I am Faith Promise Week 3 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea:
Faith Promise Value: We grow together.  Because when we grow together, we invite God into our midst

Discussion Starter:

What are some things that a group working together can accomplish that one person working alone cannot?

Introduction:
As we see in Genesis 2, from the beginning God did not design us to live or do life alone.  This does not only apply to the complementary design of men and women, but in God’s broader design for His Kingdom.  The Genesis story lays the foundation for how God architects human flourishing, Kingdom expansion, and expression of His glory.


Encounter God

Primary Scripture: 2 Samuel 11

Discussion Questions:
1. David’s struggle began when he “sent” when he usually “went.” Discuss a time when (either because of fear, laziness, pride, or something else) you let someone else do what you should have done.

2. This world, the enemy, and our selfishness all work to separate and isolate us. What is one thing in your life that you can remove or reduce to become less isolated?

3. What is one area where you need your group to help you grow? Commit to each other to grow intentionally and humbly.

4. Read Hebrews 10:24-25  How can you work together to love others and perform good deeds?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 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 Proverbs 27:17 How can you sharpen someone in your group? How can you be sharpened by someone else?


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: Find an area at Faith Promise where others can stretch you to grow in your faith.

Engaging in Community: Find an area in your community where your group can do more together than one individual could.

Engaging the World: Read Zechariah 7:8-10  How can your group live out this Scripture?


Expand God’s Kingdom

The Faith Promise value that we are looking at this week is essential to expanding God’s Kingdom.  Matt Chandler points out that human development and growth is not an individual pursuit.  He says,  “[…] God’s picture of human flourishing in the Scripture flies in the face of radical individualism.”  He goes on to say, “God’s picture of human flourishing starts when your preference and my preference become secondary to God’s will and how God has revealed himself in his Word.”  How are you pouring into someone to see and achieve God’s will?


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.

I am Faith Promise Week 2 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea:
When we serve others, we lift others up.

Discussion Starter:
Share a time when someone stepped in and served you when you least expected help.

Introduction:
This weekend, we continued to look at who we are as a church at Faith Promise. We believe our starting place is to put God first. When we do this, everything else falls into place, and we begin to change from the inside out. We love God, and we develop a new capacity to love others. What does it look like to “love others”, and how do we go about using our God-given gifts? Many people struggle to understand their purpose in life, but when we turn to God, He will help us understand how to fulfill the calling He uniquely places on each of His children. When we serve others, we lift others up. Like a pulley, we were made for pulling and lifting; our purpose is to point others to Christ: to lift them up in God’s grace and forgiveness. In order to be truly effective for the Kingdom of God, all Promisors need to take part. A pulley is worthless if there is slack in the line, and the best way to strengthen Faith Promise is for each of us to stay connected and close to God. We are called to serve God with the gifts He has given us and not in our own strength. A gift from God is a calling that a Christ-follower will find honor and joy in using. Will you seek God’s call and purpose for your life and serve Him by serving others?


Encounter God

Primary Scripture: Primary Scripture 1 Peter 4:7-11

Discussion Questions:
1. According to theses verses, what should encourage a Christ-follower to persevere in living a life pleasing to God? Describe how does this looks in a practical sense.

2. Discuss ways believers can be of “sound mind and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer”.

3. Peter describes Christian love as fervent, forgiving, and practical. In what ways can you show your love to other believers this week? Whom is God calling you to serve in love?

4. Each Christ-follower is given at least one spiritual gift, and we are called to use that gift to the glory of God and to the building up of the church. How are you using what God has given you? If you are not serving, will you ask God to remove any fear or hesitation so that you can fulfill His calling in your life?

5. What one activity may God be laying on your heart to omit from your week so that you can prayerfully spend time with Him, seeking His direction in how you can serve others for His glory and the building up of the church?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read 1 Peter 4:7-11 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the Believer’s relationship to Jesus.


Embrace Others

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

This week, our focus was on serving. In your dyads or triads, discuss and encourage one another about how God has given you gifts to serve and build up the church for His glory.


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: Pray as a group to explore ways you can volunteer your time and gifts to serve our church family.

Engaging in Community: Our community has several opportunities to serve and share the healing message of forgiveness found only in the Gospel of God. Discuss how you as a group can identify a need in the community and move into faithful and fruitful service. Visit https://faithpromise.org/love-local to review several opportunities to serve together.

Engaging the World: Consider as a group supporting the Scotts, who will be launching East Mountain in Scotland, a ministry which exists to help local churches train, develop, and empower leaders. You learn more about what they will be doing and/or connect with them at http://scottsinscotland.com. You can also email them at scottsinscotland@gmail.com. The Scott’s need $800 of monthly support to sustain their ongoing ministry.


