Family Games Week 5 – Discussion Questions

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Main Idea: Bringing the Kingdom of God into our lives and homes.

Introduction: This week, Pastor Kyle continued our Family Games series by giving us 5 moves we can make to allow God to reign (rule) in our lives and homes.

Discussion Starter: In what areas do you feel like God reigns in your life and home? Are there areas in your life or home that you’ve not allowed God to reign?

Grow

Primary Scriptures: Ephesians 2:4-6, Ephesians 6:12, Mark 9:25

  1. Read Ephesians 2:4-6. Have you ever thought of yourself seated with Christ in heavenly places? Discuss the authority that this gives you. Do you feel like you walk in that authority? If not, how can you begin to?
  1. Read Ephesians 6:12. The list contained in this Scripture (spiritual rulers, authorities, and spiritual forces of wickedness) gives us a clear picture of the devil’s allies. How does this change your view of the battles that you are currently facing? How can this knowledge change the way that you pray?
  1. Read Mark 9:25. Is the idea of demonic spirits something that you are open to? Why or why not? Do you believe you may have experienced a demonic spirit in yourself or someone you know? Explain.

Protect

Suggestion: Break into small groups of 2 or 3 for this section.

Read Matthew 6:9-13 (The Lord’s Prayer).

Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes for the authority you have in Jesus. In the Name of Jesus bind and rebuke any demonic spirits that may have a hold on you or your family. Pray for God’s reign in your life and your families that you will carry the reign of God everywhere you go and that others will recognize it. Pray that what God desires in Heaven will happen in your life, at home and on earth.

 

Family Games Week 4 – Which Kingdom Matters More?

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Main IdeaGames end quick, and our lives speed past us just as fast. It’s vital for believers to focus on where we’ve stored our treasures so that we can be as efficient Christ followers as possible

IntroductionTake a moment and think of all the blessings God has granted us and what great gifts our Father gives us. As responsible Christians let’s take a look at which gifts, places, and people we’ve prioritized.

Discussion StarterThe enemy is known for his repeated methods of attack. One of the tools he uses to derail us is distraction. Take a moment and consider some ways that he attacks us with this particular poison. Consider your job, whom we spend the most time with, and what activities we’re engaged in throughout the day. What are we putting first?

Grow

Primary Scriptures: Matthew 6:19-21, Luke 12:13-15, Luke 12:16-21

Discussion Questions:

  1. Storing treasures on earth may seem like a reasonable decision. After all, we don’t know what’s going to come tomorrow, so many of us tend to save for later. The issue is that we forget our homes can be broken into, and bank accounts aren’t always secure. Whether it is money, food, or extra car parts, let us consider where we’re building our treasure troves. Are we building our treasure in our fridge? In our 401k? In our garage? Recall the last year and discuss among yourselves where you’ve been placing your treasures. Have you placed your treasures here on earth or in God’s Kingdom?
  2. Luke 12:13-15 speaks of a man asking Jesus to tell his brother to split his family’s inheritance with him. In Jewish culture at that time, it was natural for the first born to get a double inheritance and for the remaining children to get what was left. Even knowing this, the man asked Jesus anyway. Jesus’s short response was to beware of all forms of greed, and that even a rich man’s life does not consist of his possessions. As Pastor Chris says, our lives are mountains, and our possessions are mole hills. Being honest with one another, discuss whether or not we’re truly living by our belief in God or if we’re cheating ourselves out of a better life.
  3. Too many of us live like whac-a-moles. We’re constantly being hammered by the desires and urgencies of the “now”. Sometimes it can be hard to see into the distant future. What are some ways we can prioritize God in our lives, when our desire for the things of this earth seems so rampant?

Protect

Suggestion:  Break into small groups of 2 or 3 for this section.

Come together and lift your hearts to God. Ask Him to reveal Himself in your midst and to speak to each of you. Ask Him to work within each of you; to show what plans He has for you and what individual steps He wants you to take in your walk of obedience. Pray similarly for others, that God may create a desire in them to live Holy lives, seeking first the Kingdom. God will surely multiply their fruits and yours.

Consider ways to protect each other and admonish one another in prayer. We’ve been given a shield of faith, but how best can we use it? Every son and daughter, gentile and pharisee, liberal and conservative, needs Jesus to further their spiritual understandings of our purpose here. We all share the same Father, and He’s more than willing to grant us conviction, discernment, and transformation. Equipped with these spiritual tools, we can refocus our eyes and create a dust cloud in our ruthless pursuit of the Kingdom. Pray for the state of Tennessee and the city of Knoxville, as God increases his Kingdom and pours out his Spirit across our land, protecting, providing, and co-laboring with us as the seed is sewn across the home He’s given us.

Deadly Doors Week 1 – Discussion Guide

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Main Idea: In our spiritual lives, we control the latches to the doors that either allow Jesus in or the enemy.

Introduction: This week Pastor Zac started us on a new series about the doors we leave open and unprotected in our spiritual lives, specifically anger and unforgiveness.

Discussion Starter: What’s the most physically secure place you’ve ever been (i.e. a bank vault, military base, etc.)?

Grow

Primary Scriptures: Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:15-18, John 10:10, Ephesians 4:26-27, Matthew 6:9-15

Discussion Questions:

  1. Are there areas in your spiritual life where you have left the doors open or unguarded with the shows and movies you watch, books you read, the music you listen to, people in your life, etc.? If so, how can this group hold you accountable for closing them?
  2. Read Ephesians 4:26-27. How easily or quickly to become angry? Do you allow your frustration to boil up to anger? Next time that begins, remember that this is a key door where the enemy can get a foothold.
  3. It’s easy to become cynical and unforgiving when we forget all the things for which God has, is, and will forgive us. Discuss what it means to you that you have been forgiven by God and how you should forgive others.
  4. Read Matthew 6:9-12 What part of this prayer stands out to you the most? What part is the most convicting and most encouraging?

Protect

Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into twos or threes for this section.

One of the doors Pastor Zac talked about was the door of unforgiveness. One of the reasons we can be unable to receive forgiveness is if we will not forgive others (Matthew 6:14-15). Is there someone in your life that you have been unable to forgive? Discuss how your group can help you forgive that person. Also, take time to meditate on how God has forgiven you.

All the Feels Week 4 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea: Emotions want to control and Satan uses this door for access. However, through God, we have the choice for an abundant life.

Introduction: We can all go from the mountain tops of victory to the valleys of the shadow of death and depression in an instant. God is with you in both places.

Discussion Starter: Share one of your highs and lows so far this year.


Encounter God

Primary Scriptures: John 10:10, 1 Kings 18, 1 Kings 19:4-21, Psalm 126

Discussion Questions:

  1. Just as with Elijah, most Christians encounter peaks and valleys in their faith. Discuss a time when you were in either or both places. How did God meet you there? Did you have to go through the victory or failure alone?
  2. This week, Pastor said, “Living tired is paramount to giving emotions free rein.” How well rested are you, generally? Have you noticed that you tend to make bad, short-sighted decisions when you’re tired?
  3. Read Psalm 126 Discuss how you have seen God restore you or someone you know through seasons of joy and sadness.

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read 1 Kings 18:36 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.


Embrace Others

Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into twos or threes for this section.

How has an embrace of biblical community and godly relationships helped you celebrate victories and persevere in suffering?


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: We don’t see Elijah depressed again after God provided Elisha for Elijah to mentor and pass on his legacy. What area or person at Faith Promise can you pour into?

Engaging in Our Community and the World: Are there any local or global organizations that support those who are suffering that you’ve thought about helping? If so, coordinate as a group to find out how you can help. If not, look for one as a group and decide what you can do.


