God is On The Move     April 5, 2020


Ice Breaker
Considering all the plagues the Egyptians went through, what’s the craziest weather or bug infestation you’ve ever been a part of?
Read Exodus 14 with your family or Zoom group.
What would be your response when you saw Pharaoh coming towards you?  Would you have more fear or more faith?  Why?
Do you believe God is moving right now through COVID-19?  In what ways have you seen Him work?
Dusty mentioned that as the “curve” continues to grow, your service as Christians should grow too.  Do you agree or disagree?
In what ways can we “ramp up” being servants during this time?
Close in prayer asking God to protect us and to give us opportunities to be light to those around us!

Waiting Well     March 29, 2020


Ice Breaker: What is the craziest complaint you’ve heard during this pandemic?

Questions:

1.  Do have you a plan for waiting well while we are all “Sheltering in Place?”  Share your plan.

2.  Dusty talked about not wasting our time.  What are our biggest time wasters and why do we invest so much in them?

3.  Daxton talked about some things we can do instead of complaining, like asking questions and trying to help.  What are other strategies you use when you’re tempted to complain?

4.  Read Philippians 2:14.  This says to do everything without complaining.  Why is God against our complaining?  
- Answers might include that complaining means we don’t trust him or complaining is focusing on the wrong thing or that we are forgetting that God is ultimately good.

Close with prayer and asking God how He would like to use during this time.

Food & Faith     March 23, 2020


Verses: Philippians 4:4-8
Key Thought: Paul invites us to think on good things, even during trials.
Ice Breaker: Do you think social distancing is tougher or easier on you than most people?  Why?
Small Group Questions:
1.  In verse 4 Paul encourages us to rejoice.  What are some things we can be rejoicing in right now?
2.  In verse 5 Paul puts prayer and petition side by side. What is the difference between the two?  How do the two go hand in hand? Which one is easier for you?
3.  In verse 8 Paul gives us a list of things we should be thinking about.  Come up with one item for each.
True -
Noble -
Right -
Pure -
Lovely -
Admirable -
Excellent -
Praiseworthy -
Close with prayer and thanking God for some of the things on your list!  We serve an amazing God!

Toilet Paper & The Church     March 15, 2020


Sermon Passage: 2 Timothy 1:7 “God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and sound mind.”
Take away: In times of fear and uncertainty, the church can be the greatest light to the world.
Icebreaker: Besides toilet paper, if you could buy a closetful of one thing to sustain you through a quarantine, what would it be?  
Discussion questions:
  1. What is your biggest current fear?
  1. What three things does God give us in 2 Timothy 1:7?
  1. What do these three things have in common?
  1. The word “power” means “physical power, ability, showing deeds”. What can this mean in light of our current situation? What powerful deeds could we do through God during this time?
  1. “Love” or agape - is a love that comes from God. How can we call on God to help us love like He loves?
 
  1. “Sound mind” means “prudent or sensible behavior that fits a situation. How do we determine what is “sensible” at a time when many are hoarding and fearful?
  1. Spend and extended time in prayer. Pray for one another - that God’s people would be led, not by fear, but by love. Seek God together to ask How he might be leading you to shine his light of love and peace during this time.

Capital C Church: The Great Commission     March 8, 2020


Sermon Passage: Matthew 28:16-20
Take away: EVERY follower of Jesus is called to GO and make disciples - whether that is across the street, across the nation or around the world
Icebreaker: Who was the first influence for Christ in your life? What impact did they have on you?  
Discussion questions:
  1. Read Matthew 28:18. What does it mean that ALL authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Jesus? How and why should this empower us to share our faith?
  1. Read verse 19. If you are a believer in Jesus, how has God called you to “go” and make disciples? Have you been able to obey that call? 
  1. Read verse 20. Our culture presses us to keep our faith to ourselves. How does that cultural pressure challenge the command of Jesus in this verse? We want to obey God, but we also want to walk in grace. How do we “teach them to obey everything I have commanded” while still holding tightly to grace? 
  1. What kinds of things keep/have kept you from making disciples? If God has told us to “go”, then we know those messages of hesitation are not from God. What scripture can we share with one another to encourage each other past our doubts and fears in this area?
  1. Verse 17 says the disciples worshipped and “some doubted.” Adrean mentioned the meaning of this in the original language is “hesitate” or “waver”.  How can this verse encourage us that even if we hesitate or struggle, God will still use us if we are obedient to His call?
  1. At the end of verse 20, Jesus asserts “I am with you, even to the end of the age.”  Why do you think Jesus ends with this encouragement?

