Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 03.24.12

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Friends Nite Out
Lee Powell
March 24 & 25, 2012



Rich C_______________________ with Him and E________________O_______________________.
His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave Him great pleasure. EPHESIANS 1:5

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples. JOHN 13:34,35



We are A______ A_______________________ .
For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, eagerness for lustful pleasure, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these vile things come from within…MARK 7:21-23

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. ROMANS 3:23



The G________________ Rule.
Do for others what you would like them to do for you. This is a summary of all that is taught in the law and the prophets. MATTHEW 7:12 NLT

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. PHILIPPIANS 2:3

Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. COLOSSIANS 3:13

… 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

Parts of today’s message taken from John Ortberg’s book, “Everybody is Normal, Until You Get to Know Them.”

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

Discussion Questions

1. What is the difference between being in community with a group of committed Christ-followers and just hanging out with a group of people (whether they are Christian or not)?

2. Read John 13:34-35. God’s dream is that we FIRST have rich community with HIM and then, secondly (and simultaneously) have rich community with others. Are you currently experiencing the type of community that Jesus is describing in John 13:34-35?

3. Remember the porcupine illustration? Lee talked about how our different “quills” like anger, jealously, selfishness or impatience can have a negative impact on our relationships with each other. What is your “quill” and how has it impacted your close relationships and what do you need to do in order to “pull in” that quill?

4. John Ortberg wrote a book titled, “Everybody’s Normal Till You Get to Know Them.” The truth is that we are all abnormal in some way – yet, we are always surprised and disappointed at each other’s quirks and failures. How well do you handle yourself when those close to you disappoint or fail you?

5. At CedarCreek, we believe that groups (LifeGroups, New Christian LifeGroups or Life Support) are the place for spiritual growth to happen. Our groups are places for Christians to grow, encourage and serve each other.

1. If you are in a group, share a significant experience that you’ve had in that group (even if it isn’t your current group).

2. If you aren’t in a group, why have you not joined one OR have you had a bad experience in a previous group that you need to resolve?

6. Read Acts 2:42,44-46. Notice how all of the Christians were totally devoted to community? Here are a few questions to ask yourself when it comes to the mega-question: “Am I devoted to Christ-Centered community?”

1. Am I experiencing the Bible (reading and discussing scripture) with other Christ-followers?

2. Am I sharing my life experiences – both good and bad – with people I trust to care about me, pray for me and hold me accountable to living according to God’s truth?

3. Am I regularly getting together with other Christ-followers to share meals and spending time together and getting to know each other?

4. Am I sharing prayer together regularly with other Christ-followers?

7. What is your next step to living out God’s dream for rich Christ-Centered community in your life?

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 03.17.12

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Down Time
Lee Powell
March 17 & 18, 2012


Put the Big Rocks In F_____________________ .
…seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. MATTHEW 6:33 (NIV)

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. PROVERBS 3:5-8


Keep Your Tank F__________________ .
A relaxed attitude lengthens life…PROVERBS 14:30

…but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to the LORD your God. On that day no one in your household may do any kind of work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you. EXODUS 20:10

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. LUKE 5:16

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 THESSALONIANS 5:11


Give Up on the M________________ of a B___________________ Life.
But all your feverish plans are to no avail because you never ask God for help. ISAIAH 22:11

All of us must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent me, because there is little time left before the night falls and all work comes to an end. JOHN 9:4

He said to his disciples, “The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few.” MATTHEW 9:37

…Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. JOHN 16:33


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


Discussion Questions

1. When is life the busiest or most chaotic for you? Is there ever a time when your life is not moving non-stop?

2. In Psalm 55:1-8, the scriptural writer laments over his chaotic life and desperately wants to fly away like a dove. What is it that you want to escape from in life? If you could escape, where would you go?

3. What are your five “big rocks” that currently prioritize your time and resources? How do you feel about that list? Can you think of a “big rock” that you are leaving out OR are giving lip-service to, but not really following through on?

