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?

Laziness. Work It!

Ann Hansen

4/9/17

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Anger. Deal With It.

John Hansen

4/2/17

Description:Main Idea:1. ________________ it to discover the ______________ of it.2. ________________ it to release the ______________ of it.3. ________________ it to not be ______________ by it.TALK ABOUT IT1. Share about a simple pet-peeve of yours and why it bugs you.2. Read Mark 3:1-6. What was Jesus angry about? What did his anger motivate him to do? What kind of situations should make us angry? How do the things that tend to make God angry differ from the kinds of things that tend to make us angry?3. Read Proverbs 29:11 and discuss. Name some typical ways people express their anger, for example: yelling, cursing, hand gestures, etc. How was anger expressed in your home as you were growing up? What was the effect of that?4. Read Proverbs 14:29 & Proverbs 14:17 and discuss. When have you seen the destructive effects of anger in a personal relationship? In a Professional relationship? Describe a situation where you’ve gotten angry or ‘lost it’. What factors were a part of that moment?5. Read Ephesians 4:26-27. What are some downfalls of suppressing our anger? What are the dangers of expressing our anger? How does unresolved anger affect us emotionally? Relationally? Physically? Give some examples of giving the devil an opportunity when we are angry?6. Read James 1:19-20, Proverbs 17:14, Proverbs 21:14, Proverbs 15:1, & Proverbs 16:14. What have you learned about extinguishing anger and how can you take steps toward doing that when needed?

The Sickness and the Cure

John Hansen

3/26/17

Description:Main Idea:Drop the _______________ and pick up the ________________!TALK ABOUT IT1. Break the ice, and be funny for a minute and complete this sentence: “It’s hard to be humble when…!”2. Read Proverbs 16:5, Proverbs 8:13, Proverbs 15:25 & Isaiah 2:11 and discuss. Why do you think God hates pride so much? What would it look like to have the mind of God in how we view pride in our own lives?3. Pastor John shared six marks of wicked pride. How have you seen these show up and do damage in someone’s life, a circumstance - or even in your own story?4. Read Proverbs 16:18-19 & 1 Peter 5:5-6 and discuss. What is true humility? Share about an example you have seen of a humble, yet powerful, successful person. 5. Read Jeremiah 9:23-24 and discuss. Share some things you know, or things you are able to do, or things you have that you enjoy, appreciate and feel are valuable. Celebrate how God’s goodness and greatness is evident to you in all of these things.6. Read Luke 18:9-14 & James 4:10 and discuss. What is the relationship between humility, confidence, pride and arrogance? How can you be a person of achievement, accomplishment and confidence, without arrogance or pride?7. Is it ‘kosher’ to pursue greatness? What is something great you want to go after in your life - and how will you be the ‘wise guy’ and do so in a grounded, beautiful, Christ-like humility?

Win with Wisdom, Fail with Folly

Allen Diaz

3/19/17

Description:TALK ABOUT IT1. Read Proverbs 4 and discuss the contrasts between wisdom and folly. How many promises can you nd about living a life with wisdom?2. Read 1 Corinthians 1:25 & 3:19. What does God think of Man’s wisdom?3. In the sermon the following statement was made: “Godly wisdom is the capacity to see things from God’s viewpoint and respond according to the principles of Scripture. On the other hand, human wisdom is earthly, natural and demonic – it has no place in the believer’s life.” Discuss.4. Read James 3:15 and discuss the differences in the way the world thinks and lives compared to a Christian who is thinking and living according to wisdom. What are the consequences of living without wisdom? Where does wisdom come from?5. Read Proverbs 4:6-9 and discuss the importance of seeking wisdom. On a scale from 1 to 10 how important have you made seeking wisdom a purpose in your life? Discuss.6. Read 2 Chronicles 1:7-12. What did Solomon ask for that gave God great pleasure?7. Read 2 Chronicles 9:3-4. What was the Queen of Sheba’s response when she met with Solomon?8. Read Proverbs 9:10. What is the fear of the Lord? What does it look like in the believer’s life?9. How important should the seeking of wisdom be in our life? Discuss.10. In order to walk in wisdom, we have to believe there is a story we are supposed to be in, a story that is bigger than us, and, because of that, a story that makes us bigger. What are you dreaming of and how are you seeking God and making Him the center of it?