Expand God’s Kingdom

Mother Teresa said, “Prayer in action is love, and love in action is service. Try to give unconditionally whatever a person needs in the moment. The point is to do something, however small, and show you care through your actions by giving your time … We are all God’s children so it is important to share His gifts. Do not worry about why problems exist in the world – just respond to people’s needs … We feel what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean, but that ocean would be less without that drop.“

Mother Teresa was a woman of action for God’s purposes and glory. She saw needs all around her in the streets of Calcutta and served tirelessly. Although no one can see God, we are to serve Him in others, and Jesus encourages these actions in His words from Matthew 25:40: “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.” How will you lift up others as you serve them this week?


Leader’s Notes

1. We should live expectantly knowing Jesus is coming back!  We are here in this broken world, and it is a time for preparation. Like Jesus, we are to be about our Father’s business (Luke 2:49). We were designed to live with Him forever and to live life with an eternal perspective. We are not to satisfy our longing for eternity with the things of this world- our possessions, experiences, positions, or people. We live out our calling by serving others and lifting them up in real love by sharing the grace and forgiveness found only in Jesus Christ.
2. Answers may vary. May include a sound approach to the end-times (not an unbiblical emphasis or misinterpretation of prophecy), a purposeful life/ not impulsive, and having good judgment when it comes to Christian doctrine and practical matters in life. Staying in the Word, surrounding yourself with other believers, praying and allowing the Spirit’s guidance will guard our hearts and minds. Romans 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” If our thinking and praying are right, our living should be right!
3. We are called to eagerly love other believers, forgive easily, offer hospitality, be generous and use our spiritual gifts in ministry to one another.
4. Answers may vary. If a member is concerned that they do not know what their gift is or if they even have one, reassure them and point them to helpful resources for discerning God’s gifts. (e.g. https://spiritualgiftstest.com).
5 Encourage members to be sensitive to the Spirit’s conviction of hearts- to identify an area of busy-ness and remove it knowing space, time and energy could be freed up and devoted to Kingdom business! B-U-S-Y= being under Satan’s yoke!

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.

I am Faith Promise Week 1 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea: 
When we put God first, everything else falls into place.

Discussion Starter:
What is your favorite thing about summertime?

Introduction:
This week we begin a series on our 6 core values at Faith Promise:

1. We Put God First
2. We Tell Them of Him
3. We Grow Together
4. We Serve Others
5. We Give Generously
6. We Elevate Others


Encounter God

Primary Scripture: Mark 12:28-34

Discussion Questions:

Read Mark 12:28-34.

1. Pastor Chris said “It’s not knowing God is first, it’s putting God first.” What occupies the most time in your life? Work? Family? Friends? Sports?

2. Faith isn’t something we fit in, but something we filter everything else through. Think about your answer to question 1. How can your faith act as a filter where you spend the most time?

2. How are you loving God? Do you spend time reading God’s word and talking to Him every day? If this is a struggle, what are your roadblocks? If this is something you do well, what strategies can you share?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Mark 12:28-34 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.


Embrace Others

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

Share with your dyad or triad one thing you will do to connect with God this week. Check in with each other during the week and hold each other accountable.


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: Who supports your connection with God at Faith Promise? The worship ministry? Your campus Pastor? Send a thank you note this week!

Engaging in Community: As you connect this week with God in prayer, pray for the people in your local neighborhood.

Engaging the World: Pray for Faith Promise missionaries. Pray that they would put God first in their ministries and in their families.


Expand God’s Kingdom

Do you know someone wanting to know more about Faith Promise Church? This series is a great time to invite them to learn more about who we are and what we do!


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.

 

Launchpad Week 4 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea:
Achieving liftoff in in life is impossible on your own.

Discussion Starter:
What has been your favorite part of the Launchpad series? What takeaways have made a difference in your family?

Introduction:
This week we finish our Launchpad series by realizing that we cannot achieve liftoff or a lasting legacy on our own. A rocket needs fuel to launch, and we need the Holy Spirit to fuel us. Our families should teach the next generation how to fuel up so that they can lift off!


Encounter God

Primary Scripture: Genesis 32

Discussion Questions:

1. Read Genesis 32:1-12. Have you ever prayed a prayer like Jacob prayed? How did God answer that prayer?

2. Pastor Chris said “A planned life is no substitute for a prayer life.” Have you found this to be true in your life? Share about a time when things did not go as you planned. How did your relationship or lack of relationship with God affect how you responded to the situation?

3. Read Genesis 32:24-30. How have you wrestled with God? What do you struggle with in prayer? Finding time? Doubts/faith? Make a plan to spend time with God in prayer this week. Share what you learned in your prayer time next week.

