Shadow of a Doubt Week 1 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea:
Did God really mean to love others, to serve others, to suffer like Him, and be as generous as Him? This week begins a new series on spiritual warfare, Shadow of Doubt, where Pastor Chris invites us to engage in the battle.

Discussion Starter:

What does God really mean when He calls us to LOVE those around us?  Does He really mean everyoneWHO is everyone?  Bring specific people to mind that God is calling you to love as you read through the rest of the guide.

Introduction:

Jesus is love. When He came to this world, He embodied everything that love is. We mocked Him, betrayed Him, turned away from Him, but even so, He gave His life for us. That is love.  Jesus gives us a “new command” to love others as He has loved us.  We are called show love to everyone because we are fully loved and everyone is created in God’s image.  Through that calling, others will see Jesus in us and know we are a disciple of His.

But this is the last thing that the enemy wants from us. His goal is to turn our hearts cold towards God and each other. He knows that if we choose not to walk in Christ’s love then we will not follow God and obey His command to love and serve others.  Satan knows that if we do not understand what God means when He tells us to love others, that our trust and love for others withers and dies.  This is why he works diligently and subtly to incite and encourage the erosion of our trust and love in one another.

Christian love is the force most threatening to Satan’s kingdom and therefore what he seeks most to disarm and destroy.  One of the greatest acts of spiritual warfare in which we can engage, one of the greatest blows we can deal Satan, is pursuing love of others around us, regardless of their actions or words.


Encounter God

Primary Scriptures: John 13:34-35, Ephesians 6:10-12

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read John 13:34-35. God is clear beyond a shadow of a doubt in His command to us.  Love others as He has loved us.  Then others know we are a disciple (follower) of Jesus Christ.  How do we love others?  As we approach Valentine’s Day, how does the world’s definition of love differ from God’s definition? What does loving those around you look like daily? Weekly?
  2. Read Ephesians 6:10-13. As Christians, we are in a spiritual battle of some sort on a daily basis. Our spiritual battles and warfare are real, even though we cannot physically see the attacker. But we can learn how the battles are fought and how they impact our lives on a daily basis.  What are spiritual battles that we face? Who are we in a spiritual battle with – those around us or Satan?  What does is look like if you accept you are not battling someone or something but Satan?  Can you think of past situations where you now realize you were not battling a specific person, but that Satan was using that person to engage in spiritual warfare?  If you look at difficult situations you might be facing right now, how does praying for the people involved change how you relate to them?
  3. Read Ephesians 6:14-18 What is the armor of God? How can each piece of armor help us battle the different types of spiritual warfare we face? How does the armor of God equate to showing love to others? How do we battle evil forces around us while showing love to the people in our lives?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Ephesians 6:10-18 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: Do you have a spiritual battle going on right now? Has Satan attacked you using those you love, so that he can steal your joy and trust? Pray for eyes to see others as God sees them and to love others as God loves them.  Let the Holy Spirit fill you so that you may love as God loves.

Getting to know them: Think about your coworkers, your family, and your friends. Is there anyone you can love more? Who is the Holy Spirit directing you to show love to? What does this love look like in action?

Getting to know Him: Ephesians 6:14-18 lists our armor with which God supplies us for spiritual battle.  Do you use these every day?  Which ones do you need to learn to utilize a little more?  How can we be better about Ephesians 6:18?  Who can we be praying for (and not battling)?


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: Have you invited anyone new to your group? Personal invitation is a wonderful way to love those around you and make someone feel welcome to join a group.  Invite someone today!

Engaging in Community: Many schools around us closed this week due to illness.  Faith Promise has partner schools for every campus that needs your help.  Their supplies of tissues, Clorox wipes, and hand sanitizer have depleted.  Consider purchasing some supplies and taking it to a school.  For a list of Faith Promise partner schools, email lisac@faithpromise.org.

Engaging the World: Do you know that each Faith Promise campus sponsors a missionary? Find out who your Faith Promise missionary is, and commit to pray for that family.  Send them notes of prayer and encouragement through our missions office.


Expand God’s Kingdom

Showing love to others may lead people to ask, “Why are you so nice to me?”  Take this opportunity to explain that God calls Christ-followers to love everyone, not judge or condemn.


