Sunday, May 19, 2019

Drop the Stones: Wrong Place at the Wrong Time

John 4:4–26



Where will you lead your group? Pick and choose from these suggestions to create the right discussion for your group.


Discussion Questions:

It's interesting that Jesus spent his whole ministry trying to engage segments of the population that most religious people spend their entire lives trying to create distance from.

  • Where/what is modern-day Samaria?
  • Who are the outcasts–the ones everyone else has judged and cast aside?
  • Who has been forgotten, neglected, or simply ignored in our culture?
  • Who are the groups and people that everyone else is trying to create distance from?
  • How do you think you or our group can reach people like that?

Jesus was often in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people. This afforded him to do amazing ministry and see life change on a grand scale.

  • Is that good advice for Christians today?
  • Should we be exposing ourselves to the environments and people found in these areas?
  • How do you combine the challenge and life of Jesus with some good common sense as it pertains to your life?

Scripture proves that most people encountered Jesus in a life-changing way weren't even actually looking for Jesus.

  • How can your friends and family – who aren't looking for Jesus – experience life change?
  • As we share the Gospel message with people, what lessons can we learn from Jesus and his encounter with the Samaritan woman?

Ultimately, people are searching for satisfaction and meaning, and it looks like trying as many ways and areas in life to fill as possible.

  • What buckets do you see people in the world today trying to fill?
  • What do people use, instead of God's living water, to satisfy their thirst?
  • How can you take those same needs and feelings and help people understand what they are looking for is only found in Jesus?

Church should be a place that makes busted up and broken people feel at home. Christians should be the most loving, caring, and compassionate people in the world.

  • Do people feel that way when they encounter you?
  • How about when they come to our rGroup?
  • What about when they come to REVO?

Religion says, "I messed up. I hope Dad doesn't find out." The Gospel says, "I messed up. I need to call Dad."

  • When you think of your sin, which of those statements best describes you?
  • When you fail, do you want to run and hide from God, or do you call out to Him for help?


Next Steps:

End with a challenge to make it real. Commit to a next step as a group and bring the discussion to life this week.

  • What would Jesus say to you if he walked up and saw you today?
  • What impact should this conversation between the Samaritan woman and Jesus have on you and your witness in the world?


Pray as a Group:

Ask God for eyes to see the barriers that separate you and others, and for the compassion and courage to break down those barriers so that you may offer others this living water.


Upcoming Opportunties:

Baptism Celebration - June 9th
Does anyone in your group need to profess their faith through baptism? Be sure to know everyone's personal story of when/if they were saved and baptized. Contact barrett@discoverrevo.com for more info about baptism.

Summer Serve in rWorld
We need extra people to serve in rWorld over the summer. We're asking each rGroup member to serve 3 Sundays in the summer (June, July, August) to meet the needs. Contact josh@discoverrevo.com to sign up and schedule your serving days.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Mother's Day: Faith Like a Motha'

Exodus 2:1–10



Where will you lead your group? Pick and choose from these suggestions to create the right discussion for your group.


Discussion Questions:

Do you think that Moses' sister was interfering with God's plan or contributing and acting in faith? How do you know when you need to give control over to God, and when you need to be active and intervene as part of His plan?

Faith is a word that is overused from our mouths but underused in our actions. Why do you think that is?

Jochabed (Moses' mom) showed her faith in two ways: First she showed faith by holding on to Moses, and then she showed faith by letting go. Which is harder for you – holding on or letting go?

Moses' mom had multiple things challenge her faith in this story. What's challenging your faith right now?

What's something that you think God has called you to let go of and trust Him with?

Moses' parents see a hopeless situation turn into a hope-filled one by the sovereign hand of God. How have you seen God do this in your own life?

What fear or circumstance is holding you back from walking by faith?

Moses is rescued out of the Nile River. How is baptism for us a symbol of being rescued out of the water? (Side note: Baptism Celebration is June 9th)

Read Romans 13:1-4

Despite the law of Pharoah to kill all the male babies born to the Israelites, Moses' mom and family disobeyed and broke the law. Is it ever ok for a Christian to refuse to follow their earthly authority? How does their disobedience mix with Romans 13 where Paul instructs Christians to submit and obey earthly authorities?


Next Steps:

End with a challenge to make it real. Commit to a next step as a group and bring the discussion to life this week.

What attributes of God did you see in this week's passage that particularly struck you? How should it change the way you pray, think or act this week?


Pray as a Group:

Read Exodus 2:10. Only God could accomplish such a plan! The God of grace answered the prayer of Jochabed. Moses would grow up in the palace of the King! What big need, desire or vision do you need to faithfully pray for and take action with?


Upcoming Opportunties:

Baptism Celebration - June 9th
Does anyone in your group need to profess their faith through baptism? Be sure to know everyone's personal story of when/if they were saved and baptized. Contact barrett@discoverrevo.com for more info about baptism.

