Group Leader Resources

The resources you need to lead your group well and stay on track with all of our Message Based Small Group Studies.

We hope you and your Group are enjoying your time and community as a Group. Our hope is that your SMALL Group would see BIG change. Welcome to our first message based campaign of 2017. We are looking forward to all our Groups facing in the same direction as we prepare our hearts for Easter this year. Please watch the intro video with your Group prior to discussing the Group Content for our "Drain the Oceans Dry" message series. If you have missed any weeks, feel free to keep scrolling to see earlier week's content.

Drain the Oceans Dry-Week One

Welcome to Week One of "Drain the Oceans Dry." Please enjoy this video from Next Steps Pastor, Dave Poole then enjoy the Small Group content prepared by Lead Pastor, Mike Mannes.

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Southside Groups
“Drain the Oceans Dry”
Sunday, March 19th, 2017
Speaker: Lead Pastor, Mike Mannes

 

Facilitators: Welcome to Week 1 of our new message series “Drain the Oceans Dry.” I want to welcome all of you to our first Message Based Campaign of 2017. There is something so powerful when our church body is focused in the same direction, especially as learn that we can’t outrun God’s love no matter how hard we try. What a great thing to focus on as we prepare and head towards Easter.

 

Please take some time tonight with your Group to learn how to discover the YouVersion sermon notes on the YouVersion Bible App. There are always devotions included at the end of the sermon notes, please pass this on to your Group members. There are instructions in the intro video for this session on the Group Leader Resources page on southsidelife.com.

 

If you notice that some of your members are having a difficult time answering some of these questions, you may need to encourage them to spend more time in devotional time, and spending time alone with God.

 

Also, we are asking that our Small Groups join us for prayer as we approach Easter. Please save some time at the end of your Group to pray for the topic that is mentioned in the “Last Thought” section of tonight’s content.

 

Ice Breaker: What is the hardest thing you have had to do? When was a time where doing the right thing was a hard thing to do?

 

1.     Give a few reasons why God asked Jonah to preach against Nineveh.

 

2.     Jonah would have found this a very difficult thing to do for two reasons:

a.     They might not repent.  Explain.

b.     They might repent.  Explain.

 

3.     Read the following:

“There is a visible and an invisible world that intersect. And we live in the intersection. A cosmic conflict is raging, and it has eternal implications. The souls of men and women, of little boys and little girls, of people of every nationality and color and language all over the planet are at stake. The enemy seeks to blind us all to the truth, to dull our souls and ruin our lives. That’s what Spiritual Warfare is all about.”

In light of that, God calls us to difficult things because:

 

            We were created not for easy, but effective.  What does that mean to you?.

 

            We were created not for comfy but courage. Discuss.

 

We were created not for safe, but for dangerous.  Discuss in light of this quote from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

 

"Is - is he a man?" asked Lucy
"Aslan a man!" said Mr. Beaver sternly. "Certainly not. I tell you he is the King of the wood and the son of the great Emperor-Beyond-the-Sea. Don't you know who is the King of Beasts? Aslan is a lion, the Lion, the great Lion."
"Ooh," said Susan, "I thought he was a man. Is he - quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion."
"That you will, dearie, and make no mistake," said Mrs. Beaver; "if there's anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they're either braver than most or else just silly."
"Then he isn't safe?" said Lucy.
"Safe?" said Mr. Beaver; "don't you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the king I tell you."

 

4.     God speaks to us today through Word and Whisper.

                                          a.     The written word.  Discuss in light of Hebrews 4:12.

                                                        i.     Tell of a time that your time spent in the Bible gave you a next step.

 

                                          b.     The Living Word.  Discuss in light of John 1:14.

                                                        i.     Tell of a time Jesus’ example gave you a next step.

 

                                           c.     The spoken Word. 

                                                        i.     Tell of a time when a sermon gave you a next step.

 

5.     What is a next step God’s asking you to take today?  It could be in any of one of the following areas:

                         In your family?

                         At work?

                         At church?

                         In your finances?

                         In your relationships?

                        At school?

                        In your business?

                        In your habits?

                                                    Will you take it?

 

Joshua 1:9 says, Be bold and strong! Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

What’s the alternative to Joshua 1:9. How do YOU choose to live.

 

6.     Discuss this quote:

 

Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.
                        G.K. Chesterton

 

7.     What do we risk with safe living?

 

8.     How effective would you consider your life today? What is something you could do this week to “sharpen the saw?”

“Give me 6 hours to cut down a tree and I will spend the first 4 sharpening the saw.”

-Abraham Lincoln

 

9.     We often pray for strength and courage. What are you planning to do this week that is going to require strength and/or courage?

 

10.  How can you as Group walk out some of these principles? Is your Small Group growing together or playing it safe? Take some time to discuss how your Group is planning on growing together.

 

Last Thought:

Has there been someone that God has put on your heart recently? I often wonder what makes me think of people I haven’t seen in a long time. Then I wonder how they are doing, and where they are. Does this happen to you? Whoever that person is Jesus loves them and wants a relationship with them. Inviting someone to church takes courage, and you better believe that found people that find people are dangerous!

 

Prayer: Please pray that our church would see people as God sees people. Pray that God would work in the hearts of our church and place people in our path to invite to Easter at Southside.

 

 

 

 

Love, Actually-Week Five

Welcome to Week Five of "Love Actually." Please enjoy this Video from Sunday, which includes all the questions answered by Pastor Mike and Corinne, from our LIVE Q+A Sunday.

Love, Actually-Week Four

Welcome to Week Four of "Love Actually."Please enjoy this Small Group study prepared by Next Generation Pastor Brock Adams.

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Southside Groups
“Love, Actually” Week 4

Sunday, March 5th, 2017
Speaker: Next Generation Pastor, Brock Adams

 

Facilitators: Welcome to Week 4 of “Love, Actually.” Please be aware that some of these questions may be hard to discuss for certain Group members, as there may be past hurts or guilt’s brought to the surface. Be sensitive that other Group members’ comments may be damaging to other Group members.  Always try to focus on the positive, and opportunity.

 

Also, we are going to be launching new small groups at the end of this series. Save some time with your Group to discuss if you are ready or willing to expand your Group or make room for more people to get connected through your Group. If there is someone or a couple that you believe would be great Small Group Leaders, I invite you to have that conversation with them. If any of your Group members are interested in stepping up to lead a Small Group, and help make disciples, please refer them to me at, dave@southsidelife.com or they can always stop by the Next Steps Centre on a Sunday.

