5 Steps to Making Godly Decisions:

Step 1: Make .

| Acts 1:12-26 | Matthew 13: 53-58 | 1 Thessalonians 5:16 |

Step 2: the .

| Acts 1:15-20 | Hebrews 4:12 |

Step 3: Use .

| Acts 1:21-23 | Luke 14:28-29 |

Step 4: Place more on than .

| Acts 1:24-25 | John 14:15 |

Step 5: Seek and take .

| Acts 1:6 | Proverbs 16:33 | Judges 6:36-40 | 2 Timothy 3:16-17 | Mark 1:12 |John 16:13 | Philippians 4:7 |

 


 

Small Group Questions

 

What do you think?

Have someone quickly read over the main points/fill-ins from Sunday’s message. After you’ve refreshed everyone’s memories, share what particular point stood out to you, challenged you, or raised a question for you.

The story of your life.

  1. What major decisions have you made recently or in the past that have significantly impacted your life for the better?

  2. Have you ever experienced confirmation from God regarding a decision you were unsure about? How did you get confirmation and what did you do about your decision?

Digging deeper.

  1. The story of the Rich Young Ruler found in Mark 10:17-27 is that of a wealthy young man asking Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus’ answer faced the rich young ruler with a decision to choose between his wealth or following Jesus. Read the passage and answer the following prompts. 
    1. Have a few people recap the main tenets of the story.

    2. Like the young ruler, we all have things in our lives that fight to pull us away from God’s will. What are some things you do to help you continually choose Christ way over your own?

    3. What does this story tell us about God? People? You?

  2. In Matthew 4:1–11, Jesus faced significant decisions when tempted in the wilderness. Read the passage and answer the following prompts. 
    1. Have a few people recap the main tenets of the passage.

    2. Reflecting on this passage, what principles for decision-making can we draw from Jesus’ response to temptation?

    3. What does this story tell us about God? People? You?

  3. Pastor Obie talked about seeking confirmation through the scriptures, the Holy Spirit and godly counsel. Read the following verses and answer the following prompts.
    1. Proverbs 3:5-6.
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    2. Proverbs 15:22.
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    3. Psalm 119:105.
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    4. Proverbs 11:14.
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    5. Matthew 6:33.
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    6. Ephesians 5:17.
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    7. Proverbs 19:20.
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    8. Which of these verses spoke to you the most?

    9. Wisdom is knowing coupled with doing the right thing. Is there anything different that the Lord is calling you to DO differently this week to practice.

       

Personal reflection and application.

  1. Have everyone share one thing someone else said in this discussion that struck a chord them.

  2. Break up into smaller groups and pray for one another (men with men/women with women if possible).

 

Acts 1:6-11 | Jesus’ Ascension.

When it comes to the return of Christ and the end of the world…

| Matthew 24:1-51, 28:18-20 | 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 | Revelation 22:6-21 |

  • Christians have been about it since Jesus into .

  • We should not be concerned with it .

  • We should be in the reality of Christ’s eventual and with the answer that it will happen .”

  • We should be concerned about being a good as long as we are in this .

Two key indicators of a Christian who is waiting well for Christ’s return.

| Matthew 25:1-46 | Romans 10:8-14 | 2 Timothy 3:14-15 | John 14:16-17, 26 | Revelation 12:11 |

  • An increasing desire to for God in and .
  • An increasing to see the Gospel reach the .

 


 

Small Group Questions

 

What do you think?

What struck a chord with you from Sunday’s message?

The story of your life.

  1. Did you pause to watch the eclipse? If so, what was it like? AND BE REAL: On a scale of 1-10, did it generate any “End Times Anxiety” inside?

  2. On Sunday, we looked at what it means to be a witness for Christ in our world. Who has been a good witness (in word and deed) to you?

Digging deeper in God’s Word.

  1. For today’s discussion, we are going to focus on what it looks like to be a good witness in word and deed. One great example of being a witness for Christ is the story of Jesus’ interaction with the woman at the well in John 4. Read John 4:1-30, followed by verses 39-42 and answer the following prompts/questions.
    1. Have a few members of the group recap the story using their own words.

