At the Movies: Rogue One – Discussion Questions

Main Point

God’s greater story brings purpose and hope to our story.


Start the Conversation

Had you ever watched all of Rogue One? What was your favorite part?


Introduction

We are not robots, but we are hard-wired for hope. Our choices create our story, but God always brings hope to our story. Just as Jyn Erso was once a prisoner and found freedom, Christians find freedom in Christ. No weapon formed against us will ever prosper because God is our vindicator (Isaiah 54:17).


Encounter God through Bible Study

Read Matthew 28:18-20.

1. In verse 18 the scripture says “All authority has been given to Me….” Jesus could do anything. What kinds of things did he choose to do?

2. Can you think of some instances when Jesus did not use his power to perform miracles?

3. What did Jesus command us (believers) to do?

Read Isaiah 54:17.

4. What kind of weapons come against you in your own life?

5. Discuss as a group ways you can fight against the weapons of the enemy.

Read John 3:16-21.

6. What are some types of darkness that are easy for people to love?

7. It says “He who practices truth comes to the Light….” How do we know for sure what is truth?

8. Why would we ever prefer an untruth?

9. Can you think of a time when you faced a difficult truth? Share with the group.

10. Discuss ways truth and salvation have made you feel free.


Embrace Biblical Community

Pray for one another. Choose an accountability partner for the week and text a prayer to each other daily for seven days.


Expand God’s Kingdom

Next week’s movie is Moana! Host a Moana watch party. Invite those who are currently not in church to join your group and invite them to attend Faith Promise next week.


Leader Notes

We encourage groups to try the Discovery Bible Method as an alternative to these discussion questions. You will find details for this Bible study method here. For this week, please study John 3:16-21.

1. Jesus raised the dead, healed the sick, turned water into wine, restored sight to the blind, etc.
2. See Mark 6:5, Mark 8:11-13, and Mark 15:29-32. Although Jesus had all authority, he did not use his authority and power in every situation.
3. To teach all the nations of Him and to see them baptized in the Holy Ghost
4. Discuss spiritual warfare. Some weapons that the enemy might use are thoughts, gossip, sexual sin, fear, depression, financial troubles, and health issues. The enemy may also attack using our desire for money and the pursuit of “fun” outside of God’s will.
5. This is open discussion, but some things that help are prayer, fasting, and reading God’s word. Observe that the promise in this verse is that the Lord is our vindicator. Consider whether group members may be able to fight for or assist each other against the attacks discussed in question 4. For example, if a group member has a health issue, perhaps another member could accompany them to the doctor and provide support. If a group member has a financial burden, perhaps someone in the group would be able to bless them with monetary assistance or groceries.
6. We are of a sin nature. The darkness we love is sin. It might be telling a little lie, gossiping, laziness, hatred, sexual sin, or going along with the world so that we feel more like we fit in. We are in the world. We are not of the world.
7. God’s Word. God’s word is always the truth. Anything that doesn’t line up with the Bible is an untruth.
8. It seems easier to hang onto an untruth sometimes. It would be easier to lie than hurt someone’s feelings. It would be easier to believe a pleasant lie than to face a hard truth.
9. Answers may vary.
10. Answers may vary.

It’s “At the Movies” Time!

Hello Promisors,

As July winds down and the return to school approaches, I pray you have been able to get some good R&R and make some great memories with your families. For FPC, this summer has been one of our best yet!  As I write this, we have just completed an awe-inspiring and moving biblical “virtual trip” through our Holy Land series and experienced a huge move of God among our students who attended the Movement Conference. With over 650 in attendance, 45 global baptisms and many more salvations who will follow through in believer’s baptism in the weeks to come, only our Heavenly Father can record the life change that occurred.  We give You ALL the praise, Lord! A special shout out goes to our many volunteers who sacrifice their time and gifts to love on and minister to our students, not just during these last few days, but weekly across all our campuses. I believe God is smiling big time!

Beginning this weekend, July 22-23, we are going to be At the Movies, and I couldn’t be more excited! I’m sure you have noticed our campus lobbies being transformed into film sets depicting some of your favorite movies. During the next four weekends featuring Rogue One, Moana, Hidden Figures and Lion King, we will combine film and faith to inspire, encourage, and challenge everyone to encounter Jesus in their own story. Free popcorn will be included, and this is the perfect time to invite and bring your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers to a series of weekends they will never forget. Children at every campus will also experience their own versions of At the Movies in fpKids. Please join me in praying that God will use us and multiply all the prayer, creativity, and work that has been put into this series to draw those who don’t usually attend.

