Wisdom - Growing Wise in God’s Word - Psalm 119

Faith Talks:

This week, find time to look to God’s Word alone, then talk together as a household about what you learned. Here’s a simple guideline.

  1. Start by journaling what is happening in your day — events, challenges, emotions, etc.
  2. Read a passage from the Bible — maybe 10-20 verses (perhaps, Isaiah 40:21-31)
  3. Re-read the passage, looking for truth about God. Make a note of what you find.
  4. Choose one of the truths about God and explore it, meditate on it, pray about it. 
  5. Ask God to help you trust Him and follow Him today.

Wisdom - Psalm 119

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Faith Talks

  1. What is the role of scripture in your life? How do you use it in everyday life? 
  2. In what ways do you struggle with the Bible?
  3. Share a time that God used scripture to speak to you?
  4. Over the next few weeks what can you do to increase your time with God in scripture?

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Faith Talks

  1. Who has God used in your life to encourage you and help you grow in your faith?
  2. What have you seen God use in your life to bless other people? Share a story that illustrates this experience.
  3. What is one thing you could do in these next weeks to bless someone else? Share your plan with another person and ask them to be praying for you about that. 

Lament - Psalm 119

Faith Talks:

  • How has God used affliction in your life to shape your character and address issues of the heart?  Be specific.  Look for an opportunity to share that story this week.  (Practice with a friend first). 

  • Make a list past resolutions you have made in following God?  Pick two of them to that you want to renew this week.  Share why you want to renew these with a trusted friend. 

Lament - Psalm 69

Faith Talks

1. Can you identify one point of pain, something current or past that is a point of pain or grief?

2. It is time to write a Psalm of Lament by following the following steps.
    ⁃    Target your cry: Who are you crying out to
    ⁃    File your complaint: Tell God what is your complaint.
    ⁃    Verbalize your request: Tell God wha you desire
    ⁃    Preach to your soul: Remind yourself of a truth that you need to remember
    ⁃    Renew your resolutions: Tell God how you plan on moving forward

3. Share you Lament with a trusted friend.
 


Lament - Psalm 73

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Faith Talks

  1. Meet with a friend and tell a story of a specific situation in your life of pain, grief, or loss (past or current). 

  2. As you listen to each other, pay attention to spoken or unspoken “conclusions” about God, yourself, or others. Conclusions are belief statements about how life is (e.g. “People are cruel;” “God doesn’t care;” “It will never work out;” “There’s no use trying,” etc.)


Lament - Psalm 31

Faith Talks

  1. Who might be a friend with whom you could interact, to both hear their story and share your story of pain.

  2. Make a list of some of your life circumstances that may need to be talked through.  

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.