Movement Weekend – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea:
God is Calling us to BE the River of Provision to our world THROUGH the Holy Spirit in us.

Discussion Starter:
Share a time when you were able to provide something that a person needed and how that made both you and him/her feel.

Introduction:
This weekend, Pastor Zac shared how Faith Promise Church is equipping our fpStudents to help real people with real problems find the real love of God. He explained these students are not the Next generation but the Now generation. When we as a church, both young and old alike, live out our values we will be a massive Movement-all 8000 of us! Recall our Biblically-based values from the previous weeks: We put God first; We tell them of Him; We grow together; We give generously; We serve others; We elevate those around us. Sometimes as Christ-followers, we think we need to wait on God to do the supernatural, but God has elevated us to be the River of Provision to this hurting and dying world. He has given us His Spirit to empower us to do His work! The only way to be a Movement is to start moving; you can’t sit still and see revival. The Kingdom will come when we GO!


Encounter God

Primary Scripture: Primary Scripture John 7:37-39

Discussion Questions:
1. Jesus boldly declares that whoever is thirsty only needs to come to Him to drink. What makes people thirsty today? How do people try to quench their thirst?

2. To place Jesus’ invitation to thirsty sinners in context, He shouted this on the last day of the Festival of Tabernacles, which commemorated the end of wandering in the desert as the Israelites entered the Promised Land. On the first seven days, the priest poured out water from a golden pitcher, and the people said, “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation” (Isaiah 12:3), and according to rabbinic tradition, these words pointed to the Messiah. In contrast, on the 8th day of the festival, no water was drawn symbolizing that the Israelites were no longer in a desert but drank from the rivers of Canaan. The Israelites were reenacting a tradition that could never satisfy the heart, but Jesus offered them living water and eternal satisfaction! Can you describe how your life was like a spiritual desert before you came to the Lord? In what way has your life changed since you drank from the “wells of salvation”?

3. Jesus offers Himself as the living water. Temple symbolism pointed to this, and He compared His body to the temple itself (John 2:19-22). He also spoke of himself as the rock, that when struck (Exodus 17:1-7) gives not merely water but the living water of eternal life (John 4:13-14). This drinking water is symbolic of the gift of the Holy Spirit. Just as water satisfies thirst and produces fruitfulness, the Holy Spirit satisfies us and enables us to bear spiritual fruit (Gal 5:22). In what ways are you bearing fruit for God? What is holding you back from fully realizing God’s purpose for your life? How will you pray to fully trust the power of the Spirit that lives in you?

4. These verses describe the streams of living water as “flowing”. The promise is not only that we will be satisfied, but that we will be satisfying. When we drink the living water of Jesus, we not only fill our cup, but we become a river that overflows. How does the use of the word “flow” affect the way you see the power of the Holy Spirit? How will you allow God the Spirit to work through you as a River of Provision for this hurting and dying world?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read John 7:37-39 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.


Embrace Others

This week, our focus was on drinking in Christ by faith, pouring Christ out in praise and love, and never thirsting again. In small groups of 2 or 3, discuss and encourage one another on how God is calling you to pour forth His living water as a River of Provision for others.


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: Pray as a group to explore ways you can pour out Christ as you serve our church family.

Engaging in Community and the World: It is God the Spirit that flows in through faith (Galatians 3:2, 5) and flows out through love (Galatians 5:22). Our local and international communities have several opportunities to serve and allow God to flow as a River of Provision from each of us. We heard a beautiful story of rescue and redemption of Bellansira Horusenga through the assistance of the International Organization for Migration. Once in Knoxville, Bellansira was assisted by our local Emerald Youth Foundation so that she was able to attend college. Her hope one day is to return to her native land and heal others. Consider how you as a group could help local or international organizations embrace the privilege of reaching out and showing the love of Christ to others.


Expand God’s Kingdom

John Piper has said that “The greatest cause in the world is joyfully rescuing people from hell, meeting their earthly needs, making them glad in God, and doing it with a kind, serious pleasure that makes Christ look like the Treasure he is. No war on earth was ever fought for a greater cause or a greater king.” How will you enlist as a soldier in the war to win souls for Jesus and be that River of Provision for others?


Leader’s Notes

1. Answers will vary but may include suffering, meaningless existence, chronic restlessness, discontent, despair, hopelessness, etc. People are eluded into thinking that the false offerings of the world will satisfy them, but they are only being distracted from the truth and will never experience the authentic satisfaction found only in Jesus. This is the difference between the sweet poison the world offers and the living water of Christ!

2. Answers will vary.

3. Answers will vary.

4. It is powerful! It is not a trickle and cannot be and should not be restrained! Believers drink in Christ by faith, pour Christ out in praise and love, and never thirst again.

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.

 

Day 2 – Honduras 2018

Today our team had the honor and privilege of hosting several Vacation Bible Schools in town and boy did God show up and show out in some major ways! During our first Vacation Bible School, 21 kids chose to accept Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Then in the afternoon an additional 61 kids gave their hearts to God. Please continue to pray for our team and to pray for all of those that we meet this week. May their eyes and ears be open to hearing of Him!

