Heart for the Harvest Week 2 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea:
To extend and expand, it takes a foundation of faith and preparation. Faith Promise has an incredible foundation of faith, obedience, and sacrifice from so many “Davids” who came before.

Discussion Starter:
Have you ever done something that when you look back, you think, “How did I actually do this? WHY did I actually do this?” Or even better, “What was I thinking?” Discuss some crazy things you have tried that took extraordinary faith (and guts).

Introduction:
This week we are in our second week of Faith Promise’s annual Heart for the Harvest season. Pastor Chris cast a vision for how Faith Promise can reach real people with real problems and share the real love of Christ. Our offering on November 9-10 will be used to further this vision and expand God’s kingdom. You can look at the initiatives planned here.

Watch this short video with your group.


Encounter God

Primary Scriptures: 1 Chronicles 22:11-16, Luke 4:18-19, 1 Chronicles 11:17-19

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does it mean to completely trust God?
  2. Read 1 Chronicles 22:11-16. God not only provides the material and workers, but also the discretion and understanding to build the temple. Why would David then say, “be strong and courageous”?
  3. Read 1 Chronicles 22:17-19. God asks the Israelites to devote their heart and soul to seeking the Lord first. What do you need to devote to Lord before you ask for provision? Where are you lacking trust for what God can do in your life?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Proverbs 3:5-6 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.


Embrace Others

Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into twos or threes here.

Getting to know each other:  We discuss trusting God completely in our guide. Why is that hard to do? What are we afraid to completely hand over to Him? Do we trust God so little today because we’ve trusted Him with so little in the past? How can we change that?

Getting to know Him:  One way to sacrifice to God is to give Him our time, our minds, and our hearts. Memorizing scripture requires a sacrifice of our time, but we reap abundant rewards in having God’s word always with us. This week memorize our theme verse for 2019, Luke 4:18-19.


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise:  Are you participating in our 21-Days of Fasting and Prayer? The fast began Monday October 21 and will end on our Heart for the Harvest offering weekend November 10. You can also view daily devotions during this 21-Days here.

Engaging in Community:  This week we prayed for provision. Are you able to be the answer to someone’s prayer? Do you know of a need for food, clothing, or money? Could your group work together to meet that need? Ask God to show you how to be His hands and feet in answering prayers for provision.

Engaging the World:  One of our 2020 initiatives for Heart for the Harvest is launching new campuses. Pray for the new campuses that will launch and the lives that will change because of God’s real love.


Expand God’s Kingdom

This weekend we prayed for provision. Tell others of what God has provided you and your family.

No Tricks, All Treats – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea:
The devil is real and aims to destroy God’s people, but God is greater and will win the final victory.

Discussion Starter:
Which Halloween candy do you prefer, chocolate or not? What is your least favorite?

Introduction:

This week, we dive into a topic many don’t like to discuss–spiritual warfare. The devil is a real person, and his mission is to destroy God’s people. This is his only way to get at God! We must “put on the full armor of God, so that [we] can take [a] stand against [his] schemes.” There is power in the name of Jesus, the One who defeated sin and death on the cross!

Watch this short video with your group.


Encounter God

Primary Scriptures: Ephesians 6:10-18

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read Ephesians 6:10-18. Paul begins this last section at the very end of his letter with “finally”. Up to this point, he has carefully established our place in Jesus and the basics of the Christian walk. When he wrote “finally” here, he is speaking in light of all he has previously said. Describe your glorious standing as a child of God, all that He has done for you, and what it means to you daily.
  2. According to verses 10-11, what 2 things must a believer do to “stand firm against the schemes of the devil”?
  3. What does it mean to “be strong in the Lord and in His strength”?
  4. This is God’s armor that He shares with us! Discuss each aspect of His armor He has graciously given to us. How does knowing you have access to God’s armor encourage you as you endure difficult times? See Romans 8:37.
  5. What do you learn about God and about Satan in this passage?

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 how Christ followers are to depend on the strength of God and the protection of spiritual armor, in order to stand against the attacks of spiritual enemies.


Embrace Others

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

Getting to know you: Paul reminds us that our struggle is “not against flesh and blood but against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” How does this truth affect the way you think about a struggle or conflict you may have in your family, relationships, or in the workplace? How will you apply this passage and use the tools (armor) God has provided us?

Getting to know them: We have access to God’s Spirit and His strength–not ours–to face hardships in life. Discuss ways you can encourage each other with this truth. Pray for specific struggles your group members may be facing. Allow God to work by the power of His Spirit, and pray for members to be protected by truth, righteousness, the gospel, faith, salvation, and the Word of God!

Getting to know Him: When facing attack, meditate on Ephesians 6:12, that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood” and pray for the person through whom the attack is coming. Challenge each other to memorize 1 John 4:4, “because the One[Jesus] who is in you is greater than the one[the devil] who is in the world.”