Expand God’s Kingdom

Is there someone in your life who is currently experiencing a mountaintop or valley season? Seek God’s voice in how you should reach out to them and walk alongside them in celebration or lamentation.


Leader’s Notes

ALL groups at Faith Promise should follow Jesus Christ and lead others to do the same. Below are the marks of a growing follower and disciple of Jesus.

– A follower of Jesus desires to encounter God through the deeper study and application of God’s Word.

– A follower of Jesus embraces people and values relationships on a deeper level so everyone can grow together.

– A follower of Jesus engages and serves the world around them and in their community, through local partners or God-directed opportunities.

– A follower of Jesus expands God’s Kingdom through the development and multiplication of disciple-makers, possibly to lead more groups at Faith Promise.

Lamplighters Week 3 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea: “Winners of souls must first be weepers of souls.” —Charles Spurgeon

Introduction: Lamplighters should be burdened for those far from God. Do you remember the moment you were saved? It’s easy to forget sometimes how miraculous that moment was for each of us. As Christ-followers, we were all dead in sin and we are now alive. Lamplighters share that joy, freedom, and peace as we tell others of Him.

Discussion Starter: When is the last time you shed tears for your family, friends, coworkers, classmates, and teammates who are far from God?


Encounter God

Primary Scriptures: John 11:32-35, John 11:38-44, Matthew 5:14-16, Psalm 126:1-6, Acts 20:31

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read John 11:38-44. Jesus thanks His Father for hearing Him, not for Himself, but for the benefit of other people so that they may believe the Father sent Him. As a Christ-follower, what do you believe Jesus can do?
  2. Staying with John 11:38-44. What possible blind spots do you have that are preventing you from believing Jesus can do a great work in others like He did in you?
  3. Read Matthew 5:14-16. As lamplighters, we are the light of the world. Scripture says that a city on a hill cannot be hidden. What areas in your life do you need God to help you shine brighter?
  4. Are you burdened and sharing the Real Love (the Gospel) with the people in your life?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read John 11:32-44 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.


Embrace Others

Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into twos or threes for this section.

Read Matthew 5:14-16 and Acts 20:31. When was the last time you shed tears for your family, friends, coworkers, classmates, and teammates who are far from God? We all remember the day that Jesus saved us. We all felt the real joy and freedom of kneeling to Jesus. Our work as Christ-followers was just beginning on that day. We are called to tell others of Him, to be seed planters and lamplighters. Discuss ways you can begin to be a city on a hill for those far from God in your life.


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise:  This week, ask God to show you one person that He wants you to walk with as you both prepare to share the real love of Jesus with those who are lost in your life.

Engaging in Our Community and the World: Are you struggling with keeping the passion burning to share the Real Love of Jesus with those who still need it? It can be easy to get stuck in the mundane routines of daily life and forget that we are called to more. How can you engage with those around you and begin sharing your story with them?


Expand God’s Kingdom

Read Matthew 5:14-16. Think about this: Do people still notice something different about you? And when they do, are you passionate about sharing who made the difference? Do you have a burning passion to tell them of Him? Pray, asking God to help you to live life in such a way that people will notice you are different. Ask God to give you the courage and boldness to share with others about who made the difference.


Leader’s Notes

ALL groups at Faith Promise should follow Jesus Christ and lead others to do the same. Below are the marks of a growing follower and disciple of Jesus.

– A follower of Jesus desires to encounter God through the deeper study and application of God’s Word.

– A follower of Jesus embraces people and values relationships on a deeper level so everyone can grow together.

– A follower of Jesus engages and serves the world around them and in their community, through local partners or God-directed opportunities.

– A follower of Jesus expands God’s Kingdom through the development and multiplication of disciple-makers, possibly to lead more groups at Faith Promise.

Lamplighters Week 1 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea: Wake up sleeper, you have a purpose, you are a lamplighter.

Introduction: For Christians, there is a common thread in all our stories. Christ called us disciples and regardless of what our day-to-day walk looks like, we are ALL called to be His lamplighters.

