What stood out to you from this morning’s message?
Read Hebrews 10:19-25
Share a fond memory of coming home for the holidays.
Have you been able to make Orchard your church home? What has this journey looked like for you?
What sacrifices did Jesus make to allow us to come home and find forgiveness (vs 21-22)?
How has accountability been a part of your relationship with God and other people? (Heb 10:24)
Have you experienced forgiveness and how do we practice it others?
What makes it difficult to love people?
What are some practical steps to take in creating a spiritual family and making the church your home?
1. What stood out to you from the sermon?
2. Read Psalm 46.
3. We are now a few weeks into this series; how have you been able to experience more of God’s peace in your daily life recently?
4. What does real fear look like in your life? What are things you are afraid of? What motivates the fear?
5. What does the Psalm 46:1-3 say about who God is in relation to what may be troubling (fear) our hearts?
6. Where else in the Bible have you seen God bring His people through trouble?
7. The Bible talks about a river that flows into the holy city in Ps. 46:4-6. What is the value of a river flowing into the city? What do you think the symbolism of the river is?
8. Read Psalm 46:7-8. How is God a fortress to you or in your experience? Why is the “desolation” piece here important?
9. What does God’s provision in your life look like? How has God provided for you?
10. What do you think it means to “Be Still and know that I am God” in this context?
11. How do you practice peace?
It is Thanksgiving week. Looking back upon this past week with honest reflection, did you find yourself doing more thanksgiving or complaining?
As you think about some of the stories from Africa, what are some of the things you complained about this past week? What are some of the things you worried about? What are some ways God carried you through?
Is there anybody in the group who has grown up without a father? If there is, what was it like? How does not having a father shape a person's view of God as father and/or the "fatherhood love of God"?
Most children and youths in Malawi grow up without the love, guidance, protection and provision of a father. How do you think that affects their view of the character of God?
Read Psalm 2:7 and Hebrews 5:5. It appears as though the passage is speaking of God the Father and Jesus the Son. What do you think it means, "Today I have become your father?" Was there ever a time when God the Father was not Jesus' father?
For the fathers in the group (if there are any), has there ever been a time or moment or day when you were exceptionally proud to be called (or known as) your child's father? Please share about one of those days.
There is an element of conjecture to this question, but what do you think was the "day" when God the Father said to the Son, "Today I have become your father"? Was there something the Son did on a particular day that made His father exceptionally proud (or brought Him exceptional honor)?
In light of question number 7, are there things that we can do that bring God honor (or make him "proud" to be called our father? What sort of things bring Him the most honor and/or make Him the most proud?
All of Emerald's life's possessions fit inside one discarded fertilizer sack. How many fertilizer sacks would it take to store all of your possessions?
When you heard that there were young people in Malawi who needed help in order to go through Bible college, did the thought ever cross your mind, "I don't have enough to give something"?
In closing, please share with the group some of the things you feel most thankful for today.
As you close in prayer, please remember that there are twelve young men and women in Malawi who are looking for someone to help put them through Bible college.
What stood out to you from the message?
Read Psalm 34
What do you remember about the context of this passage?
What is holiness (Can you think of any passages to support your definition)?
How is it easier to seek happiness over holiness?
Describe a time where you have experienced God’s provision in your life?
How would we go about our daily life differently if we truly believed that God is more than enough for us?
How do you cultivate a healthy fear of God in your life?
How have you experienced God’s supernatural deliverance in your life?
What does it mean to take ‘refuge’ in God and how do we do it?
What stood of to you from the morning message?
Read Psalm 45
What does it mean for someone to be ‘royalty’?
Do you think of yourselves as ‘royalty?’
Does your life reflect that Jesus is the best king?
What is hard for you about trusting the king?
What sacrifices have you made in order to follow Jesus as a king?
How might you take steps towards trusting God as we prepare for this holiday season?
Are you able to experience Gods peace when you think about your future? What are the present circumstances your experience that could be preventing you from experiencing God’s peace?
What stood out to you from Sunday?
Read Luke 9:12-17
What is an interruption you remember? How do you handle interruptions in your plans? How have you experienced God’s provision in these interruptions?
What is significantly happening in verse 11 in regards to the kingdom of God?
What reasons do we give for rejecting our responsibilities?