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: Pastor Zac challenged us that Heart for the Harvest (“H4H”) is coming up in two weekends. This is not a time to kick back, sit, or stand still. It is a time to stand firm and advance! As a congregation, we are praying and fasting for God to move in our hearts towards generosity. It is a time to connect with God and disconnect from the world! “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” -Ephesians 6:18. Your financial gifts through our annual Heart for the Harvest Offering are key in our effort to launch new campuses, see exponential growth, and produce changed lives.

Engaging in Community/Engaging the World: It is through our generosity at FP that we are able to support local groups such as Emerald Youth. Emerald Youth Foundation is a Christian, urban youth and community ministry in Knoxville, TN serving over 2,300 young people annually. Your group could pray about finding ways to spend some time together volunteering. Emerald has a variety of ways in which you can get involved. Check out the information in this link to learn more. https://www.emeraldyouth.org/getinvolved


Expand God’s Kingdom

Our mission at Faith Promise is this: “We exist to help real people with real problems find real love.” The very task of reaching out to the lost places us in the sights of the enemy. Because we are seeking to reach nonbelievers and sharing with them about the real love and hope found only in Jesus Christ, we are offensively engaging the enemy’s territory—we can expect that the enemy will fight back. We needn’t fear, however. We can rely on the Power of the Spirit and God’s armor to go into battle knowing Satan is already defeated! How will you pray for God to empower our church as we face spiritual warfare so that we can shine as much light on the name of Jesus Christ? “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.” (1Corinthians 16:13-14)


Leader’s Notes

1. Answers will vary. If discussion is quiet, ask for how God has blessed your members’ lives. Feel free to emphasize that their lives to come are the ones that are filled with overwhelming amazing blessings (like Hebrews 13:14 talks about), even if their lives right now are a lot more like Stephen in Acts 7:59.

2. Be strong in the Lord and in His strength; put on the full armor of God. Both are essential!

3. His strength works in us as we rely on it and step out to do the work He has called us to do. It is not realized unless we take action! It is also not realized when we take action in our own strength. Satan’s schemes against us come to nothing when we stand against them in the power of God.

And conversely, if we do not put on the whole armor of God, then we have at least one ‘weak point.’ And that can be very troublesome. Because there are instances of people in the Bible not really understanding spiritual warfare, and then suffering because they fall into sin. (E.g. Acts 19:15 — which happened at Ephesus).Trying to engage in warfare casually is a really, really bad idea. Consider ‘warfare’-related verses like 1st Timothy 1:18-19.

4. Answers may vary. Don’t be afraid to look up a little bit about Roman military equipment before leading a discussion on this passage. For instance, did you know that Roman tower shields were designed with hooks on the corners? Also, those shields were bucklers, which were strapped and buckled onto the arms of the soldiers using them (much like a belt), so they couldn’t drop them. This way, even if a soldier were injured, the shield wall could remain in tact, and a soldier could remain standing because of those by his side—and the entire column of soldiers could still advance. Of course, it would be a different story if everyone were injured. This is a very rich study that is made amazing if you get to look into the historical facts surrounding the equipment Paul mentions—and that which he leaves out!

5. In the Christian life we WILL battle the spiritual forces of wickedness, these demonic forces that are under Satan’s authority. Although we are assured victory, we must engage in the struggle until Christ’s return. God provides us supernatural power with the Holy Spirit as well as his surrounding armor to do battle- “to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.”

Heart for the Harvest Week 1 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea:
Extending God’s Hand and Heart, and expanding God’s Kingdom requires a foundation of faith and preparation.

Discussion Starter:
Have you ever built something? A house? A dog house? A massive birthday cake with many layers? How did your preparation affect the outcome of your project?

Introduction:
This week we begin our annual Heart for the Harvest season. Pastor Chris cast a vision for how Faith Promise can reach real people with real problems and share the real love of Christ. Our offering on November 9-10 will be used to further this vision and expand God’s kingdom. You can look at the initiatives planned here. Before we begin, let’s lay a foundation.

Watch this short video with your group.


Encounter God

Primary Scriptures: 1 Chronicles 22:1-5, Luke 6:46-49

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does it mean to “extend God’s Hand?”
  2. Read 1 Chronicles 22:1-5. David would not see the temple built, and yet he made “ample preparations.” What ample preparations are you making for the next generation? Financial preparations? Educational preparations? Spiritual preparations?
  3. Read Luke 6:46-49. This week Pastor spoke about laying a foundation. According to these verses, how do we know if we have a solid foundation? 
  4. Are you weathering any storms? How is your foundation of faith? 

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Luke 6:46-49 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.


Embrace Others

Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into twos or threes here.

