Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 01.01.12

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Commitment Counts
Barb Roose
January 1, 2012

C__________________________ IS THE PATH LEADS US TO THE “WIN.”

YOU WILL NEVER STAY COMMITTED IF YOU LIVE LOOKING B______________________________. LOOK FORWARD!
No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. PHILIIPPIANS 3:13-14 (NLT)

YOU WILL STAY COMMITTED WHEN YOU P_____________________ B___________________ IN THE OUTCOME!
A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, “If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple LUKE 14:25-27 (NLT)

YOU STAY COMMITTED WHEN YOU D____________________ T____________________ T____________________ THAT COMMITTED PEOPLE DO.
“And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”COLOSSIANS 2:6-7

WHEN WE ARE PASSIONATELY COMMITTED T____________________________, WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD!
“All of the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all. There were no needed people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them.”ACTS 4:32-34

M______________________________ IS THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF COMMITMENT AT CEDARCREEK CHURCH.

All Scripture is from the New Living Translation unless otherwise noted.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

1 At the beginning of each year, most of us think about things that we want to change in our lives. What do you want to do differently this year? Why?

2 While a resolution and a commitment are related, they aren’t the same thing. What is the difference between making a resolution to grow spiritually and making a commitment to grow spiritually?

3 If total commitment to Christ is the path that will lead us to the “win” in our spiritual lives, then why do so many of us stop short of being totally committed to living out their faith?

4 Spiritually speaking, how would you define a “win” for you this year? What kind of commitment would you need in order to achieve that win?

5 In Luke 14:25-27, Jesus lays out the picture of what it means to be totally committed to him. How would you rate your level of commitment to Christ? What do you need to do differently to increase your level of commitment this year?

6 One of the greatest things about CedarCreek Church is our passionate commitment to our mission statement. How have you been inspired or motivated as a result of some of the things we committed to doing together as a church?

7 Becoming a Missional Member of CedarCreek Church is a symbol of your total commitment to your faith as well as being a part of a group of individuals who are totally committed to their faith. Are you a Missional Member of CedarCreek? If not, why not?

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 12.24.11

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What’s So Holy About Christmas?
Lee Powell
December 22, 23 & 24, 2011

 

THE RELEVANCE: _________________________________________
“Jesus Christ is the exact likeness of the unseen God. He existed before God made anything at all, and in fact, Christ Himself is the Creator who made everything…” COLOSSIANS 1:15-16 (LB)

“He became like men and was born a human being.” PHILIPPIANS 2:7 (AMP)

THE REASON: _____________________________________________

“He became a man so that He could take away our sins…” 1 JOHN 3:5 (LB)

Why did He do it?

“God showed how much He loved us by sending His only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love… that God sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” 1 JOHN 4:9-10 (NLT) For a child is born to us, a son is given to us… ISAIAH 9:6 (NLT)

THE RESULT: _______________________________________________

“We were restored to friendship with God by the death of His Son while we were still His enemies, and we will be delivered from eternal punishment by His life. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God – all because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done for us…” ROMANS 5:10-11(NLT)

“For this reason God gave Jesus the name that is greater than any other name… (One day) all beings in heaven, and on earth, and in the world below will fall on their knees, and all will openly proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God.”
PHILIPPIANS 2:9-11 (GN)

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

1.  Consider the following statement: “Christmas is about Jesus, but Christmas is actually for us.” Lee made that statement during the Christmas Eve message. How do you feel about that statement?

2.  Read Philippians 2:7. In our celebrity-driven society, most of us like to see a show-stopping entrance. However, God came into the world in the human form by being born into it. Why did God come to earth as a baby? What difference does that make to us?

3.  Do you believe that Jesus can relate to your struggles? As a human, Jesus endured the same difficulties we may face. How can you know that you can trust Christ to be there in tough times?

4.  One of the reasons Jesus came is because he wanted to show us what God was like. He also wanted to show us what life should be like and how we can really live. What is the difference between living a “religious life” and the “full life” Jesus wants for us?

5.  Read 1 John 4:9-10. Here is a simple, yet important question: “How can you know that God loves you?” Think about the Christmas Eve message and recall how you can be assured of God’s love for you?

6.  Read Romans 5:10-11. Christmas is God’s gift to us, but an unused gift is a worthless gift. Share how you came to the point when you realized that you wanted to have a personal relationship with Jesus. If you haven’t reached that point yet, discuss any reservations or questions you might have.

