Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 10.8.11

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Refining Faith
From The Good Life To The Great Life
Steven Whitlow
October 8 & 9, 2011

GOOD: the steps you’ve taken towards God.
GREAT:
being able to take the next step.

1 Peter 2:1-5 1 So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech. 2 Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, 3 now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness. 4 You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor. 5 And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.

Remove and Replace to be prepared for G______________.

Remove Sin and Replace it with H______________.

James 5:16
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

Remove L_____ and Replace it with T________.
Remove I____________ and Replace it with A__________.

Ephesians 5:14-16 …“Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” 15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.

Remove ______________________________________________________
and Replace it with ________________________________________.

All Scripture is from the New Living Translation.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

1. If “good” means a step toward God and “great” is making the next step, then identify the good things you are doing to grow in your faith as well as the “great” things you need to do in order to keep growing in your faith.

2. What happens to us spiritually if we only settle for “good?”

3. Not to be contradictory, but Ephesians 2:10 says that believers were created by God to do good works. God desires for us to live out a life of faith, which means that His plan includes that our ability to impact the kingdom of God should keep increasing. What is something “great” that you’d like to eventually do for the kingdom of God?

4. Unfortunately, moving from “good” to “great” can get hijacked by certain lies we believe about ourselves or God. What kinds of lies have you believed about yourself or God that have prevented you from stepping toward the “great” life?

5. Apathy is simply not caring about what’s going on around you. Like the frog stuck in the proverbial pot of slowly boiling water, many of us have been involved in sinful patterns for so long that we don’t even realize the extent to which it is damaging our faith. How can we stay free from apathy and keep moving forward in our relationship with Christ?

6. The process of moving from the “good” life to the “great” life is different for every person. Discuss one “good” step you can take toward God this week as well as one “great” next step you will commit to taking in the near future.

 

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 10.1.11

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Refining Faith
Fail Proof Promise
Kyle Gray
October 1 & 2, 2011

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

1 PETER 1:3-5 (ESV)

“All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

JOHN 6:37-40 (ESV)

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.

JOHN 10:27-28 (ESV)

 

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

1. Last week, Kyle asked the CedarCreek.tv Facebook fans if someone could lose his or her salvation. There were a lot of people that believe it’s possible for a Christian to lose one’s salvation. Do you agree? If so, explain under what circumstances you believe someone could lose his or her salvation.

2. If you are a Christ-follower, have you ever messed up so badly that you worried that God would no longer let you into heaven? How did you feel when you feared God might turn you away? When did you regain your security? If you haven’t, what are you still worried about?

3. What was the most important thing you learned during this weekend’s message? How can what you learned strengthen OR change how you live out your faith?

4. Refer back to the verses Kyle taught on this weekend regarding eternal security. Pick a verse that impacted you the most and discuss why we can be assured of our salvation if we wholly trust in Jesus Christ.

5. Now, take that same verse and share how you would explain that verse to another Christ-follower who is unsure of his or her eternal security.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 9.24.11

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Not a Fan
Total Surrender
Lee Powell
September 24 & 25, 2011

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had…he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave…PHILIPPIANS 2:5-7

I Surrender My:

S__________________ /S__________________________

…may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. MATTHEW 6:10

My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” MATTHEW 26:39

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. 2 TIMOTHY 3:16

E___________________

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger…EPHESIANS 4:31 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 CORINTHIANS 10:5

R__________________

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil…Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce.Then he will fill your barns with grain,and your vats will overflow with good wine. PROVERBS 3:5-10

After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. MATTHEW 25:19

R_________________________

…“‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” LUKE 10:27

“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. LUKE 6:27

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. PHILLIPIANS 2:3,4

What about Missional Membership?
Missional Membership is the highest
level of commitment at CedarCreek Church
All Scripture is from the New Living Translation unless otherwise noted.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

1. Are you a “flexetarian?” A “flexitarian” is someone who says they follow Christ in every area except for one or two. Where does your life as a Christ-follower break down? Why?

