STUCK: Prioritize & Simplify - Holy Habits January 26, 2020
- What percentage of your day is based in habits? . What habits are a regular part of your day and frame your schedule?
- What habits do you currently practice that are adding the most value to your life?
- Has there been a time when you felt God moving or drawing you toward consistency? (Providing for you; Reminding you; Freeing you…) How did you respond? What was the result of your response?
- Read 1 Thessalonians 5:17 and Galatians 6:9. How do these verses infer direct us toward consistency? What value, spiritually and relationally, can these types of consistency bring to our lives?
- What “kick” can you begin exerting each day to respond to God’s drawing?
- If you miss a “kick”, what can you do to begin kicking again and not return to apathy?
- Dusty mentioned God’s part, our part, and communities part in helping us stay consistent. In which of these 3 areas could you use the most help? Who can you reach out to in order to find that help?
STUCK: Prioritize & Simplify - What Are Your Barriers? January 19, 2020
1. What is the greatest physical obstacle you have ever overcome? Fixing a car? Finishing a huge paper? Saving enough money for a down payment?
STUCK: Prioritize & Simplify - Seek First The Kingdom of God January 12, 2020
Sermon Passage: Matthew 6:33
Take away: When we put God first, He helps us prioritize and simplify the rest of our life.
- Dusty spoke about 5 disciplines that every follower of Christ should be practicing. #1- Pursues Jesus. #2- Lives in Community. #3 - Gives Generously. #4 - Serves the Kingdom. #5 - Shares Faith Openly. If you are reading this, you are already doing #2! Congratulations!
- What does it look like to pursue Jesus? How well did you do this in 2019? What must change in 2020 for you to get closer to living this in the way you want?
- Which of the 5 are easiest for you and which are the most challenging?
- Read Matthew 6:33 in context. The Hebrews were dealing with tangible distractions that were keeping them from seeking God first. How is our/your situation similar to theirs? What things might we be “running after” like the “pagans”? Do you sense God prompting you to lay some of these things at His feet?
- Of the 5 disciplines of a devoted follower of Christ, which do you feel God drawing you deeper into in this season or for this year?
- In an ideal world, what would it look like you to “seek first” God’s Kingdom and His righteousness?
- Pray together. Ask God to clarify His heart for you in “seeking first.” Share with one another how He responds and pray for one another that He will give you the strength to walk in His call.
All Things New - His Mercies Are New Each Morning January 5, 2020
- Dusty motioned that if he could, he would wear a new pair of socks every day. What “new” thing would you want every day if it were possible?
- Read Lamentations 3:22-26. What does it mean when it says his mercies are “new every morning”? How should this change the way we view our day?
- Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-19. What stands out to you in these verses? What does it mean to you that you have been made a new creation in Christ? What does that look like in the way you live?
- Read Colossians 3: 8-10. What impacts you most in these verses? Why is it irrational to believe we can keep living in old practices and experience the full joy of being renewed?
- What does it look like for us to “take off” our old practices? How has that played out in your spiritual life?
- What does it look like, practically, to “put on” the new self? How do time in God’s Word and prayer play into this?
- Read 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. We all know that “outwardly we are wasting away” - that this life and these bodies won’t last forever. How does having eternal perspective help aid us in being renewed? How can we shift our perspective each day from what is tangible to what is eternal?
Advent: A Season of Expectation - Peace December 22, 2019
- Have you ever experienced true peace? How would you describe that feeling?
- Read Romans 12:18 and Hebrews 12:14; and Colossians 3:15. According to these verses, how can we assume God feels about the role of peace in our lives?
- Read Colossians 3:5-14. How can putting off the list of sins lead us to peace? How can putting ON the list of godly traits Paul mentions lead us to peace?
- The word for Peace (“Shalom” in the Hebrew) has to do with wholeness or completeness, with things being as they were intended to be. Think of the places in your life that do not feel whole. What has brought brokenness, anxiety or shattering to those places? Do you believe God can make them whole again?
- Dusty encouraged us to ask God what is standing in the way of our peace and what it would take to bring peace into those broken areas. If God spoke to you during that time, would you be willing to share with others what He said to your heart?
- Dusty also shared the idea that if we are called to chaos, it is for the purpose of restoring peace. If you are in a place of chaos now, what battle or action plan might you have to navigate in partnership with the Spirit of God to allow peace to return?
- Pray that God will teach us to seek peace in Him, that we will remember and know that HE IS OUR PEACE!
Advent: A Season of Expectation - Joy December 15, 2019
- Can you remember a moment in your life when you experienced pure joy?
- How do you define joy?
