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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.