Kings- Wk 3

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Talk It Out- Kings, Week 3
These questions and thoughts are designed to help you create connection in your Community Group.

*Start Talking: Find a conversation starter for your group from the following questions…

-  What do you look for in a friend?

-  Are you a listener or a talker?

*Weekend Recap:
“Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight and followed the example of his ancestor David. He did not turn away from doing what was right.” 2 Chronicles 34:2

 It’s much easier to hate.

It’s much easier to criticize.

It’s much easier to fall into negative life patterns and stay living in them.

It’s much easier to see the glass HALF EMPTY than half FULL.

 *Discussion Points:
Josiah did not let his PAST determine the FUTURE.

Just because he shared the same DNA with one of Judah’s most evil KINGS didn’t mean he had to follow in the same footsteps or life patterns.

When it came to God, King Josiah did not WAIVER.

For all of you who had crappy relationships with a mentor or father, or you grew up in literal chaos …Josiah is an EXAMPLE that there is HOPE!!! With God even generational weaknesses can be overcome.

Josiah understood the power of HONORING AUTHORITY.

Josiah didn’t just look at what culture or even his grandfather had done… he really wanted to learn what GOD’s word taught — and how he should respond. This wasn’t just for his own sake, but for the sake of the people, he led…. we have the same opportunity…

Josiah just did what was RIGHT.

We see this time and again throughout scripture. Those that want to please the heart of God follow diligently what the Lord has asked through His Word. 

We find Josiah taking his last breath not in the palace but fighting for his people on the battlefield… 

Who has authority in our lives - culture, or GOD?

What areas of your life do you need more of God’s authority in?

*End in Prayer:
Take some time to pray together as a group- share requests/needs/praises.  You can pray in smaller groups of 2 or 3, or all together. Take turns praying for one another and encourage one another to pray throughout the week for all things.

 Challenge one another to take the time to pray through all areas that you need God’s authority over this week. Connect with each other and encourage one another as you go through the week praying. 

Kings- Wk 2

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Talk It Out- Kings, Wk 2
These questions and thoughts are designed to help you create connection in your Community Group.

*Start Talking: Find a conversation starter for your group from the following questions…
- You have your own late night talk show, who do you invite as your first guest?

- What’s one career you wish you could have?

*Weekend Recap:
2 Samuel 11 (King David and Bathsheba)

Misconceptions:
1. It’s not my fault (James 1:14-15; 1 Corinthians 6:12)
2. Unplanned pregnancy is the only real danger (Matthew 5:28)
3. A cover up is the way out (2 Samuel 12:7-13)
4. Once the deed is done there’s no going back (Psalm 51:10)

Psalm 51:1-10 (NLT)
“Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins.
Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. For I recognize my rebellion it haunts me day and night. Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just. For I was born a sinner— yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there. Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me- now let me rejoice Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.”

Purity is a position of the heart

*End in Prayer:
Take some time to pray together as a group- share requests/needs/praises.  You can pray in smaller groups of 2 or 3, or all together. Take turns praying for one another and encourage one another to pray throughout the week for all things. Commit to praying for each other this week.

 

Kings- Wk 1

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Talk It Out- Kings, Wk 1

These questions and thoughts are designed to help you create connection in your Community Group.

*Start Talking: Find a conversation starter for your group from the following questions…
- Who do you admire the most?

- If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

*Weekend Recap:
Samuel 8:1-22

“But the people refused to listen to Samuel. ‘No!’ they said. ‘We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.’” 1 Samuel 8:19-20 NIV

“Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the Lord as he did - with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength, in accordance with all the Law of Moses.” 2 Kings 23:25 NIV

The choices we make affect our lives and the generations to come.

Saul was the perfect candidate. He was: tall, an army leader, and good looking. But, Saul had some deep character flaws beyond the surface. He was: dishonest; lacked Integrity; prideful (seemed incapable of acknowledging his own mistakes).

