HSM Material, 11/7

Leadership Scripture Focus:

‘Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. ‘
Romans 5:2-4

Leader Tip: Disciple Making Movement method (from churchleaders.com)

A DMM group is a combination of several key principles and methods, but the heart of this method is based on teaching disciples to obey everything Jesus has commanded us (Matthew 28:18-20). The format of DMM groups is simple, but it’s powerful.

The Discovery Group Format
DMM groups work through the same questions each time they meet. These questions work regardless of what you’re studying.

Opening Questions
• What are you thankful for this week? (This question helps teach seekers or those new to Christ how to worship and pray.)
• What is a challenge you’re facing? Is there some way our group can help? (This guides people into caring community.)

Accountability Questions
These questions follow up from the previous week. See more about this under the Bible Discovery Questions and Outreach Questions below.
• With whom did you share what you learned last week?
• How did it go with your “I will” statements?

Bible Discovery Questions
Read the passage several times together, perhaps in different translations. Then answer these questions.
• What does it say?
• How would I say that? (Each person tries to retell the passage or Bible story in their own words.)
• What must I do to obey what I have learned? “I will…” (Each person crafts an “I will” statement or two to tell how they will obey the passage this week.)

Optional Questions if You Have Time
• What does the passage say about humanity?
• What does this passage say about God?

Outreach Questions
With whom will you share what you learned this week? (Each person considers who they will talk to about what they learned. Perhaps they’ll encourage a coworker with this new knowledge or talk to their brother about the passage.)

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, 11/4 – Fall Back Time Change
Saturday, 11/10 – Suicide Intervention
Monday, 11/12 – Veteran’s Day observed (no school/office closed)
11/19-11/23 – Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday, 11/21 – no service/small groups & Thanksgiving Eve service
Thursday, 11/22 – Thanksgiving
Friday, 11/23 – Eric Buchnoff’s birthday!
Sunday, 11/25 – David Wilson’s birthday!

Attendance:
Remember to take attendance through the email you receive weekly and before the end of the night. Thank you!

Leader Meeting:
Please make it a priority to be at the wherehouse by 6:30pm to go over the details of the evening and to pray together. Send a message through GroupMe or text Kevin at 217-4784 if you’ll be late or won’t be there.

 

WEDNESDAY, 11/7

Urban Legends Week 1

GOD WANTS YOU HAPPY

Psalm 97:12
May all who are godly be happy…

THE LEGEND OF HAPPINESS-

WHATEVER MAKES ME HAPPY MUST BE RIGHT. WHATEVER MAKES ME UNHAPPY MUST BE WRONG.

GOD DOESN’T WANT YOU HAPPY IF-

1) IT CAUSES YOU TO DO SOMETHING SINFUL OR STUPID.

1 Peter 1:15
But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do.

2) IT IS ONLY BASED ON THINGS OF THIS WORLD.

1 John 2:15-17
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

GOD WANTS YOU (fill in the blank)

Psalm 37:4
Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 97:12
May all who are godly be happy in the LORD and praise his holy name!

 

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Scripture of focus:

Psalm 37:4
Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

• What is one thing that stood out to you in this passage?

 

• Why do you think it stood out to you?

 

• What can you apply to your life from this passage?

 

Discussion Questions

• What does culture say you need in order to be happy?
• Talk about a time when you did something wrong or sinful or stupid in the chase of happiness. Are you currently being tempted with that thing?
• Talk about how you find joy in Jesus and how you have experienced the blessings of God even when life isn’t going the way you want.
• What’s the scariest part about replacing the chase of happiness with the chase of God?
• Take Action: Choose one to two things that you’ve been putting in front of God and skip them for a week. Replace them with time with God.