Week of November 18th - Small Group Questions

CURRENT SERIES: A MATTER OF THE HEART  

SUNDAY’S MESSAGE: OUR HEARTS NEEDS SAVING

PRIMARY TEXT: PROVERBS 4:23, GENESIS 25-32

  • Read Genesis 25:19-34, 27:1-10 and 27:22-35. On two occasions, Jacob took something that wasn’t his to take? What did he take?  

  • What was significant about a birthright or a blessing in this culture? If the group is unsure, consider a Bible dictionary or a Google search.  

  • The birthright and blessing were of great value in Jacob’s day, yet they were not for him to take. We don’t exactly know why Jacob did it. What do you think was in his heart to plot and carry out such actions?  

  • The Bible is full of truly amazing stories. Read Genesis 32:22-32. Jacob wrestles with a man, yet it references God. Man or God, Jacob recognizes that this is a spiritual experience. What did Jacob receive from this encounter?  

  • Does anyone know what the name Jacob meant? My Bible footnote says, “he deceives”. His new name was Israel, he who struggles with God. What is the significance of this name change for Jacob?  

  • Read John 3:2-6 and II Corinthians 5:17. Like Jacob was given a new name, we are a new creation and given a new heart. What does your new heart look like? Consider your heart when you first became a Christian.  

  • How is Jesus still changing your heart?  

  • Take time to prayer as a group or in smaller groups thanking God for your new heart. In your time of prayer, consider the verses and stories you read tonight. 

Week of November 11th - Small Group Questions

CURRENT SERIES: A Matter of the Heart

Sunday’s Message: Life Flows From the Heart    

PRIMARY TEXT: Proverbs 4:23

  • What verse or point from Sunday’s message captured your attention?

  • Read Matthew 15:1-15. Summarize this passage in your own words.

  • Action reveals the heart. How does Jesus make that point in this passage?

  • Read Proverbs 4:23. How is this a universal truth? Explain or give some examples in our culture or daily life.  

  • What has positively affected your heart the most?

  • What do you think are the best ways for a person to guard their heart?

  • Have the group close their eyes and pray this prayer from Psalm 139:23-34 (The Message): “Investigate my life, O God, find out everything about me. Cross-examine and test me, get a clear picture of what I’m about. See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong— then guide me on the road to eternal life.” Give 5-10 minutes of silence for people to reflect on their own hearts.

  • Give time for people to share thoughts from this time of personal reflection.

Week of November 4th - Small Group Questions

CURRENT SERIES: How to Be Rich   

PRIMARY TEXT: I Timothy 6:18

  • On Sunday Cory explained the view of generosity in the culture when Jesus lived. Summarize how the people in Jesus’s day viewed generosity.

  • How would you describe generosity in today’s American culture?

  • Read Acts 2:41-47. Christians created a movement that was characterized by generosity and love. How is the Church doing today? Discuss how the Church (in US and worldwide) is doing at expressing generosity.

  • How would you say LSCC is doing?

  • How about you? As a part of LSCC and “the Church”, how do you play a part in “being” rich?

  • Last week the devotional provided an exercise called the Heart Exam. Does anyone have any insights or thoughts as you worked through this tool?

  • We concluded this series on Sunday. What one truth, scripture, principle or phrase that impacted you and that you hope to incorporate in your life as a result? Go around the room allowing each person to share.

Week of October 14th - Small Group Questions

CURRENT SERIES: Be Rich   

PRIMARY TEXT: I Timothy 6:17

  • When growing up, remember when you sat in a friend’s car, visited their house, saw their bike or new dress? We are perfectly content with what we have until we see what someone else has. Share a childhood story when you discovered that your friend had something really awesome.

  • Who is someone in your life who has modeled generosity?

  • Read I Timothy 6:17. What are the two warnings given in this verse? In society, where do you see rich treated better? The poor worse?

  • It is easy to trust in the gift over the giver. In small groups of 3-4 people, share with each other. If you find yourself not trusting in God, where are you tempted to put your trust?