1.  Power always magnifies what’s really inside our heart (Philippians 2:3-11)
2.  
We want to carry the title of king but we don’t want to deal with the job description
3.  Saul opted out of the school of brokenness

-       You’ve got to the be willing to allow the pain to break you rather than destroy you

*Discussion Points:
What does having a broken and contrite heart mean to you?

What areas of your life do you feel prideful in?

How can we live by example to others when we are dealing with our own pride and selfishness?

How can we be humble and not allow the potential for pride of power, titles, or positions? 

*End in Prayer:
Take some time to pray together as a group- share requests/needs/praises.  You can pray in smaller groups of 2 or 3, or all together. Take turns praying for those that deal with areas in their lives that they feel prideful or selfish in.

 

 

Incredigirls (Mother's Day)

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Talk It Out- Incredigirls (Mother’s Day)
These questions and thoughts are designed to help you create connection in your Community Group.

*Start Talking: Find a conversation starter for your group from the following questions…

- What is a favorite memory of your mom?

- If you could have any super power in the world, what would it be?

*Weekend Recap:
Judges 4  (NLT)
- Story of Deborah, Barak, and Jael

1 Peter 1:13  (NLT)
“So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world.”

Isaiah 40:31  (NLT)
“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”

1.     Be consistent
2.     Prepare your mind
3.     Take action

*Discussion Points:
What does your identity in God look like? Who does he say you are?

What do you think made Deborah so influential and respected?

What are ways to be consistent in allowing our roots in grow deep in Christ?

*End in Prayer:
Take some time to pray together as a group- share requests/needs/praises.  You can pray in smaller groups of 2 or 3, or all together. Take turns praying for one another and encourage one another to pray throughout the week for all things.

Red Letters- Wk 2

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Talk it Out- Red Letters- Wk 2
These questions and thoughts are designed to help you create connection in your Community Group.

*Start Talking: Find a conversation starter for your group from the following questions…

- What do you look for in a friend?

- Are you a good listener or talker?

*Weekend Recap:
Matthew 6:25-34 “Do Not Worry”
Asking for help it not a sign of weakness... it is a sign of strength.

1 Peter 5:5-11 “Humility and Faith”
Guilt says you are not a bad person, but you did a bad thing.
Shame says you are the bad thing.

Mark 4: 35-39 “The Calming of the Storm”
Our level of peace is not found in the absence of the storm. Our peace is found in the proximity of Jesus.

*Discussion Points:
Discuss the different between guilt and shame... encourage one another in identifying the difference.

When have you experience the peace of Jesus. Is there an area of your life right now that you need peace in?

Do you have something that messes with your mental state? How can your church community group help you?

*End in Prayer:
Take some time to pray together as a group- share requests/needs/praises.  You can pray in smaller groups of 2 or 3, or all together. Take turns praying for one another and encourage one another to pray throughout the week for all things.

Challenge one another to take the time to pray for peace and resisting unwelcome thoughts for the enemy. Pray for those that deal with a mental illness and how they can be helped and supported.  Connect with each other and encourage one another as you go through the week praying. 

Red Letters- Wk 1

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Talk It Out- Red Letters, Wk 1
These questions and thoughts are designed to help you create connection in your Community Group.

*Start Talking: Find a conversation starter for your group from the following questions…

- What is the tallest hill or mountain you have hiked/walked?

-  If you were left on a deserted island with either your worst enemy or no one, which would you choose? Why?

*Weekend Recap:
Matthew 5:1-12 MSG
“ When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:
 “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. 
“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
 “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.
“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.
“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.
 “You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.
 “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.
“Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.”

It’s not about following laws... but inward transformation.

There are a lot of people who live in the valley... but few who want to climb a little higher to really HEAR HIM.

*Discussion Points:
How “high” are you willing to “climb” to hear God? 

Jesus is calling us to go a little higher, to listen a little closer. Do you really want to hear him? Do you really want to go to that next place in your relationship with God?  Is this scary to you? Why/Why not?

After reading through the Beatitudes, would your faith today, during this season of your life, even draw persecution?

