Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 7.9.11

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Solomon – Wind Chaser
Lee Powell, Senior Pastor
July 9 & 10, 2011

Knowledge
I devoted myself to search for understanding and to explore by wisdom everything being done under heaven… and really, it is all meaningless — like chasing the wind. ECCLESIASTES 1:13-14

C _________________ the W __________

Pleasure
I said to myself, “Come on, let’s try pleasure. Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life”… ECCLESIASTES 2:1

…many beautiful concubines… ECCLESIASTES 2:8

… I denied myself no pleasure… ECCLESIASTES 2:10

C _________________ the W __________

Possessions
I also tried to find meaning by building huge homes for myself and by planting beautiful vineyards. ECCLESIASTES 2:4

…I had everything a man could desire! ECCLESIASTES 2:8

C _________________ the W __________

Greatness
…I became greater than all who had lived in Jerusalem before me… ECCLESIASTES 2:9

C _________________ the W __________

Security
I collected great sums of silver and gold, the treasure of many kings and provinces…ECCLESIASTES 2:8

C _________________ the W __________

Entertainment
…I hired wonderful singers, both men and women… ECCLESIASTES 2:8

C _________________ the W __________

… ALL so meaningless — like chasing the wind. ECCLESIASTES 2:11

They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature…they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself… ROMANS 1:19-25

Life I___ Christ

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. PHILIPPIANS 4:4-9

…I have learned the secret of living in every situation… plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. PHILIPPIANS 4:12,13

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: What is the thing in life that brings you the most pleasure? Why?

1. Some might mistakenly think this weekend’s message was a “Don’t” talk warning us against enjoying pleasurable things in life. In fact, this weekend’s talk was actually a “Do” talk. God wants us to experience good things in life, but what does He want us to do more than anything?

2. One of the blessings about living in America is that we have so many opportunities to engage in many different things. What are some of the things you enjoy about life? Is it wrong for us to enjoy what this life has to offer?

3. Solomon was a man who had it all! He had smarts, money and women. Yet, Solomon struggled to find significance in his life. Describe a time in your life when you struggled to find satisfaction and contentment. What answers did you eventually discover?

4. Romans 1:25 says that men would turn from worshiping God toward worshiping created things. It is so easy for us to become captivated by the pursuit of stuff, recognition, status, security – so many different things. How can you know when your heart is turning from God in order to pursue things apart from God? What are the warning signs? How can you reverse and redirect?

5. The main point of this weekend’s message is that God wants us to experience the pleasure that flows out of Him being at the center of our lives. Solomon showed us that experiencing pleasure apart from God was as meaningless as chasing the wind. Is there an area of life where you are currently chasing the wind? What are you hoping for? If you inserted God into the center of that chase, what would change?

6. There is a difference between enjoying something and truly being satisfied. Often we pursue enjoyable things, but are never satisfied by them. Describe a time when you were truly satisfied with yourself.

7. In Ecclesiastes 12:13, Solomon sums up his quest in this final conclusion: “Fear God and obey his commands.” What have you learned during this weekend message that has challenged you to think about what you are chasing and whether or not you are finding satisfaction in God?

Living It Out – Scripture Memory
(Memorize this verse for the month of July.)
COLOSSIANS 4:5-6 (New Living Translation)
Live wisely among those who are not believers,
and make the most of every opportunity. Let your
conversation be gracious and attractive so that
you will have the right response for everyone.

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 6.25.11

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Jonah
June 25 & 26, 2011

Redemption: to restore something to what was or what is supposed to be

The LORD gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.” But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the LORD. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the LORD by sailing to Tarshish. JONAH 1:1-3

Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from inside the fish. He said,“I cried out to the LORD in my great trouble, and he answered me. I called to you from the land of the dead, and LORD, you heard me! You threw me into the ocean depths, and I sank down to the heart of the sea. The mighty waters engulfed me; I was buried beneath your wild and stormy waves. Then I said, ‘O LORD, you have driven me from your presence. Yet I will look once more toward your holy Temple.’ “I sank beneath the waves, and the waters closed over me. Seaweed wrapped itself around my head. I sank down to the very roots of the mountains. I was imprisoned in the earth, whose gates lock shut forever. But you, O LORD my God, snatched me from the jaws of death! As my life was slipping away, I remembered the LORD. And my earnest prayer went out to you in your holy Temple. Those who worship false gods turn their backs on all God’s mercies. But I will offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise, and I will fulfill all my vows. For my salvation comes from the LORD alone.” JONAH 2:1-9

God’s grace to you is to show God’s G__________ to O___________.

Then the LORD spoke to Jonah a second time: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh, and deliver the message I have given you.” JONAH 3:1-2

All C________________ are given the M_______________ of R_______________________
– Redemption for P____________
– Redemption for the C_______

Being R___________________ requires A____________.

When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened. This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry. So he complained to the LORD about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, LORD? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, LORD! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.” JONAH 3:10-4:3

G_____ U___ & G____

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: Have you ever had a near death experience? What happened and did it teach you anything about God?

