LIO: Hunger for Worship Message Notes and Discussion Questions – weekend of 7/21

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Hungry for Worship

P_______ that E_____________ Comes to Faith in Christ.
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time. 1 TIMOTHY 2:1-6

 

Men…P________!
In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy. 1 TIMOTHY 2:8

 

 Women…S_______________ over looks.
And I want women to be modest in their appearance. They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes. For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do. 1 TIMOTHY 2:9,10

 

Men only as E___________
Women should learn quietly and submissively. I do not let women teach men or have authority over them. Let them listen quietly. For God made Adam first, and afterward he made Eve. And it was not Adam who was deceived by Satan. The woman was deceived, and sin was the result. 1 TIMOTHY 2:11-14

 

Discussion Questions

  1. We are commanded to pray for everyone to come to faith in Christ. Share the first name of someone in your life that needs to come to faith in Christ. Are you praying for this person?
  2. The ultimate goal of CedarCreek’s Four-Step Strategy is to help everyone learn to love Jesus, serve others and tell the world about Christ. Review each step of the strategy and discuss your individual involvement at each level.
  3. At the time Paul was writing, Christians were under great persecution from the government. Yet, Paul admonishes men to pray for their enemies. Why is it so hard for us to pray for our enemies? How is praying for our enemies an act of humility and obedience to God?
  4. Our country is in the midst of a contentious election year. There are many political debates and strong feelings about our country’s leaders. Discuss 1 Timothy 2:2. How do you feel about Paul’s command? What could happen if all Christ-followers prayed rather than complained?
  5. In 1 Timothy 2:9-10, Paul discusses how women should dress for church. It’s an uncomfortable, but necessary, discourse in order to help believers stay focused on the purpose of worship. Discuss the dynamics between men and women as well as the significant impact a woman’s appearance can have on a guy’s ability to focus on worshipping God.
  6. The role of women in ministry is considered “secondary doctrine,” meaning that there is room for differing opinions. Lee explained the three ways 1 Timothy 2:11-14 has been interpreted. What is your opinion on the topic?
  7. We hold the moderate (middle position) with regards to 1 Timothy 2:11-14, meaning that women can hold any ministry position, including weekend teacher, but not elder. How do you feel about our position?

LIO: Hunger for Truth Message Notes and Discussion Questions – weekend of 7/14

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Hungry for the TRUTH

S___________ the false teachers.
When I left for Macedonia, I urged you to stay there in Ephesus and stop those whose teaching is contrary to the truth. 1 TIMOTHY 1:3 (NLT)

 

It’s all about C______________.
The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith. 1 TIMOTHY 1:5 (NLT)

 

There is h___________ for everyone.
This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. 1 TIMOTHY 1:15,16 (NLT)

 

Fight the Lord’s b____________.
Timothy, my son, here are my instructions for you, based on the prophetic words spoken about you earlier. May they help you fight well in the Lord’s battles. 1 TIMOTHY 1:18 (NLT)

 

 

Discussion Questions

  1. What is the difference between “primary doctrine” and “secondary doctrine?” What are some examples of each?
  2. When we have true conviction behind what we believe, then it is easy for us to stand up for the truth. Are there any conversations that you are having lately where you realize you need do a better job of defending the truth?
  3. Unfortunately, churches are known for in-fighting and disagreements. Sometimes, church members debate about topics that God has well-defined in scripture as permissible or sinful. What are some topics that people fight about in the church? Which of those should not be up for debate?
  4. What would you do? You are at a Bible study and someone advocates the position that there has to be more than one way to God. What questions should you ask this person? What scripture would you use? Would you continue to stay in the same Bible study if this person adamantly refused to believe that Jesus was the only way?
  5. How can you know when someone is teaching the truth about Christ?
  6. How would you defend your faith in light of the following topics: abortion, pre-marital sex,  homosexuality/gay marriage or whether or not there is more than one way to God.
  7. How can Christ-followers be humble and loving, yet fiercely guard the truth? Have you ever done this? If so, share your experience.

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 07.07.12

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MATTHEW 6:33 
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

Seek God…

_______ Naturalist: Connects with God by seeing Him in nature.

_______ Enthusiast: Connects with God through worship and celebration.

_______ Intellectual: Connects with God through learning about God.

_______ Traditionalist: Connects with God through ritual and ceremony.

_______ Ascetic: Connects with God in undistracted solitude.

_______ Sensate: Connects with God through sights, smells and sounds.

_______ Caregiver: Connects with God through serving poor, sick and needy.

_______ Activist: Connects with God by fighting injustice in the name of Christ.

_______ Contemplative: Connects with God through meditation on His love.

 

…LIVE RIGHTEOUSLY

LOVE GOD

  1. ______
  2. ______

LOVE OTHERS

  1. _____
  2. _____

…God will give you everything you need!