*End in Prayer:

Take some time to pray through the Beatitudes. Pray together as a group taking turns praying for the poor, for the ability to help others, and for those persecuted for their faith.
 

Easter Weekend- Roses

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Talk It Out- Easter Weekend- Roses  
These questions and thoughts are designed to help you create connection in your Community Group.

*Start Talking: Find a conversation starter for your group from the following questions…

- If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?

- What is one goal you’d like to accomplish during your lifetime?

*Weekend Recap:
“The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd.” Psalm 23:1 TPT

 “So this is my command: Love each other deeply, as much as I have loved you. For the greatest love of all is a love that sacrifices all. And this great love is demonstrated when a person sacrifices his life for his friends.” John 15:9 TPT

Jesus wants a relationship with you.

3 Points:
Jesus was a friend to sinners - Mary Magdalene.
Jesus was a friend to the religious - Nicodemus.
Jesus is a friend to the thieves and the broken - Criminal on the cross.

*Discussion Points:
Which individual can you identify with the most in regards to how Jesus became your friend?

How is Jesus a friend to you? What Is our friendship like with Jesus?

How would you invite others into a friendship with Jesus?

Jesus took a sinful life and made it whole. He took a cracked, religious life and made it whole. He took broken life and made it whole. He can take the broken in your life and make it whole.

*End in Prayer:
Take some time to pray together as a group- share requests/needs/praises.  You can pray in smaller groups of 2 or 3, or all together. Take turns praying for one another and encourage one another to pray throughout the week for all things.

Challenge one another to take the time to pray through all areas that are empty/broken with you this week. Connect with each other and encourage one another as you go through the week praying. 

Motive Matters- Pastor Chris

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Talk It Out- Motive Matters- Pastor Chris (People’s Church in Chicago)
These questions and thoughts are designed to help you create connection in your Community Group.

*Start Talking: Find a conversation starter for your group from the following questions…

- Are you a morning person or a night person?

- If you could commit a crime and get away with it, what would you choose and why?

*Weekend Recap:
“So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.” Ephesians 4:17-19 (NIV)

Maybe you don’t have what you hunger for because God is trying to shift your appetite to what he wants you to be hungry for.

John 4:28-22- the encounter of the woman at the well and Jesus... she left behind what originally brought her to the well and took back something even more important to share with everyone- the message of the living water- Jesus.

There has to be a crossover where you want more of what He wants for you then what you want for you.

You can’t lead someone where you have never been. 

*Discussion Points:

- What are you looking at?  What is your motive?

- Pastor Chris made a comment about the wind... you can’t see it, but you can see and feel the effects of it’s power. How can this relate to how we might view God at times?

*End in Prayer:
Take some time to pray together as a group- share requests/needs/praises.  You can pray in smaller groups of 2 or 3, or all together. Take turns praying for one another and encourage one another to pray throughout the week for all things. Commit to praying for each other this week.

Chords of Light

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Talk It Out- Chords of Light

These questions and thoughts are designed to help you create connection in your Community Group.

*Start Talking: Find a conversation starter for your group from the following questions…

- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

- What would the title of your autobiography be?

*Weekend Recap:
“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.  If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone?  A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NLT)

There is power in GENERATIONAL TOGETHERNESS and the POWER that comes over a community when we COME TOGETHER as ONE!

Generations that joined hands to do God’s work:
1. Moses//Joshua

2. Elijah//Elisha

3. David//Solomon

4. Paul/Timothy

 Main points:
1. The Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-38)

2. The Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20)

3. The Great Understanding (1 Chronicles 12:32)

4. The Great Hope (Psalm 145:4)
 
*Discussion Points:
What brings us together? 

What can you do to help bridge the gap between the generations at church?

What would happen if we don’t continue to pour into one generation? (Example: If there was no kid’s program, or we only reached out to young adults?)

*End in Prayer:
As a group, pray over each generation that is represented in our church community. Pray that we continue to be a church that is For Everyone.   