4. Busyness actually “drains” our inner tanks, so it is important for us to purposefully make time in our schedule to refill our tanks. Answer the following:

a. What physical activities replenish you and make you feel energized?

b. What relational activities replenish you and make you feel energized?

c. What spiritual activities replenish you and make you feel energized?

5. Matthew 6:33 says we are to prioritize living for God first and then out of our relationship with God will come the rest of our priorities. Considering where you are in your spiritual journey, what kinds of things do you think God wants you to prioritize? How are you doing in those areas?

6. Living a balanced life is a complete myth because life often contains one unplanned event after another. In fact, John 16:33 says that we will have many troubles in this life, but we can have hope in Jesus Christ. After listening to this weekend’s message, how have you been challenged to think differently about the topic of “Down Time” and prioritizing your life?

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 03.10.12

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GOD: Sends
Lee Powell
March 10 & 11, 2012


God sent J_____________________ into the World.
God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. JOHN 3:17


Jesus sends U_______ into the world.
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

Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” MATTHEW 28:19,20


Today we are being S________________ out, to invite people back.
The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” JOHN 4:28,29

So the people came strewing from the village to see him…many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because (of what) the woman had said…JOHN 4:30-39

…he stayed for two days, long enough for many more to hear his message and believe….they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.” JOHN 4:40-42

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

Discussion Questions

1. Who are you going to invite to church? Why do you want to invite them and what will you share about your experience at CedarCreek?

2. You saw video interviews of people who came to CedarCreek and their lives were dramatically changed as a result. Discuss how you initially came to CedarCreek Church and the people that you have invited since attending. Share any cool stories you may have.

3. This weekend, Lee shared the number of lives that can be impacted over a 10-year period of time when just one person invites another person to church. Our new series, Happy Hour, is designed to appeal to those who are not currently attending church. How will you address those who might not agree with our strategy to attract unchurched people to church?

4. The Samaritan woman shared her experience with Christ to draw others to Him – even though she didn’t know much about Him. List some ways that you can invite people to church or share your story even if you may not know a lot about the Bible or God.

5. Matthew 5:16 says that “we have to let our lights shine before men.” This means that as Christ-followers, we should speak and live in a way that draws people to Christ. How are you doing in that regard? What do you need to do differently?

6. If God has given us the mission to tell the world about Christ, what are some of the reasons why people shy away from embracing the mission of sharing their faith? Which of the reasons are true for you? How can you overcome those barriers?

7. We are responsible to share the Good News of Christ with others – that’s the mission God calls Christ-followers to live out. Yet, we don’t always prioritize that mission. How can we create an urgency that compels us to risk personal comfort in order to share the gospel message with someone who doesn’t know Christ?

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 03.03.12

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GOD: Transforms
Barb Roose
March 3 & 4, 2012

Spiritual Transformation:
Process where we die to sin, self and society in order to profoundly love God and people.


God transforms your F____________________________.
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 CORINTHIANS 5:17

For I am the least of all the apostles. In fact, I’m not even worthy to be called an apostle after the way I persecuted God’s church. But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace. 1 CORINTHIANS 15:9-10


God transforms your M_________________________.
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. ROMANS 12:1-2




God hands shape your L____________________________.
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies. 2 CORINTHIANS 4:7-10

“Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.” ST. AUGUSTINE

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

Discussion Questions

1. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that when we come to faith in Christ we become a new creation because God’s Holy Spirit comes to live within us. What was your life like before coming to faith in Christ?

2. There are a lot of Christians who are frustrated because they don’t see God doing much in their lives or they struggle with obedience to what God has called them to do. How are you doing when it comes to your spiritual growth?

3. Romans 12:1-2 outlines the process of spiritual transformation. First, we commit ourselves to God. Next, God transforms our thinking. Finally, God reveals His will for our lives. How would you describe your personal spiritual transformation? In what ways have you seen God transforming your life?

4. When Saul was transformed by God, the early Christians were skeptical of his conversion because it seemed so radical. Why is it easier for us to believe that God can save someone from hell but we don’t believe that God can truly transform a life?

