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Mysterious Meat

 

Read John 4:31-38

1. Thinking about your life this week, have you been more concerned for physical needs than spiritual things? 

2. What distracts you from spiritual things?

3. Is doing God's will as essential to you as eating food? Why?

4. How does doing the will of God supply the same essentials in your life that food does?

5. What is the "harvest" around you that is ready for picking?

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Divine Appointment

Read Acts 8:26-35

1. Make a list of the things God did in this passage to prepare the way for his message.

2. What is the relationship between this preparation and human initiative in this story?

3. What does this teach you about how God operates through people; how he sets up opportunities to witness?

4. How can this awareness free you from fears in evangelism?

5. Review the 5 points of Sunday's sermon.

6. Pray that the Holy Spirit will provide what you need to lead people to Jesus this summer.

 

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Pop Some Seeds

Read Mark 4:26-29

1. Who are the five people you decided to pray for and reach out to this summer? Do you have any updates to share with the group?

2. Have you been able to put to practice what you learned from Dan's sermon last Sunday? (How to share your story in light of Jesus' transformation in your life).

3. How has the process of evangelism happened or how do you see it happening in your life? (Refer to the 5 stages of growth mentioned in the sermon).

4. Does your life naturally provoke questions about Christ? (Remember: Christianity doesn't need better evangelists. Christianity needs Christians living better stories with their everyday lives).

5. Pray that as you plant some seeds this summer with friends and family, God will bring about amazing growth. Trust Him for growth and prepare for harvest this Fall.

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Want a Drink?

Read John 4:7-26

1. What are two things you can learn from Jesus regarding evangelism in this story?

2. Is it difficult for you to share the Gospel with unchurched or non-believer friends? Why or why not?

3. PC asked us to write the names of five people we'll be praying for and reach out to this summer. Share with the group who these five people are.

4. What is your testimony? How did Jesus change your life? Take a few minutes to put together a one minute story of how you came to Christ and describe how you were before you committed your life to him and what difference he has made in your life after you committed it to him. Share with the group.

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Care and Prayer

Read Nehemiah 1:3-4, 2 Corinthians 3:18.  How have you grown in caring for others by spending time in God’s presence?

Read Psalm 27:4.  What are the best times and places you’ve found to seek God’s face and enjoy God’s beauty in your prayer life?

Read Nehemiah 1:5.  What new aspects of God’s character or work has He shown you recently through your Bible reading?

Read 1 Peter 1:18-19.  How have you grown in your faith and confidence in your the salvation Jesus won for you through His precious blood?

Read Joshua 23:14.  Which of God’s promises have you been claiming in prayer recently?

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Cryin' and Groanin' and Carryin' On

  1. Dan shared some of his dreams about the potential merger with Living Faith. What are your dreams for the merger?

  2. Read Romans 8:14-16. What does the cry, ¨Abba, Father,¨ tell us about God, about ourselves, about prayer?

  3. What struggles do you face in prayer? What verses or truths about God help you to pray?

  4. Read Romans 8:18-27. How do you understand these verses and the way they connect the groaning of creation, the groaning of the Spirit, and our groaning? How do they relate to prayer?

5. Look up the YouTube video Down by the Riverside/Playing for Change and put it on closed caption so you can understand the choir from the Congo. Watch it. Sing. Dance.

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It Will Be Enough!

 

Read Judges 3:31

1. What is something you can do with your life starting where you are?

2. What do you have now that you can use in order to fulfill God's calling in your life?

3. What are some things you can do for God right now? 

4. Is what you can do enough? How can Jesus do what you cannot do?

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Formless to Form by Giving

Read 1 Kings 17:7-16

1. Like the widow, when was a time you felt like you had reached the end of your rope? What happened?

2. If you were the widow, how would you have responded to Elijah's words in verses 13-14?

3. When has a decision to trust God meant burning your bridges behind you?

4. Do you have a story of how God increased your faith when you decided to give sacrificially? 

5. What jars and jugs are running dry for you? Will the Lord do something miraculous for you? Why or why not?

6. Read Matthew 6:21. Jesus gave his life for what he treasured in his heart, you. Where is your heart? What are you treasuring the most? 

Spend time with your group praying that your heart will be in alignment with the heart of Jesus, so you will treasure what he treasures.

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Formless to Form in Gospel Community

 

1. Read the entire second chapter of Acts. a. Describe what has changed from the beginning of the chapter to the end. b. What has caused these changes?

2. Reread verses 42-47. If these verses characterize gospel community, in what ways is your Bridge Group strong? In what characteristics of gospel community does your Bridge group need to be strengthened?

3. Read the last verse, verse 47, again. Is your Bridge Group set up to facilitate the Lord adding those who are being saved¨? What could your group do to draw others into the kingdom of God?

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Formless to Form by Church Membership

Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-26

1. To what does the apostle Paul compare Christ’s spiritual body, the church? See 1 Corinthians 12:12

2. Using the illustration of the human body, what is Paul teaching about the various members of Christ’s body? See 1 Corinthians 12:15-17

3. Who has assigned to each individual member his particular place and function in the body? See 1 Corinthians 12:18

4. What are some practical reasons for being committed to a local church? See Hebrews 13:17

5. How does church membership help us grow into spiritual maturity? See Acts 2:42; 1 Timothy 4:14

6. How is church membership a blood-bought gift of God’s grace? See Ephesians 5:25; Acts 20:28

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Formless to Form by Prayer

Read Luke 11:1-4

1. Who prayed with you when you were a child? Did you have a standard prayer that you recited? If so, how much can you remember?

2. What motivated the disciples to ask Jesus to teach them to pray?

3. What do you use to prepare for prayer: A psalm? A devotional guide? A hymn?

4. What concerns occupy most of your time in prayer: Adoration? Confession? Thanksgiving? Supplication? Why? In which area do you want to grow?

5. Read James 5:13-15. "And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well..." How much does your faith affect the results of your prayers?

6. Read Hebrews 7:25. What does it mean that Jesus intercedes for us?

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Formless to Form by God's Word

1.  Read Colossians 1:24-29. How is our normal understanding of maturity similar to spiritual maturity, and how is spiritual maturity different?

2.  Paul writes that he labors for the spiritual maturity of everyone, but he does not explain why it is so important. Why do you think God values spiritual maturity so greatly?

3.  Read 1 Peter 2: 1-3 and Hebrews 5: 11-14. What is the difference between spiritual milk and spiritual meat? How do we ensure that we have a diet that includes both?

4.  The sermon spoke of our need for Godś word but not much about how to access and apply Godś word. What strategies, Bible reading plans, or devotional helps have you benefited from?

5.  What does Paul mean when he writes that God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory? What does this look like?

Outline:

I. Spiritual Formation: the purpose of God for us, revealed by the word of God to us,

II. God calls us to spiritual maturity: a stewardshp of suffering servanthood

III.  The mystery of Christ in us: conceived by the word of God, born of the word of God, sustained by the word of God, developed by the word of God, glorified by the word of God.

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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"?

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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?

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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?

 

 

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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?

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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?

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