Leaving the Land of ...Er

John Hansen

4/15/18

Description:Bust the Trap, Part 2“Leaving the Land of ...Er”1 Samuel 18:5-16April 14 & 15, 2018John Hansen, Lead Pastor(French Valley: Allen Diaz - Pastor of Connections & Outreach)Main Idea:Crush comparison by embracing your divine design !TALK ABOUT IT:1. Share about a success, accomplishment or achievement you’ve had in your life that you’re glad about and grateful for.2. Read Galatians 6:4-5 & discuss; How can self-evaluation be a healthy practice - and what possible positive results can it yield?3. Read 1 Samuel 18:5-9 & discuss; How does comparison undermine calling? What negative issues arose in Saul’s life because of the comparison trap? 4. Read James 3:13-16 and discuss; How have you experienced some of the negative elements of the comparison trap? Which kind of ‘...er’ are you drawn to desiring? How have you or how could you make progress in letting go of that?5. Read 1 Samuel 18:10-16 & discuss; what further problems did the trap of comparison cause for Saul and Israel? How have you seen comparison cause problems with insecurity, inadequacy, inferiority, isolation, and distraction? 6. Read Psalm 139:13-14 and Ephesians 2:10 and discuss; why does it matter that each person discover and embrace the unique value they are here to bring?

Face 'em

Ann Hansen

4/8/18

Description:BUST THE TRAP - PART 1“Face 'em”Joshua 1:1-9 NLT April 7 & 8, 2018Ann Hansen, Pastor of Freedom MinistriesMain Idea:Bust the trap of ____ by building up your _____! F____ on what God is sayingE_______ obedience. A__ yourself with God’s word.R_________ God is with you!TALK ABOUT IT:1. Icebreaker: Share something funny that has happened to you or a most embarrassing moment.2. Read Joshua 1:1-2. Moses is now dead and Joshua is being given leadership of the Israelites. What kind of emotions would Joshua be experiencing after Moses’ death? 3. Read Joshua 1:1-5. Why would Joshua be so afraid by God’s words in these verses? Have you ever been struck with fear when God gave you a promise? Explain.4. Read Joshua 1:6. What does God command Joshua to do with his emotions? Why would God command these things of Joshua? Is there something in your life that requires you to be strong and courageous? Explain.5. Read Joshua 1:7-8. Joshua’s success is contingent on something. What is it? Why is this important to notice? Does the same contingency apply to our lives? 6. Read Joshua 1:5 and Joshua 1:9. What promise is God repeating to Joshua in both of these verses? What is the importance of this promise both to Joshua and to us?

So That I Might Live!

John Hansen

4/1/18

Description:Easter: “So That I Might Live!”Luke 24:1-8March 31 & April 1, 2018John Hansen, Lead Pastor(French Valley - Justin Kenton, Campus Pastor)Main Idea:Really _____ with faith in the ___________!Talk About It:1. Ice breaker: Share about an easter tradition in your family that is meaningful for you2. Read Luke 24:1-12 and discuss; what is surprising to you about the Easter story? What is your favorite moment or verse in the Easter story?3. Read 1 Peter 2:24, Romans 4:25, and Ephesians 1:7 & discuss; why is God’s forgiveness so valuable? How have you personally experienced the goodness of God’s forgiveness - and how has that changed you?4. Read Ephesians 3:18-20 and discuss; how have you personally experienced this ‘fullness’ in your life?5. Read Ephesians 5:18-20 and Romans 15:13 and discuss; Share about any ways you’ve experienced these kinds of fullness and why it is valuable to you as a disciple of Jesus Christ.6. Read John 11:25-26 and John 20:31 and discuss; how have you personally responded to the challenge of these verses? What has been the impact on your life?

A Throne Room Experience

John Hansen

3/25/18

Description:Thorns & Thrones, Part 3“A Throne Room Experience”Revelation 7:9-17March 24-25, 2018John Hansen, Lead Pastor(French Valley: Justin Kenton, Campus Pastor)Message Notes:TALK ABOUT IT:1. Ice Breaker: Share about a time when you won a great prize or award.2. Read Revelation 7:9-10 and discuss; how does John’s throne room experience line up with his real-timeexperience, and how might that have affected him? How could a throne room experience help alter your perspectivefor the better?3. Read Revelation 7:10 and discuss; how does this declaration speak to your heart, especially when you think ofthe nuances of all that ‘salvation’ includes?4. Read Revelation 7:11-12 and discuss; what is the value of the expression of High Praise portrayed here? Howcould you personally enter into more of this aspect of a throne room experience, giving God high praise?5. Read Revelation 7:13-16 and discuss; These verses clarify the context as applying firstly to end-times greattribulation martyrs - but more broadly to the redemptive pattern and power of God for His people. How does thehope of heaven fill your heart for the here and now journey?6. Read Revelation 7:17 and discuss; how have you experienced the Shepherding work of God in your life? Howhave you experienced the living waters God can lead you to? How have you experienced the reality of God ‘wipingtears away’ from your life?7. What are some practices or ways of spiritually engaging that help you to personally have a throne roomexperience with God?

...Every Rose…

John Hansen

3/18/18

Description:THORNS & THRONES - PART 2“...Every Rose…”2 Corinthians 12:1-10March 17-18, 2018John Hansen, Lead Pastor(French Valley - Justin Kenton, Campus Pastor)Message Notes:TALK ABOUT IT:1. Ice breaker - what is the worst gift you’ve ever received - or given?2. Read 2 Corinthians 12:1-4 and discuss; how have you experienced God’s goodness and blessing through revelation or spiritual vision? How can we ‘keep the baby’ and ‘throw out the bathwater’ with regard to supernatural revelations and visions?3. Read 2 Corinthians 12:5-7a and discuss; What does it look like to ‘boast in weakness;, and what value could there be in that? How have you seen a person be personally vulnerable or transparent in a healthy way that helped you?4. Read 2 Corinthians 12:7-9a and discuss; Why didn’t God take away Paul’s “thorn in the flesh?” What are some other reasons He might not take away our pain and difficulties?5. Read again 2 Corinthians 12:7-9a & 1 Peter 5:10 and discuss; How do you react when God appears to be silent in answer to your urgent request? How do you feel about God’s promise in verse 9 and in 1 Peter? Why doesn’t God simply take the hurt away immediately every time? Is there currently a pain or difficulty in your life that is causing you to “plead” with God? Paul’s response to the “thorn in the flesh” was to plead with God to take it away – what do you think about that?6. Have you ever had a “thorn in the flesh” that God would not take away? What was it and why do you think He let it remain in your life? Share about something positive in your life today that is a direct result of God allowing you to experience pain and suffering.7. Read 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, and Zechariah 4:6 & discuss; The gift of strength can be hidden in times of weakness and dependency. Talk about how you’ve seen the strength of God in a person’s weakness. Share about a time when the strength of Christ was present in your weakness.

