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CG Leader Guides

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 1/21/2018!

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
1/21     *CG Leader Training* - For current Leaders and those interested! 12:00 Chapel
1/23     Growth Groups Start - Opportunities to go deeper start this week - Ladies’ Precept,
     STEPS, Discipleship Training, Go Tell & more!  All info online at themount.church/growthgroups
1/24     Picture This: Vision Gathering - All parents & kids volunteers invited to attend
            6:30pm Chapel; Registration and more info at themount.church/events
2/23    Work As Worship Retreat - Join other Christian business owners, CEOs & leaders who
    want their faith to impact their work @ The Mount, 7:30 am - 2:30 pm; themount.church/events
2/23    Student D-Now Weekend - Save the date! Email students@themount.church for more info.

ICE BREAKER
“Who is the kindest person you know?”

INTRODUCTION
“Go Tell” - Judges 2:10 “… And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel.”  May this not be so for us in this generation!  As Christ followers we have all been called to “go tell”.  So it’s time for us follow God’s commands and “go tell”.  This week we look at the HOW of “go telling”. Remember, please encourage group members to record invites and gospel conversations at themount.church/gotell.
Key Passages: 1 Peter 3:15, Romans 1:16, 8:31-39; Proverbs 29:25; 2 Timothy 1:6-12

QUESTIONS   
(Leader: questions provided are a “guide”; use some or all as you deem what is best for your group and time)

  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 3:13-17. Regarding v13-14 and the spirit of “Go Tell”, is there anyone we should fear in telling others about Jesus? (no)  Then… why do we so easily feel “fear”?
    1. We see Paul’s boldness in Romans 1:16, what seems to be it’s source? (power of God)
    2. Read 2 Timothy 6-12. Again what seems to be the source of Paul’s resolve? (Holy Spirit within him, God’s purpose and grace v9, his belief v12)
  3. Read v 15 of 1 Peter 3 again, how can we “always [be] prepared”? (varies; let people share)
    1. How can knowing and being comfortable with your story of salvation help you when opportunities show themselves?  Discuss the importance of knowing and even practicing ‘your story of salvation’.
  4. Goal is to be a light and a mouthpiece for the gospel… keeping a “good conscience” v15-16; what is the opposite of “gentleness & respect”? (hardness, roughness, disdain, disregard)
    1. How might one “share the gospel” without gentleness & respect?  
    2. Let’s elaborate on “gentleness and respect”, how can we further describe the manner of which we are to Go Tell? (courteously, winsomely, rightly; not to attack, belittle or condemn)
  5. Is it ever part of God’s will for Christians to suffer for doing good? (v17)
  6. If time allows, break up into smaller groups of 3-4 people with these instructions:
    1. Share & celebrate any stories of gospel conversations from the week; wins and misses.
    2. Share any specific prayer requests and updates related to your Top 5 people (last week). 
    3. And PRAY.    See Prayer Focus below for guide.
  7. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray for a boldness and confidence to tell others about Jesus, the readiness and forethought to be prepared, and the gentleness and respect to share in love the reason for your hope in Jesus. 

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
Online Articles:
This is a great article at bethinking.org; it is a little long (and from an Englishman) but well worth the read…  https://www.bethinking.org/apologetics/ready-to-answer

https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/lay-aside-the-fear-of-man
 

https://www.openbible.info/topics/witnessing_to_others

https://www.allaboutjesuschrist.org/jesus-commands-us-to-tell-others-faq.htm

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 1/14/2018

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
1/14     Meet The Mount - For those new to The Mount; 12:00 Student Center; themount.church/path
1/21     *CG Leader Training* - For current Leaders and those interested! 12:00 Chapel
1/21     Membership Matters - 1/21 & 1/28, 10:30 AM in Student Center; themount.church/path
1/21     Picture This: Vision Gathering - All parents & kids volunteers invited to attend 1 of 3 sessions
            A)- 1/21 9am Base Camp Rm Kids Bldg, B) 1/21 10:30am Chapel, C) 1/24 6:30pm Chapel
            Registration and more info at themount.church/events
1/23     Growth Groups Start - Opportunities to go deeper start this week - Ladies’ Precept, STEPS,
            Discipleship Training, Go Tell & more!  All info online at themount.church/growthgroups
2/23    Work As Worship Retreat - Join other Christian business owners, CEOs & leaders who want
            their faith to impact their work; @ The Mount, 7:30 am - 2:30 pm; themount.church/events

ICE BREAKER
“What # are you on scale of 1-10 where 10 is “Mega-Planner” and 1 is “Super-Spontaneous”?” 