5. God transforms our thinking through a variety of different ways, but one of the most important ways is through the Bible. Share a verse or two that has had a profound impact on your spiritual growth.

6. God applies pressure to different areas of our lives to shape and mold us for His glory. Describe how God has used different circumstances to grow you up spiritually. What would you say to someone who is going through one of those experiences?

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 02.25.12

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GOD: Speaks
Ben Snyder
February 25 & 26, 2012

God Speaks:
God chose to reveal himself through words. Why is it that so many people struggle hearing Him?

When God speaks He….

C_________________ Us – free us from empty/purposeless living.


God has called us to live holy lives, not impure lives. 1 THESSALONIANS 4:7

T_________________ Us – free us from unhealthy beliefs and behaviors.


For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. HEBREWS 4:12

C_________________ Us – free us from anxiety and discouragement.

1 KINGS 19

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. JOHN 8:31-32 (ESV)

Sometimes God is speaking, we just choose to ignore what he has said to us. However, when we listen and obey, no matter how that feels at the time, it brings freedom.


1.  What are the various ways you have experienced God speaking, if ever?

2.  Think of one of your favorite famous people. Got them in mind? If you were to hear that they had a special message specifically for you – how would you respond? Why is it so difficult to have the same response for God?

3.  Where is your “Mt Sinai” – that sacred time set aside to hear from God? If you do not have one, what do you need to arrange to set that up as a regular occurrence in your life?

4.  When you read the Bible, how do you prepare yourself to hear God speak to you? What adjustments would help focus your time you spend reading to hear from Him?

5.  What “opportunity” has God been prompting you to do lately?

6.  What unhealthy behavior do you sense God is seeking to free you from in your life?

7.   What passages do you turn to when you feel anxious or discouraged to hear God’s whisper?


Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 02.18.12

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Kyle Gray
February 18 & 19, 2012

Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. PSALM 37:4 (ESV)











ICEBREAKER: What is the most favorite gift you’ve ever been given? What about worst gift?

1.  How has God’s free gift of grace—given through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ enriched and/or blessed your life?

2.  Unfortunately, it is easy for us to take our salvation for granted because we are so focused on the other things in our life that we don’t have. If God was willing to give up His Son for us, then what does that say about how God will handle the other details of our lives?

3.  Discuss a difficult circumstance you have gone through (or currently going through), yet you realize this experience is actually a blessing in disguise (even if it doesn’t feel like it)? What has God been teaching you? How has He changed you?

4.  There are Christians who struggle in their faith because they believe that being a Christ-follower means a life of ease or minimal difficulty. How do we prevent ourselves from falling into the trap of thinking that God will make our lives smoother if we follow Him? How does God bless us more if we follow Him?

5.  It’s dangerous for us to proclaim that we are blessed just we have a certain kind of home or job. It’s equally dangerous to say that someone isn’t blessed because he or she is sick or enduring a difficult time. How should we define a “blessed life?”

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 02.11.12

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GOD: Judges
Lee Powell
February 11 &12, 2012


Every Human Being Will be J_________________

…a man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment…
Hebrews 9:27 (NIV)


God Will Judge Believers and U________________

For the wages of sin is death…Romans 6:23A 

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16 

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”
John 3:36 

“He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.  They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power…”
2 Thessalonians 1:8,9 


Every Human Being Will Go To One of Two Places, Heaven or H_______________.

…our citizenship is in heaven… Philippians 3:20 

…Where the fire never goes out. Mark 9:43 


Light vs D_______________

Never again will there be any night.  No one will need lamplight or sunlight.  The shining of God, the Master, is all the light anyone needs.  And they will rule with him age after age after age.  Revelation 22:5 (The Message)

…outer darkness…blackest darkness…
(as seen in Matthew 8:12. 22:13, Jude 1:13) (NLT)


J_______________ vs Regret

…dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Revelation 19:14 

…weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 8:12 


Paradise vs P__________________

…you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:23 

…smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever…Revelation 14:11 


C___________________ vs Loneliness

…I am going…to prepare a place…I will…take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. John14:2,3 

…shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power.
2 Thessalonians 1:9 


If God Is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil: by Randy Alcom
Heaven: by Randy Alcom



1 Many people in our world object the idea that a place such as Hell can exist. Even more people object to the idea that a loving God would s end people to such a place. Why is the existence of Hell just as much of God’s plan for the world as Heaven?

