God's Presence

Vision 3 - Gospel Conversations

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Faith Talks:

  1. Describe the Gospel conversation between Peter and Cornelius.

  2. How did the passage show that the Holy Spirit was the one leading?

  3. Can you identify times in your life when the Holy Spirit was leading you toward an opportunity for a Gospel conversation? What did you do? How did you feel? What was the result?

  4. What obstacles do you face or what hinders you from being more free in Gospel conversations?

  5. How can you use OPEN TABLE to help you grow in your ability to have Gospel conversations?


Vision 2 - Biblical Literacy

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Faith Talks:

  1. What role did the Word of God and Scripture play in the growth of the early church in the book of Acts?

  2. What did Pastor Greg mean by the phrase Biblical Literacy?

  3. How hBiblical literacy impacts our growth because it shapes our world view and increases our faith. How does biblical literacy do that?

  4. How is your biblical literacy and where are some places that you can go to get help?


The Story of Us

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Faith Talks:

  1. What surprised you about the story of the church?

  2. What is meant by Jesus centered disciples and Kingdom minded churches?

  3. How has the story of the church become .your story? In what ways has your life been impacted by God’s ongoing story of Jesus centered disciple partnering with God in making Kingdom minded churches?


Encountering God in Sovereignty - The Butterfly Effect

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Faith Steps:

Step 1:  Surrender your life to Jesus.

Do you believe that Jesus was sent by God to die on a cross to forgive your sins?

Do you believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and that He is still alive in heaven today?

Do you believe that Jesus is Lord, Savior, and King and will come again to set the world free from sin and death? 

Step #2: Write a 100 Year Life Vision:

Because of the gospel, what is it you most want to see changed in this world? 

What has to happen for it to really change?  List the changes.

Pray and pick one change to start on, and start on it this week. 

Encountering God in Reconciliation

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  1. How Do I Forgive?

  2. Remember Forgiveness requires that you trust the justice of God

  3. Remember Forgiveness requires you trust the Grace of God

  4. Remember Forgiveness is an act of obedience not a feeling

  5. Remember Forgiveness Leads to healthy boundaries

  6. Remember Forgiveness is not just a moment but a process

  7. Grieve Your Hurts and Losses

  8. Offer Forgiveness at the Level of Offense

  9. Cancel the Debt

Faith Talks:

  1. What do we learn about reconciliation and forgiveness from the life of Joseph?

  2. What is the difference between reconciliation and forgiveness?

  3. In what ways have you found freedom in forgiveness?

  4. What are the relationships that you have where God is asking you to take steps of forgiveness or reconciliation? What do you think is a good next step?

Encountering God Through His Providence

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Faith Talks:

  1. When we look at the long view of Joseph’s life, where do we see the providential work of God?

  2. When you look at the long view of your life, where can you see God’s providential work?

  3. What can you learn from the life and practices of Joseph that enabled him to maintain faithfulness while God was providentially working behind the scenes?


Encountering God: When It's Not Only About You

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Faith Talks:

  1. What is God saying to you about life being more than “just about you”?

  2. What are some of the ways that God provides the way to meet the challenges (famines) in your life?

  3. How could you better work with Him to make your life not just about your story but His story?


Encountering God in Inadequacy

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Faith Steps:

Step 1: Let’s recognize places we are inadequate.  Where do most often catch yourself saying         “I can’t do that”.  (e.g. Speaking up at work, Dealing with conflict, A particular task, Serving in a ministry, Sharing the story of Jesus, etc). Make a list of those things. 

Step 2: Pick one area from your list that you want to give room for God to provide what you lack. Take Joseph’s phrase and move in that area of inadequacy - “I Can’t do it, but God will give it…”   That one place of inadequacy might just be the place God wants to do something through your life.   

When that area comes up this week, do what Joesph did.  Recognize your inadequacy and lean on God to provide.  Pray about it, and use a similar phrase to Jospeh.  “I can’t do ______________, but God can/will ______________________.


Self-Talk of a Good Farmer

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Faith Talks:

  1. What conclusions have you made about God in light of your suffering?

  2. How have your own assessments become an excuse not to follow God obediently?

  3. What fears are you feeling guilty of?

  4. What better self-talk does the Cross gives you access to?

  5. What aspect of the Father are you most thankful for today—present, powerful or patient? Why? 


Encountering God in Disappointment

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Faith Talks:

  1. How do you tend to respond to disappointment?

  2. How did Joseph respond to the disappointment of his circumstances?

  3. Share with at least one person what you think the Father wants to teach you about walking through disappointment.


Encountering God: Feeling Temptation

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Faith Talks:

1. With safe people, talk about the things that temp you to sin.

2. What are the things that give you motivation to not follow the call of temptation? Write a list.

3. Do you find God to be the major motivating factor not to sin or is there another reason that is more motivating than God?

4. Spend time this week meditating on Proverbs 9:10, “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”


Encountering God in the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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Faith Talks:

1. At the beginning of Genesis 37 Joseph received a great calling and great dreams for his life from God but what has happened to him by the end of chapter 37?

2. What obstacles and challenges did Jospeh face in Genesis 37?

3. Whether in your career or in a relationship, in what ways have you sensed that God has invited or called you to something only to find obstacles and challenges in your path? What was that like for you?

4. What helps you stay the course when facing those challenges and obstacles?


The Good Farmer

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Faith Talks:

1. The Bible describes many obstacles the can hinder us from encountering the presence of God. How can you relate to the obstacle of expectations and idealism that we talked about from Nathanael story in John 1?

2. According to the teaching today what can it look like to experience the manifest presence of God?

3. What are ways to fight the obstacles and to prepare ourselves to experience God?


Encountering God - Week 3

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Faith Talks:

  1. Can you think of a time when encountering God helped you know Him more personally?

  2. Can you think of a time when encountering God activated your faith in some way? What was the result?

  3. Think of a time when you were empowered or equipped to do God’s will as a result of encountering God. How were you and others impacted?

  4. How motivated are you these days to pursue a personal encounter with God? What, if anything, is hindering your desire to pursue His presence?

  5. Consider praying with others in your household or relational circles about an increase in your desire to pursue the manifest presence of God in your daily life.