Leader’s Notes

  1. See John 13:34-35. We are known to be disciples of Jesus Christ through our love for others.  What else are marks of a disciple? Below are the marks of a growing follower and disciple of Jesus.  Are you focusing on these as a group or individual?
    – 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.
  2. See Ephesians 6:10-18 Spiritual warfare is frightening for some people to accept. How can we help them understand what spiritual warfare is and how to battle it? Once we accept that we are engaged in battle with Satan and not those around us, it is easier to love “difficult” people.  And once we accept that God is always fighting with us and for us (and, spoiler alert, has already WON the battle), we can strap on our armor of God and stand firm.

Sunday Showdown III – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea:
The church should be known by supernatural love.

Discussion Starter:
When you hear the words “natural” and “supernatural,” what are your first thoughts?

Introduction:
Cue the Jeopardy music…the answer is supernatural love. So, what is the question? Is it this year’s theme to Hallmark’s Valentine’s Day campaign? How about the amount of love for your team in the Super Bowl or for the UT Vols? Maybe to you, it’s the amount of love for your spouse after they have just informed you they invited your in-laws over to watch the game. Beep, beep, beep…the question is, “What is God’s love for us and the church’s love for people?”  No marketing strategy, no sporting team, and no human relationship can conjure the kind of love we get from God.  How are you experiencing and showing others God’s supernatural love?


Encounter God

Primary Scriptures: John 13:34-35, 1 John 4:7-14, 1 Corinthians 13:1-8

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read John 13:34-35. Before Jesus was crucified, what was His commandment to His disciples? Glance over the next couple of chapters (through John 15). Do you see any repetition of this idea? Have group members read the verses aloud as they find them.
  2. The apostle John also wrote about love in 1 John 4:7-14. Focus on verse 12. How have you seen this in your life? How does our demonstration of love to others show that God abides in us? Think about how showing love affects both the receiver and the giver.
  3. We have been focusing on following the filling of the Holy Spirit for 2019. In Part 3 of our January devotional “Follow the Filling,” we learned that when we are guided by the Holy Spirit, it is evidenced by the fruits in our lives. After reading 1 Corinthians 13:1-8, what can we say about how the fruit of love should look in our lives?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read 1 John 4:7-14 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: Do you see yourself as a beloved child of God? Do you keep a mental scorecard of when you mess up? Do you let insecurity or fear block you from following Jesus’ command to love others as He loves you? Are there areas in your life where you need give yourself more grace? Pray for eyes to see yourself as God sees you.  Let the Holy Spirit fortify you to do more for God.

Getting to know them: Think about your coworkers, your family, and your friends. Is there anyone you can show more grace? Maybe they don’t need grace—maybe they just need to know that you see them. Who is the Holy Spirit directing you to get to know better?

Getting to know Him: Paul lists attributes of love in his letter to the Corinthians. Pray for each other in your dyads and triads. Ask God to help you demonstrate these attributes of supernatural love to those around you.


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: Is your group growing? Faith Promise always needs more leaders to provide more groups where people can experience God’s supernatural love. Ask your group leader about becoming an apprentice today!
Engaging in Community: Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM) is currently in need of volunteers to sort donations at their warehouse. Get more information and sign up to volunteer: https://karm.org/get-involved/volunteer/.
Engaging the World: Do you know that each Faith Promise campus sponsors a missionary? Find out who your Faith Promise missionary is and commit to pray for that person or family.


Expand God’s Kingdom

Showing undeserved love to others may lead them to ask “Why?”.  When you are asked, take the opportunity to share God’s supernatural love in sending Jesus!


Leader’s Notes

  1. See John 14:15, John 15:9-10, John 15:12, and John 15:17.

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.

Follow the Filling Week 4 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea:
A surrendered life is a supernatural life. We follow the filling because of who we will become and what we will experience when filled with the Holy Spirit.

Discussion Starter:
It’s the end of January, and maybe many of your New Year’s resolutions have fallen by the wayside. Who do you know that keeps their resolutions? If you have kept a resolution in the past, or know someone who has, share how it  improved your/their life.

