September 17, 2023
Lyrics for Life (pt. 2) - Tom Gray
- Read Psalm 2:1-3. How do we see the nations or the peoples work against God today?
- The people's biggest opposition in these verses is the authority of God as King. Why do you think we tend to push back against authority? What is this passage really telling us about those who are against God?
- Read Luke 19:11-15, 26-27. What was the point of the parable Jesus was telling? How does this parable connect to Psalm 2?
- Read 1 John 2:22-23. How does this passage tie into Psalm 2? How have you seen this play out in our world today?
- Read Psalm 2:4-9. The central point of this Psalm is the ultimate and total enthronement of The Lord's Anointed One. What differences do you see in the Anointed One compared to the kings and rulers in verses 1-3?
- How does God respond to the rebellion against His authority and King?
- Tom talked briefly about "secular humanism" and the idea of "the individual is king." How have you seen this in our world today? Why do you think this is such an intriguing way for people to live?
- Tom also defined the word "Begotten." Do you remember what he said it meant? It means "specially sent." According to Psalm 2 what was Jesus begotten to do (v.8-9)?
- Tom used the last two verses to point to some responses we should consider. Walk through each of these and talk about what it means for us to do these four things:
- Be wise and understand
- Be warned and changed
- Serve and work
- Rejoice with trembling
September 10, 2023
Lyrics for Life (pt. 1) - Tom Gray
- Our lives are full of choices. Some are small and others are incredibly large and important. What typically goes into your decision making process?
- Read Psalm 1 (have someone read verses 1-3, and another read 4-6). This is a well-known Psalm and it's split into two parts that describes two types of people. What stands out to you the most after reading this Psalm?
- What is the choice that the Psalmist lays before us in this chapter? What is the outcome of each choice?
- Tom spent some time talking about things that the righteous do, contrasted with the things they don't do. These ancient truths are just as applicable to us today. Let's start with verse 1:
- What does it look like for someone to walk under the influence of the ungodly in todays culture?
- What does it look like to stand with sinners?
- What doe sit look like to sit with scoffers?
- How can we guard ourselves from falling into the trap of verse 1?
- Verse 2 gives us the better path that the blessed person chooses. What does it mean to be delighted or to delight in something or someone?
How does that description tie into our view of God's Word?
- The word meditation gets tied to new-ageism today, but at it's core, it's a word that simply means to intentionally reflect on something. What does meditating on God's Word look like for you?
- Tom gave the helpful tool of : Read, Remember, Reflect, and Respond
Walk through those steps together. Which ones are easier or harder for you to put into practice?
- Read James 1:22-24. How does this passage tie into Psalm 1:2?
- Verse 3 tells us that the righteous will be like a strong tree that does what it was created to do. There is a little echo of Eden in this verse. How does living in the righteousness of Psalm 1 reflect God's plan for humanity pre-fall?
- Verses 4-6 focus on the wicked. This way is the opposite of the righteous. What does the psalmist say is waiting for those who choose this path?
- Compare the tree imagery of the righteous (v. 3) with the chaff imagery of the wicked (v.4). What is noticeable there?
- To close, verse 2 seems like the hinge point. Living in verse 2 gives us the wisdom to handle verse 1. The lifestyle of verse 2 is described in verse 3. Verse 2 is, as we said earlier, the opposite of verses 4-5. So if verse 2 is the hinge point, as we leave today, what are some intentional steps we can take to live in verse 2 this week?
September 3, 2023
Posture - Steve Kyle
- What fights for our attention on a daily basis?
- What are the things that try to take our attention off of God?
- What are some ways God got peoples attention in Scripture?
- Read Luke 5:1-11
- Read Acts 9:1-9
- Why do you think God chooses to speak through things like disruptions, loss, pain, other people?
- How has God used these things in your life? What do you think He was trying to tell you in that circumstance?
- Steve said “God doesn’t do coincidences”. I love that quote. What does this statement mean to you?
- Steve used the Greek word “sykyria” to describe what occurs by Gods provision. How does Gods sovereignty/provision work in relation with what we call coincidences?
- Read Matthew 6:25-30. What does this passage teach us about God's provision?
- Steve said "there are no unimportant events to God" and that in times of hardship "our posture should be one of trust." Do you find it hard to trust God in the "big things?" Why or why not?
- Our heart reflects our spiritual posture. Steve said that weight can impact our posture. What weights do we tend to allow to affect our spiritual posture
- Read Hebrews 12:1-2. What are we told to do with the weight in these verses?
- Steve ended by saying that in order to have healthy spiritual posture we need to exercise our core which comes about by practicing spiritual disciplines.
- What are some of these things?
- How have you seen them help you in your own life?
August 27, 2023
Finding Greatness - Tom Gray
- How does the world define "greatness"?
- Let's look at what Jesus says about greatness:
- Matthew 5:1-12
- Matthew 5:19
- Matthew 18:1-4
- Matthew 23:10-12
- How does Jesus define greatness in these verses?
- Why do we seem to be drawn to people who we perceive as “more” than us? (famous, gifted, successful, richer)
- The danger comes when we move from admiring someone to idolizing them. There's a famous quote that says "Idols are good things that have become the best things". What are the repercussions of making something an idol in our life?
- Tom spent some time talking about Michael Jordan as the GOAT. The greatest of all time. Did you know that Jesus actually tells us who the GOAT is?
- Read Matthew 11:10-11
- Who is the GOAT according to Jesus and why do you think he earned this title?
- Tom showed the "Be like Mike" commercial and went on to say that our goal should be to "Be like Jesus"
- Read Philippians 2:1-5
- What attitudes and actions does Paul point to that reflects Christ?
- As we think about this idea of greatness, I think a change of perspective is incredibly important. We need to have an eternal perspective and not a temporary perspective.
- A temporary perspective can weigh us down, overwhelm us, and get us distracted from God. An eternal perspective helps keep things in line.
- Read Romans 8:16-18 and 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
- What is produced in us by maintaining an eternal perspective?
- So, what are you worshipping today? What are some of those things or areas of your life that threaten to dethrone God as the ultimate priority in your life?
- How do we battle that temptation?
August 20, 2023
Finding Success - Tom Gray
- How does the world define success?
What areas are you temped to finding “meaning in success?”
- What does “winning” as a follower of Christ look like?
- Let’s Take a look at these examples from Scripture and discuss:
- Luke 6:46-49 - What does success look like according to Jesus here?
- Philippians 3:12-14 - Paul talks about winning here. What is Paul’s goal (hint: it’s at the very end of the passage)
- Numbers 20:1-12 - was Moses successful with the people? What about in they eyes of The Lord? Do you think it was worth it?
- Can you think of other biblical examples of “success” ? Why were these deemed successful?
- Now read Hebrews 11:32-12:2
What does that convey?
- Tom spent some time talking about rewards of choosing Christ. Read these passages and discuss what rewards are available to us:
- John 4:13-14
- John 11:25-26
- Romans 8:1
- Romans 8:10-11
- 1 Peter 1:3-4
- 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
- How would we convey “Winning = Jesus” to a lost world?
August 13, 2023
Finding Meaning (In My Story) - Tom Gray
- What’s your favorite story?
- What kind of interactions have you had with Relativism (relative truth)?
- As a group, talk through these different elements of THE Story
- Backstory: God (King) - Love
- Inciting incident - Rebellion (sin)
- Rising Action - The Old Testament / Gospels
- Climax - The Cross (it is finished) and The Empty Tomb - 1 Corinthians 15:54-55
- Falling Action - Church history to now - Matthew 28:19-20
- Resolution - Revelation 11:15 / 21-22
- What has been your backstory? Inciting incidents? Rising Actions? (This is basically half of your testimony…)
- How do we take this story of hope to the world?
- As we actively think through this, what are some common "hang-ups" people might have as we share the story? How would we address those?
August 6, 2023
Seeking - Tom Gray
- Have you ever lost something important? What went through your mind, how did you feel?
- This main verse appears at the end of the Zaccheus story in Luke 19. Read Luke 15:1-7. How do these two passages connect with each other?
- Tom focused on these 3 words:
- Seek- actively search to find
- Save - to rescue from destruction
- Lost - perishing, being destroyed
How can we communicate these factors to those outside the church?
- Think back to the Two pictures Tom showed. What did they convey to you? How did the two pictures differ?
- We are dead apart from Christ. Read the following verses and discuss how these factor into the gospel:
- The enemy (John 10:10)
- The world (1 John 2:15-17)
- Ourselves (Ephesians 2:1-5)
- Jesus mission has been passed to us (Great Comission) (reconciliation of 2 Cor. 5:18) and Tom brought it home by giving us Homework.
- Talk to God (for laborers - Matt. 9:37-38 / boldness - Acts 4:29 / open doors - Col. 4:3)
- Talk to people (witnesses - Acts 1:8)
- Our story - Testimony
- The story - Gospel
- Any story - Scripture
- Give an invitation for more
How can you practice these things in your own spheres of influence over the next month?
July 30, 2023
Amazing - Tom Gray
- The key word in this week’s sermon was “amazing.” What comes to your mind when you hear this word? What are some amazing things you’ve seen or been a part of in your own life?
- Mark uses this term “amazed” multiple times (2:12, 9:15, 10:24, 15:5) in his gospel account. Every one of these examples have the people interacting with or watching Jesus and leaving in amazement. Why do you think that seems to be the common response to Jesus?
- Tom started by looking at the women who went to Jesus’ tomb. He said they were women of faith, devotion and action. How were these things demonstrated in the passage today?
- Tom taught that these women, with their actions of buying spices for burial and everything that came with the process, were incredible pictures of sacrifice. What are things in your own life that you have willingly sacrificed in relation to Jesus?
- The statement was made that “the women planned on doing what in their own strength they couldn’t make happen.” How has this been evident in your own life...Where has God led you where you knew it was beyond your power or control and so you had to rely on Him?
- Tom said that "hopeless circumstances are not hopeless in Christ’s hands.” How has Christ turned the hopelessness to hope in your life?
- “The stone wasn’t rolled away to let Jesus out, but to let us in.” How do we balance a need to “see it to believe it” with faith (believing without seeing) in our walks with Him?
- Tom ended with our amazing significance. Our mission is to go and tell others what Jesus has done. Think about your life and the spheres of influence you currently have. Where are the open doors for you to share Christ?
July 23, 2023
Run to God Our Refuge - Jeremy Abernathy
- What are some unexpected conditions that have popped up in your life?
- What are the things we are tempted to run to when these conditions arise in our lives?
- What is a refuge? What does it mean that God is our refuge?
- What are the components “to dwell” somewhere? How does this connect to the verses from today?
- Why do we tend to view suffering as “broken promises” from God?
- To be in the shadow of something, you have to be near a bigger object. How do you dwell in the shadow of the Almighty?
- Read John 17:13-21. How does Jesus describe abiding in this shadow of the Almighty?