 

Finally, please let your Group know that if they have any questions during this series to save them. March 12th will be the last Sunday of our Love, Actually Series, and Pastor Mike and Corinne will be answering LIVE Q+A!

 

 

Ice Breaker: What is something foreign you have experienced that seemed really odd, funny or different to how we do things here in Canada?

 

 

Discussion:

 

1.       Why is chastity so hard? Do you agree with C. S. Lewis in this quote?

- Chastity is the most unpopular of the Christian virtues. There is no getting away from it: the old Christian rule is, "Either marriage, with complete faithfulness to your partner, or else total abstinence." Now this is so difficult and so contrary to our instincts, that obviously either Christianity is wrong or our sexual instinct, as it now is, has gone wrong. One or the other. Of course, being a Christian, I think it is the instinct which has gone wrong.

 

2.       What do you think of Aldous Huxler’s quote?

- I had motives for not wanting the world to have a meaning; consequently, I assumed that it had none and was able without any difficulty to find satisfying reasons for this assumption…. Those who detect no meaning in the world generally do so because, for one reason or another, it suits their books that the world should be meaningless. …

For myself as, no doubt, for most of my contemporaries, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation. The liberation we desired was …liberation from … a certain system of morality.  We objected to the morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom…. There was one admirably simple method in our political and erotic revolt: We could deny that the world had any meaning whatsoever. Similar tactics had been adopted during the eighteenth century and for the same reasons

 

3.    If you are a Christian your body is not yours and sex isn’t a right. Do you agree? Does what Paul have to say on the matter influence how you think about this?

 

1 Corinthians 6:18-20  

Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

 

Romans 12:1-2 

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

 

4.   Have we really progressed sexually as a society? Why or why not?

 

5.   Why do we think God is holding out on us rather than trust Him?

 

6.   How do you reach a culture that listens with their eyes and thinks with their feelings?

 

7.    How does lust kill love?

 

8.   Why is it short sighted to put our identity/purpose in sexual/gender preferences, sexual desires and being sexy?

 

9.    According to Matthew 28: 19-20, what is our true purpose in life as Christians?

 

10.   What does it mean to have your identity in Christ?

 

11.   What you think about you care about and what you care about you chase. Why is it more fulfilling to think about how you can lead people to Christ rather than get sexual desires fulfilled?

 

12.  Ahava is an ancient Hebrew word for love which means to give. How is this version of love different than what we know about love today?

 

13.   Imagine a world without sexual sin. Isn’t that a world worth fighting for? How can you start fighting for that today?

 

14.   Colossians 3:5 says this, "Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry."

How can you put to death sexual immorality in your life? What are your next steps? (book study, accountability group, small group etc.)

 

15.   Being a Christian is about salvation and sanctification. We can't accept what God says about salvation and reject what He says about sex. Explain.

 

16.   Your actions determine what you believe to be true. Do you agree?

 

The question isn’t “will God accept me if…” the question is do I want to be a disciple of Christ? What do you think about the following passage?

 

Matthew 16
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done

 

17.    Will you trust Jesus with every part of your life?

 

Last Thought:

It is so easy for us to think about ourselves and our needs. Is it time for you and your Group to start thinking outside your Group?

There are many ways that you and your Group can get involved in either serving in our church, or serving in the community.

 

 

 

Love, Actually-Week Three

Welcome to Week Three of "Love Actually."Please enjoy this Small Group study prepared by Lead Pastor Mike Mannes.

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Southside Groups
“Love, Actually” Week 3
Sunday Feb 26th, 2017
Speaker: Lead Pastor, Mike Mannes

 

Facilitators: Welcome to Week 3 of “Love, Actually.” Please be aware that some of these questions may be hard to discuss for certain Group members, so be prepared to use some probing, and open questions. Be prepared to reign in the focus of the Group if things start to become negative in nature. Always try to focus on the positive, and opportunity.

 

Also, we are going to be launching new small groups at the end of this series. Save some time with your Group to discuss if you are ready or willing to expand your Group or make room for more people to get connected through your Group. If there is someone or a couple that you believe would be great Small Group Leaders, I invite you to have that conversation with them. If any of your Group members are interested in stepping up to lead a Small Group, and help make disciples, please refer them to me at, dave@southsidelife.com ir they can always stop by the Next Steps Centre on a Sunday.

 

Finally, please let your Group know that if they have any questions during this series to save them. March 12th will be the last Sunday of our Love, Actually Series, and Pastor Mike and Corinne will be answering LIVE Q+A!

 

Ice Breaker: When you were a kid, what did you “want to be when you grew up”?  How did it work out?

 

Discussion:

 

1.     Men and women are different but equal.

a.     Last week we said, men pursue, women respond.

                                               i.     So, in light of that, who should ask who out on a date?

                                              ii.     Who should apologize first when a husband and wife fight?  Why?

                                            iii.     Women respond with kindness and humility:

1.     How can you kindly so no to a guy who asks you out on a date?

2.     If a wife spends her marriage telling her husband everything he can’t do, she’ll be right.  But if she spends her marriage telling her husband everything he CAN do, she’ll be right.  Discuss.

 

b.     Men provide.  Women relate.

                                               i.     For a single guy, a sign that you’re ready to be a provider is that you’re not still acting like a boy, doing the bare minimum to get by, but you’re working hard at the things you do. 

1.     Some guys never get this.  How are you doing?  Is your boss grateful you work there?  Are your employees thankful to have a boss like you?

                                              ii.     Providing for your family is a blessed responsibility and a joyful sacrifice.  Why?

                                            iii.     If your wife is working, three questions:

1.     Are you making the most of your time?

2.     Is your wife working to support a life style you could scale back?

3.     Is your wife’s job impacting her ability to nurture your kids?

                                             iv.     Some people make a joke, that men say 7,000 words a day and women say 20,000, but it's actually not funny.  We should thank God women speak 20000 words a day.  Why?

1.     I see a family as a team, and every great team needs a “glue guy”.  Corinne is our glue guy.  Discuss.

2.     It's a sacrifice to be a provider, but it's also a sacrifice to be a relater, because important conversations don’t work on a simple schedule.  Like, you can’t sit down with your kid and say, “Tell me your hopes and fears and dreams and struggles, and I have 15 minutes……go.”  When do significant conversations happen?

