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Groups questions for the week of 02/25/2018


ICEBREAKER: How do you handle distractions? Are you able to focus? Are you easily sidetracked?

Read Revelation 2:12-17

What pressures are facing the church in Pergamum? Where are they strong? Where are they tempted? Which do you think is easier to endure: Persecution by enemies or seduction by the culture? Why?

What cultural influences distract you from your relationship with Christ? How subtle are these influences in your life? How Direct?

What weapons has God given you to battle against these temptations?

How can we pray for each other?

Groups Questions for the week of 02/18/2018


ICEBREAKER: what is the most physically demanding thing you have ever done? How did you prepare? How did you endure?

Read Revelation 2:8-11

How does Jesus describe him self? What does he mean when he says he is the first and the last? How does Jesus’ eternal nature comfort believers facing hardship? How does his eternality encourage you?

What is the church in Smyrna facing? Why would people want to persecute followers of Jesus?

We were encouraged on Sunday to pray for persecuted Christians. Why is it important to pray for people facing persecution? How do you feel when you know that people are praying for you?

icommittopray.com is the website that we were encouraged to visit. As a group can we pray for persecuted followers of Jesus together?

How can we pray for each other?

Groups Questions for the Week of 02/11/2018


ICEBREAKER: What was your “first love” in elementary school like? Or, Who was your first crush?

Read Revelation 2:1-7

What are the good things that Jesus mentions when talking about this church? How might those strengths contributed to their failures?

What does Jesus mean when he calls this church to repent? Why is repentance necessary? How often do people today, you included, need to repent?  What keeps us from repenting?

Have you ever felt like you lost your first love for Christ? What did you to do recapture that love?

How does our love for Jesus shape the way we live in the world? What can we do as a group to better display God’s love to the world?

How can we pray for each other?

Groups Questions for the week of 02/04/2018


ICEBREAKER: Share a little bit about yourself with the group. (i.e. Family, hobbies, work, etc.)

Read Luke 10:25-37

When you read this story what stands out to you? What do you know about the different characters in the story? How would you assume the religious leaders would have acted? Why did they avoid the man?

The Samaritan’s actions would have been surprising to Jesus’ audience. When have you been surprised by someone else’s kindness?

Read Galatians 6:2

What does it mean to bear one another’s burdens? Who do you go to when you need help with things that are burdens in your life? How can our group help carry these burdens?

How can we pray for each other this week?

Groups Questions for the Week of 12/03/2017

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ICEBREAKER: Share a time when you made a big promise and you were able to keep that promise.

Read Luke 2:25-32
What do we know about Simeon? Where was he? What did God promise him? What don’t we know about him from this description?

Why did he go to the temple courts? What does it mean to be moved by the Spirit? Share a time when you were “moved by the Spirit” to do something. What was the outcome?

If you were Simeon what would you expect to encounter when you would meet the person who would save your people? What did Simeon actually encounter? God keeps his promises, how has God Kept his promises to you in ways that you didn’t expect?

What are some key words that come from Simeon’s description of Baby Jesus? As we close our group for this quarter how can we pray that Jesus would be the light for people that we know and love?

Groups Questions for the week of 11/26/2017

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Icebreaker: What is the worst gift you have ever received?  How did you thank the person who gave it to you?

Read 1 Thessalonians 5:18

-What’s the difference between saying “thank you” and feeling thankful?  Why is it difficult to give thanks in all circumstances?

-Why is it important to know God calls us to give thanks IN all circumstances rather than FOR all circumstances?

-In this passage we discover that it is God’s will for us to give thanks, how else could we choose to respond in difficult circumstances?  What impact would those responses have on our faith?

Read Colossians 3:1-3

-What does it mean for our lives to be hidden in Christ?

-How might our faith look different if we learned to set our hearts and minds on things above?  How would that impact how we face difficult circumstances or seasons?

What difficult circumstances are you facing right now?  How can we pray for and support you as a group?

Groups Questions for the Week of 11/19/2017

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ICEBREAKER:  What are your favorite traditions around Thanksgiving?

Read Matthew 5:10-12

What is persecution? Why does Jesus tell his disciples that they are blessed when they face persecution? According to Jesus, who else faced persecution for righteousness? Why are people able to endure persecution?

Persecution of Christ followers is still very real in the world today. It has been said that the church flourishes in the midst of persecution. Why do you think that might be true? What is something that our group could do to help people who are facing persecution? We can show our support for brothers and sisters facing persecution by going to icommittopray.com.

Read Hebrews 12:1-3

Where does this passage say we can find encouragement? How does the “cloud of witnesses” help us in the midst of hardship and persecution? How does Jesus’ example help us endure hardship and persecution?

What are you facing right now that is requiring great faith? How can we are praying for you in the midst of these challenges?

11/12/2017 – Pursuit of Happiness: Peacemakers


Speaker: Jason Deuman
Big Idea: Jesus calls us to be proactive in peace

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Groups Questions for the week of 11/12/2017

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Icebreaker: What for you is the most peaceful place on earth? Why?

Read Matthew 5:9

What are the differences between peacekeeping and peacemaking? Who are people in your life who practice peacemaking? How have you practiced peacemaking in your life? What keeps us from practicing peacemaking? What does peacemaking have to do with being children of God?

Read Ephesians 2:14-18

What does this passage say Jesus accomplished through the cross? What does that peace look like for us? What groups are strongly divided in our culture? Where can we be peacemakers in those situations?

Read Matthew 5:21-26

How does our anger keep us from being peacemakers? How does holding a grudge hinder our spiritual growth? Are there people that you need to forgive? How can we be supportive and encouraging to help each other be peacemakers?

How can we pray for one another?

Groups Questions for the week of 11/05/2017

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Icebreaker: We are approaching Thanksgiving and Christmas. What is your favorite thing about this time of year?

Read Matthew 5:8

Jesus says, Blessed are the pure in heart. What comes time mind when you hear that? Pastor Jason talked about purity of heart being an undivided heart. What are the things that fight to divide our hearts?

Jesus promises that the pure in heart will see God. How does that work? Sometimes seeing God may be recognizing when God is at work. Where have you seen God work in your life? How does a heart focused on Jesus help us see God at work?

Read 1 Corinthians 10:13

What does this passage tell us about our temptations? What does this passage tell us God promises us when we face temptations? How does having a pure heart help us to see the path out of temptation?

How can we pray for each other this week?