This Present Darkness- Wk 4

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Talk It Out- This Present Darkness,  Wk 4
These questions and thoughts are designed to help you create connection in your Community Group.

*Start Talking: Find a conversation starter for your group from the following questions…

-  What was the worst style choice you ever made?

-  If you were famous, what would you be famous for?

*Weekend Recap:
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12 (ESV)

There is a FIGHT for our lives! Satan’s desire is to: kill, steal, and destroy. (John 10:10) God didn’t leave us alone to fight on our own.  As we continue to take a look at spiritual warfare, we took a look at the secrets of a victor.

1.
God’s word is always our greatest strength.
2. Maintain vigilance.
3. Victory comes with consistency.
4. Feed the right dog.
5. You weren’t designed to fight on your own. 

God has designed your life to live with HIS POWER working within you. And, not just power, EXPLOSIVE POWER!

“Now my beloved ones, I have saved these most important truths for last: Be supernaturally infused with strength through your life-union with the Lord Jesus. Stand victorious with the force of his explosive power flowing in and through you.” Ephesians 6:10 TPT

*Discussion Points:
What do you feed yourself with to help on the battlefield?

 What area(s) of your life do you lack consistency?

Don’t let the devil trick you into thinking that you can battle on your own. You need to surround yourself with community and stay plugged into church so you can grow and strengthen your battle armor. How do you surround yourself with positive community that can help keep you encouraged during a battle?

*End in Prayer:
Take some time to pray together as a group- share requests/needs/praises.  You can pray in smaller groups of 2 or 3, or all together. Take turns praying for one another and encourage one another to pray throughout the week for all things. Commit to praying for each other this week.

This Present Darkness- Wk 3

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Talk It Out- This Present Darkness, Wk 3
These questions and thoughts are designed to help you create connection in your Community Group.

*Start Talking: Find a conversation starter for your group from the following questions…
- What is your all time favorite board or card game?

- What would your talent be if you were Miss or Mister World?

*Weekend Recap:
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12 (ESV)

There is a FIGHT for our lives! Satan’s desire is to: kill, steal, and destroy. (John 10:10) God didn’t leave us alone to fight on our own.  As we continue to take a look at spiritual warfare, the question was asked: What do you do when you lose a battle?

Examples of what our behavior could be if we lose a spiritual battle:

  1. We often cope by becoming dependent on things other than God

  2. We question God obsessively.

  3. We can have a dramatic thought process

  4. We disappear (aka “ghosting”)

Paul’s story of weakness or loss never intimidated him… 2 Corinthians 11:21-33 and 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Paul’s secret: he allowed the power of Christ to work through him constantly in the day to day.

When you lose a battle- RUN to the Heavenly Father! RUN past the hurdles, RUN past the temptations, RUN past the doubts and fears and RUN to Him!

*Discussion Points:
How do you respond to losing a spiritual battle?

What keeps you from running to the Heavenly Father when you experience loss?

What encourages you to run to the Heavenly Father when you experience loss?

Read Isaiah 40:29-31 (The Message version is worded well)- what are the characteristics of God described? How can this passage be encouraging?

*End in Prayer:
Take some time to pray together as a group- share requests/needs/praises.  You can pray in smaller groups of 2 or 3, or all together. Take turns praying for one another and encourage one another to pray throughout the week for all things.

This Present Darkness- Wk 2

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Talk It Out- This Present Darkness, Wk 2
These questions and thoughts are designed to help you create connection in your Community Group.

*Start Talking: Find a conversation starter for your group from the following questions…

-       If you could live in a past time period, which one would you want to live in?

-       What fictional world or place would you like to visit?

*Weekend Recap:

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12 (ESV)

There is a FIGHT for our lives! Satan’s desire is to: kill, steal, and destroy. (John 10:10) God didn’t leave us alone to fight on our own.  As we continue to take a look at spiritual warfare, we took a look at the armor and weapons God has fashioned for us.

Ephesians 6:13-18 NIV (look up and read as a group)

 What are the pieces of armor/weapons?