    2. What does this story tell us about God? Being a witness for Christ in our world?

       
    3. In light of this, is there anything we need to do differently?

  2. Read each of the following verses one at a time, recap the main tenets, and share an insight/encouragement from each one about how to be a better witness for Christ.
    1. Psalm 90:10-12.
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    2. Matthew 28:18-20.
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    3. John 13:34-35.
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    4. Ephesians 5:15-17.
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    5. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.
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Personal reflection and application.

  1. Have everyone share one thing someone else said in this discussion that struck a chord with them.

  2. Pray for one another (men with men and women with women if possible).

Acts 1:1-5 | Jesus’ 40-day post-resurrection hang sesh.

Acts 1:1-5 | John 20:11-18 | Matthew 28:9-10 | Luke 23:34, 24:13-32, 36-43 | John 20:26-21:25 | Mark 16:15-18 | 1 Corinthians 15:6-7 |

The good ol’ good news of the Gospel is still what you need because…

  • It’s the only element of that still hearts today.

  • It’s the only way becomes .

  • Christians are never truly .

  • It’s the only way to get to when we and to the Kingdom of God into this world.


 

Small Group Questions

 

 

What Do You Think?

What was your favorite part of Easter weekend at City Church?

The Story of Your Life.

  1. Have you ever engaged in a conversation with someone regarding whether the Resurrection really happened? If so, how did it go?

  2. A 2020 study from Lifeway revealed that 66% of Americans believe the resurrection to be true and that the biblical accounts are completely accurate. 14% said they were unsure. And only 20% disagreed. Since so many clearly believe this to be true, why do you think so many choose not to follow Christ or live like it?

Digging Deeper in God’s Word.

  1. The Resurrection of Christ.
    1. What does Paul say about the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-3)?

    2. How do we know Christ rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:4-8)?

    3. How is Paul a testimony of the power of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:9-11, Acts 9:1-6)?

    4. In light of this, how can your life be a testimony of the power of the Gospel?

  2. Understanding who Jesus is and what He has done for us is the essential message of the Resurrection. The following passages all contain statements Jesus made about Himself. For each one, identify what He says about Himself and any ways you can think of how His description can impact our lives as believers.
    1. Matthew 11:28-30.
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    2. John 6:35.
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    3. John 8:12.
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    4. John 10:14-15.
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    5. John 14:6.
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    6. Which of the descriptions of Jesus catches your attention the most and why?

  3. In reality, living out our faith is the best proof of a resurrected Jesus. How do the following verses reinforce this idea and describe what this looks like?
    1. Matthew 5:13-16.
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    2. Philippians 2:1-5.
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    3. 1 Peter 2:15-17.
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    4. Which of these verses influences you the most to live like Jesus?

Personal Reflection and Application

  1. Have everyone share one thing someone else shared during this discussion that struck a chord with you.

  2. Break up into smaller groups and pray for one another (men with men/women with women if possible).

                   

 

3 Declarations Jesus made at the Triumphal Entry: 

  1. Jesus he is .

| Matthew 21:1-8 | Psalm 145:13 |

  1. Jesus he is the .

| Matthew 21:9 | Matthew 20:29-34 | Zechariah 9:9 | Daniel 9:24–27 | Nehemiah 2:1 |

  1. Jesus for our .

| Matthew 21:10 |

 

SMALL GROUPS WILL NOT BE MEETING THIS WEEK
DUE TO GOOD FRIDAY & EASTER SUNDAY SERVICES

 

  • Become (increasingly) aware of the and his .

| Ephesians 1:18;21, 6:10-12 | 2 Kings 6:17-20 | 1 Peter 5:8 |

  • Put on God’s daily and know how to !

| Ephesians 6:13-17 | 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 | Matthew 4:4 |

  • Always remember: the to win comes through .

  • arms with other because victories happen when we stand .

| Ephesians 6:18-20 | Philippians 2:3-7 |

  • DEFINE THE VICTORY (on this side of Heaven): Unexplainable , deep , and to keep .

| Ephesians 6:21-24 | Philippians 4:6-7 | Matthew 6:25-34 | Romans 8:37 | 1 John 5:4 |

 


 

Small Group Questions

 

What do you think?

From Sunday’s message, what particular point stood out to you, challenged you, or raised a question for you?

The story of your life.

  1. What is your favorite action movie of all time and why?

  2. On Sunday, we looked at how to stand strong in life’s battles. Tell about a time when you have had to stand strong through a battle or when you saw someone else stand strong through a battle.

Digging deeper in God’s Word.

