Formless to Form

Read 2 Corinthians 3:12-18

1. Moses glowed by spending time with God on Mt. Sinai, in his tent of meeting, and in the Tabernacle. How can we get a similar glow of the Spirit in our lives? 

2. In what way is meditating on Scripture beholding God? 

3. Is character change directly related to time deliberately spent in God's presence? Why or why not?

4. From verse 18, who are the “we all? ” What is God doing and how is He doing it? See Romans 8:29 and 12:2 also.

5. Have you noticed a change in the "degree of glory" you're experiencing now compared to a few years ago? Why or why not?



I am the Light of the World

Read John 8:2-12

1. What darkness might you be in the midst of right now? How could Jesus help illuminate your darkness?

2. What guilt might Jesus be revealing to you? What’s your next step to dealing with your guilt?

3. What does God’s grace mean to you and how has it illuminated your life?

4. Describe a time when Jesus helped you endure a hopeless situation. How did He reveal His hope to you?

5. What’s one thing you will do this week as a result of something you learned from this message?



I am the Resurrection and the Life

Read John 11:11-27

1. If you could raise one person from the dead, who would it be? Why?

2. What do you learn from the disciples' response to Jesus' statement in verses 11-12?

3. What do you learn from Thomas' conversation with the other disciples in verse 16?

4. What do you learn from Martha's conversation with Jesus in verses 21-22?

5. What do you learn from Jesus' statement in verse 25?

6. Jesus is the resurrection and the life. How does that empower you to live...

     a. a life with confidence?

     b. a life with hope?

     c. a life with purpose?

Bonus question: On a scale of 1 (none) to 10 (completely) how confident are you that you will live eternally? What evidence is there supporting your level of confidence? How would you live your life differently if you were more confident?



I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life

Read John 13:33 - 14:6

1. Look at 13:36, 14:6,8, and 22. What problems are the disciples struggling with?

2. If Jesus is the Way, do you feel you are on a bumpy dead-end street, or on a four-lane highway? Why?

3. How would you compare your own "good intentions" to Simon Peter's?

4. Where do you need Jesus to be the Truth in your life?

5. Since Jesus is about to depart, what does he call the disciples to do (v.34-35)? How would you define what he means by love?

6. In light of 14:6, how would you respond to someone who said "there are many ways to God"?



I am the Good Shepherd

Read John 10:1-18

1. How have you experienced the challenges of being like a sheep?

2. Describe an instance when Jesus provided for you during a time of need. How did that experience affect your relationship with him?

3. Where in your life might you need Jesus’ guidance and protection?

4. With so many conflicting “voices” competing for your attention, how do you discern the Shepherd’s voice?

5.  What steps can you take to become even closer to the Good Shepherd so you can hear his voice?

6. How does Jesus’ giving of his life relate to his promise of giving abundant life to others?



I am the Vine

1.     What type of branch do you identify yourself with?

     a.     Fruit bearing branch

     b.     Non-fruit bearing branch                      

2.     Do you believe that God has the power to choose who will be saved?

3.     After reading and hearing John 15:1-6 do you believe that God forgave Judas?

4.     Read Ephesians 2:10. Do you believe that being sealed with the Holy Spirit and set aside to do good works is what Jesus teaches in John 15: 1-6 ?                                         

5.     Read John 15: 1-6. After reading these verses are you encouraged to share the good news of the gospel?





I am the Bread of Life

Read John 6:26-51

1. What type of bread are you today: All natural? Rye? Moldy? Crusty? Fresh? Easy to butter up?

2. How does Jesus' response to their question show the difference between his interests and theirs?

3. What does the crowd ask Jesus to do in order that they can believe him? What is their real interest?

4. In our culture, what is the main reason for following Jesus? What was your original motive?

5. Corrie Ten Boom writes, “You may never know that Jesus is all you need, until Jesus is all you have.” Have you ever been in a situation like this? Share with the group. 

6. From verses 27-29, how does Jesus say they are to work for the food that leads to eternal life?


7. What does bread do physically for us that is like what Jesus can do spiritually?


8. How would you describe your daily spiritual diet: Junk food? Frozen food? Baby food? TV microwave food? Left-overs? Meat and potatoes? Pure bread and wine?


9. If someone asked, "How do I hunger and thirst after God?" what counsel could you offer?



Why Did God Shape Me the Way He Did?