Come expecting! I can’t wait to see all He will do!

Love,

Your Pastor

P.S. To be a part during this innovative series, it is vital that you make it to a live experience or watch online each weekend. Due to copyright laws, if you miss the weekend, you will miss it forever!

 

With the upcoming launch of our Farragut Campus, our last 8:45 am service will be held on Sunday, July 23. Other Pellissippi Campus service times will remain unchanged with Saturdays at 6 pm and Sundays at 10:00 and 11:30 am.

Movement – Discussion Questions

Main Point

God is using all generations at Faith Promise to do amazing things in Knoxville and around the world. Can you imagine what we could do if we were fully plugged in to the power of God?


Start the Conversation

Talk about the last time you lost electrical power. What did you miss most without electricity?


Introduction

Not only did God send his only son to the world to die for you and me (as if that were not enough), God also sent us all a singular power source: the Holy Spirit. When we stay “plugged in,” we get placement, power, and purpose. What if as a church we chose only one power source? What if we stopped the comparisons, stopped the social media indulgence, stopped worrying if we were doing what others felt was right and focused on what God thought? What if we stopped going with the flow of the world and sought to get our power only from the ways of Jesus and his truth? What would that look like?


Encounter God through Bible Study

Read Acts 1:7-9.

1. What are some sources of power that we use instead of the Holy Spirit?

2. Can you think of a time when you or someone you know received the power of the Holy Spirit? What did that look like/feel like?

Read Luke 4:1-21.

3. How many times in this passage is the Holy Spirit mentioned?

4. Pastor Zac discussed his revelation of why we do not accomplish the things that Jesus did (in spite of John 14:12). Discuss this revelation.

5. Look again at verse 1. The Holy Spirit provides placement. Can you think of a time you were following God and ended up in a place you did not expect? How did God use you in that place?

6. Look again at verse 14. The Holy Spirit provides power. Whom have you heard talking about doing something—it could be phenomenal or everyday life things—through God’s power? Where do you need God’s power in your life?

7. Look again at verses 17-21. The Holy Spirit provides purpose. All of God’s children have a purpose, and we are part of his master plan. What do you believe your purpose is?

Read Philippians 1:6.

8. What part do you think the Holy Spirit plays in this promise?

Read John 16:7.

9. When were people granted the opportunity to live in the Holy Spirit?

Read Ezekiel 47:3-9.

10. As you read through these verses, imagine the river to be the Holy Spirit. How does this passage tie in to what we learned about the Dead Sea last week?

11. What prevents people from swimming in the Holy Spirit—from being fully plugged in? How do you “plug in” to the Holy Spirit?

12. This passage is a prophet’s vision of what is to come when God’s people quit going with the flow of this world and create massive movement by being fully connected and powered by the Holy Spirit. Are you or a loved one holding onto something that is preventing you from moving into deeper waters?

14. How deep are you standing in the waters of the Holy Spirit? Are you swimming?


Embrace Biblical Community

The concept of the Holy Spirit can be hard for some to wrap their minds around.  What are ways that people plug into the Holy Spirit? Jesus’ death tore the veil and we have access to the Holy Spirit. Pray for those in your group and for the leaders who help guide our community to be powered by the Holy Spirit.


Expand God’s Kingdom

How can we stand united as a multi-generational community and utilize the power of the Holy Spirit to make a difference?


Leader Notes

We encourage groups to try the Discovery Bible Method as an alternative to these discussion questions. You will find details for this Bible study method here. For this week, please study Ezekiel 47:3-12 and Revelation 22:1-2.

1. Other sources of power might include money, sex, and charisma.

3. The Holy Spirit is mentioned 4 times (see verses 1, 14, 18).

4. While Jesus is God’s son and is sinless, that is only part of what made him who he was while on Earth. The Holy Spirit came upon Jesus at his baptism (Luke 3:22), and Jesus remained in the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:1).

8. The key to us being a united front, to being a movment who, through God, has the potential to eliminate racism, divorce, and other evils, is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God’s omnipresence in all our lives. When we are tuned in, or plugged in, we get access to God’s guidance, wisdom, and power, and we are able to understand his purpose for us.

11. Encourage the group to discuss ways they plug into God/Holy Spirit. What warning signs do they see when they realize they have become unplugged?

