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CG Leader Guides

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 9/24/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
9/24 “Teach us to PRAY” - New sermon series and 40-day prayer journey for the church!
9/27 See You at The Pole - be a light at your school at 7:00am; find out more, www.syatp.com
10/1 Meet The Mount - with “Membership Matters” 10/8, 10/15 & 10/22;  themount.church/path
10/6 "Songs for the Mission" Night of Worship - CD Release Party - 7pm, Worship Center Keller
10/13-14 “Delight” Women’s Retreat - themount.church/women

ICE BREAKER
“How many people do you think you have talked to today? Just make a rough guess.” :) 

INTRODUCTION
New sermon series “Teach us to PRAY” - We talk to people everyday, but do we talk to God everyday? This week we take an introductory look into prayer. We will look at the basics of prayer: Prayer Defined, Prayer Demonstrated, Prayer Demanded, Prayer Directed.
Key Passages: Matt 6:5-13, Phil 4:4-7, Psalms 5:3, 1 John 5:14, 1 Thess 5:17

QUESTIONS

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).  
  2. How would you “describe/define” prayer to someone who doesn’t know?  What is prayer?
  3. Why are we to pray? What are some of the benefits that come from praying?
  4. How can we pray?  Read Matthew 6:9-13.  What are some “tools/tips? you have learned over the years that help you pray?
  5. What are we promised as we pray? Read Psalms 5:3, 1 John 5:14.
  6. None of us are perfect in prayer… how would you rate your prayer life currently on a scale of 1-10?  (1 being “what is prayer” to 10 being “Jesus and I pray together”; recommend going around circle to let everyone answer and/or share.  Encourage them… no one is perfect here but let’s grow together.)
  7. What keeps you from praying? What are some barriers to praying more faithfully?
  8. Ask for a couple people to “share some instances when your prayers been answered”?
  9. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray for a greater passion and commitment to prayer individually and for The Mount to grow into a true house of prayer. - Mk 11:17 “My house shall be called a house of prayer”

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY

https://www.gotquestions.org/watch-and-pray.html

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/prayer-for-beginners#encourage-someone-to-pray

The Lord's Prayer
Matthew 6:5-13

5 "And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
7"And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 Pray then like this:
     "Our Father in heaven,
     hallowed be your name.
     10 Your kingdom come,
     your will be done,
     on earth as it is in heaven.
     11 Give us this day our daily bread,
     12 and forgive us our debts,
     as we also have forgiven our debtors.
     13 And lead us not into temptation,
     but deliver us from evil.

Psalms 5:3
3 O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;
in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.

1 John 5:14
14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 

Phil 4:4-7
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Mark 11:17 (Jesus references Isaiah 56:6-7)
17And he was teaching them and saying to them, "Is it not written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations'? But you have made it a den of robbers." 

Isaiah 56:6-7
6 "And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it, and holds fast my covenant—
7 these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer;
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar;
for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples."

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 9/17/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
9/19-9/24 Growth Group opportunities available - All info at themount.church/growthgroups
     Launching Multipliers! (9/20), Redemption Groups (9/21), Doctrines of God (9/21)
9/22 Parent’s Night Out - 6-9pm; space is limited; info at themount.church/parentsnightout
9/24 “Teach us to PRAY” - New sermon series and 40-day prayer journey for the church!
9/27 See You at The Pole - be a light at your school at 7:00am; find out more, www.syatp.com
10/1 Meet The Mount - with “Membership Matters” 10/8, 10/15 & 10/22;  themount.church/path
10/6 "Songs for the Mission" Night of Worship - CD Release Party - 7pm, Worship Center Keller
10/13-14 “Delight” Women’s Retreat - themount.church/women

ICE BREAKER
“If you were literally a part of a body (i.e., leg, hand, ear, eye, etc), which would you be and why?” 

INTRODUCTION
Week of ALL IN Sunday!  Last week we looked at the church’s “discipleship wheel”, an illustration of how discipleship happens at The Mount.  We looked at biblical reasons to Worship together, Belong together, Serve somewhere in church, and Multiply your faith. This week we specifically at the power of ONE - one Man (Jesus), one Mission (Seek and Save), one Message (Follow Me), and one More (You).  Life change for you and for others may be only ONE step away!
Key Passages: Romans 5:12-17, John 14:6; Luke 19:10; Matt 4:18-22; Ephesians 2:10

QUESTIONS

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).  
  2. One Man: Read Rom 5:12-21. Ask if someone will compare or describe the “trespass” and the “free gift” mentioned in v15-21.
    1. John 14:6 tells us that Jesus is the only “way” to God; what are some examples of ways are life can display that truth?… and some ways our lives may display something else?
  3. One Mission: Read Luke 19:10. What does this verse say to you about Jesus’ mission? Is the ultimate “seeking” that leads to salvation done by man or by Jesus?
    1. We are lost in our own seeking until Jesus comes and says to us, “Hurry and come down” (Luke 19:5) - Ask for someone to share their story of how Jesus sought out and saved them.
  4. One Message: Jesus says to “Follow me”, this is recorded over 20 times in New Testament. Read Matt 4:18-22; What is Jesus saying in these verses? What is the response?
    1. Read Matt 16:24-25. What steps is Jesus saying his disciples must be willing to take? Compare v25 to Phil 1:21.
    2. In what area of your life is Jesus calling you to “Follow me”?
  5. One More: Read Ephesians 2:10; in what ways are “you” part of God’s workmanship? 
    1. Every believer has gifts to be used for God’s glory, … let a few people (or go around in circle asking everyone) to share one way they believe God can use them as a “workman” for Him. (Encourage them that every ‘member’ of the body is needed and important.”
  6. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Romans 12:1 “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”  -  Pray that we would all live our lives fully surrendered as “living sacrifices” for our Great God and Savior!

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/jesus-saves

"Follow ME!" – "FOLLOW Me!” 
http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/the-radical-cost-of-following-jesus

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 9/10/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
9/10 Alliance Campus - 5:00 p.m. Final Soft Launch service; themount.church/alliance
9/14-9/24 Growth Group opportunities starting up - All info at themount.church/growthgroups
     STEPS (9/14), Ladies’ Bible studies (9/19-21), Doctrines of God (9/21), Launching Multipliers! (9/20)
9/17 Alliance Launch Date & ALL IN Sunday! - Invite your neighbors & friends back to church!
9/24 “Teach us to PRAY” - New sermon series and 40-day prayer journey for the church!
9/27 See You at The Pole - be a light at your school at 7:00am; find out more, www.syatp.com
10/1 Meet The Mount (Keller & Alliance)
     10/8, 10/15, 10/22 Membership Matters (Keller & Alliance)  themount.church/path
10/6 "Songs for the Mission" Night of Worship - CD Release Party - 7pm, Worship Center Keller
10/13-14 “Delight” Women’s Retreat - themount.church/women

ICE BREAKER
“Without saying something someone else has already said… Name something that requires more than one person to accomplish?” 

INTRODUCTION
We wrapped up 1 Peter last week. This week we and next we look at how we are “better together” as we live “all in” for Jesus.  This Sunday’s message leads and builds up to our big “All In” Sunday on 9/17.  We look specifically at how together … one encounter, one conversation, one act and one invite can change our community, our relationship with Jesus and give God glory!  Worship, Belong, Serve, Multiply … for the sake of the gospel … for God’s glory … and for our good.
Key Passages: Romans 12:1-2; Hebrews 10:24-25; Luke 10:25-37; Matt 25:31-40; Romans 10:12-15

QUESTIONS

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).  
  2. One Encounter: Read Rom 12:1-2 & James 4:8. What do these verses say about our Worship?
    1. How do you like to “draw close” to God? For you, what brings you into His presence?
  3. One Conversation: Read Heb 10:24-25. What does this verse say about Belonging?
    1. How has God used other people in your life to bring you closer to Him?
    2. What are some negatives to staying isolated from other Christians too much?
  4. One Act: Pop quiz question… “what question was Jesus answering when he told the parable of the Good Samaritan?” (a lawyer testing Jesus asked, “And who is my “neighbor” [that I am to love]?” Luke 10:29) 
    1. Someone read Luke 10:25-37; we are to “go, and do likewise”… what are some ways we can to this inside the church? … and outside the church?
    2. How does Serving bring life to others?
  5. One Invite: Read Romans 10:12-15. How does these verses challenge you?
    1. What does it say must happen for someone to call on the Lord (respond) and be saved? (Someone must be sent [all of us Matt 28:19] -> someone must preach [Mk 16:15] -> so they can hear & respond)
    2. Read Mk 16:15, do you feel like this verse applies to you?  Why or why not?  
    3. Who do you need to talk to about Jesus this week or Invite to ALL IN Sunday? We can all do something.  (Suggestion: go around group and have each person share one name to invite)
  6. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Matthew 9:37-38 - Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest."

