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

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Broken
Spirit
Lee Powell
November 19 & 20, 2011

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

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

ROADBLOCKS TO HUMILITY OR (A BROKEN SPIRIT)

S______________________________

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

I______________________________

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

C______________________________

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

G______________________________ (RELIGION)

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

ROAD TO HUMILITY

Get A V______________________________of God

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

S_______________-_______________

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

Bow Down and W______________________________ God

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

Seek Him D______________________________

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

T______________________________God

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

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

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Broken
Relationships
Lee Powell
November 12 & 13, 2011

Put on L______________________________

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

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

C______________________________ Your Backside

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

Get B_____________________ ____ Not B__________________________

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

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

Into G______________________________ Counsel

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

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

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

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

Aim for R______________________________

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

Use the M__________________ B__________________

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

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

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

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Broken
Dreams
Lee Powell
November 5 & 6, 2011

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

BE REALISTIC

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

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

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

BE PATIENT

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

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

BE CLOSE

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

BE GRATEFUL

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

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

BE HELPFUL

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

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

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

___ Administration     ___Teaching
___Giving                       ___Helps
___Hospitality              ___ Mercy
___Encouragement

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 10.15.11

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Refining Faith
Courage Under Fire
Steve Hutmacher
October 15 & 16, 2011

But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong . . . 1 PETER 3:14-17 (NASB)

3 CATEGORIES OF CHRISTIANS
1. Self-centered Christian
2. ConvenientChristian
3. Christ-centered Christian

Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution . . . 2 TIMOTHY 3:12 (NLT)

“. . . And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake.” ACTS 9:16 (NLT)

And now I am bound by the Spirit to go to Jerusalem. I don’t know what awaits me, except that the Holy Spirit tells me in city after city that jail and suffering lie ahead. But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God . . . ACTS 20:22-24 (NLT)

“And now I am bound by the Spirit to go to Jerusalem. I don’t know what awaits me, except that the Holy Spirit tells me in city after city that jail and suffering lie ahead. But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God”. . . 2 TIMOTHY 2:3-4 (NASB)

. . . but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence . . . 1 PETER 3:15 (NASB)

“Sanctify”- withdrawn from fellowship with the world and selfishness and drawing into fellowship with God.

You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God . . . JAMES 4:4 (NASB)

Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: “He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us”? . . . JAMES 4:5 (NASB)

Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you . . . 1 JOHN 2:15 (NLT)

Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit . . . 1 PETER 3:18 (NLT)

“I need to be courageous in ______________________________.”

                                                          YESTERDAY           TODAY
A CHRISTIAN                                     YES   NO                YES   NO
SELF-CENTERED CHRISTIAN            _________           _________
CONVENIENT CHRISTIAN                 _________          _________
CHRIST-CENTERED CHRISTIAN        _________          _________

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

1. What’s the most courageous thing you have ever done? Why does that exemplify courage?
2.  What areas do you feel God wants you to step up and be courageous in?
3. What would you do if you were told you can no longer meet as Christians in a church or life group?
4. Give examples of Christians living self-centered, convenient, or Christ centered lives.
5. Of these three categories, which do you feel you’ve been living up to? What’s keeping you from living a Christ-centered life?
6. Read James 4:4-5. God compares friendship with loving the world and as a form of adultery.
7. What are examples of this? What if anything in your life makes God jealous?
8. Are you equipped to share the message of Christ with someone on the spot to the point of leading them to salvation? How can you be better prepared to do so? What’s the most courageous thing you have ever done? Why does that exemplify courage?

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

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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…

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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

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

Empowers us to…

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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

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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.”