12. Encourage the group to discuss things that people hold onto which prevent them from stepping fully into God’s love and fully surrendering.

Check out the latest update from Honduras!

It’s been an eventful few days here in Comayagua. We started with VBS on Sunday morning followed by church on Sunday night. What a blessing to be surrounded by our brothers and sisters in Christ, who were so very welcoming with hugs and prayers for our team.

Since then, we have had two additional VBS at local schools with a total of 62 salvation. You can feel the Holy Spirit in this place and we are so excited to be a small part of what God is doing here. Please continue to pray for our team as we spread His word, door to door, this afternoon.

Thanks!

Yvette Gooden, Mission Trip Co-Leader

Back2School Supply Drive

Faith Promise Church’s Annual School Supplies Drive is BACK!

With a new school year just around the corner, we need your help! We are partnering with lots of awesome local schools and ministries to help get the school year off to a great start for children in at-risk environments.  Please read below to see how you can help with resources and volunteering. You can purchase and bring in supplies to your campus July 22nd/July 23rd. Thank you so much for your generosity and heart of compassion!

Supplies Needed:
*New Backpacks*, Glue Sticks, Rulers, Highlighters, Note Cards, Pencils, Crayons, Scissors, and 3 Ring Binders

Interested in volunteering your time? Each campus needs volunteers to help deliver supplies to their partner ministries and schools email missions@faithpromise.org for more information.

Give a child a fresh start at school!

 

Holy Land Week 4 – Discussion Questions

Main Point

The Dead Sea acts as a symbol of one who professes Christ but just receives and never gives time or money in return.


Start the Conversation

Think about one of your friendships. Do you always initiate get-togethers? In your conversations, do you do most of the talking? How fulfilling is/was this friendship?


Introduction

The Dead Sea is so called because it cannot support most life. Water flows into it but has no outlet, since it is 1411 feet below sea level. Its water evaporates and leaves the water highly saline. The Dead Sea is also shrinking daily due to dams built upstream. Similarly, our hearts may receive love from God, family and friends daily. Hearts of people who do not give love, time or money in return become lifeless because they have no outlet. Christians are to be conduits. We are taught to be generous and giving of our love, time and money. These offerings are a part of our worship.


Encounter God through Bible Study

Read Malachi 1:1-13, summarize these verses. Then read verse 14.

1. How did priests show contempt for God’s name?

2. Is it worse to make a promise but later break it than to not commit at all?

Read Malachi 3:8-12.

3. What is God’s instruction to His people in verse 10?

4. What is the reward for obedience? Have you experienced this firsthand?

Read Matthew 23:23.

5. What did Jesus call scribes (teachers of the law) and Pharisees?

6. What was more important than being sure to give a tenth of the spices?

7. Which do you think is easier to obey—giving one tenth (a tithe) of income or practicing justice, mercy, and faithfulness?

Read Revelation 22:17

8. Who extends an invitation to come to Jesus?

9. To whom is this invitation given?

10. What must a person do to earn the “water of life?”


Embrace Biblical Community

If the the group is larger than 5 people, break into smaller groups of 3 or 4. Pray for the love flowing into your lives from God. Pray that you would not build any “dams” blocking God’s love from flowing into your lives. Pray for the love flowing out of your lives. Pray that you would work as conduits of God’s love to other people.


Expand God’s Kingdom

With whom can you share what you learned today? With whom can you share your love, time, and money so that God’s love can pour out of you?


Leader Notes

We encourage groups to try the Discovery Bible Method as an alternative to these discussion questions. You will find details for this Bible study method here. For this week, please study Malachi 1:1-14.

1. Priests showed contempt by placing defiled food on the altar. They presented imperfect animals to God while keeping nicer animals for themselves. See verses 6-8 and verse 13.
2. It is worse to make a promise then break it.
3. God’s instruction was to bring the whole tithe into the storehouse. His people are to test his instruction.
4. Reward for obedience was to receive so many blessings, there wouldn’t be enough storage space. God would also prevent pests from devouring crops and would prevent vines from not casting fruit.
5. Jesus called them hypocrites.
6. The most important focus was to be practicing justice, mercy and faithfulness.
8. The Spirit and the bride (church) say, “Come.”
9. Whoever is thirsty or wishes to may come.
10. “The water of life” (salvation) cannot be earned. It is a free gift.