We as Promisors need to prepare the way for another movement of God now and for the next generation.
With the beginning of summer right around the corner and all this talk of digging, share if you have plans to get out in your yard or even if you have plans to dig through and clean up your “stuff”!
In this week’s stand-alone message, Pastor challenged us to prepare the way for another movement of God, a revival! We desperately need this now and for the next generation. It is our responsibility to impart to the next generation truth and to teach them how to praise and worship God! We need to resurrect spiritual practices the enemy has tried to obscure such as: praise and worship, sacrifice, faith, valuing life and people, winning the lost, valuing marriage and family, studying His inerrant Word, trusting in His power and delivery, having a reverent fear of Him, prayer and fasting, and true repentance. We are to put God first in our lives, giving Him our best and our first not our last and our leftovers.
Primary Scriptures: Genesis 26:12-25, Proverbs 5:15, Proverbs 13:22a, Genesis 22:5, Acts 1:8, Luke 4:18-19
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Genesis 26:25 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.
Getting to know you: Revival starts first with ourselves; only then can it spread to those around us and then outward to the lost. From the various “wells” Pastor talked about, which spiritual practice will you resurrect or breathe new life into to start your own personal revival?
Getting to know them: In groups of 2 or 3, discuss ways you can encourage each other this week to grow spiritually. Some possibilities include setting aside a personal quiet time, scripture memorization, or journaling your reflections from daily Bible reading.
Getting to know Him: Choose a verse to memorize this week for encouragement. Consider Isaiah 40:31, Psalm 23:3, or Psalm 40:3. Touch base throughout the week, lift each other up in prayer and “encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Heb 10:25)
Engaging at Faith Promise: As Pastor has challenged us and motivated us to prepare for God to move in our hearts and in our church, will you as a group pray for each Promisor to have laser-focus on God, to hear His still small voice and to seek Him as we anticipate a Revival like none other? How can your group support this movement as we re-dig the wells of our Spiritual fathers and let the Living Water flow?
Engaging in Community/Engaging the World: Christ promises to give those who place their faith in Him a well of living water that no one can obstruct. We learned this week of Lina, who was on the brink of selling her 14-year-old daughter out of desperation and hunger, but the Lord provided a basket of food, thanks to the generosity of believers. How will you, in the power of the Holy Spirit, demonstrate that the body of Christ values the life and dignity of all people? Will you take that step and give back to God a portion from which He has given you to offer hope to this hungry and hurting world?
Main Idea: When we give like God gives, we become united in purpose, experience gladness, sincerity of heart, and find true community.
Discussion Starter: What is the most special gift you have ever been given?
Introduction: In the last week of Shadow of a Doubt, we discuss generosity. As followers of Jesus, we are called to give generously because of God’s generosity. However, many of us have doubts about giving our time, talents, and treasure.
Primary Scriptures: Acts 2:1-4, Acts 2:37, Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2:41-47, Jeremiah 29:11
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Acts 2:44 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.
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.
What does God really mean when He calls us to LOVE those around us? Does He really mean everyone? WHO is everyone? Bring specific people to mind that God is calling you to love as you read through the rest of the guide.
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.
Primary Scriptures: John 13:34-35, Ephesians 6:10-12
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.
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)?
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
Primary Scriptures: Luke 4:18-19, Luke 4:20-22, 2 Timothy 3:5, Matthew 11:2-5
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.
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.
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?
God came to Earth 2000 years ago to seek and save what was lost—you and me.
Have you ever lost something that you still wish to this day you hadn’t?
This week, our creative team at FP treated us to a wonderful presentation of the gospel. Maybe this is just an old story that you’ve heard more times than you can remember, or maybe Christmas is a just a family tradition passed down in your family for generations. For some, this season is simply a time of the year when we all try to be a little better to each other. But we believe Christmas is a little bit more. We believe that 2000 years ago, God really did come to Earth in the most scandalous way to seek and save what was lost—you and me. At Faith Promise, we are all about helping real people with real problems find the real love of Jesus Christ. We believe that only Jesus’ love can satisfy our souls and our longings to belong. We believe His forgiveness and grace are the only remedy for shame and guilt. And we believe His sacrifice, death, and resurrection are the only way to true and lasting hope. God is the God of of new beginnings; with whom will you share the good news of Jesus Christ?
Primary Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Matthew 2:1-12 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore a how Christ followers are to follow and worship Jesus.
Engaging at Faith Promise: Romans 12:1 exhorts believers in this way: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship.” Pray as a group to explore ways you can step out in faith as God calls you to serve our church family as an act of worship.
Engaging in Community and in the World: God called each of us out of darkness and saved us by giving us the gift of faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. How will you share the Good News of Jesus Christ to a hurting and dying world? Step out in faith and share the only lasting source of hope and satisfaction.