1.     Belt of Truth: the believers integrity

2.     Breastplate of Righteousness: the believers purity

3.     Shoes of Peace: the believers tranquility

4.     Shield of Faith: the believers certainty

5.     Helmet of Salvation: the believers sanity

6.     Sword of the Spirit (God’s Word): the believers victory

*Discussion Points:
Which piece of armor is the hardest for you to “put” on? Which piece is the easiest?

Spiritual warfare is real, yet often times we approach it as a child. We come armed with “childish” armor rather than the armor and weapons that God has provided for us.

Do you find it hard to take spiritual warfare seriously? Why/Why not?

How does one continually arm themselves with the armor of God?

*End in Prayer:
Read through Ephesians 6:10-18 as a prayer. Read it slowly out loud. As each piece of armor is read, symbolically put on that armor.  This can be done as a group prayer or individual prayer.

Challenge one another to begin each day this week by putting on the Armor of God. Take 5 minutes of your morning to prepare your heart and mind to walk with God’s full armor on.  Continue to take the time to pray through all circumstances this week seeking God on all things. Connect with each other and encourage one another as you go through the week praying and putting on the whole Armor of God.  

 

This Present Darkness- Wk 1

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Talk It Out- This Present Darkness, Wk 1
These questions and thoughts are designed to help you create connection in your Community Group.

*Start Talking: Find a conversation starter for your group from the following questions…

- If a movie was made of your life, what genre would it be, who would play you?

- Say you’re independently wealthy and don’t have to work, what would you do with your
time?

*Weekend Recap:
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12 (ESV)

There is a FIGHT for our lives! Satan’s desire is to: kill, steal, and destroy. (John 10:10) This month we will be taking a look at spiritual warfare and taking some exerts from Frank Pereti’s book, This Present Darkness.

“Be well balanced and always alert, because your enemy, the devil, roams around incessantly, like a roaring lion looking for its prey to devour. Take a decisive stand against him and resist his every attack with strong, vigorous faith. For you know that your believing brothers and sisters around the world are experiencing the same kinds of troubles you endure.” 1 Peter 5:8-9 (TPT)

 How do we equip our selves to engage in this fight: PRAYER!

1.     Pray with faith (James 5:13-18)

2.     Watch what you say (Luke 6:45; Proverbs 4:23)- Speak Life

3.     We have to DO- what are your actions representing?  

*Discussion Points:
Read Ephesians 6:18-20

What is prayer?  [definition: a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God] – simply talking to God

What are some practical ways you pray? [lists, written prayers, short prayers, long prayers, etc....]

Is praying hard for you? Why?

How can you make prayer more important in your life? What are steps you could take to pray more? 

*End in Prayer:
Take some time to pray together as a group- share requests/needs/praises.  You can pray in smaller groups of 2 or 3, or all together. Take turns praying for one another and encourage one another to pray throughout the week for all things.

Challenge one another to take the time to pray through all circumstances this week seeking God on all things. Connect with each other and encourage one another as you go through the week praying.  

Vision Weekend

Talk It Out- Vision Weekend- For Everyone

These questions and thoughts are designed to help you create connection in your Community Group. 


*Start Talking: Find a conversation starter for your group from the following questions…

- How long have you been attending 2911? How did you hear about the church?

- What is your favorite memory from 2911 over the past year? (a memory serving, a message that really spoke to you, an activity you were part of, etc...)

 

*Start Thinking:

2911 began as a vision given to Pastor Mark while in the back of a van on a mission’s trip. It started out in their living room and has grown to its’ current locations, across two campuses. 

“When there is no clear prophetic vision, people quickly wander astray. But when you follow the revelation of the word, heaven’s bliss fills your soul.” Proverbs 29:18 TPT

 

Read out loud the vision Pastor Mark received: 

The Church I See

I see a church that is full of relentless love, grace and power.  

Unrestrictive. Not full of people with personal motives. Filled with people who love to serve. 

Where there is no fear to be who you were created to be. That celebrates the human heart. 

