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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 new message series called, "Heaven." Please enjoy the Small Group Studies prepared by Lead Pastor, Mike Mannes. If you have missed any weeks, feel free to keep scrolling to see earlier week's content.

HEAVEN-Week One

Welcome to Week One of "HEAVEN." Please enjoy this Small Group discussion prepared by Lead Pastor, Mike Mannes.

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Southside Groups
“HEAVEN” Week One
Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
Speaker: Lead Pastor, Mike Mannes

 

Facilitators: Welcome to Week 1 of our new message series “HEAVEN”.

 Our next Baptism is scheduled for May 7th, so please be prepared to answer questions on Baptism and to steer any potential sign ups, to the online baptism sign up at southsidelife.com/baptism.

 Reminder that our next Message Based Campaign will be starting May 28th. Take some time over these next few weeks to have some fun and perhaps enjoy a short study from RightNow Media or continue to follow along with our message based Small Group studies online.

 

Ice Breaker: Do your best to think of a couple, “I don’t want this day to end” moments in your life and share them with your group.

 

Discussion:

 

1.     Let’s start here tonight.  You don’t have a soul.  You are an eternal soul.  You have a body.  Your current body will wear out one day, but YOU will never wear out.

 

                         a.     Discuss in light of this quote from Rick Warren:

 

Death is not the end. There is more to the story! One day your heart will stop beating, and that will be the end of your body. But it’s not going to be the end of you.

You were made in God’s image. You were made to last forever. This is not all there is. Why do we have hope? Because no matter how bad it seems on Earth, it’s just for a while. We’re going to spend trillions of years on the other side of eternity with no more sorrow, no more sadness, no more sickness, no more suffering. 

 

                          b.     There are moments we experience in life, pure joy, love, adventure, and we feel them not only physically,                                       but spiritually….what if those moments were just an inkling of a glimpse of a taste of what is to come?

 

                                               i.     What would that say about heaven to you?

 

2.     How could understanding what happens to us when we die change the way we live?

 

3.     The way popular culture describes heaven sometimes is really boring.  Give examples.

 

4.     Some describe heaven as ethereal.  I think that’s a mistake.  Heaven is MORE REAL than earth.  Many NDE’rs describe a “sensory” overload in heaven:

                             a.     Is there a song that you’ve listened to more than any other song?  What is it?

                                               i.     Why did you listen to it so much?

                                              ii.     Imagine now that in heaven the music is going to reach you and impact you exponentially                                                               more than even that song….its not all pipe organs and pan flutes.  Talk about that..

                             b.     What is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?

                                               i.     Imagine now in heaven that you’ll see beauty with the sharpest vision imaginable on a scope                                                         beyond anything imagined.  Talk about that.

                             c.     What is the best thing you’ve ever tasted?

                             d.     What is the best smell you can think of?

 

5.     Isiaiah 40 gives us a glimpse of our new bodies:

“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”

 

                     1.     Does that fire you up?

                     2.     In heaven the blind see, the crippled walk, the deaf hear…there is no sickness, or crying or mourning or pain.                                Try to describe what that would be like.

 

Last Thought: Given the context and content of this week's message and study. What thing(s) would you change or do this week with a heavenly perspective?

 

 

 

Drain the Oceans Dry-Week Five, EASTER

Welcome to Week Five 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” - Easter

Sunday, April 16, 2017
Speaker: Lead Pastor, Mike Mannes

Facilitators: Welcome to Week 5 of our message series “Drain the Oceans Dry” and our Easter message for 2017.

 Make sure to watch the intro video for this Groups Session before entering the discussion portion. Video can be found at southsidelife.com, then select Resources, then Group Leader Resources. Our next Baptism is scheduled for May 7th, so please be prepared to answer questions on Baptism and to steer any potential sign ups, to the online baptism sign up at southsidelife.com/baptism.

Please take some time with your Group to discuss what is a good next step for your Group. We would suggest taking a week and having some fun, or go out as a Group. Our next Message Based Campaign will be starting May 28th. Feel free to follow a Group study off of RightNow Media or keep following along with our weekly Message Based Small Group Studies. Either way, take some time as a Group and discuss.

Thank you for joining with us in prayer, leading up to Easter. We saw God move in a big way. We saw 1,888 people come and hear the good news of the empty tomb, and we say 45 people find Jesus and accept Him into their lives. God is so good.

 

Ice Breaker: Can you think of a few “I remember where I was when….” moments?

 

1.     Try to describe how the disciples must have felt, huddled in that room on the first Easter Sunday, before the women came and told them, “HE IS RISEN”!