Read Psalm 139:13-16

1. You have been identifying your SHAPE for the past 5 weeks. Why should you care about your SHAPE?

2. Are you acceptive of your SHAPE or do you wish some things were different in your life?

3. How does knowing that God "knit you together in your mother's womb" bring you comfort that he knows best?

4. In Jesus, you are fully loved and accepted by God. Jesus guarantees your salvation. Are you able to surrender yourself to God and let him love just as you have been SHAPED?

5. One of the best places to start serving in ministry is in your Bridge Group and at Bridge. How can you use your SHAPE to serve your group and your church?



Engaging and Encouraging Others Through Our Experiences

1. As you consider the meaning of experiences, do you feel the pressure to present your life to others as a series of great experiences?

2. We have all had difficult experiences. How has your experience of Jesus helped you to understand your difficult experiences?

3. Read Romans 5:17. How does the life experience of Jesus change everything for us if we believe?

4. Read Hebrews 4: 14 -16. How does knowing you have a sympathetic High Priest change the way you understand your experiences, both the good and the difficult experiences?

5. Read 2 Corinthians 1:3.  Has there been a time when a friend brought the comfort of God to you because he or she had known Godś comfort in a similar experience?

6. Read 1 Peter 2:4-5 and 9-10. What does it mean for you to be a living stone and for the church to be a royal priesthood?



Discovering the Purpose of my Personality

Read Mark 12:28-30

1.  Review the four personalities addressed in the sermon: talker, feeler, thinker, doer.

2. While you are a mix of all these personalities, which one best describes you? Share the reasons with your group.

3. Pastor Christian talked about the purpose, weakness, and a warning for each personality. Discuss with your group how those apply to your personality.

4. Now that you have a better understanding of your personality, what are some areas in which God can use you in ministry according to your SHAPE?



Using My Abilities

Read 1 Peter 4:10-11

1. What is your vocation?

2. What are other jobs or skills in which you have experience?

3. Write down all of your abilities from this list (feel free to add to the list): 

Administration - Animal Care - Arts/Crafts - Athletics/Sports - Audio/Visual - Baking - Catering - Coaching - Computers/Technology - Conversing - Cooking - Counseling - Data Entry - Decorating - Drawing - Electrical Work - Facilities Management - Finance - Graphic Design - Insurance - Landscaping - Linguistics - Maintenance/Repairs - Musical - Organizing - Painting - Performing Arts/Drama - Personnel Management - Photography - Planning Trips or Events - Plumbing - Public Speaking - Recruiting - Scenery Production - Secretary/Office Support - Set-up/Tear-down - Sewing - Sound System - Strategic Planning - Typing - Vehicle Driver - Vehicle Maintenance - Videography - Web Design - Writing... 

4. God matches your ministry with your abilities. How might God use your abilities for Ministry?



Following My Heart

Read Philippians 2:13 and Proverbs 27:19

The second key factor in discovering your S.H.A.P.E. is to listen to your heart. Your heart tells you what you are passionate about, and your passions are clues as to where you should be serving. For example, some people are passionate about working with children or senior adults. Others are more attracted to a certain task, such as preparing financial reports or construction. Still others desire to address a cause, such as poverty or hunger in an inner city or third world country.

1. What are you passionate about?

   a. A role (what you would like to do):

   b. A people group (whom you like to help):

   c. A cause (what you would like to see changed or supported): 

2. What are some "spiritual/emotional heart stoppers" that are keeping you from following what God has put in your heart? Disappointment, fear, guilt, bitterness, rejection, etc...

3. How can Jesus heal your heart?

4. How can you use your God-given passions and interests to serve others effectively? 



Unwrapping My Spiritual Gifts

Read 1 Corinthians 12:1; 4-11

Go to or and take the spiritual gifts assessment.

1. What have you discovered about your spiritual gifts? Did you already know what they are?

2. Identify your spiritual gift(s) and describe it by using one or two of the bullet points below.

  • How did you recognize your gifts?

  • How does what you’ve learned through the gifts inventory seem to

    fit with your past ministry experiences?

  • Do you feel that these gifts do, or will, bring satisfaction to you?

  • How do you think God might want you to use your gifts in service

    to the Body of Christ, or are you already using them in ministry?

  • Where might you begin to develop your gift(s)?

3. Allow other group members to sensitively ask questions to bring further clarification to what gift(s) you may have.

4. Affirm each person following his/her time of gift-sharing.



I am a Minister

Read Isaiah 60:1-22

1. Where in the range of "darkness" (v.2) to "radiance" (v. 5) are you this week?

2. What aspects of Christian life have lost their shine since your salvation? Which have gained new sparkle?

3. What can help you shine more brightly?

4. In this Scripture, God says He shines His light on you so that you can shine it in the world. What areas of your everyday life can you find opportunities to shine light into darkness?