It's Up and Down

John Hansen

3/12/17

Description:My Resolve:My _______________________ is my_____________________!TALK ABOUT IT1. Share about the best concert or musical you’ve ever been to and why you loved it.2. Read Hebrews 12:28-29 & Romans 12:1 and discuss. Pastor John shared numerous examples of ‘worshipping God acceptably.’ Which ones appeal to you? 3. Read Psalm 118:28-29 & Psalm 150:1-6 and discuss. Think about an exciting or inspiring time of worship of which you have been a part. Does seeing others engaged in worship inspire your own worship? Why or why not? 4. Read Psalm 149:1-7, 1 Corinthians 14:25, Psalm 63:4 & Psalm 95:1-7. Do these scriptures provide a new or fresh picture of praise for you? Are there any biblical elements of worship from these scriptures that bother you? Why? How will you invite God to change your heart about that? How could our church or group - or you personally - explore new and different avenues of worship? 5. Read John 4:19-24 & Matthew 15:8. Since true worship is in part a matter of our feelings, how can we allow ourselves to more fully experience and express our feelings as we worship? If we’ve ‘lost that loving feeling’, how can we reignite it? What types of songs, experiences or moments help you to truly engage in worshipping God?6. Read Psalm 19:1-4, Isaiah 55:12, Luke 19:37-40, Habakkuk 3:10 & Psalm 66:4 and discuss. Do you think that sometimes Creation does a better job at praising the Lord than we do? Why or why not?7. Read Acts 13:1-3 and discuss. How have you also experienced or seen this dynamic where ‘when we worship, He works?’8. Read 2 Chronicles 20:20-23 and discuss. How have you experienced victory in spiritual warfare through worship?

How to Have Satisfying Textuality

John Hansen

3/5/17

Description:MESSAGE NOTES:1. Elevate the ___________________ of _______________________________.2. Experience the ____________________ of ___________________________________.3. Embrace the __________________ of _______________________________.TALK ABOUT IT1. Share about your favorite book (not the Bible) you’ve read or heard and why you love it.2. Read Matthew 7:24-29, 2 Timothy 3:16-17 & Joshua 1:8 and discuss. How does God’s Word offer to bring blessing into a person’s life? How have you experienced that in any way?3. Read 2 Timothy 2:15, Psalm 1:1-3, & Jeremiah 15:16 and discuss. Pastor John called us to have a personal plan for reading the scriptures. What’s yours? What has helped you to take in God’s Word faithfully? What steps will you consider taking to make God’s Word more of a priority in your life? Share one speci c change that needs to happen in your life because God’s Word - and what it says - has priority.4. Read Hebrews 4:12-13 and discuss. What are you expecting when you read the Bible? How have theseexpectations been ful lled? How do these expectations need to be adjusted? Have you tried the SOAP approach to scripture reading? What happened?5. Read James 1:19-25 and discuss. What does God want to do in your life through His Word? In what ways have you personally experienced this?6. Read Isaiah 55:10-11, Psalm 1:1-3, & Romans 15:4 and discuss. Share about how you have experienced the promises of God’s Word giving you hope. Share a promise from God’s Word that you love! (Here are some suggestions: Psalm 50:15; John 8:36; Romans 8:1; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Psalm 91:14, James 4:7; Psalm 34:17; Isaiah 54:10; Isaiah 44:3; Psalm 27:1; Matthew 6:33, Psalm 86:5; Proverbs 3:5-6; Isaiah 40:31; Philippians 4:13)

No Need for Snake Oil!

John Hansen

2/26/17

Description:My Resolve:I ________________________ my life in the benefts of the______________________________________!TALK ABOUT IT1. Share about the biggest or grossest mess you’ve ever had to clean up, or simply share your favorite cleaning product.2. Read Hebrews 9:11-14 and discuss. Have you seen any examples of how a form of religious ritualism was not able to change attitudes, behaviors or hearts? How have you found relief in what Jesus has done?3. Read 1 Peter 1:17-19 and discuss. Pastor John shared about seven aspects of why the blood of Jesus is precious and can bolster your life; which of those seven hits home the most with you right now? (The following scriptures are the references: John 6:53, Hebrews 9:14, Hebrews 10:19, 1 John 1:7, Revelation 12:11, Colossians 1:19-20, Isaiah 53:4-5).4. Read Hebrews 12:24 and discuss. How could you envision the power of the blood of Jesus bolstering a speci c aspect of your life - and how can you proactively declare the blood of Jesus over that area?5. What is one aspect of the power of Jesus’ blood that you most want to see more of in your life?6. Share 3 things you are thankful for that the blood of Jesus through the power of the cross has made available to you.

Taking off the Gloves

John Hansen

2/19/17

Description:Main Points:_____________________God’s power through the ____________________________________!TALK ABOUT IT1. If you had to change your name, what name would you choose and why?2. Read Philippians 2:5-11 and discuss. Share one thing about Jesus that you observe in this passage that inspires you.3. Read John 14:13-14 and discuss. What does it mean to ask God for something in Jesus’ name? How does the access you have to God and the ‘throne room of heaven’ bring strength into your life - and how can you cultivate that?4. Read Acts 3:6 & Acts 3:16 and discuss. How does the name of Jesus affect the things on earth, like sickness, that seem to oppose us? How can you grow stronger in experiencing that aspect of the power of the name of Jesus?5. Read Acts 16:18 and discuss. Why does the name of Jesus hold so much power over the ‘under the earth’ entities like the one mentioned here? How can you begin to access this dynamic of the power of Jesus’ name more effectively?6. Read Philippians 2:9-11 & Acts 4:10-12 and discuss. How have you personally experienced the power of the name of Jesus bringing strength into your life, or victory as you’ve dealt with spiritual opposition?