The Approach

John Hansen

3/11/18

Description:THORNS & THRONESPart 1 “The Approach”Hebrews 4:14-16March 10 & 11, 2018John Hansen, Lead Pastor(French Valley: Justin Kenton, Campus Pastor)Message Notes:TALK ABOUT IT:1. Ice Breaker: Share about a country or place you would like to visit and why.2. Read Hebrews 4:14 and Leviticus 16:20-22 and discuss; How does itaffect you to see Jesus as ‘great high priest’ and Son of God at the same time?Read Psalm 103:8-12 & discuss; Share about the ways God’s mercy hasblessed you. Share about the ways you’ve experienced God’s mercy in yourlife.3. Read Hebrews 4:14 again & discuss; how have you experienced thetension between holding on to faith vs. letting that faith slip away? What helpsyou hold on to your faith?4. Read Hebrews 4:15 and discuss; how have you personally experienced theempathy and compassion of Jesus? Share how it strengthens you to know thatJesus understands our weaknesses.5. Read Hebrews 4:16 and discuss; How have you personally experienced thedifference between mercy and grace - any examples in your life?6. What aspects of ‘the approach’ come easily to you - and what aspects are abit more challenging?

Be the Seven

John & Ann Hansen

3/4/18

Description:BETTERHALF, Part 3“Be the Seven”1 Corinthians 7:1-5March 3 & 4, 2018John Hansen, Lead Pastor(French Valley; Justin Kenton, Campus Pastor)Main idea:Bless and ________ your marriage through frequent, ________________ .TALK ABOUT IT:*These conversations would be best shared in a same-gender group1. What do you remember about the “sex talk” with your mom or dad? Who do you think felt moreawkward, you or them?2. Read Hebrews 13:4 and discuss; What kinds of things make the marriage bed impure? What could help it be kept pure? Why would this be a good goal - both before and during marriage?3. Read 1 Corinthians 7:1-2; share about something you have owned (pet, car, hobby item) that you had to take care of. Describe how you took care of it – and what that took. How does that relate to the dynamic of sexual intimacy in marriage?4. Read 1 Corinthians 7:3-4 and discuss; What kinds of different needs do men and women have, generally speaking? Why are some needs hard to embrace, let alone meet? What steps can you take toward embracing and meeting your spouse’s needs? What are some expectations that you might need to adjust?5. Read Song of Solomon 4:1-4 and Proverbs 5:18-19 and discuss; How do these two scriptures illustrate and give example of the way a wife or husband can fulfill the other’s sexual needs?6. Read 1 Corinthians 7:5 and discuss; In what way can sexuality be a vulnerable area in a marriage? What are some specific steps you could take toward extending the blessing of healthy sexuality in your marriage? What benefit could come to your marriage and to you personally if you’d do that? Pastor John recommends:Under the Sheets by Dr. Kevin LemanRed-Hot Monogamy by Bill & Pam Farrell

IT TAKES TWO TO MAKE A THING GO RIGHT

John Hansen

2/18/18

Description:BETTER HALF - part 1“IT TAKES TWO TO MAKE A THING GO RIGHT” Ephesians 5:21-33February 17 & 18, 2018John Hansen, Lead Pastor(French Valley: Justin Kenton, Campus Pastor)Message Notes:Talk About It:1. Icebreaker: Share about your first date (as in, the first date you ever went on in your life!), or your favorite love story that you know about.2. Read Ephesians 5:33 and discuss; share an example you have seen of a couple you’ve known who lives out this directive well. Why are ‘the two elements’ so important to the marriage relationship?3. Read Ephesians 5:21 several times together. What does ‘reverence for Christ’ on a personal level do for the marriage? Why is it so crucial that God’s call to mutual submission form the foundation of a healthy married life?4. Read Ephesians 5:22-24 and discuss; Do you agree that a husband’s primary need is to feel admired and respected? What are some practical ways such admiration and respect can be shown?5. Read Ephesians 5:25-30 and discuss; Do you agree that a wife’s primary marital need is to be cherished by her husband? What are some of the ways a husband can show his wife sacrificial love? What are 2-3 ways a wife needs her husband to show love but that he might find difficult?6. Read Ephesians 5:31-33 and discuss; How do ‘the two elements’ show up in the relationship between Jesus Christ and the church? How can that be a picture of what could happen in marriage? What step can you take to live out what you are learning?7. Read 1 John 4:7-11 & 1 John 3:18 and discuss; How could there be some change in the action of love that could positively affect your marriage or relationships? What steps do you need to take to be able to live out that kind of love?8. If you’re single, share about how this message has either helped you prepare for marriage, understand married people’s struggles, or how to better help a married friend.

The Way To The Win

John Hansen

2/4/18

Description:FOR THE WIN - PART 5“THE WAY TO THE WIN”Genesis 14:14-20 NLTFebruary 3 & 4, 2018John Hansen, Lead Pastor(French Valley: Ann Hansen, Pastor of Freedom Ministries)Main Idea:Run with _______ 'til you ____________!TALK ABOUT IT:1. Icebreaker: What is your favorite sort of competition? What draws out your competitive side? If you’re not competitive - why do you think that is?2. Read Philippians 3:13-14 and 1 Corinthians 9:23-25 and discuss; Why would God frame the reality of human spiritual experience with the metaphor of a competition or a race? 3. Read Genesis 14:8-16 & discuss; how do motivation and preparation affect your willingness and ability to go after something worthwhile? Share about a way your preparation or motivation allowed you to run after something that was right.4. Read Genesis 14:14 again and discuss; mobilization and bold action are part of the pathway to victory; why are these two elements of success so difficult? Share about how you’ve seen or personally experienced the benefits of mobilization and bold action on the way to a win.5. Read Genesis 14:15 , Psalm 18:29 , & Proverbs 24:6 and discuss; why do audacity and strategy and a willingness to maximize need to be part of the pathway to victory? Share about a time in your life when some audacity and strategy helped you get ahead.6. Read Genesis 14:16 and discuss; Why is it so important to finish what you started? How have you seen the benefit of completion and goal satisfaction? 7. Read Genesis 14:17-20 , Deuteronomy 8:18 , & Proverbs 21:31 and discuss; Why is it right to demonstrate your devotion to God when you win? What are the benefits of giving recognition in real time to God, even in the form of tithes?8. Read Hebrews 7:16-17, Hebrews 7:24 and 1 Corinthians 15:54-56 and discuss; How does the ultimate victory of Jesus affect your life?

