Heart for the Harvest Week 2 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea:
What is your part in the miracle?

Discussion Starter:
During the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY the US Hockey team defeated a heavily favored USSR team to win the gold medal. The feat by such a rag tag bunch of amateurs led Al Michaels to shout the most famous quote in sports history, “Do you believe in miracles? YESSSSS!” Have you ever witnessed a similar unexpected miraculous outcome? Please share with the group about the experience.

Introduction:
This week continues our annual Heart for the Harvest Series. We are preparing for New Rivers and New Roads of God’s provision in our lives, restoration in our relationships, and healing in our families. As we wait expectantly for miracles, we will look at the part God has given us to play in making these miracles a reality.


Encounter God

Primary Scripture:  Exodus 14:11-16

Discussion Questions:

  1. The Israelites are complaining, and Moses responds by declaring God will provide a way. He tells them “The Lord will fight for you, you must be quiet.” He is politely telling them if they shut up God will take care of them. Why is it important that Moses reminds them God will make a way of escape if they will rely on God? Has anyone given you this sort of reminder during a hard season in life?
  2. Circumstances were bleak: behind them were the Egyptians that were determined to destroy them and straight ahead was the Red Sea.  Moses makes their choice clear. They must choose God or choose death. Discuss the tension of faith versus doubt during terrible circumstances.
  3. God tells Moses to raise his staff, and the seas part. They walk across on dry land. Moses had to believe God would do His part, but God asked Moses to do His part. Why did God ask Moses to play a role in the miracle?
  4. Why does the writer include the fact that they marched across on dry land?
  5. God always delivers on His promises. Sometimes He asks us to play a role to demonstrate our faith. Why do we sometimes struggle with acting upon that faith?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read  Exodus 14:11-16 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.


Embrace Others

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

Spend time in prayer in your dyad or triad seeking wisdom from the Holy Spirit. What is God asking you to do? What is your part in the miracle?


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise:  Pray for the staff and volunteers as they seek to remain faithful in the Heart for the Harvest efforts. Pray for God to open doors as we seek to launch new campuses in East Tennessee and beyond!

Engaging in Community: Do you have a friend or neighbor facing their own Red Sea as the Egyptians are closing in from behind? Are they struggling to provide shelter or food for their family? How can you help them?

Engaging the World: Pray for the global impact that this year’s Heart for the Harvest offering will make!


Expand God’s Kingdom

God was faithful to the Israelites in delivering on His promises, and He is faithful today. Who can you talk with this week about God’s faithfulness?


Leader’s Notes

  1. They were so busy whining to Moses that they could think of nothing else. They were in the middle of their own private pity party. God wanted to show them His awesome power, but they kept on whining.
  2. Make no mistake about it, the Israelites were scared. They saw NO way out. Moses lets them know God is the only answer. The answers to this one will vary, it will be beneficial if someone in your group can share a similar experience. When has God shown up and delivered in your life?
  3. In this instance the Israelites needed to see God’s power and man’s faith and obedience. They were no longer obeying God, so He used Moses’ faith and obedience to teach them through this miracle. Generally, when God allows us to play a part, it is so we can experience the joy of being part of God’s work and to share in the blessings.
  4. Normally even a small amount of water makes dirt turn into mud. God not only showed up, but He also showed out by turning what should have been mire and mud into dusty ground. Only God could divide a sea and leave dry dirt in the pathway.
  5. Opinion. The group leader can model transparency by sharing reasons he/she has failed to play our part in the miracle. Laziness? Fear? Distraction? Being unaware or unconnected to the Holy Spirit?

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.

 

Heart for the Harvest Week 1 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea:
We prepare for our annual miracle offering, and we pray that God would send miracles so powerful only He will receive the glory, honor, and praise!

Discussion Starter:
If you have been at Faith Promise during previous Heart for the Harvest seasons, share your favorite story of how God worked through His church to impact the world. If this is your first Heart for the Harvest, share what excites you the most or what miracle you long for God to do in this season.

Introduction:
This week begins our annual Heart for the Harvest Series. We are preparing for New Rivers and New Roads of God’s provision in our lives, restoration in our relationships, and healing in our families. As we wait expectantly for miracles, we looked at one of the miracles of Jesus in the Gospel of John.


Encounter God

Primary Scripture: John 5:1-17

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read John 5:1-4. Where do you see people gathered today hoping for a miracle or in need of healing? How can you pray for them or support them?
  2. Read verses 5-7. Have you ever waited on God for a long period of time? Are you waiting now? How would you answer if Jesus asked you the question in verse 6?
  3. Read verses 8-9. The man was waiting on his miracle from the pool at Bethesda, but Jesus came and healed him without touching the water. Is there something you are trusting in for provision or support rather than trusting in God?
  4. Read verses 12-15. How has Jesus found you or revealed Himself to you?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read John 5:1-17 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.


