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Week 8

November 15th - Wise Planning In A Volatile World

If you haven't gotten a chance, catch the sermon before attending your Life Group.

Starter: Share a time where God clearly provided for you in a way you did not expect?

Discussion Starter Video

Discussion Guide

1. Welcome everyone and open with prayer.

2. Play the discussion starter video (www.brandywinechurch.org/different)

3. Is there a time in your life that you’ve hoarded something? Share your thoughts.

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with whatever you have, because God has said, ‘I will never leave you and I will never abandon you.” Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)

4. Read Hebrews 13:5.

Discuss the difference between saving and hoarding. How does the difference impact your thinking? Ÿ Go to the ANT…consider its ways and be wise!" Proverbs 6:6 (NIV) Ÿ

“Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer.” Proverbs 30:25 (NIV) Ÿ

“God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus”  Phil 4:19 (NIV)

5. Read Proverbs 6:6, 30:25 & Phil. 4:19 above.

These Scriptures can appear to contradict one another. There are some Christians who consider “wise planning,” and “preparing for the future” as a lack of faith or not trusting in God’s provision. Share how “faith” and “preparedness” can go together.

6. Pastor Mark shared that one of the reasons why people are motivated to hoard is out of fear for their security. Why is fear so detrimental to our faith in Christ? Share how God has helped you overcome fear during these uncertain times.

7. The ant gathers her food because she knows there is coming a time when she will need it. Several months ago, all of us experienced a lockdown with restrictions due to Covid-19. With proper balance, and not motivated out of fear, what are some wise and practical things we can do to plan ahead for emergencies? What certain items do you like to keep on hand?

“Tell people to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and should give happily to those in need, always ready to share with others whatever God has given them. By doing this they are storing up real treasure for themselves in heaven--it is the only safe investment for eternity! And they will be living a fruitful Christian life down here as well.” 1 Timothy 6:18-19 (LB)

8. Read 1 Timothy 6:18-19. According to this verse, what is the benefit of giving generously to help others? What might you be able to give to others during tough times--financially or any other way?

“The wise man saves for the future, but the foolish man spends whatever he gets.” Proverbs 21:20 (LB)

9. Read Proverbs 21:20. What are some specific things you can do to save money this week?

10. Discuss details on your Life Group Outreach and close by praying for each other’s needs.

11. Congratulations on finishing the 8 week “Different” series together! Groups will kick off again the first week of February.

 

Week 7

November 8th - Facing Opposition In A Hostile World

If you haven't gotten a chance, catch the sermon before attending your Life Group.

Starter: Share a time where God clearly provided for you in a way you did not expect?

Discussion Starter Video

Discussion Guide

1. Open with Prayer and watch opening video 

“Anyone who belongs to Christ Jesus and wants to live right will have trouble from others.” 2 Timothy 3:12 (CEV)

2. Read 2 Timothy 3:12 above. Why should we expect opposition as a believer? Share an occasion when you faced opposition for something you believed in.

3. Read John 15:18-20 and 1 Peter 1:7. How can opposition make believers more like Jesus? How can it deepen our faith? “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” John 12:24 (NASB)

4. Read John 12:24 above. Christians in large numbers around the world face persecution for their faith every moment. How is the opposition we face as Christians in America different than other Christians around the world? What are things we can do to stand with persecuted Christians around the world? “It is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Instead, thank God for privilege of being called by His name!” 1 Peter 4:16 (NLT)

5. Read 1 Peter 4:16 above. As America becomes more increasingly an anti-Christian nation, share why we as believers should consider it a blessing to stand up for or be persecuted for Jesus?

“Stay away from stupid and senseless arguments. These only lead to trouble. God’s servants must never quarrel. (Instead) be kind to everyone… and be patient. Be humble when you correct people who oppose you…. They’ve been trapped by the devil, and he makes them obey Him, but God may help them escape.” 2 Timothy 2:23-26 (CEV)

6. What can we learn from 2 Timothy 2:23-26 above about handling opposition to faith in Christ? How do these verses say we should witness to others, and how might this approach help those who are trapped by the devil?

Jesus: “LOVE your enemies! DO GOOD to those who hate you. BLESS those who curse you. PRAY for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn the other cheek.” Luke 6:27b-29a (NLT)

APPLICATION: Read Luke 6:27-29 above. It is not human nature to respond as Jesus calls us to! This kind of love is not normal. Yet it’s what makes us DIFFERENT from the world. God wants us to practice overcoming evil with good. This kind of love is impossible to do without the help of the Holy Spirit. Take a moment and pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Ask God to make you victorious each day to respond like Jesus. Pray to be filled to the brim with God’s love and peace – particularly with your enemies. Make this part of your regular prayers as you pray for those who have hurt you.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for the hope you give us amidst opposition to our faith. We know we will face trouble from others for believing in you, but we pray that we can use this trouble to deepen our faith and become more like Jesus. Help me to be victorious each day to respond like you Jesus. I know this is impossible to do without your help. I ask you to empty me of me and to fill me with your Holy Spirit. I pray that you would give me the power to love my enemies, Do good to those who hate me, BLESS those who curse me, and to PRAY for those who hurt me. In Jesus name, amen.