Capital C Church: Everyone Is Welcome     March 1, 2020


Sermon Passage: Luke 19:1-10; Galatians 3:28-29; Romans 3:22-24

Take away: God is always unifying and reconciling people back to Himself.

Icebreaker: What is your spiritual background? Did you grow up in church? Did any of Dusty’s denominational references resonate with you?  

Discussion questions:

  1. Read Luke 19:1-10. Do you identify more with Zacchaeus in this story or with the crowds? Why? 
  1. In verse 5, Jesus says, “I must stay at your house tonight.” The original language for this word means “to stay, remain, abide”. How does this align with God’s mission of unifying and reconciling? What might have been different if Jesus had merely spoken to Zacchaeus on the street and gone on His way?
  1. Read Galatians 3:28-29. Why is it significant to recognize that our identity in Christ does not nullify [make worthless] but supersedes [exists above] these earthly titles and identities? 
  1. Why would Paul have shared this truth with the Galatians in his letter focused on freedom?
  1. Read Romans 3:22-24. According to these verses, how are we reconciled back to God? 
  1. Why, if God is always unifying and reconciling, is it so common for us (as humans) to practice division and try to add requirements to the redeeming work of Jesus?
  1. Pray together. Ask God to show you how you can be ministers of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-21). Have you been reconciled to God through Jesus Christ? If not, ask someone to pray with you to confess with your mouth that you believe in your heart Jesus Christ is Lord and God has raised Him from the dead.

Family Matters: Encourage The Kids     February 23, 2020


Sermon Passage: Ephesians 2:10; Proverbs 22:6; Colossians 3:1-2; Hebrews 12:7-11
Take away: Kids direction, encouragement, and consequences.
Icebreaker: Was there someone from your childhood or teen years who really encouraged you toward the course God has called you to?  
Discussion questions:
  1. Josh talked about the fact that kids need and are looking for a compass - a true North. What are some of the distractions (sharks, storms, etc) do you see facing the kids of today?
  1. Read Ephesians 2:10. How does this verse challenge us toward the necessity of encouraging the kids in our lives?
  1. Read Proverbs 22:6. What practical things can we do to encourage kids toward the true North of Jesus?
  1. Kerry talked about putting “wind in their sails”. Why is encouragement often more difficult to give than criticism?
  1. Read Colossians 3:1-2. How can these verses encourage us as we endeavor to encourage kids?
  1. Kerry talked about encouraging kids for who they are (not simply what they do), reframing their difficult moments into positives, and empowering them by allowing them to “carry the couch” within their specific strengths. Which of these was most exciting to you? How can giving children strength-appropriate responsibility help them to grow toward Christ?
  1. Dusty talked about allowing our children to face the consequences of their actions. Why can this be difficult? 
  1. Read Hebrews 12:7-11. What do these verses tell us about the importance of discipline in all of our lives?
  1. Can you think of a time when you had to face natural consequences and it helped you grow? How can we translate this to the kids in our lives?

Family Matters: Love & Respect part 2     February 16, 2020


Icebreaker - Ask these questions.  Some are true and false.