Embrace Others

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

Spend some time in prayer with your smaller group. Pray as needed for provision and healing within your dyad or triad. Pray for a fruitful harvest season of faith in your small group and at Faith Promise.


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise:  Did you pray with anyone during this weekend’s service? Continue to pray for that need throughout the week.

Engaging in Community: The leaves are finally starting to fall! Do you have a neighbor who could use some help with raking?

Engaging the World: Pray for the global impact that this year’s Heart for the Harvest offering will make!


Expand God’s Kingdom

Who can you ask the question Jesus asked in John 5:6? Share with them God’s amazing power and love.


Leader’s Notes

  1. Your group is a gathering of people who may have need of provision or healing! Other answers may include hospitals or food banks.
  2. Discuss reasons we may avoid seeking a miracle: it’s too unbelievable, it won’t happen, we don’t want to be disappointed, it is more comfortable to stay where we are than to change.
  3. It is easy to trust our bank accounts and our doctors that we can see rather than trust in God who we cannot see.

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.

 

Revival Week 4 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea: Thanks to God’s will and initiation, revival is available to everyone.

Discussion Starter: Discuss a time when you learned from a mistake.

Introduction: This week Pastor Zac showed us the progression of revival and how revival is available to everyone through God’s will.

Watch this brief intro together with your group (click picture below):

Encounter God

Primary Scriptures: John 3:16, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Proverbs 14:22, Hebrews 12:4-11, Luke 15:20-23, Romans 6:23, Psalm 51:12

Discussion Questions:

1. Pastor Zac quoted Henry Blackaby, who said, “Revival is a divinely initiated work in which God’s people pray, repent of their sin, and return to a holy, Spirit-filled, obedient love relationship with God.”  Restate this definition in your own words.

2.  Why is it important that God is the One who initiates revival?

3. There is a difference between discipline and punishment.  Discipline is used to train, whereas punishment is a penalty for an offense.  Read Hebrews 12:4-11.  How has God disciplined you in the past or currently?  Did you respond with appreciation?

4.  In Progression 4, Pastor Zac points out that we cry out to God.  Read Psalm 61:1-4.  Why is being humble an essential element of crying out to God?  Can you genuinely cry out to God while being prideful?

5. What is your biggest obstacle to moving from a “what if” revival is available mindset and life, to an “as if” one?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Proverbs 14:22 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:  How can those in your group help you identify where you are on the revival progression?

Getting to know them: How can your group help each other take their next step in the revival progression?

Getting to know Him:  Read Philippians 1:6.  Take some time and reflect on how God started His work in you.


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise:  Since it is Pastor Appreciation Month, reach out and encourage a pastor at your campus this week.

Engaging in Community:  Undoubtedly, God wants to bring revival to all of our communities.  Where is your place in being a part of revival in your community?

Engaging the World: God’s Kingdom is expanding all over the world.  How are you partnering with Christians around the world to see global revival?


Expand God’s Kingdom

This week, read James 5:7-11 with someone you are helping disciple and discuss how each of you can grow in your walk with Christ.


Leader’s Notes

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.

Revival Week 3 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea:
God revives the humble in heart, so those who seek revival must seek to humble themselves to God.

Discussion Starter:
What has God taught you this week during your Bible reading and prayer time?

Introduction:
This week, Pastor Micah reminded us that pride and humility are polar opposites. They can’t exist in the same place, ever. He demonstrated that when we have pride enough to hold on to our burdens (especially the burden of sin), it will weary us.  And when we have the humility to admit our weakness and need, God will give us rest.

Watch this brief intro together with your group (click picture below):


Encounter God

Primary Scriptures: 1 Peter 5:5-7, Proverbs 3:34, Psalm 55:22, Isaiah 57:15, Matthew 11:28-30, Ephesians 2:8-9

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why would God dislike pride at all?
  2. In several of the passages, God talks about giving things to people (as opposed to them earning or deserving something).  How could pride (or humility) affect someone’s ability to receive a gift?
  3. How is it that the most loving thing that God can do to a proud person is… resist them?  
  4. Re-read Isaiah 57:15.  What does revival have to do with someone’s grief over their own sin (that is, “contrition”)?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read 1 Peter 5:1-7 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:  Can you think of a time that God gave you grace? Can you think of a time that God resisted you? Additionally, who is into being both raw and real tonight? (Seriously. This is hard to share, but…remember that bit in 1 Peter 5:5? This is part of being clothed with humility.)

Getting to know them:  Humility has a lot to do with approachability. What’s something you could say to your mini-group that would make you more approachable?