3.     Discuss this quote from G.K. Chesterton:

 

I can understand how this might exhaust the mind, but I cannot imagine how it could narrow it. How can it be a large career to tell other people’s children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one’s own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone and narrow to be everything to someone? No, a woman’s function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute.” If God gives you children, give them your all. You can’t save them, but your faithfulness may be his means to saving for a thousand generations.

 

c.     Men Protect.  Women Receive.

                                               i.     How can single men protect the women in their lives?  1 Timothy 5 says,

Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, 2 older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.

 

                                              ii.     Husbands should protect their family by saying, “Follow me and do what I do”.  How?

                                            iii.     Husbands should protect their family relationally.

1.     What impact does it have on your daughters when you cherish their mom and treat her well?

2.     What impact does it have you’re your daughters when you cherish their mom and treat her well?

 

                                             iv.     Women receive.  God speaks to a wife in a unique way and to a wife in a unique way.  God will give them the right word and the right time, because women by nature are more relational and intuitive.  Can you give some examples?

 

Discuss Corinne’s paraphrase of Proverbs 31:

 

A Godly wife:

  1. -runs her household and isn't lazy about it
  2. -is concerned about her kids and very involved in their lives at every stage--not distracted following her own pursuits
  3. -doesn't waste money
  4. -cares about what she looks like (although not too much)
  5. -is concerned for the poor
  6. -lives her life based on what God says, not what our culture says
  7. -is wise--gives good advice to her children and others
  8. -doesn't worry but trusts God
  9. -laughs easily
  10. -realizes, as does her husband, that charm and beauty are not what it’s all about—a good wife loves and obeys Jesus
  11. -is teachable--lets Jesus mold her into the woman He created her to be

 

 

Last Thoughts: You heard from Pastor Brock that Southside will be participating in Lent this year, and we would love for you and your Group to join us. It will include a church wide devotional as well. Make sure to pick up your copy at church this Sunday if you missed it this week.

 

PS. Don’t forget to bring your “Love, Actually” punch card on Sunday and get your punched, to be included in the prize draw at the end of the series.

 

 

 

 

Love, Actually-Week Two

Welcome to Week Two of "Love Actually."Please enjoy this Small Group study prepared by Lead Pastor Mike Mannes.

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Southside Groups
“Love, Actually” Week 2
Sunday Feb 19th, 2017
Speaker: Lead Pastor, Mike Mannes

 

Facilitators: Welcome to Week 2 of “Love, Actually.” Please be aware that some of these questions may be hard to discuss for certain Group members, so be prepared to use some probing, and open questions. Be prepared to reign in the focus of the Group if things start to become negative in nature. Always try to focus on the positive, and opportunity.

 

Also, we are going to be launching new small groups at the end of this series. If there is someone or a couple that you believe would be great Small Group Leaders, I invite you to have that conversation with them. If any of your Group members are interested in stepping up to lead a Small Group, and help make disciples, please refer them to me or get them to email me at, dave@southsidelife.com

 

Finally, please let your Group know that if they have any questions during this series to save them. March 12th will be the last Sunday of our Love, Actually Series, and Pastor Mike and Corinne will be answering LIVE Q+A!

 

 

Ice Breaker:  Courage isn’t the absence of fear; it's facing your fears.  Give some examples of times you’ve faced your fears.  And maybe an example of a time you wish you would have.

 

Discussion:

 

1.     It's hard to do the right thing, when you don't’ know what the right thing to do is.  Can you give an example of a time you’ve struggled to know what the right thing to do was?

 

2.     The Bible uses the illustration of Jesus and His church to describe husbands and wives, but the principles apply to all men and all women.  We’ll talk about three distinctives, with the first one this week:

 

a.     Men Pursue and Women Respond.

                                               i.     Pursue means makes the first move.

1.     Applies to the beginning of a relationship.  Discuss the quote below:

 

'Wait a minute. Are you saying that all the risk is mine?' Yes I am. 'Doesn't that mean that she can just tell me no and leave me twisting in the wind?' Yes it does. Welcome to leadership. Welcome to trusting God. Welcome to being a man. Your cards belong on the table. Your intentions and your feelings, to the extent that you can discern them and it is appropriate for you to share them, should be clear. Part of your role even at this early stage is to protect the woman of your interest from unnecessary risk and vulnerability by providing a safe context in which she can respond.

                                    Scott Croft

 

                                                                                                     i.     A man is ready to pursue a relationship when he is MATURE.

1.     Spiritually mature – Pursuing right relationships with God and God’s people.  Discuss in light of this quote from last week.  “When we follow God’s lead, we experience His love, and as we experience His love, we follow His lead. He changes us, one next step at a time”

2.     Financially mature.  What does that mean to you? When are we financially mature?

3.     Emotionally mature.  He is able to lead with his will, knowing his emotions will follow. What does emotional immaturity look like?

 

2.     Applies to dating.  Discuss how it applies to the following:

a.     Pursuing sexual purity.

b.     Planning ahead for marriage.

c.     Basing your relationship on Jesus.

 

3.     Applies to marriage.  Discuss how it applies to the following:

a.     Apologizing.

b.     Finances

c.     Growing as a couple

d.     Making God the priority in your marriage.

 

3.     Women respond.  That takes a lot of patience.  And it starts with not falling for the Jerry Maguire mythology.  Discuss. How has patience paid off in your relationship?

 

4.     Women respond with:

a.     Kindness.  Discuss.

b.     Humility.  Discuss

 

5.     If a wife spends her marriage telling her husband he can’t, she’ll be right.  If she spends her marriage telling her husband he can, she’ll be right.  Discuss.

 

 

Last Thoughts: The leaders and staff of Southside will be participating in Lent this year, and we would love for you and your Group to start thinking about it. It will include a church wide devotional as well.

 

You will hear more about it from Pastor Mike, and we hope you join us as we prepare for Easter at Southside.

 

PS. Don’t forget to bring your “Love, Actually” punch card on Sunday and get your punched, to be included in the prize draw at the end of the series.

 

 

 

Love, Actually-Week One

Welcome to Week One of "Love Actually."Please enjoy this Small Group study prepared by Lead Pastor Mike Mannes.

