At the Movies: Aladdin – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea:
It’s not what is happening on the outside, but what is happening on the inside that matters.

Discussion Starter:
Have you ever felt trapped? Perhaps by a job you dreaded going to every morning or a class you felt wasn’t worthwhile. Maybe you were trapped in a relationship, or an illness or disability kept you from achieving your desires and finding peace. Share with your group how this experience and feeling trapped affected you.

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

This week Faith Promise continues in At the Movies with Disney’s Aladdin. Aladdin and Jasmine both feel trapped in their circumstances, while Genie is physically trapped in his lamp. Disney capitalized on a feeling common to the human condition: God put in us an innate desire for the perfection He created in the Garden of Eden, and as humans we often believe the lie that if we can just achieve the right circumstances then that perfection will be ours again. God has a better life in store for us, but the way to this new life is through placing our faith within on our Creator above, rather than a change of circumstances on the outside.


Encounter God

Primary Scriptures: 1 Samuel 16:7, Mark 5:25-43

Discussion Questions:
1. Aladdin wishes for the Genie to make him a prince, but ultimately this doesn’t make him happy because it is not who he truly is. Read 1 Samuel 16:7. How have you been deceived by the appearances of others or deceived yourself based on outward appearances or circumstances? What steps can we take to stay grounded in God’s truth about who we are?

2. When have you treated God like a genie in a bottle? Maybe you prayed to get out of a speeding ticket or to do well on a test for which you didn’t study. What does real faith ask for, hope for, and believe in?

3. Read Mark 5:25-43. This woman pursued healing for years and from different doctors. However, when in the presence of Jesus, she had faith that if she could just touch him, she would be healed. How has God’s presence changed your life?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Mark 5:21-43 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.


Embrace Others

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

Do you identify more with the woman in Mark 5 approaching Jesus without wanting to be seen, or do you identify with the father who begs for help at Jesus’ feet? Why? Is one approach better than the other?

What circumstances have you been treating as a trap? Could God be working within and preparing you for something through these external circumstances?


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: Where are you serving in ministry at Faith Promise? Have you tried serving and found that you didn’t fit in that area (like Aladdin in prince’s clothing)? Try again! Commit as a group to go through the new Next Steps together.

Engaging in Community: Where will your group serve this fall in the community? Visit https://faithpromise.org/love-local to find local ministry opportunities where you can serve as a group or individually.

Engaging the World: Visit https://faithpromise.org/missions to see ministry opportunities a bit farther from home. Some mission trips are as close as Kentucky, while others are are far away as South Africa! If you are not interested in going on a mission trip, consider supporting those who do go both financially and in prayer.


Expand God’s Kingdom

At the Movies continues next week with Jumanji. Bring a friend to experience God’s real love using faith and film!


Leader’s Notes

1. Emphasize the reading of God’s Word to see who God says that we are. Are your group members participating in the yearly Bible reading plan, or some other Bible reading plan? Consider having group members hold each other accountable for staying grounded in God’s Word. Also, you may discuss spiritual mentors.

2. This question may be too direct to ask out loud of your group members, but this is the meat of the discussion that might follow question 2: Do our actions or prayers suggest an underlying belief that God exists to fulfill all of our desires? Discuss why this belief is false and how to combat the lie.

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.

 

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At the Movies: Black Panther – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea:
In Black Panther a young king struggles to find the right path for his people–a struggle that can be compared to seeking how to share the gospel of the real love of Jesus Christ.

Discussion Starter:
Why do people hide or not share their beliefs and faiths with those around them? Are these good reasons or just excuses?

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

Black Panther’s King T’Challa was devoted to his country Wakanda and his people, while at the same time, he wanted to help people in the world around him. Some might share this conflict about about being too outside-focused, instead of having more inside-focused Bible studies, groups, and activities. In reading Scripture we find that one of our foremost responsibilities as a Christ-follower is to tell about and demonstrate how much God loves people.


Encounter God

Primary Scripture: Matthew 7:15-24, Revelation 2:2-7

Discussion Questions:
1. Why does the pursuit of a deeper understanding of the Word sometimes lead people to think that telling people about Jesus is less important?

2. Why is it so important for followers of Christ tell others of Him?

3. Read Revelation 2:2-7. The angel wrote to the church in Ephesus that God is aware of the good things they have done. However, God wants them to also listen and obey and do what they did at first. What lost first love is God talking about?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Ephesians 2:1-10 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.


Embrace Others

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

Read Ephesians 4:20. Is it better to be silent than to say something harsh in anger?


