Discussion: When you think about the mess this world is in, what emotions do you feel? When do you get...

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Discussion - Living as Exiles

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God calls His people to live as exiles, resident aliens in this world. Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-10, 7:1-11, 20, 29:4-14, 31:31-34 Discussion: Jeremiah is known as the 'weeping prophet.'  His ministry was characterized by grief over his people.  Jeremiah poured his heart into his...

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Group Discussion - Let Justice Roll Down

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God is at work setting this world right, and in that process He is raising up participators, not just spectators. Scripture: Amos 1:1-3, 2:6-7, 5:18-24; Micah 6:8 Discussion: Amos the prophet was ordinary - a farmer and rancher from a small town that God called to confront idolatry and...

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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...

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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...

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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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