Ep 194 | Back to The Beginning | Series Part 1 of 4

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Ep 194 | Back to The Beginning | Series Part 1 of 4

God created the world and everything in it; the heavens, the earth, and us. We have fallen from that perfect place and long to be back there. 

Scripture

Genesis 3:6 NLT

The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.

Romans 5:17 NLT

For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.

Questions

  1. When did you first decide to follow Jesus? What/ who helped you make that decision?
  2. What makes you proud about your relationship with God? 
  3. If we are created to steward or care for the world and everything in it well, how could you (or all of us) do that better?
Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.

Ep 237 | Inner Conflict

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Ep 237 | Inner Conflict

Ryan Guerra, 2023 Family Camp Speaker, shares his thoughts on inner conflict. He looks at Romans 7:18-23 about not meeting God’s standards.

Scripture

Romans 7:18-23

And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.

Questions

  1. What is an area in your life where you beat yourself up?
  2. What area do you try to go it alone?
  3. In what way do you need to surrender to God?
Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.

Ep 236 | Jesus Transfiguration

Ep 236 | Jesus Transfiguration
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Ep 236 | Jesus Transfiguration

Today’s story is about Jesus’ Transfiguration. We will learn that his glory will teach us who he is in ways nothing else can.

https://youtu.be/zVO4AswwmN0

Scripture

Mark 9:2-13 NLT

Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed, and his clothes became dazzling white, far whiter than any earthly bleach could ever make them. Then Elijah and Moses appeared and began talking with Jesus.

Peter exclaimed, “Rabbi, it’s wonderful for us to be here! Let’s make three shelters as memorials —one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He said this because he didn’t really know what else to say, for they were all terrified.

Then a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to him.” Suddenly, when they looked around, Moses and Elijah were gone, and they saw only Jesus with them.

As they went back down the mountain, he told them not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept it to themselves, but they often asked each other what he meant by “rising from the dead.”

Then they asked him, “Why do the teachers of religious law insist that Elijah must return before the Messiah comes? ”

Jesus responded, “Elijah is indeed coming first to get everything ready. Yet why do the Scriptures say that the Son of Man must suffer greatly and be treated with utter contempt? But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they chose to abuse him, just as the Scriptures predicted.”

Discussion Questions

  1. Mark describes the disciples as terrified. What other emotions would they have been experiencing?
  2. If you had experienced Jesus in this way. What doubts would you no longer struggle with?
  3. In light of this story, how should we change the way we speak of Jesus and interact with him?
Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.

Ep 235 | Questions Jesus asked: Come, Follow Me

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Ep 235 | Questions Jesus asked: Come, Follow Me

Responding to Jesus’ words, “Come, follow me”, is a big decision. Be measured, discerning, and curious as you seek answers.

Scripture

Matthew 4:18-22

One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him.

A little farther up the shore he saw two other brothers, James and John, sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, repairing their nets. And he called them to come, too. They immediately followed him, leaving the boat and their father behind.

John 1:35-51

‘The following day John was again standing with two of his disciples. As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!” When John’s two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus.

Jesus looked around and saw them following. “What do you want?” he asked them.

They replied, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

“Come and see,” he said. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when they went with him to the place where he was staying, and they remained with him the rest of the day.

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus. Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means “Christ” ).

Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “Your name is Simon, son of John—but you will be called Cephas” (which means “Peter” ).

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Come, follow me.” Philip was from Bethsaida, Andrew and Peter’s hometown.

Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, “We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth.”

“Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”

“Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied.

As they approached, Jesus said, “Now here is a genuine son of Israel—a man of complete integrity.”

“How do you know about me?” Nathanael asked.

Jesus replied, “I could see you under the fig tree before Philip found you.” Then Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God—the King of Israel!”

Jesus asked him, “Do you believe this just because I told you I had seen you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” Then he said, “I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth. ”’

Luke 5:1-11

‘One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God. He noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there.

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”

“Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking.

When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m such a sinful man.” For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him. His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed.

Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus. ‘

Discussion Questions

  1. What are some of the costs and benefits of following Jesus?
  2. What questions do you have about Jesus that you would like answered? 
  3. With whom or where can you find the answer?
Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.