Discussion Starter: Have you wondered what’s out there for you? What’s your purpose?  Is there a hole that you can’t seem to fill?  Does it seem like you go to church, you tithe, you pray and worship, you go to work, and you take care of your family, but something is still not right?


Encounter God

Primary Scriptures: Psalm 119:105, John 8:12, 1 John 4:19, Matthew 5:14-16, Matthew 28:16-20, Romans 1:16

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read Psalm 119:105 and John 8:12 What imagery do you get when reading these verses? Are there certain feelings that arise when you read them?
  2. Read 1 John 4:19 Why would we want to tell others about where they can find the light?

  3. Read Matthew 5:14-16 These verses have some powerful imagery as well. What do you see as you read these verses? Did you notice a change in the source of light from the verses in question 1?  What was different?
  4. Read Matthew 28:16-20 This is also referred to as the Great Commission. What is Jesus calling His disciples to do?
  5. Read Romans 1:16 Who is included in God’s Great Commission?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Psalm 119:105 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.


Embrace Others

Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into twos or threes for this section.

What it is that prevents you from being a lamplighter or a disciple? Talk about who you have a burden for in your life, at work, in your friend circle, or in your family. Pray for one another and pray for the opportunities and the boldness to talk with each of these people in your life.


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: What ways can you serve at Faith Promise to help others grow their lights?

Engaging in Community and the World: In what ways can your small group, or even just you as an individual, go out into your day-to-day light and be a brighter light? If we are a city on a hill, what ways have we been trying to put a basket on our light during the work week? Can we boldly remove the basket?


Expand God’s Kingdom

We have lamplighters all over the world as Faith Promise missionaries. Pray for them. If being a missionary is something you have ever considered, find out more!


Leader’s Notes

ALL groups at Faith Promise should follow Jesus Christ and lead others to do the same. Below are the marks of a growing follower and disciple of Jesus.

– A follower of Jesus desires to encounter God through the deeper study and application of God’s Word.

– A follower of Jesus embraces people and values relationships on a deeper level so everyone can grow together.

– A follower of Jesus engages and serves the world around them and in their community, through local partners or God-directed opportunities.

– A follower of Jesus expands God’s Kingdom through development and multiplication of disciple-makers, possibly to lead more groups at Faith Promise.

Merry Christmas!

Discussion guides will return January 2, 2021 with our January devotional series, Finding Favor.

Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

Christmas at Faith Promise: The Toymaker – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea: No one is ever too broken to find purpose because there is a purpose for us all.

Introduction: This week Pastor Zac and Rachel are starting a new Christmas tradition by reading the nativity story. When we look deeper at the story, we find a young woman discovering her purpose, a man questioning the reality of it all, and the beautiful way God redeems our sins.

Discussion Starter: Have you ever felt lost, like you didn’t know where to begin? Maybe it was where to start picking up the pieces after the end of a relationship, a job, an illness, etc. Maybe this year, 2020, has you confused and looking for where and how to help, or even how to survive.


Encounter God

Primary Scriptures: Luke 1:1-38

Discussion Questions

  1. Pastor Zac and Rachel point out how the “least of these,” is used when it comes to people and places. What does this tell us about God? Do you know anyone who is living out God’s calling in their lives? Where do you look for God?
  2. Compare the reactions of Zechariah and Mary to the news that Gabriel delivered. What is similar to their reaction to seeing Gabriel? What was different?
  3. What do the consequences of Mary and Zechariah’s reactions tell us how to respond to God in our lives? Have you known people who responded to the pull of the Holy Spirit like Mary and/or Zechariah?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Luke 1 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.


Embrace Others

Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into twos or threes for this section.

Discuss how the nativity story relates to 2020. Are you still concerned about not being right or good enough for your calling? Are you afraid and questioning? Are you saying yes and asking for clarification? Pray for each other to strengthen your wisdom and discernment; to fortify your faith. Devise a plan to keep in touch with each other through the week for encouragement.


