Gather & Scatter - Part 9

Verses:

Acts 15:1-35 / Galatians 2:11-14 / Genesis 17:14 / Deuteronomy 30:6 / Jeremiah 9:25-26 / Matthew 5:17-18

Discussion Questions

Q: What religious traditions are important in my life? What makes them so important to me? Are they necessary?

Q: What have people tried to add on to my relationship with God that wasn’t necessary? How did that affect my relationship with God?

Q: How have I added on unnecessary requirements to mine or others’ relationships with God? What were the effects?

Q: When I think of someone becoming a Christian, what’s my first reaction & response? How does this passage influence my future reactions?

Q Do I find the Gospel as a burden or freeing? Why or why not?

Q: How do these concepts help you grow as a disciple who loves God, loves people & serves the world (lives on mission) in everyday life?

Gather & Scatter- Part 6

Verses:

Acts 8-9 / Hebrews 12:1-2 / Matthew 16:24-25 / 2 Corinthians 12:9

Discussion Questions:

  1. When you really think about how the largest trees in the world grow from something the size of a paper hole-punch cutout- what can we learn about how God designed us & His Good News?

  2. “Saul wasn’t trying to be a BAD guy by persecuting followers of Jesus- he was trying to be a really GOOD guy!” How is this thought both encouraging & terrifying?

  3. In what ways can you identify with Simon the Sorcerer’s actions in Acts 8:18-23?

  4. When you think about the logic behind marketing strategy & techniques, how is Jesus’ call for His disciples to pick up a cross in Matthew 16:24-25 both genius & insane? What can we learn from it for ourselves & as a church family?

  5. Process together how suffering becomes seeds for freedom, focus, fullness & favorable opportunities. How have or do you want to see this?

  6. What kind of “seeds” in your life right now have the potential to become “sequoias”?

  7. How do these concepts help you grow as a disciple who loves, loves people & serves the world (lives on mission) in everyday life?

Gather & Scatter - Part 5

Verses:

Acts 6-7 / Luke 23:34, 46 / Galatians 3:19-26

Discussion Questions:

  1. What have been some “defining moments & departures” in your life? What caused them & what changed?

  2. What kind of “temples” have you limited God to in your life?

  3. Have you ever tried so hard to live up to a “law”, code or ideal that you missed the heart of it?

  4. What role/place does Jesus have in your faith?

  5. Read Acts 7:47-59. What do you think motivated/empowered Stephen to respond the way he did?

  6. Who is someone that has or is hurting you? Can you pray the same prayer as Stephen did for this person? Why/why not?

  7. How do these concepts help you grow as a disciple who loves God, loves people & serves the world?

Gather & Scatter - Part 3

Verses:

Acts 3:1-4:31 / Matthew 6:1-2

Discussion Questions

  1. Have you ever experienced a miracle in your life or in the life of someone close to you? How do you & others respond?

  2. What needs or areas of brokenness do you have in your life that Jesus could bring healing & wholeness to? Are you willing to let Him bring healing & wholeness, even if it means that things will change?

  3. What areas of need or brokenness do you see around you? How could God use you to “work miracles”?

  4. How can those “miracles” become opportunities to point people to Jesus?

  5. How does Jesus’ offer of healing & wholeness disrupt a lot of our current habits, patterns & systems?

  6. Which statement resonates most with you: “The church exists to make me happy, so the church should meet my needs.” OR “An outward focus is non-negotiable for the church, so sacrifice for the sake of others is a pathway to joy.” Why?

  7. How do these concepts help you grow as a disciple who loves God, loves people & serves the world (lives on mission) in everyday life?

Gather & Scatter - Part 2

Verses:

Acts 2

Discussion Questions

  1. What has been your understanding of & experience with the Holy Spirit?

  2. How do we get beyond the controversial & divisive history around the Spirit & experience what God intended?

  3. Have you ever been “cut to the heart” by the Gospel? Why or why not? If so, what result did it produce?

  4. What does “repentance” mean to you & what does it look like?

  5. Have you been baptized? Why or why not?

  6. How can Peter’s evangelistic structure (historic perspective, theological implications, call to respond) help us know how to share about Jesus? How important is it to know our context & the people we’re sharing it with?

  7. How does the Greenhouse live out the 4 aspects of Acts 2:42 (teaching, fellowship, worship, prayer)? Where are we strong & where are we weak?

  8. How do these concepts help you grow as a disciple who loves God, loves people & serves the world?

Gather & Scatter - Part 1

Verses:

Acts 1

Discussion Questions

  1. Does your faith/Christian life feel more like a boring road trip or an amazing adventure? Explain.

  2. What types of things do you rely on as a “compass” for your life? How do they steer you?

  3. How have/do you run ahead of God based on your own ideas & desires instead of waiting on God?

  4. Be honest- how do you feel about being a witness about God everywhere you go?

  5. What does it mean for you to “receive the power of the Spirit”?

  6. Where is your prayer life? How much do you pray in a united way with your church family?

  7. How do these concepts help you grow as a disciple who loves God, loves people & serves the world (live on mission) in everyday life?

The Light of Christmas - PEACE

Verses:

Isaiah 9:1-7 / John 16:16-22, 33

Discussion Questions:

  1. How would you define “conflict”? How do you normally handle conflict?

  2. What areas of conflict are you currently processing? What effect is it having in our life & relationships?

  3. How would you define “peace”? Are you currently experiencing peace in most areas of your life? Why/why not?

  4. When Jesus is referred to as the “Prince of Peace”, do you feel like you have a good grasp of what that means & looks like for your life?