Ep 234 | Questions Jesus asked: How Much Bread Do You Have?

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Ep 234 | Questions Jesus asked: How Much Bread Do You Have?

How much do you have? You probably don’t think of bread but give what you have to Jesus. He will use it to meet people’s needs.

Scripture

Genesis 3:6 NLT

The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.

Romans 5:17 NLT

For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.

Questions

  1. When did you first decide to follow Jesus? What/ who helped you make that decision?
  2. What makes you proud about your relationship with God? 
  3. If we are created to steward or care for the world and everything in it well, how could you (or all of us) do that better?
Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.

Ep 233 | Questions Jesus asked: Are You Also Going to Leave?

Questions Jesus asked: Are You Also Going to Leave?
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Ep 233 | Questions Jesus asked: Are You Also Going to Leave?
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Ep 233 | Questions Jesus asked: Are You Also Going to Leave?

Jesus’ question, are you also going to leave, is a challenge to his disciples. It also challenges us to follow him more deeply.

Scripture

John 6:60-71

Many of his disciples said, “This is very hard to understand. How can anyone accept it?” Jesus was aware that his disciples were complaining, so he said to them, “Does this offend you? Then what will you think if you see the Son of Man ascend to heaven again? The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But some of you do not believe me.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning which ones didn’t believe, and he knew who would betray him.) Then he said, “That is why I said that people can’t come to me unless the Father gives them to me.” At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him. Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, “Are you also going to leave?” Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. We believe, and we know you are the Holy One of God. ” Then Jesus said, “I chose the twelve of you, but one is a devil.” He was speaking of Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, one of the Twelve, who would later betray him.

Questions

  1. In what area has God challenged you to grow and change? 
  2. How did that change come about or how did you avoid it?
  3. If Jesus were to ask you, “are you going to leave me too?” How would you answer and how would you convince him of that answer?
Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.

Ep 232 | Why Are You Afraid?

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Ep 232 | Why Are You Afraid?

As the disciples crossed the sea of Galilee they feared drowning. After calming the storm, Jesus asked, “why are you afraid?”

Scripture

Mark 4:35-41

As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”

Questions

  1. What do you fear that you wish God would take care of and fix?
  2. What is so bad about this thing you fear?
  3. What perspective did Jesus have that you need to remember and how will this help you grow your faith in God?
Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.

190 | Relationships Part 4 of 4 | Find Him

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190 | Relationships Part 4 of 4 | Find Him
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190 | Relationships Part 4 of 4 | Find Him

Find God – Remember where you last spoke to, prayed to, or spent time with Him. And just as Paul reminds us… He is not far away.

Acts 17:24-29

Questions

  1. Have you placed your relationship with God on the shelf? Maybe you do this every Sunday after Church or after every summer at camp. You find and know God until you leave that place… and then push the pause button and place that relationship away until next time. Why do you think you choose to hide God away, and how do you bring Him back into your everyday life?
  2. What characteristic of God do you find the most impactful to your relationship with Him? 
  3. If you had to introduce God to someone who has never met Him or known Him? How do you think you would do that?
Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.

189 | Relationships Part 3 of 4 | What is Wisdom?

What is Wisdom
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189 | Relationships Part 3 of 4 | What is Wisdom?
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189 | Relationships Part 3 of 4

What is Wisdom?

The Bible is a book of wisdom, and we get to learn from the stories and teachings that are held within it and then try to apply the same principles in our own life.

1 Peter 5: 1 – 11

Questions

  1. What is something you have been trying to learn from God recently? 
  2. Have you ever had a formalized mentor? If yes, share your experience with your group. What did you like? What was challenging? How did you grow?
  3. If you could have Jesus directly teach you one thing, what would it be?
Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.

188 | Relationships Part 2 of 4 | Grow Together

Grow Together
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188 | Relationships Part 2 of 4 | Grow Together
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188 | Relationships Part 2 of 4

Grow together

We are designed and created to live in a community. To lean on the people around us and to grow together.

1 Peter 4: 8 – 11

Questions

  1. How do you encourage people in their faith?
  2. How might you distract or disrupt others in their walk?
  3. Is there a way you could turn from the distractions you or others cause in your relationship with Jesus?
Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.