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: Jesus passes the light from His life to us, so that we can have light and life again.
Discussion Starter: Discuss a big decision you’ve made that was easy because it was a clear “yes” or “no.”
Introduction: We were all born into a dark world, where pain and suffering are evident (even at an early age). Any one who has ever held the mirror up to their own lives, observed their own problems, AND looked around at the pain and suffering of so many in this world, has asked: “God where are you?” or “Does a good, loving God really exist?” This Easter we heard about God’s ultimate answer to the question of pain: the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. God’s one and only son, God Himself in human form, taking on Himself the most painful thing in all existence, sin (discord and separation from God).
Primary Scriptures: Romans 5:8, John 10:10, John 3:16, Romans 10:9-10
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Romans 5:8 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.
Getting to know you: How has God used the shared interest of this Group to show you that you are not alone in your suffering?
Getting to know them: How can your group reach out to each other between group meetings to encourage each other?
Getting to know Him: God uses the shared interest of this group to show you His love and light. How can you and your group find others with this shared interest to show them the real love of God?
Engaging at Faith Promise: How can you and your group suffer with those suffering at Faith Promise?
Engaging in Community: How can you and your group be a light in the dark places in your community?
Engaging the World: Find an area of the world that needs the light of Jesus. Or find a group that is already taking the light of Jesus to dark places. Discuss how your group can partner with people or organizations around the 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.
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?
Main Idea: How long do we pray for a miracle? This week, we see in God’s Word where Jesus encourages us to be persistent in asking God for miracles.
Discussion Starter: When you were a kid, did you ask your parents for something over and over? Did you ever get it?
Introduction: A consistent theme throughout God’s Word is the long suffering and persistent pleading from God’s people (Exodus, Psalms, Job, Habakkuk, and many more) for God to meet them and do something only He can do. In every case God shows His people that he IS just, kind, merciful, loving, and generous.
Watch this brief intro together with your group (click picture below):
Primary Scriptures: Luke 18:1-8
1. Consistent and persistent prayer can be hard, especially when we have been praying for something over months, days, and years. What are the biggest obstacles for you to be consistent and persistent in prayer?
2. How can you lean on each other in your group to encourage one another in your prayer life?
3. Read James 5:16 Confession is aligning who we are with who God has designed and called us to be. How can your confession be more than just a laundry list of what you did wrong?
4. What is something in your life that you need to “wear God out” with?
5. Read Isaiah 40:31 In our culture, we are not used to having to wait on much of anything. However, this “waiting” is not passive. Consider a farmer who waits for God to bring a good harvest. The farmer still has to plow, sow, and tend. What would God have you DO while you wait for him to answer your prayers?
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Philippians 4:6 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.
Engaging at Faith Promise: Read Galatians 6:9-10 One way to avoid being discouraged is remaining steadfast in prayer. How can you pray for the work you and others do at Faith Promise?
Engaging in Community and the World: The prophet Habakkuk is a great example of someone interceding for his community and the world. Read the book of Habakkuk (don’t worry it’s only three chapters) and consider how you can cry out to God on behalf of your community and this world. Discuss how God has met your hopes in the past and what you hope from Him in the future.