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
Acts 2 - The Fellowship of the Believers 
     …look for elements of Worship, Belong, Serve, Multiply!

  • 42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers
  • 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 
  • 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 
  • 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need
  • 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts
  • 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 9/3/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS
9/2-4 Labor Day Weekend
9/3 Alliance Campus - 5:00 p.m. Soft Launch night #2; Last Soft Launch service 9/10; Official public launch on 9/17; themount.church/alliance
9/14-9/24 Growth Group opportunities starting up - All info at themount.church/growthgroups
     - STEPS (9/14), Ladies’ Bible studies (9/19-21), Doctrines of God (9/21), Launching Multipliers! (9/20)
9/17 All In Sunday - Invite your neighbors, friends and family back to church at our Keller or Alliance campus (Alliance Launch Date!)

ICE BREAKER
“Who is someone in your life that strikes you as very humble?” 

INTRODUCTION
his week we wrap up with chapter 5 and will finish the book of 1 Peter. First Peter is powerful letter of hope in times of suffering as well as a clear encouragement for how we are to live for Jesus.  We will look at - An Exhortation to Elders, A Reminder to the Younger, A Wake up Call to All, and An Encouragement to Stand Firm and Stay Together.
Key Passages: 1 Peter 5:1-14, Phil 2:3-8, Eph 6:10-18

QUESTIONS

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).  
  2. Read 1 Peter 5:1-14. In light of suffering and trials in store for all Christians, how should elders lead the church (v1-4)? How can these principles apply to other leaders in the church?
  3. How can we clothe ourselves with humility toward one another (v5)? (See also Phil. 2:3-8)
  4. According to v6-7, what does humility toward God look like? How would this call to humility function in the midst of suffering?
  5. What gives the devil an opportunity to devour (v6-8)?  How do we resist the devil and his schemes (v9)? (See also Ephesians 6:10-18)
  6. What is God’s promise to us in the midst of suffering (v10-11)?
  7. How does this passage apply to my life?
  8. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray for a hope and strength to stand amidst the trials and suffering that come our way… and for a humility to hand things over to our all-powerful and all-knowing God.

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
ESV Bible Study Notes

  • 1 Pet. 5:2–3 Elders (v. 1) are entrusted with the responsibility to shepherd the flock (Gk. poimainō, “to tend sheep; to act as a shepherd”; cf. John 21:16; Acts 20:28; Eph. 4:11), from which the English verb and noun “pastor” is derived (Latin pastor means “shepherd”). Elders are also entrusted with exercising oversight (translating Gk. episkopeō), which is the verb form of the noun “overseer” (Gk. episkopos), which is another title for those who serve as elders (cf. Acts 20:28). The terms “shepherd” and “exercising oversight” emphasize the function of elders (i.e., they are to feed and watch over “the flock”), while the title “elder” focuses on the office. Peter now gives three exhortations to elders as to how they are to carry out the responsibilities entrusted to them: (1) elders are to “shepherd” the church gladly or willingly, in accord with God’s will, instead of doing it out of a sense of compulsion; (2) they are to do the work eagerly and not out of greed or for shameful gain (Gk. aischrokerdōs, “in fondness for dishonest gain, greedily”); (3) they are to serve as examples to the congregation, and not use their place of leadership as a means to be domineering.
  • 1 Pet. 5:4 The chief Shepherd is Jesus Christ, and when he comes again he will reward with glory every pastor who has served faithfully.
  • 1 Pet. 5:5 You who are younger probably means younger members of the congregation, who are more likely to be headstrong and resistant to leadership. They are to subject themselves to the elders. all of you. Christians, as well as nonbelievers, are self-oriented by nature and therefore need to relate with humility toward one another. Peter cites Prov. 3:34 (cf. James 4:6) to remind his readers that God is against the proud but will lavish his favor upon those who are humble.

Bible Commentary - Matthew Henry (Concise) - 1 Peter 5
http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-concise/1-peter/5.html

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 8/27/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
8/27 CG Leader Training - Save the Date!; Sunday after 2nd service 12-2pm; lunch provided
8/27 Alliance Campus - Soft Launch night #1- full service run through; #2 9/3, #3 9/10; Official public launch on 9/17; themount.church/alliance
8/30 Student “Color War” - Students invite friends to this annual Fall kickoff event for students!
9/2-4 Labor Day Weekend
9/17 All In Sunday - Invite your neighbors, friends and family back to church at our Keller or Alliance campus (Alliance Launch Date!)

ICE BREAKER
“What is the dirtiest (most messy or unclean) you have ever been?” 

INTRODUCTION
So thankful for the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ! No water hose, Dawn soap, baptism, wipes or lysol spray will clean us up enough. To God be all the glory!  - - his week we wrap up chapters 3 and 4 of 1 Peter. First Peter is powerful letter of hope in times of suffering as well as a clear encouragement for how we are to live for Jesus.  We will look at how we are to “steward” God’s grace given to us and shine in the midst of suffering.
Key Passages: 1 Peter 3:18-4:19

QUESTIONS

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).  
  2. Read 1 Peter 3:18-22, 4:1-11, 12-19. What does it mean to you that Jesus is your Lord… and… Savior?
    1. Have you gone public in Baptism since being saved? If not, what is keeping you?
  3. What new desires did God give you after salvation?
  4. What do you sense God’s will is for your life that you should be chasing after?
  5. How are you using your spiritual gifts? What barriers do you feel keep you from using your spiritual gifts?
  6. Have you experienced any trials or persecution for living out your faith?
  7. How can we praise God in the midst of the trial?
  8. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray for a hope, a peace and a joy in our hearts and lives to be so evident that the world around us sees something different… and wants Jesus!

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
ESV Bible Study Notes

  • 1 Pet. 3:19 spirits in prison. There is much debate about the identity of these spirits. The Greek term pneuma (“spirit”), in either singular or plural, can mean either human spirits or angels, depending on the context (cf. Num. 16:22; 27:16; Acts 7:59; Heb. 12:23; etc.). Among the three most common interpretations, the first two fit best with the rest of Scripture and with historic orthodox Christian doctrine. These are:
    • (1) The first interpretation understands “spirits” (Gk. pneumasin, plural) as referring to the unsaved (human spirits) of Noah’s day. Christ, “in the spirit” (1 Pet. 3:18), proclaimed the gospel “in the days of Noah” (v. 20) through Noah. The unbelievers who heard Christ’s preaching “did not obey … in the days of Noah” (v. 20) and are now suffering judgment (they are “spirits in prison,” v. 19). Several reasons support this view: (a) Peter calls Noah a “herald of righteousness” (2 Pet. 2:5), where “herald” represents Greek kēryx, “preacher,” which corresponds to the noun kēryssō, “proclaim,” in 1 Pet. 3:19. (b) Peter says the “Spirit of Christ” was speaking through the OT prophets (1:11); thus Christ could have been speaking through Noah as an OT prophet. (c) The context indicates that Christ was preaching through Noah, who was in a persecuted minority, and God saved Noah, which is similar to the situation in Peter’s time: Christ is now preaching the gospel through Peter and his readers (v. 15) to a persecuted minority, and God will save them.
    • (2) In the second interpretation, the spirits are the fallen angels who were cast into hell to await the final judgment. Reasons supporting this view include: (a) Some interpreters say that the “sons of God” in Gen. 6:2–4 are angels (see note on Gen. 6:1–2) who sinned by cohabiting with human women “when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah” (1 Pet. 3:20). (b) Almost without exception in the NT, “spirits” (plural) refers to supernatural beings rather than people (e.g., Matt. 8:16; 10:1; Mark 1:27; 5:13; 6:7; Luke 4:36; 6:18; 7:21; 8:2; 10:20; 11:26; Acts 5:16; 8:7; 19:12, 13; 1 Tim. 4:1; 1 John 4:1; Rev. 16:13–14; cf. Heb. 1:7). (c) The word “prison” is not used elsewhere in Scripture as a place of punishment after death for human beings, while it is used for Satan (Rev. 20:7) and other fallen angels (2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6). In this case the message that Christ proclaimed is almost certainly one of triumph, after having been “put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit” (1 Pet. 3:18).
    • (3) In a third view, some have advocated the idea that Christ offered a second chance of salvation to those in hell. This interpretation, however, is in direct contradiction with other Scripture (cf. Luke 16:26; Heb. 9:27) and with the rest of 1 Peter and therefore must be rejected on biblical and theological grounds, leaving either of the first two views as the most likely interpretation.
  • 1 Pet. 3:21 A comparison is drawn between salvation in the ark and baptism. In both instances, believers are saved through the waters of judgment, since baptism portrays salvation through judgment. The mere mechanical act of baptism does not save, for Peter explicitly says, “not as a removal of dirt from the body,” meaning that the passing of water over the body does not cleanse anyone. Baptism saves you because it represents inward faith, as evidenced by one’s appeal to God for the forgiveness of one’s sins (for a good conscience). Furthermore, baptism “saves” only insofar as it is grounded in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Baptism is a visual representation of the fact that Christians are clothed with Christ (cf. Gal. 3:27), and in union with Christ they share his victory over sin. Though Christians have disagreed about the proper mode of water baptism beginning in the early history of the church, Christians have generally agreed (irrespective of denominational differences) that water baptism is an outward sign of the inward reality of regeneration, which is the result of the work of the Holy Spirit (cf. John 3:5, 8; Titus 3:5), and which may be received only by grace through faith (see Eph. 2:8).
  • 1 Pet. 4:6 the gospel was preached even to those who are dead. Although some maintain that Peter offers a second chance after death for those who rejected Christ, this view is untenable since it contradicts both the clear teaching of Scripture throughout the rest of the Bible (e.g., Luke 16:26; Heb. 9:27; see note on 1 Pet. 3:19) and the immediate context, concerning the importance of perseverance of believers (4:1–6) and the coming judgment of “the living and the dead” (v. 5). Given the immediate context, “those who are dead” refers to Christians to whom “the gospel was preached” when they were alive but who have since died. This fits with the meaning of “dead” in v. 5. Even though believers will experience physical death (i.e., they are judged in the flesh the way people are), believers who have died live in the spirit the way God does (that is, they live in heaven now, and they will live as well at the resurrection when Christ returns).