2. In the book, Not a Fan, there is a line that says: “You can’t call Jesus Lord without declaring yourself his slave.” Being a “slave” is undesirable in our society, yet in a scriptural context, the Apostl’s refers to themselves as slaves 130 times in the Bible. Remember back to this weekend’s message. What does being a “slave” to Christ really mean?

3. Complete this sentence: In order for me to totally surrender to God in every area of my life, I need to ___________________________________.

4. How would a totally surrendered life to Christ be different than the life you are living right now? What attitudes, beliefs or habits would change?

5. Fill–in-the-blank: I love Jesus, but sometimes I am still filled with _____________________. What did you learn in this weekend’s message about how to surrender the emotion that is keeping you from living a life that is totally surrendered to God?

6. Being called to surrender our resources (money, property, homes) is something we try to avoid, except in the event of a burglary or armed robbery. Yet, God calls us to willingly surrender our resources to Him. How can you know when you have fully surrendered your resources to God? How close are you to that goal?

7. Describe how loving the Lord with all of your heart, soul, strength and mind can help you love others and your neighbors and to surrender your desire to “always be right” in your relationships with others.

 

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 9.17.11

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Not a Fan
Passionate Pursuit of God
Lee Powell
September 17 & 18, 2011

 …“‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your
strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ LUKE 10:27
…You don’t love me or each other as you did at first! Look how far you have
fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first…REVELATION 2:4,5
…you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since
you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my
mouth! REVELATION 3:15-16

R______________________

Look how far you have fallen!…REVELATION 2:5A

R______________

Turn back to me… REVELATION 2:5B

R_____________

…and do the works you did at first… REVELATION 2:5C

All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship,
and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. ACTS 2:42

R____________

Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.
Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you. PSALM 51:12,13

R____________

God will rejoice over you as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride…. ISAIAH 62:5
Receive and experience the amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, deep, deep
within yourselves. PHILIPPIANS 4:23 THE MESSAGE

*Outline borrowed from First Love, New Life Publications, Bill Bright

Fasting Link:
http://www.ccci.org/training-and-growth/devotional-life/personal-guide-to-fasting/index.htm

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

ICE BREAKER QUESTION: If you are a Christ-follower, where and when did you first place your faith in Christ?

1. How long did the “honeymoon period” last after you accepted Jesus into your heart? List some words or phrases that could describe your feelings or experiences during the exciting early stages of your faith.

2. When did you notice that things began to change and you weren’t as “fired up” as you used to be? How did you react?

3. Why does the idea of a spiritual fast intimidate most Christ-followers? What is the goal of fasting? What questions or concerns do you have about engaging in a spiritual fast?

4. During this weekend’s message, Lee challenged us to consider a spiritual fast. Is this something you will do?

5. At its essence, prayer is talking to God. How would you describe your prayer life these days? What’s going well? What’s missing?

6. The goal of this weekend’s message is for us to remember what it means for a Christ-follower to return to Christ as our “first love.” What does that mean to you? How can you make progress toward returning to OR continuing to pursue Christ as your first love this week?

Living It Out – Scripture Memory
 (Memorize this verse for the month of September.)
Luke 9:23 (New Living Translation)
Then he [Jesus] said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.”

 

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 9.10.11

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Not a Fan
Self Empowered or Spirit Filled?
Lee Powell
September 10 & 11, 2011

“Fans may have received the gift of the Holy Spirit but they aren’t being filled with the Holy Spirit.” Kyle Idleman

“…be filled with the Holy Spirit…” EPHESIANS 5:18

…the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…GALATIANS 5:22

To be filled with the spirit (to walk with the spirit, be led by the spirit) is to co-operate with and yield to the spirit as he:

Coaches Us by…

T__________________ US

But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ. 1 JOHN 2:26,27 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. JOHN 14:26

C_____________________ US

And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. JOHN 16:8

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. JOHN 16:13

E_______________________ US

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. JOHN 14:16

Empowers us to…

S__________

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

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them… ACTS 4:8

S__________

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. 1 CORINTHIANS 12:4,7 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

S______________ / SUFFER

The apostles left the high council rejoicing that God had counted them worthy to suffer disgrace for the name of Jesus. ACTS 5:41

But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand. ACTS 7:55

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

1. What was your understanding of the Holy Spirit before this week’s message? After the message, how would you describe the Holy Spirit to someone who doesn’t quite understand the role of the Spirit in the life of a Christ-follower?