Summer Serve in rWorld
We need extra people to serve in rWorld over the summer. We're asking each rGroup member to serve 3 Sundays in the summer (June, July, August) to meet the needs. Contact josh@discoverrevo.com to sign up and schedule your serving days.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Drop the Stones: Stones Christians Throw

Luke 14:1–14



Where will you lead your group? Pick and choose from these suggestions to create the right discussion for your group.


Discussion Questions:

Read vs 1–6

What do you think is at the root of the Pharisees' desire to entrap and discredit Jesus?

What religious habits, rules, traditions do you put in the place of ministering to the needs of others in Jesus' name?

How do pride and legalism prevent us from living God's best for our lives?

Read vs 7–11

Do you have a problem with pride or wanting the attention of other people? How has this passage shown you the importance of thinking about other people, or exhibiting humility towards those around you?

What is the equivalent of "picking the places of honor at the table" in your own life? Are you driven by success, wealth, titles, etc.? Who do you find yourself trying to impress?

What are some spiritual antidotes to these desires and behaviors?

Read vs 12-14

How often do you eat with someone whose needs you can meet rather than with someone who can repay you? Why?

Do you struggle with favoring certain (types of) people? How does this passage show you the importance of loving everyone, and not just those who look like you, act like you, etc.?

Sometimes when it comes to hospitality, Christians misunderstand it to mean "hanging out with Christians." But hospitality in the Bible literally means "to welcome the stranger." What's a good example of welcoming a stranger in your life?



Next Steps:

End with a challenge to make it real. Commit to a next step as a group and bring the discussion to life this week.

In order to serve others and give generously, we must start with a spirit of humility. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the pride in your heart and how it plays out in different areas of your life.

This week, seek opportunities to:
- show compassion towards others instead of judgment
- have Christ-like humility instead of pride
- be hospitable towards a stranger


Pray as a Group:

Confess your pride to the Lord before it erupts, bringing your thoughts into captivity (2 Cor. 2:5) and ask Him to replace it with true Christ-like humility.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Drop the Stones: Only God Can Judge Me

John 8:2–11



Where will you lead your group? Pick and choose from these suggestions to create the right discussion for your group.


Discussion Questions:

- Do you ever feel a sense of satisfaction when people "get what they deserve" or "get what they have coming to them?"

- Is it good when bad things happen to bad people? How do you define "bad people?" Do you or have you ever fit that description or definition?

Read v. 2

Wide ranges of people were attracted to Jesus; however, people that were notoriously far from God seemed to be the ones most attracted to Jesus.
- What do Christians do in our culture today that makes people far from God want to avoid church and religious people? What are we doing different from Jesus?

Read v. 4

"This person has been caught in the act of ________." Every person on earth can fill in that blank with multiple words. Take a moment to think of a few words that could go in that blank for your life.
- Does personalizing that verse change your perspective of the woman, of Jesus, or of the religious people?

Read vs. 3-5

- Name some examples in our culture where people have held a public hearing for someone's private sin.
- Name an example of how you've responded that way about someone in your life or sphere of influence.
- What does it say about a person that is desperately seeking the condemnation of others when they make a mistake? Is it even possible for a Christian to act like that after all that we have been forgiven of in our lives?

Read v. 7

- What is your reaction to Jesus' response?
- Do you ever find yourself making your sins seem more palatable to God than the sins of others?

Read v. 10

Anytime people use religion to draw a line around people to keep them out, Jesus is always on the other side of the line.
- What are ways that churches/Christians draw lines today that push people away from church and away from Jesus?
- What would the response have been if the men actually cared about the woman's soul and spiritual freedom instead of being driven by their desire for her judgement?

Read v. 11

- What's the difference in Jesus not condemning her and Jesus not thinking it was a sin or that the sin was not a big deal?
- What's the danger in Christians thinking "Neither do I condemn you" to mean that we should not worry about what others are doing right/wrong, and just worry about ourselves?
- What's the danger in Christians wanting someone to "Go and sin no more" and then we will not condemn you?
- In this story, how are you like the adulterous woman? How are you like the religious man? How have you ever responded like Jesus?



Next Steps:

End with a challenge to make it real. Commit to a next step as a group and bring the discussion to life this week.

Think about your answer to the question, What is your sin? (You don't have to share specifics with the group if you don't want to.) What stands in the way of you deciding to leave that sin behind? What can this group do to help you make and follow-through on that decision?

Are you holding a stone to throw at a certain person or group? Drop the stone this week and partner with Jesus to lovingly help people leave their sin behind.

How will you learn from Jesus and help someone who has fallen?


Pray as a Group:

Ask the Holy Spirit to point out dark areas in your life where you need to trade condemnation for Jesus' mercy and light. Pray together as a group and invite Jesus to free you.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter 2019

Matthew 9:9-13



Icebreaker:

Jesus said in verse 13 that He came to call sinners. Who is a sinner? What would you say if you were explaining who a sinner is to someone?