Introduction:
Although this week finishes up Follow the Filling, we must continue to ask God to fill us with His Holy Spirit as we continue through 2019 and beyond. Pastor Chris taught this week on the seven-fold Spirit of God, listing each of the seven characteristics of the Spirit from Isaiah 11:1-2, and lighting each of the seven candles on a menorah. When we ask the Holy Spirit to fill us, let’s ask for these seven different facets of the Spirit of God!


Encounter God

Primary Scriptures: Isaiah 11:1-2, Luke 4:18-19

Discussion Questions:
A note to groups: There is a LOT of scripture to unpack here. You may want to camp out on only 2-3 of the seven aspects of God. This will allow the group to dig a bit deeper into the scriptures for that facet of God.

  1. Pastor Chris lit the first (center) candle of the menorah to represent the Holy Spirit. Read our theme passage for the year again: Luke 4:18-19. Each day in our Faith Promise January devotional, the first task is: “Ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit.” How has God responded when you have asked?
  2. The second candle represents wisdom. Read Proverbs 2:1-12 and James 1:5. Where do we find wisdom according to these verses? How are you seeking wisdom?
  3. The third candle represents understanding. Read James 3:13-18. According to these verses, our understanding is proved by our behavior and actions. Who do you know who proves their understanding in this way? How does it feel to be around that person? How can you learn from him or her?
  4. The fourth candle represents counsel. Read Proverbs 15:22. Discuss the importance of choosing those who disciple and advise us wisely.
  5. The fifth candle represents strength. Read Nehemiah 8:10. How has joy in the Lord been your strength through difficult times? How can you experience more joy in the Lord and grow closer to Him?
  6. The sixth candle represents knowledge. Read Psalm 119:65-68. If we are to obey God’s word, we must read and learn God’s word. How is your Bible reading going? Make a plan as a group to regularly check in with each other on Bible reading.
  7. The seventh and final candle represents the fear of the Lord. Read Proverbs 1:7. How are we led to greater wisdom by fearing God, knowing who He is, and knowing who we are?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read James 3:13-18 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:  Choose one facet of the seven-fold Spirit of God and share it with another member or two of the group.

Getting to know them:  Invite the other members of group to share their own and plan a time to connect with each other this week to meet, call, or text and pray together to share how this aspect is revealed this week in following the filling.

Getting to know Him:  Commit together to do additional reading and research on this particular aspect of the Spirit of God and share your findings with each other.


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise:  Next Steps  is your next step! If you are not serving at Faith Promise or you don’t know where to plug in, attend a Next Steps class at your campus at 11:30am (also 6:15pm at Pellissippi Campus).

Engaging in Community/World:  The Super Bowl is next weekend. Can your group host a party and invite friends who do not know Jesus?


Expand God’s Kingdom

Invite your friends to be a part of your entire Super Bowl  Weekend plans. Maybe start by inviting them to breakfast, a Sunday Showdown weekend experience at your campus, lunch, and then watch the game together at your house, their house, or somewhere even better!


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 study and application of God’s Word.

– A follower of Jesus embraces people and values relationships on a 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.

Follow the Filling Week 3 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea:  Following the filling calls us to move past information to desperation – an active, deep, and urgent need for the Holy Spirit.

Discussion Starter: What’s something you know a lot about, but have not actually done yourself?  Examples: you know players, stats, and plays in football but have never played at a high level; or you have watched hours of baking or home remodeling shows but have never really done those things.

Introduction: Information alone does not produce transformation.  Simply knowing about Jesus is not the same as being transformed by Him.  The Pharisees of Jesus’ day had the first 5 books of the Bible memorized, but it did nothing to bring them closer to a relationship with the Messiah.  Only someone who has a desperation for God is able to take what they know about Him and act on it.


Encounter God

Primary Scriptures: Luke 4:18-19, Luke 4:20-22, 2 Timothy 3:5, Matthew 11:2-5

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read 2 Corinthians 3:17-18. How is God currently transforming you through His Spirit?  Remember, this is not a competition and there should be no shame in your progress.
  2. Describe a time when you know the Holy Spirit led you to do something, but you did not do it?  How can you react differently next time?
  3. Read Psalm 63:1. Have you ever felt desperate for God?  How did He respond?
  4. How can you partner with the Holy Spirit to elevate God in your life?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read James 4:17 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.


Embrace Others

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

Getting to know you: What are you most desperate for God to do in your life?