That leads with humility and confidence rather than insecurity and pride. I see a church that is

alive- with laughter. With tears. With joy. With kindness and Galatians 5:2 functioning through it. I see a church where- worship is at the center. Where the power of the Holy Spirit isn’t held back by- time. Schedules. Boring routines or service orders. Where creativity is used to see the power of God not the power of man. This is the church I see. Where every color and diversity... are welcome. Where differences are celebrated rather than diminished. I see a church where the next generation is welcomed, celebrated and put into places of leadership. This is the church I see. Large. Bountiful. Moving beyond borders and limitations. Moving...forward. This is the church I see. I see a church of community, creativity, fighting social injustice- activity. I see a Twentynine:Eleven Church. 

 

We have spent the last 5 weeks discussing Who We Are as a church. Our culture- Community; Creativity; Generosity; Outreach and Love. In order to have a culture we must be the culture.  

 

-Thinking ahead, how can you personally get involved and become part of the culture we live out at 2911? 

 

-What are ways that 2911 lives out the Vision that was given to Pastor Mark?

 

It is important for each of us to have roots. Roots allow growth. Growth within Christ, allows Him to prune, heal, and develop. It allows His light to shine and love to be poured out on us and through us to others. God’s love it not meant for just a few of us, but all of us. 

“Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’

Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” 

Matthew 22:34-40 NIV 

 

How can you love God with your heart, soul, and mind?  Is it easy? Is it hard? 

 

The second commandment can be much harder than the first- “love your neighbor as yourself”.  Many people struggle with loving themselves. Insecurities, pride, and selfishness are just a few things that keep us from realizing our full potential in Christ. In order to love others we must realize and accept how much God really loves us! God’s love is unconditional- this means there are no conditions needed to receive his love. He freely gives! 

 

What are ways you can increase the love for yourself? (ex. Spending time in Gods word and discovering his love for you; praying and asking God to speak) 

 

What are ways you can love others as yourself?

 

What are ways you can love others better?

 

We love because He first loved us!  (1 John 4:19)

 


*End in Prayer: 

Take a moment and reflect on God’s love in your life. Thank Him. Ask for an increase of love. If you struggle with loving yourself, ask God to help you to see yourself the way he sees you. Ask him to help you knock down the walls of pride and selfishness.  

 

Have someone lead the group in a closing prayer. Challenge one another to take the time to love someone this week. 

 

 

Who We Are: Week 4

Talk It OVER…Who We Are - Week 4

These questions and thoughts are designed to help you create connection in your Community Group. 
*Start Talking: Find a conversation starter for your group from the following questions…

-How can you be a part of the churches vision?  
-What are ways that you are creative? Are you using that gift now? Why or why not?

*Start Thinking:

God is a creative God. He is the master storyteller and he has penned each individual into his story. He has carefully and thoughtfully made us into who we are today. No detail goes unnoticed when God made you.

We do it through love, community, outreach, creativity, and generosity. These five things work together to create a place where everyone is welcome, and they find a place to call home. 

God is a grand artist. He loves to be creative and right in this moment he’s creating something beyond spectacular in you.  

1. We are penned out by the creativity of our God

Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.”

God took something that was nothing and made the brilliant blue of the skies and the greens of the earth. He made brilliant colors on animals, insects and reptiles. When God created, he didn’t leave any detail unnoticed. 

2. We serve a God of the New. 

Lamentation 3:22 “The steadfast love of the lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are NEW every morning; great is his faithfulness.”

Every mercy that God gives is new, and his faithfulness always comes through. 

Too often, we would rather stay in the OLD. Ways to check to see if you are stuck in the old:

-You never feel happy, and always have a feeling of unfulfillment.

-You have a complete and total feeling of discontentment.

-You feel lonely and shame

-You complain

Complaining and cynicism. You find that you always have something to complain about no matter where you go or church you are at. Nothing seems right. Familiar words like, “The music is too loud,” “No one greeted me,” “I don’t like the colors of the walls,” “So, and so shouldn’t be serving. If they only know what they did.” 

