The Story: Week 23 (7.23.17)

DISCUSSION Questions


1. What is encouraging about still being a work in progress?
2. What are the challenges that we face because we are “not there yet?”
3. What is sanctification?
4. Why do we have to start with Jesus when it comes to employing the means of grace?
5. How can one guard against legalism when it comes to sanctification?
6. Is there anything current struggle or something in your past that is hindering you in your walk with the Lord?
7. Where does repentance start?

The Story: Week 22 (7.16.17)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. When you hear the term, “personal spiritual awakening,” what comes to mind?

2. Hezekiah’s father was one of the worst kings in the history of Judah. Yet, his son, Hezekiah, was one of the godliest. How do you explain that?

3. Read 2 Chron 29:3-11. What does this say about Hezekiah’s priorities as king? Why was the temple so critical?

4. Was there ever a time in your life when you had to clean out some junk in your life in order to experience God in a fresh way?

5. Do you think it is possible to serve God with sin in your life? If your answer is no, how do you explain so many who are apparently used by God and later discovered to have secret sinful patterns?

6. Hezekiah’s story illustrates five factors necessary to experience a personal spiritual awakening: confession of sin, commitment to obey the Scriptures, the centrality of the gospel, prayer for others, and extravagant generosity. Which of these five do you personally need to focus on?

The Story: Week 21 (7.9.17)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. What are some of the songs on your play list - secular or Christian? Why do you like them?

  2. How would you answer the question, “why is singing so important for Christians?”

  3. Read Ephesians 5:18-20 and Colossians 3:16. How are these two passages similar? How are they different? What do they teach us about congregational singing?

  4. Sometimes people complain about 7-11 songs (7 words repeated 11 times). How would you answer them? How would Psalm 136 and Rev 4:8 help?

  5. Read Zephaniah.

  6. Pastor Sam mentioned that singing is worship and a weapon and a witness. Can you give an example of any of these from your own life? 

The Story: Week 20 (7.2.17)

DISCUSSION QUESTION

  1. What is your favorite disaster movie? If you can’t think of a favorite, what is a disaster movie you wouldn’t mind seeing again? Why do you think disaster movies are so popular?

  2. Read Psalm 46. What are some of the disasters or fearful situations mentioned in the psalm? What might these symbolize?

  3. What do you think are the greatest fears of people in our area? Your friends? Your family? Are those fears realistic? What would happen if those fears actually happened?

  4. Sam asked the question: “If I handed you one of those dry-erase markers and a white board, and asked you to write down your greatest fear, what you worry about - what would you write? What causes your chest to tighten and your stomach to churn?” How would you answer?

  5. How does Psalm 46 help address fear? Can you give an illustration of how the promises of Psalm 46 have helped you with worry or fear?

  6. What is the significance of God being called “The Lord of Heaven’s Armies... the God of Jacob (vs. 7, vs 11). Why “heaven’s armies?” Why “Jacob?” 

The Story: Week 19 (6.25.17)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. Who was the first person you ever loved? How old were you?

2. Why did God ask Hosea to marry Gomer? Do you think she was loyal to Hosea at first? What happened? What do the names of the three children mean?

3. Read Hosea 3. What was the toughest part of what Hosea has to do?

4. When did God buy you back to himself? How did that happen to you? Has it happened yet?

5. What questions did the message leave unanswered? What hope or fears did it raise for you? 

The Story: Week 17 (6.11.17)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. What season of life are you in?

  2. What are some things that God is teaching you in this season of life?

  3. What season may be coming to an end for you... and a new season may be beginning for you?

  4. What does it mean practically for you to live a life that fears God?

  5. What are some things about the season you are in right now that you frankly do not understand but for which you are trusting God and would appreciate prayer?

  6. What season might God be saying to you, “move on?” 

The Story: Week 16 (6.4.17)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. Read 1 Kings 11:1-9. 
  2. What was Solomons’ basic problem? 
  3. Why didn’t his great wisdom save him? 
  4. What did Solomon’s advanced age have to do with his slipping away from God?
  5. When do I notice myself slipping away from the Lord? 
  6. What keeps me from drifting away from full devotion to God?
  7. What’s wrong with 90% devotion to the true God and 10% devotion to other tings?Isn’t some devotion better than none?