Bible Commentary - Matthew Henry (Concise) - 1 Peter 3-4
http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-concise/1-peter/3.html

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 8/20/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
8/20 Alliance Campus - 5:00pm, Final “Prayer & Canvas” night before “soft” launch; Join us!
8/27 CG Leader Training - Save the Date!; Sunday after 2nd service 12-2pm; lunch provided
8/27 Alliance Campus - Soft Launch night #1, full service run through; #2 9/3, #3 9/10; Official public launch on 9/17; themount.church/alliance
8/30 Student “Color War” - Students invite friends to this annual Fall kickoff event for students!
9/2-4 Labor Day Weekend

ICE BREAKER
“Are you more of a ‘Starter’ or a ‘Finisher’… love to start new things or love most to see a project completed?” 

INTRODUCTION
his week we jump back in to 1 Peter, with plans to complete the “Anchored in Hope” sermon series over the next 4 weeks.  First Peter is powerful letter of hope in times of suffering as well as a clear encouragement for how we live for Jesus.  This week’s focus is on 1) how we… Christians living as strangers in this world… should treat each other and also 2) how we should treat those who do us wrong. 
Key Passages: 1 Peter 3:8-17, Mark 8:31-33, Matthew 5:10-12, 39-48

QUESTIONS

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).  
  2. Read 1 Peter 3:8-17. In v8, Peter lists five key qualities that every Christian should have. What are they? Describe each in your own words. 
    1. Do you think they came naturally to Peter? (Mark 8:31-33) Do they come naturally to you?
  3. In v9, Peter says to repay evil with a blessing and to repay an insult with a blessing. Have you ever actually done this? (Matthew 5:39-48)
    1. When are you most tempted to return evil with evil and insult with insult? Why?
  4. In what ways is v13-14 an encouragement to you? Why did Peter write about suffering for what is right? (3:14, Matthew 5:10-12) How could this be a blessing?
  5. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray for teachers, students and parents as school ramps up for so many families; for God to be glorified in the schools, classrooms and homes this Fall.

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
1 Peter 3:8-17 - Suffering for Righteousness' Sake

8 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 10 For

"Whoever desires to love life and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;
11 let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."

13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil.

Bible Commentary - Matthew Henry (Concise) - 1 Peter 3
Verses 8-13
Though Christians cannot always be exactly of the same mind, yet they should have compassion one of another, and love as brethren. If any man desires to live comfortably on earth, or to possess eternal life in heaven, he must bridle his tongue from wicked, abusive, or deceitful words. He must forsake and keep far from evil actions, do all the good he can, and seek peace with all men. For God, all-wise and every where present, watches over the righteous, and takes care of them. None could or should harm those who copied the example of Christ, who is perfect goodness, and did good to others as his followers.
Verses 14-17 We sanctify God before others, when our conduct invites and encourages them to glorify and honor him. What was the ground and reason of their hope? We should be able to defend our religion with meekness, in the fear of God. There is no room for any other fears where this great fear is; it disturbs not. The conscience is good, when it does its office well. That person is in a sad condition on whom sin and suffering meet: sin makes suffering extreme, comfortless, and destructive. Surely it is better to suffer for well-doing than for evil-doing, whatever our natural impatience at times may suggest. The example of Christ is an argument for patience under sufferings. In the case of our Lord's suffering, he that knew no sin, suffered instead of those who knew no righteousness. The blessed end and design of our Lord's sufferings were, to reconcile us to God, and to bring us to eternal glory. He was put to death in respect of his human nature, but was quickened and raised by the power of the Holy Spirit. If Christ could not be freed from sufferings, why should Christians think to be so? God takes exact notice of the means and advantages people in all ages have had.

OTHER - Some helpful articles

https://bible.org/seriespage/17-summing-submission-1-peter-38-12

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 8/13/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
8/16 Wednesday Nights - CG’s, *Kids (Birth-6th) and Student ministries start back up!
     *We have a NEW & EXCITING Wed. PM ministry program for K-6th grade! Wednesdays 6:30-7:45
8/27 CG Leader Training - Save the Date!; Sunday after 2nd service 12-2pm; lunch provided
8/30 Student “Color War” - Students invite friends to this annual Fall kickoff event for students!
   -   Alliance Campus - Schedule: Prayer & final prep nights 8/13, 8/20; Soft Launch nights of full service run throughs 8/27, 9/3, 9/10; Official public launch on 9/17; themount.church/alliance

ICE BREAKER
“Which better describes you: a planner or spontaneous?” 

INTRODUCTION
his week we take look at the ‘King’ role of Christ and the implications for us as a church and individual believers. It is our final week of our “Prophet, Priest, King” series. Jesus Christ is the only one who fulfills each of these roles completely; as Christians with Holy Spirit in us, we possess elements of each role in us as well. Our unique talents and spiritual gifts typically show themselves in us as strengths as either a prophet, priest or king-like outworking. However the more we grow in Christ-likeness, the more we grow in each of these. This week we look at Christ as King, the role of the “king” leadership in the church, and the kingly outworking of every believer.
Key Passages: Heb 1:1-9, Rev 19:16, Phil2:5-8, Matt 28:18-20, Matt 22:37-39, 2 Tim 1:6-9

QUESTIONS

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).  
  2. What are some characteristics that come to mind when you think of an earthly “king”?
  3. Read Heb 1:1-9 and Rev 19:16. What does this say about Jesus as our King?
  4. Read John 6:36-40; what do you observe here about the nature of Jesus’ role as King? (doing his Father’s will, has purpose, is action oriented)
  5. Jesus is our King, how does Phil 2:5-8 describe Him though? (Humble, selflessly serve others)
  6. We have been given a mission, a job, a purpose (Matt 28:18-20; Matt 22:37-39). How important is it to have a “plan” to accomplish something? (without plan often job does not get finished, good intentions with no plan often equals poor results, maybe discuss role of intentional habits or spiritual disciplines)
    1. How do we accomplish our God-given mission both personally and as a church? What is your personal “plan” or intentional habits you want to start? 
    2. In what ways can you serve the body of Christ to accomplish the mission?
  7. Challenge for group: Read 2 Tim 1:6-9; let’s “fan into flame” the gift of Christ in us… let’s magnify Christ in us… our prophetic, priestly and kingly nature given to us in Christ.
    1. Press in to Christ and His Word
    2. Press in to relationships to bridge people to God & encourage others
    3. Press in to disciplines & intentional plans to accomplish God’s plan for you
    4. Embrace the strengths God has given you & serve Him with them
    5. Embrace relationships & biblical teachings that can help strengthen weaker areas
  8. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray that we would learn a deeper appreciation for and gain clearer perspective of the roles of Jesus Christ as prophet, priest and king; Pray for God to grow our view of Jesus and His work in our lives.

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
Prophet, Priest or King - Assessment

1. Read Acts 6:1-7. Which of the following resolutions seems most important to you?

  • “The hungry widows are now being cared for by the church.” (Priest)
  • “The Apostles are now freed up to study and preach the Word.” (Prophet)
  • “Oh look how wonderful! Now we have a structure, everyone knows their roles, and the mission of the church can move forward!” (King)

2. What are you doing right now?

  • Running bible verses through your head to see if this is legit. (Prophet)
  • Thinking about how this information is being received by others right now. (Priest)
  • Figuring out how all this works together to move the church forward. (King)

OTHER - Some helpful short articles
https://www.gotquestions.org/what-does-Messiah-mean.html

https://cccdiscover.com/how-is-jesus-our-prophet-priest-and-king/

http://www.ligonier.org/blog/jesus-threefold-office-prophet-priest-and-king/

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 8/6/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
8/9 Back to School Bash - Wed 6:00pm; outdoor party for families
8/16 Wednesday Nights - CG’s, *Kids (Birth-6th) and Student ministries start back up!
     *We have a NEW & EXCITING Wed. PM ministry program for K-6th grade! Wednesdays 6:30-7:45
8/27 CG Leader Training - Save the Date!; Sunday after 2nd service 12-2pm; lunch provided
8/30 Student “Color War” - Students invite friends to this annual Fall kickoff event for students!

