By Design, Part II

Let's Recap

In Part two of our By Design series, we learned that God's creative work in the world not only includes building things, but also making things beautiful. It is in God's creative nature to not only make things function and have order, but to make them beautiful, like an artist's masterpiece. Because God creates this way, it is our role as Christ-followers to do the same- making the world beautiful.

Tune In

Read Genesis chapter 2 to prepare for the discussion for this week. 

Go Deep

1. Take a look at God's creative work that happens in Genesis 2. What do you notice about God's creative nature? Why do you think it was important to God to make things that were not only functional, but beautiful?

2. We are to make the world more beautiful around us by working against the effects of sin in the world that brought "ugly" into the world. When Pastor Rob mentions making things around us beautiful, what comes to mind for you? 

3. How has God's work of "beautifying" been made evident in your own life? 

Live Out

God's work of making things beautiful in the world is not a vain work. God makes things beautiful because it is one way that others who don't know Him can see evidence of Him. Just like God created, we take part in that creation with Him, and making things beautiful is part of that. 

By Design, Part I

Let's Recap:

This week, Pastor Rob Ketterling starts off our first part of our new series "By Design." In this first part, we learned that God is a builder, and he has made us to be builders also. It is in our DNA. We have an intrinsic need to bring chaos to order, and to build. When we are working towards what God has called us to build, we are fulfilled. 

Tune In:

Read these passages to prepare for this week's discussion.

Genesis 1:26-31

Ephesians 2:10

 

Go Deep:

1. What have you built in your life that you are most proud of? How long did it take you? What do you think of when you look at it? 

2. Ephesians says that God has built us with good works for us to do ahead of time. What good works do you think that God has set out for you? For your community?

3. Like Pastor Rob asked in the sermon, what is your "settling spot?" Where might you settle, where God has more for you? Why might we stop building, working, and caring?

Live Out:

Just like God creates and builds, it is in the very fabric of who you are to do the same. When we engage in God's purpose for our lives, we find fulfillment and joy in the midst of the work. This week, don't shy away from the work laid out before you! God has made you and created you to build His kingdom and build for His glory! 

The Bridge, Part IV

Let's Recap:

Jesus is the bridge to hope for us. When we are in situations that seem hopeless, Jesus always makes a way for hope to come in. Jesus tells us that when we face mountains in our lives, we have the power to pulverize them, through faith. With the hope of Jesus being at the very center of who we are, we can have hope in every situation.

Tune In:

Read these passages to prepare for this week's discussion.

Isaiah 9:2

Matthew 17-14-20

Go Deep:

1. Think back on the video message for this week. Was there any part of the testimony that stood out to you? Was there something said that spoke to you? 

2. Jesus said that with faith, we can move mountains. Have you ever experienced a hopeless situation that Jesus entered into and brought breakthrough?

3. As a follower of Jesus, how can we bring that faith and hope to others? 

 

Live Out:

When we look out at what is happening in the world, and in our lives at times, it can be easy to become discouraged or feel hopeless. People all around us live in the shadows of huge mountains that trap them. In this passage in Matthew, Jesus calls his followers to be pulverizers of mountains. When you have Jesus, there's always hope for the future, and we can share that with those around us. 

The Bridge, Part III

Let's Recap:

This weekend, we learned that Jesus is the bridge to authenticity. When we are open and honest with God, he will meet us and make us whole. When we meet with God, open with all our faults, all our failures, mess-ups, He will deliver us from our sins.

 

Tune In:

Read these passages to prepare for this week's discussion.

* 1 John 1:7-9

* Psalm 51

* Luke 18:9-14

 

Go Deep:

1. Take a moment to discuss the testimony video from this weekend. What spoke to you? What resonated with you?

2. What does it mean to you to "be formed into the image of Christ?"

3. How can we be more real with each other? Our families? Our children? This Lifegroup?

 

Live Out:

Take an honest inventory of your life this week. Ask yourself these questions:

  • In what ways am I like the Pharisee in  ?
  • In what ways can I be more like the tax collector?

Be honest with yourself in this moment. Be real. If you need to talk to someone, find a trusted friend or pastor or a prayer team member. Just like we saw in the testimony videos his past weekend, healing happens when we shine light on our dark places.

The Bridge, Part II

Let's Recap

 

This weekend, pastor Rob continued our Easter series. Jesus is our bridge between one another. He alone can bring true unity to the brokenness that this world brings us. When we as the Church strive towards unity, we can reach those around us. 

 

Tune In

 

Prep for this week's discussion by rereading the scriptures we touched on this weekend.

 

Go Deep

 
  1. Think back on the story we saw at the beginning of service. What about it stood out to you? 
  2. On a scale of 1-10, how good would you say you are at forgiving others? Explain your answer. 
  3. Forgiveness and Unity are bound together. How can forgiveness create unity?
 

Live Out

 

Unity between one another has repercussions that extend far beyond our personal relationships. When we are in disunity, we hurt our ability to successfully witness to others. In turn, when we are in a state of unity, forgiving one another for our misdeeds against one another, it creates a platform for us to spread the love of Jesus to others. 

Take a good look at your inner world this week. Ask God to reveal to you the places where perhaps you are experiencing disunity. Maybe it's with others. Maybe it's with God, maybe it's with yourself. No matter what start by seeking unity in your own life and relationships. What can follow is nothing short of extraordinary. 

 

Love Gives, Part I

Let's Recap

In the first week of our Love Gives series, pastor Darin shared a message about the tithe, and the role it plays in our spiritual growth. He reminded us that God always promises His blessing when we tithe! 

Tune In

Read some of this scripture to prep your discussion for the message. 

  • Philipians 4:11-12
  • John 10:10
  • James 1:17
  • Proverbs 18:11

Go Deep

  1. Most people don't have a problem wanting to be generous. What stops you from being generous? 
  2. Have you seen Gods providential hand through tithing? Share the story with your Lifegroup. 
  3. What does contentment mean to you? where are you experiencing it in your life? Where would you wish to see it in your life? 
  4. Do you see yourself as a "owner", or a "steward?" What makes it difficult to live like what we have belongs to God? 

Live Out

This week, let yourself be challenged to become your generous. Give where it's painful and hard. Let God use your possessions to bless others. When we are willing to be generous, God will give us ample chances to put our words to action. 

Pray Over 

God, help us to be more generous, not only in word, but in action. Gove is chances this week to be stretched in our giving! Speak to us about the tithe and show us a heart of generosity, as you grow in us a heart of generosity. Amen.