2. Describe a time when you were aware of the Holy Spirit in your life? Can you share a time when you were having a conversation with someone and the Holy Spirit gave you the words to speak?

3. Some of you are experiencing the conviction of the Holy Spirit right now. How can you know when you are being convicted? How should you respond?

4. The Holy Spirit gives us spiritual gifts to serve the kingdom of God. Every Christ-follower receives spiritual gifts. What are your spiritual gifts and how has the Holy Spirit worked through your gifts to impact others?

Living It Out – Scripture Memory
 (Memorize this verse for the month of September.)
Luke 9:23 (New Living Translation)
Then he [Jesus] said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.”

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 9.03.11

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Not a Fan
One and Only?
Ben Snyder
September 2 & 3, 2011

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. “But don’t begin until you count the cost. LUKE 14:25-28

A Where we get stuck:

WE CONFUSE K__________________ WITH I___________________.

“You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life.” JOHN 5:39-40

WE F_____ H______ I_________ OUR LIVES INSTEAD OF C____________________ S________________________ TO HIM.
“If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. MATTHEW 16:24-25

WE POLISH OUR A________________________ INSTEAD OF PRACTICE A__________________________.

“What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and self-indulgence! You blind Pharisee! First wash the inside of the cup and the dish, and then the outside will become clean, too. MATTHEW 23:25-26

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

1. When you think of knowing God – what phrases first come into your mind?

2. How would you rate how well you know God? 1- slight; 10- close/intimate

3. How should someone demonstrate their love for God? How would you describe the way you love God? Reserved? Reckless? What holds you back?

4. Do you turn to God first when you are hurt? Why or why not?

5. What discoveries can we make about ourselves by understanding what disappoints us or frustrates us?

6. What is it that really gets you excited? Do you ever get excited about God?

7. What part of your spiritual life are you thinking about the most: behaviors everyone sees or the internal attitudes only you know?

Living It Out – Scripture Memory
 (Memorize this verse for the month of September.)
Luke 9:23 (New Living Translation)
Then he [Jesus] said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.”

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 8.27.11

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Not a Fan
Define the Relationship
Kyle Gray
August 27 & 28, 2011

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
LUKE 9:22

STEP ONE ____________________________

STEP TWO _______________________________

STEP THREE ________________________________

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

ICEBREAKER: WHO OR WHAT ARE YOU A FAN OF? HOW BIG OF A FAN ARE YOU?

1. In three words, how would you describe your relationship with Christ right now?

2. Are you a “fan” or a “follower” of Jesus Christ? How do you know the difference?

3. Describe someone who is a fan and describe someone who is a follower.

4. Read Luke 9:23. Being a fan is exciting and fun, but it really costs nothing to be a fan. However, being a follower means that one agrees to put aside his or her agenda in order to follow another agenda. List some of the things that “fans” of Jesus don’t want to give up in order to be a follower. How often do you compare yourself against other Christians in an effort to see how you are measuring up? Do you find that you are comparing yourself to those who are more fully living out their faith or do you compare yourself to those who are struggling? What would happen if you compared yourself to the first group?

5. DTR Time! What is your level of commitment to Christ? Pick the statement that best describes you:
a. I’m just hoping that being a good person is enough.
b. I come to church when I can fit it in and sometimes I read my Bible – but I struggle to connect with God.
c. I’m at church every week! I serve as much as possible, but I don’t spend a lot of time with God, studying the Bible or praying because I’m just really busy.
d. I do come to church and my life is focused on really living out Jesus’ words in scripture. I spend regular time reading my Bible and praying. I have accountability relationships to help me grow in my faith and I honor God in all areas of my life.