ICE BREAKER
“What is the longest bridge or deepest canyon you’ve been to?” 

INTRODUCTION
his week we take focused look at the ‘Priest’ role of Christ and the implications for us as a church and individual believers. It is week 2 of 3 of our “Prophet, Priest, King” series. Jesus Christ is the only one who fulfills each of these roles completely; as Christians with Holy Spirit in us, we possess elements of each role in us as well. Our unique talents and spiritual gifts typically show themselves in us as strengths as either a prophet, priest or king-like outworking. However the more we grow in Christ-likeness, the more we grow in each of these. This week we look at Christ as Priest, the role of the priest leadership in the church, and the priestly outworking of every believer.
Key Passages: Heb 4:14-5:3; 1 Peter 2:5,9; 2 Cor 5:18-20; Heb 10:19-25

QUESTIONS

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).  
  2. What/who is an old testament priest? (Onewho comes near and stands before God in a serving capacity; look up definitions)
  3. Read Heb 4:14-16. What characteristics do we see here about Christ as our high priest? ( able to sympathize; understands our weaknesses; knows temptation; gives mercy, shows grace, helps in time of need)
  4. How can we grow in these “priestly” traits, especially if not a strength of yours? (prayer, studying God’s Word about Christ’s compassion & mercy, invite more priestly people into your life)
  5. Read Heb 10:19-25. What has happened as described in v19-21… and what is the source of this “confidence” in v19?? (Jesus has performed his high priest duties & opened access to God the Father through his blood)
    1. What are some of the things we are to do now out of this “confidence”? (3 “let us”s; draw near to God, have persevering faith, encourage one another in faith and by presence together)
    2. What are some challenges to meeting together? What encouragement do you receive from meeting together in [your/our] Community Group?
  6. What are some ways we can be “bridge builders” in family, neighborhood, workplace, etc?
  7. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray that we would learn a deeper appreciation for and gain clearer perspective of the roles of Jesus Christ as prophet, priest and king; Pray for God to grow our view of Jesus and His work in our lives.

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
Hebrews 4

14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

OTHER - Some helpful short articles
https://www.gotquestions.org/what-does-Messiah-mean.html

https://cccdiscover.com/how-is-jesus-our-prophet-priest-and-king/

http://www.ligonier.org/blog/jesus-threefold-office-prophet-priest-and-king/

On priests: http://godswordforyou.com/bible-studies/hebrews/105-study-six-jesus-our-great-high-priest.html

 

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 7/30/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
7/30 Alliance Campus Night - Core Families & Leaders meet at Gather at 5pm.
8/6 Promotion Sunday - for 5th grade and under
8/9 Back to School Bash - Wed 6:00pm; outdoor party for families
8/16 Wednesday Nights - CG’s, *Kids (Birth-6th) and Student ministries start back up!
     *We have a NEW & EXCITING Wed. PM ministry program for K-6th grade! Wednesdays 6:30-7:45
8/27 CG Leader Training - Save the Date!; Sunday after 2nd service 12-2pm; lunch provided
8/30 Student “Color War” - Students invite friends to this annual Fall kickoff event for students!

ICE BREAKER
“Share a time when you had to deliver either a tough message, or exciting news, to someone.” 

INTRODUCTION
his week we start a 3-week sermon series called “Prophet, Priest, King”. Jesus Christ is the only one who fulfills each of these roles completely; as Christians with Holy Spirit in us, we possess elements of each role in us as well. Our unique talents and spiritual gifts typically show themselves in us as strengths as either a prophet, priest or king-like outworking. However the more we grow in Christ-likeness, the more we grow in each of these. This week we look at Christ as Prophet, role of prophet in church leadership, and the prophetic outworking of every believer.
Key Passages: 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Ps 1:1-3; Rom 10:14-15,17

QUESTIONS

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).  
  2. What is a prophet? (a person who speaks God’s truth to others; an advocate; messenger; teaches God’s Word and shares revelation)
  3. Have someone read 2 Timothy 3:16-17. What specific observations can we make about the Bible from this passage?  How does or should this affect our view of the Bible?
  4. Jesus is a prophet because He embodied and preached the Word of God; what does John 1:1–18; 14:24; and Luke 24:19 say about this? 
    1. In what ways can we “embody & preach the Word of God”? …be a spokesperson for God?
  5. How does a parent play the role of a “prophet” in the home? (relay the Word of God to kids; keep family on God’s path)
  6. What is the importance of viewing Jesus from the 3 perspectives as prophet, priest and king? What are the downfalls of an unbalanced view of Christ?
    (high prophet but low view as priest & king = less grace, harsh/cold, self-righteous with knowledge; high priest, low as prophet & king = too tolerant of sin, lack of truth, self-righteous with compassion or love; high king, low prophet & priest = rigid, rules heavy, self-righteous with policy) 
  7. How may a church benefit from aligning staff and focusing ministry leadership in the areas of prophet, priest and king? (working in strengths, Christ-centered balance, avoid lopsided ministry)
  8. Why is having purpose/goal/vision in ministry important? …what about the importance of them agreeing with scripture?  
  9. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray that we would learn a deeper appreciation for and gain clearer perspective of the roles of Jesus Christ as prophet, priest and king; Pray for God to grow our view of Jesus and His work in our lives.

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
2 Timothy, Chapter 3

16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

OTHER - Some helpful short articles
https://www.gotquestions.org/prophet-Bible.html

https://www.gotquestions.org/what-does-Messiah-mean.html

https://cccdiscover.com/how-is-jesus-our-prophet-priest-and-king/

http://www.ligonier.org/blog/jesus-threefold-office-prophet-priest-and-king/

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 7/23/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
7/23 VBS Family Night - 6:00 - 8:30pm; Games, Quest, & more + free food for the whole family!
     7/23-7/27 VBS - register yourself (volunteer) and your kids TODAY at themount.church/vbs
8/9 Back to School Bash - Wed 6:30pm; outdoor party for families
8/16 Wednesday Nights - CG’s, *Kids (Birth-6th) and Student ministries start back up!
     *We have a NEW & EXCITING Wed. PM ministry program for K-6th grade! Wednesdays 6:30-7:45
8/27 CG Leader Training - Save the Date!; Sunday after 2nd service 12-2pm; lunch provided
8/30 Student “Color War” - Students invite friends to this annual Fall kickoff event for students!

ICE BREAKER
“What is a recent example of someone helping you with something?” (connection: God uses people to support and help one another for the sake of the gospel.)

INTRODUCTION
his week we look at Phil 4:14-20. We will see how financial giving and support of the mission of the church brings us into a gospel partnership, fruitful ministry, worship of our God and a strengthened faith. We will discuss what it means to be true “gospel partners”.  “Rejoice!” - Philippians series. 
Key Passages:  Phil 4:14-20, Matthew 6:19-24

QUESTIONS

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).  - - - Have someone read Phil 4:10-20.
  2. Gospel Partnership v14-16
    1. Do you see your giving to the local church as impacting the kingdom globally?
    2. Do you view money as necessary for ministry? 
    3. What in your life is hindering your giving regularly, sacrificially and generously to the gospel ministry?
  3. Heavenly Rewards: v.17-20
    1. Paul said when we give, it increases to our own credit. How does this match up with Matthew 6:19-24 and Jesus teaching on treasures and money?
    2. What is the promise Paul shares here to those who are giving found in vs. 19?
    3. What is the end result of financial giving to the gospel, v.20?
  4. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray for us all to grow in generosity towards God and others with all that we have to steward - time, talents & resources. Specifically pray that grow a spirit of gospel partnership through financial giving.

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
Philippians Chapter 4

14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. 18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

OTHER - Some helpful short articles
https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-giving.html

https://www.gotquestions.org/cheerful-giver.html

https://www.gotquestions.org/tithing-Christian.html

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 7/16/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
7/16 Alliance Campus Vision Night Q&A 2 - 5 pm; ice cream fellowship to follow
7/23 VBS Family Night - 6:00 - 8:30pm; Games, Quest, & more + free food for the whole family!
     7/23-7/27 VBS - register yourself (volunteer) and your kids TODAY at themount.church/vbs
8/9 Back to School Bash - Wed 6:30pm; outdoor party for families
8/27 CG Leader Training - Save the Date; Sunday after 2nd service 12-2pm; lunch provided

ICE BREAKER
“When you were a child, what gave you contentment (happiness & satisfaction)?” 

