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Risk It - Week 6

Risk It - Week 6

ONE GOD IS WORTHY

  • If you HAD to choose your favorite music genre, what would it be?    

  • If you grew up in a church, what was the worst and the best part of the worship time at that church?    

  • Think back to the first time you attended ANY church service, what do you remember about praising and worship?


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As you view the video clips below, think "Weird In A God Way meets One God Is Worthy."


THROTTLE UP

  • What comes to mind when you hear the word "worship?"

  • Why do you suppose people focus their attention on the "how" of worship rather than the "why"?

  • In today's culture, what are some of the worldly trappings that we worship?

  • How do we balance our need for food, clothing, and shelter with what seems like our need for the accumulation of "things?"

  • Take about 5-10 minutes and see how many people your group can list who have famously or infamously fallen victim to the worship of worldly goods.

  • Please read Leviticus 19:17-18.   These verses set the tone for later verses. Why do you think there is such an emphasis on this topic?

  • Please read Matthew 22:34-40, Mark 12:28-31, and Luke 4:1-9.  These passages are clear about who we are commanded to worship.  What else are we commanded to do?

  • Matthew 22:39 reads, "Love your neighbor as yourself".  How does this relate to community and our call to serve as an act of worship?


CHECK THE MIRRORS

As you reflect on the Risk It series and where you are personally in your spiritual journey, what did you find to be most impactful or meaningful?  

How To Share Your Faith On A Napkin (Todd Clark)     

Share God's Love & Dangerous Faith (Vince Antonucci)     

A Life of Servanthood

Weird in A God Way

One God Is Worthy (Gene)

Has your perspective on worship and praise changed in any way?  If so, how would you describe the change(s)?

How can we pray for you this week?

Risk It - Week 5

Risk It - Week 5

Weird In A God Way

  • What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?

  • When you hear the word "Weird," what is the first thing you think of?

  • What does a normal week look like for you?  If you could change it, what would it look like then?


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Please view the following video clips from the movie Evan Almighty and short vignettes describing the impact of Michael Jr’s movie/documentary The Road Less Traveled.


THROTTLE UP

  • What did Evan experience as someone who did not conform?

  • In the vignettes from the Michael Jr. clip, whose story impacted you the most?  Why? 

  • Please read Matthew 7:12-14.   What is the point of the two gates? Two roads? Two destinies? Two crowds?

  • How might Matthew 7:12 define what Jesus means by "the narrow gate"?

  • What are some reasons that this is the road less traveled?

  • Now please read Romans 12:2.  Romans 12:2 is a verse that addresses conforming to what might be considered normal.  What does this verse and the verse before it tell us about our minds in terms of what we must do to be different?

  • As we ultimately strive to distinguish ourselves from what normal people do, what can we do as a group that is not "normal?"


CHECK THE MIRRORS

  • Considering the message as a whole, what stands out to you as having the most personal meaning?

  • What are the obstacles that inhibit your journey toward the narrow gate?

  • We have ALL faced the proverbial "fork in the road."  If you are comfortable sharing, think about one of those choices and share how that choice has played out for you.

  • How can we pray for you this week?

Risk It - Week 4

Risk It - Week 4

A LIFE OF SERVANTHOOD

In his message, Gene refers to a spiritual house:

1.  What is your "dream house" like?  Where would it be?

2.  What is the single most important part in the construction of a house?  Why?


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THROTTLE UP

  1.  In thinking about the weekend message, how does the statement "you are a minister" make you feel? 

  2. (a). Read 1 Corinthians 12:4-7. How are the terms "gifts", "service", and "works" different?                                                                        (b). In 1 Corinthians 12:7, it is said that, "Each of those is a manifestation of the spirit." What does that mean to the group?

  3. Please read 1 Peter 4:10. What "gifts" might your group have that could or should be used?

  4. What are the risks of just jumping in? Are there any safety nets or backstops available that we might rely on?


CHECK THE MIRRORS 

  • Consider your "new identity" as part of the priesthood of all believers. What does that look like to you personally?

  • Gene mentioned you as being handpicked to be in this country, with this group of people, in this church, in this community, at this time.  Why do you think that is?

  • How can we pray for you this week?

Risk It - Week 3

Risk It - Week 3

DANGEROUS FAITH

  • Some people are afraid of spiders, snakes, dogs...even wooden spoons!  What is it that you are afraid of?

  • Share a story that had a high reward because you or someone you know decided to take a risk.


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THROTTLE UP

Take a few minutes and discuss the monologue (written by Marianne Williamson) from the video clip.

Please read Hebrews 11:1-19.  These "by faith" passages are intended to reinforce and build our confidence.   What are some arguments people use to push back against faith?

In Hebrews 11:6, we are called to believe and "that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him."   How does that passage resonate with your group?

What does Matthew 25:14-30 ("parable of the talents") tell us about His expectation in terms of faith and risk?

In Vince's message, he told the story of the trapeze artist and the unseen yet critical role of "the catcher".  What does this mean to the group and in what ways could the group practically apply this message?


CHECK THE MIRRORS

"There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel secure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." -Marianne Williamson

  • How does this boost your confidence and willingness to be bold in your faith?

  • Who comes to your mind when you think about others who seem to manifest that confidence?  How did they acquire it?

  • How can we pray for you this week?

     

Risk It - Week 2

Risk It - Week 2

SHARE GOD'S LOVE

  • What stories can you tell about items you have lost over the years?

  • Now, look around the room and ask everyone to complete the following sentence:

  • "One of the worst feelings I ever experienced was when I misplaced and never found my_______________!"   Why was it so bad?


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THROTTLE UP

In Vince's message, he tells a story about what peaked his interest in learning about God.  Who was responsible or had a part in your journey? What did that look like?

What are some concerns the group has about "Risking It" when it comes to being one of His disciples?  How does connection in this group help to allay those fears?

How does a believer share with a non-believer who might also be a close family member?

Why do you think our culture is skeptical of Christianity and the sharing of the gospel?


CHECK THE MIRRORS 

  • Think about the day ahead of you or tomorrow.  Who comes to mind as someone that you could help find their way back?

  • Think about your story and how it relates to your journey.  How clear is it to you that you are in this exact place, at this exact time in history, with these great people, for a very specific reason?  Why is that? 

Risk It - Week 1

Risk It - Week 1

HOW TO SHARE YOUR FAITH ON A NAPKIN

  • Think back to your younger years....what were some risks you took as a young person?

  • What does your risk taking look like now versus then?


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Watch the first 8 - 10 minutes of Todd's message.


THROTTLE UP

  • Read Romans 6:15-18. When you think about being a "slave to sin"  versus a "slave to obedience", what do you come away with?

  • Read on to Romans 6:19-23.  What are the cost and benefit of each type of slavery mentioned here? 

  • How can slavery to Christ mean freedom from sin?


CHECK THE MIRRORS

  • Think about a skill (athletic, musical, artistic) that you may have.  If you had a "master" that you emulated while perfecting that skill, what drew you to him/her?  How were you able to submit yourself to this mentor/master?

  • In what ways would you be different in the coming weeks if you saw yourself as God's willing servant?