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Southside Groups
“Love, Actually” Week 1

Sunday Feb 12th, 2017
Speaker: Lead Pastor, Mike Mannes

 

Facilitators: Welcome to Week 1 of “Love, Actually.” This week we are going to be discussing how culture tells us to put our hope in someone else. We are going to discuss how that is harmful to our relationships. Please be aware that some of these topics may be hard to discuss for certain Group members, so be prepared to use some probing, and open questions.

 

Also, we are going to be launching new small groups at the end of this series. If there is someone or a couple that you believe would be great Small Group Leaders, I invite you to have that conversation with them. If any of your Group members are interested in stepping up to lead a Small Group, and help make disciples, please refer them to me or get them to email me at, dave@southsidelife.com

 

Again, if anyone is interested in the next Baptism, please encourage them to sign up online at southsidelife.com under the “Next Steps” tab or they can email me directly at dave@southsidelife.com. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Finally, a quick reminder that Small Group Leaders Pit Stop is coming up on Saturday, Feb 18th at 9:00am at the Hangar. It is an awesome chance for us to show you our appreciation of your leadership and for you to get together and have some fun and share with other Small Group Leaders here at Southside. Hope to see you there.

 

Ice Breaker:  Do you remember your first crush? Share something that you remember about them. If not, what is a highlight or a low light from your past week.

 

Discussion:

 

1.     Why do some biblical scholars refer to James as the “Proverbs of the New Testament”?

 

2.     According to John 10:10, what kind of plan does Jesus have for your life?

 

3.     Pat Benetar once said, “Love is a Battlefield”, and I guess she was right.  Singleness, dating, marriage and staying married is tough.  Where does James say the problem lies in James 4:1-3?

 

What causes fights and quarrels among YOU? Don’t they come from YOUR desires that battle within YOU? 2 YOU desire but do not have, so YOU kill. YOU covet but YOU cannot get what YOU want, so YOU quarrel and fight. YOU do not have because YOU do not ask God. 3 When YOU ask, YOU do not receive, because YOU ask with wrong motives, that YOU may spend what YOU get on YOUR pleasures.

 

 

4.     And yet, there is an unspoken assertion, a hidden assumption in our world, that our hope is found in someone else.

a.     In singleness this leads to desperation.  (Singleness is a disease; a date is the cure).  Contrast this with Proverbs 3:5-6.

b.     In dating this leads to deification.  (You complete me).  Contrast this with Philippians 1:6.

c.     In marriage this leads to devastation.  (YOU DIDN’T COMPLETE ME!!!).  Contrast this with 1 Cor.13.

 

5.     Michael Jackson once said we need to start with the “man in the mirror”.  James says, if you think another person is going to finally, fully satisfy you, you’re living a lie.  Discuss in light of James 4:4:

 

You adulterous people,[a] don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? …

 

 

6.     Psalm 121 tells us where we need to look for help. 

 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—

    where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,

    the Maker of heaven and earth

a.     1 John 4:19 says we love because God first loved us.  How does God’s love free us up to love each other?

 

b.     John 8 says, if we love God, we obey Him.  Pastor Mike said on Sunday, when we follow God’s LEAD, we’ll experience His LOVE, and when we experience God’s LOVE, we’ll follow His LEAD.

                                               i.     What is one area of your life right now you could follow God’s lead in?

                                              ii.     How did getting baptized change Mike and Corinne’s marriage?  Why?

                                            iii.     When God changes you, He changes your singleness, or your dating, or your marriage, or your parenting.  Have you seen that play out?

 

7.     Have you signed up to get baptized yet?

 

Last Thoughts: The leaders and staff of Southside will be participating in Lent this year, and we would love for you and your Group to start thinking about it. It will include a church wide devotional as well.

 

You will hear more about it from Pastor Mike, and we hope you join us as we prepare for Easter at Southside.

 

PS. Know anyone that could really benefit from attending Southside for this series? You should invite them. We know it’s not easy, but we will do the heavy lifting and we won’t embarrass you.

 

 

 

Run To The Roar-Week Four

Welcome to Week Four of "Run To The Roar." Please enjoy this Small Group study prepared by Lead Pastor Mike Mannes.

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Southside Groups

“Run to The Roar” Week 4

Sunday Jan 29th, 2017

Speaker: Pastor Mike Mannes

 

Facilitators: Southside CORE VALUE #1 Disciples Grow. The Christian life is marked by change. Our church exists to invite people to follow Jesus one Next Step at a time. We believe that when we keep following Jesus and taking the steps He lays out for us, we change and grow.

 Through this Run to The Roar series we have discussed how God has a plan for our 2017 and that is going to require us to act. Be prepared to encourage your Group to take their Next Steps. Maybe it is signing up for Baptism if they haven’t been baptised. Maybe it is signing up to serve, or to forgive someone, or love someone. Whatever it is we know that God Honours movement and obedience.

 Please contact Pastor Dave at dave@southsidelife.com if you have any questions or want to help one of your Group members take a Next Step. Group members can visit the Connect tab on the Southside App or the Next Steps tab at southsidelife.com to sign up for a Next Step.

 

Ice Breaker: Pastor Mike was saying how odd it would be for someone to compliment you by saying, “You’re really average”, or, “You’re normal”.  What is the BEST compliment you’ve received, or a recent one you can think of?

 

Three lessons from the life of Daniel:

                                               i.     God qualifies the unqualified. 

                                              ii.     God does the supernatural through simple faith.

                                            iii.     God is powerful in our perseverance

 

 God Qualifies the Unqualified:

 

1.      It is VERY important to note that the Bible is NOT a book about great men and women of God. It is a book about the GREAT God of ordinary men and women.  Why is that important?

b.     Discuss in light of this passage out of Joshua 1 (special focus on verse 5 and verse 9).

 

After the death of Moses, the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. 3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. 4 Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. 5 No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

 

c.     Discuss 2 Corinthians 3:5

 

 God does the supernatural through simple faith:

 

2.      Faith says, “God, I don’t know how this story ends, but I do know this:  Because You say so, I will”.

a.     What did Daniel give up because God told Him to?

b.     What did Noah do because God told him to?

c.     What conversation did Esther have because God led her to?

d.     What is one next step God is asking you to take right now?

3.      Are you ready to write God a “blank cheque” this year?  (when You speak, I’ll listen, when you call I’ll answer.  When you lead, I’ll follow). 