- Read Luke 2:8-11. Dusty discussed the fact that “joy” and “grace” have the same root in the Greek. How do these verses indicate why both joy and grace played a role in the coming of Christ?
- Read Psalm 28:7 and 11:16. What do these verses tell us about how we can gain and live in joy?
- Read Galatians 5:22 and John 15:5-11. What do these tell us about where our joy comes from?
- What are 3 ways you can practice putting on God’s joy and living in joy this week and during this Christmas season?
Advent: A Season of Expectation - Love December 8, 2019
- Think about a time when someone could have responded to you combatively but instead responded in love. How did that affect you?
- Read John 17:24 - What does this verse tell us about the existence of love?
- If love originated in God, “before the creation of the world,” where should we be turning for our source of love?
- Read 1 John 4:7-11. How are these verses a practical instruction guide to help us love others?
- Dusty mentioned that just like every situation deserves hope, every person deserves love. Is there a situation in your life right now in which you have stepped out of love? How could you allow the pure agape of God to wash over you and flow from you toward that other person?
- What does it look like to completely disagree with someone and still love them?
- Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. As you read each characteristic of love, consider or note what the opposite behavior or emotion would be. Then ask yourself, “Which of these am I walking in today?”
- Advent is a season of preparation, a time to refocus our hearts on Christ, consider the preparation leading up to his birth, and consider our readiness for His return. How does this conversation about love ready our hearts for the return of our Savior?
Advent: A Season of Expectation - Hope December 1, 2019
- How do you define “hope”?
- Why is hope important in our human experience?
- Read Isaiah 7:14. Why did Isaiah’s prophecy of the coming Messiah bring hope? How does Jesus continue to bring hope in our world thousands of years later?
- Read Romans 15:13. Who provides our hope, according to this verse? What is our part to play?
- Read Mark 23:21-23 and 35-43. How do Jesus’ words to Jairus reflect the truths shared in the Romans passage?
- Read Revelation 21:5-6 and 22:1-4. How is Jesus our hope in these verses?
- What are 3 things we can do during this Christmas season to keep our hope focused on and trusting in Jesus?
Communion Sunday November 17,2019
- Did you grow up taking communion? If so, how was communion handled in your church?
- Re-read Jesus’ words about his body being the bread and his blood being drink in John 6:31-36. What did the people think Jesus meant by bread? What did He actually mean?
- Read John 6:47-58. What is the disconnect between what Jesus is saying and what the people are thinking? Why does Jesus allow this awkward misunderstanding to remain or linger between them?
- Read John 6:60-63. Why do you think Jesus chose to reveal the spiritual truth to the disciples but not the masses?
- Read verses 66-69. How can Peter’s example help us in our faith when we struggle with teachings that extend beyond our physical ability to grasp?
- We have just finished a series on crushing our idols. What practical steps do you take to be sure you are “eating and drinking” or “being sustained” by the bread of Jesus, and not your own efforts, other people, or other things?
- How is Jesus bread and drink to you in your walk with Him? How do you go about keeping your heart right in relationship with Him? Consider closing in prayer as a group and asking God to show you any places where your heart(s) are not surrendered to Him.
Crush Your Idols: The Idol of Relationships November 10,2019
- What was the first relationship in your life that you prioritized over your parents?
- What relationship in your life now has the greatest potential to get in front of your relationship with God? What can you do to keep things in proper order?
- Why can it be so difficult to put God ahead of our other relationships?
- Read Matthew 10:32-39. How do you feel when you read that if we do not love Jesus more than others we cannot be His disciples?
- Have you ever noticed what happens when you put your relationship with God first? How do things in your life change?
- Why do you think God wants us to love him more than others?
- As you close, pray and ask God for wisdom to understand how to put Him first. Ask Him for assurance that loving him first will help you love others best.
Every Good Gift Comes From God November 3,2019
- What has been the most mind-blowing thing to you as you have walked in or witnessed the process of what God has done with the building for Revive?
- Read Matthew 7:7-8. What are we called to do in partnership with God to see Him move? What does ASKING require of us? What does SEEKING require of us? What does KNOCKING require of us?
- Dusty said the succession of the 3, in a cultural context, indicated a measure of persistence. Why does God ask us to be persistent?
- Read verses 9-11. What do these verses tell us about God? How can we trust what God gives us based on these verses?
- Dusty mentioned that the word “good” means that it is good whether we realize it or not. Has there been a time in your life when something did NOT seem good, but then God turned it into a good gift, either for you or someone else?
- Close in prayer praising God for being a good father and sharing His good gifts with us!
Crush Your Idols: The Idol Of Feelings - October 27, 2019
- Dusty talked about a day when he had a bad feeling but nothing went wrong. Have you ever had an experience like that?