Be the Blessing!

John Hansen

2/12/17

Description:6 Numbers 6:22-27 Main Points: BE THE BLESSING BY:1. EXPRESSING ______________________2. RELEASING _______________________3. CULTIVATING _____________________4. EXTENDING ______________________5. CHOOSING _______________________TALK ABOUT IT1. Share about one of the most wonderful blessings you have ever received in your life.2. Read Numbers 6:22-27 and discuss. Was there ever a time when someone spoke a spiritual blessing over you thatreally impacted your life? If you could receive a spiritual blessing from someone today, what would you want it to include?3. Read Deuteronomy 28:1-15 and discuss. What leads to the kind of blessings described and how can you take steps towards that? What do you think God is more concerned about: what you do, what you acquire or who you become?4. Read 1 Thessalonians 5:11 and discuss. Why is there so much power in affirming words? Who do you need toextend this blessing to?5. Read Galatians 5:1 & 5:8. Why does it come so naturally to want to control the people close to us, and what can be done about it?6. Read Proverbs 15:13-15 & 17:22 and discuss. What are some moments of celebration and fun you can remember and share from the family you grew up in? What are some practical steps you can take to have more celebration and fun with your family, now?7. Read Ephesians 4:32 and discuss. Can you recall a time in your life when someone, maybe even a family member, showed you great mercy and forgiveness? How can you take practical steps forward to give mercy, grace andforgiveness to your family members?8. What step can you take this week to enhance the closeness in your family relationships?

Down for the Count?

John Hansen and Kyle Preston

2/5/17

Description:TALK ABOUT IT1. Break the ice: Share the one dessert (or health food item!) that you crave.2. Read Psalm 42:1-4 and discuss. Share the 20 second version of a happy memory from your past whenyour faith and your connection with God and His people was at its best and gave you strength and joy.3. Read Psalm 42:3-7 and discuss. Can you relate to the heartbreak and discouragement of which this passage speaks?4. Read 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 & Psalm 42:9-11 and discuss. Have you ever experienced something similar to what Pastor Kyle shared?5. Read Matthew 11:28-30 and discuss. How can Christ’s easy yoke become a lifeline to you in times of overwhelm?6. Read Psalm 42:11, 1 Peter 5:7 & Psalm 42:8 and discuss. How are you learning to manage the soultensionbetween the low of heartache and the high of God’s hope? How have you experienced God’s love lifting you?7. Read 1 Peter 5:7 & Psalm 42:8 and discuss. What kinds of steps have you learned to take to experience more of that lifting love when you need it most?

Identity & Calling

James Fransz

1/29/17

Description:TALK ABOUT IT1. Read Mark 5:1-5 and refect. Have there been people in your life that have tried to subdue or hold you down? Why do you think certain people within our sphere of infuence have the ability to keep us stuck from moving forward in life?2. Read Mark 5:5-9 and refect. Scripture says when the man bowed low before him, Jesus cast the spirits out of him. Worship is a powerful weapon. How has worship infuenced your life? Has worship helped you to get unstuck from things within your own life?3. Read Mark 5:14-16 and refect. Mark records in this account that the herdsmen fed the countryside to nearby towns proclaiming the news. When they returned with a crowd they found the man still with Jesus, fully clothed and in his right mind; this suggests that the man spent a great deal of time with Jesus. Has spending quality time with Jesus in your own personal walk strengthened or clothedyou in areas of your life you thought you lacked?4. Read Mark 5:18-20 and refect. Are there people within your sphere of infuence with whom Jesuswants you to share the good news?

What if I Told You...

John Hansen

1/22/17

Description:Message Notes: 1. If someone is referred to as a holy person, what kind of images or ideas immediately come into your mind?2. Read 1 Peter 1:13-16 and discuss. What does it mean to be holy? Do you nd holiness to be a common or uncommon characteristic of the Christians you know?3. Read 1 Peter 1:13. What kind of mental preparation is needed to live a holy life? What does hope have to do with holiness and mental preparation?4. Read 1 Peter 1:14 and discuss. How can a view of the beautiful future God has for you in Christ help you move away from patterns of the past that have not been God’s best? Is there a place for the fear of God in this process?5. Read 1 Peter 1:15-16 and discuss. What have you learned about holiness? Do you want to be holy? What incentive or motivation do you have for living a holy life?6. Read 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 and discuss. Why is our sexuality such an important aspect of living a holy life? How have you experienced or seen the effects of either not following this directive - or actually living out this directive?7. Read Hebrews 12:14 & Hebrews 10:14 and discuss. How have you seen this to be true - and how have you experienced God making you holy? In what aspect of your life do you sense a need to experience more of this reality? Why is this so vital - and how can it be a deeply beautiful thing?