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Group Discussion - Walking Paradox

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Jesus is bigger than our boxes!

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Group Discussion - Jesus Shows Up at Work

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 Stay faithful when your net is empty. Stay humble when your net is full. Scripture: Luke 5:1-11 Discussion: Even though we live in an age of scientific and technological advancement, people continue to have a thirst for spiritual meaning. Why? U2 sings, 'I still haven't...

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Group Discussion - Good News for Troubled People

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Jesus brings good news for troubled people and troubling news for good people. Scripture: Luke 4:14-30 Discussion: What is your most awkward church moment? What does it mean that Jesus brings good news for the troubled and troubling news for the 'good'? Everyone was praising Jesus...

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Group Discussion - Tested

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Jesus' life is characterized by one ultimate foundation and one ultimate destination. Scripture: Luke 3:21-22, Luke 4:1-13 Discussion: We talked a lot about affirmation on Sunday. Godly affirmation is not just saying nice things... it is seeing God at work in someone and pointing it...

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Group Discussion - Surprising Grace

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Unwrap the gift of God's troubling, surprising, overcoming grace found in Christ alone. Scripture: Luke 1:26-48 Discussion: Gabriel calls Mary 'favored one' (Luke 1:26-30). In other words, the angel is saying that God's favor has been bestowed upon Mary. Mary was troubled by this...

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Group Discussion - The Promise

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Advent means God's own joy and gladness have broken into this world, just as He promised. Scripture: Luke 1:5-25 Discussion: Do you get competitive when you play games? Have a funny story about that?   Icebreaker Suggestion: Have different people act out Zechariah in the...

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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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