- Have one or several people in the group look up Bible verses about God’s emotions (Google: Bible verses about God’s emotions) How do the verses you read remind us that feelings were created by God?
- Read Proverbs 3:5-6. What does this tell us about God? What does it tell us about humanity? What does it mean to trust God with all our hearts when it comes to our feelings?
- Read 1 Peter 5:6-8. Dusty and Tammi shared the practical idea that we must FILTER OUR FEELINGS through God’s Word, God’s People, and God’s Presence. How can we use these verses in 1 Peter 5 to help us in that process?
- Tammi talked about a time when she experienced feelings that DID warn or prepare her for something that was coming. Have you experienced something like this? Have you found a way to know the difference between feelings that are directional and feelings that are distractions?
Crush Your Idols: The Idol Of Finances - October 21, 2019
- Dusty talked about saving money as a child to buy a video game. Did you save money as a child for something special?
- What is the most generous thing anyone has ever done for you?
- Why, do you think, is it that most Christians will never grow to the phase of trusting God with their finances?
- Read 2 Corinthians 9:7. How do we discover what God wants us to give? What does it look like to give cheerfully?
- Read Luke 6:38. What does Jesus say will happen when we are generous? Does blessing always come in monetary form?
- Read Deuteronomy 8:10-18. Why is it so easy for us to forget that all of the good we have gained comes from God? If we claim Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives why is it not permissible for us to claim that what we have comes from ourselves?
Crush Your Idols: What Is An Idol? - October 13, 2019
- At the beginning of the sermon, Dusty asked the question, “Who would you allow to replace you as a parent to your child?” or “Who would you allow to replace your own parents in your life?” Considering those thoughts, answer this question: What famous parents - real or fictional - would you allow to parent your kids or be parents to you? Why?
- Read Exodus 20:3 - What reasons does God have for not wanting anyone or anything else to “raise” us (as Dusty put it)? Why would He tell His people to have no other gods besides Him?
- Read Exodus 32:1-8, then read 1 Corinthians 8:4. Paul says an idol has no power and there are no God’s but one. If an idol’s power is only what we ascribe to it, why did God tell His people not to carve idols? Why is it so offensive, in the Exodus 32 passage, that the people are ascribing to the calf the power and glory for having brought them out of Egypt?
- Are there ways, in our current culture, that we do what the Israelites did by perceiving power in another person or thing which should only belong to God?
- What are we robbed of when we give our hopes or allegiances to idols in place of God? Why is it so easy to slip into that posture?
- Read Revelation 2:4-5. What are the apostle John’s recommendations to us when we discover that we have been seeking hope in or worshipping something other than the Living God?
- Are there steps we can take to maintain that our “idol closet” stays empty and our worship goes to God alone?
Stormproof: After The Storm - October 6, 2019
Scripture To Read: Luke 6:37; Colossians 3:12-13
- What is the first thing you ever remember forgiving someone for? What is the first thing you remember having to ask forgiveness for?
- T.D. Jakes, preacher and author, is quoted as saying, "We think that forgiveness is weakness, but it's absolutely not; it takes a very strong person to forgive." Why does forgiving often feel weak or like we are giving a win to the person who wronged?
- Read Luke 6:37. According to this passage why, if we belong to Jesus, are we required to forgive?
- Read Colossians 3:12-13. Dusty mentioned that we cannot clothe ourselves in these attitudes of the Spirit that Paul mentions if we are holding on to grudges. Considering this verse, how does forgiveness actually set us free?
- What was compelling to you about Jeff’s testimony? What did you take away about how God moved in His life? How can this impact your faith journey?
- In her book The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom tells her story of surviving a German concentration camp. After the war ends, she travels and speaks to people about the power of God even in dark places. At one speaking engagement, in Germany, her former guard is in attendance. He does not remember her, but approaches her to shake her hand and rejoice that God can forgive even his sins. “…I struggled to raise my hand. I could not…. And so again I breathed a silent prayer. ‘Jesus, I cannot forgive him. Give me Your forgiveness.’ As I took his hand the most incredible thing happened. From my shoulder along my arm and through my hand a current seemed to pass from me to him, while into my heart sprang a love for this stranger that almost overwhelmed me.”
Stormproof: Press On In The Storm - September 29, 2019
Scripture To Read: Hebrews 12:1; Matthew 5:23-24; James 5:5-8 & 13-14; Philippians 4:6
- Discussion questions:
- Do you have any recurring dreams? Do they hold any significance in your life?
- Have you ever taken on the spirit of martyrdom Dusty discussed when you have faced a storm in the past? How did that work for you?