2 Surveys indicate 76% of Americans believe in Heaven and 64% believe they will go to Heaven when they die. Where do you believe you will go when you die? How can you support your answer?

3 Do you believe in Hell? Are there people in your life who reject God because they believe that God cannot be good if Hell exists? Discuss the following quote from atheist Bertrand Russell: ” There is one very serious defect to my mind in Christ’s moral character, and that is that He believed in hell. I do not myself feel that any person who is really profoundly humane can believe in everlasting punishment.”

4 Read Hebrews 9:27. God WILL judge every one of us when we die according to whether we are found righteous or unrighteous. Many of us get offended at the notion that God is going to judge us. Why does God have the right to judge us? If God does not judge us, then what does that say about God’s character?

5 Some of you grew up in religious traditions where there are other locations than Heaven or Hell for our souls after we die. Why should we reject teachings that offer other options for where our souls will go?

6 Hell is where the unrighteous will spend eternity. How do you feel about that? If you believe in the reality of Hell, how does this cause you to think or act differently?

7 Just as we have a lot of misconceptions about Hell, we can also have misconceptions about Heaven and what eternal life will be like there. What did you learn about Heaven this weekend that surprised you?

8 On his deathbed, famed theologian D.L. Moody said the following: “Earth recedes. . . . Heaven opens before me.” How do you think it will feel knowing that when you draw your last breath on earth that you are assured of eternity in Heaven with God?

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 02.04.12

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Lee Powell
February 4 & 5, 2012


…incomparably great power… EPHESIANS 1:19

“To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One. ISAIAH 40:25

God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. Say this to the people of Israel: I AM has sent me to you.” EXODUS 3:14

In C___________________________

God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. EPHESIANS 1:5

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

We may throw the dice, but the LORD determines how they fall. PROVERBS 16:33

For Y___________________________

But God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.’ ACTS 13:22

…“Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” JOHN 8:10,11

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

…If God is for us, who can ever be against us? ROMANS 8:31


If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is. 2 TIMOTHY 2:13

Remember that Christ came as a servant…to show that God is true to the promises he made… ROMANS 15:8

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” HEBREWS 13:5 (NIV)


What God Is Really Like by Craig Groeschel and eleven other authors



ICEBREAKER: What ONE word would you use to describe God? Briefly share why you selected that particular word.

1. We are unable to describe God because He exceeds human comprehension. Yet, there is much that God does reveal about Himself. What aspects of God’s character would you like to know or understand more?

2. Would you describe yourself as a “control-freak?” When do you feel the most out-of-control in your life? Describe how you feel when you are facing circumstances that are out of your control?

3. Discuss the following quote from pastor and author, Francis Chan: “Our lack of strength comes from our lack of certainty that we serve a God who can do anything. We become stronger when we fully understand how strong and powerful God is.”

4. When do you question whether or not God is really in control of your life or circumstances? What did you learn from Lee’s message this weekend that you can apply to your situation?

5. As Christ-followers, we are a part of God’s family. Therefore, God is in complete control of our lives, as well as the experiences we have in our lives. Share a life experience where you experienced God’s tremendous love and grace in your life, even though the experience was difficult to endure.

6. The verses from this week’s message reveal different parts of God’s character. Review the verses and talk about the one that had the most impact on you. Did this verse teach, encourage or challenge you?

7. What was the most important thing you took away from this weekend’s message? How have you been challenged to think or live differently?