4.      A “blank cheque faith” looks like this:

 

Dr. J. Edwin Orr, the greatest authority ever on renewal in the church was a lecturer at Wheaton College, near Chicago. He took some students in 1940 for a brief visit to England including the Epworth Rectory.

 

Beside the bed were two worn impressions on the carpet where it was said John Wesley knelt hours in prayer for England’s social and spiritual renewal. As the students were getting on the bus, he noticed one was missing.

 

Going back upstairs he found one student kneeling in the carpet knee holes praying with his face on the bed: “O Lord, do it again! Do it again!”

 

Orr placed a hand on the student’s shoulder and said gently, “Come on Billy, we must be going.” And rising, Billy Graham rejoined the bus.”

 

 God is powerful in our perseverance:

 

5.      A life of faith is not a sprint. It's a marathon.  How do you run a marathon?

6.      What’s your lion’s den?  What is your struggle?  What is threatening to derail you?  Can you take one next step today?

7.      What area of your life do you really need to hear this today?

 

Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

 

Last Thought:
1 John 1:5-7

 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

 

What is something you need to bring into the light? It’s probably that “thing” that is really holding you back from really engaging in the battle, and living a free and abundant life. Start to think of a way that you can ask your Group to help you in this struggle and encourage you to work at exposing it to Jesus’ light.

 

 

 

Run To The Roar-Week Three

Welcome to Week Three of "Run To The Roar." Please enjoy this Small Group study prepared by Next Steps Pastor, Dave Poole.

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Southside Groups
“Run to the Roar” Week 3
Sunday Jan 22nd, 2017
Speaker: Pastor Dave Poole

Facilitator Notes: As we near the end of Run to the Roar, it is time to encourage your Group members to look at what God is calling them to as a Next Step. Throughout this session please be aware of when you may be able to encourage a group member to actually take a Next Step, beyond just talking about it.

 Baptism is on Feb 5th. The Bible is clear; it says believe and be baptized. We think it is that simple. If anyone in your Group has accepted Jesus as their Saviour and has yet to be baptized, then Baptism is their next step. Please encourage them to sign up at the Next Steps Centre on Sundays or visit southsidelife.com to sign up online.

 The Financial Learning Experience is starting Sunday Feb 12th. It is a 4-week course designed to help people in your Group to get out of debt and to start winning with their finances. Please sign up at the Next Steps Centre on Sundays or visit southsidelife.com to sign up online.

 Tip: Remember that the Southside App is a great tool to listen to message media, sign up for Next Steps, ask Questions, and stay connected. Encourage your Group to download it. It’s FREE!

 

 

Ice Breaker:  What is the most physically or mentally challenging thing you have accomplished or competed in?

 

1.     Do you have the YouVersion bible app on your phone? Do you know how to locate the Southside message notes each week?

 

Note: Following along the message with the use of sermon notes is a great way to retain the information you hear in a series. There is also a place to save you own notes. People who do this say that it really adds to their Small Group discussion and learning.

 

2.     On Sunday, Pastor Dave walked us through the courageous and incredible story of Esther.

 

a) What part(s) of that story stood out to you?

 

b) What is so significant about Esther 4:14? (please read)

 

3.     Esther “Lived on the Solution Side of the Problem.”

 

a) How did these factors play into Esther’s situation?

            -Esther was an orphan

            -Esther was a Jew still living in exile in Persia

            -Esther was a woman

 

b) What made her so special in this story?

 

4.     What is it that separates those who fall victim to their circumstances and those who always seem to rise up and win at life?

 

a)     What are the differences between winners and losers? (Qualities, and qualifications)

 

God created us to win, he gave us an unfair advantage, his Son Jesus Christ.

The Bible says that we can do all things through Christ which strengthens us. It says that if God is for us, who can be against us?

 

b) So how can we live out this victorious warrior spirit?

 

c) Discuss with your Group some things that you feel you are losing at in your life.

 

d) Now talk about how you can make change and find the solution side of these problems. (Next Steps, write them down and make a plan!)

 

 

 

 

5.     Why is our attitude more important than our aptitude when facing a problem? Think back to the Apollo 13 mission and story.

 

 

 

6.     We are defined by a divine God, not by a blind world. In 1 Samuel 16:7 God is speaking to Samuel and says, “Do not consider his appearance, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

 

God know us better than we know ourselves. God knows our potential more than we know our potential.

 

Our spiritual enemy is described in 1 Peter 5:8 as a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. He wants us beat down, discouraged, and afraid, much like prey. He does not want us to reach our full potential and to live a full abundant life.

 

a)     What are some things that the “world” has told you about you?

 

Are you skinny enough?

Are you rich enough?

Do you need more stuff?

Sex will make you whole?

 

b)    Take some time right now to search the Bible and find out what God says about you.

 

Start with Psalm 139:14 and find a few more.

 

 

7.     Mordecai encouraged Esther to intercede with King Xerces and askes Esther is she has been placed in her position for “such a time as this?”

 

a)     What are some things that God has brought you personally through that might be preparing you for His plan in your life in 2017?

 

 

b)    How are uniquely placed in your life? Who is around you that you have the ability to influence, or encourage, or even invite to church?

 

c)     Do you think that is a coincidence?

 

 

 

 

8.     God created us to be winners, and to change the world in and through us. He even gave us a promise. Please read aloud:

 

Isaiah 54:17: “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord.

 

 

Announcement: God always gives us a Next Step. Some of those next steps are coming up.

 

Baptism is on Feb 5th. The Bible is clear; it says believe and be baptized. We think it is that simple. If you have accepted Jesus as your Saviour, then Baptism is your next step. Please sign up at the Next Steps Centre on Sundays or visit southsidelife.com to sign up online.

 

The Financial Learning Experience is starting Sunday Feb 12th. It is a 4-week course designed to help you get out of debt and to start winning with your finances. Please sign up at the Next Steps Centre on Sundays or visit southsidelife.com to sign up online

 

 

 Last Thought: God has a big plan for your 2017, and that plan is going to face opposition from our spiritual enemy. Often that attack comes in the form of us thinking in the first person.

 

“I’m such a failure, I always screw this up.”

“Why don’t I follow through with these things?”

“I don’t have any self-control.”

“I’m not any good at this, I don’t deserve this.”