7.  Read Philippians 2:9-11. When we say, “Jesus is Lord,” it means that we trust that God is control of our lives and that He love us regardless of our circumstances or shortcomings. Describe the circumstances in your life where you need to proclaim that “Jesus is Lord.”

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 12.17.11

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Home For Christmas
Kyle Gray
December 17 & 18, 2011

 

THE WISE AND FOOLISH BUILDERS

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” MATTHEW 7:24-27 (NIV)

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. REVELATION 3:20 (NIV)

Notes: _________________________________________________

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

ICEBREAKER:Where is “home” for you this Christmas? Are you traveling somewhere or are others traveling to see you?

1 We’ve all been spiritually homeless because sin separated us from God. However, God sent Jesus from his heavenly home in order to provide a path for our return. Read Revelation 3:20. Talk about the ways you knew Jesus was “knocking on the door of your heart” and what made you decide to invite him into your heart.

2 During this weekend’s message, Kyle talked about a story Jesus told in Matthew 7:24-27. What is the difference between the two homes that were built? Spiritually speaking, how can we know when we are building on the solid foundation of Christ or when we are building our faith on something that won’t last?

3 Jesus knows a quiet, calm heart – a heart that is experiencing the depth of his love and peace. How can you “go deep” with God in order to experience that kind of calm and quiet in all circumstances?

4 One of the ways that we can show that Jesus is at home in our hearts is when we allow his love to shine through us toward others. Talk about all of the ways that we partner together at CedarCreek.tv to show Christ’s love in our community. Which one of those ways inspires you to want to let Christ shine greater in your life?

5 IMPACT419 is a NW Ohio foodrive to help feed OUR hungry at a variety of local locations. Are you planning to be a part of IMPACT419? Discuss ways that you can be a part of this important project!

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 12.10.11

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So This Is Christmas
Lee Powell
December 10 & 11, 2011

For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. ISAIAH 9:6

WONDERFUL COUNSELOR Who Will U______________________________

You We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.
HEBREWS 4:15,16  THE MESSAGE
Who Will L______________________________ to You

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you…1 PETER 5:7
Who Will G______________________________You

“…This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to him.” MARK 9:7

MIGHTY GOD… 
Who Empowers You to: S______________________________ One Another

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 1 PETER 4:10

T_______________________ P_______________________ about Him

…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” ACTS 1:8

EVERLASTING FATHER
Who Will Never L______________________________ You

…“I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” HEBREWS 13:5

Who Will Always F______________________________ You

…And while he was still a long way off…filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.
LUKE 15:20

Who Has an E______________________________ Place for You

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. JOHN 14:1-3

PRINCE OF PEACE
Who Will Give You P______________________________ of Mind

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. JOHN14:27

Who S______________________________ You (Peace with God)

…we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. ROMANS 5:1

Titles and names for Jesus the Messiah.
http://www.abetterhope.com/whois/titles.html

 

All Scripture is from the New Living Translation unless otherwise noted. 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

1. As our “Wonderful Counselor” Jesus listens and guides us. He truly understands our human experience! Read 1 Peter 5:7. Discuss a time when you were facing a challenge in life but relied on Christ to lead and guide you through the difficult situation. How did you know you were being led by Christ in that situation?

2 At CedarCreek.tv, we believe that God has called us to share the Good News of Jesus Christ to a lost and hurting world. However, we know that we cannot reach the world on our own. How does Jesus, our “Almighty God” empower us to share the gospel in ways that we cannot on our own? What are some examples that you’ve seen around CedarCreek.tv that demonstrates how our Almighty God was working through us? 

3. Share a time when you relied on Jesus,”Almighty God,” for the courage to share your spiritual journey or invite someone to church and then saw a tremendous turnaround in his or her life. You can even talk about how you have experienced Jesus as Almighty God in your life.

4 What are your spiritual gifts? (We ask this question a lot because it’s important!) As you use your gifts, how do you know when it is Christ’s power working through you rather than just you doing it on your own strength?

5 How have you experienced Jesus’ care and provision in your life? As our Everlasting Father, Jesus says that he will provide and protect us. Are there any areas you need to turn over to Christ?