5. Reflect on this truth: "I am a minister with a specific purpose at an opportune time to make an eternal difference." Out of all the times in history, God chose you to live here and now. Who has God placed in your sphere of influence that needs to see His light?

6. You are a minister. Share with the group where you see God developing ministry through you.



Checking My Baggage

Read John 5:1-15

1. How do you think the man in this story who had been disabled for 38 years felt? helpless, dependent, bitter, angry, discouraged, depressed, resigned to his condition?

2. How do you think the man felt when Jesus asked him, "Do you want to get well?" Insulted, cared for, challenged, mocked, hopeful, cynical?

3. How can you relate to this story in terms of your life? 

4. Do you have "baggage" that is holding you back from growing this year?

5. Can you name your "baggage"?

6. Do you want to get well?

7. What ailments - physical, spiritual, emotional, financial, or otherwise - do you need Jesus to treat in your life?

Read Galatians 5:1 and Psalm 71:20

1. Do you believe Jesus has set you free?

2. How can He restore your life in 2018?



Pressing On to Lay Hold in the New Year

  1. Read Philippians 3: 12-14

    1. Have you been laid hold of by Christ Jesus?

    2. How do you know? Briefly share your experience.

  2. Read John 15:16: Why is it important that Jesus chose us rather than us choosing him?

  3. The sermon emphasized the importance of learning to preach the gospel to ourselves. How do we do this and how does it help us?

  4. Read Hebrews 12: 1-2: How does fixing our eyes on Jesus our forerunner help us to run the race?

  5. The sermon listed 5 typical practices that produce spiritual weariness:

    1. Insensitivity to our own sin.

    2. Unforgiveness toward others.

    3. Unconfessed complaining.

    4. Hidden disobedience.

    5. Lack of spiritual food and exercise (Bible reading, prayer, church attendance.)

Share with the group what practices you believe cause your own spiritual weariness, and then pray for another for repentance and rejuvenation.



He will be called...Prince of Peace

Read Isaiah 9:6-7

1) How would you describe your normal state? Very peaceful? Mostly peaceful? Occasionally stressed? Off-the-charts high strung and anxious? Explain why?

2) Read Philippians 4:6-7. Describe a time when Jesus was with you in the midst of chaos and he gave you an unexplainable peace.

3) Jesus is the Sar Shalom, the Prince of Peace. Can you describe a time when Jesus used the “absence of peace” to get your attention?

4) Are you at peace with God (through Christ)? Talk about why or why not.

5) If you are experiencing chaos in your life right now, pray with your group and ask Jesus to guard your heart and mind according to Philippians 4:7



He will be called...Everlasting Father

Read Isaiah 9:6

1. What are some father-like qualities of Jesus?

2. In what ways have you projected the image of your earthly father onto your Everlasting Father?

3. If so, has that hindered your relationship with Jesus in any way?

4. How is your Everlasting Father different than your earthly father?

5. How has Jesus provided for you?

6. How has Jesus cared about you?

5. How does seeing the Everlasting Father more clearly affect your relationship with Him?



He will be called...Mighty God

Read Isaiah 9:6 

1. How is Jesus different as a child and as a son?

2. How is Jesus "Mighty God" as you know him?

Read Colossians 1:16-17, 1 Peter 3:22, and Matthew 28:18 

1. What is the nature of Jesus' power?

2. What does Jesus have power over according to these verses?

Read Matthew 7:29; 8:26-27; 11:2-6; Hebrews 4:15; Acts 2:24

1. What evidence is found in these verses that Jesus is the Mighty God?

2. What are some benefits of Jesus' power?

3. How is his power working in you?

4. How is his power working for you?

5. How is his power working through you?



He will be called...Wonderful Counselor

Read Isaiah 8:19-22

1. How does Isaiah bring out the contrast between mediums and spiritists and God?

2. What should the people be seeking?

3. What "black-out" will result from their refusal to do so?

4. The nation of Israel was looking for guidance in the wrong places. Where do you look for guidance outside of Jesus?

Read Isaiah 9:1-7

1. Of the names given in verse 6, which fit Jesus as you know him?

2. How is Jesus wonderful?

3. How often to you go to Jesus for counseling? What does that look like?

4. What keeps you from calling out to the Wonderful Counselor at times?

5. How challenging is it to listen to the Wonderful Counselor?

6. Has Jesus ever asked you to do something you did not want to do? What was that experience like?

7. According to 1 Corinthians 1:24, Jesus is the power and the knowledge of God. How can he empower you to do what he asks you to do?