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise and in the Community: This time of the year and with all that is going on, there are lots of organizations that need help in fulfilling their purpose. We also have many families here at Faith Promise who have been impacted by COVID and during the holidays. How can your small group support our families? How can your small group encourage nonprofit workers and even people in the medical field right now?

Engaging in World: Philippians 1:6: “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

As God is completing the work in each of the members of the Timothy Initiative, it can be hard for those brothers and sisters in Christ. Maybe for Christmas, we can write them cards and as a small group pray for those to encourage these young men and women who are fulfilling their purpose.


Expand God’s Kingdom

Who in your life do you know that has not taken the steps to start a relationship with God? Start a daily pray for them and others. Ask God to give you a “BOB” (burden, opportunity, and boldness) this holiday. That may look like providing an answer for a need for those people.


Leader’s Notes

ALL groups at Faith Promise should follow Jesus Christ and lead others to do the same. Below are the marks of a growing follower and disciple of Jesus.

– A follower of Jesus desires to encounter God through the deeper study and application of God’s Word.

– A follower of Jesus embraces people and values relationships on a deeper level so everyone can grow together.

– A follower of Jesus engages and serves the world around them and in their community, through local partners or God-directed opportunities.

– A follower of Jesus expands God’s Kingdom through development and multiplication of disciple-makers, possibly to lead more groups at Faith Promise.

Heart for the Harvest – Week 1

Getting Started

Main Idea: Don’t let the world’s attempts at distraction keep us from focusing on where God has directed us. Love is our call. We are “All in” for spreading His love and growing together.

Discussion Starter: What is one thing you feel like you were born to do?

Introduction: Have you ever felt like you are at your ropes end? Like everything is against you and no matter where you turn there is stress, chaos, and confusion. The world has a way of beating us up and looking hopeless but we have hope and purpose.


Encounter God

Primary Scriptures: John 10:10, Jeremiah 17:9, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, 1 Corinthians 2:14

Discussion Questions:

  1. Our emotions can halt our plans and alter our course without much thought. How does Jeremiah 17:9 support this statement and what implications does it have?
  2. Read 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 It reminds us not to fight battles as the world does. The enemy can use all types of emotions; sorrow, loneliness, anger, etc. to knock us off course. How are we supposed to battle the enemy? What other verses can you think of that explain the tools God gives us?
  3. When stuff is hard, we look to our parents, significant others, bosses, friends, or political leaders to save us. Sometimes we just rely on ourselves. That isn’t the way it was meant to be. According to 1 Corinthians 2:4, on what/who should we ultimately rely?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Ephesians 6 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.


Embrace Others

Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into twos or threes for this section.

How can you pray for one another?


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: 

Have you attended the first Saturday morning prayer gathering of the month? Maybe December is the time to start. Work with your small group to create a plan on meeting up either virtually or in-person where you can participate in the next prayer gathering.

Engaging in Community and the World: 

Holidays are a hard time of the year for many people. Research some of our ministry partners for this year’s Heart for the Harvest. What are some ways your group could reach out to these partners? Pray as a group for God to lead you in your giving for Heart for the Harvest.


Expand God’s Kingdom

Who is someone you could bring with you to a Heart for the Harvest service who may need to be prayed over?  Do you know anyone in the Bristol area that you could invite to the new campus?


Leader’s Notes

ALL groups at Faith Promise should follow Jesus Christ and lead others to do the same. Below are the marks of a growing follower and disciple of Jesus.

– A follower of Jesus desires to encounter God through the deeper study and application of God’s Word.

– A follower of Jesus embraces people and values relationships on a deeper level so everyone can grow together.

– A follower of Jesus engages and serves the world around them and in their community, through local partners or God-directed opportunities.

– A follower of Jesus expands God’s Kingdom through development and multiplication of disciple-makers, possibly to lead more groups at Faith Promise.