Tuesday, September 27, 2016

You Have a Representative That Cares About You (Romans 5)

Have you ever had the opportunity to be a representative for a person or group? How did you do?

Have you ever been represented poorly by someone else? How did you feel?

Do you feel that Adam was a good or bad first representative of humanity? Why?

Read Romans 5:19. Use the previous verses for help answering the following questions.

Who is the first “one man” mentioned in this verse? How do you know?

Who is the second “one man” mentioned in this verse? How do you know?

How did the first man’s disobedience affect everyone who came after him? How did his disobedience impact you? Explain.

If you had been the first man, would you also have disobeyed? Why or why not?

Make a list of all the ways the second man was obedient to God. How did his obedience impact you?

Read 2 Corinthians 15:49. How is this verse connected to Romans 5:19?

What do you think it means that we will “bear the image of the heavenly man?”

When God looks at you, does He think you look more like the first man or the second man? Why?

If you do bear the image of the heavenly man, then God, the Father, must feel about you the same way He feels about Jesus. How would you describe the way God, the Father, feels about Jesus?

Knowing how God feels about you should inspire you to live a certain way. How do you want to live this week as a result of God’s love for you?

What are you going to change in your life to help you live this way?

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

What Do You Want Jesus To Do For You? (Mark 10)

If you could ask Jesus for one thing right now, what would it be?

How would your life change if He gave you what you wanted?

Why do you think He might not give you what you want?

Read Mark 10:35-52.

Which verse in these passages do you think is most powerful? Why?

In these verses, Jesus’ disciples ask Him for something and a blind man asks Him for something. How are the two requests similar and how are they different?

What was wrong with the request of James and John? Is it always wrong to ask God to give you good things? Why or why not?

How do you know when your prayers are too selfish?

Re-read Mark 10:41-45. Summarize these verses in one sentence.

What are the leadership lessons you can spot in these words of Jesus?

Do you think the blind man’s requests in verse 47 and 51 are better than the requests of James and John? Why or why not?

Do you ever simply ask God to have mercy on you? Why or why not? How do you need to experience God’s mercy in your life right now?

If Jesus has shown you mercy, you should show mercy to others. Who needs your mercy today?

After thinking about this passage, have you changed your one request for Jesus? If yes, What is the one thing you would ask Jesus for now?

How is your prayer life going to be different this week as a result of this study?

Monday, August 1, 2016

Which Lives Matter to God? (Mark 10)

Who is the most important person in your life (besides God)? How do you treat this person differently than everyone else?
Who is someone that treats you very well? How does their treatment of you make you feel special?
What people (or people groups) do you know that are not treated well by others? What do you think Jesus would say to those people?
Read Mark 10:13-16.
Why do you think the disciples were preventing the children from getting to Jesus? What does this reveal about their view of children?
How do you think the parents of these children felt about the disciples?
Have you ever felt like someone was hindering you from accomplishing something important? How did you feel about them?
What are some examples of how Christians might hinder other people from coming to Jesus?
Jesus demonstrated love for the least important group of people. He opened his arms to them and blessed them. How might people follow this example today?
How easy or difficult would it be to treat every person you encounter as if they were the most important person in your life?
Who are some people you encounter on a daily basis who need to know that Jesus values them? How can you show them the love of Jesus?
What words or actions can you change so that everyone around you will know how much they matter to God and to you?
Can you commit to having one gracious conversation or engaging in one act of kindness this week? Will you commit to praying for the people in your life who need know that Jesus loves them?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

2 Easy Steps To Become A Great Leader (Mark 9)


In your opinion, who is the greatest historical figure of the past 100 years? Why?
What do you think makes someone "great"? What makes someone a great leader?
What made Jesus great?
Read the following passages. After you read each passage, identify one or two principles about "greatness" or "leadership":
  • Read Mark 9:35
  • Matthew 20:25-28
  • Matthew 23:1-12
  • Luke 22:24-29
How would you describe Jesus' view on greatness and leadership?
What do you think Jesus meant when he said "the first shall be last"?
What do you think Jesus meant when he said leaders must first be "the servants of all"?
Who is someone you know that willingly puts them self last on a regular basis? Who is someone you know that is always serving other people? Do you consider those people to be great? Why or why not?
How did Jesus put Himself last? How did He serve others?
List three or four people that you can serve this week? What specifically can you do to help them?
What is one situation in your life where you can intentionally put other people ahead of you?
What are the challenges you think might keep you from placing yourself last or serving others? How can you overcome those challenges? How can others help you overcome those challenges?
If you spend a couple minutes in prayer every morning, how will you pray about these challenges? How will you pray for others? How would you like others to pray for you?
What is your goal for this week?