Home Court Advantage

John Hansen

1/28/18

Description:FOR THE WINPart 4“Home Court Advantage”January 28 & 29, 2018Joshua 24:15John Hansen, Lead Pastor(French Valley: Justin Kenton, Campus Pastor)To win with your family:1. Cultivate an atmosphere of ____________2. Demonstrate real ____________3. Elevate healthy ________________4. Create times for spiritual _______________TALK ABOUT IT1. Ice breaker: share about your favorite family from a TV show or book and why you like them.2. Read Joshua 24:15 and discuss; how has serving the Lord been a part of your experience of family, and how has that affected you?3. Read 2 Cor. 13:11, Romans 15:32 and 1 Thessalonians 5:11 & discuss; share about some ways you have created a sense of fun and joy in yourfamily. What do you do (or could you do more) to champion members of your family?4. Read John 15:12-13, Romans 12:9 and 1 John 3:18 & discuss; share about your experience of giving and receiving love in your family. Do youfeel that you’re speaking each other’s love languages well?5. Read Psalm 19:14, Ephesians 4:29, James 1:19, Proverbs 12:18 and discuss; how has unhealthy communication patterns caused hurt or painin your family, and what are some changes you might make to improve communication with family?6. Read Colossians 3:16, 3 John 1:4 and 2 Timothy 1:5 and discuss; Can you share a memory of positive spiritual engagement you’ve experiencedwith your family? What steps do you feel prompted to take for further spiritual activation times with your family?

UNDERCOVER BOSS

John Hansen

1/21/18

Description:FOR THE WINPART 3“UNDERCOVER BOSS”Ephesians 6:5-9January 20-21, 2018John Hansen, Lead Pastor(French Valley: Justin Kenton, Campus Pastor)Main Idea:See your work as a __________and center your work on ______________.TALK ABOUT IT:1. Warm up: What was your first job, and what impression did it make on you?2. Read Proverbs 14:23, Proverbs 13:4, Proverbs 12:24, Ecclesiastes 5:19, Ecclesiastes 5:12 and discuss;what are some of the values of work, according to the scriptures? How does this reflect your Heavenly Father’sgoodness?3. Read Ephesians 6:5-6 and discuss; why is it difficult for us to serve our bosses sincerely? What adjustments canwe make so that we would serve our boss more sincerely? Why does our attitude toward our boss or colleagueseven matter?4. Read Ephesians 5:7-8 and discuss; how could it help to see the Lord as your ‘undercover boss’?5. What would it look like for you to work with enthusiasm? What advice would you give to a new Christian whowanted to allow their faith to impact their work?6. Read Genesis 41:33-41 and discuss; how does a person’s quality of work reflect the power of the Holy Spirit?Who do you know whose work life so well evidences the power of the Holy Spirit in them?7. Read Ephesians 5:9 and discuss; What is God’s expectation for a boss or employer toward workers? If you haveany degree of or experience with being a boss or leader at any level, how have you embraced the challenge of thesewords?

Cashflow Convictions

John Hansen

1/14/18

Description:FOR THE WIN, Part 2“Cashflow Convictions”January 13 & 14, 20181 Timothy 6:6-191. Exercise the principle of _______________2. Embrace the principle of ______________3. Engage in the principle of _____________4. Honor the principle of ________________Talk About It:1. Warm-up: What is the silliest thing you’ve ever done with money, or a big mistake you’ve made with money?2. Read Matthew 6:19-24 and discuss; if someone was to look at your checkbook or online account transaction history, what could they tell about you based on the way you spend your money?3. Read Proverbs 22:7, and Matthew 6:24 and discuss; In what ways have you ever been tempted to ‘serve’ money? What was the result?4. Read 1 Timothy 6:6-8, Proverbs 25:28, & Proverbs 21:20 and discuss; how has contentment and self-control - or the lack of it - affected your financial reality? 5. Read 1 Timothy 6:9-10 & Proverbs 13:5 and discuss; share about a way you’ve lived out a value for sacrifice, and how it’s affected your finances.6. Read 1 Timothy 6:17-18, Luke 14:28, & Proverbs 21:5 and discuss; why is it so valuable to have a plan for your finances? What method of planning has worked for you with finances?7. Read 1 Timothy 6:19 & 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 and discuss; what value have you seen or reaped from being part of the church? Are you reaping what you’ve sown, or what others are sowing and have sown?8. Which of the four principles that were shared about is an area you need to grow in?Pastor John recommends:www.is.gd/cmoney ; www.crown.org ; www.mvelopes.com ; www.daveramsey.com/fpu ;Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey; Your Money Counts by Howard Dayton

Love Actually

John Hansen

12/17/17

Description:Main Idea:Live out the _______ that’s ________ you!L _________ people up with _______ wordsO _____ it if you’ve _____________ itV _____ others with ____________E ___________ and express _____________ Talk About It:1. What is your favorite ‘love story’ movie, and why?2. Read 1 John 4:7-12 and discuss;. How have you experienced God’s love in your own life? What helps you to experience God’s love?3. Read 1 Thessalonians 5:11 and Hebrews 3:13 & discuss. How have you experienced the power of this form of love? Who are some of the people you feel led to love more in this specific way?4. Read Matthew 5:23-24 and 1 Peter 4:8 & discuss. Why is it hard to take responsibility when you’ve hurt someone? In which relationships do you need to step up your ‘own it’ game? Is there someone specific you need to do this with?5. Read Philippians 2:3 and Galatians 5:13 & discuss. What is usually the result when you can’t perceive someone’s value? How can you grow in perceiving and relating to people based on their value?6. Read John 15:9-17 , John 13:34, and Romans 12:9-10 and discuss. What are some ways you can receive and experience more of God’s love for you? How would this help you to love others well? What are some practical expressions of love you feel led or prompted to engage in this week? 7. Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-8. As you use the 1 Corinthians ‘loveometer’, how’s your personal ‘loveometer’ reading? What are you going to do about it?

A Higher Standard

John Hansen

12/10/17

Description:Main Idea:Make ____________________ your _________________________ !TALK ABOUT IT:1. Ice Breaker - share about what your all-time favorite TV show ever is. (In your group, this subject matter may be better addressed with a smaller group of ‘just the gals’ and ‘just the guys’.)2. Read 1 Thessalonians 4:1-2 and discuss. Paul says that he instructed them in how to please God. Why is it a good idea to live a life that is pleasing to God? What would change if you did that in every single area of your life?3. Read 1 Thessalonians 4:3 and discuss. How have recent events involving sex & sexual harassment scandals by public figures affected you? Why does addressing sexual immorality matter?4. How has culture’s view of dating, relationships and sexuality affected our overall view of sexuality? What aspects of the dominant cultural view have you adopted in your own life? How can you grow in embracing a Kingdom culture, and how would that be challenging to you? How would it be a blessing to you?5. Read 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 and discuss. Why is the scripture so strong in what it calls us to do? What would be the advantage to doing what this scripture says? Why would the Creator of sex want for us to have parameters for it?6. Read 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 and discuss. Our pastor shared 8 things we need to learn if we want to make pleasing God a priority in this aspect of life. Which of the eight stood out to you as one of the ones you need to work on, or that you simply feel challenged by? 1.Be satisfied in God’s presence2.Be full of the Holy Spirit3.Remove the fuel4.Lock arms with fellow fighters5.Know you cycles and rhythms of vulnerability6.Redefine yourself7.See people as family8.Value God’s standards for sexuality and purity7. Read 1 Thessalonians 4:6-8 and discuss. How does a vision for purity appeal to you? What would be the benefits? If married, ask each other: ‘What could I do to help you be less vulnerable to sexual immorality?’