Which is typically longer for men, the pointer finger or the ring finger?  For women?
A: Typically women have a longer pointer finger and men have a longer ring finger.
Who functions better on limited sleep?
A: Women.
During exercise men’s primary fuel is carbohydrates.  What is women’s?
A: Fat
Who typically has lower blood sugar?
A: Women.  This is true no matter the age or ethnicity.
Who is less sensitive to cold temperatures?
A: Men
Who has more grey matter in their brains? Grey matter stores information?
A: Men
Who has more white matter? White matter connects different parts of the brain.
A: Women
Who is more likely to fail their first driving test?
A: Women, by about 7%
Who pays more for driving insurance?
A: Men, by about 5%
Who is more likely to respond to a text while driving?
A: Women by 5%
TIE BREAKER:
What is the average age of a man who wins an Oscar?
A: 39
What is the average age of a woman who wins an Oscar?
A: 30
Tally up the votes and crown a winner.
SERMON QUESTIONS:
1.  What did you learn from Joshua’s Sermon?
2.  Joshua told us that A husband can only pursue his wife’s heart to the extent that Christ has captured his. Do you agree with this?  If so why or why not?
3.  Read 1 Timothy 5:1.  Ladies, share an example of a time you have been treated this way.  How did it make you feel?
4.  Men reflect on 1 Timothy 5:1.  Paul wrote this because men of that day struggled with this.  Is this still an issue?  Why?  How do we change our thinking?
5.  Joshua listed a number of traits that we receive from God and pass on to the women around us.  They are listed below.  Did any of them stick out to you?  Which ones are the toughest to do?
- My Yoke is easy . . . do we make things easy for our wives once in a while (doing the dishes, cleaning the thing our wife hates).
- Keep your promises
- Speak life over your wife (compliments and encouragement)
- Listen and don’t interrupt.
- Pursue the ladies in your life even when they don’t want to be pursued.
- Protect the ladies around you.
Any other Godly attributes that you would add to this list?
6. Review the last 2 weeks at Revive.  Leanne taught us that men need respect and Joshua taught us that women need to be loved.  Is this true in your relationship?  Have you implemented any changes in your relationship?
7.  Close with a recommitment to keeping God first in everything we do! As we grow closer to Him we automatically grow closer to our families and specifically to our spouses.

Family Matters: Love & Respect part 1  February 9, 2020


Sermon Passage: Ephesians 5:33; Ephesians 5:21-24; Psalm 91:4
Take away: Men’s greatest need is respect.
Icebreaker: What did respect look like when you were growing up? 
Discussion questions:
  1. Did you identify with Dusty and Leanne’s illustration of men having boxes and women having wires? Men, which boxes do you function in most frequently? How do you keep the most important boxes in priority? Women, which of your wires carry the highest voltage? How do you function when your “wires” get crossed?
  1. Does it make sense to us that a man’s “boxes” can feel offensive to a woman and a woman’s “wires” might feel overwhelming to a man? Why do you think God designed men and women so differently?
  1. Read Ephesians 5:33. Why does it matter that, statistically, the needs expressed by men and women today still reflect this scripture?
  1. Read Ephesians 5:21-24. How does verse 21 show us that these principles of how to treat men and women go beyond just a marriage? What does it look like to respect men who are not one’s husband: brothers, brothers-in-Christ, fathers, sons? In verses 22-24, consider the comparisons. How do those play out in your home? 
  1. Read Psalm 91:4. What negative connotations has the word “submit” held for you in your life to this point? How are those different than the picture God paints of His leadership and authority in this verse?
  1. Talk about what submit, support and appreciation look like in your home. Which areas are strong? Which areas need the help of the Holy Spirit? Men, are there practical things women could do to empower you in these areas?
  1. Pray together that God would help us as people at Revive to follow God’s lead in these areas. Also, pray for Dusty and Joshua as they get ready to talk about “Love the Woman” next week. Pray many can be there to hear this necessary message.

Family Matters: Keeping Christ At The Center Of Our Homes  February 2, 2020


Sermon Passage: Joshua 24:15; Exodus 40:34; 2 Chronicles 7:1; Colossians 3:17; Psalm 103:15-18
Take away: Make Christ the center of your home.
Icebreaker: Was your family “FAN-ATIC” about anything? (i.e. a sports team, a movie, a sport, a genre of music)
Discussion questions:
  1. Read Joshua 24:15. Dusty and Tammi talked about committing to make Christ the center of your home. Has there been a time when you made that commitment? Tell that story. How has that impacted your journey?
  1. Are there things you do to keep Christ the center of your home? If you feel comfortable, share those with your group.
  1. If you have been brainstorming or thinking about new ideas you can implement to make Christ the center, share those with your group.
  1. When people come into your home, do you think they would assume you are a “fan” or -better yet - a follower of Jesus? Why? Why not?
  1. How can we encourage one another toward this goal?
  1. Read Psalm 103 15-18. How do these verses highlight the importance of thinking beyond ourselves and our season of life or our generation when it comes to making Christ the center?
  1. Take some time to ask how you can pray for one another as a group in this area. Pray out loud as a group for one another, asking God to make his presence known as we commit our homes and families to Him.

