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

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

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

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

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

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

Coaches Us by…

T__________________ US

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

C_____________________ US

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

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

E_______________________ US

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

Empowers us to…

S__________

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

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

S__________

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. 1 CORINTHIANS 12:4,7 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 1 PETER 4:10

S______________ / SUFFER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, “If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple. “But don’t begin until you count the cost. LUKE 14:25-28

A Where we get stuck:

WE CONFUSE K__________________ WITH I___________________.

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

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

WE POLISH OUR A________________________ INSTEAD OF PRACTICE A__________________________.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STEP ONE ____________________________

STEP TWO _______________________________

STEP THREE ________________________________

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

YOU MUST BE B_______ A________.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.” MATTHEW 5:23,24

Forgive Those Who Have Hurt Me. . .

BECAUSE GOD HAS F__________ ME.

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

BECAUSE R_____________ DOESN’T WORK.

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

BECAUSE I N _____ FORGIVENESS IN THE FUTURE.

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

Ask Forgiveness From Those I Have Hurt

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

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

“So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.” MATTHEW 5:23-24

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 7.30.11

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Power of the Invite
Kyle Gray, i-Campus Pastor
July 30 & 31, 2011

The Need for Workers

Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” MATTHEW 9:35-38

Notes:

 

 

 

 

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

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

Icebreaker Question: Talk about how you first found CedarCreek, share your story

1. What special things did God do, looking back, to prepare you to walk in these doors?

2. Who was your first contact at CedarCreek that built a relationship with you?

3. When is the last time you invited someone to Church?

4. What roadblocks are there that keep you from inviting people?

5. Who will you invite to the Big Push?

6. How will you invite them, what’s your plan?

7. Who can you be praying for that God can start the process in even today?

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

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 7.23.11

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Vintage Faith
Jeremiah – The Weeping, Complaining, Persevering Prophet
Lee Powell, Senior Pastor
July 23 & 24, 2011

What he “DIDN’T” have…

S______- C_____________________

…I knew you before I formed you in your Mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my Prophets to the Nations. JEREMIAH 1:4 & 5

O Sovereign Lord,…I can’t speak for you! I’m too young! JEREMIAH 1:6

A P________________ A________________

“What sorrow is mine…Oh that I had died at birth! I am hated everywhere I go. JEREMIAH 15:10

Why…does my suffering continue? Why is my wound so incurable? Your help seems as uncertain as a seasonal brook, like a spring that has gone dry. JEREMIAH 15:18

…I curse the day I was born! May no one celebrate the day of my birth. I curse the messenger who told my father, Good news, you have a son!…Terrify him all day…because he did not kill me at birth. Oh, that I had died in my Mother’s womb…why was I ever born? My entire life has been filled with trouble, sorrow and shame. JEREMIAH 20:14-18

What he “DID” have…

A H__________ for G_____

When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies. I never joined the people in their merry feasts. I sat alone because your hand was on me. I was filled with indignation at their sins. JEREMIAH 15:16,17

The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him… 2 CHRONICLES 16:9

C_____________________ in G_______

…Everything I had hoped for from the Lord is lost! The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore I will hope in Him! The Lord is good to those who depend on Him, to those who search for him. LAMENTATIONS 3:18-25

C______________________ to the C_____________ of God

Today I appoint you to stand up against nations and kingdoms. Some you must uproot and tear down, destroy and overthrow. Others you must build up and plant.”JEREMIAH 1:10

But if I say I’ll never mention the Lord or speak in his name, His word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can’t do it! JEREMIAH 20:9

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

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

1. Why do you think God chose to use someone like Jeremiah, who had so many flaws to carry His message to the people of Judah?

2. Read Jeremiah 1:4-6. Have you ever felt that God was calling you to do something but you doubted yourself? What was the result?

3. Read Jeremiah 20:14-18. Have you ever felt this down in the dumps? What promises of God or favorite scripture passages do you turn to during these tough times?

4. Read Jeremiah 15:16-17. What do you see in these passages that show the prophet’s heart for God? Do you believe your heart is in tune with God’s heart? Why or why not?

5. Read Jeremiah 20:7-9. Have you ever had a message from God you felt was like a “Fire in my bones?” Who in your life do you need to share the message of Christ with?

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

Living It Out – Message Notes and Discussion Questions for the weekend of 7.16.11

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Vintage Faith
Isaiah – Game Changer
Lee Powell, Senior Pastor
July 16 & 17, 2011

Game Changing E___________________

1 It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. 2 Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. 3 They were calling out to each other,

“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Heaven’s Armies! The whole earth is filled with his glory!”

4 Their voices shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire building was filled with smoke. 5 Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.” 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.” ISAIAH 6:1-7

Game Changing A _________________

Then I heard the Lord asking…“Who will go for us?…” ISAIAH 6:8a

Game Changing R_________________

…“Here I am. Send me.” ISAIAH 6:8b

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

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

Icebreaker: Read Isaiah 6:1-8. What stands out to you in this passage? How would you respond if you saw God in heaven, in all his glory?

1. When was the last time you had a game changing experience from God? Could be a time you felt God speak to you or a big spiritual wake up call.

2. Think about a difficult time in your life. What spiritual revelations did God reveal to you through that experience?

3. Have you ever felt God’s call to do something? (could be big or small) If so, what was the result? Also, is there anything God is calling you to right now?

4. Are you a Missional member of CedarCreek? If so, what benefits have you seen in your spiritual life going through the process? If not, what is holding you back?

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

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

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

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

C _________________ the W __________

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

…many beautiful concubines… ECCLESIASTES 2:8

… I denied myself no pleasure… ECCLESIASTES 2:10

C _________________ the W __________

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

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

C _________________ the W __________

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

C _________________ the W __________

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

C _________________ the W __________

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

C _________________ the W __________

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

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

Life I___ Christ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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