 

When that attack comes, what is your attitude going to be? Think and discuss with your Group, your “button” that the devil likes to push to get you off course.

 

Discuss what strategies you can use to stand. Maybe your Group can help with that.

 

 

 

Run To The Roar-Week Two

Welcome to Week Two of "Run To The Roar." Please enjoy this Small Group study prepared by Lead Pastor, Mike Mannes.

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Southside Groups
“Run to The Roar” Week 2
Sunday Jan 15th, 2017
Speaker: Pastor Mike Mannes

 

Facilitator Notes: Welcome to Week 2 of “Run to the Roar.” This week we are going to be discussing the life of Noah and the world he lived in. One of the issues we are going to be discussing is sexual immorality and God’s plan for sex. Please note that this may be a touchy or sensitive issue with some people in your group, so please be aware of those in your group.

 

We are excited to be heading into our first Baptism of 2017. The next Baptism is scheduled for Feb 5th, so as we go through tonight’s session and the rest of Run to the Roar please encourage those in your Group who have yet to take this first step to do so. Choosing to get baptised is a great example of choosing to “Run to the Roar” and even tonight’s discussion. Please let them know that we make the process as easy as possible, and that we don’t make them tell their story from the stage (a lot of people are afraid of that.)

 

If anyone is interested in the next Baptism, please encourage them to sign up online at southsidelife.com under the “Next Steps” tab or they can email me directly at dave@southsidelife.com. If you have any questions, please let me know.

 

 

Ice Breaker:  God asked Noah to build an ark. That’s a tough one!  Has God ever asked you to do something difficult?

 

Discussion:

 

1.     Isaiah 54:17 is our verse for 2017, have you memorized it yet?

 

No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the Lord.

 

2.     Noah’s world was bad:

 

Genesis 6:11-12:

Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence.  God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.

 

a.     How did it come to that? (See Genesis 1,2 and 3)

b.     God is the unmade Maker, the Beginning of all things, and the Source of Life.  Sin is walking away from God instead of walking with Him.  So, if we walk away from God, what are we walking TOWARDS?

c.     Three things defined the world at the time of Noah:

 

Sexual Immorality, Heartless Heroes, Unspeakable Violence.

 

                                               i.     Sexual immorality:

1.     Every single person who has ever been born was born a worshipper.  At the core of our being, there is a WHY behind all of our what’s.  It's not a question of IF we will worship but who or what we will worship. And when it comes to worship, we have two choices:  CREATOR or CREATED.

a.     If we decide to worship God, what are we saying?  (Please read Luke 5:1-5 for the answer)

b.     But what if we DON’T worship CREATOR, but choose CREATED instead?

                                                                                                     i.     What is the name given to the worship of the                                                                                             universe?

                                                                                                    ii.     What is the name given to the worship of “Mother                                                                                       Nature”?

                                                                                                  iii.     What is the name given for the worship of the stars?

                                                                                                   iv.     If we decide to worship CREATED instead of                                                                                               CREATOR, most will gravitate towards the pinnacle of                                                                                 all of creation. What is the pinnacle of creation?

                                                                                                    v.     If we worship our body or someone else’s body, our                                                                                     statement will be “If it feels good, do it”.

2.     What is God’s plan for sex?

3.     God says, what feels good today might leave you broken tomorrow, so follow Me and you will be blessed.  Discuss in light of this definition:

 

“Blessed starts with the knowledge that God is painting a masterpiece with my life, on a canvas bigger and more intricate than I can fully understand from the perspective of this planet.  But I believe it, and so I carry a joy with me through the highest highs and the lowest lows.  Blessed is a hope, grounded in eternity, unshaken by the temporary. And it's a faith, that whether I ascend to the highest peak or descend into the darkest valley, I will fear no evil because my God is with me.  Even through the valley of the shadow of death, He is before me, beside me and behind me, every step of the way.  I am blessed”.

 

                                              ii.     Heartless heroes:

1.     C.S. Lewis once talked about “men without chests”, judging others by what they do instead of who they are.

2.     What is the danger with heroes chosen by what they do instead of who they are?

 

                                            iii.     Unspeakable violence:

1.     Noah’s world was violent. So is ours.  Examples?

 

3.     Noah ran to the roar by:

a.     Doing what God told him to do.

                                               i.     Read Hebrews 11:7 and discuss.

                                              ii.     Noah built an ark.  Would that have been difficult?

                                            iii.     What is God asking you to do in the areas of your:

1.     Sexuality and marriage

2.     Character development

3.     Standing against violence with love

 

b.     Saying what God told him to say.

                                               i.     2 Peter calls Noah a “preacher of righteousness”.  What was his message?  (See Sunday’s YouVersion notes. Hint: You really should use this awesome resource, you can also “save” the notes through the App.)

                                              ii.     How many converts did Noah have?

                                            iii.     When you do what God tells you to do, then you can say what He tells you to say.  Who is God asking you to reach out to this year with the love of Jesus?

 

 

Last Thought: What is that big scary thing that God is calling you to or from this year? Is it Baptism? Is it inviting that friend or family member? Is it starting a new job or leaving a comfortable one? God is often calling us forward, and has probably given you an answer to that question. What is yours?

 

Also, please take some time and brainstorm some ideas that would make this content even better. We are always trying to improve how we do Group Content, and would love to hear from your Group. Please forward any suggestions to dave@southsidelife.com

 

 

Run To The Roar-Week One

Welcome to Week One of "Run To The Roar." Please enjoy this Small Group study prepared by Lead Pastor, Mike Mannes.

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Southside Groups
“Run to The Roar” Week 1
Sunday Jan 8th, 2017
Speaker: Pastor Mike Mannes

 Facilitators: Welcome to the first series of 2017. I hope your Group enjoyed the Holidays and is eager to meet again and start 2017 strong. I want to encourage you to invite your Group members to take notes during the series, either in a notebook, or live on the YouVersion Bible App. Let us know if you need any help navigating the App and we would love to help out.

 Something else to be thinking about as we start a new year and people will most likely be looking to start anew, we have a Baptism coming up on Feb 5th. The bible says that when we are in Christ we are a new creation, so as we look to self-improve, God says that with Christ we are already new! Please encourage those in your Group who have yet to take their next step of Baptism that this would be a great way to start the year on the right track. Please email me at dave@southsidelife.com for more info. You can always stop by the Next Step Centre on Sundays and chat as well.