INTRODUCTION
his week we look at Phil 4:10-13. Paul shares his gratitude to the church at Philippi for their support. He warmly thanks them once again for supporting his mission, but he also takes the opportunity to explain that he has learned to be content, with little or much. “Rejoice!” - Philippians series. 
Key Passages:  Phil 4:10-13;  Luke 12:22, 30-31;  Prov 3:5-6

QUESTIONS

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).  -  -  Have someone read Phil 4:10-13.
  2. Brotherly Concern
    1. Do you find yourself concerned about spreading the gospel?   Do you find yourself thinking about those ministers and missionaries who are spreading the gospel?
    2. In what ways can you/we express genuine love and concern for those like Paul who vocationally are spreading the gospel?
  3. Godly Contentment- 
    1. What does Paul mean by “whatever situation I am to be content” v11?
    2. How has God sustained you in times of plenty and times of want?
    3. In what ways do you find it a struggle to be content?
  4. Bold Confidence
    1. Philippians 4:13 has often been quoted for sports…is this what Paul is talking about here?
    2. What are the “all things” specifically Paul is referring to?
    3. What is the “secret” Paul learned in v12? (hint: read v13 - that Christ is his strength) 
    4. Where do we find our strength to be content?  How can we develop a life of contentment in this world?
  5. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray for our trust in Christ to grow; that we would truly trust Him in all circumstances and learn to live in the strength that comes only from Him. May God grant us more faith in Him!

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
Philippians Chapter 4

10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

OTHER
http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/the-secret-to-peace-and-contentment

https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-contentment.html

https://www.gotquestions.org/Book-of-Philippians.html

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 7/9/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
7/9 or 7/12 VBS Trainings - 6:30pm; attend one if volunteering at VBS this year
7/15 Orphan Care Cookout -10a-1p Johnson Rd Park; Sign up at themount.church/orphancare
7/16 Alliance Campus Vision Night Q&A 2 - 5 pm; ice cream fellowship to follow
7/23-7/27 VBS - register yourself (volunteer) and your kids TODAY at themount.church/vbs (or on App)
8/9 Back to School Bash - Wed 6:30pm; outdoor party for families
8/27 CG Leader Training - Save the Date; Sunday after 2nd service 12-2pm; lunch provided

ICE BREAKER
“What is one thing that has been on your mind a lot lately?” 

INTRODUCTION
his week we look at just 2 verses in chapter 4 of Philippians. Verses 8-9, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” - - Correct thinking shapes your beliefs, correct beliefs shape your conduct. “Rejoice!” - Philippians series. 
Key Passages:  Phil 4:8-9, Col 3:1-17, 1 Cor 11:1

QUESTIONS

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).
  2. Have someone read Phil 4:8-9 and ask someone to summarize these verses in their own words. (“think on praise-worthy things, act in praise-worthy ways”)
  3. In what practical ways might you proactively “think about” things that are true, honorable, just, pure, etc?
  4. Read Col 3:1-4. How do these words of Paul compare to his in Phil 4:8? (spiritual outlook)
    1. Col 3:5-17 refer more to our manner of living; read v 12-17, how are these verses similar to Phil 4:9? (our outlook leads to living in a way that pleases the Lord, leading to peace of Christ)
  5. Read 1 Cor 11:1. How can we follow Paul’s example here and in Phil 4:9? (we can aim to follow Paul to live like him as a Christ-like example for us… but equally important, we can live like Christ and invite others to follow the way we live as we follow Jesus)
  6. Who is “following you”? (kids, spouse, coworkers, friends, etc) People observe you, your actions affect the actions of others whether intentionally or otherwise… how can we be intentional with our actions (our manner of living)?
  7. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray for gospel-oriented mindset for us all, for our thinking to be on things above, on things that are praise-worthy.  Pray for gospel-oriented motivation to live like Christ an opportunities to be an example for others to follow.

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
Matthew Henry Commentary (Concise) 
Philippians Chapter 4
The apostle exhorts the Philippians to stand fast in the Lord. (1) Gives directions to some, and to all in general. (2-9) Expresses contentment in every condition of life. (10-19) He concludes with prayer to God the Father, and his usual blessing. (20-23)
Verses 8-9 The peace of God, the comfortable sense of being reconciled to God, and having a part in his favor, and the hope of the heavenly blessedness, are a greater good than can be fully expressed. This peace will keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus; it will keep us from sinning under troubles, and from sinking under them; keep us calm and with inward satisfaction. Believers are to get and to keep a good name; a name for good things with God and good men. We should walk in all the ways of virtue, and abide therein; then, whether our praise is of men or not, it will be of God. The apostle is for an example. His doctrine and life agreed together. The way to have the God of peace with us, is to keep close to our duty. All our privileges and salvation arise in the free mercy of God; yet the enjoyment of them depends on our sincere and holy conduct. These are works of God, pertaining to God, and to him only are they to be ascribed, and to no other, neither men, words, nor deeds.

OTHER
https://www.gotquestions.org/Book-of-Philippians.html

https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-attitude.html

https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-discipleship.html

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 7/2/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
7/4-7/8 Student Summer Camp - Glorieta, NM; Pray for the 70+ students and leaders!
7/9 or 7/12 VBS Trainings - 6:30pm; attend one if volunteering at VBS this year
7/15 Orphan Care Cookout -10a-1p Johnson Rd Park; Sign up at themount.church/orphancare
7/16 Alliance Campus Vision Night Q&A 2 - 5 pm; all Alliance Campus info themount.church/alliance
7/23-7/27 VBS - register yourself (volunteer) and your kids TODAY at themount.church/vbs (or on App)

ICE BREAKER
“What is one thing that makes you anxious?” 

INTRODUCTION
This week we begin chapter 4 of Philippians. It’s all about “perspective”; a full orienting of our lives, thoughts, prayers around Jesus. Paul encourages the Philippians (and us) to be reconciled with one another for the sake of the gospel, to rejoice in the Lord and to put away our anxieties & worries and instead pray; pray about everything.  “Rejoice!” - Philippians series. 
Key Passages:  Phil 4:1-7, Phil 1:27, 2:1-2

QUESTIONS

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).
  2. Read Phil 4:1-7. What are the 6 affectionate terms Paul uses in v1 regarding the church he is writing to?
  3. What was Paul’s solution to the dispute between Euodia and Syntyche? 
  4. Why is division in the body of Christ so dangerous? 
  5. How might you encourage unity rather than division?  Read also Phil 1:27 and 2:1-2.
  6. Paul specifies the kind of joy he is calling the church to: it is “in the Lord” (v4); what does it mean to rejoice “in the Lord”?
  7. Verse 6 issues one negative command (what not to do) and one positive command (what to do); what are they, and how do they relate to each other?
  8. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Taking v6 as our model, pray about areas of life which you have considered too insignificant, or perhaps even too impossible, to bring to the Lord. What are these for you? Pray about them.

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
Philippians 4

1 Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.
Exhortation, Encouragement, and Prayer
2 I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. 3 Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Matthew Henry Commentary (Concise) 
Philippians Chapter 4

The apostle exhorts the Philippians to stand fast in the Lord. (1) Gives directions to some, and to all in general. (2-9) Expresses contentment in every condition of life. (10-19) He concludes with prayer to God the Father, and his usual blessing. (20-23)
Verse 1 The believing hope and prospect of eternal life, should make us steady and constant in our Christian course. There is difference of gifts and graces, yet, being renewed by the same Spirit, we are brethren. To stand fast in the Lord, is to stand fast in his strength, and by his grace.
Verses 2-9 Let believers be of one mind, and ready to help each other. As the apostle had found the benefit of their assistance, he knew how comfortable it would be to his fellow-laborers to have the help of others. Let us seek to give assurance that our names are written in the book of life. Joy in God is of great consequence in the Christian life; and Christians need to be again and again called to it. It more than outweighs all causes for sorrow. Let their enemies perceive how moderate they were as to outward things, and how composedly they suffered loss and hardships. The day of judgment will soon arrive, with full redemption to believers, and destruction to ungodly men. There is a care of diligence which is our duty, and agrees with a wise forecast and due concern; but there is a care of fear and distrust, which is sin and folly, and only perplexes and distracts the mind. As a remedy against perplexing care, constant prayer is recommended. Not only stated times for prayer, but in every thing by prayer. We must join thanksgivings with prayers and supplications; not only seek supplies of good, but own the mercies we have received. God needs not to be told our wants or desires; he knows them better than we do; but he will have us show that we value the mercy, and feel our dependence on him. The peace of God, the comfortable sense of being reconciled to God, and having a part in his favor, and the hope of the heavenly blessedness, are a greater good than can be fully expressed. This peace will keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus; it will keep us from sinning under troubles, and from sinking under them; keep us calm and with inward satisfaction. Believers are to get and to keep a good name; a name for good things with God and good men. We should walk in all the ways of virtue, and abide therein; then, whether our praise is of men or not, it will be of God. The apostle is for an example. His doctrine and life agreed together. The way to have the God of peace with us, is to keep close to our duty. All our privileges and salvation arise in the free mercy of God; yet the enjoyment of them depends on our sincere and holy conduct. These are works of God, pertaining to God, and to him only are they to be ascribed, and to no other, neither men, words, nor deeds.