  1. One of the topics we explored was the need for believers to open our eyes to the spiritual battles happening around us. One of the greatest stories on this topic in the Bible is found in 2nd Kings 6:8-23. Read it in its entirety and answer the following prompts/questions.
    1. Have a few members of the group recap the story using their own words.

    2. What does this story tell us about God? The unseen spiritual realm? How to handle conflict?

    3. In light of this, is there anything you need to do differently?

  2. Along the lines of opening our eyes to the unseen spiritual realm, the Apostle Paul prayed that believers would have the eyes of our hearts opened in Ephesians 1:18. Read the entire prayer from Ephesians 1:15-23 and answer the following questions.
    1. How does this prayer help us open our eyes and our hearts to what God is doing/wants to do in our lives?

    2. What does this passage teach us about a scarcity/lack mindset vs an abundance mindset and how to turn it around?

    3. In light of this, is there anything you need to do differently?

  3. The goal for any battle is to come out victorious. However winning/victory is simply different for the Kingdom minded Christian. What insights do the following verses offer in terms of what a Kingdom win looks like and how we should adjust our mindset accordingly?
    1. Matthew 6:9-15.
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    2. Habakkuk 3:17-19.
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    3. John 15:4-5.
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    4. 1 John 5:4.
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    5. Romans 8:37.
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    6. 1 Corinthians 10:13.
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    7. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.
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Personal reflection and application.

  1. Have everyone share one thing someone else said in this discussion that struck a chord with you.

  2. Break up in smaller groups and pray for one another (men with men and women with women if possible).

THE BIG IDEA: Keeping our faith new requires a continual “putting ” of the self, renewal in the spirit of our , and a continual “putting ” of the new self.

| Ephesians 4:17-32 |

Keeping the faith new: DAILY ACTIONS REQUIRED!

  • Shave down the and keep a .

| Ephesians 4:18-19 | Jeremiah 17:9 | Psalm 19:4, 51:10-12 | Proverbs 4:23 |

  • Let go of and and hold onto and .

| Ephesians 4:26-27 | Psalm 4:4 | Romans 12:18 | John 13:34-35 |

  • Put off and put on -filled .

| Ephesians 4:29 | James 3:1-12 | Psalm 120:2 | Proverbs 10:20, 18:20 | 1 Peter 3:10-11 |

  • God’s enough to a for else.

| Ephesians 4:20-21 | Psalm 119:11 | Hebrews 4:12 |

  • When in doubt, live up to .

| Ephesians 4:30 | Philippians 1:27, 3:20 | Galatians 2:20 |

 


 

Small Group Questions

 

What do you think?

From Sunday’s message, what particular point stood out to you, challenged you, or raised a question for you?

The story of your life.

  1. Other than your own body, what is the oldest thing you own that you fight to keep looking new?

  2. On Sunday, Pastor Kyle talked about some of the daily actions involved in keeping our faith new. Building on these, what are some things you do to keep your Christianity alive and keep it from becoming rote, ritualistic, or routine?

Digging deeper in God’s Word.

  1. Perhaps one of the best ways to keep our faith fresh is to cultivate a regular habit of confession before God. Whether it’s a big area when we really blew it or it’s just a small thing between us and Christ, confession is a vital gateway of intimacy between us and God. Written by King David after his infamous sin with Bathsheeba, Psalm 51:1–19 is one of the greatest confession psalms in the Bible. Read the entire thing together out loud and answer the following prompts.
    1. Have a few members of the group recap some of the main tenets of the passage.

    2. What does this passage tell us about God? Keeping our faith fresh? People and ourselves?

    3. In light of this, is there anything you need to do differently?

  2. In the first several chapters of Revelation, Jesus gives specific words of encouragement/admonishment to seven different churches that existed at that time. Together, we will read two of them. First, go through Revelation 2:1-7 and answer the following prompts and questions.
    1. Have a few members of the group recap Jesus’ admonishments against this church as well as his encouragements towards them.

    2. What does this passage tell us about God? Keeping our faith fresh? People and ourselves?

    3. In light of this, is there anything you need to do differently?

    4. Repeat and respond to the prompts/questions from under #2, this time using Revelation 3:14-22.

  3. If Jesus were delivering a letter of admonishment and encouragement to the condition of your faith, what do you think He would say?

Personal reflection and application.