God takes c_________ of those that He l_______________.

So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. MATTHEW 6:34 (NLT)

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. PHILIPPIANS 4:19 (NLT)

Discussion Questions

ICEBREAKER: What is your favorite verse in the Bible? Why?

  1. When do you feel the closest to God?
  2. If “seeking God” is about searching to know God and live in Him, how are you doing in this area? Recall a time when you were really living “in” God. Describe what that period of time looked like and how you can get back to that way (or sustain) that way of living.
  3. What would your life be like if your priority was to seek God versus looking for the answers to life’s big questions? What mistakes or regrets could you have avoided?
  4. In his book, Sacred Pathways, author Gary Thomas explains that God has wired us to connect with Him in unique ways. How do you best connect with God? What are some things you can do to maximize that connection?
  5. Living righteously means that we are obedient to God out of love and desire to serve Him. What is the difference between living righteously and just living by rules?
  6. God takes care of those that He loves! This means that we can count on God to provide for our needs. If that is the case, then why do we still worry or become anxious?
  7. Worrying and anxiety distract us from seeking and trusting God. Share a time when you pushed aside worry in order to trust God’s provision for your needs. What happened and what did you learn?

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 06.30.12

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HEBREWS 12:1-2

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge c____________ of w________________ to the life of faith… 

Who are the personal friends who are cheering you forward in your spiritual journey? Please list below.

 

…let us s____________ o_____ every w___________ that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.

  • HEART – Do your affections help you love God?
  • MIND – What have you been dwelling on lately?
  • STRENGTH – Are you taking care of yourself physically
What has been weighing you down?

 

And let us run with e_______________ the race God has set before us.

 

We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who i______________ and p______________ our faith. 

 

Discussion Questions

  1. Do you LOVE running or LOATH running? Why?
  2. Which characters in the Bible encourage you the most? How does it make you feel to think they are cheering you on?
  3. Who are the personal friends who help you move forward in your faith?
  4. When you think about your HEART, MIND, and STRENGTH, are there things in your life that are weighing you down and slowing your spiritual progress? Is there anything you sense God might be trying to address? Who do you need to talk to about this?
  5. We want the results, but we don’t always want or enjoy “the work.” Sometimes we need to retrain ourselves on how we view hardship. What does James 1:2-3 teach us?
  6. Has there been a season in your life that, looking back, built up your endurance and spiritual strength?
  7. Jesus is our champion. Look again at verse two and discuss the difference between our responsibility and Jesus responsibility.

Digging Deeper

Read Hebrews 12:1-13.
What does this passage teach us about God and His plan for our life?

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 06.16.12

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As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!” MARK 4:35-41 (NLT)

 

I_______________ your F__________.

NAME YOUR FEAR(S) _____________________________

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by each experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. ELEANOR ROOSEVELT

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. PSALM 139:23-24 (NLT)

 

A_____________ your H_______________.
Our unheathy reaction to fear is to overcompensate: trying to control and obsess or isolate: withdraw in defeat. ROMANS 12:2 (NLT)

 

M_____________ your view of C___________.

For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” ZEPHANIAH 3:17 (NLT)

 

IN YOUR FEAR, REMEMBER ______ __________.

 

Discussion Questions

  1. What was your biggest fear as a child?
  2. How have your fears changed as you have gotten older?
  3. What should we look for to see if a fear has become unhealthy?
  4. Name a fear or something you are currently struggling with. What is your typical response (do you over-compensate, or withdraw and isolate yourself)?
  5. What are some of the unhealthy habits or “ruts” you get into that do not truly help you fight fear?
  6. In our fear we must remember who God is and that “I AM” is with us. Read the following passages out loud: Isaiah 41:10; 43:1-3; Philippians 4:6-7; Psalm 56:3-4; Luke 12:32. What do these passages tell us is true about God?

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 06.09.12

FIGHTING FOR YOUR MARRIAGE MEANS

BEING THE KIND OF PARTNER YOUR SPOUSE WOULD WANT TO BE MARRIED TO…

…IN TIMES OF C___________________.
Do all that YOU can to live in peace with everyone… ROMANS 12:18 (NLT)

 

…IN THE WAY YOU T___________________ THEM.
Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony. COLOSSIANS 3: 12-14 (NLT)

 

…IN THE WAY YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR OWN N__________________ — BODY, SOUL, SPIRIT.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. MATTHEW 6:33 (NLT)

Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come. 1 TIMOTHY 4:8 (NLT)

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself. 1 CORINTHIANS 6:19 (NLT)

Remove grief and anger from your heart and put away pain from your body, because childhood and the prime of life are fleeting. ECCLESIASTES 11:10 (NAS)

 

Discussion Questions

ICEBREAKER QUESTION:
Married people: How did you and your spouse meet?
Single people: Do you hope to marry one day? If so, what kind of person do you want to marry?

