Communion Sunday       November 17,2019


Sermon Passage: John 6:31-36, 47-58, 60-69; 1 Corinthians 11:17-28
Take away: Are our hearts clear before God?
Discussion questions:
  1. Did you grow up taking communion? If so, how was communion handled in your church?
  1. 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?
  1. 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?
  1. Read John 6:60-63. Why do you think Jesus chose to reveal the spiritual truth to the disciples but not the masses?
  1. 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?
  1. 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?
  1. 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


Sermon Passage: Matthew 10:32-29
Take away: Is God our First Priority.
Discussion questions:
  1. What was the first relationship in your life that you prioritized over your parents?
  1. 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?
  1. Why can it be so difficult to put God ahead of our other relationships?
  1. 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?
  1. Have you ever noticed what happens when you put your relationship with God first? How do things in your life change?
  1. Why do you think God wants us to love him more than others? 
  1. 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


Sermon Passage: Matthew 7:7-11
Take away: Every Good Gift Comes From God.
Discussion questions:
  1. 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?
  1. 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?
  1. Dusty said the succession of the 3, in a cultural context, indicated a measure of persistence. Why does God ask us to be persistent?
  1. Read verses 9-11. What do these verses tell us about God? How can we trust what God gives us based on these verses?
  1. 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?
  1. 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


Sermon Passage: Proverbs 3:5-6; 1 Peter 5:6-8
Take away: Trust God more than you trust your feelings.
Discussion questions:
  1. Dusty talked about a day when he had a bad feeling but nothing went wrong. Have you ever had an experience like that? 
  1. 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?
  1. 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?
  1. 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?
  1. 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


Sermon Passage: 2 Corinthians 9:7; Luke 6:38; Deuteronomy 8:10-18
 
Take away: Put God First in Your Finances.
 
Discussion questions:
  1. Dusty talked about saving money as a child to buy a video game. Did you save money as a child for something special?
 
  1. What is the most generous thing anyone has ever done for you?
 
  1. Why, do you think,  is it that most Christians will never grow to the phase of trusting God with their finances?
 
  1. Read 2 Corinthians 9:7. How do we discover what God wants us to give? What does it look like to give cheerfully?
 
  1. Read Luke 6:38. What does Jesus say will happen when we are generous? Does blessing always come in monetary form?
 
  1. 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?
 
7.    Dusty gave three practical tips for growing in putting God first in our finances.    
        Discuss these together.
a. What does it look like to invite God into our finances?
 
b. What does it look like to give joyfully?
 
c. When the Israelites gave first fruits, they were literally the first portion of the 
crop produced. There was no guarantee that more of a crop was coming. A 
storm or a  pest could have destroyed the coming crop, but the people gave 
their first fruits in faith and out of devotion to God. How should this kind of faith 
inspire us when it comes to giving the first fruits of what God provides for us?

Crush Your Idols: What Is An Idol? - October 13, 2019


Sermon Passage: Exodus 20:3; Exodus 32:1-8; 1 Corinthians 8:4; Revelation 2:4-5
 
Take away: God is jealous for our hearts because He knows all we need is found in Him.
 
Discussion questions:
  1. 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?
 
  1. 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?
 
  1. 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?
 
  1. 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?
 
  1. 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?
 
  1. 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?
 
  1. 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
Discussion questions:
  • What is the first thing you ever remember forgiving someone for? What is the first thing you remember having to ask forgiveness for?
  1. 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?
  1. Read Luke 6:37. According to this passage why, if we belong to Jesus, are we required to forgive?
  1. 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?
  1. 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?
  1. 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.”
       -What is one thing you have thought you could never forgive? How does this story change your thinking about forgiveness?

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
  1. Discussion questions:
    1. Do you have any recurring dreams? Do they hold any significance in your life?
     
    1. 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? 
     
    1. 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?
     
    1. 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?
     
    1. Read Matthew 5:23-24. Why do we avoid or gossip instead of “carefronting” (or confronting with love)? 
     
    1. Read Philippians 4:6. How is this taking action during a storm?
     
    1. What was compelling to you about Dar’s testimony this week? 
     
    1. 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
  1. 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?
 
  1. 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?
 
  1. 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?
 
  1. 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?
 
  1. 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?”
Examples:  (Of Pride) (Of Insecurity)
- God does not see my sin    - God does not care about me
- I’m not as bad as that person    - I will never amount to anything
- My sin isn’t hurting anyone    - I am worthless
 
     6. Melissa said that when God drew her back into Him, He taught her to abide in His Word and that, as she washed herself in His truth, she found freedom. What truth from God’s Word could you find to renounce the lies of the enemy today? If you don’t feel like you have a strong grasp of scripture, who could you reach out to to help you?

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?

  1. 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?
  1. 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?
  1. Read John 1:12. According to this verse, how do we know we belong to God?
  1. 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?

 
  1. What was the most powerful part of Shari’s testimony for you?
 
  1. Is there anything you are currently sacrificing to follow Jesus?
 
  1. 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?
 
  1. 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
    1. 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?
     
    1. 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?
     
    1. 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?