Successful Day 1 – Honduras 2018

Successful Day 1! 

Our team is ready for VBS tomorrow with one at a feeding center in the morning and another at a school in the afternoon. Please continue praying for boldness for our team to step out of our comfort zones, protection and safety during our outings, and for God to use us to plant seeds in the lives of those we come in contact with.

-Lauren Murphy, Team Lead

 

I am Faith Promise Week 6 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea:
At Faith Promise we elevate others around us by being part of a community that helps real people with real problems find real love.

Discussion Starter:
The definition of elevate is to raise or lift up to a higher position. Have you ever met an individual who does this in the lives of others, or who has done this in your own life? A teacher, a relative, a church member, another student in your school, your friend, or even a stranger can help you to reach new heights!

Introduction:
Each of us has the ability to lift up others around us. God also puts people in our path to help elevate us when we need support. There are worldly obstacles that sometimes get in our way, or blind us, in seeing our personal attributes that can be utilized for HIS will in raising up our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. The Bible gives us some very direct and helpful tips to sharpen our skills so that we can improve in elevating others and better recognize when God has provided someone to help us. What biblical characters can you think of who are excellent examples being God’s hands and feet when it comes to elevating others?


Encounter God

Primary Scriptures: Philippians 1:3-6, Philippians 2:1-8, Romans 15:1-13, Proverbs 27:17, Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Discussion Questions:

1. Read Philippians 1:3-6. Paul is writing to the church in Philippi and the theme throughout the book is joy–the joy in serving God. We know that Paul wrote this book while in prison.

What does this passage say about each of us?

What does this mean to you and for all of us?

2. Read Philippians 2:1-8.From this passage what can we learn about God/Jesus’s character?

What can we learn from this scripture about obstacles which can get in the way of seeing God’s will in our lives and/or elevating others?

How are we to behave?

3. Read Romans 15:1-13, Proverbs 27:17 and Ecclesiastes 4:9-10.

What can we gather about God from these scriptures?

How has He designed us to interact?

In what ways can you alter how you think, behave, or act in order to elevate those around you?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Philippians 2:1-8 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.


Embrace Others

Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into dyads or triads for this section.

Getting to know you:   What lies do you currently believe or have you believed in the past that the enemy has used to hinder the good work God has started in you?

Getting to know them:  What scriptures can you find or utilize which remind you who you are in Christ? Are there people in your life that you might share some of these verses with in order to elevate them?

Getting to know Him:  Commit to studying God’s word this week spending time on the verses which remind us how God sees us. If you encounter a time this week where you are questioning God’s truth or just simply don’t see how they apply to you, commit to calling a partner to talk and pray together. Also spend time this week in prayer seeking God’s direction in order to see who God may be calling you to elevate.


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise:  Are you volunteering in a ministry at Faith Promise? How can you elevate those who serve with you?

Engaging in Community:   In what ways can you interact with your neighbors to elevate them?

Engaging the World:  How can you leverage social media to elevate your friends who are near and far?


Expand God’s Kingdom

Who do you know who needs to hear what you have learned this week? Remember that our Summer At the Movies series is coming up in August!


Leader’s Notes

There are several biblical characters who are great examples of elevating others. All of these characters have dark past or blemishes on their walks. This is helpful to understand that we regardless of what we have done, we can still elevate others and allow others to elevate us.

There is a book written by Neil Anderson titled “Victory Over the Darkness: Realizing the Power of Your Identity in Christ.” This book has a  list of scriptures and truths on who we are. These may be helpful to discuss.

In following God and elevating others, we know that we may come under spiritual attacks ourselves. Read through Ephesians and find verses and prayers that your group can use to shore themselves up as they go out and make disciples.

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.

 

HOPE 5K

We are excited to announce HOPE’s first 5K race!

Join us on September 1st on Cherokee Boulevard. Prizes to be announced following race. Post race refreshments provided by HOPE.

Check-in begins at 6:30 am. Race begins at 8 am.

$20/participant. $15/participant for groups of 10 or more.

Registration increases to $25/participant on race day.

For more details or to register visit: runsignup.com/Race/TN/Knoxville/HOPE5K.

 

 

Back To School Supply Drive

Faith Promise Church’s Annual Back to School Supply Drive is BACK!

With a new school year just around the corner, we need your help! We are partnering with lots of awesome local schools and ministries to help get the school year off to a great start for children in at-risk environments.  Please read below to see how you can help with resources and volunteering. You can purchase and bring in supplies to your campus July 21st/22nd and July 28th/29th. Thank you so much for your generosity and heart of compassion!

Supplies Needed:
*New Backpacks*, pencils, crayons, rulers, scissors, glue sticks, Ink Pens (Black and Blue), and Index Cards

*NOTE: If you attend the Farragut Campus, your partner school does NOT need supplies. Instead they have asked for new youth size shoes and new backpacks only.

Interested in volunteering your time? Each campus needs volunteers to help deliver supplies to their partner ministries and schools email missions@faithpromise.org for more information.

Give a child a fresh start at school!