1. If you call yourself a Christ-follower, we hope you look forward to an eternity with God in heaven. However, there is a temptation for us to pass judgment on who we think may OR may not inhabit heaven with us. Is there a certain group of people or person that is hard for you to imagine in heaven with you? The assumption is that these individuals would have gotten into heaven the same way you did – by placing their faith in Jesus Christ.

2. The Ninevites were a powerful, violent and pagan people intent on destruction – it’s possible to understand why Jonah wouldn’t be enthusiastic about telling them God was about to kill them all. Yet, God wanted Jonah to go. God calls Christ-followers to bring the gospel message to all of the world – including the areas where we might not necessarily want to go. What are some of our excuses for avoiding our “Nineveh?”

3. Who is your Nineveh? In other words, who are the people you are hesitant to reach out to for the purpose of sharing the gospel message?

4. God used a fish to help Jonah refocus on what was most important. What are some ways God has tried to get your attention before?

5. What are ways you are or could start carrying God’s mission of redemption for people every day?

6. What do you feel like God is asking you to get up and go do? What are some steps you can take to make sure that happens?

Living It Out – Scripture Memory
(Memorize this verse for the month of June.)
JOSHUA 24:15 (New Living Translation)
“But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then
choose today whom you will serve. But as for
me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 6.18.11

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Adam & Eve
June 18 & 19, 2011

First Man, First Woman

Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person…the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs…made a woman from the rib… GENESIS 2:7-22

take away: ____________________________

First Marriage

…It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him…Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man…the two are united into one. GENESIS 2:18-24

take away: ____________________________

First Sin

…“You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.” GENESIS 2:16,17

“You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman…The woman was convinced…She…ate it…her husband who was with her ate it too. GENESIS 3:1-7

take away: ____________________________

First Gospel

“I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” GENESIS 3:15

take away: ____________________________

First Murder

“Why are you so angry?…Why do you look so dejected? You will be accepted if you do what is right… Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you…One day…while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother, Abel, and killed him. GENESIS 4:6-8

take away: ____________________________

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. What do you believe about how the world began? Where did you formulate that opinion?

2. In Genesis 4:7, God warns Cain that sin is “crouching” at his door and will have Cain if his sin is not confessed. While there is no such thing as a big sin or a little sin, the consequences of our sins do vary. How has sin damaged your life? What consequences have you had to deal with as a result of sin in your life?

3. We don’t need someone to tell us what sin feels like – shame, sadness, regret. However, many of us don’t take the time to realize that certain circumstances in our lives have happened as a result of our on-going sin. Can you think of some clues that might point to unconfessed sin in your life?

4. Did God say that? In the Garden of Eden, Satan presented a distorted interpretation of God’s words to Eve in order to get her to question God’s sovereignty. What are some of the things that people distort when it comes to the Bible and how God calls us to live?

5. Why is it that the divorce rate is similar in Christian homes as in non-Christian homes? One author proposed that Satan attacks Christian marriages more than non-Christian marriages. Could that be true or not?

6. Do you remember when Lee said that each day we have to make a choice between two trees: “Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil” (pursuit of wisdom and life apart from God) and the “Tree of Life” (life lived in the presence of God). How can we know when we are choosing one tree over another?

7. It’s been said that in the first three chapters of Genesis, God creates paradise and man screws it up – then the rest of the Bible is about God fixing man’s mistake. What role does Genesis play in the Gospel message?

Living It Out – Scripture Memory
(Memorize this verse for the month of June.)
JOSHUA 24:15 (New Living Translation)
“But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then
choose today whom you will serve. But as for
me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 6.11.11

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Jacob
June 11 & 12, 2011

“Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go, for the day is breaking.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go, unless you bless me.” So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” Then the man said, “You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.” GENESIS 32:24-30

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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.)

Ice breaker: Have you ever wrestled with God? What was the situation and how did you grow in your faith as a result?

1. During this weekend message, you watched several video segments and you were asked to respond to the questions posed in those videos. How did you respond – and how do you feel about your responses?

2. What is your name? Jacob would be called several different names in scripture: heel grabber, supplanter and deceiver – all negative, but all true. Reflect on your life and the decisions that you’ve made (both good and bad). What would your name be?

3. Life is hard – it’s hand-to-hand combat and periodically, we all take a shot to the face. Unfortunately, many of us are getting beat up on a regular basis. What life situations have you been trying to tackle without God’s help? How can we know when we are trying to tackle life without God’s help?

4. What walls are you hiding behind? Because of bad decisions, Jacob either had to flee from certain situations or he had to hide out. What are you hiding behind as an excuse not to live out the Christian life? (Examples: fear of trusting God, busy schedule that doesn’t leave time for spiritual growth, on-going patterns of sin).

5. What have you abandoned? After wrestling with God, Jacob left behind his unfortunate past and got a new name. Furthermore, he was able to come out of hiding and face his brother. What have you wrestled with God about and received a blessing as a result? How have you been changed as a result of battling it out with God?

6. When you think about Jacob’s life, how would you describe the kind of faith Jacob had? What have you learned from his life that inspires and challenges you in your faith?

 

Living It Out – Scripture Memory
(Memorize this verse for the month of June.)
JOSHUA 24:15 (New Living Translation)
“But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then
choose today whom you will serve. But as for
me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”