The Impact of the Small Gathering

For Further Discussion:

  1. What possessions do you have that you enjoy sharing with others?
  2. Which of your belongings would you not want to share with anyone else? Why?
  3. How would you describe your life-style: self-centered, family-centered, or others-centered?
  4. What were the activities of the early church? (Acts 2:42)
  5. How did the new believers approach what they did? (Acts 2:42)
  6. What unusual deeds did the apostles do? (Acts 2:43)
  7. How did people respond to what was going on? (Acts 2:43)
  8. What life-style did the early believers adopt? (Acts 2:44-45)
  9. Why might the early Christians have had “everything in common”? (Acts 2:44)
  10. How were the goods distributed among the early believers? (Acts 2:45)
  11. How often did the believers meet? (Acts 2:46)
  12. Where did the early believers meet? (Acts 2:46)
  13. How did the early Christians meet together? (Acts 2:46-47)
  14. What did the Christians do when they met together in homes? (Acts 2:46-47)
  15. What was the spirit of the believers in all they did? (Acts 2:46-47)
  16. What was the growth of the early church like? (Acts 2:47)
  17. What were the early believers actually doing when they “broke bread”?
  18. How do the activities of the early church compare with the activities of our church?
  19. How do you think our church should be more like the early church?
  20. In what ways should our church be different from the early church? Why?
  21. The early church was joyful, victorious, and full of praise. How would you describe the spirit of our church?
  22. When do you most enjoy spending time with other believers?
  23. Would you describe our church as self-centered or others-centered?
  24. How is the celebration of Communion meaningful to you?
  25. What “miracles” have you witnessed in our church fellowship?
  26. In what ways do you see our church growing?
  27. What can you do to help our church be more like the early church?
  28. How can your daily prayers help bring about spiritual renewal in our church fellowship?

Going to Church God’s Way Part 1

How to Make a Lasting Impact – Part Two
GOING TO CHURCH GOD’S WAY: The Impact of the Large Gathering
Psalm 100:1-5 / John 4:21-26

Impact Point: “I WILL WORSHIP WITH OTHERS.”

1. How do we gather? Psalm 100:1-5

(7 imperatives that guide our approach to worship)

  1. Shout
  2. Serve
  3. Come
  4. Know
  5. Enter
  6. Give

2. Why do we gather? John 4:21-26

(Jesus gives two reasons why we worship.)

To worship in Spirit . . .
To Worship in Truth . . .

Questions for Further Discussion:

  1. How did Jesus say people would worship God? (John 4:21-23)
  2. What kind of worshipers does God seek? (John 4:23)
  3. What did Jesus say about God? (John 4:24)
  4. Who did Jesus say He was? (John 4:25-26)
  5. What groups of people do you feel uncomfortable being around? Why?
  6. How might a person feel put off by another person’s background, nationality, or race?
  7. How can prejudice affect a Christian’s witness?
  8. How have you responded to Jesus’ invitation to receive His living water?
  9. How is Jesus’ gift of salvation different from what the world offers?
  10. When was the last time you were in a debate on when or how to best worship?
  11. Describe a time when you worshiped in ignorance? (John 4:22)
  12. Of all the types of people God might seek, why do you think that the Father seeks worshipers?
  13. How is the world’s need for salvation and eternal life like thirst?
  14. In what other ways besides thirst might you describe eternal life?
  15. How can we worship God in spirit and in truth?
  16. When was the last time that God spoke so clearly and you still did not get it? (John 4:26)

Get an Attitude

HOW CAN I MAKE A LASTING IMPACT, PART ONE
GET AN ATTITUDE, But Be Sure It is the Right One!
Philippians 2:5-11

What can I learn about Jesus and His attitude?

1. The Divine Status of Jesus (Philippians 2:6)

2. Jesus’ willful relinquishment of that status and acceptance of humility (Philippians 2:7-8)

3. Jesus’ exaltation (Philippians 2:9-11)

Why is this a need today?

1. The Profile of a Follower of Christ
United with Christ = Walking in His love
One with the Spirit = Tenderness and Compassion

2. The Profile of the World’s Attitude
Selfish ambition
Vain glory

What do I need to change to have the attitude of Jesus?

Place the needs and interests of others before self
Adopt the Humility of Christ
Surrender to the Lordship of Christ

Questions for Further Discussion:

  1. How does your life show that you count on Christ?
  2. How do petty quarrels hold you back in your Christian walk?
  3. How can Christ help you keep peace with others?
  4. What hinders unity in your church?
  5. What kind of disposition does Christ want us to have?
  6. How does Christ’s example of humility challenge our natural self-centeredness?

Responding to Jesus

Ken talks about the way we respond to Jesus’ invitation, from a passage in John 4:43-54.