  • In these smaller groups, each share 2-3 possessions that you are most thankful for. Describe to this group why you are so appreciative.  

  • Take 5-10 minutes to pray in smaller groups thanking God for the gifts He has given.

  • This series is about generosity. What attitudes stand in your way of being generous?

  • What area in your life or in a specific relationship can you be generous this week? If you get stuck, as a group brainstorm ways to be generous.

Week of October 7th - Small Group Questions

Current Series: Perfect Peace for a Perfect Storm  

This Sunday: Start With Praise

Primary Text: Philippians 4:4-9; 10-13, Genesis 15:1-6, II Chronicles 20:1-12

  • Discuss these statements. Fear sees a threat; anxiety imagines one.

  • Read II Chronicles 20:1-12. The king of Israel, Jehoshaphat, is in trouble. Discuss as a group the situation Israel finds itself in.

  • What was Jehoshaphat’s response? He saw the reality in front of him, but what else did he see?

  • At this point (verse 12), there is no response from the Lord. No promise given. Often times, we don’t receive a clear promise of a specific outcome.

  • Read Romans 8:28-29 and Philippians 4:4-9. Sometimes this is God’s response in the midst of our storm. When the storm rages in, what do these and other scriptures offer you?

  • When we see a storm in someone else’s life, faith can be easier to have. Who is someone in your life who is in the middle of a storm? Are there any ways in which you can support them? Be careful not to convince them but support and love them. Maybe they need to lean on your faith for a time and your presence (because of Christ in you) provides peace.

  • Take some extended time to pray for those in a storm. Is there a practical way your group can support someone going through a significant trial?

Week of September 30th - Small Group Questions

Current Series: Perfect Peace for a Perfect Storm  

This Sunday: Get Some Peace    

Primary Text: Philippians 4:4-9, Mark 4:35-41

  • How is this message series impacting you? What verse or truth does God keep bringing to you?

  •  Read Philippians 4:4-9. When reading some passages of scripture, the benefit or blessing is shared followed by a command. Sometimes it’s the opposite? What is the command and benefit principle in this passage?

  • In order to release worry to God, what belief needs to be present in one’s heart?

  • What are the best practices or habits that bring you back to a place of surrender?

  • Who is someone in your life who lives in peace? Peace seems to overflow in their lives.

  • Share current examples where you are struggling with peace. Allow everyone who wants to share to do so. Then move onto the next exercise.

  • Share with each other verses that bring about peace to your soul. Look them up and read them. Reflect on how reading these passages change your mind and body. Be specific.

Week of September 23rd - Small Group Questions

Perfect Peace for a Perfect Storm

This Sunday: Worry & Others   

Primary Text: Genesis 21:9-20; I Kings 17:7-16

  • Is there someone in your life who worries about you? If so, what do they worry about?

  • Read Genesis 21:9-20. What surprises you most about this story?

  • What do you learn about God in this story?

  • When was the last time God reminded you that He cares for you and that He has you?

  • What recent or current circumstance threatens the truth of how God sees you?

  • Are there children or other people in your life who you worry about? How did God speak to you that during the message on Sunday?

  • Spend some time praying for others and releasing them into God’s hands. Pray for the individuals who are wrapped up in worry over their loved ones and the lessons He has for them during this time.

Week of September 16th - Small Group Questions

Current Series: Perfect Peace in a Perfect Storm  

This Sunday: Get Out of the Cave  

Primary Text: I Kings 19:1-9

  • (Excerpt from Devotional – Day 1) Read 1 Kings 19:1-3 Elijah was afraid, and he ran. We might look at the story and think he had every reason to run since someone wanted to kill him. Fear isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It alerts us of danger and can motivate us to respond appropriately. Elijah was warned and he responded by fleeing to safety; so far, so good. But what happens next? Read the verses again, but this time, continue through verse 4. That escalated quickly! Instead of allowing fear to do the work of warning and motivating, Elijah let his fear completely redefine and shape his perspective. He moved from running to protect his life to wanting to give up his life. Notice he even begins believing a false narrative, “I am no better than my ancestors, I can’t go on.”