Be the 20

John Hansen

12/3/17

Description:Proverbs 3:9-10; Malachi 3:6-12December 2 & 3, 2017John Hansen, Lead Pastor(French Valley; Justin Kenton, Campus Pastor)Main Idea:I give to God my first and best, and trust Him to bless the rest!Tithing is returning the _______________ of my _____________________ .TALK ABOUT IT:1. Share about the best thing that happened to you this week2. Share about a time when your faith grew as a result of your giving. What did you learn about God through the experience?3. Read Proverbs 3:9-10 and discuss; Are you giving God your first and best - financially? Why or why not?4. What types of fears or concerns, if any, do you wrestle with most when thinking about the principle of giving to God first?5. Read Malachi 3:6-12 and discuss. When you think of tithing, do you cringe or do you feel excited? Ask someone in the group who does tithe to share why it is so important to them.6. Read Philippians 4:18-20 & Malachi 3:10-12 and discuss; How does God’s promise affect you? Can you share an example of claiming this promise, and then experiencing it?7. Read 1 Corinthians 16:1-3 & 2 Chronicles 31:5-10 and discuss; Pastor John shared some of the ways tithing has enabled God to work through the church in significant ways. What are some of the things God is doing through the church that you are most excited about? If people gave like they did in Hezekiah’s time - what Kingdom Dreams could be accomplished?

Shake it Up

Tim Manigault

11/26/17

Description:Main Idea:Engage in an __________________ of your ________________ for the King!TALK ABOUT IT:1. [Ice breaker] Share about who your favorite hero is, from history or fiction, and one thing you love about that hero? Who do you look up to because they are able to praise God despite facing adversity?2. Read Hebrews 12:26-29 and discuss. Have you ever had something shaken in your life that showed you something about God’s unfailing promises?3. Read Acts 16:22-34 and discuss. What excuses do you feel like you need to push through so that you can be more consistent in praising God? What chains need to break in your life - and how could praise become a chain breaker for you?4. Read Psalm 40:1-3 and discuss. How does it help you to simply consider what God has done for you? How does that affect your ability to worship?5. Read Matthew 22:37-38 and discuss. Why does it matter to express your affection for God in visible and audible ways? 6. Read Psalm 150 and Psalm 149:1. Which of the forms of worship that were mentioned in the message are ones that you have engaged in? Have you ever tried singing a ‘new song’ to the Lord? What’s holding you back - and how could you overcome that in order to engage in this Biblical form of worship?

Sojourners Here

John Hansen

11/19/17

Description:Main Idea:See yourself as a citizen of heaven and live like it!TALK ABOUT IT:1. Ice-breaker; share about what your favorite Thanksgiving meal item is!2. Read 1 Thessalonians 2:12 and discuss. What is your first impression of the call to ‘live worthy’? How did the message help reframe the idea of living worthy?3. Read Philippians 1:27 and discuss. What does it mean to you to have ‘dual citizenship’ between heaven and earth for a while? How can you grow in living more from the reality of your heavenly citizenship?4. Read Colossians 3:1-4 and discuss. What helps you to actively set your sights on the reality of heaven? How is this challenging for you? How does it help you or affect you to consider yourself as ‘hidden with Christ’?5. Read Colossians 3:5-9 and discuss. How have you seen the effects of these ‘lurking things’ in people’s lives around you – or even in your own life? What has helped you grow more free from these things?6. Read Colossians 3:10-11 and discuss. How have you been growing and learning to know and become like your creator? What one facet of your Creator’s character would you like to cultivate more of in your life?

A "Both/And" Journey

John Hansen

11/12/17

Description:Message Notes:TALK ABOUT IT:1. Ice-breaker - Share about one place in the world that’s on your ‘bucket list’ to visit - and why.2. If you participated in a LOVE WEEK experience, share about it! What was your experience, and how do you feel about our church’s engagement in loving our city?3. Read Acts 19:8-9 and discuss. How is it helpful to reframe your Christian experience in terms of ‘The Way’? What aspects of ‘The Way’ bless you the most? What aspects of ‘The Way’ are a challenge for you?4. Paul’s message was rejected by some. Read 2 Corinthians 2:14-16 and discuss. How does rejection of the Christian message affect you? 5. Read Acts 19:8-11 and discuss. How does Paul’s strategic positioning affect the outcome? How can we engage in some ‘strategic positioning’ ourselves? What keeps you from engaging in strategic positioning?6. Read Acts 19:11-12 and discuss. How does it affect you to know that early followers of ‘The Way’ experienced this level of supernatural breakthrough? Do these kinds of things appeal to you, or would you rather they not be part of the equation? What role do your preferences play in regard to experiencing the fullness of ‘The Way’?7. How do you feel about what Pastor John shared about the “both/and” reality the scripture presents? How can you take a step towards the “both/and” reality on the Outward Bound journey of faith?8. Read Isaiah 6:8, Mark 16:15, Isaiah 52:7, Isaiah 12:4, Isaiah 45:21-22, 2 Corinthians 5:20, and 1 Peter 3:15 and discuss. Pastor John shared five final directives of the Outward Bound life - how are you doing in living these out?

I Need the Holy Spirit

James Fransz

11/5/17

Description:Main Idea:Face ______________________ with faith in God, and stay ____________________ with strength from God!TALK ABOUT IT:Icebreaker: Share about an accomplishment you’re proud of in your life - and why you value that accomplishment.1. Read Acts 18:1-4 and discuss. How do you think it affects Paul to have these people that he is doing life with as he is embracing his outward bound Jesus-following life? How have you experienced the value of having people to do life with as you live this outward-bound Jesus-following life?2. Read Acts 18:5-7 and discuss. Have you ever experienced people coming against you for your faith?3. Read Acts 18:6 again and discuss. How have you been through situations where you need to ‘shake the dust’, and how have you experienced God’s grace and empowerment in those moments?4. Have you ever experienced where a setback actually became a setup for something greater - where the problem propelled you into a better future? What was the role of your faith in that journey?5. Read Acts 18:7-8 and discuss. How do you think Paul might have felt about what ended up happening? How have you seen how persevering through difficulties makes the reward that much sweeter - in your own life?6. Read Acts 18:9-11 and discuss. How do you think what Paul heard affected him? If you could hear what God said to Paul in a personal way, how would it affect your approach to life and what you’re facing right now?

The Problem is the Propulsion

John Hansen

10/29/17

Description:Main Idea:Face ______________________ with faith in God, and stay ____________________ with strength from God!TALK ABOUT IT:Icebreaker: Share about an accomplishment you’re proud of in your life - and why you value that accomplishment.1. Read Acts 18:1-4 and discuss. How do you think it affects Paul to have these people that he is doing life with as he is embracing his outward bound Jesus-following life? How have you experienced the value of having people to do life with as you live this outward-bound Jesus-following life?2. Read Acts 18:5-7 and discuss. Have you ever experienced people coming against you for your faith?3. Read Acts 18:6 again and discuss. How have you been through situations where you need to ‘shake the dust’, and how have you experienced God’s grace and empowerment in those moments?4. Have you ever experienced where a setback actually became a setup for something greater - where the problem propelled you into a better future? What was the role of your faith in that journey?5. Read Acts 18:7-8 and discuss. How do you think Paul might have felt about what ended up happening? How have you seen how persevering through difficulties makes the reward that much sweeter - in your own life?6. Read Acts 18:9-11 and discuss. How do you think what Paul heard affected him? If you could hear what God said to Paul in a personal way, how would it affect your approach to life and what you’re facing right now?