RESPONDING TO JESUS
(5 Ways Man’s Heart Responds to Jesus)

  1. An Openness: that welcomes Jesus (John 4:43-45)
  2. A Need: that drives a life to call out to Jesus (John 4:46-47)
  3. A Will: that surrenders to the authority of Jesus (John 4:48-49)
  4. A Resolve: that obeys the Words of Jesus (John 4:50-51)
  5. A Lifestyle: that becomes transformed and influential through Jesus (John 4:52-53)

Celebration – Looking Inward

“THEN” (Looking inside to the need)
The Reality of a Life NEEDING GOD’S PRESENCE (Psalm 124:1-5)

  1. the reality of salvation calls for the denial of self (Psalm 124:1-2a)
  2. the reality of salvation reveals the true essence of our need (Psalm 124:2b-3)
  3. the reality of salvation points to the power and destruction of evil (Psalm 124:4-5)

“NOW” (Looking inside to the change)
The Reality of a Life WITH GOD’S PRESENCE (Psalm 124:6-8)

  1. salvation: defined by Presence
  2. salvation: defined by Protection
  3. salvation: defined by a Personal Relationship

Conclusion: Your life lived as a song of salvation . . . celebrates God’s presence with you through Jesus Christ.

Anticipation – Looking Forward

How can I build anticipation in my faith?

  1. The POSTURE for anticipation (Psalm 123:1)
    1. Surrender of the will
    2. Discipline of the senses
  2. The PRACTICE of anticipation (Psalm 123:2)
    1. Looking to the Master’s Hand for the assignment
    2. Looking to the Master’s hand to provide for the assignment
  3. The PERSONAL BLESSINGS from anticipation (Psalm 123:3-4)
    1. God’s favor
    2. Freedom from distress

 

Embrace the Master’s Plan

Embrace the Master’s Plan, with Scott Chafee, the primary Scripture being Luke 6:39-40 – Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher.

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Jesus is the greatest example of leadership ever known. He had a plan to reach the world with his message of freedom and forgiveness, but left the whole thing into the hands of 12 ordinary men. How did he do it? What was his plan? What was his plan B? How does one take a grand idea, develop a plan, and implement such a bold proposal?

  1. Selection – men were his method (Luke 6:13 – he called together all of his disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles).
  2.  Association – he stayed with them (Matthew 28:20 – I am with you always, even to the end of the age).
  3. Consecration – he required obedience (Matthew 11:29 – take my yoke upon you).
  4. Impartation – he gave himself away (John 20:22 – he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit).
  5. Demonstration – he showed them how to live (John 13:15 – I have given you an example).
  6. Delegation – he assigned them work (Matthew 4:19 – I will make you fishers of men).
  7. Supervision – he checked on them (Mark 8:17 – Do you still not see or understand?).
  8. Reproduction – he expected them to reproduce (John 15:16 – I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last).

Summary:

Ken has been teaching about vision over the past several weeks, but vision is not just in theory. We need to embrace the vision to help build the kingdom of God here in our community.

Community. Faith. Love. People always take priority over programs or preferences.

  • We must mend and restore relationships: relationships with God and with others, resulting in COMMUNITY (member)
  • We must establish and lay a foundation toward spiritual maturity and effective ministry (FAITH is what guides us toward the ministry he has for us). (minister)
  • We must embrace the task of being sent out with a lifestyle of being on mission. It is the LOVE of Christ that compels us to live this out every day. (mission)

Methods vary but our mission always remains the same – it has been said, “marry the mission, but date the methods.” Are we willing to do WHATEVER it takes to reach people we are currently not reaching? It could be that we need to “do things no one is doing” in order to reach people no one is reaching. It sounds scary. It sounds like change. Is the church about me, or is the church about the Kingdom? Are we willing to let go of the familiar and comfortable in order to embrace the Master’s plan?

Will you embrace the Master’s plan and be the church member and minister that God has called you to be?

Being on Mission

By what standard am I measuring myself? Am I doing life well? How do you know?

A life lived on mission…

…participates in the fulfillment of God’s purposes in Christ (Acts 26:15-16)

  • Creation – we are accountable to God (Romans 3:23)
  • Character – God desires for none to perish (2 Peter 3:9)
  • Covenant – we are to be a blessing to others (Genesis 22:18)
  • Christ – we are to exalt him (Philippians 2:10-11)
  • Church – we are to be a holy people (1 Peter 2:9, 2 Corinthians 5:19)

…interprets every opportunity as a part of the whole mission (Acts 26:18)

  • Seek opportunities to put in a good word for Jesus
  • Involve Jesus in regular life activities rather than expecting the church to provide programs for me to be on mission with Christ

…emphasizes personal contact and influence (Acts 26:18) – Acts 1:8 is a summary of the rest of the book of Acts…

  • Jerusalem (1-7)
  • Judea (8)
  • Samaria (9)
  • The ends of the earth (11-28)

Questions for further study on this passage: Acts 25:23-26:32

Being a Minister

Ken teaches about the proper sequel to being a member of the church, from 1 Corinthians 12:1-7.

Maximum impact is the result of maximum involvement.

Being a Minister
(The Proper Sequel to Being a Member)
I Corinthians 12:1-7

Every member ministering involves:

SURRENDER (1 Corinthians 12:1-3)

Truths that lead us to surrender:

  • Position (Mark 8:35)
  • Attitude (Isaiah 64:8)
  • Identity (Ephesians 2:10)

SOURCE (1 Corinthians 12:4-7)

  • The One Holy Spirit / the Many Gifts
  • The One Christ / the Many Ministries
  • The One God / the Many Effects

For Further Study on 1 Corinthians 12:1-11