I Dare You to Praise - Psalm 30 

Faith Talks

1. If you were to record and playback your household's conversations, who would be the recipient of the most praise?

2. According to the teaching today, why is praise so important?

3. What were David’s obstacles to praise in Psalm 30?

4. What truth can you hold onto to overcome the lie that it is better to lower your expectations than to be disappointed again?


Worship is.....? - Psalm 99

Faith Talks: 


1. How real is Jesus to you?  Has he taken up residence in your heart? Is He the sole object of worship?  If not, what are the false god’s that need overthrown?  Name them and share them with a trusted friend.

2. Are we ‘verbing’ worshippers?  Are there views or practices of worship that we need to repent of?  Are there points of legalism we need confess and repent of?  If so, name them and share them with a trusted friend.


Raiders of the Lost Praise - Psalm 145

Faith Talks: 

1. Read Romans 15:9 & Psalm 42:5, 11.  What is the role of praise for the believer & the non-believer?  

2. Make a praise list and share it with someone this week.  Write down anything about God that fits any/all of these categories: 

  • His character
  • His attributes
  • His habitual and/or universal actions (e.g. nature, creation, history, personal action in your life, providence, preservation of life, rescue, salvation, redemption, judgment, personal or communal blessings.)

Life on Life Discipleship

Changed On Mission

Faith Talks

Talk about the times you did something challenging for God and it turned out God used it to change you in some positive way.

Is there anything challenging you think God may be asking you to do that you are running from?


Life on Life Discipleship

Discipleship In the Household

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Faith Talks

1-In what ways have you experienced, life on life discipleship that deals with the messy parts of your life?

2-What did you learn through the teaching today about the role of the household in the formation of disciples?

3-What are some steps you can take to make discipleship a central theme of your household?
 

 


Life on Life Discipleship

Bring Your Mess

Faith Talks

What fears come up for you when you think about sharing your mess? 

Talk about past experiences sharing your mess. Was it positive or negative? What happened to that messy area of your life? 

Share 1-2 messy areas in your life with a trusted friend or leader.  


Life on Life Discipleship

Life On Life

Faith Talks

Review together the characteristics of the crowds that followed Jesus. Talk about the ways your following Jesus has at times looked too much like the crowd.

Talk together about how your life has been changed (or could be changed)  by life-on-life discipleship — how being known in your failure has led you (could lead you) to heart change. What helps/hinders that from happening more?


Reveal Jesus Through Discipleship

Reveal Jesus Through Discipleship 

Faith Talks:

What have you learned about the way Jesus leads his disciples that makes you want to follow Him?

What did you learn about the pattern of the disciples that you can identify with? In other words how are you like or not like the original 12 disciples?

What does discipleship look like in your life?

How do you respond to the call to disciple and be discipled. What is Jesus wanting you to do now? What are the next steps you can take this week to start moving in obedience?


Resurrection Realities

Resurrection Realities - Mark 15:42-16:13

 

Faith Talks

Review the 8 Resurrection Realities. Which ones do you need reminded about most? How you can remind each other of those truths.

Talk about the areas of alarm and unbelief that come as a result of forgetting Resurrection. Pray for each other in those areas that you will experience resurrection power. 


When Jesus Arrives

When Jesus Arrives
Mark 11:1-25

Faith Talks

Talk together about times/ways Jesus “rode into your life.” What helped you recognize Him? What hindered you from “receiving” Him?

Talk about some of the bigger mountains/obstacles you are presently experiencing that challenge your faith.


When following Jesus includes failing Jesus

When following Jesus includes failing Jesus

Mark 14:43-72

Faith Talks

The contrast between Jesus and everyone else in today’s teaching makes the point that all of us fail and deny Jesus. How aware are you that you fail and deny Jesus? 

Jesus’ example of finding strength by being watchful included leaning into community. Spend time together as a community of faith, talking about and praying together about some of your patterns of failing to follow Jesus. 


Discipleship Fail

Discipleship Fail
Mark 14:22-42

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Faith Talks

1. How do the central elements of the Bread and the Cup in communion explain how Jesus restores our relationship with God the Father?
2. In this story, the disciples fail Jesus. Their spirits may have been willing but their flesh was weak. Did you know that disciples fail? The question is not will you fail as a disciple but rather how do you respond when you have failed God and others? Do you ignore it,rationalize it, deny it, or work to fix it?
3. Based on this story what do you think Jesus would say to you when you fail?
4. In the garden, what does Jesus do when he is confronted with his spirit being willing but his flesh being weak?
5. What is one way that you desire to be more like Jesus and less like the sleepy disciples?


Stay Awake, Because it’s too easy to fall asleep. Mark 14:1-21

Stay Awake
Because it’s too easy to fall asleep

Mark 14:1-21

Faith Talks

What are the situations/circumstances where you tend to fall asleep spiritually or go “off duty”?  (consider times when life is going well as well as when life is not going well.)

What are practices that you do or have heard of that might be helpful to you being more alert/watchful?  Are any of these practices ones you might want to embrace for your household?  Talk about putting  them into practice


Awaiting the King

Awaiting the King

Faith Talks:

Having a Jesus-centered view of the end times is essential to every disciples.  Why do you think it’s so easy to miss the central focus of Jesus when it comes to end times?   Has you ever gotten caught up in all the speculation of the end times?  How did you come to back to staying focused on Jesus? 

What do you feel God has entrusted you to do while you wait for His arrival?  How do you come to realize what He gave you to do? Share that with 2 others this week.