Bonus questions - 

  1. Why is intermarriage forbidden in Jewish law? Is it wrong to date a non-Christian today? What is your advice to “mixed-faith” couples today?
  2. Why don’t we practice polygamy today? if it is so bad, why was it practiced in the Old Testament era, even under the law?

The Story: Week 15 (5.28.17)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. What questions were raised by the message? What stood out in the message?

  2. Have you read any of the proverbs? if so, what popped out at you? Why?

  3. If you had to give a son or daughter 5 statements of counsel before sending them on a trip, to keep them out of trouble, what would you say? Why?

  4. Have you ever known someone you considered wise? What characteristics caused you to consider them wise?

  5. How would you define wisdom?

  6. How would you define the Fear of the Lord? Why do we not hear much

    about the fear of the Lord?

  7. How is the fear of the Lord the beginning of wisdom?

  8. What is the difference between worldly wisdom and godly wisdom? 

The Story: Week 14 (5.21.17)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. What is wisdom?

2. How can we get true wisdom (Job 12:13)?

3. Where can we find wisdom (Psalm 19:7, James 1:5)?

4. What are the dangers of worldly wisdom (1 Corinthians 3:19-20)?

5. To whom does God reveal wisdom (Matthew 11:25)?

6. How do we reveal wisdom (Ephesians 3:10)?

7. How is God given wisdom superior to worldly wisdom (Luke 21:15)?

Mother's Day at the Orchard (5.14.17)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. What comes to mind when you hear, “mother,” or “mom?” Why or why not? Describe your mother.

  2. If you were writing a sermon on “Four Things Every Mother Should Know,” what would you include?

  3. Read Isaiah 49:14-15. God compares him relationship to his people like that of a mother to her child. Why are mothers good illustrations for God’s love? Be specific as you can.

  4. Read Luke 14:26 and Mark 10:29-30. Jesus relativizes the role and influence of mothers. Why does he do this?

  5. The 6th commandment says, “Honor your father and mother.” How does an adult do this? How can a dishonorable mother be honored? What are the limits of honor to be given to a parent?

  6. Pray for the mothers in your group, as well as mothers who come to mind. 

Reach 901 - Week 6 (5.7.17)

DISCUSSION QUESTION

1. What do you know about King David? What kind of man was he? What is he best known for? 

2. Read the story found in 2 Samuel 24. What questions does it raise in your mind? 

3. What might you say to someone who says, “I could never believe in a god who judges people?” Why was God displeased with the census? Why did David say, “I have sinned greatly in taking this census?” (2 Sam 24:10)? 

4. Why does God want us to obey him? What are some typical reasons we give for not obeying him?

5. Had you been given the option David was given (2 Sam 24:11-13), which one would you have chosen? Why? 

6. What is the significance of the temple being built on Mt. Moriah (see 2 Chron 3:1)

Reach 901: Week 5 (4.30.17)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. What does David's interest in keeping his promise years later tell you about his heart?

2. Why do you think Ziba declared his loyalty to David and why do you think he mentions Mephibosheth's disability?

3. What do you think Mephibosheth's expectation was as he went to the palace?

4. How does David's generosity picture the gospel?

5. Why would David provide for a potential rival to the throne?

6. What does the king's table make you think of when it comes to Exodus 12, Psalm 23 and Matthew 26?

 

Reach 901: Week 4 (4.23.17)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. What is the most expensive gift you have ever received? What did that gift say to you about the giver? How did you express your gratitude?

  2. Read the great prayer of David in 1 Chronicles 29:10-20.

  3. Paraphrase David’s prayer - put it in your own words, verse by verse. What is uppermost in his mind?

  4. What insights to you find in David’s prayer about how he thinks about money?

  5. What does vs.17 mean? What does “integrity” and “God tests our heart” have to do with giving?

  6. If outside auditors were to look over your checkbook or bank records, what would they conclude are your top priorities? Are you satisfied with that?

Bonus question - In light of David’s prayer, how would you define giving by faith? Have you ever given by faith? Share with your group. 

Reach 901: Week 2 (4.9.17)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

There are more questions that can probably be answered in the time you have. Don’t try to answer all the questions. Decide beforehand which questions are more appropriate for your group or which will elicit more discussion and reflection.

  1. Who is the greatest person you have ever met personally? What made them great in your eyes?

  2. Read Judges 6:11-17. What were Gideon’s questions? What do they reveal about Gideon? When do you tend to feel like Gideon?