Getting to know them: Romans 8:11 talks about the Spirit that we share.  How can knowing the Spirit is the same within each believer move you to work with others to love God and people?

Getting to know Him: Think about and discuss how desperation allows you to elevate God while making less of yourself.


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: How can you partner with Faith Promise to move from simply knowing about the work at FP to getting involved?

Engaging in Community: What does a life of desperation look like for those seeking God’s help love people?

Engaging the World: Pastor Zac said “desperate times call for desperate people.”  Where is God calling you that is desperate?


Expand God’s Kingdom

Is there someone you can think of that is struggling with moving from information to transformation?  How can you walk alongside them to realize their desperation for 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.

Follow the Filling Week 2 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea:  
When we trust in Christ, the creator of the universe literally indwells us, and that makes a visible change in our lives.

Discussion Starter:
Where is your favorite place you ever lived? How did your inhabiting that community change it?

Introduction:
This week, Pastor Chris talked about three marks of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (a.k.a. “The Spirit of Christ”):

1. Boldness
2. Victory over sin
3. The fruit of the spirit

Pastor Chris pointed us to Luke 4:18-19, where Jesus reads from Isaiah (61:1-2). Then Jesus stops mid-sentence, closes the book, and sits down. When Jesus did this, He perfectly exemplified all three of those marks.


Encounter God

Primary Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19, 2 Corinthians 13:5, Colossians 1:27, John 15:5, Romans 8:5-8, Galatians 5:16

Discussion Questions:

  1. How urgent is the world’s need to hear about Christ? Does that affect your boldness?
  2. If Christ actually indwells us, how much victory over sin can we expect? Is there a limit?
  3. Natural fruit has taste, smell, color, texture, and so on. The fruit of the spirit has several features, as well. If you were to look at the fruit of your life in the same way you look at fruit in the grocery store, how much would you want to share it with others?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Isaiah 61:1-11 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: When you think about God being present with you at all times, do you feel convicted over the way you spend your time, or the things you’ve been showing to God? Or do you feel the comfort that comes from abiding in Him?

Getting to know them: Can you think of a time that God really got a visible victory over sin in your life? Don’t be afraid to ‘get raw and real’ and share your story. Give God credit where credit is due!

Getting to know Him: God has more promises in that passage in Isaiah 61 that Jesus was reading. Continue reading Isaiah 61:1-3. Why do you think Jesus stopped reading where He did?


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: Please join us as we do a church-wide 21-Day Fast beginning Monday, January 7. You can fast one meal or one day, one meal per day, or do a Daniel fast. You can fast from social media or television. Fasting is not a diet to lose weight. When you fast, use the time you would have spent eating/posting/scrolling/watching to read God’s Word and specifically pray for a fresh filling in your life and for other Promisors. If you are looking for a place to start your scripture reading, join Faith Promise in our Bible reading plan. You can find the One-Year Bible Reading plan in the back of your “Follow the Filling” devotional book. The book is available FREE at each campus and includes a devotional for each day in January.

Engaging in Community: Jesus was “anointed to bring Good News to the poor.” He also gave us the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19). Who are the poor in your community, and how are you sharing the Good News?

Engaging the World: There are prisoners out there who need to hear about Jesus’ atonement. Each and every one of them was made in the image of God, and many are ready to hear about the hope of the resurrection. Let the Lord lead you by His spirit to engage with them as much as you can, from praying for them and those who visit them, to serving them through one of our God Behind Bars campuses.


Expand God’s Kingdom

It’s interesting that Jesus uses the analogy of a vine in John 15, because vines spread on their own; they will climb up and cover everything next to them if they’re healthy and allowed to grow.

Are you healthy in your relationship with Christ? Is there anything coming between you and Him?
Are you covering the things next to you in prayer?
How can you spread God’s love to places that haven’t had it before?


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.

 

Follow the Filling Week 1 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea:
A completely surrendered and clean heart allows the Holy Spirit to fully work in a believer’s life.

Discussion Starter:
Do you have any cleaning projects for the new year?