OTHER
https://www.gotquestions.org/Book-of-Philippians.html

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 6/25/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
6/25 Meet The Mount - Immediately following 2nd service in Student Center
6/25 Alliance Campus VISION NIGHT Q&A - 5:00pm in Worship Center; Kona Ice to follow!
6/30 Missionary Movie Night - 6:30pm Student Center; for 3rd grade and up; for more info email joew.case@outlook.com
7/4-7/8 Student Summer Camp - Glorieta, NM; the mount.church/studentcamp
7/15 Orphan Care Cookout - Save The Date!  10a-1p Johnson Rd Park
7/23-7/27 VBS - register yourself (volunteer) and your kids TODAY at themount.church/vbs (or on App)

ICE BREAKER
“What is one thing that was very difficult for you but you pushed through & accomplished it anyway?” 

INTRODUCTION
his week we see Paul expressing his desire to be found in Christ; also his pressing on toward perfection; and recommends his own example to other believers. Paul emphasizes the need for progress in Christian living, presenting himself as one who continually strives to see God’s kingdom expanded. He invites the Philippians to join him in humble, radical dependence on Christ. The same invitation goes out to all of us!   “Rejoice!” - Philippians series. 
Key Passages:  Phil 3:12-21

QUESTIONS

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).
  2. Read Phil 3:12-21. Consider these 5 challenges (below) for growing in Christ from this passage, which one is most difficult for you?
    1. Humbly acknowledge that you haven’t arrived (v12, 13)
    2. Passionately pursue a greater knowledge of Christ (v12-14)
    3. Never lose the wonder of the gospel (v12, 14)
    4. Follow gospel-centered, heavenly minded examples (v15-19)
    5. Live in light of your true citizenship (v20-21)
  3. Paul was a “one-thing” guy (v13). What would people who know you well say is your “one thing”?
    1. What one change could you make in order to pursue the one thing that matters most?
  4. How has God helped you toward maturity through difficult places? 
  5. What are some characteristics of the “enemies of the cross” in v18-19?
  6. How should the promise of Jesus’ return affect the way you live your life?
  7. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray for God’s strength and gospel passion in living for Jesus; for believers at The Mount to live like true followers of Jesus as citizens of heaven and not of this world.

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
Philippians 3:12-21 - Straining Toward the Goal

12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
17 Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. 18 For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

Matthew Henry Commentary (Concise) 
Philippians Chapter 3
Verses 12-21

This simple dependence and earnestness of soul, were not mentioned as if the apostle had gained the prize, or were already made perfect in the Savior's likeness. He forgot the things which were behind, so as not to be content with past labors or present measures of grace. He reached forth, stretched himself forward towards his point; expressions showing great concern to become more and more like unto Christ. He who runs a race, must never stop short of the end, but press forward as fast as he can; so those who have heaven in their view, must still press forward to it, in holy desires and hopes, and constant endeavors. Eternal life is the gift of God, but it is in Christ Jesus; through his hand it must come to us, as it is procured for us by him. There is no getting to heaven as our home, but by Christ as our Way. True believers, in seeking this assurance, as well as to glorify him, will seek more nearly to resemble his sufferings and death, by dying to sin, and by crucifying the flesh with its affections and lusts. In these things there is a great difference among real Christians, but all know something of them. Believers make Christ all in all, and set their hearts upon another world. If they differ from one another, and are not of the same judgment in lesser matters, yet they must not judge one another; while they all meet now in Christ, and hope to meet shortly in heaven. Let them join in all the great things in which they are agreed, and wait for further light as to lesser things wherein they differ. The enemies of the cross of Christ mind nothing but their sensual appetites. Sin is the sinner's shame, especially when gloried in. The way of those who mind earthly things, may seem pleasant, but death and hell are at the end of it. If we choose their way, we shall share their end. The life of a Christian is in heaven, where his Head and his home are, and where he hopes to be shortly; he sets his affections upon things above; and where his heart is, there will his conversation be. There is glory kept for the bodies of the saints, in which they will appear at the resurrection. Then the body will be made glorious; not only raised again to life, but raised to great advantage. Observe the power by which this change will be wrought. May we be always prepared for the coming of our Judge; looking to have our vile bodies changed by his Almighty power, and applying to him daily to new-create our souls unto holiness; to deliver us from our enemies, and to employ our bodies and souls as instruments of righteousness in his service.

OTHER
https://www.gotquestions.org/Book-of-Philippians.html

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 6/18/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS
6/18 Father’s Day
6/24 Cost of Poverty Experience 3-6pm in Student Center; email office@themount.church to register  
6/25 Meet The Mount (12pm) - sign up at themount.church/path
6/25 Alliance Campus VISION NIGHT Q&A -  in Worship Center; Kona Ice to follow!
6/30 Missionary Movie Night - 6:30pm Student Center; for 3rd grade and up; for more info email joew.case@outlook.com
7/4-7/8 Student Summer Camp - Glorieta, NM; the mount.church/studentcamp
7/23-7/27 VBS - register yourself (volunteer) and your kids TODAY at themount.church/vbs (or on App)

ICE BREAKER
“What is one thing that you are proud of accomplishing in your life?” (can be from any age)

INTRODUCTION
“Rejoice in the Lord,” v1 Paul once again instructs the believers at Philippi to rejoice! Then Paul proceeds to give a warning about a false righteousness that comes from our own works and accomplishments, and points us to a perfect righteousness found only through faith in Christ. Our accomplishments are not bad things; they shape us and God can use them by all means.  But the problem creeps in when we begin to feel, think, and act as if our right standing before God some how comes from these accomplishments rather than from Christ alone.  “Rejoice!” - Philippians series. 
Key Passages:  Phil 3:1-11, Romans 10:4

QUESTIONS

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).
  2. Read Phil 3:1-11. What are some things that people treasure? Why do they treasure them?
  3. What are the distinctive marks of a genuine follower of Jesus according to Phil 3:3?
  4. Unbelieving Jews based the assurance of their salvation on following law and being circumcised, on what are you basing your assurance of salvation? (think past church answer)
  5. What do you tend to falsely put your confidence in (v3-6)?  Why? (Paul mentions 7 possible false sources: ritual, ethnicity, rank, tradition, rule following, zeal or obeying the law)
  6. Compare the temptation of an early church Jewish believer to slip back into a law-based righteousness… to the common tendency of a present-day believer to feel they must earn their way to God (works). How are they similar?  (law provided tangible checklist, culture today is merit-based, etc)
    1. What do both scenarios imply about Christ? (His death was not enough, He is not enough)
  7. How do you respond to Paul’s statement that knowing King Jesus as his Lord is worth far more than everything else put together v8?  
  8. How do we grow in our knowledge of God?  How are we transformed to be more like Jesus each day?  How does the hope of your resurrection encourage you in the Christian life?
  9. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Thank the Lord for the assurance of our salvation found through faith in Him; pray that we will not fall back into trying to gain approval with God by our accomplishments but will continue to trust what Christ has done.  

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
Philippians 3:1-11

1 Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.
2 Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. 3 For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh— 4 though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. 7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

Matthew Henry Commentary (Concise) 
Philippians Chapter 3

The apostle cautions the Philippians against judaizing false teachers (people who insisted that Christians had to obey all the OT ceremonial laws), and renounces his own former privileges. (1-11)
Verses 1-11 
Sincere Christians rejoice in Christ Jesus. The prophet calls the false prophets dumb dogs, ( Isaiah 56:10 ) ; to which the apostle seems to refer. Dogs, for their malice against faithful professors of the gospel of Christ, barking at them and biting them. They urged human works in opposition to the faith of Christ; but Paul calls them evil-workers. He calls them the concision; as they rent the church of Christ, and cut it to pieces. The work of religion is to no purpose, unless the heart is in it, and we must worship God in the strength and grace of the Divine Spirit. They rejoice in Christ Jesus, not in mere outward enjoyments and performances. Nor can we too earnestly guard against those who oppose or abuse the doctrine of free salvation. If the apostle would have gloried and trusted in the flesh, he had as much cause as any man. But the things which he counted gain while a Pharisee, and had reckoned up, those he counted loss for Christ. The apostle did not persuade them to do any thing but what he himself did; or to venture on any thing but that on which he himself ventured his never-dying soul. He deemed all these things to be but loss, compared with the knowledge of Christ, by faith in his person and salvation. He speaks of all worldly enjoyments and outward privileges which sought a place with Christ in his heart, or could pretend to any merit and desert, and counted them but loss; but it might be said, It is easy to say so; but what would he do when he came to the trial? He had suffered the loss of all for the privileges of a Christian. Nay, he not only counted them loss, but the vilest refuse, offals thrown to dogs; not only less valuable than Christ, but in the highest degree contemptible, when set up as against him. True knowledge of Christ alters and changes men, their judgments and manners, and makes them as if made again anew. The believer prefers Christ, knowing that it is better for us to be without all worldly riches, than without Christ and his word. Let us see what the apostle resolved to cleave to, and that was Christ and heaven. We are undone, without righteousness wherein to appear before God, for we are guilty. There is a righteousness provided for us in Jesus Christ, and it is a complete and perfect righteousness. None can have benefit by it, who trust in themselves. Faith is the appointed means of applying the saving benefit. It is by faith in Christ's blood. We are made conformable to Christ's death, when we die to sin, as he died for sin; and the world is crucified to us, and we to the world, by the cross of Christ. The apostle was willing to do or to suffer any thing, to attain the glorious resurrection of saints. This hope and prospect carried him through all difficulties in his work. He did not hope to attain it through his own merit and righteousness, but through the merit and righteousness of Jesus Christ.