  • How can you relate? Has there been a situation in your life when worry took over?  

  • Read verses 5-9. It appears that lack of sleep and food contributed to Elijah’s state of mind. Besides these two factors, what circumstances can turn people toward negativity, judgment, worry, control, etc?   

  • What are common triggers for you?

  • After some food and sleep, Elijah could get out of the cave? What needed practices (practical and spiritual) are important for you to maintain faith and perspective? Go around the room and everyone share.

  • What activity or habit would you love to build into your routine and know it would help you?

  • How could you take a step towards it? How could you practice it?

Week of September 9th - Small Group Questions

Current Series: Perfect Peace in a Perfect Storm  

This Sunday: Get Under God’s Hand

Primary Text: Isaiah 26:3, I Peter 5:5-11

  • In the past year, what have been your 1-2 biggest stresses/challenges?
  • Read I Peter 5:5-11. What attitude or virtue is Peter calling for us to put on when we experience anxiety?
  • Why is humility important when you are facing anxiety?
  • Is there a current challenge or stress in your life?
  • What are 1-2 practical ways you can humble yourself in the midst of this life challenge?
  • Sometimes, God parts the seas. Sometimes He offers an umbrella in the midst of the storm. And there are times, He builds character when the storm doesn’t seem to be letting up. For those facing a current life struggle, where are you seeing God’s might hand?
  • Does anyone need some support? How can the group support those going through a difficult time?  
  • Do you have a family member, friend or co-worker who has clinical anxiety or depression? These are real issues that may not be solved solely by prayer and scripture. How can you gain further understanding and be of greater support to someone who deals with one of these issues?  

Summer Guide - Developing Small Group Questions

Since many groups break from regular meetings during the summer, we will not be providing weekly small group discussion questions. However, if your group does want to meet, review the message and discuss, here are a few tips in making your own questions.

1. Generate 1-2 intro questions. The kinds of questions that get people talking, sharing personal experiences. These questions help the group to relate and understand one another.

2. Take time to read the scripture used in the message or find related scriptures.

3. Review the message outline. Consider the 2-3 main points of the message. Come up with two types of questions. The first type offers discussion on the meaning, the truth, or insight gained from a point or scripture. The second are application questions. What are we going to do about it? Sometimes people don’t want to get specific. However model by sharing personal application yourself. As a small group, it is the goal to grow in our faith and surrender to Christ, which is often practiced in loving and serving others. 

4. See posts from previous weeks. Scroll down to see the format of the questions.

5. Start the process by inviting God into it. Coming up with questions can be a spiritual exercise in of itself. You may find you grow more in preparing questions. That would be awesome!

Week of May28th - Small Group Questions

Current Series: A Call to Courage

This Sunday: A Call to Courage

Primary Text: Joshua 1:6, I Samuel 17, Judges 6, Acts 4

  •  What is the most courageous feat you’ve done or witnessed firsthand?  
  • Jack shared three biblical stories on Sunday. David and Goliath (1 Sam. 17), Gideon and Midian (Judges 6), and Peter and the Sanhedrin (Acts 4). Choose one story. Read and review the message notes from Sunday. Then discuss as a group.
  1. Why do we need courage?
  2. How do we lose courage?
  3. Where do we find courage?
  • What is your giant right now? What one insight you can take with you as you face your giant?

 

Week of May20th - Small Group Questions

Current Series: Communion      

This Sunday: Jesus’s Invitation

Primary Text: Exodus 12; I Corinthians 11:23-34; Luke 22:24 / John 13:34-35

  •  Read Exodus 12:1-14, 31,32 the story of the Passover. Discuss the physical deliverance the Israelites were freed from.
  • It’s no wonder that the disciples during the Passover had the minds on a physical deliverance. Talk as a group how the disciples and people of that day would have to unlearn or be open to a different kind of deliverance.  
  • Is there a circumstance where you prayed for some kind of deliverance but God showed up in a different way?
  • Jesus says, “Do this in remembrance of me.” What does Jesus’s spiritual deliverance mean in your life?
  • Communion is a practice done with others. When we identify with Jesus, we seek to follow Jesus. Read John 13:34-35.We cannot follow Jesus without loving others. Is there someone you are finding it difficult to love? Share in small groups of 2-3 and pray for these situations.