 

Week 6

November 1st - Living On Mission

If you haven't gotten a chance, catch the sermon before attending your Life Group.

Starter: Share a time where God clearly provided for you in a way you did not expect?

Discussion Starter Video

Discussion Guide

1. Open with prayer and watch the discussion starter video together.

2. What is your salvation story? Who shared the Gospel with you?

3. Pastor Paul reminded us that “Living on mission is about who we are, not just something we occasionally do”. What does that mean to you? How have you begun to live more that way?

4. Read 1 Peter 2:9-12.
Peter reminds us that we belong to Jesus and our true identity is found in Him. What are other places you have put your identity at times?
Peter also says our honorable conduct and good deeds ought to stand out in the world. What are you already doing that not just tells, but shows people God’s goodness?

5. Read Revelation 7:9-11. What does this passage stir in your heart?

6. If the mission of God is that the worship of God and the mercy of God would be everywhere, then how are you currently living for that mission?

7. Read Luke 4:18 & John 17:18. Where has Jesus sent you to carry out his mission?

8. Our vision for every member to live on mission is that we would all see ourselves as “Ordinary People, Empowered by God, Making a Difference Wherever We Are.” What does that mean to you? Are you encouraged and/or challenged by that?

9. What Service and Outreach opportunity are you doing as a group and/or personally?

10. Take time to pray for each other’s concerns and needs, our church, and our mission in the world.

 

Week 5

October 25th - Purity In An Impure World

If you haven't gotten a chance, catch the sermon before attending your Life Group.

Starter: Share a time where God clearly provided for you in a way you did not expect?

Discussion Starter Video

Discussion Guide

1. Welcome everyone and open with Prayer

2. Play the discussion starter video and choose a discussion starter question:

     • What did you do in your childhood just to fit in?

     • What is something from the sermon or video that stands out to you?

3. God’s call to us in 1 Peter 1:16 is “Be holy because I am holy”. What comes to mind when you think of holiness or purity? How would you define it?

4. Read Ephesians 4:17-32 and Col 3:1-17. How would you describe the most important ways God asks us to be different?

5. In your work or social environment, where do you find yourself trying to fit in?

6. What are some of the ways we get bombarded with impurity?

7. What are some examples of ways we have watered down God’s standard for holiness?

8. On the other hand, can you think of anything we have added to the scripture that has nothing to do with real holiness?

9. Read 2 Cor 5:6-10. Like Peter, one of Paul’s motives for living a life pleasing to God was the knowledge that Christ will evaluate him for reward (not salvation). Is that something you have thought much about? Should we think more about it?

10. How is humility and God’s grace in Jesus the pathway to true holiness?

11. We want to encourage every group to do something to reach out and serve others! Read through the attached outreach and service idea’s and discuss which ones your group could do. Elect someone to go to the tables in the gym next Sunday, Nov 1, to get info/sign the group up for one of them.

Close by praying for each others needs and for his empowerment to be holy as he is holy

 

Week 4

October 18th - Faith In A Fearful World

If you haven't gotten a chance, catch the sermon before attending your Life Group.

Starter: Share a time where God clearly provided for you in a way you did not expect?

Discussion Starter Video

Discussion Guide

1. Welcome everyone and open with prayer 2.

2. Timothy 1:7 says: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Our topic this week is “Faith in a Fearful World.” Take a few minutes to watch the discussion starter video and then pick one of the starter questions below: What’s the funniest fear you’ve ever heard of? What’s your most irrational fear?

3. In John 14:27 Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you." Peace is our possession. We don’t fight to get peace, but we do fight to keep it. What is the main thing coming after your peace right now?

4. Read Philippians 4:6-7. Share a very difficult time or season in your life when you sensed God’s peace transcend all understanding. Read Mark 4:35-41.

Pastor Mark shared Three Facts to Remember When Life Rocks Our Boat:

Jesus is still in your boat

5. What are some specific things we can do to daily experience Jesus in our boat?

Jesus is still in control

6. What is the one thing you need to declare Jesus’ control over?

Jesus is still up to something good (Faith grows best in uncharted waters)

7. What are some “good things” you believe God is going to bring out of this difficult season that our country is in?

8. What’s one step of faith you want to take this week? What would you have to trust God with to take it?

9. Take time to pray for each other’s need and close with the prayer below:

Dear Jesus, thank You for being so much more powerful than our fears. Thank You that we can rest in the knowledge that You will sustain our hearts and minds through every challenge we face. We declare that you are still in our boat. We declare that you are still in control. And we declare that you are still up to something good. We trust that You are still powerful enough to proclaim: “Peace be still.” Amen.