OTHER
https://www.gotquestions.org/Book-of-Philippians.html

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 6/11/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS
6/11 Kids Summer Camp - kids return from camp after 2nd service
6/11-6/16 Student Mission Trip - “Community Rehab”, Comanche, TX; pray for students
6/18 Father’s Day
6/25 Baptism Sunday & Meet The Mount
7/4-7/8 Student Summer Camp - Glorieta, NM; the mount.church/studentcamp
7/23-7/27 VBS - register kids or as a volunteer at themount.church/vbs

ICE BREAKER
“Who was one of your favorite teachers in school and why?” 

INTRODUCTION
“Rejoice!” - Philippians sermon series. This week we look at two examples of model servants.  As Paul gives the travel plans of Timothy and Epaphroditus, he holds them up as Christlike examples worth watching and following.
Key Passages:  Phil 2:19-30

QUESTIONS

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).
  2. Read 2:19-30.  As you read about Timothy and Epaphroditus, what are some key markers that stand out to you about their life? (see list in Resources below)
  3. Who are some key people in your life who have encouraged you in your walk with Jesus? Who are they and how have they done so?
  4. What would you like to be remembered for in your life?
  5. Take some time to go around your CG and speak some key markers of Jesus you see in others life.
  6. Do you see any of the markers Paul listed in the passage today evident in your life?
  7. How can we take these markers of “faithful servants” and translate them to our daily life and our church life?
  8. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Thank God for partnerships in the gospel. Thank him specifically for the people with whom you serve and have served in even the simplest and seemingly insignificant ways. Ask God to show you someone you should bring alongside with you, or whom you should come alongside, to work in partnership.

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
Philippians 2:19-30

19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. 20 For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. 21 For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know Timothy's proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel. 23 I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me, 24 and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also.
25 I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need, 26 for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious. 29 So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, 30 for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.

Markers of Timothy and Epaphroditus, Faithful Servants
1. Genuine Concern for the Church
2. Faithful Partnership in the gospel
3. Spiritual Family
4. Hard Worker
5. Loyal Soldier
6. Reliable Messenger
7. Trustworthy Servant
8. Willing to sacrifice for the cause

Matthew Henry Commentary (Concise) 
Philippians Chapter 2
Verses 19-30

It is best with us, when our duty becomes natural to us. Naturally, that is, sincerely, and not in pretense only; with a willing heart and upright views. We are apt to prefer our own credit, ease, and safety, before truth, holiness, and duty; but Timothy did not so. Paul desired liberty, not that he might take pleasure, but that he might do good. Epaphroditus was willing to go to the Philippians, that he might be comforted with those who had sorrowed for him when he was sick. It seems, his illness was caused by the work of God. The apostle urges them to love him the more on that account. It is doubly pleasant to have our mercies restored by God, after great danger of their removal; and this should make them more valued. What is given in answer to prayer, should be received with great thankfulness and joy.

OTHER
https://www.gotquestions.org/Book-of-Philippians.html

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 6/4/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS
6/4 Business Meeting - After 2nd service; affirmation of new Executive Pastor
      Appreciation Lunch & Training Meeting - 12:15 in Student Center following Business Mtg
6/8-6/11 Kids Summer Camp - pray for life change in Waxahachie
6/11-6/16 Student Mission Trip - “Community Rehab”, Comanche, TX; themount.church/events
6/18 Father’s Day
7/4-7/8 Student Summer Camp - Glorieta, NM; the mount.church/studentcamp
7/23-7/27 VBS - register kids or as a volunteer at themount.church/vbs

ICE BREAKER
“What is one thing you were afraid of as a child?” 

INTRODUCTION
“Rejoice!” - Philippians sermon series. This week we examine what it looks like to "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling". The gospel not only "gets us right" at salvation (justification), the gospel also enables us to "do right" daily (sanctification). We need the saving grace of the gospel daily. It is God's work in us. 
Key Passages:  Phil 2:12-18
Other: _______________________________________________________________

QUESTIONS

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).
  2. Read 2:12-18 and pray.  What effort are you putting into growing spiritually? 
  3. How can a Christian both enjoy knowing God, and tremble about that same God? 
  4. How have you been motivated to enjoy growing in sanctification? 
  5. In which areas in particular will you pray for God to work in you as you work at growing in godliness?
  6. When are you most likely to grumble? What would it sound like to praise God in those moments instead? 
  7. How will the things that matter eternally shape your priorities today? 
  8. With whom could you share Christian joy today? Do you allow others to share it with you, even when you are facing difficult circumstances?
  9. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray for a fresh realization of our need for the gospel, the power of the gospel, and the impact of the gospel on our lives and others. Pray for God to send out more of us to share the gospel with others. 

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
Philippians 2:12-18

12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.

Matthew Henry Commentary (Concise) 
Philippians Chapter 2
Verses 12-18

We must be diligent in the use of all the means which lead to our salvation, persevering therein to the end. With great care, lest, with all our advantages, we should come short. Work out your salvation, for it is God who works in you. This encourages us to do our utmost, because our labour shall not be in vain: we must still depend on the grace of God. The working of God's grace in us, is to quicken and engage our endeavors. God's good-will to us, is the cause of his good work in us. Do your duty without murmurings. Do it, and do not find fault with it. Mind your work, and do not quarrel with it. By peaceableness; give no just occasion of offense. The children of God should differ from the sons of men. The more perverse others are, the more careful we should be to keep ourselves blameless and harmless. The doctrine and example of consistent believers will enlighten others, and direct their way to Christ and holiness, even as the light-house warns mariners to avoid rocks, and directs their course into the harbor. Let us try thus to shine. The gospel is the word of life, it makes known to us eternal life through Jesus Christ. Running, denotes earnestness and vigor, continual pressing forward; laboring, denotes constancy, and close application. It is the will of God that believers should be much in rejoicing; and those who are so happy as to have good ministers, have great reason to rejoice with them.

OTHER
https://www.gotquestions.org/Book-of-Philippians.html

 

CG LEADER GUID FOR WEEK STARTING 5/28/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS
5/31 Last Wednesday - last Wed night of on-campus CG’s & kids’ ministry; off June-July, resume Aug
6/4 Business Meeting - After 2nd service; affirmation of new Executive Pastor
6/8-6/11 Kids Summer Camp - pray for life change
6/11-6/16 Student Mission Trip - “Community Rehab”, Comanche, TX; themount.church/events
6/18 Father’s Day
7/4-7/8 Student Summer Camp - Glorieta, NM; the mount.church/studentcamp
7/23-7/27 VBS 

ICE BREAKER
“Name someone at The Mount who has been a godly example to you in some way?” 

INTRODUCTION
“Rejoice!” - Philippians sermon series. This week we examine a call to humble sacrifice and unity. Jesus had it all, paid it all and gave it all away… even “to the point of death”. Why? For our good and God’s glory. We are called to the same sacrificial, selfless mindset and living.  And not just individually on your own but corporately, together as believers… as the church… to be unified in “having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.”  And Jesus gives us the perfect example to follow.
Key Passages:  Phil 2:1-11; Phil 1:27-30; 

QUESTIONS

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).
  2. Read Phil 1:27-2:11. What is your instinctive reaction to the word “humility”?
  3. What kind of motivation does Paul give for the church to serve one another with compassion in 2:1-4?
  4. How does the command for unity in 2:2 strike you?
  5. Do you find it challenging to avoid rivalry and to put the needs of others ahead of your own? How would your church be different if everyone faithfully lived out Philippians 2:3-4?
  6. How does Jesus show us the Philippians 2:3-4 kind of life? How does this passage show us our need for the Savior?
  7. How can you look to the interests of others more than your own today?
  8. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray for unity among believers, centered on the love of Christ. Pray for God to be glorified in our unity and the gospel to be proclaimed through it.