  1. Have everyone share one thing someone else said in the discussion that struck a chord with you.

  2. Break up into smaller groups and pray for one another (preferably men with men and women with women).

1. Walk the path of .

| Ephesians 5:2 |

What NOT to do:

Avoid impurity – , , , and .

| Ephesians 5:3-4 | Exodus 20:17 | Luke 6:45 | Psalm 141:3-4 | James 3:5-8,10 |

What TO do:

.

| Ephesians 4:32-5:1 |

Cultivate an .

| Ephesians 5:3-4 |

2. Walk the path of .

| Ephesians 5:8 |

What NOT to do:

Don’t be .

| Ephesians 5:6 |

Don’t be .

| John 14:15 |

What TO do:

Pursue , , and .

| Ephesians 5:10 | John 14:6 |

Bring into the .

| Ephesians 5:11-14 |

3. Walk the path of .

| Ephesians 5:15 |

What NOT to do:

Don’t make , .

Don’t be by .

| Ephesians 5:18 |

What TO do:

Walk the .

| Ephesians 5:15-16 | Psalm 90:12 |

Continuously , by the .

| Ephesians 5:17 |

Honor God with towards and towards .

| Ephesians 5:18-21 |

 


 

SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS

What do you think?

Have someone quickly read over the main points/fill-ins from Sunday’s message. After you’ve refreshed everyone’s memories, share what particular point stood out to you, challenged you, or raised a question for you.

The story of your life.

  1. Ephesians 5 encourages us to be imitators of Christ as loving children. Have you observed any positive qualities in your parents or mentors lives that you’ve chosen to imitate and have proven beneficial in your life?

  2. In the message, Pastor Obie talked about honoring God by serving others. Share one of the most fulfilling serving projects or moments that you have been a part of. It could have been from a mission trip or a personal moment serving a friend or family member.

Digging deeper.

  1. One of the best parables that represents someone walking the path of love is the parable of the good Samaritan. Read Luke 10:25-37 and answer the following prompts. 
    1. Have a few people recap the main tenets of the story.

    2. Have any of you experienced or witnessed a “Good Samaritan” moment, where someone went above and beyond to help someone else? If yes, we’d love to hear your story.

    3. What does this story tell us about God? People? You?

  2. Matthew 5:14-16 talks about believers, being “the light of the world”.  Read it together in a few different bible translations and answer the following prompts. 
    1. Can you share examples of how you have seen others effectively shine their light for Christ in everyday life, and how it impacted those around them?

    2. What does this tell us about God? People? You?

  3. Pastor Obie talked about the importance of walking in wisdom. Read the following verse on wisdom and answer the following prompts.
    1. Proverbs 4:5-7.
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    2. James 1:5.
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    3. Colossians 4:5-6.
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    4. 1 Corinthians 3:18-19 .
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    5. Proverbs 3:13-18.
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    6. Which of these verses spoke to you the most?

    7. Wisdom is knowing coupled with doing the right thing. Is there anything different that the Lord is calling you to DO differently this week to practice wisdom.

        

 

Personal reflection and application.

  1. Have everyone share one thing someone else shared in this discussion that struck a chord with you.
  2. Break up for prayer, preferably men with men and women with women if possible.

The Untold Story of Biblical Submission.

| Ephesians 5:22-6:9 | Proverbs 18:22, 22:6, 30:18-19 | Romans 12:10 | 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 | Colossians 3:14 | 1 Peter 4:8 |

  • Christians submit to a perfect/sinless as our in this up .

  • Christian spouses: Forget about and focus on mutual , , and .

  • Christian parents: a real and kids will be most to .

  • Christians in the workplace/school: one another and it as if you’re doing it for .

What’s in it for me?

| Jeremiah 17:10; Matthew 25:21 | Luke 6:23, 35 | 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 | 2 Corinthians 5:10 | Ephesians 6:3, 8 | Colossians 3:23-24 | 1 Timothy 6:17-19 | 1 Peter 5:4 |

  • in this .

  • .

 


 

Small Group Questions

 

What do you think?

From Sunday’s message, what particular point stood out to you, challenged you, or raised a question for you?

The story of your life.

  1. Have everyone share a “high/low” from their week in 60 seconds or less.

  2. On Sunday, we looked at the topic of biblical submission as it pertains to marriage/family, to the workplace, and ultimately to God. Tell about a time in your life when you had to submit yourself to someone else’s authority/plan and God rewarded you for it.