Week of May13th - Small Group Questions

Current Series: Mother’s Day     

This Sunday: This Time I will Praise Him

Primary Text: Genesis 29-30; I Samuel 1

  • Recall the message from two weeks ago on Senioritis. How does that message relate to the message Amy shared on Sunday?
  • Read Genesis 29:15-35; 30:19-20. Leah was stuck in a current reality searching for fulfillment in a future season. Her “future” fulfillment was children to achieve the love of a husband. Where are you stuck right now? What angst, frustration, disappointment or grief nags at you?
  • How long have you wrestled in this current reality?
  • How have you attempted to achieve peace or fulfillment?
  • What is your current attempt to achieve peace or fulfillment?
  • How do you know if your attempt is how God wants you to achieve peace/resolution?
  • Spend time in silent prayer for each other. Then pray out loud for one another. Seek to find rest and direction as you wait to find clarity.  In the midst of waiting, can you pray, “this time I will praise Him”?

Week of May 6th - Small Group Questions

May 6th

Current Series: Reactions to the Resurrection    

This Sunday: Senioritis

Primary Text: Acts 1:4-9

  • Discuss the message from Sunday. What is one point you remember?
  • Did you have “Senioritis” when you where in high school or college? Do you have a son or daughter, or someone else in your life who has caught the Senioritis bug?
  • Read Acts 1:4-9. Jesus told His disciples to wait for the gift of the Holy Spirit who will help them during the next season. What was the question from the disciples?
  • Did the disciples have an accurate picture of the future? Was it the same as Jesus’?
  • Briefly share a time when your picture of the future was not accurate. Life didn’t go how you planned.
  • In thinking about the future, we can get stuck in a current reality. This season doesn’t matter because I’m off to the next one. What are the dangers in this thinking? List 4-5.
  • In same sex groups of 3-4, answer these questions. Are you stuck in a current reality longing for a different future?
  • If you are, what is the danger for you?
  • What might be 2-3 lessons God may want to teach you in this season?
  • Pray for one another.

 

Week of April 29th - Small Group Questions

Current Series: Reactions to the Resurrection    

This Sunday: Comparison  

Primary Text: Luke 24:1-12, 24:36-41; John 20:29 and Matthew 5:4-7:27  

  • Discuss the message from Sunday. What is one point you remember from the message? 
  • Where were you when….talk about where you where and what your response was when a significant national (9/11, JFK shot, Challenger exploded, etc) event occurred? How did the event affect you?
  • Now consider an event where you were personally involved. Briefly share (1-2 minutes) of a significant personal event in your life. Go back around the room and describe how this event changed in one way.
  • Read Luke 24:13-35. Discuss how these men were affected by the news in Jerusalem of Jesus death.  
  • How did that event change for them after they encountered the risen Jesus?
  • Read Matthew 5:1-12. Instead of reading these as rules to follow, consider these verses as an invitation into the Kingdom. An invitation from Jesus to come and see – to follow Him. Have everyone pick out one verse that speaks to them. Share with the group.
  • Buddy up in the group. Write down each other’s verse and follow up sometime during the week. Has your buddy had an opportunity to practice this verse?
  • How has following Jesus increased your faith in Him?