- Dusty talked about the fact that sailors raise small sails to navigate the winds of the storm. What does it look like to take action (raise a sail) and not be apathetic during a storm? Read and unpack Hebrews 12:1. How does this verse relate to navigating the storm?
- Read James 5:13-14. How does this passage tell us to respond in the face of the storm? How are we to respond in times of peace or joy?
- Read Matthew 5:23-24. Why do we avoid or gossip instead of “carefronting” (or confronting with love)?
- Read Philippians 4:6. How is this taking action during a storm?
- What was compelling to you about Dar’s testimony this week?
- Dusty mentioned that in reference to the storm, professional sailors say to “never stop moving.” What is God calling you to DO in your storm to keep moving through the waves?
Stormproof: Standing On Truth In The Storm - September 22, 2019
Scripture to Read: Galatians 5:22-26; John 8:31-34
- What is the difference between a lie and the truth? What is your standard for telling them apart, especially when it comes to your thoughts?
- Dusty talked about the wide road that promises “freedom” but doesn’t show us the burden on the other side. What are some experiences you have had in which you chose the instant “freedom” but had to face the long-term burden?
- Dusty also discussed the narrow way that actually leads to freedom but can sometimes seem like it will just be a list of rules. Read Galatians 5:22-26. How does this “fruit of the Spirit” allow us to live in freedom rather than under a list of rules?
- Read John 8:31-34. According to this passage, where does Jesus say we find the truth? What does it mean to “abide” in Jesus’ Word? (Other translations may say “hold to my teaching”). How should this change the way we interact with the Bible as the Word of God?
- In the testimony shared this week, Melissa talked about getting to a place in her life where she believed the lies the enemy had told her about herself. Sit for a minute in the presence of God and ask Him, “What lies am I believing?”
Stormproof: God's Purpose and Pursuit In The Storm - September 15, 2019
Scripture to Read: Ephesians 2:10; John 1:12; Romans 8:16; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Luke 15:1-7
1. Has there ever been a time when you felt that God was pursuing you? How did that feel? How did you respond?
- Dusty talked about Ephesisans 2:10. Read that passage to answer these questions. Do you believe that God has purpose for you? If "yes," how are you pursuing that? If "no," how could you discover His purpose for your life?
- Read Romans 8:16 and 2 Corinthians 1:21-22. How does that Spirit of God testify in you that you belong to Christ? If you are unsure of the answer to this question, who could you talk to for guidance in this matter?
- Read John 1:12. According to this verse, how do we know we belong to God?
- Read Luke 15:1-7. What does this say about God? How does this describe His love for you?
6. Think about Dave Norberry's testimony that was shared. What was the most compelling to you about Dave's story? How does it encourage you in your walk with Christ? If you haven't seen it, find the link here.
7. Dave ended with the statement. "Whereever I go, there He is." Take time this week to read and meditate on Psalm 139. Ask God to confirm for you that He is with you and you are His. If you have questions about that, reach out to your small group leader or a staff member. We would love to pray and seek God with you.
Stormproof: Surrender In The Storm - September 8, 2019
Scripture to Read: Luke 14:25-27,33; Hebrews 12:2-3
1. Has there ever been a time when your parents fought for you, or you fought for your child the way Shari had to fight for her son?
- What was the most powerful part of Shari’s testimony for you?
- Is there anything you are currently sacrificing to follow Jesus?
- In Luke 14:25, Jesus says that if we don’t love other people and things less than Him, we cannot be his disciples. Why is this true? How do we live this out practically - as we are called to love others? How does this help us face the storm?
- In Hebrews 12:2-3, the author reminds us that Jesus’ surrender enabled Him to endure the cross until He sat down at God’s right hand. How does meditating on the sacrifice and surrender of Christ help us to overcome and stand strong in the storm?
The Divided Kingdom: Josiah - September 1, 2019
Scripture to Read: 2 Chronicles 34:1 - 35:27; 2 kings 22:1 - 23:37
- Josiah didn’t have ACCESS to the book of the law. In our day we have SO much access, yet our Bibles often sit, unsought. What might change if you and I took seeking of the Word of God as seriously as Josiah did?
- When Josiah heard the book of the law, he tore His clothes - a sign of grief, anguish, or outrage. Because he had never known the book of the law, this kind of grief response could have only come from the prompting of God’s Spirit. What would it look like if you and I asked the Spirit to step into our times of seeking in God’s Word, asking Him to prompt our hearts to respond?
- Josiah went to GREAT lengths to cleanse the temple and the nation of godless practices. What would it look like for you and I to “clean up the temple”? What little idols do we tolerate that are offending God and possibly keeping us from experiencing a fuller relationship with Him?