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Remarkable Influence

Getting to Know You:

Where around the world have you been, and which place was your favourite?

Which empire do you think was the greatest on Earth?

Going Deeper:

-Apart from God’s Kingdom, what typically makes a powerful kingdom, and what did they do to get there?

-What do you think the Jews were expecting when they first heard about the Kingdom of God?

-Read Mark 4:15-20, talk about times where you saw someone receive the Gospel, did one of these 4 things occur?

-Read Mark 4:9-12, Why do you think Jesus spoke in parables?

-Why do you think Mark left out the explanations to the other parables?

-Read Mark 4:35-41 How would you have responded if you were one of the disciples in the boat?

Application:

-Are you carefully considering Jesus?

-Are you only hearing the word and not understanding and doing?

-How many opportunities with people have you had to plant seeds?

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Remarkable Stand

Getting to Know You:

-What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Going Deeper:

-Look up Mark 3:23-29 – In Vs 23-27 Jesus talks about a kingdom that is divided. What causes a kingdom to fall?

-Read James 1:6-8 – What is a double minded Christian? –

-Read 2 Corinthians 12:20 – What are the characteristics of an dis-unified church? Where do we struggle on this list at FBC?

-Read Mark 3:27 – We want to be a strong church. What does a strong church look like to you?

Application:

-Read James 1:22 – Are we mearly hearers? Or are we doers? What doyou need to do this week?

-Read Romans 12:5 – How can we actively engage in being one body under Christ?

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Remarkable Conflict

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Getting to Know You:

-Would you rather have a fight with your spouse or a fight with a pro boxer?

-What’s the worst conflict you’ve ever been in?

Going Deeper:

-Look up James 2:14-26 and Eph.2:8-10 and discuss the following:

  • How are faith and works connected.
  • Which comes first and why?
  • How might you put your faith into action?

-Look up Psalm 139 and talk about what God knows about us.

-What amazes you about God?

-There were 3 remarkable responses in Mark 2. Discuss the responses of all 3.

  • Teachers
  • Paralytic
  • Crowd

-How should we respond to this remarkable Jesus?

Application:

-Think through how you might lessen the conflict in your life.

-Put your faith into action this week by doing one of the things your group discussed above.

 

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Re[mark]able

Getting to Know You:

-Talk about the best news you’ve ever received.

Going Deeper:

-Describe the kingdom of God according to the following parables.

  • Matthew 13:24-30
  •  Matthew 13:31-32
  • Matthew 13:44-46
  • What is the kingdom like?

Why does Jesus describe it like this?

-Discuss the upside down kingdom statements we live by dying and we find greatness by being small. How do we live those out?

-Look up John 5:18 and Hebrews 1:1-5 and discuss the significance of the Title for Jesus– -Son of God.

-Look up Isaiah 61:1 and Luke 4:17-21 and discuss what the good news of the kingdom is.

-Discuss the tension between the kingdom being now and not yet. What makes it difficult to live in this tension?

-Discuss the statement “repentance and faith is not a one time decision, it’s continual.” Mark 1:15

Application:

-This week– Put into practice 3 ways you can indicate the king reigns in your life.

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Follow The Leader

Getting to Know You:

-What was your favourite game as a kid? How about now?

-Would you describe yourself as a leader or a follower? Why?

Going Deeper:

-What are some things you’ve had to leave behind to follow Jesus? How would you convince someone who has to leave something behind to follow?

-How does the Great Commission (Matt.28:18-20) compare or contrast with the call on Abrahams life? (Gen.12:1-3)

-In 2 Cor.5:20 we’re called ambassadors. What are the implications of this?

-Look up Jos.1:1-9. Discuss how God was with Joshua. How is God with us today? What does assurance allow us to do or be?

-Discuss the difference between calling ourselves followers and obeying what Jesus calls us to in Luke 6:46-49. What’s the most difficult command for you to practice?

Application:

-List some ways our church could implement the great commission better.

-Pray for an opportunity to share Jesus this week.

-List 3 people you want to know Jesus in 2017 and commit to praying for them weekly.

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Committing To Each Other

Getting to Know You:

-What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

-What’s your biggest fear?

Going Deeper:

-Discuss the costs and benefits of following Jesus present and future. Look up Luke 9:57-62 to assist you.

-Talk about what distracts Christians from their commitment to the cause of Christ. What might help to focus us instead of distract us?

-Verse 9 talks about play acting love. What are some ways we can live love out?

-Look up Phil.2:1-5 and talk about how we can prefer each other instead of ourselves.

-Verses 11-13 talk about keeping our passion hot. Think of some ways to keep your passion for Christ hot. Discuss how enjoying hope, persevering in tough times, persisting in prayer, giving and pursuing hospitality can keep passion hot.

Application:

-Think through how you might take off the masks you put on and get to know someone more this week.

-Pray for your church family at least once each week for a month. Look at firstb.ca prayer site to help.

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Living In Community

Getting to Know You:

What’s your favourite team you’ve ever been a part of?

Do you default to being more on the truth side or love side?

Going Deeper:    

What 3 things happen when every believer uses their gift?  Use verses 12‐14 to answer.

Verse 2 calls us to endure with each other.   Think of ways you can “Go Long” with each other in community.  (hint:  look at vs.2)

Look up the following verses that talk about running the race.  How are we called to run?  (1 Cor.9:24‐27, Heb.12:1‐3, 2 Tim.4:7‐ 9)

Talk about some things Christians are known to “be against”.  Using vs.3 discuss how we can be known for what we are for instead.

Talk about how we can avoid a “spiritual hangover” and instead spare no effort to aggressively, continuously pursue unity.

Verse 14 talks about behaving like a spiritual infant.  What does this mean and how we can be mature in our faith instead?   Use Heb.5:11‐14; 6:1‐3 to help you answer.

Application:

Think through how you can build someone up and then do it.

Write down 3 ways you can promote community in your church and 3 ways to avoid promoting disunity.

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The Word With Us

Getting to Know You:

What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?

What makes Christmas special for you?

Going Deeper:

Look up Isaiah 7:1‐17 and discuss the following:

-What did it mean for God to be with the Israelites in this passage?

-What was the sign of Immanuel?

-Look up Matt.1:23 to see the fulfillment of that sign.

-What’s the import of the virgin birth

Read Genesis 1 together and comment on each time you see the phrase “God spoke or God said.”  What happens each time?

ow was Jesus involved in creation?   Use John 1:1‐3, Heb.1:1‐3, Col.1:16 to help you. o

Talk about ways God still creates today.

Look up the following verses that talk about Jesus being life and talk about how that should impact your life.  John 14:1‐6, John 11:17‐27, John 10:7‐10.

Application:

Start everyday this week specifically thanking God for His creation in your life.

Discuss with your family different ways we can see God with us in our lives.

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