Week of April 22nd - Small Group Questions

Current Series: Reactions to the Resurrection    

This Sunday: Brokenness  

Primary Text: John 18:1-5, 15-18, 25-27, John 21, Matt. 27:3-10  

  • Discuss the message from Sunday. What is one point God stirred in you?
  • Read the passages in Matthew 26 and 27 that pertain to Judas. List his actions. Consider his motivations.
  • Read the passages in John 18 and 21 pertaining to Peter. List his actions. Consider his motivations.
  • What do we learn about human nature from these two men? What do we learn about brokenness?
  • We can list the reasons that can lead someone to brokenness. What are common thoughts, emotions and actions that can lead us to remain broken? …to jump away from Jesus?
  • How about the other direction. Jumping toward Jesus as Peter did led him to forgiveness and restoration. What do you think propelled Peter to move toward Jesus?
  • Read Matt. 5:3-10 and 2 Cor. 12:8-10. Jesus says there is beauty in our weakness, poverty and meekness. He says that those who embrace these qualities will receive his Kingdom. Read aloud Matt. 5:3-10 again. Spend time in prayer asking God to show up in our lives through these qualities. Share and confess where you seek to guard and protect yourselves from exposing these “weak” qualities. Pray with faith that God would bless each of you as you surrender yourselves to Him.

Week of April 15th - Small Group Questions

Current Series: Reactions to the Resurrection    

This Sunday: Pursuit

Primary Text: John 20:1-18

  • Discuss the message from Sunday. What is one point that you took from the message?
  • Give an example where you or someone you know has been in pursuit of someone or something. What qualities are present when one pursues?
  • Mary Magdalene pursued Jesus. In life and in his death, she pursued him. She enjoyed being in His presence. She was a better person because she was around Him. Think of someone you enjoy. What are 3-4 reasons why you enjoy being around this person?
  • Read John 20:1-2, 11-18. Mary is filled with emotion and grief because of Her closeness to Him. What are the most personal, the most significant reasons you pursue Jesus?  
  • Do you recall Cory’s Next Step Challenge? 60 minutes pursuing Jesus. If you have started the challenge, share your experience with the group. What have you done? Did you meet Jesus through your time with Him?
  • If you have pursued Jesus this week, what is one way you are different because of it?  

Week of April 8th - Small Group Questions

Current Series: Reactions to the Resurrection    

This Sunday: Doubt

Primary Text: John 20:24-31  

  • Discuss the message from Sunday. What is one point that you took from the message.
  • Read John 20:24-31. What did Jesus say to Thomas when he appeared to him?
  • Share a time when you had a lot of doubt – was it over a big decision or was it directed at God? Explain to the group.
  • Jesus welcomes out doubts. He invites us to bring them to him. Yet we all have a choice to approach God or abandon God. Notice what Jesus tells Thomas after He has answered his doubts.
  • Jesus welcomes the doubts. Yet he also calls us to trust Him. How can we demonstrate trust while sorting out doubt?  
  • Who in your life is experiencing doubt? What can you do to help them in their doubt?
  • Quickly list out people in our lives and the doubt they are in the middle of. Pray for each of them.

Week of April 1st - Small Group Questions

Current Series: It Is Finished   

This Sunday: Part 2

Primary Text: John 19:30

  • Discuss the message from Sunday. What is one point that you took from the message.
  • Define atonement. Describe it as if you were explaining it to a 12 year old taking out the complicated words.
  • What do we need to believe about ourselves for atonement affect us in a significant way?
  • Why do you need atonement in your own life?
  • Atonement doesn’t mean much when we minimize sin. How have you minimized your own sin in the past?
  • What does atonement mean for you today? How do you treat your family, co-workers, friends differently because of this belief?  
  • Take some time to celebrate the message of Easter. Consider communion, singing a hymn, listening to a song, spending time in prayer focusing on praising Him.

Week of March 25th - Small Group Questions

Current Series: It Is Finished   

This Sunday: Part 1

Primary Text: Psalm 23

  • Discuss the message from Sunday. What is one point that you took from the message.
  • Read Isaiah 53. As you read, think about Jesus reading these verses. What might have been some responses that Jesus may have had?
  • As we approach Good Friday and Easter Sunday, respond to Isaiah 53:5, 7, 9, 10.
  • Discuss the story of Amy’s father needing surgery. What lesson did Amy and her father learn from it?
  • What delay are you in right now? Is God teaching you something through it?
  • Is anyone going to the Passion Experience? Pray for this event and for Easter Sunday. Pray for believers experiencing Easter once again. Pray for those who are distance from God.