Getting to know Him:  In Isaiah, God says that He doesn’t just inhabit eternity, but that He hangs out with those who are “contrite”, i.e., appropriately grieved by their sin.  Every time you pray this week, just make a mental note about how you feel about your sin and how revived you feel. See if you can spot a relationship.


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise:  Submit yourself to fellow Christ-trusters. That is, take care of each other, and be gentle about it.

Engaging in Community:  Be approachable by being humble. That’s going to matter during the Halloween season.  However you celebrate (or don’t), the most important thing for your neighborhood is that they know you care about everyone’s well-being.

Engaging the World:  Pray for Christ’s missionaries to not be discouraged. Scripture is clear that our prayers matter for those in dangerous places.  


Expand God’s Kingdom

Can you think of anyone who might need to hear that God is clear about His stance on pride and humility?  Or might want to talk about it?


Leader’s Notes

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.

Revival Week 2 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea: Putting revival and eternity back in the forefront of our hearts and minds

Discussion Starter: Have you or anyone you know ever gone to a white tent revival?  What do you think of when someone starts speaking about revival?

Introduction: This Sunday Pastor Chris discusses attitudes or mindsets that the church needs to embody in order to set us up for revival. With the directive of not grieving the Holy Spirit and carrying out the 3 “attitudes of revival,” comes a significant adjustment to some if not all our lives.

Watch this brief intro together with your group (click picture below):


Encounter God

Primary Scripture: Ephesians 4:30-32, Matthew 6:14-15, Hebrews 12:15, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19, 2 Corinthians 9:6-13, 1 john 1:9, Matthew 7:8-11

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the three attitudes of revival that can be found in these scriptures? Even if you have not seen this weekend’s sermon, what common themes should we be implementing in our lives from these verses?

2. What happens to us when we are not practicing these attitudes?

3. What does it mean to grieve the Holy Spirit?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Ephesians 4:32 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.


Embrace Others

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

1. Getting to know you- Reflect back on the 3 “attitudes of revival.” You can discuss with your group or just think to yourselves, which of these is your strongest? Which of these attitudes should you work on this week?

2. Getting to know them- This week keep a gratitude list where you write at least 3 things you are grateful for every morning and bring it to our next week’s small group to share some of the gratitude’s and how the practice of focusing on them every morning helped to shape your week and your mindset.

3. Getting to know God- What are some accountability actions you and your small group can do this week to help each other remember to keep revival and eternity in the forefront of your mind?


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: Pray for revival within your  group.

Engaging in Community: Pray for revival in your community. Remember that these were promises that God gave to His people, so in order to have revival we must share God’s real love and people must turn to Him.

Engaging the World: Pray that Faith Promise missionaries around the world would experience revival in their communities.


Expand God’s Kingdom

Who can you share this message with this week?


Leader’s Notes

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.

Revival Week 1 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea: We will seek Revival at Faith Promise by following God’s instructions to King Solomon: We will humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face, and turn from our wicked ways.

Discussion Starter:
Have you ever seen something dead take on new life? Perhaps you had a plant that was almost dead, but fertilizer brought it back to life. Maybe you had a project at work that seemed doomed to fail, but one fresh idea gave it hope. Share about a similar transformation you have experienced.

Introduction:

Watch this brief intro together with your group (click picture below):


Encounter God

Primary Scripture: 2 Chronicles 7:11-16

Discussion Questions:
1. Read 2 Chronicles 7:11-16 paying close attention to verse 14. Pastor Chris shared a quote that pride is “an unhealthy saturation with self.” What are some ways we can humble ourselves this week?

2. The next action in verse 14 is “pray.” What circumstances have caused you to pray passionately? It is natural to cry out to God when we are in desperate need. How do we keep the passion in our prayers and maintain intimacy with God when life is going well?

3. Why do we most often seek God’s hand of provision instead of God’s face through fellowship and intimacy in prayer?

4. The final action God requires of His people in verse 14 is to “turn from their wicked ways.” We will discuss this during our Embrace time in our dyads and triads.

5. Which of the four actions in 2 Chronicles 7:14 is the hardest for you to respond to? Why?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read 2 Chronicles 7:11-22 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.


Embrace Others

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

2 Chronicles 7:14 says God’s people are to “turn from their wicked ways.” Spend a minute considering if there is any sin in your life that has become comfortable. If you feel comfortable, confess this sin to your dyad or triad and ask for accountability in turning from this sin. Whether you confess to one another or not, spend some time fervently praying that we would all be open to the Holy Spirit’s conviction of sin in our lives.


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: Pray for revival within your  group.

Engaging in Community: Pray for revival in your community. Remember that these were promises that God gave to His people, so in order to have revival we must share God’s real love and people must turn to Him.

Engaging the World: Pray that Faith Promise missionaries around the world would experience revival in their communities.


Expand God’s Kingdom

Who can you share this message with this week?


Leader’s Notes

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.