This constant thinking only keeps the chains of the old wrapped tight around the wrists. Letting go seems so much harder then. Letting go means your mind gets renewed, and the chains are broken. Walking in freedom means that even if you don’t agree on something, you still smile, and serve and worship Jesus. 

When it comes to creativity you don’t have to be a grand artist, musician, or singer, you just have to be you. God is weaving you into his tapestry with brilliant colors. You are a grand masterwork that God loves to show off. 

Don’t be like the Israelites who always complained about every little thing and would rather be in bondage. God did so many amazing and good things for them that he had to constantly remind them of all the miracles he did for them, yet they still chose to disobey. 

Hang on to the victories that God brought you out of and use them to propel you forward. Reflect the character of God: His Love; His justice; His faithfulness; His mercy

*End in Prayer: Here are ways to close your group in prayer. 
Father, I ask that you take our hearts so that they reflect the very characteristics of you. When people look at us, let them see you. Take my tapestry God and weave my story into it. I want you at the center of it. Help us to be creative in our lives, ministry, work, and community.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Who We Are: Week 1

Talk It OVER…
These questions and thoughts are designed to help you create connection in your Community Group.

*Start Talking: Find a conversation starter for your group from the following questions…

-How would you define the word culture?

-How did you hear about 2911? Who invited you? How long have you been attending?

*Thoughts and Discussion: Review of the Weekend’s message
2911 Church started out in the living room of Pastor Mark’s house. A handful of people grew into a community which continued to invite others in. The growth of that once small group has brought 2911 church into a community of 2 locations, with a total of 5 Worship Experiences a weekend.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
”For I know the plans I have for you, “ declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

2911 was founded on this verse. We believe that there is a Plan, a Hope, and a Future for everyone!

As our community has continued to grow over the years in numbers, it is important that we continue to grow as mature believers. That every individual be strong in their call and life purpose in Christ. This happens through culture. Our culture at 2911 consists of: Community; Outreach; Creativity; Generosity; Love.

This past weekend we began to look into our culture by first looking at the power of COMMUNITY. How do we keep our community close as we continue to grow?

Acts 2:42-47  They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.  All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,  praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

 1.)     We start by CREATING A COMMUNITY THAT SEEKS GOD TOGETHER.
We have a moment to worship together and seek God’s word together. When one of us feels left behind, there are others around us that can help lift us up again and encourage us.

What are ways that we seek God together at 2911?

2.)     LET’S CREATE A COMMUNITY THAT TRULY BECOMES MATURE ENOUGH TO TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER.
We can have a “breaking bread” moment through a small group experience. We have a large variety of small groups for you to get involved with.

What are some ways that we help take care of the needs of one another?

3.)      LET’S CREATE A COMMUNITY THAT REACHES OUT TO TAKE CARE OF THE NEEDS OF THE GREATER COMMUNITY
When we reach the hurting, broken, and lost and minister to those needs, God’s heart is blessed by our actions. He loves when we help is people. It truly is the very core of his heart.  

How are we reaching others around us at 2911?

4.) LET’S CREATE A COMMUNITY THAT LIVES LIFE TOGETHER.
God is a loving and relational God. We can take a look at Adam and Eve and see how he longed for community with them. They’d all three walk the garden of Eden together. Talking and hanging out.

God wants the same idea for us. When we are closed off and isolated, it’s easy to get lost in our hurts and feelings. Satan wants nothing more to divide the church and keep us feeling alone. He knows that when we are together, we are a mighty force that can’t be broken.

How can you be a part of the culture of 2911? How have you benefited from involvement at 2911?

*Close in Prayer: Close your group in prayer. 
Father, I ask right now that you help us with the idea of community and building relationships with other believers. If anyone feels lonely right now, God I ask that you pour your love over them. Help our eyes to focus on those who are in need. Help us to be open to the continual growth of your church and always be welcoming as we were once welcomed. In your name I pray, Amen