Getting to know each other:  
We discussed facing storms and testing our foundation. We have all faced situations where we could have been better prepared. Think about solidifying or repairing your foundation. How can you help each other to remain committed to prayer, Bible reading, and attending church and group?

Getting to know Him:  
One way to cement our foundation is to keep God’s word in our minds and in our hearts. This week, commit to memorize 1 Corinthians 3:11:
For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise:  Are you participating in our 21-Days of Fasting and Prayer? The fast begins Monday October 21 and will end on our Heart for the Harvest offering weekend November 10. You can also view daily devotions during this 21-Days here.

Engaging in Community:  Next weekend (October 26-27) is our No Tricks, All Treats weekend at every campus. Invite friends with kids to join in the fun!

Engaging the World:  One of our 2020 initiatives for Heart for the Harvest is launching new campuses. Pray for the new campuses that will launch and the lives that will change because of God’s real love.


Expand God’s Kingdom

This weekend we prayed for prodigals and relationships. Did God bring someone to your heart and mind? Reach out and connect with them this week.


Leader’s Notes

  1. We are man and not God, so we do NOT control God’s Hand. However, God offers His free gift of salvation to ALL (see Romans 5:8, Romans 6:23). “Extending God’s Hand” is telling and showing others about God’s love and His free gift of salvation.

Jamaica Mission Trip Day 8 – October 12, 2019

Day 8 – Travel Day – Katy Creasman

We woke up around 5:30am to pack our suitcases onto the bus and eat breakfast.  Some of the residents of JVD woke up to tell us bye.  To me, that was a sign of the relationships that were built over the week.  To wake up on a Saturday that early was amazing for us as a team to see.  We did a final prayer with the team including the lady, Vern, who cooked for us all week and her assistant and the security guard, Donovan.  We loaded the bus and traveled the 2 hours to the Kingston airport.  Checking-in and going through security was surprising easy and we had enough time to get some more food before getting on the flight to Atlanta.  Once in Atlanta, we went through customs again with no issues.  We did almost have an issue from Atlanta to Knoxville as our plane was overbooked but everyone got on the plane and we safely made it to Knoxville where our families were there to greet us.

Some of the team words/inside jokes of the week were:

Bucko, Vehicular Trumpets, Jamaican Justin (Adam Montgomery)

Jamaica Mission Trip Day 7 – October 11, 2019

Day 7 – Fun Day Josie Maynard

Today was our last day of the trip and we visited YS falls. On our bus ride there, we stopped and got patties in Santa Cruz. When we got to YS, the whole group decided to participate in ziplining. We got to go down 5 lines and got a great view of the falls. After we ziplined we headed to the falls where we could rope swing and jump into the water off of a cliff. I know for the girls, this is what we spent most of our day doing. The falls were a little chilly so we hopped into the warm water pools to heat up a little bit before we left. When we got back to JDV we ate some amazing jerk chicken and then headed over to the firepit to make dampers. Dampers are big rolls of dough that can be filled with anything! We used peanut butter, Guava jam (a Jamaica jelly), chocolate, or butter.  Overall, our last day was a lot of fun and we continued to bond as a team!

Jamaica Mission Trip Day 6 – October 10, 2019

Day 6 – Concrete Day 2 at KnockPatrick – Susie Satterfield

Today we were blessed with another opportunity to work alongside students from CCCD, locals from JDV and another mission team from Pennsylvania.  We divided into groups focusing on making concrete, creating an assembly line to haul the concrete in buckets up to the higher tiers, pulling weeds, cutting down trees, and clearing the water catchment areas in preparation for water catchment.  All of our efforts will afford CCCD to establish a greenhouse for educational, occupational, and nutrition purposes using green techniques.  It was an exhausting yet rewarding day to be able to work alongside folks who shared a deep love of the Lord

In the afternoon, we were blessed to share a meal with locals from JDV and try more Jamaican cuisine.  For lunch we had mac and cheese, watermelon, and coconut bread with real bits of coconut in it (It was delicious).  It was a time of fellowship and developing relationships.  In the afternoon, we took a brief tour of the school and saw where classrooms, dorms, and the small auditorium were located.  We took a break and spent time with students.  We explored the wonders of a rhinoceros beetle and a snail the size of a ping pong ball.  The students were fascinated with the horn of the beetle and the texture of the snail.  Little did I know that spending time with the students would lead to meeting the principal and discussion of the possibility of teaching in Jamaica.

Everyone we’ve met at JDV and CCCD just seem filled with the spirit of the Lord!  I can feel his presence in and around me every moment of the day.  God’s hand has been over us and blessed us beyond compare.  As Pastor Chris preached about Philippians 4:8, the P48 train is bountiful and evident everywhere!  God is good, we are blessed and loved beyond compare. Serving the Lord has brought forth the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the fruits of the Spirit.  Thank you, Lord…Follow the Filling!