 

Week 3

October 11th - Unity In A Divisive World

If you haven't gotten a chance, catch the sermon before attending your Life Group.

Starter: Share a time where God clearly provided for you in a way you did not expect?

Discussion Starter Video

Discussion Guide

1. Open with prayer and the week 3 “Discussion Starter Video”. ( If your group wants to do the Ramsey plus “Jump Start” video’s together, you can play the next video, have a little discussion, and then watch the Week 3 Discussion starter video after that.)

 

2. Read the following verses:
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:3 (NIV)

“I appeal [beg, urge, plead] to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.”

1 Corinthians 1:10 (NLT)

In what ways have you experienced division in your own life? How has that division affected you?

 

3. Have someone read the following verse from John 17: “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in Me through their message. 21 I pray that they will all be one, just as You and I are one....May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that You sent Me and that You love them as much as You love Me.” John 17:20-21, 23 (NLT)

What does unity mean? Why is it so important to have unity in the home/family? In the church?

 

4. Read Romans 14:1-12.

What was the Roman church quarreling over? What advice does Paul give?

The principle here is: “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty,” Give some examples of how that principle can help maintain unity within our church, among other churches or with our brothers and sisters around the world?

 

5. Jesus said: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 (NIV)

What message would Christian unity send to our fellow believers? What message would unity send to non- believers?

 

6. Ephesians 6:12 says: For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authori- ties, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)

Have you ever focused more on the differences between you and other Christians and less on our common enemy? How could shifting your focus on our common enemy improve your relationships with other Christians?

 

7. Jesus said in Matt 28:19: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit...” Matt. 28:19 (NIV)

What’s your mission in life? How can you apply that mission to the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19? How can you work with other Christians to unify around Jesus and carry out God’s mission for the Church? How can you work to overcome division and embrace unity this week?

 

PRAYER

Father, thank You that no matter how divided the world may seem, we can find unity in You. Guide us in finding unity and common ground with other Christians as a result of our shared mission, and help us to depend on Your Son for all our needs. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

Week 2

October 4th - Financial Peace In A Materialistic World

If you haven't gotten a chance, catch the sermon before attending your Life Group.

Starter: Share a time where God clearly provided for you in a way you did not expect?

Discussion Starter Video

Discussion Guide

1. Pastor Paul said the financial component of our lives presents an opportunity to experience the character of God and grow in your faith and intimacy with God. What do you think about that? Have you experienced that?

2. Read Romans 12:1-2. All discipleship begins with renewing the way we think. How would you contrast the difference between an “owner” mindset and a “steward/manager” mindset?

3. What advice would you give the 20 year old you about handling money?

4. Read Hebrews 13:5. Why is the love of money dangerous to our souls? What are ways you intentionally guard your heart and choose to live with contentment?

5. Do you think America could experience another economic recession? What is one thing you could do to financially prepare for that? If we were financially free, how could it be an opportunity to minister and shine?

6. Take time to watch the first video lesson (even the first 2!) on Ramsey+ Jumpstart. Then explore the Ramsey+ site together. You can activate your account by going to https://www.brandywinechurch.org/ramseyplus

How do you plan to use the Ramsey+ Resources provided to you?

7. Take time to pray for each other’s needs, our church, country and world.

 

 

Week 1

September 26th - Community in an Isolated World

If you haven't gotten a chance, catch the sermon before attending your Life Group.

Discussion Starter Video

Discussion Guide

1. If your group is new, have everyone share a little about themselves and one thing they are hoping to gain from the group experience. Also, take a minute to go over the group guidelines!

2. Even before the virus hit, research was indicating that loneliness was becoming a “behavioral pandemic” in western nations with 60% of adults feeling lonely, with the highest numbers among young adults. Why is that? What are some things that might contribute to that?

3. Read Acts 2:42-47. Notice that the early church met not only as a large group in the temple courts but they also met in smaller groups “house to house”. What are the benefits of meeting in a group? What are some things we might miss if we only met as a large group on Sunday morning?

4. In verse 42, Notice the three things the early believers did when they gathered: Word, Prayer, and fellowship. Those are the same 3 things we want to do in our group!

  • How does discussing the Bible together give me insights I might not have just by reading it on my own?
  • What are some benefits we gain from praying together that we can’t always get just by praying alone?

5. We also want to take time to know each other, cultivate fellowship and grow in loving like Jesus. Below is a list of some of the “one another’s” of the New Testament. Take them one at a time and ask: What does that mean and try to give an example.

  • Galatians 5:13
  • Galatians 6:2
  • Romans 12:10-13
  • Romans 15:7
  • 2 Cor 1:3-4
  • Col 3:12-13
  • James 5:16
  • 1 Thess 5:11

6. Take some time to pray for each other’s needs and for our church and world.