Digging deeper in God’s Word.

  1. Perhaps the greatest story of biblical submission in the Bible happened in the Garden of Gethsemane. It’s found in all four Gospels but let’s read the account from Matthew 26:36-46. Read it out loud together and answer the following prompts.
    1. Have a few group members recap the key points of the story using their own words.

    2. What does this story tell us about God? Submission? People & ourselves?

  2. When it comes to the topic of submission, human nature leads us to think in terms of hierarchy and pecking order. Jesus didn’t seem very concerned about that when he walked and ministered on planet earth. By extension, we probably should be less concerned with it as well. Perhaps the greatest and most practical unpacking of biblical submission is in Philippians 2:1-11. Read it together and answer the following prompts.
    1. Have a few group members highlight the key tenets of the passage.

    2. What does this passage tell us about God? The real picture of biblical submission? People & ourselves?

    3. In light of this, is there anything you need to do differently?

  3. Finally, read through the following verses one at a time and share an insight from each one on biblical submission.
    1. Proverbs 3:3-6.

    2. Matthew 11:28-30.

Personal reflection and application.

  1. Have everyone in the group share one thing someone else said that struck a chord with you in the discussion.

  2. Break up into smaller groups and pray for one another (preferably men with men and women with women).

When you think about suffering, what comes to mind? Do you envision bedraggled children with distended stomachs, a hospital patient hooked up to life-sustaining medical equipment, or a courageous veteran dealing with the aftermath of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Adversity seems to be a common denominator to human existence, but what does the Bible have to say about suffering?

Jesus spoke to His disciples about suffering. One of the most well-known verses reads, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24 ESV). The Greek word for cross in this verse is staurós. It refers to the crossbeam which the lowest criminals carried as they trudged toward their execution. The cross symbolized degradation and indescribable pain as well as sacrifice.

While the invitation to eternal life is free, it comes at a price–certain suffering.

THE GOAL: A growing/maturing Christian evidenced through…

| Ephesians 4:1-16 | John 15:1-11 | 1 Corinthians 12:12-30 | 1 Peter 3:15 |

  • the of .

  • A informed coupled with and .

  • A deepening for and to the of Christ.

  • A deepening to the of .

THE RESULT: A community transformed by the power of Christ.

| Ephesians 4:15-16 | John 4:19 | Matthew 28:18-20 | Acts 4:13-14 |

  • When you , I , and we .

  • Unconvinced outsiders hear and experience .

 


 

Small Group Questions

What do you think?

From Sunday’s message, what particular point stood out to you, challenged you, or raised a question for you?

The story of your life.

  1. What types of things/experiences come to mind when you hear the phrase “GROW UP!”?

  2. Describe a time in your life when you really felt like you were growing spiritually.

Digging deeper in God’s Word.

  1. On Sunday, Pastor Kyle talked about how one of the evidence markers of a growing/maturing Christian is a deepening love/connectedness to the Body of Christ (the Church). Jesus also once gave an amazing metaphor of what that kind of connectedness looks like the night before he died in John 15:1-11. Read it together and answer the following prompts.
    1. Have a few members of the group recap the main tenets of Jesus’ teaching here.

    2. What does this story tell us about God? God’s heart for connectedness to the Church?

       
  2. The ultimate goal of a Christian’s spiritual growth is that the truth of the Gospel they have experienced would be experienced/felt by others around them. Even though we obviously won’t ever model the balance of truth and love as well as Jesus, He is our model for our interactions. Read Jesus’ interaction with the famous “Woman at the Well” in John 4:1-42 and answer the following prompts.
    1. Have a few members of the group recap the main tenets of Jesus’ teaching here.

    2. What does this story tell us about God? God’s heart for outsiders?

       
    3. In light of Jesus’ approach to this woman, is there anything you feel the need to do differently?

  3. Finally, these verses offer a great example to pursue in terms of modeling the truth of the Gospel and God’s love. Share an insight from each one to pursue in your interactions with people.
    1. Romans 8:26-27.
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    2. Acts 4:13-14.
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    3. Colossians 4:2-6.
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Personal reflection and application.

  1. Have everyone share one thing someone else said that struck a chord with you.

  2. Break up into smaller groups to pray for one another (preferably men with men and women with women).

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