 

Would you be willing to share a low point in your life, a time when you felt just beaten and heartbroken?

 

2.     Just like Peter, we run to the empty tomb if we are:

        a.     Feeling worthless:

                                               i.     Why would Peter have been feeling guilty and worthless?  (See Luke 22:61)

                                              ii.     Have you ever felt worthless because of your past?  What does Romans 8:1 have to say about                                                       that?

                                                             1.     If the death of Jesus isn’t enough to cover your sins, whose sins IS it good enough to                                                                     cover?

                                                                               a.     What does 2 Corinthians 5:21 say about how God sees you TODAY?

                                                             2.     Are you carrying heavy baggage from your past?  What does Jesus invite you to do                                                                        in Matt. 11:28-30?

 

        b.     Feeling empty:

                                               i.     Without Jesus, enough never seems to be enough.  Discuss in light of Eccl. 5:10.

                                              ii.     Jesus wants to change you from the inside out.  Discuss in light of Ephesians 3:20 (MSG)

 

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.

                       

                                            iii.     Each of us tries to change ourselves at times from the OUTSIDE in…. why doesn’t it work?                                                            Read Romans 8:11

                                             iv.     How does God’s presence inside us change the way we see the world around us? See Psalm                                                           23.

 

         c.     Feeling Defeated.

                                               i.     When Jesus said, “It is finished”, and died on the cross, many people must have thought                                                                 “Jesus is finished”. But the story of redemption that started on the cross was FINISHED                                                                 through the empty tomb.

                                                              1.     What was finished by Jesus through the cross and the empty tomb…. What was                                                                          defeated through the death and resurrection of our Saviour?

                                                              2.     Easter is the ultimate comeback story.  So, even if you feel like you’re down and out                                                                       today, you might be down, but you’re not out?

                                                              3.     What area of your life do you need God’s resurrection Power for?

 

Last Thought: Please take some time at the end of your Group to spend in prayer. Tonight’s session will most likely unearth some areas in Group member’s lives that could really use some encouragement and prayer.

 There is power in prayer!

 

 

 

Drain the Oceans Dry-Week Four

Welcome to Week Four 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, April 9th, 2017
Speaker: Lead Pastor, Mike Mannes

 

Facilitators: Welcome to Week 4 of our new message series “Drain the Oceans Dry.” This whole week we want all of us preparing for Easter. If you have joined us for Lent, I hope that it has brought you closer to God and prepared you to celebrate Easter. We also should be maximizing our opportunities and tools to invite our friends, family, and co-workers to Easter. E-vites are available on Southside Church’s Facebook Page, but nothing beats an old fashioned face-to-face invitation.

Make sure to watch the intro video for this Groups Session before entering the discussion portion. Video can be found at southsidelife.com, then select Resources, then Group Leader Resources.

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: Do you have any “bring my kids to work” stories, either from when your parents brought you to work or when you brought one of your children to work?

 

1.     Why did God pursue Jonah and get him re-routed to Nineveh?

 

2.     Why does God’s path for your life, run through Chilliwack?  How is He like a Heavenly Father who brings His kids to work?  Matthew 12:50 says it this way as Jesus states:

 

“…whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.”

 

3.     Who are you bringing to the Easter services this year?

 

4.     Three things we notice as the story of Jonah closes:

 

                                               i.     Unfounded frustration.

1.     What made Jonah angry?

 

Jonah 4:

But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. 2 He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. 3 Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”

 

 But the Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?”

 

2.     You can tell a lot about a person by what makes them angry.  What makes you angry?

 

3.     We’re all a little bit like Jonah.  God’s mercy can be GREAT when it's extended to us, but, at times, can be frustrating when extended to others.

a.     Have you ever noticed that we judge others by their actions and ourselves by our intentions?

b.     Have you ever noticed that we want JUSTICE for others and mercy for us?

c.     Jealousy makes us offended at God’s grace and mercy poured out to someone else.  But jealousy is based on the flawed mentality called scarcity.  The Bible teaches the abundance mentality.  Discuss in light of the following:

 

Scarcity

Scarcity is all about fear; you are afraid that there won’t be enough for you…enough money, enough love, enough time…whatever it is that you feel you need in life. Scarcity focuses on what little you have and assumes the worst; that that’s all you’ll get and if you aren’t careful you will even lose that. Scarcity is about walls and locks and secrets and hiding because you can never be too careful to guard what little you have.

 

Abundance

Abundance is just the opposite of that. Abundance is about hope. Abundance sees the opportunities. I’m looking out the window right now at all the maple tree “helicopter” seeds falling to the ground. One tree throws off thousands of seeds. One tree could create a forest. God has wired abundance into his creation if we will only see it.