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


Embrace Others

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

Jacob prayed for deliverance from his brother Esau. Is there anything you need to be delivered from? How can we pray for each other?


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: Pray for the pastors, leaders, and volunteers at your campus. Pray that they would be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Engaging in Community: Is there division at your workplace, school, or elsewhere in your community? Take time this week to reach out to someone on the other side. Call/text/email and share something positive you have noticed about that person in particular.

Engaging the World: Pray for countries experiencing division or war.


Expand God’s Kingdom

Do you know someone in a desperate situation like Jacob was? Contact them this week and offer some encouragement. Share with them how prayer and being filled with the Holy Spirit has allowed you to lift off in life.


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.

 

Launchpad Week 3 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea:
How are you influencing the next generation?

Discussion Starter:
Who was (or is) the most influential person in your life?

Introduction:
God wants us building each other up as temples for His Holy Spirit. He wants parents preparing their children to live in victory, power, and freedom as a result of knowing Jesus. Families, consider where you are leading your children. All family members should be encouraged and lifted up. What young people need to understand and believe is that they are not responsible for their parents’ sins. Adults in a family need to understand they are responsible for the direction in which they point the children. Adults influence children, teens, and young adults as teachers, coaches, church workers, and neighbors. Be sure you point those looking up to you in God’s direction.


Encounter God

Primary Scriptures:  Hebrews 12:1-2, Genesis 25:29-33, Psalm 78:5-8

Discussion Questions:

Read Hebrews 12:1-2

1. According to verse 2 Jesus endured the cross for something he looked forward to. What was Jesus anticipating?

Read Genesis 25:29-33

2. Jacob quickly used this situation to his advantage. How did he trick Esau? How did Jacob’s parents influence his behavior in this situation?

3. Why was Esau willing to sell his birthright? Share a time when you gave up something in the future for something you wanted right now. How can we use our experiences to lead our children (or those we influence) to make better choices?

Read Psalm 78:5-8

4. How did God make sure all generations would know Israel’s laws? How do we point future generations to God?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Genesis 25:19-34 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.


Embrace Others

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

How can we help members of our group to set good examples for the children and teens we influence?


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: As you engage in your area of ministry, become aware of how many youth you influence.

Engaging in Community: Consider becoming a mentor or a Big Brother/Sister for a child/teen in your neighborhood.

Engaging the World: Pray for Faith Promise missionaries, especially those leading children and youth.


Expand God’s Kingdom

Plan to talk with someone specific about that person’s relationship with Jesus.


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.

 

Launchpad Week 2 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started 

Main Idea: A launch pad is the foundation for a successful liftoff and a stabilizing start for the mission.

Discussion Starter: At the beginning of each year, many of us set goals. Since we are almost half way through the year, are there any goals you set that you have already accomplished? Is there something you would like to accomplish before the end of the year?

Introduction: This week Michele walked us through the story of Ruth, showing us how families are the launch pad that ignites and transforms the next generation for a successful liftoff.


Encounter God

Primary Scripture: The Book of Ruth

Discussion Questions:
1. Deuteronomy 6:4-6 has become known as the Shema. In fact, in Hebrew, the first word of verse 4 is “shema,” literally translated in English to “listen”. However, Timothy Mackie points out that more accurately “in Hebrew, listening and doing are two sides of the same coin.” How can you more fully listen to God and do what He asks?

2. Michele said that Naomi thought the mission was scrubbed when she released her daughters-in-law. Has there been a time when you felt there was no hope? How did God bring you out of that? Or if you feel hopeless now, how can those around you help carry that burden and show you God’s hope and future for you?

3. How does your biological and church family act as a stabilizing launchpad for you?

4. Boaz called Naomi a “woman of noble character”. Read Proverbs 31:10-31. How can you move closer to the characteristics in this scripture? Or how can you support the women in your life to move closer to these characteristics?

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


Embrace Others

Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into dyads or triads for this section.
Discuss how God is at work in the ordinary and mundane details in our lives.


Engage the World Around Us

Naomi and Ruth were able to harvest because Boaz practiced grace extended to foreigners, orphans, and widows as outlined in Deuteronomy 24:19-22. God does not put caveats on whether someone from these 3 groups “deserves” grace and help. He does not say that we only offer help to foreigners if they have some sort of secular legal standing or pick a political side about the social benefits programs that orphans and widows receive.

Discuss how you can Embrace the world around you by making grace and love top priorities; at Faith Promise, in your community, and in the world at large.


Expand God’s Kingdom

Read Matthew 12:46-50. How can you help your brothers and sisters do the will of God?


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.