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.

187 | Relationships Part 1 of 4 | Know ourselves as God knows us

Know ourselves as God knows us
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187 | Relationships Part 1 of 4 | Know ourselves as God knows us
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187 | Relationships Part 1 of 4

Know ourselves as God knows us

Knowing who we are is a key point in understanding how we relate to and know others. Our relationships in life start with our relationship with ourselves.

This is a lifelong journey. God’s grace is what allows us to be seen as holy in His eyes. Even in our greatest efforts, we will continue to be broken and in need of God.  

Ephesians 4:17-24

Questions

  1. What is a unique gift/ talent/ or character trait that God has given you? 
  2. How does this gifting or trait help you talk to others about God? 
  3. If you could hear God say anything to you, what would you want to hear?
Prayer Requests

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

Ep 231 | Three Miracles: Part 3, Jesus Forgives and Heals

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Ep 231 | Three Miracles: Part 3, Jesus Forgives and Heals

We learn of Jesus’ forgiving and healing of a paralytic man. This story shows us how Jesus’ forgiveness and healing can give us a new story.

Scripture

Matthew 9:1-7

Jesus climbed into a boat and went back across the lake to his own town. Some people brought to him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Be encouraged, my child! Your sins are forgiven.” But some of the teachers of religious law said to themselves, “That’s blasphemy! Does he think he’s God?” Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you have such evil thoughts in your hearts? Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’? So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!” And the man jumped up and went home!

Questions

  1. How does forgiveness allow us to relate to others and God differently?
  2. We all need healing of some kind. It may be physical, emotional, mental, or relational. Jesus told the paralyzed man to get up and walk; what phrase might he say to you for healing?
  3. How might you prepare to encounter Jesus in a significant way?
Prayer Requests

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

Ep 230 | Three Miracles: Part 2, Jesus Casts out Demons

Jesus Casts out Demons
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Ep 230 | Three Miracles: Part 2, Jesus Casts out Demons

In this story, the second of a three-part series, we’ll learn from a surprising perspective: two men possessed by demons.

Scripture

Matthew 8:28-34

When Jesus arrived on the other side of the lake, in the region of the Gadarenes, two men who were possessed by demons met him. They came out of the tombs and were so violent that no one could go through that area. They began screaming at him, “Why are you interfering with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torture us before God’s appointed time?” There happened to be a large herd of pigs feeding in the distance. So the demons begged, “If you cast us out, send us into that herd of pigs.” “All right, go!” Jesus commanded them. So the demons came out of the men and entered the pigs, and the whole herd plunged down the steep hillside into the lake and drowned in the water. The herdsmen fled to the nearby town, telling everyone what happened to the demon-possessed men. Then the entire town came out to meet Jesus, but they begged him to go away and leave them alone.

Matthew 25:41

Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons.

Questions

  1. Jesus has authority over all and is the judge over all. What should people’s response be to Jesus as their judge? 
  2. As a group, list some promises of God that are important to remember. 
  3. Share stories of mercy from your own lives with one another.
Prayer Requests

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

Ep 229 | Three Miracles: Part 1, Jesus Calms the Storm

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Ep 229 | Three Miracles: Part 1, Jesus Calms the Storm

We learn three very important lessons regarding the storms in life that we experience.

Scripture

Matthew 8:23-27

Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm. The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!”

Questions

  1. Think back and remember the storms in your life. How was God present in the midst of these storms?
  2. In the midst of these storms, what did you want God to do, and what did he do?
  3. How has your understanding of God changed due to these experiences?
Prayer Requests

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

Ep 228 | The Great Commission

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Ep 228 | The Great Commission

We look at the story of Jesus being taken to heaven and giving instructions to his disciples. We have a couple of choices to wrestle with.

Scripture

Matthew 28:18-20 NLT

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Acts of the Apostles 1:6-11 NLT

So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?” He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!”

Questions

  1. Name one thing you could do to be better connected with the Holy Spirit.
  2. What part or parts of Jesus’ story do you need to learn more about?
  3. Who should you share Jesus’ story with? Be specific and create a short list of names.
Prayer Requests

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