6 Not only is Jesus our Prince of Peace, but he calls us to take the peace that he gives into the world. How would you explain the peace that you have in Christ to someone who doesn’t understand?

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 12.03.11

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Where Are you Christmas?
Lee Powell
December 3 & 4, 2011

But the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” LUKE 2:10-11 “

…Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?”LUKE 7:19

WHERE IS GOD WHEN THE WORLD IS COMING APART?

God Has a P______________________________.

…he makes everything work out according to his plan…EPHESIANS 1:11

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them…ROMANS 8:28

God Is R______________________________ the World to Himself.

For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them…2 CORINTHIANS 5:19A

Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. COLOSSIANS 1:22

God Is Reconciling the World through U_____________________.

…God has given us this task of reconciling people to him….And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation… So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us…2 CORINTHIANS 5:18B-20

This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace. COLOSSIANS 1:6

God Is Planning a Huge P______________________________ for Us.

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.” JOHN 14:1-3

…And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride…God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain…REVELATION 21:1-4


DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

1. What are you looking forward to this Christmas season?

2. The title of the song, “Where are you Christmas?” feels like it could be the theme in many of your lives because life has been pretty tough lately – and the holiday season seems to magnify your difficulties. Is there something about this Christmas season you are dreading or not looking forward to? Our mission at CedarCreek.tv is to proclaim the that Good News of Jesus Christ to a lost and hurting world. List some of the ways that CedarCreek.tv is part of God’s plan to reconcile the world through Jesus Christ. Now, list some of the ways that you’ve been personally involved with God’s plan to reconcile the world to Himself.

4. You saw the story of Brad and Christine Kisabeth, CedarCreek.tv Missional Members who have been through tremendous difficulties. How were you inspired by their story?

5. Read Ephesians 1:9-10. When you think about the current circumstances of your life and how God sent Jesus Christ into the world to bring Good News to everyone, how can you better live out your faith even when your life is difficult?

6. Christmas is a time of year when we run into people we don’t see often. In one minute or less, how would you share the Good News of Jesus Christ this season with someone who feels hopeless and hurting? (Make sure to include an invite to one of our 45 Christmas Eve. Services!)

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 11.26.11

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Gratitude
Ben Snyder
November 26 & 27, 2011

As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.

One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.

Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.”LUKE 17:11-1 (NLT)

THE ONE WITH GRATITUDE

He S______________________________.
Taste and see that the Lord is good…PSALM 34:8

He S______________________________.
Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole worldknow what he has done…PSALM 105:1

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High.

It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening… PSALM 92:1-2

He F______________________________.
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened…ROMANS 1:2

He T______________________________= E______________________________
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus…1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-18

He was S______________________________.
I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength…PHILIPPIANS 4:12B-13

“In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” DIETRICH BONHOEFFER

HELPFUL BOOKS:
One Thousand Gifts Ann Voskamp
Thanks Dr. Robert Emmons

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

1. What are the differences you sense between thankfulness and gratitude?

2. On a scale of 1-5, how would you rate your awareness of goodness you are a recipient of? (1 = not at all; 5 = very aware)

3. At what point(s) in your life would you say you experienced gratitude the most? What contributed to that? Are you aware of God’s goodness in your life? Is God’s goodness directly related to your current state of physical comfort and happiness?

4. Read John 7:36-50. What does this story teach us about gratitude? What is the evidence of gratitude demonstrated in this passage?

TASK: For the next two weeks set aside five to ten minutes to write down or recall out loud all the good things you noticed happened. Try to think of specific good moments, thoughts, scenes, people, gifts, etc. Prayerfully thank God for them all. Then close your time remembering Eucharist and take communion. You could do this alone or with people you do life with.

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 11.19.11

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Broken
Spirit
Lee Powell
November 19 & 20, 2011

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
MATTHEW 5:3 (NIV)

I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. Heart-shattered lives ready for love don’t for a moment escape God’s notice…PSALMS 51:17 (THE MESSAGE)

ROADBLOCKS TO HUMILITY OR (A BROKEN SPIRIT)

S______________________________

And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but are yourself lost or destroyed?…LUKE 9:25

I______________________________

The message that points to Christ on the Cross seems like sheer silliness…Since the world in all its fancy wisdom never had a clue when it came to knowing God, God in his wisdom took delight in using what the world considered dumb—preaching…to bring those who trust him into the way of salvation…1 CORINTHIANS 1:18-21