 

 

d.     Bitterness makes us angry at God’s mercy, because hurt can lead to hatred, and we HATE when God loves those we HATE.  I guess you could say Jonah was a racist because of the hurts the Ninevites caused him.  Are you a racist?

 

                                              ii.     Pathetic Priorities:

 

Jonah had gone out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city.

 

But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the plant so that it withered. 8 When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.”

1.     We live in a culture that seems to be entertained by brokenness, addiction, feuds and betrayal.  God says we were born for more:

 

Matthew 25:

35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

 

 

a.     Can you think of one thing you can do to help someone God has placed in your life?

 

                                            iii.     Hopeful humility:

 

Jonah 4:9-11

9 But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?”

“It is,” he said. “And I’m so angry I wish I were dead.”

10 But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. 11 And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?”

 

1.     Who wrote the book of Jonah?

2.     Why would Jonah write a book that makes him look so bad?

 

Last Thought: When we give God our simple, He takes care of the supernatural. God was able to take the very short and simple message of Jonah and perform something amazing in Nineveh. What could God do through your words? A simple message to share this year is to simply ask your friends to join you for Easter this year. Also to make it easier, we have planned an engaging serving and a ton of fun for our KiDS. Don’t forget about Bakeology afterwards either.

 

Prayer: Please pray for Pastor Mike as he prepares for our Easter services this week. Also pray that God would begin to move in the hearts of people that will attend our Easter services this year.

 

There is power in prayer!

 

 

 

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Southside Groups
“Drain the Oceans Dry”
Sunday, April 2nd, 2017
Speaker: Lead Pastor, Mike Mannes

 

Facilitators: Welcome to Week 3 of our new message series “Drain the Oceans Dry.” Tonight, we will be discussing the unique opportunities that we all have in our lives, that God wants to work in and through us. Over the next couple of weeks, we should all be thinking about who we can simply invite to Easter. Encourage your Group members to be strong and extend invitations to the people close to them but far from God, to church. Even during Jesus’ life most of the people who met Him, were invited by a friend or family member to come see him. We can also do the same thing.

 Make sure to watch the intro video for this Groups Session before entering the discussion portion. Video can be found at southsidelife.com, then select Resources, then Group Leader Resources.

 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: Name three things you’re thankful for today.

 

1.     What were the two reasons why Jonah didn’t want to go to Nineveh?

 

2.     Why do you think Jonah got the sailors to throw him out of the boat instead of jumping in himself?

 

a.     Speaking of that, can you give an example of something you’ve accomplished in your life that you couldn’t have accomplished without the help of others?

                          1.     Spiritually?

                          2.     Morally?

                          3.     Relationally?

                          4.     Professionally?

                          5.     Educationally?

 

3.     Genesis 1:1 suggests that there is natural and there is SUPER natural.  Discuss in light of Jonah and the whale.

 

4.     "Humility is that virtue by which you know yourself but are not disheartened."

-Mother Angelica

 

                        1.     Humility is to know yourself.  I like that.  Does it make sense?

                        2.     If I know myself, what do I learn about me in comparison to God?

                        3.     Why are we not disheartened when we truly know ourselves?

 

5.     Jonah finds humility through wind, waves and a whale.  What circumstances in your life helped you know yourself?

 

6.     God our perfect heavenly Father.  And He’s patient.  Here’s an example from Jonah 1:1-2 and Jonah 3:1-2:

 

The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai:” Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”

                                                (1:1-2)

 

Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time:  “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”

                                                (3:1-2)

 

                                               i.     God has a plan for Nineveh, and Jonah is part of that plan AND God has a plan for Jonah and part of that plan runs through Nineveh.  Discuss.

                                              ii.     Is there something God has been patiently reminding you of in your life?

                                            iii.     Assuming that God is a GIVER and not a TAKER, what happens when we take Him up on what He’s asking us to do?

 

7.     In the sermon, Mike talked about how many times God has to remind him that:

a.     We live our lives for an audience of One, so instead of living FOR the approval of people we can love FROM the approval of God.

                                               i.     Do you need to be reminded of that today?

b.     We were created for perseverance, not self-pity, because if we spend our lives looking for something to complain about, we’ll never run out, but if we spend our lives looking for something to be grateful about, we’ll never run out.

                                               i.     Do you need to be reminded of that today?

c.     God loves you.  He’s a GIVER, not a taker; all He wants to take from you is your sin, your shame and your scars.  And He wants to GIVE you a new start, a clean slate and real life.

