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Week 6

May 23, A Partner in God's Mission

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Better Together Life Group Series Week 6: A Partner in God's Mission

1. What stood out to you from this week’s video? What connections do you see between the video and Sunday’s message? What are your thoughts on this week’s metaphor?

2. Our Greek word for this week is “ekklesia” once again. In week 1, we learned that the primary meaning of this word is “a gathering of believers.” This time we are focusing on the nuances of its more literal translation of “the called out ones.” How does being “called out” by God make you feel?

3. It is clear throughout Scripture that God desires to partner with humans to accomplish his redemptive mission. Name some Biblical stories where we see God partnering with people to accomplish his purposes. Now, take some time to go and look at some of those biblical accounts. What characteristics/traits did the human partners possess that made them good partners? Did everything always go perfectly? Is partnering with God more about being willing or more about what we do?

4. The ultimate expression of God partnering with humans is found in the life of Jesus. He was fully-God and fully-man. How does Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection change our ability as humans to successfully partner with God?

5. Take time to discuss how each weekly topic (worshipping together, being a part of the flock/receiving shepherding, being a part of the body/using our gifts, pursuing holiness together, and being part of a family) found in the local church can work together and function as tools that help us partner with God.

6. Read Acts 1:6-8, 3:1-9. What we have in Christ and in the Church is too good to keep to ourselves, but we often find it intimidating to share our faith. What can we learn from this passage about witnessing to others? What is one thing you could do to help you share your faith more boldly?

7. What is your biggest takeaway from this series? What is your next step to take when it comes to being a part of the local church?

8. Take time to pray for one another and pray for our church as we conclude this series.

Week 5

May 16, A Pursuit of Holiness

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Better Together Life Group Series Week 5: A Pursuit of Holiness

1. What stood out to you from this week’s video? What connections do you see between the video and Sunday’s message? What are your thoughts on this week’s metaphor?

2. The Greek words for “holy” and “holiness” denote being purified, cherished, sanctified, and consecrated. How do you feel about the idea of holiness/being a saint? Do you think that you are holy?

3. Read Isaiah 6:1-8. What does this passage tell us about holiness? Is it something that is given or earned? Have you been living your life as if you have to earn your salvation? Why or why not?

4. In the video, Cody referred to a “continual sanctification” that continues after our initial salvation. Why is it necessary that we continue to be progressively sanctified?

5. Read Romans 12:1-2, Hebrews 12:14-15, and 1 Peter 1:13-16, 2:1-3. These verses present the idea that we are to pursue our sanctification both passively (allowing God to change us) and actively (consciously changing ourselves to meet God’s standards). How do we strike a balance between both passive and active sanctification?

6. Read 2 Timothy 1:9. What would change about your life if you believed that your calling isn’t so much about WHAT you do, but about WHO you are becoming?

7. Why is it that pursuing holiness is best done together? What connections do you see between this week’s topic and the previous 4 weeks?

8. Take time to pray for one another.

Week 4

May 9, A Part of the Family

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Better Together Life Group Series Week 4: A Piece of the Puzzle

1. What stood out to you from this week’s video? What connections do you see between the video and Sunday’s message? What are your thoughts on this week’s metaphor?

2. What name did your mother call you by when you were in trouble?

3. How have you experienced “family” within the context of the church? Who were some of your “spiritual mothers and fathers?”

4. Our Greek word this week is “patria.” Do you see others as being “of the father?” How would being more conscious of this impact your daily interactions?

5. Read Romans 12:9-21. The church is made up of imperfect people that come from very diverse backgrounds. How do we achieve unity while still appreciating this diversity?

6. Read John 13:34-35. We are called to love another. But is it possible to love too much? How do we balance this command to love with last week’s topic of pursuing sanctification together?

7. Who are you currently trying to encourage and influence for Christ?

8. Do you feel like you are contributing to our church functioning the way a family should? Why or why not? What is one step you could take to help our church function even better as a family?