C______________________________

There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. PROVERBS 14:12

G______________________________ (RELIGION)

…great confidence in their own righteousness…those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” LUKE 18:9-14

ROAD TO HUMILITY

Get A V______________________________of God

…I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips…ISAIAH 6:5A

S_______________-_______________

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

Bow Down and W______________________________ God

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved…ROMANS 3:23

Seek Him D______________________________

Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. MATTHEW6:33 (THEMESSAGE)

T______________________________God

Trust in the Lord…do not depend on your own understanding…PROVERBS 3:5

All Scripture is from the New Living Translation unless otherwise noted.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

1. Matthew 5:3 tells us that when we reach the end of ourselves, that is when God is able to work in our lives most. Why is it that we tend to pay attention to God more when our lives fall apart versus of seeking Him when life is good?

2.  Look at the other verses in this weekend’s sermon notes. Choose a verse that stands out to you and talk about why you chose it.

3.  In this weekend’s message, Lee talked about four road blocks to humility (listed in this weekend’s sermon notes). Are you struggling with any of those and how has that struggle kept you from wholly seeking God? How can you make it less of a stumbling block?

4.  Rev. Run of Run DMC says that “chasing pleasure did not fill me” and that he gave up on chasing success when he “hit the top” and realized he was still empty. Is there anything wrong with wanting to be successful or make money? How can we know when our pursuit of success or money is going overboard?

5. There are some people who believe that if they only had (fill in the blank), then life would be great. Yet, God offers salvation – a gift that far outshines anything we could ever earn. Why do people underestimate God’s plan and purpose for their lives and instead pursue money and/or success?

6.  Adam Cufr shared the story of how one day he realized that the more he tried to fix his life on his own, the bigger mess he made. One day, Adam realized that he could no longer do life on his own. Have you ever had a time when you hit rock bottom and realized that the only place left to turn was God? What happened once you turned to Him?

7.  After listening to this weekend’s message, what have you been challenged to re-think or have you been challenged to make any changes to your life in order to humbly pursue God?

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 11.12.11

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Broken
Relationships
Lee Powell
November 12 & 13, 2011

Put on L______________________________

…clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. COLOSSIANS 3:14 “

…Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” JOHN 13:35 …but I say, love your enemies… MATTHEW 5:44

C______________________________ Your Backside

And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? MATTHEW 7:3 You must make allowances for each other’s faults…COLOSSIANS 3:13

Get B_____________________ ____ Not B__________________________

These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold…1PETER 1:7

See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. HEBREWS 12:15 (NIV) Tap

Into G______________________________ Counsel

The godly offer good counsel; they teach right from wrong…PSALMS 37:30

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work…2 TIMOTHY 3:16,17 Know When to W_________________ A___________________

Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character”…1 CORINTHIANS 15:33

Then you must throw this man out and hand him over to Satan so that his sinful nature will be destroyed and he himself will be saved on the day the Lord returns. 1 CORINTHIANS 5:5

Aim for R______________________________

Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone… ROMANS 12:18 “So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person…” MATTHEW 5:23-24

Use the M__________________ B__________________

…Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others…COLOSSIANS 3:13B

…how often should I forgive… seventy times seven…MATTHEW 18:21,22

All Scripture is from the New Living Translation unless otherwise noted.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. What relationship is causing the most difficulty in your life right now? What impact is that broken relationship having on your life?

2. This weekend, Lee used the story of porcupines to illustrate that while we need to have close human relationships, it’s those very relationships that cause us the most pain. Often, we spend so much time looking at the other person’s faults we don’t recognize our own. What role have you played in that broken relationship?

3. The point of this weekend’s message is to realize that forgiveness is the magic bullet when it comes to dealing with painful relationships. After listening to this weekend’s message, how would you define “forgiveness?” Who needs to be involved in the forgiveness process and who doesn’t need to be involved?

4. Reconciliation is the process of restoring a relationship. Whereas forgiveness only requires that the injured party let go of the offense, reconciliation requires both parties be willing to restore the relationship. Think back to this weekend’s message. How can you know when a relationship is capable of being restored or when you just need to offer forgiveness and then walk away?

5. After listening to this weekend’s message, is there a relationship or response that God is prompting you to deal with now? What do you need to do?