Praise Trust

Dr. Micah Parker

10/8/17

Description:Message Notes:1. Praise Trust = exhibiting _______________ in all aspects of your life. 2. The best ___________________ in life is laughter.3. It’s a __________________ that is unsure of it’s God, if you are afraid to __________________ in His presence.4. Where does the word ‘laugh’ appear for the first time in the Bible?J SO AY D5. Psalm 23 says “My Cup Overflows” - what does it say in Mark about how we should approach God if we aren’t full of the Holy Spirit?6. How has God constructed the word TRUST uniquely?

"It's on Lockdown"

John Hansen

10/1/17

Description:Main Idea: When I find a __________________, I’ll _________________ all the more. TALK ABOUT IT:Ice breaker: Share about any literal ‘door story’ you have: kicked one down, strange person came to one, etc…?1. Read Acts 16:6-8 and discuss. How would you feel if you were the Apostle Paul at this point? What does it feel like when you hit a closed door that you thought was right?2. What prayers of yours have ended up as closed doors? How did those situations play out? What can you learn from them, in retrospect?3. Read Proverbs 16:9 and discuss. Sometimes God has a door open and ready for us to walk through, we just don’t see it because we’ve given up. Where in your life might God simply be looking for persistence and trust from you before giving you a yes?4. Read Acts 16:7-10 and discuss. How does trusting God for revelation figure in to your process of discerning His direction? 5. Read Acts 16:11-15 and discuss. Share about a time when a closed door in your life was actually a redirection from God for something greater.6. Share about any biblical character you can think of who was tested through some kind of closed door. Can you see how God had the big picture in mind, which we don’t always see? What situation(s) are you waiting on God for right now? What do you think God could be trying to develop in you through this?

Don't Forget the Keys

John Hansen

9/24/17

Description:Two Keys You Need:1. Turn up the _______________________.2. Hold on to _________________________.TALK ABOUT IT:Ice breaker: What’s your favorite fall decoration item or fall food product?1. Read Proverbs 3:5-6 and discuss. How do these words inspire hope in your heart?2. How does this scripture encourage you to live, and how could this help you with doors of transition?3. Read Deuteronomy 31:8 and discuss. Share about a door of transition that you’ve faced as a believer. How did your trust in God help you to experience that transition in ahealthier way?4. Read Psalm 23:1-6 and discuss. If this psalm paints a picture of journeying through doors of transition, what can you anticipate Jesus doing for you as you trust in himthrough transitions?5. Read Proverbs 3:5-6 again and discuss. How does the simple vision presented here of what God will do inspire you?6. Read Psalm 27:13 and Romans 15:13 and discuss. Why is hope such a powerful force for the human soul? How can you tap into the power of hope in a more effectiveway? In the message, a very specific aspect of holding on to hope was shared; how have you responded in your life to this particular dimension of holding on to hope?

Engage the AGG

John Hansen

9/17/17

Description:Main Idea:Walk in the ___________________________ by pursuing a life that is _____________________________________.TALK ABOUT IT:Ice breaker: Share about one of the best decisions you’ve ever made1. Read Romans 12:1. How does keeping God’s mercy in view affect your door-choosing or decision-making process?2. Read Romans 12:1 again. How have you grown in living a God-pleasing life? What motivates you to do this?What has the result been for you?3. Read Romans 12:2 and discuss. Share about a time when familiar, worldly decision- making patterns led tochoosing a door in your life that was not a good door.4. Read Romans 12:2 again and discuss. What are some specific things you do or could do to experience more ofthe ‘renewing of the mind’ in keeping with what was shared in the message?5. Read Psalm 38:2 and Isaiah 30:21 and discuss. Share an experience where you engaged that ‘AGG’ guidance of God in your life. How did that help you choose the door that was best?

"Look Before You Leap"

John Hansen

9/10/17

Description:Main Idea:LOOK ___________- and ASK: 1. Look __________________.Does this opportunity carry me further toward the ___________________ I desire?2. Look __________________.Does this opportunity make sense in light of my ______________________?3. Look __________________.Does this opportunity line up with God’s _____________________________?4. Look __________________.Is this opportunity in agreement with my ____________________________?5. Look __________________.Does this opportunity challenge me to go beyond my _____________________ and ____________________ God?TALK ABOUT IT:Ice Breaker: If you could live in any sit-com, which one would it be and why? :)1. Read Jeremiah 6:16 and discuss. Share about the biggest opportunity you’ve ever had in your life.2. Read Philippians 3:13-15 and discuss. Think through the process our pastor recommended for evaluating opportunity. How does having clarity about the ‘future you hope for’ help you to evaluate opportunities that come your way?3. Read Isaiah 46:9 & Deuteronomy 4:9 and discuss. How does what you’ve been through affect what you might head into - and how does your past help you evaluate present opportunities?4. Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17 & Psalm 119:1 and discuss. Why is it important to allow Scripture to provide you guard rails in your life? How have you experienced benefits from allowing Scripture to define parameters for you in your life?5. Read Psalm 15, Proverbs 10:9 & Hebrews 13:18 and discuss. How does it affect you to either live in keeping with your personal values or to ignore your values? 6. Read Isaiah 42:16 , Deuteronomy 1:6-8 & 2 Corinthians 5:7 and discuss. Why is it important to embrace times of challenge? How have you seized an opportunity - even when it was hard? How did that stretch your faith? How did that benefit you?

Anything???

Mike Wilson

9/3/17

Description:Main Idea:________________ in ___________________. 1. I remain in HIS LOVE when I _______________________________. -Ephesians 3:14-152. I remain in HIS LOVE when I _______________________________. -Ephesians 3:16-183. I remain in HIS LOVE when I’m ______________________________ to ______________________________. - -Ephesians 3:19-21TALK ABOUT IT:Ice breaker: What’s your all time favorite Love story? (Movie or book)1. Read 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 and discuss. What are some things you do that are easy to do ‘in love’? What in your life do you struggle to do ‘in love’?2. Read Ephesians 3:14-15 and discuss. How does a posture of humility help us remain in love? What does humility look like to you? How does our perspective of God encourage or discourage a posture of humility? 3. Read Ephesians 3:16-18 and discuss. What does it look like to be “rooted and established in love”? Why is it important to stand together with other believers? What does it mean to ‘grasp’ the love of Christ? 4. Read Ephesians 3:19-21 and discuss. Why does God’s love surpass knowledge? What are some things in life that fill you up? What in your life is currently draining you? How can you face what’s draining you and remain in love?

Do it Anyway

John Hansen

8/27/17

Description:Main Idea:1.Face your _____________________ and embrace your _________________________.2. Work out your __________________ and engage God’s ________________________.3. Deal with the __________________ and experience God’s _______________________. TALK ABOUT IT:1. Share about something you were afraid of when you were a little kid.2. Read Joshua 1:1-6 and discuss. What are some of the difficulties Joshua was facing? What kind of feelings would he have had? 3. Read Joshua 1:6 and Psalm 138:8. How does a connection to your sense of purpose help you push through when you’re afraid? What is the specific sense of purpose you can connect to in your life to help you push through?4. Read Psalm 119:28, Isaiah 41:10, & 1 Samuel 30:6 and discuss. What are some areas in which you feel weak? How are you learning to find strength from God in regard to those things?5. Read 2 Peter 1:3-4 and discuss. How does holding on to what God has said strengthen you? What is at least one promise from God’s Word you are holding on to?6. Read Joshua 1:7-9 and discuss. In what ways have you struggled with discouragement - and what has helped you break free from it? Pastor John recommends:“Rising Strong” by Brené Brown“Start”by John Acuff

Check Your Stance

John Hansen

8/20/17

Description:Main Idea:Stand firm in__________________believe and__________________believe in!TALK ABOUT IT:1. Read 1 Timothy 6:12 and discuss. Share about a person you know who is an example of ‘fighting the good fight of the faith’.2. Read Isaiah 7:9 and discuss. What patterns, habits, disciplines and choices help you to actively stand firm in your faith? 3. Read Psalm 40:2, Psalm 89:2, Exodus 14:13, Psalm 119:89, 2 Chronicles 20:20 and Acts 3:16. Five elements of what Christians believe were shared in the message; which of these is especially meaningful for you?4. Read 2 Corinthians 5:7 and 2 Corinthians 13:5 and discuss. What is the basis of your faith?5. Read 2 Timothy 4:7 and discuss. As you check your stance - is there any area of your faith where you do need to run a little further, or fight a bit harder, or exercise stronger belief?

The Filtration System

John Hansen

8/13/17

Description:Main Idea:Guard your ___________________ so you can grow in God’s ___________________.Guard ‘em:1. ______________________2. ______________________3. ______________________4. ______________________5. ______________________TALK ABOUT IT:1. Share a positive highlight from the week.2. Read Proverbs 4:23 and discuss. Why is it so important to guard your heart?3. Read Proverbs 4:20 & Mark 4:20 and discuss. What steps do you need to take to guard this gate better?4. Read Proverbs 4:21-22, 2 Cor. 10:5, 1 Cor. 2:16 & Romans 13:14 and discuss. How have you experienced the detriment of not guarding this gate? Do you have an approach to this gate that is helping you make progress?5. Read Proverbs 4:24, Matthew 15:18-20 & Psalm 141:3 and discuss. Give an example of where you actively guarded this gate and how that helped you - or where you didn’t and it was harmful. What step will you take to tend to this gate?6. Read Proverbs 4:25, Psalm 101:3, Luke 11:34-36, & Psalm 119:37 and discuss. Why is this gate such a difficult one in our times? How have you found victory at this gate? What step would you consider taking to tend well to this gate?7. Read Proverbs 4:26-27 and discuss. How have you experienced the positive effects of guarding this gate well?

Fight for It!

John Hansen

7/30/17

Description:Main Idea:Walk out ___________________ becauseyou know that ______________________!TALK ABOUT IT:1. Share what your favorite sport is and the best kind of ‘win’ you can see in that sport.2. Read Ephesians 6:10-13 and discuss. How often are you aware of the spiritual battle going on behind the scenes? How does it change your perspective to remember that your struggle is not with other people?3. Read Ephesians 6:11-12 again. Who is our enemy and how does he fight? Where do the enemy strikes come from?4. How have you personally seen strategies or schemes of the enemy at play? Are there any particular strategies or schemes of the enemy that you seem to easily get hit with?5. Read Ephesians 6:13-17 and discuss. How does the ‘full armor’ serve to protect believers? Share about each of the six parts of the spiritual armor and the value of each one. Share which part of the armor you need to get better at ‘putting on’.6. Read Ephesians 6:18-19 and discuss. What did you learn about prayer and the connection between prayer and spiritual victory?7. Read Romans 14:11, Revelation 5:13 & 2 Corinthians 2:14-15 and discuss. How does the eternal victory of Jesus fuel you for the fight you face now?

All In The Family

Gary Enniss

7/23/17

Description:MESSAGE NOTES:TALK ABOUT IT:1. Identify a godly family that you admire. What is it about this family that inspires and encourages you?2. Read Ephesians 6:1-9 and discuss. Describe your relationship with your parents growing up. What didthey do well? Were there any rules that frustrated you?3. Read Ephesians 6:1-3 and discuss. What does it mean for children to honor their parents? Why shouldkids obey their parents? What kinds of things can parents do to elicit obedience from their kids?4. Read Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and discuss. As a parent, what are 1 or 2 things you want your kids to know about God? What are you doing to demonstrate that aspect of God's character to your kids?5. Read Ephesians 6:4 and discuss. As a group, list 10 ways a parent can exasperate their kids. Which one of these is the greatest struggle for you?6. Read Ephesians 6:4 again and discuss. What are 5-10 things parents can do that help a child feel loved and affirmed (the opposite of 'exasperated')? Which 1-2 of those will you emphasize this week - and how?7. Read Ephesians 6:5-9 and discuss. Even though these verses DON'T apply directly to families (no, your kids are not your slaves! :) ) - are there any principles here that could augment your family experience

The Majesty and Mystery of Marriage

Allen Diaz

7/16/17

Description:Main Idea:Be __________in _______________ and___________ for the Journey.TALK ABOUT IT:1. To whom does this text compare our relationship with?2. The opening verse, 21, calls for submission in marriage. To whom is this call?3. Read 1 Corinthians 7:3-5 and discuss. Who is asked to give or yield to their mate? Why is the “ask” made? Who specifically wants to destroy the relationship in this text?4. Fill in the blank. A woman is to treat her husband with ______________ and a man is to lavish her with____________. What does that look like for you?5. What are some practical ways we can submit or surrender ourselves over to our spouse?6. Read Ephesians 5:15-20 and discuss. List at least three things that Paul would like us to do?7. In verse 18 we are told to be, “filled with the Spirit”. What does that look like and how do we do it?8. How do you allow the Holy Spirit to work in your marriage?9. What are some practical, spiritual things a married couple can do to include God in their everyday life?