9. Take time to pray for one another.

Week 3

May 2, SERVING ONE ANOTHER IN THE BODY OF CHRIST

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Better Together Life Group Series Week 3: A Piece of the Puzzle

1. What stood out to you from this week’s video? What connections do you see between the video and Sunday’s message? What are your thoughts on this week’s metaphor?

2. Read Ephesians 4:1-16. In what ways is using our gifts connected to worshipping together (week1) and receiving shepherding (week 2)? What else stands out to you from this passage?

3. Pastor Mark shared on Sunday how easy it is for our culture's selfish (It’s all about me and what I want), consumer mindset to bleed over into the local church. But as we grow in Christ, we will become spiritual contributors, rather than spiritual consumers. Where did you land on the consumer-to-contributor scale? What contributed to your number?

4. Do you feel like you have a good handle on “your fit” in the Body of Christ? How are you using your gifts and talents to serve?

5. Our Greek word this week is “soma.” How have you experienced both safety and the action of saving that comes with being a part of the Body?

6. A good way to learn more about our gifts and what we have to offer is to hear it from others that care about us, especially if we are uncertain of what our gifts are. Take a few minutes to speak life into each other and encourage one another to use the gifts you see in their life. What gifts do you see in the lives of those in your life group?

7. Let’s dream big together. We don’t want to put God in a box. If you could do anything for God’s Kingdom what would it be? What is one step you could take to make that dream a reality?

8. Take time to pray for one another.

Week 2

April 25 FLOCK

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Better Together Life Group Series Week 2: A Part of the Flock

1. What stood out to you from this week’s video? What connections do you see between the video and Sunday’s message? What are your thoughts on this week’s metaphor?

2. How do feel about Cody’s assessment that we are all sheep? Is it possible to not follow something?

3. Read John 10:1-19. What observations do you make from this passage in connection with our video? What are the attributes of a good shepherd? Why do you think Jesus’ statement was so divisive?

4. Read Psalm 23 again. When we are following the right shepherd, what are results that we can expect in our lives based on this passage?

5. Jesus is the ultimate shepherd, but we also receive shepherding from our church elders which is critical for our spiritual growth. Our Greek (and bonus Hebrew word) for this week revealed shepherding to mean someone that provides guidance, direction, and leadership, but also a special friendship. Who in your life, inside the church or outside the church, has functioned as an earthly shepherd for you? What has the relationship meant for your spiritual growth?

6. Shepherding is another key element of the local church, but receiving shepherding requires humility on our part. Are you willing to be shepherded? Why or why not? If not, what might you need to change in order to get the most out church?

7. Take time to pray for one another.

Week 1

April 18 Learning to Love the Local Church

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Better Together Life Group Series Week 1: A Place to Call Home

1. What stood out to you from this week’s video? What connections do you see between the video and Sunday’s message? What are your thoughts on this week’s metaphor of comparing the church to a home construction?

2. Do you believe that the local church is still relevant in today’s culture? Why or why not?

3. All churches need to be built on the same foundation, which is Jesus. But churches should have other traits in common too. Read Acts 2:42-47. What are the “bones” that churches need to have in common? Is there anything else that isn’t mentioned in this passage that you would add?

4. Our Greek word this week is ekklesia, meaning a gathering of believers. Cody discussed the idea that private worship does not directly lead to a closer relationship with God. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Read Hebrews 10:24-25. How can worshipping together rather than alone bring us closer to God and closer together as a church?

5. If it is up to the members of a church to make the church feel like a home, what are some practical ways that you can help make our church feel more like a home?

6. Read Psalm 92:12-15. Why should we desire to be “planted in the house of the Lord?” What is the result of choosing to put down roots in the local church?

7. In order to get the most out of the local church it is crucial that we commit ourselves to worshipping together. Pastor Mark said on Sunday that the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. But the second best time is today. Do you feel that you are rooted and planted in the church? If not, what is one way you could begin to plant yourself in our church?

8. Take time to pray for one another.