STUCK: Prioritize & Simplify - Holy Habits    January 26, 2020


Sermon Passage: 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Galatians 6:9
Take away: Just like learning to swing, good habits gain momentum with one “kick” each day.
Icebreaker: Growing up, did your parents or friends have any habits that were odd or strange?
Discussion questions:
  1. What percentage of your day is based in habits? . What habits are a regular part of your day and frame your schedule?
  1. What habits do you currently practice that are adding the most value to your life? 
  1. 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?
  1. 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?
  1. What “kick” can you begin exerting each day to respond to God’s drawing?
  1. If you miss a “kick”, what can you do to begin kicking again and not return to apathy?
  1. 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?  

Did you consider giving up?
What did it feel like when it was finally finished?
 
2.  How have your barriers changed since you were a kid?  What sort of things got in the way as a teenager?  What kind of things are in the way as an adult?
 
3.  Dusty asked everyone to envision one barrier that is in the way of being where God wants you.  Are you willing to share that barrier?  
What part do you play in overcoming the barrier?
What part does God play in overcoming that barrier?
What part does community play in overcoming the barrier?
 
4.  Recap the story of the 12 spies that Moses sent to Canaan. (numbers 13 and 14).  Which side would you have taken? 
Do you see barriers as opportunities for God to show up?
Do you “imagine” things are going to go wrong?
Do you assume things are going to work out?
Close with Joshua 1:9 Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
5. How does this change the way we approach barriers in our journey?

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.

Discussion questions:

  1. 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!
  1. 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?
  1. Which of the 5 are easiest for you and which are the most challenging?
  1. 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?
  2. 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?
  1. In an ideal world, what would it look like you to “seek first” God’s Kingdom and His righteousness?
  1. 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


Sermon Passage: Lamentations 3:2-26; 2 Corinthians 5:17-19; Colossians 3:8-10; 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18
Take away: God’s mercies are new every morning. How does this affect 2020 for you?
Discussion questions:
  1. 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?
  1. 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?
  1. 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?
  1. 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?
  1. What does it look like for us to “take off” our old practices? How has that played out in your spiritual life?
  1. What does it look like, practically, to “put on” the new self? How do time in God’s Word and prayer play into this?
  1. 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


Sermon Passage: Romans 12:18; Hebrews 12:14; Colossians 3:15; Colossians 3:5-14
Take away: Peace is waiting!
Discussion questions:
  1. Have you ever experienced true peace? How would you describe that feeling?
  1. 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?
  1. 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?
  1. 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?
  1. 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?
  1. 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?
  1. 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


Sermon Passage: Luke 2:8-11; Psalm 28:7 and 11:16; Galatians 5:22; Colossians 1:24; John 15:5-11
Take away: Every Christian can live in joy!
Discussion questions:
  1. Can you remember a moment in your life when you experienced pure joy? 
  1. How do you define joy?
  1. 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?
  1. Read Psalm 28:7 and 11:16. What do these verses tell us about how we can gain and live in joy?
  1. Read Galatians 5:22 and John 15:5-11. What do these tell us about where our joy comes from? 
  1. 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


Sermon Passage: John 17:24; 1 John 4:7-11; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Take away: Love comes from the Father and should overflow from us.
Discussion questions:
  1. Think about a time when someone could have responded to you combatively but instead responded in love. How did that affect you? 
  1. Read John 17:24 - What does this verse tell us about the existence of love?
  1. If love originated in God, “before the creation of the world,” where should we be turning for our source of love?
  1. Read 1 John 4:7-11. How are these verses a practical instruction guide to help us love others?
  1. 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?
  1. What does it look like to completely disagree with someone and still love them?
  1. 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?”
  1. 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


Sermon Passage: Romans 15:13; Isaiah 7:14; Mark 23:21-23, 35-43; Revelation 21:5-6 and 22:1-4
Take away: Are we seeking God to restore our hope?
Discussion questions:
  1. How do you define “hope”? 
  1. Why is hope important in our human experience?
  1. 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?
  1. Read Romans 15:13. Who provides our hope, according to this verse? What is our part to play?
  1. Read Mark 23:21-23 and 35-43. How do Jesus’ words to Jairus reflect the truths shared in the Romans passage?
  1. Read Revelation 21:5-6 and 22:1-4. How is Jesus our hope in these verses?
  1. 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


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?