6. After listening to the weekend message and doing these discussion questions, what have you been challenged to re-evaluate or change?

Living It Out – Scripture Memory
 (Memorize this verse for the month of August.)
EPHESIANS 2:10 (New Living Translation)
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created
us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do
the good things he planned for us long ago.

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 8.20.11

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Before I Die I Want To…
Be on Good Terms with God
Lee Powell, Senior Pastor
August 20 & 21, 2011

YOU MUST BE B_______ A________.

Jesus answered, I am telling you the truth: no one can see the Kingdom of God without being born again. JOHN 3:3 GNT

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. ROMANS 6:23

PATTERN OF THE EARLY CHRISTIANS: Conviction, R_______________________, Faith and Baptism

Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”ACTS 2:37

Peter said to them, Each one of you must turn away from your sins and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins will be forgiven; and you will receive God’s gift, the Holy Spirit. ACTS 2:38 GNT

Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all. ACTS 2:41

They (the early Christians) spent time t___________________ absorbing the apostles teaching (the Bible), eating t ___________________ and praying t___________________.

 They spent their time in learning from the apostles, taking part in the fellowship, and sharing in the fellowship meals and the prayers. ACTS 2:42 GNT

Day after day they met as a group in the Temple, and they had their meals together in their homes, eating with glad and humble hearts, praising God, and enjoying the good will of all the people. And every day the Lord added to their group those who were being saved. ACTS 2:46, 47 GNT

All Scripture is from the New Living Translation unless otherwise noted.
Living It Out – Discussion Questions
(Discuss these questions in your LifeGroup and/or with your family and friends.)

1. During this weekend’s message Lee talked about what it really means to be “born again.” Reflect on John 3:3 and Romans 6:23. What is it about our spiritual condition that necessitates being born again? Here’s the most important question: Are you born again? What does being a “born again Christian” mean to you?

2.Everyone makes mistakes, but far too often we become numb to the sin in our lives. In fact, we compare ourselves to others and as long as there are people making bigger mistakes than us, we don’t confront our own sinful patterns. Share a time when you felt convicted of a certain sin in your life. How long did it take you to respond to that conviction and what did you do? Repentance is when we turn away from sin after we are convicted of it.

3.Repentance isn’t the same as feeling sorry for sinful behavior – it is actually turning away from that behavior. Is there something you believe that God is calling you to turn away from in order to follow him?

4.There are many Christians who believe that the Christian life can be lived alone. What’s wrong with that mindset? What are we missing out on if we neglect to live in community with other Christ-followers?

5.Are you in a LifeGroup, 4:15 group or New Christian LifeGroup? If so, share an experience where the group has impacted your life. If you are not in a group, why not? (If you are experiencing Christian community in a different environment, feel free to share about how that environment challenges you and helps you grow spiritually.)

6.Look at Acts 2:42 and Acts 2:46-47. Notice how the scriptures say that the early Christians “spent time” doing certain activities. How much time to you spend studying the Bible, building relationships and praying with other Christians? If you aren’t spending enough time then what do you need to do differently?

Living It Out – Scripture Memory
(Memorize this verse for the month of August.)
EPHESIANS 2:10 (New Living Translation)
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created
us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the
good things he planned for us long ago.

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 8.13.11

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Before I Die I Want To…
Heal the Hurt Between Us
Lee Powell, Senior Pastor
August 13 & 14, 2011

The Key: O________ Forgiveness to Those Who Have Hurt Me and Ask For Forgiveness From Those I’ve Hurt.

Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven! MATTHEW 18:21,22

“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. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.” MATTHEW 5:23,24

Forgive Those Who Have Hurt Me. . .

BECAUSE GOD HAS F__________ ME.

Get rid of all bitterness, passion, and anger. No more shouting or insults, no more hateful feelings of any sort. Instead, be kind and tender-hearted to one another, and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you through Christ. EPHESIANS 4:31,32

BECAUSE R_____________ DOESN’T WORK.

Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many. HEBREWS 12:15

BECAUSE I N _____ FORGIVENESS IN THE FUTURE.

But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too. MARK 11:25

Ask Forgiveness From Those I Have Hurt

Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. ROMANS 12:18

MAKE A LIST OF THOSE I’VE H________ AND WHAT I DID.

“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. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.” MATTHEW 5:23-24

THINK OF HOW I’D LIKE OTHERS TO M______ THE A_____OF ME.

Do to others as you would like them to do to you. LUKE 6:31

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

Living It Out – Discussion Questions
(Discuss these questions in your LifeGroup and/or with your family and friends.)

1. In this weekend’s message, Lee discussed how it is so easy for us to assume that God will forgive us for our mistakes, yet we struggle to forgive others. Who are you struggling to forgive? Why have you been unable to forgive them?

2. Whenever we are hurt by others, we often hold onto those hurts as proof of their wrongdoing. Why is forgiveness the key to healing the hurts that happen in our interpersonal relationships? Conversely, how does resentment destroy the one who holds the grudge?

3. At some point or another every one of us has offended, hurt or devastated someone else. Too often, stubbornness or pride keeps us from admitting our wrongdoing. Who do you need to ask forgiveness from in order to begin the healing process of that relationship?

4. After listening to this weekend’s message and these discussion questions, what action steps do you feel God has placed on your heart?

Living It Out – Scripture Memory
(Memorize this verse for the month of August.)
EPHESIANS 2:10 (New Living Translation)
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created
us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the
good things he planned for us long ago.

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 8.6.11

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Before I Die I Want To…
Make the World a Better Place
Lee Powell, Senior Pastor
August 6 & 7, 2011

IT IS THE CALLING OF E_______ CHRISTIAN TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE BY…
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. EPHESIANS 2:10

…O___________ THE COMMANDS OF JESUS…
Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you… MATTHEW 28:20

…TO L_____ OUR NEIGHBOR AS OURSELVES, WHICH INCLUDES THE LEAST IN SOCIETY…
…‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these …you were doing it to me!’ MATTHEW 25:40
(Good Samaritan)…now go and do the same. LUKE 10:37

…AND TO INVEST OUR TIME, T________ AND TREASURE IN TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT JESUS.
…you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere… ACTS 1:8
Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. MATTHEW 6:20

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

Living It Out – Discussion Questions
(Discuss these questions in your LifeGroup and/or with your family and friends.)

ICEBREAKER QUESTION: Do you have a “bucket list” of things you want to do before you die? If so, share your bucket list. If not, name one thing that you want to accomplish before the end of your life.

1. Name someone who you admire because of the contributions that he or she has made to society. How have you been inspired by his or her life?

2. During this weekend’s message, you watched the video stories of a number of individuals who have or are contemplating how they are going to make a difference in the world. Which story had the most impact on you?

3. Most people – perhaps you – want to make the world a better place. However, there is the difference between being a socially-conscious contributor to society and a Christ-follower who seeks to make a difference because of his or her faith? What’s the difference?

4. What is the difference between “success” and “significance?” If you look back on the last year of your life, which track do you seem to be on? Have you been challenged to re-think what you’ve been doing?

5. Every human being is called to make the world a better place, but Christians have an even higher calling. How can your decision to intentionally share the gospel message with others make a difference in our world?

6. Read Acts 1:8. When it comes down to the opportunity to share the gospel message here in our area or somewhere across the globe, there are some who believe that we should concentrate our efforts here at home and when we are done THEN we can go into the world. Why is that viewpoint flawed?

7. Making a difference is about investing all that you have (time, talents and treasure) into the future of something that will grow into significance. What gifts, skills, talents or treasure do you have at your disposal to invest into truly making a difference in the world? Do you have any ideas about what you think God might be leading you to do?

Living It Out – Scripture Memory
(Memorize this verse for the month of August.)
EPHESIANS 2:10 (New Living Translation)
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created
us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the
good things he planned for us long ago.