Leave the Light On

James Fransz

7/9/17

Description:Main Idea:Ditch the______________ andlive out the _______________!TALK ABOUT IT:1. Share about a moment when you were in the dark about a subject and what happened when someone shed some light on it.2. Read Ephesians 5:1-2 and discuss. What does it mean to imitate God? Who do you know that lives that out in your sphere? What does a life filled with love look like to you? What are ways that we can sacrificially love those around us?3. Read Ephesians 5:3-7 and discuss. In what ways do these shameful sins affect the way we see ourselves? How do these sins affect our relationships with one another? How do we actively engage in verse 7 and what are ways that we can safeguard ourselves from falling into these sins?4. Read Ephesians 5:8-14 and discuss. In what ways are we grateful to no longer be full of darkness? What does it mean to now be “people of light”? How does exposing the darkness within ourselves benefit us?5. Read Ephesians 5:15-20 and discuss. Who do you know that is living by the Holy Spirit’s power? What are ways that you can live fueled by the Holy Spirit? In verse 20 it says to “give thanks” to God the Father. How does gratitude play a part in living full of the Spirit of God?

"It's Inside Out"

John Hansen

7/2/17

Description:Main Idea:You do the ________________________!TALK ABOUT IT:1. Share about a project around your home that you’re going to work on this summer.2. Read Ephesians 4:17-19 and discuss. What causes ‘the Gentiles’ to live the way they do? Can you share about your own ‘Gentile days’ and what kept you from God? If you had continued to live in your old ways, where do you think you would be now?3. Read Ephesians 4:20-24 and discuss. What ‘old self’ habits do you struggle with since you became a believer? How can we lay aside or throw off the ‘old self’?4. Why is it so important that we take off our old selves before putting on our new identity in Christ? How have you seen this in your life? 5. Why do you think it is so important to be continually having our minds renewed?6. Read Ephesians 4:25-32 and discuss. All of the actions listed in verses 25–32 have to do with relationships. Why is it so important to Paul that believers understand how to treat one another? Compare this passage to Galatians 5:13–26. How does the Galatians passage help you better understand this Ephesians passage?7. Why is this section on things ‘you should not do’ coupled with things ‘you should do’?

"Come Together, Right Now, Over Me"

John Hansen

6/25/17

Description:Main Idea:Pursue unity, do the ministry, and grow in maturity!TALK ABOUT IT:1. Share about a really great club, team, or group that you have been a part of in your life and what made it good.2. Read Ephesians 4:1-6 and discuss; Why is unity so vital for the church at large, and for our church in particular? Why do people tend to divide over the seven ‘unity factors’ that were mentioned in verses 4-6? What threatens our unity, and how can we guard and protect our unity as a church family? In what way do you need to specifically make effort to keep the unity?3. Read Ephesians 4:1-3 again and discuss; Share about a person you know who has lived out one of these four qualities in an impactful way because of their Christian faith. Which of these four ways of interacting do you ost naturally live out, and which do you need to work on? 4. Read Ephesians 4:7-13 and discuss; What is the purpose of the equipping roles mentioned in verse 11? What are the implications of this for what you should expect church leaders to do? 5. Read Ephesians 4:11-12 and discuss; Which of the five roles mentioned do you gravitate toward or have an affinity for? What might this mean for how you should learn to minister? Are there any of the five that you have an aversion to? How might this indicate an area of growth for you?6. Read Ephesians 4:13-16 and discuss; In what ways have you grown spiritually in the recent months or years? Are there any ways in particular that you feel you need to grow to be more like Christ?7. Read Ephesians 4:16 and discuss; In what ways could you envision yourself stepping up to serve in the Body of Christ, to ‘do your part’?

"...You Complete Me..."

John Hansen

6/18/17

Description:Main Idea:My Father’s power and love in me make any good thing a possibility!TALK ABOUT IT 1. Ice breaker: What would be your perfect two-day realistic, doable mini-vacation?2. Read Ephesians 3:1-11 and discuss. How does it impact you to know that God loves the Jewish people as part of the root structure for our ‘tree of faith’? How have you seen or celebrated the beauty of our Jewish roots?3. Read Ephesians 3:12-15 and discuss. Why can we approach God with freedom and confidence? What does that look like? What keeps you from praying with confidence?4. Read Psalm 103:13, 1 John 3:1, James 1:17, Isaiah 9:6; 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 & Psalm 68:5 and discuss. How does the revelation of our God as a good father help you in your faith? What challenges do you have in embracing this revelation - and how are you overcoming those?5. Read Ephesians 3:16-17 and discuss. Describe the kind of power that is being referred to; i.e., what does it consist of? What are its results? In what ways does this power differ from what most people would expect? How are you experiencing this power personally in your current life?6. Read Ephesians 3:18-19 and discuss. How would you describe God’s love? What is your experience with God’s love on a personal level? How are you growing your roots down further into Jesus’ love - and how will that benefit you?7. Read Ephesians 3:20-21 and discuss. What are your thoughts when you read that God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine? When have you seen God do more than you could ever have imagined? How does the fact that God is able to do more than we ask or imagine change the way you pray? The way you live? The risks you take?8. Identify a situation in your life that seems too big even for God to fix or redeem. Reread verses 20–21, then tell God about this situation. Acknowledge you don’t know how it can be fixed, but you know that He is able. Or, use verses 14–21 as an outline to pray for yourself or someone else.

"I See Dead People..."

John Hansen

6/11/17

Description:Main Idea:IN FAITH AND LOVE, I WILL:1. Further the friendship with God.2. Hold on to the hope of God.3. Plug in to the power of God.TALK ABOUT IT:1. Share about one particular believer in your life that you are grateful for and why.2. Read Ephesians 1:15-16 and discuss. Why are faith and love such compelling features to be ‘known for’? What practical steps can you take to cultivate either or both in your life?3. Read Ephesians 1:17 & John 15:15-17 and discuss. How have you experienced a journey of deepening friendship with God? What elements of furthering the friendship with God do you need to go for more fully?4. Read Ephesians 1:18, Romans 8:24-25 & Romans 15:13 and discuss. What is the value of hope? What helps you to ‘tilt toward God’ and keep hope? If we are called to hope, what might need to change in your attitudes, thoughts, or actions? What does it look like to be a person of hope?5. Read Ephesians 1:18-21 and discuss. How have you experienced the power of God in your life? Is there an area of your life in which you currently hope for God’s power to flow? What is your best way to plug in to God’s power?6. Read Ephesians 1:22-23 and discuss. Where is Christ seated, and what does that mean for you? How have you experienced the Church or the Body of Christ as a context where the friendship, hope and power of God were bolstered in your life? In your group, pair off and personalize the prayer of verses 17-21 and pray this great prayer over one another!

The Tilt

John Hansen

6/4/17

Description:Main Idea:IN FAITH AND LOVE, I WILL:1. Further the friendship with God.2. Hold on to the hope of God.3. Plug in to the power of God.TALK ABOUT IT:1. Share about one particular believer in your life that you are grateful for and why.2. Read Ephesians 1:15-16 and discuss. Why are faith and love such compelling features to be ‘known for’? What practical steps can you take to cultivate either or both in your life?3. Read Ephesians 1:17 & John 15:15-17 and discuss. How have you experienced a journey of deepening friendship with God? What elements of furthering the friendship with God do you need to go for more fully?4. Read Ephesians 1:18, Romans 8:24-25 & Romans 15:13 and discuss. What is the value of hope? What helps you to ‘tilt toward God’ and keep hope? If we are called to hope, what might need to change in your attitudes, thoughts, or actions? What does it look like to be a person of hope?5. Read Ephesians 1:18-21 and discuss. How have you experienced the power of God in your life? Is there an area of your life in which you currently hope for God’s power to flow? What is your best way to plug in to God’s power?6. Read Ephesians 1:22-23 and discuss. Where is Christ seated, and what does that mean for you? How have you experienced the Church or the Body of Christ as a context where the friendship, hope and power of God were bolstered in your life? In your group, pair off and personalize the prayer of verses 17-21 and pray this great prayer over one another!

