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Small Groups Weekly Bible Study – August 26 – September 1

Recasting The Vision

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”

Theme: Honor the Past, Live in the Present, Build for the Future

Warm-Up Questions:
What is your fondest memory of going to church as a child/teenager?
How well would you say you are at handling change in your life?

Observation and Interpretation Questions: 

Read 1 Corinthians 12:14, 25-26. – PAST

  1. How have yourpast experiences led you to see the importance and power of connections?
  2. How do youconnect to God, others and the world through the emotional connection
    you have by the power of the Holy Spirit?
  3. Why do you think it is that we have tended to be“surface surfers, rather than deep divers in
    the lives of others with the love and depth of Jesus?”


Read Hebrews 12:1-2. – PRESENT 

  1. Why is it important to see that there is a cloud of witnesses surrounding you (verse 1)?
  2. What might be one of the specific weights that hold you back (verse 1)?
  3. How does sin work to entangle you so that it interrupts your walk with God (verse 1?
  4. Why do you think it is easier to trust in yourself that look to Jesus for help (verse 2)?


Read
Joel 2:28. – FUTURE

  1. What do you think it might mean to have God pour out His spirit on you?
  2. What do you think it means to trust that as God pours out His spirit, He will reveal His plans
    in His time and His ways?
  3. How might you begin to implement this so your future will be filled with visions that will reach more people for Jesus?
  4. What is one thing regarding yourself that you can take away from these three Scriptures?
Application Questions
  1. What can you do to make God’s call to be His representative a bigger part of your lifestyle?
  2. What was most challenging for you from Pastor Greg’s message on Sunday?

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Prayer: HeavenlyFather, thank You for showing us a solid future that is bright, and bold; one built on
the past, that we are living now in the present, and which is preparing us for a kingdom explosion.

Talk and Pray with one another about how you can Join Jesus on His mission in your own lives
this week, using the questions on the back, and pray for one another about any
personal concerns or praises you have.  

Going Deeper

What is your immediate reaction to one of the following statements (pick one):
Nostalgia has a way of erasing that which is needed to grow.”
“We will do anything short of sin to reach the yet-to-be-saved.”
God’s foreknowledge is always greater than our forecast!
“We will not INSULTGod with human-sized dreams, rather we will HONOR God with God-sized dreams!”

Read 2 Corinthians 1:3-7. God’s Purpose for Suffering.
How does this revelation help to understand God’s purposes for pain in your life?

Read 2 Corinthians 1:8-9.Paul’s Recounting the Past.
Why do you think Paul included this when writing to the Corinthians?

Read 2 Corinthians 1:10-12.Paul’s Confidence in the Present.
How might you describe the confidence Paul has as he faced his immediate challenges?

Read 2 Corinthians 1:15-17. Paul’sPlans for the Future.
Why do you think Paul was reminding them of how he made decisions?

Read 2 Corinthians 1: 18-22.  God’s Anointing in Christ.
How would you describe what Paul is trying to communicate about his message to them?

Share about a time when you were able to use pain from your past to help someone else.

Prayer: Father, help us to see that You have designed us to be a congregation that lives out the
forgiveness we have received with a commitment to be reliant upon You at all times,
especially when we don’t know how we will get through today. AMEN