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 01.28.12

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Lee Powell
January 28 & 29, 2012

For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us…2 CORINTHIANS 5:19,20

WHO? E________________Who Doesn’t Know Christ
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” JOHN 3:16

WHAT? E______________ Is a Sinner, and Separated From God
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. ROMANS 3:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. ROMANS 6:23

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 10:9,10

WHEN? E______________ Life
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. COLOSSIANS 4:5,6

WHERE? E_______________
…telling people about me everywhere …Jerusalem …Judea…Samaria… ends of the earth.” ACTS 1:8

WHAT NEXT? T______________ Them and T_____________ Them
Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.

You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others. 2 TIMOTHY 2:2



1. List the first names of three people in your life who don’t know Christ? How do you think a relationship with Christ would change their lives for now and eternity?

2. We are called to tell the world about Christ, yet most of us hesitate to share our faith. Why?
3. There are lots of reasons why we hesitate to share our faith, however, Jesus commands us to share the gospel message with the world. What would you say to someone who feels very uncomfortable with sharing his or her faith?

4. Discuss a time when you shared the gospel with someone. How did you feel before and after? What happened as a result?

5. One of the most important things we can do is realize that God will create opportunities for us to share our faith if we look for them. Do you have any opportunities this week? Who will you talk to? What will you say?

6. While we are all called to tell the world about Christ, our obligation doesn’t end once we share the gospel message. We are called to make disciples – actually help people grow in their faith. If you are a Christ-follower, who are you discipling right now? If you aren’t, why not?

7. Too often we think we have to know all of the answers before we share the gospel message with others. In reality, we only need to be ‘one step’ ahead. Who should you be ministering to for the purposes of helping them grow in their faith? How can you help them grow?

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 01.21.12

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Lee Powell
January 21 & 22, 2012

…‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ACTS 20:35

E________________________ We Have is God’s
The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. PSALM 24:1
Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours…Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us! I CHRONICLES 29:11-14
Called to H________________________ God With What We Have
Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. PROVERBS3:9
May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth,as it is in heaven. MATTHEW6:10
How Much Should I Give?
A P________________________ Amount (T____________,T____________)
…you should tithe, yes… MATTHEW 23:23
Bring all the tithes… I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! MALACHI 3:10
A Generous Amount
They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity. For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will. 2 CORINTHIANS 8:2,3
Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us —I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving. I am not commanding you to do this. But I am testing how genuine your love is by comparing it with the eagerness of the other churches. 2 CORINTHIANS 8:7,8
ICEBREAKER QUESTION: Talking about money in church is guaranteed to create angst (even anger) among the majority of attendees. What is it about this topic that makes you uncomfortable? If you no longer struggle with talking about the Bible’s teaching on money, share how you overcame your struggle.
1 Honoring God with the “first fruits” is mentioned about 25 times in the Bible. This means that we give to God first and before any other obligations are paid. What is the difference between making it a priority to give/tithe to God first versus waiting to give/tithe God what’s left after you’ve paid your bills?
2 Are you tithing? Perhaps you made significant progress toward tithing? If so, share your spiritual journey in this area as well as how tithing has helped you grow in your faith. If you aren’t tithing yet, share why you are struggling with it.
3 Think about your current “giving gap.” What factors are involved in what your current giving reality is versus what it should be – or could be? (If you are tithing, is God challenging you to become more generous?)
4 Lee shared our current annual giving versus a projection of what our annual giving ($8.8 million vs. $33.5 million) could be if everyone would tithe. How do you feel about the fact that our church isn’t doing well when it comes to being obedient to God in the area of money?
5 What could that mean for our church if we all chose to honor God with our giving? Think about the ways we could live out our mission statement to a greater extent. Would you like to see us be able to help more people through new locations, church plants or ministry to the poor?
6 Here’s the most important question for you: If you are a Christ-follower, are you going to be obedient to God’s teaching on money?
Did you hear this?
Are the following statements True or False?
1. To be a Missional Member at CedarCreek, you must show your W-2.
2. Lee and Joi live in a 30,000 square foot mansion.
Both are FALSE! We do ask people to move toward a biblical tithe but we do notcheck-uponthem! Finally,Lee and Joi live in a 2,400 square foot home valued at $220,00 in Rossford.
All Scripture is from the New Living Translation unless otherwise noted.