  5. Why is it so key in John 16:33 that Jesus says that HE has already overcome the world? How is this much more peace-giving than if He would have said, “I overcame the world and you can too”?

  6. How do these concepts help you grow as a disciple who loves God, loves people & serves the world?

The Light of Christmas - JOY

Verses:

Psalm 96 / Luke 2:1-20 / John 15:11 / Hebrews 1:19

Discussion Questions:

  1. How do you define joy? How is joy different than happiness? How are they similar?

  2. Have you ever misplaced your source of finding true joy? What did you look to and how did that turn out?

  3. Read John 15:11. By reading the context around this verse, how can our joy be made complete?

  4. Do you agree that the root cause of true joy is found in knowing God’s love for us? Why or why not?

  5. How can you be saturating your mind, heart & soul with good news that produces great joy?

  6. How do these concepts help you grow as a disciple who loves God, loves people & serves the world?

The Light of Christmas - LOVE

Verses:

Isaiah 11:1-10 / Jeremiah 33:14-16 / Luke 1:26-33 / John 13:34-35 / Mark 10:18-22 / 1 John 4:7-16

Discussion Questions:

  1. What comes to mind when you hear the word “Love”? How did this understanding of love get shaped for you? How has your understanding of love changed throughout your life?

  2. How does the distinction of Greek words for love: Eros (romantic), Philia (friendship), Storge (parent/child) and Agape (sacrificial) help us understand how God loves us? How we love others? How we love ourselves?

  3. What has Agape (sacrificial love) looked like in your life? How could it change the rest of your life?

  4. In what ways is it easy and what ways is it hard to receive the Agape love from God?

  5. What are way we can actually live out sacrificially loving others and especially God?

  6. How does the concept of sacrificial love help us grow as disciples who love God, love people & serve the world?

The Light of Christmas - HOPE

Verses:

Matthew 1:17-23 / Isaiah 35 / 1 Peter 1:3 / Romans 5:1-5

Discussion Questions:

  1. How would you define “hope”? How is hope different from “wishful thinking”?

  2. What people, experiences, things, etc. do you knowingly &/or unknowingly put your hope in?

  3. What effect could placing your hope in yourself (your efforts, “goodness”, performance, etc.) have on you? What effect would it have on your relationship with God & with others around you?

  4. What effects can misunderstanding & misplacing have in your life? Are there examples of this?

  5. Read Romans 5:1-5 & 1 Peter 1:3. How do these passages help develop a fuller understanding & experience of hope?

  6. What do you think it looks like for you to find/put your hope in Jesus in a tangible way?

  7. Why/how does putting your hope in Jesus set you free?

  8. How do these concepts help you grow as a disciple who loves God, loves people & serves the world in everyday life?

Be Still - Part 4

Verses:

Luke 10:38-42 / John 12:1-3

Discussion Questions:

  1. Have you ever missed an opportunity because you didn’t realize what was going on at the time? Explain.

  2. Is it easier for you to DO something for someone - or to BE with someone? Why?

  3. What is the biggest gift you’ve ever been given? What motivated you to give it?

  4. Read Luke 10:38-42. Who would you identify with most in that story?

  5. How would you feel about the other person?

  6. What could you learn from the other person?

  7. Read John 12:1-3. What would you think about Mary & her seemingly reckless actions?

  8. How is God calling you to recklessly join in with His mission?

  9. How do these concepts help you grow as a disciple who loves God, loves people & serves the world in everyday life?

Be Still - Part 3

Verses:

Isaiah 55:3-4 / Mark 1:35-39 & Luke 4:42-44 / Matthew 6:5-8 Luke 5:12-16, 6:6-12 / Mark 6:30-31 & Matthew 14:12-13 Mark 6:46 & Matthew 14:34 / Mark 14:32-41 & Luke 22:39-44

Discussion Questions:

  1. How hard is it for you to say the word “NO”? Why?

  2. What are the hardest things for you to say “NO” to? Why?

  3. Have you ever practiced fasting before? What was your experience like?

  4. What do you think you miss out on by not practicing fasting?

  5. What do you think about the quote, “In order for us to say YES - we have to say NO. In order to say NO - we have to have a bigger YES.”?

  6. Why do you think that even Jesus regularly practiced fasting from things by having solitary time alone in places like the wilderness & gardens?

  7. Have you practiced the exercises in this series? If so, how did they go? If not, what might you be missing?

  8. How do these concepts help you grow as a disciple who loves God, loves people & serves the world?

Be Still - Part 2

Verses:

1 Kings 19:9-13a / 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Discussion Questions:

1. Have you ever gotten “suckered” into something by a clever sales-pitch? Why did it work?

2. Read 1 Kings 19:1-4. Why do you think Elijah had such a change in his tone from just moments earlier?

3. Read 1 Kings 19:5-13a. Why do you think God wanted Elijah to BE STILL & HEAR Him in the “still, small voice”?

4. How have/do you “hear” best from God?

5. Read 1 Corinthians 2:1-5. What can we learn from Paul’s simple approach to sharing the Good News of Jesus?

6. How do these things affect our own personal lives, but also how we behave as a church family at the Greenhouse?

7. How do these concepts help you grow as a disciple who loves God, loves people & serves the world in everyday life?