  1. Colossians 3:12-15 has a lot of practical advice about how we as Christ-followers should treat each other – especially for married couples. Reflect on this verse and answer the following question. How much of this verse are you living out toward your spouse?
  2. Tim talked about how Fighting for your marriage means being the kind of partner your spouse would want to be married to in times of conflict. What do you and your spouse argue about most often? How well or poorly are you able to deal with conflict?
  3. If over 60% of conflict in marriage never goes away, then what biblical principles can guide you through dealing with conflict in a healthy and God-honoring way?
  4. Romans 12:18 shares an important principle that can be very powerful when applied to marriage: “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.” How can this verse apply to your marriage and any of the problems that you are currently experiencing?
  5. Read Ephesians 5:33. Why does God command husbands to “love” and wives to “respect?” Men: What does it mean for a man to “love” his wife? Women: What does it mean for a “wife” to respect her husband?
  6. MARRIED COUPLES: What do you need to think or do differently in your marriage relationship? SINGLES: If you hope to be married in the future, what action steps do you need to take now to prepare for your future marriage?

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 06.02.12

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Discussion Questions

  1. Think about the last time you spent time alone, recharging with just you and God. What did He say to you?
  2. Fighting for your faith isn’t knowing all of the answers, sometimes it’s just about being confident that God is all powerful and He has a plan for you. What is the latest storm that life has thrown at you? How is God helping you get through it?
  3. The expanse of the universe is overwhelming. What inspired you the most about the video you saw this weekend?
  4. What did you learn from the video that you didn’t know prior to seeing it?
  5. Even as Christians, we all have struggles with aspects of our faith. What struggles do you have?
  6. Make plans for a time to get away with just you and God under His blanket of stars soon. Once you do it, email Kyle and let him know if it inspired you and how God used it to encourage you to keep fighting for Him. kyleg@cedarcreek.tv

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 05.26.12

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FIGHT
Fight For Your Country
Steven Whitlow
May 26 & 27, 2012

DECLARATION PREAMBLE:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come. LUKE 4:18-19 (NLT)

 

Fight with W____________________
“A time for war and a time for peace.” ECC. 3:8 (NLT)

“Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” ROMANS 12:18 (NLT)

 

Fight with your W____________________
“Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” EPH. 4:29 (NLT) 

“If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.” JAMES 1:26 (NLT) 

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice. PROVERBS 31:8-9 (NLT)

 

Fight with your W____________________ of L_______________________
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it. JAMES 1:22-25 (NLT)

 

Discussion Questions

ICEBREAKER: Memorial Day is a time to remember those who fought and died for our freedom. First, share the names of those you know who served our country and where. Next, what freedom do you enjoy the most?

  1. Do you ever feel conflicted when it comes to being a Christ-follower AND an American citizen? Does that create tension in your life?
  2. What does it mean for you to be a “good American citizen?” What are Jesus’ instructions to believers as it pertains to their earthly citizenship?
  3. Our freedom carries with it a tension that must be managed. The tension is that we are all entitled to differing opinions about politics, race, religion, morality, etc. Reflect on Steven’s talk this weekend and talk about how to exercise the freedoms that you have without ruining opportunities to tell people about Christ?
  4. There are people who passionately love and serve Jesus and yet, have political viewpoints vastly different than your own. How can you have appropriate political discussions? Do you keep politics in proper perspective and not blow up any time someone doesn’t agree with you?
  5. How respectful are you of our country’s leaders? While our leaders may not share our faith, what does the Bible say about how we should treat them? (Also see Romans 13:1-2)
  6. After listening to this weekend’s message, how were you challenged to fight for your country with your way of life? In what ways does living for Christ enable you to be a good American?

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 05.19.12

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SUMMIT WEEKEND
Vulnerability
Patrick Lencioni
May 19 & 20, 2012

Definition of Vulnerability –
Liable to increased penalties, but entitled to increased bonuses

Three Fears that keep us from being vulnerable:

Fear of B_______________________ R_______________________
Meanwhile, Peter was in the courtyard below. One of the servant girls who worked for the high priest came by and noticed Peter warming himself at the fire. She looked at him closely and said, “You were one of those with Jesus of Nazareth.” But Peter denied it. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said, and he went out into the entryway. Just then, a rooster crowed.[b] When the servant girl saw him standing there, she began telling the others, “This man is definitely one of them!” But Peter denied it again. A little later some of the other bystanders confronted Peter and said, “You must be one of them, because you are a Galilean.” Peter swore, “A curse on me if I’m lying—I don’t know this man you’re talking about!” MARK 14: 66-71
A. ENTER THE DANGER
B. SPEAK THE KIND TRUTH
C. DON’T BE AFRAID TO BE REJECTED

