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.

 

Launchpad Week 1 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea:
God’s desire is for the family to be first and to be a firm foundation.

Discussion Starter:
Mornings can be the most hectic part of the day for a family, with everyone stumbling over each other trying to get ready for the day. Share about one of these mornings when the scene in your home made you stop and laugh.

Introduction:
Over the next month, we will launch into an out of this world conversation on family. Through this journey families will be healed, relationships mended, and families will lift off to new levels in love, language, leadership, and legacy to ignite and transform the next generation for the Kingdom of God.


Encounter God

Primary Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:4-7

Discussion Questions:

1. Moses makes it clear that love for God is an all or nothing situation—no division or indecision. Discuss how this looks in a family setting.

2. Why does Moses say in verses 4 and 5 that we should love God with all our heart, soul and might?

3. Pastor Micah talked about God’s desire for love to lead the way. He said it was a forgiving love, a giving love, and a living love. Spend a little time discussing what each of these looks like to you.

4. Pastor Micah also told us the launch sequence for a healthy family that lasts and lifts off. The launch sequence is family comes first, next the family teaches how to love God, and finally the family teaches how to love others. Why do you feel it works best in this order?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Deuteronomy 6 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 some people have been raised in great families, and others have come from families that were not as loving or no family at all. If the latter is the case, in what way(s) can a group or church become their family?


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: Are there people at your campus or in your group that need to belong to a family? Pray about how you can help fill that role.

Engaging in Community: Do you know any single parent families in your community? Find ways this week to demonstrate how they can find true family love at church. You might want to invite them to church or group with you.

Engaging the World: Hurting and lonely people are everywhere. Pray for your campus missionaries. Pray for them to have opportunities to be the family to those they minister to and let them know they have “family” supporting and praying for them as well.


Expand God’s Kingdom

Do you know someone that could benefit from this message? Direct them to sermon archives so they can watch this one. Also share what this message meant to you with someone at work, school, or a friend. You can also post quotes from this message to your social media accounts.


Leader’s Notes

2. Just as the Lord is one, you are one (heart, soul, and mind – parts of one whole).

3. Forgiving love – As Christ-followers we are forgiven and thus we should also forgive.

Giving love – as a parent give of yourself to your children. Your kids need your time more than your money to buy more stuff.

Living love – Personal pursuit and love for God through spending time in His word, worship and times of prayer.

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.

Like a Boss Week 4 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea:
If God is first in your life, then everything else can come into order.

Discussion Starter:
What was your favorite part of guest Pastor Morris’s message?

Introduction:
This week guest Pastor Robert Morris of Gateway Church preached on the Principle of First. He taught that the firstborn must be sacrificed or redeemed, the first fruits must be offered, and the tithe must be first. Are you putting God first in your finances?


Encounter God

Primary Scripture: Exodus 13:1-16, Exodus 23:19

Discussion Questions:

1. Read verses 1-2 Exodus 13. Discuss what it means to sanctify or consecrate. What are some things that you consider sacred or “set apart” in your life? What items in your schedule or your bank account are “untouchable”?

2. What do you think about the phrase “it belongs to Me”? Do you consider what you have to be yours or God’s?

3. Keeping Exodus 13:2 in mind, read Exodus 23:19. Pastor Morris spoke about the difference in “giving” vs. “bringing” to the Lord. What is the difference? Discuss how our ideas of who is the owner and who is in control affect whether we think we are “giving” or “bringing” our offering to God.

4. Read Exodus 13:3-16. Have you ever asked, “Why should we tithe?” or “Why should we give?” If you have children, have they asked you that question? Looking at verses 14-15, how should we respond to those questions?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Exodus 13:1-16 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.


Embrace Others

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

Take question 4 a step further. Have each person answer the question “Why do we give?” as if he/she is explaining it to a child. Include details of what God has given you and how He rescued you.


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: Get in on generosity! You can give at https://faithpromise.org/give. If you are interested in how your financial gifts are used to serve our community and the world, you can view the Faith Promise financial statement.

Engaging in Community: As the weather gets warmer there are more outside chores to do. Do you have a neighbor who needs help with yard work? What about your local school–could they use help spreading mulch?

Engaging the World: Choose a missionary family from our Faith Promise Missions Magazine and pray for them this week.


Expand God’s Kingdom

Do you know someone who could benefit from hearing these messages about how to manage finances? Share link to the sermons online: https://faithpromise.org/series/like-a-boss, or search for “Faith Promise” in your favorite podcast app.