Introduction:
This week, we started our new series Follow the Filling with a look at “A Place to Land.” We know from scripture that the Holy Spirit fills and indwells the believer at the moment of salvation. As a believer submits and surrenders their life to Christ, they are transformed by the Spirit into His image. This is our progressive growth in holiness. Because we know the Spirit will not fill a “dirty vessel,” it is necessary for believers to clean their vessel (heart) with confession and repentance of sin. The more the Spirit fills us, the more we can live the abundant life of victory and experience God’s presence. That way, believers are able to follow the Spirit wherever He leads!


Encounter God

Primary Scripture: Luke 4:14-21

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read Luke 4:14-21. Luke 4:18-19 is our theme verse this year at Faith Promise. These verses came from the prophet Isaiah. Read Isaiah 61:1-2. Which of these promises of who Jesus is and what He will do means the most to you right now?
  2. Who are the poor and brokenhearted today?
  3. Explain how one is captive or imprisoned today. Who can set them free?
  4. How is one “blind” today, and how is “sight” restored?
  5. Who is God laying on your heart that needs to hear the good news? How will you trust Him to give you every word to share the real love and hope found only in Jesus?
  6. How does knowing the SAME Spirit of God that equipped and enabled Jesus’ ministry dwells in your heart affect your outlook for 2019? What in your life do you allow to limit the filling and power of the Spirit? What is God asking you to surrender so He can fill you to overflowing with His Spirit?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Luke 4:14-21 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 providing a clean place for God’s Holy Spirit to land. In smaller groups of 2 or 3, discuss and encourage one another on the importance of keeping short accounts with God—that is to identify, confess, and repent of our sins in order to allow the Spirit to fill us and work in our life. Partial surrender is not surrender at all. God’s wants our all. If possible, share how God has blessed your submission to Him.


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: Please join us as we do a church-wide 21-Day Fast beginning Monday, January 7. You can fast one meal or one day, one meal per day, or do a Daniel fast. You can fast from social media or television. Fasting is not a diet to lose weight. When you fast, use the time you would have spent eating/posting/scrolling/watching to read God’s Word and specifically pray for a fresh filling in your life and for other Promisors. If you are looking for a place to start your scripture reading, join Faith Promise in our Bible reading plan. You can find the One-Year Bible Reading plan in the back of your “Follow the Filling” devotional book. The book is available FREE at each campus and includes a devotional for each day in January.

Engaging in Community/Engaging the World: God called each of us out of our poverty and imprisonment to a life of freedom found only in His Son, Jesus Christ. How will you, in the power of the Holy Spirit, share the Good News of Jesus Christ to a hurting a dying world? Step out in faith and share the only lasting source of hope and freedom.


Expand God’s Kingdom

In his book Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis wrote this about surrendering your life to Jesus:

Christ says, ‘Give me All. I don’t want so much of your time and so much of your money and so much of your work: I want You. I have not come to torment your natural self, but to kill it. No half-measures are any good. I don’t want to cut off a branch here and a branch there, I want to have the whole tree down. Hand over the whole natural self, all the desires which you think innocent as well as the ones you think wicked–the whole outfit. I will give you a new self instead. In fact, I will give you Myself; my own will shall become yours.’

How will you surrender “All” this year and follow the filling in humility and compassion? How will you share the good news of the gospel of His real love?


Leader’s Notes

  1. Answers will vary.
  2. Sin weakens and breaks hearts, and Jesus came to bring good news to the poor—forgiveness for their sin. We are all poor and brokenhearted until we surrender our life to Christ; we are all hopeless sinners in desperate need of a Savior! (Matthew 11:5) We are all poor in a spiritual sense until we surrender to Christ, but your group may share prayer requests at this time for those they know experiencing material poverty or grief.
  3. Sin makes people captive and enslaves them. The Messiah/Jesus came to set us free! (Romans 6:6) Other answers may include prisoners of war, people captive in human trafficking, or those imprisoned by addiction.
  4. Sin blinds us. The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. He packages up sin to make it look so good, but it is always deceitful. The enemy’s aim is destruction, but Christ came to heal our spiritual and moral blindness. (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)
  5. Answers will vary. Encourage sharing the truth with boldness, humility and compassion! We cannot do this on our own, but we can in the filling and power of the Holy Spirit!
  6. Answers will vary. This can lead to an in-depth discussion. Lead your group members to see that we cannot fulfill our Christian calling and go on with our lives doing as we like. Christ wants ALL of our lives not just parts we are willing to share.

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.