 

2. Fear of B_______________________ E_______________________
A. CELEBRATE OUR MISTAKES

 

3. Fear of F_______________________ I_______________________
When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” JOHN 13: 4-6
A. DO THE DIRTY WORK – Show people you are willing to do what you are asking of them.
B. BE GENUINELY INTERESTED AND HONOR OTHERS WORK

Vulnerability breeds trust, loyalty, commitment, and can be very powerful. Even though it is attractive, our culture has instilled in us to avoid suffering and pain at all costs. We as Christ followers, are called to be vulnerable by Jesus Christ, the most humble and vulnerable leader of all time. He was seated comfortably in heaven at the right hand of the father, but came to Earth as a servant to show his unconditional love for us. The example has been set to willingly be rejected and speak the kind truth in spreading the Gospel. Now, it’s our role to carry out the Great Commission, as vulnerable servants, we will truly be rewarded for answering the call. Matthew 5:12 says, “Be happy about! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.”

Discussion Questions

1. Patrick Lencioni describes vulnerability as an attractive and powerful attribute. Have you ever viewed vulnerability as an attractive attribute in your life?

2. Lencioni said that despite the power of vulnerability, many of us do not embrace being vulnerable.

A. Where on the continuum below would you place your own willingness to be vulnerable?
Rarely Willing? Cautiously Willing? Totally Willing?
B. Depending on your level of vulnerability, you might not be comfortable sharing your rating with others. Take a step toward increased vulnerability by talking about where you marked yourself with a group of friends that you trust and share why you placed yourself where you did.

3. Three fears that keep us from being vulnerable are fear of being rejected, fear of being embarrassed, and fear of feeling inferior. Rate how much you struggle with each fear in the scale below.
Fear of REJECTION – Rarely, Sometimes, Really
Fear of being EMBARRASSED – Rarely, Sometimes, Really
Fear of being INFERIOR – Rarely, Sometimes, Really
Take on a challenge and risk vulnerability by sharing the above results with your group.

4. Think of a mistake you have made that you’ve never told anyone about. Discuss what the result might be if you shared that story? Write out your thoughts and if you feel comfortable, share it with a group.

5. Do you have a fear of speaking the truth to someone because you think you might offend them? Describe a time where you spoke up and told the truth and risked vulnerability.

6. Do you lead an organization, team, group, or are you a coach, parent or mentor? If so, you likely are asking people to do things to challenge themselves and do a lot of “dirty work.” How often do you lead by example by showing that you are just as willing to do the things you are asking them to do?

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 05.12.12

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MEGA THEMES
The Trinity
Barb Roose
May 12 & 13, 2012

When the Holy Spirit G________________ our lives, we are transformed into who God created us to be.

So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. GALATIANS 5:16 (NLT)

DO YOU BELIEVE THAT SAME HOLY SPIRIT LIVES IN YOU? ___ YES ____NO

The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. ROMANS 8:11 (NLT)

 

There will always be T____________________!

The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. GALATIANS 5:17 (NLT)

WHAT “TENSION” ARE YOU FACING RIGHT NOW?

“The truth is that the Spirit of the living God is guaranteed to ask you to go somewhere or do something you wouldn’t normally want or choose to do … The Holy Spirit of God will mold you into the person you were made to be. This often incredibly painful process strips you of selfishness, pride and fear.”
FRANCIS CHAN, FORGOTTEN GOD

 

The Holy Spirit is our S________________ of strength to help us endure and sustain our faith.

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never
leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. JOHN 14:16-17 (NLT)

 

Discussion Questions

  1. The Trinity and the Holy Spirit are the two areas that many Christians don’t understand or misunderstand. What did you learn about the Holy Spirit or the Trinity that you didn’t know before?
  2. What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer? Do you truly believe that the Holy Spirit lives within you?
  3. Should there be a difference between a person who has the Spirit of God living within them and someone who does not? What should the difference look like?
  4. When is the last time you experienced the Holy Spirit at work in your life? If you are a Christ-follower, when do you struggle to let the Holy Spirit control your life? Why do we struggle so much to let the Holy Spirit guide our lives? How often do you feel like you are getting pulled in the opposite direction from God?
  5. What are the tensions that you struggle with the most?
  6. Read Galatians 5:22-23. How much of the Fruit of the Spirit are you experiencing in your life right now? Which ones are you lacking or need to experience more in your life?
  7. Since this weekend’s message, have you sensed the Holy Spirit speaking into your life? In what ways? How are you planning to be obedient to that Holy Spirit’s leading?