when Jesus Arrives? - part 3

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Faith Steps

What are some things you were hoping God would do for you?  Commit to making these things  a daily prayer list.  Try matching these desires with specific Scriptures.  

Pick one day a week to fast  during Advent - feel what hunger feels like.  Do you long for God like you long for food ?  

Carve out a 15 minute block one a week to be in silence with God.   Ask Him to speak to you, and just listen for Him in your heart. 


What is it like when Jesus Arrives?

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Faith Steps

What are some things you were hoping God would do for you?  Commit to making these things  a daily prayer list.  Try matching these desires with specific Scriptures.  

Pick one day a week to fast  during Advent - feel what hunger feels like.  Do you long for God like you long for food ?  

Carve out a 15 minute block one a week to be in silence with God.   Ask Him to speak to you, and just listen for Him in your heart. 


When Jesus Arrives

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Faith Steps

What are some things you were hoping God would do for you?  Commit to making these things  a daily prayer list.  Try matching these desires with specific Scriptures.  

Pick one day a week to fast  during Advent - feel what hunger feels like.  Do you long for God like you long for food ?  

Carve out a 15 minute block once a week to be in silence with God.   Ask Him to speak to you, and just listen for Him in your heart. 


Redemption, Not Reversal - Stanley John

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Faith Talks

What are two brand new things you learned from Stanley Jon? 

On a scale of 1-4 how normal has living on mission become in your household.
1-it’s a challenge and doesn’t happen
2-it happens but it is rare
3-it’s not as consistent as I would like but it’s happening
4-it’s just part of who we are and what we do

Take some time as a household and review the On Mission page to consider how you can be part of what God is doing around the world. 


Knowing God - How Do I Experience God's Presence

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Faith Talks

  1. Talk about different practices you do in your life that help you experience God? 
  2. Are there any area’s of frustration with the spiritual practices you currently do? 
  3. Talk about things that you have done or currently do that numb you to the presence of God?

Knowing God - Experiencing God’s Presence

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Faith Talks

Talk together about your view of the Christian faith: is it mostly head or heart? Is it mostly study and learning and doing or how much is there a place for feeling, the supernatural and a sense of intimate relationship? Talk about when you have experienced both.

Talk about the questions you have related to God’s presence. Consider emailing your questions to the pastors.


Knowing God - Can I really Experience God?

FAITH TALKS

  1. When you hear of the phrase “experiencing the presence of God” what comes to your mind?
  2. What is your personal history with experiencing the presence of God?
  3. What are the questions that come up for you when you think about experiencing the presence of God?
  4. Next week we will learn about the timeless doctrine of the Presence of God but according to the teaching today why is it important to be aware and to even seek the presence of God?

 


Knowing God - The Reconcilers Ambassadors

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FAITH TALKS

    1.    Get into groups according to where God has placed you as an ambassador.  (Work, Life stage, Neighborhood, family, friends)
    2.    Share specific ways that you currently live as an ambassador where God has placed you.  
    3.    Come up with a few practical things that you can do to live as an ambassador where God has placed you. (Don't over think it.) 


Knowing God - How do you use your Bible to answer today's questions?

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Faith Talks: 

  1. Find a passage of the Bible.  Grab a paper and pen.  Read slowly and write down everything that it says about God (Jesus and/or the Holy Spirit).  
  2. What issues of your heart do you most want Scripture to speak to? 
  3. Are there any ways in which you have used Scripture poorly in the past that you need to repent of?  Is there anyone you’ve wounded with Scripture that you ask to forgive you? 
  4. On your own research one of today’s issues in the Bible.  Ask two other people to do the same.  Set a time over the next week to discuss your findings.  How can your findings help others come to know Jesus?

Knowing God - Scipture

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Faith Talks

  1. What point about the doctrine of scripture did you find most attractive or significant?
  2. What part of the doctrine of scripture is challenging to you and why?
  3. Tell about a time when you didn’t want to submit to the authority of scripture but you did. What was the outcome?
  4. What are some ways you can grow in making time with God in scripture a bigger part of your life?
     

Knowing God: Current Questions, TimEless Doctrines

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Faith Talks

1. Tell about a time in your life that a timeless doctrine (a truth about God) answered a current question that you had. 

2. What are some of the puzzles that you face or current questions that you have about God or what he is doing?

3. How might God be using those puzzles or questions to help you know Him?

4. Ask some people to pray for you over some of the pressing questions that you are currently facing?


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Faith Talks

  1. Talk together about the clear signs in your life that you live (or don’t live) under the authority of Jesus, the Great King.
  2. Talk together about steps you can take to grow in your fascination for King Jesus.

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.

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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.