 One quick reminder that these Small Group Content Questions are always available at the Next Steps Centre if you require copies.


Ice Breaker: What is a New Year’s resolution that you kept? What is an example of a New Year’s resolution that didn’t stand a chance?

 

 What is the role of the male lion in the hunt? 

 1.     In light of the male lion’s role in the hunt, what is the safest, most life-giving direction for a gazelle to take when the male lion roars?

 2.     1 Peter 5:8 says this: Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

 a.     What kind of lion? 

b.     How will your enemy “roar” at you this year?  Answer in light of Isaiah 54:17:

No weapon formed against you shall prosper,

And every tongue which rises against you in judgment

You shall condemn.

This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,

And their righteousness is from Me,”

Says the Lord.

 

                                               i.     What weapons will be formed against you this year?

1.     Intimidation?  Is this a problem for you?

2.     Distraction? 

3.     Gossip?

4.     People pleasing?

5.     Insecurity?

                                              ii.     What tongues will rise against you in judgment?

1.     Who is your worst critic?  Is it you?  Or the people around you?

2.     Are there hurts from your past which leave you debilitated?

3.     Are there regrets which have convinced you that you’re dirty and sinful and a lost cause?  What does 2 Cor. 5:17 say about that?

c.     The story of David:

Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.” ….

 Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here….”

 

d.     Why did everyone think it would be Eliab?

e.     Seven sons were in Jesse’s house that day.  All seven were brought before Samuel. And each time, God said no.  What is the significance of the number 7 in the bible?

f.       Samuel must have thought he had the wrong house…. but he asked Jesse…. “Are there any more sons?”: 

 

“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.”

 

g.     David is the eighth son.  Eight is the number of new beginnings.  What do you say we make today a day of new beginnings?  What’s holding you back?  Hurts from yesterday?  Shame from the past?  Are you willing to believe in a Saviour so big, that He can make old things new?

                                               i.     Discuss this:  Bring your irreparable past to our irresistible Saviour and watch His irrefutable power change your past, your present, your future, your everything. 

1.     Are you willing to do it?

 

h.     David comes in from the field…. the forgotten son, not invited to the festivities….

 He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features.

Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.” …..

 The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

 

           i.       We live in a “skin deep” culture.  But God sees deeper.  God sees the content of your character.  It's like Martin Luther                King Jr. once said:

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

ii.     God sees the content of your character.  He’s growing something in you, He notices you.  What decisions can you make today that are “character” decisions, not worried about what our “skin deep world” has to say?

 

God saw something in David, and the shepherd boy became a giant killer, but he became a giant killer BECAUSE he was a shepherd boy.  In God’s equation, little things aren’t little.  Listen to this discussion David had with King Saul:

 “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”

33 Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”

34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came, and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God.

                           j.       The field prepared David for the fight.  What are the little things that you’ve been doing?  Can you see how they’re making a                                   difference and making you different?  Do you need strength to keep doing the little things?

 

 Last Thought: Take some time as a Group and pray together. Pray over the year ahead and what God has planned in and through your Group. Pray that God would keep using all of us to change Chilliwack and the World one life, one story at a time.

 “We’re in this Together!”

God Never Said That-Week Three

Welcome to Week Three of "God Never Said That." Please enjoy this Small Group study prepared by Lead Pastor, Mike Mannes.

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Southside Groups

“God Never Said That” Week 3

Sunday Dec 4th, 2016                       

Speaker: Pastor Mike Mannes

 

Ice Breaker:  Can you think of a time you have been misjudged? Tell the story.  Can you think of a time you have misjudged someone else?  Tell that story.

 

 Matthew 7:

 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye…

 

 1.     The title of the sermon was, “How to hold to absolute truth in a relative world without being a judgmental jerk”.  What is absolute truth?  Give an example (Remember, it's either the bus, or me, not both…).  What does it mean to say “relative world”?  Have you ever met a judgmental jerk?  Have you ever been one?

 2.     Three things we need to check if we want to hold onto absolute truth in a relative world.

 

                                               i.     Motive.  Are you looking to shout someone down or call someone up?  When we speak the truth to someone we should do it with:

1.     Integrity.  Have you ever judged someone based on gossip?  Pretty easy to do isn’t it?

a.     Gossip is so powerful, because undoing it is like unringing a bell.  Discuss.

2.     Positivity.  Believe the best!  How can we better do this?  Discuss in light of Jesus words in John 7:24: “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”

3.     Empathy.  We judge others by their actions and ourselves by our intentions.  How does empathy turn this around?

a.     Discuss the prayer of St. Francis:

 

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:

where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy.

 God, grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.

 

4.     Possibility.  What would it look like if we saw others through the lens of Philippians 4:13?

 

                                              ii.     Measure.  Do you lead with MERCY or JUSTICE?  Give examples in your parenting, your marriage, and your friendships.

1.     What measure would you like God to use with you?

2.     What measure DID God use with you?

 

                                            iii.     Method.  Hey plank eye, start with You!  Discuss in light of Psalm 139, written by a man after God’s own heart, David:

 

Search me, God, and know my heart;

test me and know my anxious thoughts.

See if there is any offensive way in me,

and lead me in the way everlasting

 

                                                       a.     If leadership is follow the leader, and not Simon says, what is one way you would like to set a better                                                                    example for the people around you?

 

Last Thought: There are a lotof people in our community that need to hear truth. People that need to hear that Jesus loves them no matter what. People that need to hear that no matter what they have done or whatever they will do, that God sent His Son for them. Those people need to hear the good news of Jesus this Holiday season.

 Who can YOU invite to Christmas at Southside this year? Our Christmas Services this year are Friday Dec 23rd at 4:00pm and 6:00pm, as well as Saturday Dec 24th at 4:00pm and 6:00pm.

 

 

God Never Said That-Week Two

Welcome to Week Two of "God Never Said That." Please enjoy this Small Group study prepared by Lead Pastor, Mike Mannes.

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“God Never Said That” Week 2

Sunday Nov 27th, 2016

Speaker: Pastor Mike Mannes

 

 Ice Breaker: What is the most challenging thing that you have ever had to do? What made it so challenging?

 

1.     1 Peter 2:11-12The Message (MSG)

Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives.

 

This world is not your home. What does that mean to you, and how does it affect your day to day life?

                       

How would you “indulge your ego at the expense of your soul”?