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: What kind of ministry could you work in that would challenge you to grow?

Engaging in Community: Is there an area in your community where your group could accomplish more than you could alone?

Engaging the World: Read Colossians 3:12-14. How can your group live out this Scripture?


Expand God’s Kingdom

Young King T’Challa had several advisors; his mother, friends, other relatives, and older members of the community who advised him on the nation’s course. T’Challa listened to them all, as well as to his own heart and mind. How are you leading others to see and live out God’s will in their own lives?


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.

 

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New Rivers, New Roads (Reprise) “The Tabernacle Prayer” – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea:
We can have greater intimacy with God and enter His glory because we have the glory residing in us through Jesus’ shed blood.

Discussion Starter:
Share a time when you took something apart to see how it worked.

Introduction:
It’s one thing to take a tour, yet quite another when you have a tour guide to explain the things you are seeing. This week Pastor takes us on a tour of the tabernacle. This is an illustrative journey of praying through the tabernacle. We learn that we can enter God’s glory, because Jesus allows the glory to reside in us through the shedding of His blood.


Encounter God

Primary Scriptures: 1 Peter 2:9 and Psalm 100

Discussion Questions:

Read Psalm 100 aloud as you prepare to journey through the tabernacle.

1. Pastor began our journey through “the tabernacle prayer”, with the outer courts. The outer courts were for preparation. Each stage moving closer into the tabernacle created greater intimacy with God. As these steps brought greater intimacy with God, fewer people took these steps. Why do you think this is so?

2. The brazen altar was used for sacrifices. We are to offer ourselves as living sacrifices. What is the main problem of offering a living sacrifice? Discuss how this obstacle can be overcome.

3. Next is the bronze laver (bath time!), which is like a full mirror investigation of ourselves. Here we learn how we appear in the eyes of the Lord. The ten commandments and the question of whether we measure up to them were used in Pastor’s example. We know there is no human that can keep all ten commandments, so discuss how this aids in our assessment of ourselves.

4. We move on to the Holy Place and the table of showbread. Jesus is the bread of life. Discuss what you feel this means and how it affects your life.

5. The altar of incense is up next. Incense could only be offered up to God. The aroma of the burning incense would be pleasing to God and accompany the sacrifice. Praise and prayer would rise with the smoke and fragrance. Discuss how this form of worship is similar to and different from our worship today.

6. The final stop on our journey is the Holy of Holies. Only the high priest could enter this most sacred of places. The Ark of the Covenant (containing the mercy seat of God) resided here. Once Jesus was crucified, the veil was torn and men were no longer separated from God. Now we are able to enter the presence of God and worship. Jesus was the once and for all sacrifice that bridged the gap between man and God. Reflect for a few moments on how this forever changed our relationship with God. Share your thoughts with the group.

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read 1 Peter 2:4-12 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.


Embrace Others

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

This week we have focused on preparing ourselves to enter the presence of God, how can we use this better serve each other?


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: Pray as a group to explore ways you can share the prayer of the tabernacle with our Faith Promise family and how it has enriched your walk with God.

Engaging in Community and the World: After we have allowed God to fill us with His presence it will naturally overflow. Brainstorm on some ways to use this overflow of God’s glory to show His love to those you encounter.


Expand God’s Kingdom

We live in a broken and hurting world. This week we have journeyed through the tabernacle prayer and discovered ways to become more intimate in our relationship with the Father. We must remember it is not all about us; now it is time to share what we have discovered with others, so they can experience the love and glory of God as well.

Remember that our “At the Movies” series begins next week! It is a great time to invite real people with real problems to experience God’s real love through the people of Faith Promise.


Leader’s Notes

There are quite a few scriptures with this weekend’s message. For questions pertaining to the outer courts you may wish to read the following Isaiah 53:5, Roams 12:2, 2 Corinthians 5:17, and Psalm 139:23-24. For a refresher of the ten commandments read Exodus 20: 3-17. Scriptures to consider for the remainder of the questions are Acts 3:19, Revelation 4:5, Matthew 4:4, Hebrews 4:16, Romans 8:1, and 2 Corinthians 5:21.

You may wish to google a diagram of the tabernacle showing the different courts for better understanding of the progression from the outer courts to the Holy of Holies.

1. Some answers might be that we are scared of getting too close to a Holy and perfect God due to the fact we will see how imperfect we are. Perhaps some just want a little of God and don’t realize how much love He has for us and wants to share with us.

2. A living sacrifice can get off the altar and walk away. Answers will vary to the second part of this question.

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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