                                               i.     Do you need to be reminded of that today?

d.     God’s plan for your life, runs through Nineveh.  You're an ordinary world changer, so don’t write ANYONE off or think that ANYONE is beyond the reach of the love of God.

                                               i.     Do you need to be reminded of that today?

 

8.     God loves Chilliwack, and part of His plan for YOUR life runs through Chilliwack. Discuss the significance of this reality.

 

9.     Read Jonah 3:4. Jonah’s sermon shows that God doesn’t call us to be outstanding….just obedient.  Can you think of areas in your life it's good to remember that?

 

10.  How does the story of Jonah point us to the story of Jesus?

 

Last Thought: Spend some time with your group and discuss the unique circumstances that you are a part of and that God has placed you in. Is that on purpose? What opportunities and relationships do you find yourself in that God has uniquely placed just you? How can you maximize those opportunities as we prepare for Easter?

 

Prayer: Please pray that God would move before us and prepare all of us to have a maximum impact in the relationships in our lives. Pray that we would see people as God sees people.

 

 

 

 

Drain the Oceans Dry-Week Two

Welcome to Week Two 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.

Click below for a printable version of this weeks Small Group Content.

Southside Groups
“Drain the Oceans Dry”
Sunday, March 26th, 2017
Speaker: Lead Pastor, Mike Mannes

 

Facilitators: Welcome to Week 2 of our new message series “Drain the Oceans Dry.” The Small Group discussion for this week, will probably spur your Group to talk about Next Steps that they need to take. Be there to encourage your members to step out and take those steps. Make sure you point them in the right direction to follow through with those steps. When in doubt they can contact Pastor Dave at the Next Steps Centre, email him at dave@southsidelife.com or visit the Next Steps tab on southsidelife.com.

 

Make sure to watch the intro video for this Groups Session before entering the discussion portion. Video can be found at southsidelife.com, then select Resources, then Group Leader Resources.

 

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.

 

Discussion

 

Ice Breaker: Share of a time where you knew the right thing to do, but you didn’t want to and why.

 

1.     God loves you, so sometimes He’ll ask you to do difficult things. Why?

 

2.     Have you ever noticed that when God sends you to Nineveh, there is always a ship to Tarshish available?  What are some examples from your life?

 

-Maybe God called you to take your next step of Baptism, but then you had plans on that Sunday.

-Maybe you wanted to talk with a friend about some hard things they were going through, but you figured they wouldn’t want to talk about it.

-Maybe you are supposed to end a relationship because you know it isn’t right, but you don’t want to hurt their feelings.

-Maybe you wanted to give to the Bold campaign but then you had vehicle trouble.

 

3.     Read Jonah 1: 1-16

 

4.     God loves you too much to have you settle for easy, comfortable and safe.  God wants you instead to be effective, courageous and dangerous.  Discuss in light of Joshua 1:9.

 

5.     Why do the sailors get converted?

 

6.     Jonah takes a leap of faith.  Do you think he knew God would rescue him? Why?

 

7.     What leap of faith might God be asking you to take today?

 

8.     God loves you, so He invites you to take a leap of faith.  There are three attitudes we can have towards God’s invitation:

 

a.     Dismissive: “I’m going to do this myself”.

                                               i.     Solomon once described looking for fulfillment without God as “chasing after the wind”.  Have                                                       you ever experienced that?

                                              ii.     When did you come to realize that God is the more that you’d been looking for?

b.     Delusional: “God is a cosmic coke machine”

                                               i.     God is good, but he’s not always safe….and as you follow in His footsteps, you won’t always                                                         be safe, but you’ll be blessed.  Discuss in light of this statement:

 

“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”.

 

c.     Devoted.  “I am a kite, You are the wind!”

                                               i.     Jesus said that if we seek God first, all the “things of the world” will find their place.  Have                                                           you seen that to be true?

 

9.     Pastor Mike used the quote, “if you want to find out what someone worships, you look at their work, their words, and their wallet.” How would the people close to you in your life answer those questions for you? How do those three things “show our hand” with the things we truly care about in our lives?

 

10.  Why do we have such a hard time being obedient to God when He calls us to action in our lives?

 

11.  What are some things you need to improve on that God has called you to and how can your Small Group help?

 

Last Thought: We apparently struggle with spiritual amnesia at times, as God is always faithful in His promises to us, yet we struggle to surrender to His will in our lives. As you take on the rest of your week remember that above all creation God cherishes YOU the most, therefore He always wants what is best for you, even when we can’t see what He is doing.

 

Prayer: Please pray against the plans of the enemy to keep people from attending Easter this year.

 

 

 

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.

Click below for a printable version of this weeks Small Group Content.

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

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Southside Groups

“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

 

 

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