God's Plan for God's People

John Hansen

5/28/17

Description:Message Notes:TALK ABOUT IT:1. When you “count your blessings”, what do you put on the top of the list?2. Read Ephesians 1:1-3 and discuss. How have we been blessed in the heavenly realms? What are thespiritual blessings in Christ in verse 3? What kind of blessings have you received? Where did thoseblessings come from?3. How does this verse challenge your view of God? Of yourself? If you really saw yourself as someone whohas been “blessed ... in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ”, what differencewould that make in your life? How does this scripture call you to a new way of life?4. Read Ephesians 1:4-5 and discuss. We know that we mess up, so how is it possible for us to be holy andblameless in God’s sight?5. Read Ephesians 1:5-11 and discuss. What does predestined mean? In what two ways can we understandverses 5 and 11?6. Read Ephesians 1:12-14 and discuss. Based on these verses, as well as Ephesians 1:1-11, talk about howGod intends us to live life. Where should our focus be? What should define us?7. In Christ – is your identity built on the fickle foundations of your marriage, intelligence, business savvy,kids, possessions? Or is your identity built on Christ? What would others say about you?

The Spark

John Hansen

5/21/17

Description:Main Idea:Activate your gifts to Elevate your faith.TALK ABOUT IT:1. Share about a special ability you have - how did you learn and develop that special ability?2. Read 2 Timothy 1:1-5. What can we learn from the relationship between Paul and Timothy? What couldbe some of the benefits of growing up in a home that has a heritage in the faith? What could besome of the hindrances?3. Read 2 Timothy 1:5-6 and discuss. Why might have Timothy been reluctant to express his gifting? Whatadvice would you give to someone who has let use of a spiritual gift or ministry lapse? How can aministry or spiritual gift be rekindled?4. Read 2 Timothy 1:6-7 & 1 Timothy 4:14 and discuss. What seems to be one of the ways spiritual gifts may be imparted, transferred or activated? Have you ever experienced this personally, or seen this taking place in any way?5. Read 2 Timothy 1:6-7 & Romans 12:11 and discuss. How can activating your gifts help your faith? How have you experienced the correlation between proactively using spiritual gifts and the quality ofyour faith journey?6. What step do you feel Jesus might be calling you to make to activate your gifts and elevate your faith?

There is a Cloud

James Fransz

5/7/17

Description:TALK ABOUT IT:1. Pastor James said in his message “Pursuing yourself will only rob yourself.” How have you seen this come to pass in your own journey? 2. Has aligning your heart with God’s heart, and your plans with Gods plans, and your will with Gods will - opened up his provision for your life? Are there big things in your life that you’re still waiting to see come to pass? If so what are they? 3. Read 1 Kings 18:41-44 and reflect. Elijah was praying for rain. Have you prayed for something in your life and more than once not seen it come to pass? 4. How does walking by faith and not by sight correspond with 1 Kings 18:41-44? 5. How in your personal life can you apply this passage of scripture?

Pneumatic Know-How

John Hansen

4/30/17

Description:Main Idea:Go for the Greater Things through the giftsGod gives.TALK ABOUT IT:1. Read 1 Cor. 12:1-3 & Ephesians 2:1-2 and discuss. Describe the various ‘spiritual’ or ‘pseudo-spiritual’ experiences people in our culture may have apart from the Christian faith. How are those things valuable or dangerous? 2. How has your previous exposure to spiritual gifts affected you? Share about any positive or negative experiences you have had with spiritual gifts, and how that has affected you.3. Read 1 Cor. 12:4-6 & James 1:17, 1 Corinthians 14:1 and discuss. How does God work in and through people? When spiritual gifts are used, what is the right response? How have you seen a misplaced focus when it comes to spiritual gifts? Is it okay to ask for specific gifts?4. Read Romans 12:6-8, 1 Cor. 12:7-11 & 28-31, Ephesians 4:11 & 1 Peter 4:10-11 and discuss. What spiritual gift(s) do you personally enjoy the most? Have you become active in the use of any particular spiritual gifts? How did you become active in that gift, and what has it meant to you, how have you seen God work through that ‘charisma’ or ‘grace manifestation’? 5. Read 1 Cor. 12:31 and 1 Cor. 14:1-5 & 39-40 and discuss. How will you make room for God to minister these gifts through you or others? What do you need to be careful of as you start to use these gifts?

The Person and the Power

John Hansen

4/23/17

Description:Message Notes:TALK ABOUT IT:1. Share about your favorite amusement park or amusement park ride and why you love it.2. Read John 14:15-17, John 14:25-26; & John 16:13 and discuss. What are some of the things the Holy Spirit does for a believer? How have you personally experienced some of these works of the Holy Spirit?3. Read Romans 14:17-18 and discuss. What has helped you to live in the reality of God’s empowering presence? What kind of habits or life patterns get in the way of this?4. Read Acts 1:5-8, Acts 2:17, Acts 2:4, Acts 10:44, Acts 8:17 & Acts 2:38-39. Have you had an encounter with the Holy Spirit in keeping with what the Bible describes? What helped you to have that happen? If you have not, why not? What gets in the way?5. Read Galatians 5:16-18 and discuss. Why do we need the Holy Spirit? Is it automatic to live Spirit-filled?6. Read Ephesians 5:17-18 & John 7:37-39 and discuss. Rate your flow of Living Water (drip, trickle, water faucet, garden hose, fire hydrant, raging river). What can you do to increase the flow?

He is Risen!

John Hansen

4/16/17

Description:Main Idea:He is risen indeed, and He's alive in me!TALK ABOUT IT:1. Share about a personal Easter or other holiday family tradition that you love.2. Read Luke 24:1-8 and discuss. What are some of the emotions of this first ‘Easter’? What are some of your initial responses to what is conveyed in this passage?3. In what ways have you spent time ‘looking for living among the dead’ - and what was the result in your life?4. Read John 11:25-27 and discuss. What is the impact of Jesus defining himself this way? How does this reality of who Jesus is affect you, and how can it affect your life?5. Read 1 Peter 1:3-5 and discuss. How crucial is the resurrection, and what does it facilitate? If there were no resurrection, what would the result be? 6. Read 2 Timothy 1:10 & 2 Timothy 2:8 and discuss. What is the value of keeping the resurrection of Jesus in view?7. Read John 14:12 and discuss. How does the resurrection of Jesus relate to the idea of ‘greater things’, and how do you hope to see that reality play out in your life?