  3. What would you say to someone who doubts God’s presence in his or her life?

  4. Read Judges 6:25-32. Why is home sometimes the hardest place to practice our faith? Have you ever had to do or say something difficult in your home because of your loyalty to Jesus?

  5. Read Judges 6:36-40. What was Gideon trying to discover by “laying out a fleece?” Is it wrong or ok to lay out a fleece or ask God for a sign? Why or why not?

  6. How has God prepared you to be of service to others?

  7. How has God given you guidance at key times?

  8. Read Judges 7:1-8. What in the world was God doing in reducing the army by 99%?

  9. Read Judges 7:16-22. Why did Gideon’s strategy work?

  10. Bonus - how would you answer this question: “Why would God tell the Israelites to exterminate the Canaanites completely? This is cruel and unfair and unloving. I could never believe in a god who ordered the extermination of men, women and children.” 

Reach 901: Week 1 (4.2.17)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. Have you ever been part of a team or group that accomplished something that others felt was not possible? How did it make you feel?

  2. Another way of asking the same question - what is the best experience of teamwork?

  3. Have you ever felt God was asking you to do something and you hesitated? Why did you hesitate? What helped you make the decision to obey?

  4. Read Josh 1:1-11. What statements stand out to you or speak to you where you are at right now? Why?

  5. Why do you give to God’s work? What motivates you to give?

  6. Why do you think giving is so hard for many people?

  7. What about REACH 901 confuses you? encourages you?

  8. As a group, will you pray at 9:01 am and pm for the month of April? 

The Story: Week 13 (3.26.17)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. Why is it important to remember that the Bible is a story?

2. Why does every story point to Jesus?

3. What do you think the emotions were like for Moses on the day of his death?

4. How difficult do you think it was for him after losing his brother and his sister?

5. Why does sin bring death?

6. Do you think God just lost it over the rock? Why or why not?

7. How should we cope when we are frustrated with others?

8. Why is anger so dangerous?

9. How did Moses and Aaron offend God's holiness?

10. Why do you think Moses got so angry? Was any of it justified? Why or why not?

11. How does Moses end his tenure?

12. How does the law teach us we need a savior?

13. Why does Jesus love us?

14. What is our Promised Land?

15. Will we make it to the Promised Land in spite of our flaws? Why or why not?

The Story: Week 12 (3.19.17)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

 

1. Have you ever had an older person in your life who took an interest in you when you were young, and helped you be who you are today? Describe that person. 

2. Have you ever had an older person who encouraged you, as a younger person, to walk with God? A spiritual mentor? Describe them. What did they do right? 

3. How would you define a covenant? Is a covenant different than a contract? if so, how? 

4. Moses describes our relationship with God as a covenant. What does that mean? Why is it important that we understand that our relationship with God is a covenant?

5. Read Deuteronomy 30:15-20. What are the choices Moses gives? How does this make you feel? How do you know which choice you’ve made - in other words, how do you know which road you are on?

6. God lets Moses see what is going to happen to the people of Israel in the future. Why does God allow MoSes to see such a heartbreaking vision?

7. According to Deut 30:1-5, what do we do when we have passively drifted away from God or actively violated his law?

8. How can God just forgive us and restore us and bless us when we’ve sinned? What about the curses He promised if we should sin? 

9. How would you answer someone who says, “ I can live like I want to. God will always forgive me?”

The Story - Week 11 (3.12.17)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Read Numbers 11.

  1. What is the Land Between? What is it like? Have you ever been i the Land Between? What was it like?

  2. When have you felt stuck in a place you did not want to be? What emotions do you feel? How are you tempted to complain?

  3. When have you found yourself with nothing left to give, and you thought, “I can’t carry this any longer. It is just too heavy?” What did you do?

  4. Share a time when God provided for you when you felt empty, burned out, confused. How did God meet your needs when you lacked something significant?

  5. Read Numbers 11:18-20, 31-34. What happened to the people because of their constant complaining against God? What is the difference between their complaints and Moses’ prayer?

  6. Share how you have grown as a result of spending time in the Land Between. What growth opportunities did you miss?

  7. Take some time to share encouraging words for those in the Land Between in your group. Pray for each other. Commit to walking with each other through unwelcome transitions.