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

How Well Do You Listen To Jesus? (Mark 9)

 What is the best advice you been given in the past month? What is the best advice you have given to someone else in that time?

If Jesus was going to give you one piece of advice, what do you think He would say?

Read Mark 9:2-13. How do you think Peter, James and John felt at the end of this day? What would you have said to Jesus if you had been there?

If you had to choose one verse in this passage to memorize, which would you choose? Why?

In verse 7, a voice speaks from the cloud. The voice is God the Father. Why do you think He told the disciples to listen to Jesus?

How can we listen to Jesus?

What do you plan to do in the coming week in order to hear from Jesus?

Walk through the following "LISTEN" acronym and consider how your life should change as you listen to Jesus.

L- Love what Jesus would love. Who is a person (or people) in your life that needs to experience the love of Jesus? How can you show that love to them?

I- Invest where Jesus would invest. If Jesus managed your finances, what changes do you think He would make? If He owned your possessions, how do you think He would use them?

S- Serve how Jesus would serve. How the gifts God has given you be used to benefit those around you?

T- Take on what Jesus would take on. What is one habit or practice you think Jesus wants you to work on?

E- Eliminate what Jesus would eliminate. What is one habit or practice you think Jesus wants you to end?

N- Now! Why wait? Set a goal for yourself with a deadline and take the next step Jesus is calling you to take!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Anyone Can Lead A Small Group. Here's How.

I truly believe that almost anyone can lead a small group at your church (there are always exceptions). If someone is a disciple of Christ, they are called to make other disciples. With the right tools and equipping they can disciple others in a small group setting.

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If you pastor a church with small groups, are in charge of small groups, train small group leaders, lead a small group, are in a small group, think small groups are a good thing or would just like to know a little more about small groups... I have something for you.


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HERE'S WHAT YOU GET

In this book, I lay out the 4 KEY ELEMENTS every small group needs in order to facilitate long-term success. I also provide a six-week template covering every detail you'll need in order to get off to a great start.

As a freebie, I've included a couple resources I created several years ago. You'll get the 10 COMMANDMENTS OF LEADING DISCUSSION as well as a guide to AVOID THE 4 MOST COMMON COMMUNITY KILLERS.


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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Guard Your Heart (Proverbs 4)

When has your heart been glad? When has your heart been broken?

In the previous question, your “heart” is not the blood-pumping organ, it is the center of your thoughts, feelings, emotions and decisions.

What do you think it means that the heart is the “wellspring of life?”

Read Proverbs 4:23.  Rewrite this verse in your own words.

What do you think it means to “guard your heart?” What types of things do people need to guard their hearts agains? Why?

Give some examples of how everything in life flows from our hearts. When is this good? When is it not so good?

Read Proverbs 4:24-27. Which of these verses speaks most powerfully to you? Why?

These verses address how we speak, what we look at and where we go. How do each of these activities impact our heart?

If you regularly speak negative words, how will your heart be affected? If you regularly speak positive words, how will your heart be affected?

When are you most tempted to use negative words? How can you be aware of this temptation and overcome it?

What types of images (or anything we look at) can impact your heart negatively? How can you use your eyes to positively impact your heart?

When are you most tempted to look at unhealthy images? How can you be aware of this temptation and overcome it?

How can the places you go harm or help your heart?

When are you most tempted to go places that will hurt your heart? How can you be aware of this temptation and overcome it?

Make a list of three things you can do this week to guard your heart. Ask at least one other person to pray for you this week as you work on these items.