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 11.05.11

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Broken
Dreams
Lee Powell
November 5 & 6, 2011

I am forgotten as though I were dead; I have become like broken pottery.
PSALM 31:12 (NIV)

BE REALISTIC

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
JOHN 16:33 (NIV)

BE HONEST
How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face
from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have
sorrow in my heart?…PSALM 13:1,2 (NIV)

“My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”…MATTHEW 27:46

BE PATIENT

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his
work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns…PHILIPPIANS 1:6

That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being
renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long.
Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!
So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things
that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things
we cannot see will last forever…2 CORINTHIANS 4:16-18

BE CLOSE

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
PSALM 34:18
…let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully
trusting him…HEBREWS 10:22A

BE GRATEFUL

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is
God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus…1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-18

BE HOPEFUL
…we are God’s house, if we keep our courage and remain confident in our
hope…HEBREWS 3:6
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to
keep his promise…HEBREWS 10:23

BE HELPFUL

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When
they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has
given us…2 CORINTHIANS 1:4

All Scripture is from the New Living Translation unless otherwise noted.

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

1. What are some of your broken dreams? What is the hardest part about dealing with the loss of something
you truly hoped would happen?

2. While we all come from different life situations, every one of us knows what it feels like to have a broken
dream. Describe the broken dream that has had the most impact on your life and how it changed you – for
better or worse.

3. Select the response(s) that you are most likely to say when life goes in a direction you hadn’t planned:
a. Haven’t I been through enough? I can’t buy a break! b. This isn’t fair! I’m a good person.
c. Why me? d. Other: _______________________

4. When someone has a broken dream, he or she might turn toward God in a variety of ways. Some call out
for help while others blast God for not doing something about the situation. What’s your attitude toward
God when your life goes down a dark and difficult road? Furthermore, is it okay for us to be honest with
God about our broken dreams?

5. Some people (including many Christians) are under the impression if they are a “good person” and try to
live a good life, then God should make sure things turn out well for them. What’s wrong with this mindset?
Use some of the verses from this weekend’s message to share how you would talk with someone who
doesn’t understand why God has let them down.

6. Even when life completely falls apart the Bible tells us that when we draw close to God we will experience
hope and healing. How can broken dreams cause us to draw closer to God in a way that we wouldn’t
otherwise? Describe how this has been true for you?

7. Gratitude plays an important role in healing from our broken dreams. How so? List five things that you are
grateful for – even though your life might not be going the direction you hoped it would be.

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 10.22.11

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Refining Faith
Use It or Lose It
Barb Roose
October 22 & 23, 2011

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ...1 PETER 4:10-11 (NLT)

U________________________ it or lose it!
To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away…MATTHEW 25:29

E________________________ can serve!
Check off which one seems to fit you best:

___ Administration     ___Teaching
___Giving                       ___Helps
___Hospitality              ___ Mercy
___Encouragement

 

Your G________________________ might seem insignificant to you. But not to others!

Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other…ROMANS 12:4-5

When we focus on serving P________________________ , we will get frustrated and cranky.

But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her”…LUKE 10:41

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing”…JOHN 15:5

When we focus on God, He S________________________ us as we serve others.

Feed the hungry and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring…your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever- flowing spring…ISAIAH 58:10-11

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

1.The point of this weekend’s message is for each of us to realize that not only does God command us to serve others, but to realize that how we serve is also important! How has your attitude been toward serving lately? What would CedarCreek be like if everyone’s attitude was similar to yours?

 

2. When you come to CedarCreek Church each weekend, which part of the weekend experience has the most impact on you? List as many different volunteer roles that contribute to your experience.

 

3. There are around 2,000+ volunteers at CedarCreek Church that serve weekly. Are there any volunteers (non-staff) you see around CedarCreek that inspire you? What do they do and how do they inspire you?

 

4 .What would you say to someone who doesn’t think he or she could possibly have a significant impact on what happens here at CedarCreek Church?

 

5. Are you a volunteer? How has your life been blessed by serving others at CedarCreek Church? What do we lose out on when we opt out of significantly serving God in the local church?

 

6. Read Luke 10:41-42. Whenever we focus on just serving people, we can get frustrated and tired. So, how do we focus our efforts on serving God rather than just focusing on serving people?

 

7.How is it that God serves us as we serve others?