 

What is an “exemplary life?.”  Discuss in light of last week’s sermon.  (Set an example in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity)

 

2.     God’s aim for your life is higher than happy.  Happy comes and goes with your HAPPENINGS. 

 

Discuss pastor Mike’s definition of blessed:

 

“Blessed starts with the knowledge that God is painting a masterpiece with my life, on a canvas bigger and more intricate than I can fully understand from the perspective of this planet.  But I believe it, and so I carry a joy with me through the highest highs and the lowest lows.  Blessed is a hope, grounded in eternity, unshaken by the temporary. And it's a faith, that whether I ascend to the highest peak or descend into the darkest valley, I will fear no evil because my God is with me.  Even through the valley of the shadow of death, He is before me, beside me and behind me, every step of the way.  I am blessed”.

 

Do you believe God is painting a masterpiece with your life?  How?  See Ephesians 2:10.

 

Do you believe you are making a difference that you won’t fully understand this side of eternity?  How might that change the way we look at our parenting, our friendships, our marriage?

 

Someone once said, that this world is the closest to hell a Christian is ever going to get.  Does that give you hope?

 

Why is blessed “more than happy”?

 

3.     Paul said we are, “hard pressed on every side but not crushed”.

a.     Ever feel like you are hunted by hardship…even when you’re not looking for trouble it finds you? Would you have an example to share with your Group?

 

Why does that make this promise so important?

 

Psalm 146:5: Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,

                                                                       whose hope is in the Lord their God.

 

4.     We are perplexed, but not in despair.

a.     If you’re number one goal is happy, you will be desperately perplexed, and desperately perplexed people do perplexing things.  In other words, if I pursue happy today, it might make me unhappy tomorrow.  Discuss in light of:

                                               i.     My marriage.

                                              ii.     My parenting

                                            iii.     My job

                                             iv.     My faith

 

5.     We are persecuted but not abandoned.

a.     Why is this phrase, “Jesus saves”, offensive in our culture?

b.     Discuss Jesus' promise in Matthew 5:11:

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.”

 

6.     We are struck down but not destroyed.

a.     CHRISTIAN…following in the footsteps of Jesus. Why does that make the crucifixion and resurrection the best news we could EVER have?

 

Last Thought: “If it doesn’t challenge you, it’s not going to change you.” Often the challenges we face today are post dated blessings.  They cause us to grow, change, and develop as people, friends, spouses, children, and parents. God is often working for the good of His people according to His purpose. As you proceed throught this week, seek God and look at where He may be taking you.

 

 

God Never Said That-Week Two

Southside Groups

“God Never Said That” Week 1

Sunday Nov 20th, 2016

Speaker: Pastor Mike Mannes

 

Facilitators: Fall has been a great season for Southside, and our Groups. We want to learn and improve as much as we can, because we want to steward the Bride of Christ as well as we can. That is why over the next few weeks your Groups Core Team coach will be getting in touch with you for your feedback. We want to know your thoughts and input. How was Family Feud? Did you feel supported? What could we have done better? We would love to hear from you.

 Also please discuss with your Group if they would like to participate in Southside’s “All is Bright” Christmas Initiative. Please email Pastor Sarah at sarah@southsidelife.com if you, or your group would like to get involved in “All is Bright” on November 26th.

 

 Ice Breaker:  Go around the room and have everyone give one “highlight” and one “lowlight” from their lives since the last time your small group met.

 1.     God never said, “Moderation in all things”.  Discuss in light of 1 Cor. 9:24.

 2.     Some people will say, “I’m not a leader”. 

a.     Simon Says leadership says, “Listen to me and do what I say”.

b.     Follow the Leader leadership says, “Watch me and do what I do”.

c.     Real leadership is Follow the Leader.  Who is watching you? 

3.     If we are all leaders, then we will all make a difference. So, the only question is, “What kind of difference are you going to make?”.  Sit for a minute, and really think. What kind of difference do you want to make? When it is all said and done for you, what do you want your legacy to be?

4.     Moderation works for cheese cake, dessert buffets and Xbox, but not for the Christian life.  In the Christian life, we run to win.  1 Timothy 4:12-16 gives us two pieces of instruction and one piece of inspiration as we run to win:

 

Instruction 1:  Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12)

 

                                               i.     How could you be “exemplary in your speech” according to Ephesians 4:29?

1.     What is the difference between swearing and cursing?

2.     Name the last three encouragements you’ve given to others.

a.     Can you think of someone who is a great example of encouraging?

b.     What are three encouragements you will give before the end of tomorrow?            

           ii.     How could you be exemplary in your conduct?

1.     Are you a person of integrity?  Do you walk the walk as well as talk the talk?

2.     Can you think of someone who has been a great example to you in their conduct?

                                            iii.     How could you be exemplary in your love?

1.     Love ALWAYS protects.  Do you protect the absent?  Example?

2.     Love ALWAYS trusts.  Do you assume the best about people?

3.     Love ALWAYS hopes.  Do you cheer people on?  How do you handle jealousy?

4.     Love ALWAYS perseveres. Do you stick with people?

5.     Can you think of someone who is a great example of loving others?

 

                                             iv.     How could you be exemplary in your faith?

1.     Do you believe God has a plan for you today?  Are you ready to walk in it, even if it's tough?

2.     Who is a great example in your life of faith?

 

                                              v.     How could you be exemplary in your purity?

1.     Sex.  God’s plan.  How does it apply to you today?

 

Instruction 2: Devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching…

 ·       Read your Bible.  How can we help you?  If you want a simple list of scriptures to memorize, feel free to email Mike@southsidelife.com

 

·       Engage in church.  Engagement increases application.  Application increases transformation.  Discuss in light of John 8:31-32.

 

·       Get in a group.  J

 Inspiration:  Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them…..Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

Discuss.

 

Last Thought:

 Are there obstacles that you are facing right now, that perhaps God has placed you in front of to be a light or opportunity for others. Perhaps God wants you to grow, or to get in the way of someone else to have an impact in their life. Think of some of those things this week, and how you can apply tonight’s discussion to them.

 Also, have you signed up for the “All is Bright Initiative” to give 500 hours to Chilliwack this holidays season?  Text “Bright” to 604-670-3040

 

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Welcome to Week Four of "Family Feud". Here is a short message from Next Steps Pastor, Dave Poole.

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