Scripture Discussion:

What groups would Jesus be likely to seek out today? Do you seek out the same kinds of groups? Why or why not?

Why would Jesus seek the most hated person in Jewish society to join His mission?

Can you think of a profession today, that if someone from that profession came to our church, they would be shunned? Why would they, or why would they not, be accepted?

Why would the Pharisees be puzzled about Jesus' excellent teaching, yet crazy behavior of hanging out with sinners? Can you think of some modern-day "crazy behaviors" that would be radical, but Scriptural, and still not accepted in most churches?

What is it about Jesus' words, Follow me, that cause some to respond with passion, and others to run away in anger?

Matthew gave up a lucrative job to follow Jesus. Would you leave a "six-figure" job if that's what Jesus called you to do? Why, or why not? What would be your motivation to stay at your "good job?"

Matthew actually got up and followed! What is the cause and motivation for you to get up and follow Christ?

Matthew saw what he was going to gain! What did you see when you came to Christ?

Why do you suppose that most people only see what they will leave behind?

How can you seek out people whom the church would call sinners, or unworthy to approach (remember we're all sinners), so you and our church could build a relationship with them?


Next Steps:

What is in the way of your responding to the Follow me call? How can you deal with it now?

What people do you know are waiting for an invitation, but we like the Pharisees think would not at all be interested in spiritual things so you haven't invited them to follow Christ or even come to church?


Pray:

Prayers to Love Big

1. Confess to the Lord if you are prejudiced against any individuals or groups, and for you to become more like Him in thought, word and deed.

2. Pray for Jesus to help you love people without exception; especially the weak and the vulnerable, the sick and the sinner.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Final Four: Palm Sunday

Read Matthew 21:1-11



What did you learn about yourself or other people from this passage?

If someone asked you the purpose of your life, could you tell them? What are some verses in Scripture that tell you what your purpose in life really is?

Seeing God's plan unfold for your life can often start with doing the smaller things and being faithful with the smaller opportunities first. What small next steps do you think God is calling you to take?

How do you feel about God allowing you to be a part of someone else's life change? Is that exciting, scary, a lot of pressure?

What fear of the future is keeping you from taking a small step of obedience today? (Fear of rejection if you invite friends to church, fear of losing friends or relationships if you talk to friends about Jesus, fear of not having enough if you live generously now, etc.)

Jesus told the disciples to untie the donkey and bring it to him so that it could fulfill its purpose. Is tying you down and keeping you from being the man/woman that God has called you to be?

God's plan for your life is bigger than just you. If you took your next step in your relationship with Jesus, what impact would it have on those around you? What other life change could happen as a result of your faithfulness today?


Next Steps:

Your next step may be helping someone else take their next step. Invite an un-churched friend to our Easter service this Sunday. Your invitation could be a part of God's plan to change that person's life!


Pray:

Pray for each other for strength to follow through on commitments you have made or are making as a result of this discussion.


Happenings:

Good Friday Night of Worship
Friday, April 19th
7:00 PM
South Fork Campus
Family Service (Childcare for children up to Pre-K)

We will gather for a time of worship as we remember, reflect, and rejoice about the remarkable work Jesus accomplished on the cross for us. Join us for this special evening as we begin Easter weekend.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Final Four: Communion

Luke 22:14, John 13, Mark 14:22-25



Icebreaker:

What's your favorite thing about communion?


Scripture Discussion:

Luke 22:14 - One of the reasons we do communion is to hit the pause button to put our focus on such a powerful moment. Why is taking a pause "to remember" so important to you?

John 13:1-5 - Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power and was about to return to God, yet he's still serving others until the very end of his life. What does this mean to you?

Jesus washed his disciples' feet, which is an act of humility. How do humility and service go hand in hand?

John 13:21, 26 - Jesus even washed the feet of his enemies. Who is the hardest (type of) person for you to serve, and why?

We've all betrayed Jesus at some time (or many times) in our lives. Knowing that Jesus still served and died for you, how does that help you serve others whom you don't like?

Read Matthew 5:44 - What would you define as an enemy? How can you practically love your enemy?


Next Steps:

John 13:22-25, Matthew 26:22 - Each of the disciples were concerned they were the one who was going to betray Jesus. Take a look at your own life...

  • What sin do you need to confess?
  • What sin may happen in the near future if you don't change course?



Pray:

Take time to search your own heart and life, and to take time to hit pause and remember what Jesus has done for you.

Pray for opportunities to be humble and serve others in love the way that Jesus has done for you.


Happenings:

Good Friday Night of Worship
Friday, April 19th
7:00 PM
South Fork Campus
Family Service (Childcare for children up to Pre-K)

We will gather for a time of worship as we remember, reflect, and rejoice about the remarkable work Jesus accomplished on the cross for us. Join us for this special evening as we begin Easter weekend.