Why do you think the disciples wanted to get rid of the people?
Where is God inviting you to do exponentially more?
In the last three weeks, how has God been calling you to be a Good Steward (Review: Matt 19:16-26, Deut. 28, Luke 9:12-17)?
What stood out to you from Sunday?
Read Matt 6.
How many times do you see the word ‘hypocrite’ and ‘reward’?
What kind of rewards to hypocrites get? Why is this referenced as it relates to fasting, prayer and giving to the needy?
How many times is provision referenced in the Lords prayer? Why would this be a topic in the Lords prayer?
What does ‘seek’ the kingdom look like?
How do you worry? What do you do when you worry? What do you think causes worry?
What does it look like for you to be a good steward, trust God and not worry?
Life Group Questions:
1. What stood out to you from today’s message?
2. Read Deuteronomy 28. Why does God ask the people of Israel to obey them?
3. What do you think causes people to obey or disobey God?
4. What is a steward?
5. How do you define being a good steward? What does this mean to you?
6. How does money influence your life? How do you see money influence the lives of others?
7. How does stewardship include money and possessions and go beyond it?
8. How do you know and talk to God? What does that look like to you?
9. Read Matthew 19:16-24.
10. What is holding you back being a good steward?
What do you remember from the sermon this past Sunday?
Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-30. What are the major issues you see in the text?
How do you think politics are dividing the church in America?
What are the issues you think are dividing the church in America?
How can the Orchard and you be part of the solutions to the divisions we see in our world (within the church)?
In our series culture clash we’ve spoken about many issues in the church at Corinth. What do you remember the major issues to be?
How are humility and self-sacrifice counter cultural applications of biblical truth? How can you model this or grow through it in your life?
Why is diversity (ethnic, economic, spiritual) important in the church today? How is this appropriately managed in the church?
Why was speaking in tongues a divisive issue in the 1st century church?
How does 1 Corinthians 13 (whole chapter) connect to the solution for the issues in 1 Cor. 12:12-31?
What do you remember from the sermon? Did anything make you uncomfortable in the sermon? Anything challenge you in your thinking?
What are the challenges in confronting somebody in their sin? Do you have any experiences that you can share with the group about this?
What are the challenges when someone confronts you in your sin?
Are their aspects of Christianity that you choose to stay ignorant about so that you don’t have to address it in your life or the life of someone else?
How clear is your understanding of your purpose in God’s story? What has that journey looked like for you?
What do you think Paul is addressing when he says “…as you really are…” in relation to how sin can corrupt a whole church? (1 Cor 5:6-7)
How does the power of truth contract with the power of sin (remember the characteristics of sin- Destroys, Disconnects, Deceives)?
What do you remember from the sermon? Did anything make you uncomfortable in the sermon? Anything push you in your thinking?
As Christians are there conflicts between the freedoms that we have in Christ and our cultural freedoms?
What excuses do we make for seeking our own good rather than the good of others (v. 24)?
Jesus sacrificed his life for us, what worldly sacrifices did he make (Matt. 4:1-11; Phil. 2:6-7)?
What are the sacrifices that you might be called to make for the sake of the Gospel (Rom 12:1-2)?
How are you at sharing the Gospel? What are some of the challenges to it (vv. 27-30)?
Who are some people in your life right now that you know need Jesus? How can you witness to them (be specific)?
1. What do you remember from the sermon? Did anything make you uncomfortable in the sermon? Anything push you in your thinking?
2. When is it ok to get divorced? (10-11)
3. What does Jesus teach about divorce?
4. What is the historic issue on sex and celibacy on the issue of spiritual maturity?
5. What are some things you do to safeguard yourself from temptation?
6. How is abstinence a concession?
7. How do you protect yourself from divorce?
8. Is it ok to marry the person because your lusting after them? (8-9)
- What do you remember from the sermon?
- Did anything make you uncomfortable in the sermon? Anything push you in your thinking?
- What do you think the bible means when it says “your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit”?
- Why is Paul talking about the body being a “temple”? What is the significance?
- If God indwells the temple, how can a believer be united with an unbeliever by a sexual experience? See 1 Cor. 6:15
- How do you distinguish what is right from what is beneficial?
- If we struggle with the thought “it’s my body” what then are you responsible for?
- Are you stewarding your body as a priceless gift?