Leader’s Notes

1. Sanctify means to “set apart.” Draw attention to the fact that we all have time, money, relationships, or things in our lives that we “set apart” and consider non-negotiable. For some people it may be watching a specific TV show, for others it may be a bank account they put money into setting it apart for a specific purpose. Guide the discussion to the who or the why things are set apart. Are we setting things apart for God? For ourselves? For other people or things in our lives?

3. We “bring” what belongs to God and offer it back to Him. “Giving” indicates that we believe we are the owners. As Pastor Morris put it, “You can’t give what doesn’t belong to you.”

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.

 

Like a Boss Week 3 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea:
It’s not about what you are given, but what you do with what you are given.

Discussion Starter:
What would you do if you were given a million dollars—no strings attached?

Introduction:
This weekend, we continued to look at how Promisors can live like a boss, move into the corner office of contentment, and take charge of our finances. In the sermon, we learned that in God’s Kingdom, it is not about who gives the most money, but who gives the most of their heart. At Faith Promise, we give generously. We were challenged to consider our next step in generosity—to trust God and either begin tithing, if you haven’t already, or for those who do give generously, prayerfully consider and plan for giving at Heart for the Harvest this year. Pastor asked if we are putting God first in our finances—and in everything for that matter, because it is all His, no matter how big or how small. He is the owner; we are the managers. Christ-followers are each given unique moments, abilities and opportunities, and the critical issue is what we do with what we are given. The more we love the Giver, the more we respect His gifts! How are you managing and investing God’s gifts?


Encounter God

Primary Scripture: Matthew 25:14-30

Discussion Questions:
1. Who do you think is represented by the Master in this parable, and what is meant by the long time he was away?

2. The talent in this story is money entrusted to the servants. Each was given a different amount, according to the master’s understanding of their character and ability. What are believers entrusted with today? How are you managing what He has given you?

3. How did the attitudes of the servants entrusted with five and two talents compare with the attitude of the servant entrusted with one? Is your attitude more like the former or the latter? How will you ask God to enable, empower and equip you for a life of faithful and fruitful living?

4. What promises does God give to those who have “buried their talent” but who repent before the Master returns (see Joel 2:23-27).

5. Put Matthew 25:29 into your own words.

6. Are you expectant and ready for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, or are you putting it off until tomorrow?

7. God graciously commends us for what He accomplishes through us, and He calls us to share His purposes for the world. How have you experienced the joy of being used by God?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Matthew 25:14-30 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, our focus was on how it is not a matter of what we are given but what we do with what we are given. In your dyads or triads, discuss how you are managing God’s gifts, how you are investing God’s gifts, and how you are receiving God’s rewards.


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise:  Pray as a group to explore ways you can volunteer your time and talents to serve our church family. Consider how you can specifically bless our church leaders.

Engaging in Community:  This world is dying and hurting. More than ever it needs 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:  Pray as a group that the news of Jesus will penetrate even the darkest places in our world. Pray especially for our missionaries who risk it all to share the good news with which God has entrusted them! If you have not checked out our digital missions magazine, take a look at: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/faithpromise.org/docs/mission-magazine-2017.pdf to see what FP is up to around the world and how you can pray specifically for our missionaries.


Expand God’s Kingdom

A woman once approached the great evangelist D. L. Moody to air a grievance. (Moody was an international evangelist of great renown in the 19th Century.) The woman said to him, “Mr. Moody, I don’t like the way you do evangelism!” “Well, ma’am, let me ask you, how do you do it?” Moody asked. She replied, “I don’t!” Moody responded, “Well, I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it!” Will you ask God for the boldness and strength to share the good news of Jesus Christ- to invest what God has entrusted to His children? This is our highest calling!


Leader’s Notes

1. The Master represents the Lord Jesus Christ, and the time represents the period between Jesus’ first and second coming.

2. Believers are entrusted with God’s truth- the Bible and the knowledge of Jesus Christ. We are to use the opportunities He gives, grow in the knowledge of Him, and give His treasure to the world.

3. The servants entrusted with five and two talents both were enthusiastic, diligent, eager to gain more and excited to share in their master’s happiness. The servant entrusted with one talent was self-centered, irresponsible, lazy and did not try; he made excuses and accused his master of wrongdoing, he feared/hated the master and disobeyed. He missed his opportunity to use what His master had given him. It’s not about what you are given but what what you do with what you are given!

4. He promises to repay us for the years the locusts have eaten. There is hope! As long as there is breath, there is hope (Ecclesiastes 9:3-5).

5. A life fully surrendered to God will be blessed; those who have no heart for the Kingdom of God will be punished.

6. Answers may vary.

7. Answers may vary.

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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