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August 2017

Special Video - Andy Stanley "Not In Vain"

This week's message was from this video by Andy Stanley entitled "Not In Vain."

After watching the full video, here are some questions to think about this week.

Day 1: What do you think of Andy's key point? Is there a way to share that key point with someone today?

Day 2: Was there some point or piece of information that you reacted to with - "I've never thought about that before in that way?"

Day 3: What part of the message really challenged you?  Is there something you might be able to do today to overcome that challenge?

Day 4:  Was there a part of the message that made you think - "I really wish I could talk to Andy about XYZ.  I think I understand what he is saying but I'm still a little confused."  Since you probably can't talk to Andy, is this a good topic to discuss with your Life Group?

Day 5: Andy's message was built around 1 Corinthians 15:58.  As you re-read the verse what stands out to you?

Day 6: Where do you think in today's modern world the Cross of the Church will be displayed in the same way the Cross of the Church is being displayed at the Roman Colosseum?

Andy Stanley's North Point Community Church is based near Atlanta, GA.

Risen: How We Know Easter Happened


Day 1: Read 1 Corinthians 15:3. As Paul says, “Christ died for our sins.” What if Jesus’ death is the end of the story? If there is no resurrection? What does that mean for the Christian faith today? For your faith? (SPOILER ALERT: He did rise again!)

Day 2: Read 1 Corinthians 15:4. Risen suggests this problem with the empty tomb on the first Easter. Where’s the body? Everyone saw Him die. The body was put in a tomb; a tomb that was sealed, no less. The problem is now that tomb is empty, and there are some who say He’s risen from the dead. The facts are clear; the man was dead, He was buried in the tomb, and now the tomb is empty.

How does Paul’s story bring clarity to the Risen movie problem of an empty tomb?

Why is “according to Scripture” such an important part of the Easter story?

When did you first come to know the Easter story? What does that story mean for your life today?

Day 3: Read John 20:18. Mary Magdalene is the first of Jesus’ followers to see Him. In the movie, Risen, she says, “I’m already free.” How does Jesus resurrection set you free today? What situation are you facing today that you need to remind yourself that Christ has set you free?

Day 4: Read 1 Corinthians 15:20. If Jesus is the firstfruits of those raised from the dead, what does that mean for our lives? For Bartholomew in Risen, part of that fruit is joy! How does Easter bring you joy? What other fruit does Jesus’ resurrection bring to you today? What do you need it to bring to you today?

Day 5: Read 1 Corinthians 15:21-22. Eternal life is the gift. Joy is the byproduct of that gift. Guilt does not get the final word, Jesus’ grace does. Shame does not get the final word, our Savior does. He who died and rose again paid for our sins and gives us life. Adam brings sin and death. Jesus brings salvation and life. Take time today to give thanks to God for the gifts Jesus brings, especially the great gift of Himself!

Day 6: Read John 20:30-31. John describes why we have the 4 gospel accounts in these verses. Clavius in Risen telling the story of his experience with Jesus says that he will never be the same. His life has been changed. How has Jesus changed your life? How is He changing your life? Who are you praying for to know this great message of eternal life Jesus brings? .

You can GO DEEPER this week by reading the book The Case for Easter by Lee Strobel.

You can also listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS.

Hidden Figures: Using Your God-given Talents


Day 1: Read Ephesians 2:14. Why is prejudice such a barrier builder to relationships? Why is Jesus so passionate to make the two one?  

Day 2: Read Ephesians 2:13. Where have you seen Jesus at work across “cultural barriers”? What “cultural barriers” might Jesus want to make a bridge in your life?

Day 3: Read Ephesians 2:17-18. Jesus gets us there together or we don’t get there at all. How does knowing we don’t get there by effort, we get there by Jesus, motivating us to reach out to others? What’s holding you back from reaching out for Jesus?

Day 4: Read Ephesians 2:15-16. The color of Christ’s blood that paid for our sins is the same no matter what. Christ’s blood is our common bond. What “differences” do you need to see differently?

Day 5: Read Ephesians 2:21-22. God gave you talents to join people together in Christ. How have you used them? Are you using them? Will you use them in the week ahead?

Day 6: Read Ephesians 2:14. No matter the obstacles, run the race. Hidden Figures reminds us to overcome the obstacles before us because of the greater good. Paul, this week in Ephesians, has challenged us to overcome the obstacles that divide us, to be part of how Jesus desires to make us all one. As you look back over the past week, what hidden prejudices have been revealed? What hidden possibilities to be part of reaching people for Jesus have been revealed?

You can GO DEEPER this week by reading the book Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly.

You can also listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS.

Beauty And The Beast: Love’s Resurrection Power


“What if all the great stories that have ever moved you, brought you joy or tears – what if they are telling you something about the true Story into which you were born, the Epic into which you have been cast?” – John Eldredge, Epic: The Story God is Telling

Day 1: Read 2 Corinthians 15:14. Beauty and the Beast speaks of the growing power of compelled love. What pulls you to live for yourself? How do you know Christ’s love compels you to live for God? For others?

Day 2: Read 2 Corinthians 5:15. Belle’s sacrifice to set her father free lets the Beast see that true love involves sacrifice. Along with Jesus, where have you seen examples of sacrificial love? How can you be an example of sacrificial love to “the beasts” in your life?

Day 3: Read 2 Corinthians 5:16. Belle’s sacrifice for her father moves the Beast to risk his life to save her, and later to risk his life never changing, by letting her go free. Sometimes love means letting go. Where might God’s love be calling you to let go? How do Paul’s words in this verse describe a love that let's go in his day and our day?

Day 4: Read 2 Corinthians 5:17. Belle’s gift of love brings transformation to the Beast and to his enslaved servants. How have you seen love change someone? How has God’s love changed you?

Day 5: Read 2 Corinthians 5:20. How does the image of ambassador describe what God wants you to be and to do each day?

Day 6: Read 2 Corinthians 5:21. How does Paul answer the question – “who could ever learn to love a beast?” Where do you find it easy to love the beast? Challenging?

You can GO DEEPER this week by reading the book Epic: The Story God is Telling by John Eldredge.

You can also listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS.