Message Series

The message series Tough Love begins February 2nd. Love in reality is a terrible thing compared to love in dreams. Love in dreams is love is easy. It is easy to love people in our imaginations. It is easy to love humanity, it is very difficult to love real people and requires all we have. In this message series, we will look at some of the demands of love and work to draw people to the conclusion that they need God’s grace to truly love others.

Click on the link below to view and/or print out the Small Group questions for each week of this series.

Tough Love – Small Group Questions

  1. When have you found it much more difficult to love someone than you expected it to be?
  2. What’s the difference between seeing love as a verb and love as a noun?
  3. Read aloud Luke 10:36-37. What does this verse teach us about love?
  4. Who is someone you want to work on loving during the course of this series? Who is your tough love? What would it look like for you to put love in action?
  5. When was a time someone showed you love even though it didn’t feel very loving?

  1. When was the last time you were rewarded in any way? What did you do to earn that reward?
  2. Do you ever feel a pull towards work or putting your energy into activities so that you miss opportunities to love others? How do we live out the tension between having tasks to get done and our responsibility to love others?
  3. Have you ever been criticized for doing the loving thing? What was your reaction? Has it kept you from acting out of love since then?
  4. Love in our heart doesn’t get criticized, but love in action does. How do we live with the boldness of the woman who anointed Jesus?
  5. Read aloud Mark 14:9. How does that verse inspire us to give our best energy to loving others?
  6. Has God placed a radical action on your heart or do you feel you are called to make smaller deposits? How can this group help you to put love in action this week for the tough love in your life?

  1. Would you rather ignore this topic and just talk about sports or politics or fashion or anything else?
  2. The Corinthians were largely ignorant of Christian sexual morality. How familiar are you with teachings from Scripture and the Church on this topic? How did you receive this information?
  3. What questions do you have as a result of this video?
  4. What does it look like to “flee immorality?”
  5. Read aloud 1 Corinthians 6:18 b. What do you think Paul meant by that statement?
  6. Like the Corinthians we live in a culture at odds with the Church’s teachings on sexual morality. How does our culture’s view on sex impact us?
  7. If you have kids, have you talked to them about sex? If you haven’t yet, when do you plan to do so? What do you plan to teach your kids about sex?
  8. What is the next step you need to take? Do you need more information? Do you need to repent of an activity? How can this group help you?

  1. Have you ever found yourself looking at people you love as the enemy? When has that happened? Who felt like the enemy?
  2. Why are we tempted to blame others when we have problems? How do we avoid the blame game?
  3. Read aloud Colossians 3:12-13. Of the list of attributes, which one do you need to incorporate into your life?
  4. How do you pray for your enemies? What would that look like in your life to pray for the people in your life that seem to oppose you?
  5. Read aloud Colossians 3:14-15. What does it mean to you, to let Christ control your heart?

  1. Where do you feel like you are being stretched to love the people around you?
  2. Why are difficult situations needed for us to become more loving people? How can failure help us to grow into more loving people?
  3. Read Ephesians 3:14-16. How do you need to be strengthened?
  4. How do you ground yourself more in God’s love? How does knowing God loves us help us to love others?
  5. Read aloud Ephesians 3:20. What does this tell us about finding the power to love God, as he wants us to love?
  6. What impact has this series made on your life? How have you grown as a result of it?

Our message series for the season of Lent, When God Doesn’t Make Sense, begins March 1st.When we look at the world, we see evil and injustice. Bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people. Why does an all-good and all-powerful God, allow injustice to happen? Why doesn’t he stop it? Why does God seem to be silent on prayers he should answer while answering prayers that seem insignificant? If we were God we would certainly run the world differently.

These questions are nothing new, but were experienced by many people in the bible. In this series, we will look at some of God’s ways that don’t seem to make sense. We’ll examine what to do in the face of such questions and look at ways we can grow to understand God’s perspective.

Click below to view and/or print out the Small Group questions for each week of this series.

When God Doesn’t Make Sense – Small Group Questions

  1. List some things about God or life that don’t make sense to you. How do these things affect your faith or your trust in God?
  2. Describe a time when God said “no” to your prayer. Did it create doubt for your or did you draw in closer to him?
  3. Describe a difficult time you were going through when you felt God’s all-surpassing strength.
  4. What does it look like in your life to carry around the “death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus can be revealed?”
  5. What is something you need you stop trying to understand and just trust God with?

  1. Is there someone’s death you have struggled to make sense of? Have you come to peace or are you still wrestling with their passing?
  2. Read aloud John 12:24. Where have you seen this principle played out?
  3. Read aloud John 12:25. What do you need to “hate” because you are tempted to put it ahead of God?
  4. Has a difficult situation or death of a loved one ever change your view of God? If so, how?
  5. If you were certain God would use suffering or death, how would that change your perspective on it?
  6. Why is it difficult for us to remember that our victory comes from following Jesus to the cross?

  1. What’s the thorn in your side? What have you done to remove it?
  2. Have you prayed for God to remove the thorn you mentioned? If so, how? If not, why not?
  3. Have you ever experienced God’s grace in a special way because of an obstacle or weakness? Share the story with the group.
  4. Read aloud 2 Corinthians 12:9. What does this verse mean to you?
  5. Paul says he is content with problems for the sake of Christ. What would it look like to accept our problems for Jesus’ sake?
  6. How do we know when God wants to remove our problems and we should accept them and when God has allowed them in our lives so we will depend on his grace?

  1. Who was the best boss you ever had? What made them good? Who was the worst boss you ever had? Why were they bad?
  2. When have you seen someone abuse their power or position and hurt you or someone you love personally?
  3. When have you been surprised by someone who you thought had a bad character or poor values but did some good?
  4. How does knowing that we are all fallen help you to understand why God uses imperfect leaders to accomplish his will?
  5. God is measuring leaders and how they use their power and authority. What does this mean for how your authority?
  6. Daniel says, “The Most High God rules the kingdom of men, and sets over it whom he will.” Does that statement comfort you or make you question God more or do you have a different reaction?

  1. Moses made five excuses to God as to why he can’t serve. Which ones have you received from others that frustrates you the most?
  2. Which of Moses’ excuses have you made when others have asked you to serve?
  3. Do you think people who are serving and addressing the world’s problems are more or less likely to blame God for the problems in the world? Why do you answer as you do?
  4. Do you serve in a ministry? If so, what impact have you seen it have? If not, what prevents or keeps you from serving.
  5. Why is changing people’s view about Church an important mission? On a scale of 1-5, how important do you view this mission?
  6. The premise of the message is that God waits on people before he relieves suffering. Do you agree with this premise? Why or why not?