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
Philippians 2:1-11

1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Matthew Henry Commentary (Concise) 
Philippians Chapter 2
Verses 1-4

Here are further exhortations to Christian duties; to like-mindedness and lowly-mindedness, according to the example of the Lord Jesus. Kindness is the law of Christ's kingdom, the lesson of his school, the livery of his family. Several motives to brotherly love are mentioned. If you expect or experience the benefit of God's compassions to yourselves, be compassionate one to another. It is the joy of ministers to see people like-minded. Christ came to humble us, let there not be among us a spirit of pride. We must be severe upon our own faults, and quick in observing our own defects, but ready to make favorable allowances for others. We must kindly care for others, but not be busy-bodies in other men's matters. Neither inward nor outward peace can be enjoyed, without lowliness of mind.
Verses 5-11
The example of our Lord Jesus Christ is set before us. We must resemble him in his life, if we would have the benefit of his death. Notice the two natures of Christ; his Divine nature, and human nature. Who being in the form of God, partaking the Divine nature, as the eternal and only-begotten Son of God, Joh. 1:1 , had not thought it a robbery to be equal with God, and to receive Divine worship from men. His human nature; herein he became like us in all things except sin. Thus low, of his own will, he stooped from the glory he had with the Father before the world was. Christ's two states, of humiliation and exaltation, are noticed. Christ not only took upon him the likeness and fashion, or form of a man, but of one in a low state; not appearing in splendor. His whole life was a life of poverty and suffering. But the lowest step was his dying the death of the cross, the death of a malefactor and a slave; exposed to public hatred and scorn. The exaltation was of Christ's human nature, in union with the Divine. At the name of Jesus, not the mere sound of the word, but the authority of Jesus, all should pay solemn homage. It is to the glory of God the Father, to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord; for it is his will, that all men should honor the Son as they honor the Father, ( John 5:23 ) . Here we see such motives to self-denying love as nothing else can supply. Do we thus love and obey the Son of God?

OTHER
https://www.gotquestions.org/Book-of-Philippians.html

 

 

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 5/21/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS
5/31 Last Wednesday - last Wed night of on-campus CG’s & kids’ ministry; off June-July, resume Aug
6/4 Business Meeting - Save the Date; anticipated affirmation of new Executive Pastor
6/8-6/11 Kids Summer Camp - register by May 21!   -  themount.church/kidscamp
6/11-6/16 Student Mission Trip - “Community Rehab”, Comanche, TX; themount.church/events
6/18 Father’s Day
7/23-7/27 VBS 

ICE BREAKER
“What parenting phrase/command aimed at correcting your behavior did you hear often growing up?” 

INTRODUCTION
“Rejoice!” - Philippians sermon series. This week we examine a calling, a striving and a suffering part of every believer’s life. Paul sets a high bar, “let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel” - Wow, that our lives would be considered “worthy of the gospel” is too much, but it should be our aim. Our goal in life (as was Paul’s) is for Christ to be honored, the gospel proclaimed and God glorified.
Key Passages:  Phil 1:27-30; Matt 9:13; Prov 21:3; Phil 2:5

QUESTIONS

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).
  2. Read Phil 1:27-30. Can someone put in their own words what Paul is saying in verse 27?
  3. Why is it important for Christians’ public behavior to match up with the gospel?
  4. Do you ever use being apart from other believers as an excuse not to live in a manner worthy of the gospel? How would remembering that God is never absent change your conduct in those times?
  5. Read Matthew 9:13; what is Jesus saying here? (mercy over sacrifice, heart over habit, people over policy)     What is the difference between behavior done out of religious living versus behavior out of obedience? (heart, motivation; not for justification but because of justification)
  6. Verse 27 can be literally translated “behave as citizens worthy”; what are some dynamics of citizenship that Paul intends for his readers to apply to their Christian lives? (See Definition of citizen below; a participating member, meet requirements, has rights/privileges, expected to obey)
  7. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray for unity among believers, centered on the love of Christ. Pray especially about specific cases of disunity which you know about; ask the Lord what you could do to help bring reconciliation.

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
Philippians 1:27-30

27 Only let your manner of life be worthy8 of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. 29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

Definition of citizen or citizenship: A citizen is a participatory member of a political community. Citizenship is gained by meeting the legal requirements of a national, state, or local government. A nation grants certain rights and privileges to its citizens. In return, citizens are expected to obey their country's laws and defend it against its enemies.

Matthew Henry Commentary (Concise) 
Philippians Chapter 1, Verses 27-30: 

Those who profess the gospel of Christ, should live as becomes those who believe gospel truths, submit to gospel laws, and depend upon gospel promises. The original word "conversation" denotes the conduct of citizens who seek the credit, safety, peace, and prosperity of their city. There is that in the faith of the gospel, which is worth striving for; there is much opposition, and there is need of striving. A man may sleep and go to hell; but he who would go to heaven, must look about him and be diligent. There may be oneness of heart and affection among Christians, where there is diversity of judgment about many things. Faith is God's gift on the behalf of Christ; the ability and disposition to believe are from God. And if we suffer reproach and loss for Christ, we are to reckon them a gift, and prize them accordingly. Yet salvation must not be ascribed to bodily afflictions, as though afflictions and worldly persecutions deserved it; but from God only is salvation: faith and patience are his gifts.

OTHER
https://www.gotquestions.org/Book-of-Philippians.html

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CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 5/14/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS
5/14 Mother’s Day - celebrate & pray over the Moms in your group!! 
5/31 Last Wednesday - last Wed night of on-campus CG’s & kids’ ministry; off June-July, resume Aug
6/8-6/11 Kids Summer Camp - register by May 21!   -  themount.church/kidscamp
6/11-6/16 Student Mission Trip - “Community Rehab”, Comanche, TX; themount.church/events
7/4-7/8 Student Summer Camp - registration is open!; themount.church/events

ICE BREAKER
“What is one thing you look forward to in Heaven?” 

INTRODUCTION
“Rejoice!” - Philippians sermon series. This week we look a familiar verse and passage surrounding v21 of chapter 1, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” What a powerful and packed verse! The preceding verse 20 gives us some insight in to Paul’s ultimate desire… for Christ to “be honored in [his] body, whether by life or by death.” 
Key Passages:  Phil 1:21-26; 2 Tim 1:10; 1 Cor 15:12-28,50-58

QUESTIONS

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).
  2. Read Phil 1:21-26. The question for Paul between life and death is not between something good (life) and something bad (death). 
    1. Was there a time when you were scared to die? How has that changed over time? 
    2. What makes Paul so calm about dying, almost looking forward to it?
    3. How might Paul’s aim (v21) relate to the two great commands in Matt 22:36-40?
  3. Re-read v24-25. What does it mean for you if you are still here, still breathing on this earth, still alive”? (God is not done with you and He has plans to use you in other’s lives)  On who’s “account” are you “remaining” and “continuing” for? (spouse, kids, co-workers, neighbors, etc)
  4. Do you find yourself asking this question, “Will I do what I want to do, or will I do what is best for others?”  How do you answer it? What drives your answer one way or the other?
  5. What if you committed Phil 1:21 to memory this week? How might that change your outlook?
  6. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray for God to give us an eternal perspective on this life and the life beyond, and for this new perspective to drive us to the need for the gospel daily and the need to tell others of the gospel daily.

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
Philippians 1:21-26

21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.

Matthew Henry Commentary (Concise) 
Philippians Introduction

The Philippians felt a very deep interest for the apostle. The scope of the epistle is to confirm them in the faith, to encourage them to walk as becomes the gospel of Christ, to caution them against judaizing teachers, and to express gratitude for their Christian bounty. This epistle is the only one, among those written by St. Paul, in which no censures are implied or expressed. Full commendation and confidence are in every part, and the Philippians are addressed with a peculiar affection, which every serious reader will perceive.

The apostle offers up thanksgivings and prayers, for the good work of grace in the Philippians. (1-7) He expresses affection, and prays for them. (8-11) Fortifies them against being cast down at his sufferings. (12-20) He stood prepared for glorifying Christ by life, or death. (21-26) Exhortations to zeal, and constancy in professing the gospel. (27-30)

Verses 21-26: Death is a great loss to a worldly man, for he loses all his earthly comforts and all his hopes; but to a true believer it is gain, for it is the end of all his weakness and misery. It delivers him from all the evils of life, and brings him to possess the chief good. The apostle's difficulty was not between living in this world and living in heaven; between these two there is no comparison; but between serving Christ in this world and enjoying him in another. Not between two evil things, but between two good things; living to Christ and being with him. See the power of faith and of Divine grace; it can make us willing to die. In this world we are compassed with sin; but when with Christ, we shall escape sin and temptation, sorrow and death, for ever. But those who have most reason to desire to depart, should be willing to remain in the world as long as God has any work for them to do. And the more unexpected mercies are before they come, the more of God will be seen in them.

OTHER
https://www.gotquestions.org/Book-of-Philippians.html