INTRODUCTION
“Go Tell” - Judges 2:10 “… And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel.”  May this not be so for us in this generation!  As Christ followers we have all been called to “go tell”.  So it’s time for us follow God’s commands and “go tell”.  This week we look at the WHO and the WHERE of “go telling” - anyone, anywhere, anytime.
Key Passages: John 1:35-46, John 4:39-42, 1 Peter 3:15, Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:19-20

QUESTIONS   
(Leader: questions provided are a “guide”; use some or all as you deem what is best for your group and time)

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).   
  2. Read John 1:35-46; how does Andrew first hear about Jesus? (John the Baptist v36-37)
    1. Who did Andrew tell? (his brother Simon [now Peter]) Who did Philip tell? (Nathanael)
    2. When you FIRST heard & responded to the gospel, did you tell anyone? Who?
  3. Read 1 Peter 3:15; the verse says to “always” be ready, how can we “be prepared” for this? (Pray for opportunities, then it won’t surprise you; Know your story!) 
    1. And HOW does it say to “tell” or give reason for your faith? (with gentleness and respect)
    2. From Icebreaker question, discuss the Pros & Cons of both personality types when it comes to “always being prepared” to tell? (Mega-Planner = “prepared” but may miss opportunities unless scheduled out; Super-Spontaneous = thrilled by off-agenda encounters but may not have thought ahead to be prepared; need to know who you are and be ready)
  4. Read Matthew 26:40-41; Jesus affirms that he knows the disciples’ “spirit is willing” to do the right thing but that their “flesh __ _______” (“flesh is weak”)
    1. What does Jesus tell them to do… and how can we apply this to knowing we should “go tell”? (“watch and pray”, be aware of our weakness & pray; live & believe 2 Timothy 1:7)
  5. Break up into smaller groups of 3-6 people with these instructions:
    1. Share which people you put on your Top 5 “Go Tell” card (or plan to)
    2. Share any specific prayer requests related to your Top 5. 
    3. And pray together!
      1. Remind them: To record invites and gospel conversations at themount.church/gotell.
  6. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray for a greater fear and love of God like never before that would lead us to love and tell others about Jesus like never before.

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY

Online Articles:
https://www.gotquestions.org/spirit-willing-flesh-weak.html

https://www.openbible.info/topics/witnessing_to_others

https://www.allaboutjesuschrist.org/jesus-commands-us-to-tell-others-faq.htm

https://www.themount.church/gospel

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 1/7/2018

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
1/10     Wed Nights Return! - Normal Kids, Student & Adult ministries and CG’s resume; 6:30 pm
1/14     Meet The Mount - For those new to The Mount; 12:00 Student Center
1/21     *CG Leader Training* - For current Leaders and those interested! 12:00 Chapel
1/21     Membership Matters - 1/21 & 1/28, 10:30 AM in Student Center
1/23     Growth Groups Start - Opportunities to go deeper start this week - Ladies’ Precept, STEPS, Discipleship Training, Go Tell & more!  All info online at themount.church/growthgroups

ICE BREAKER
“Did you ever do “Show and Tell” at school as a kid? What did you “show” or “tell”… or what would you have?” 

INTRODUCTION
“Go Tell” - Judges 2:10 “… And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel.”  May this not be so for us in this generation!  As Christ followers we have all been called to “go tell”.  So it’s time for us to look at this oft neglected discipline seriously.  What does the Bible say, what are we to do, how are we to do it… no more excuses, it’s time we truly follow, obey and “go tell”.  Focus is to build a strong biblical foundation in week 1 - let God’s Word speak, convict, encourage and drive us.
Key Passages: Judges 2:6-10, Mark 16:15, Romans 10:13-15, Deut 6:1-9, Matthew 28:19-20

QUESTIONS   
(Leader: questions provided are a “guide”; use some or all as you deem what is best for your group and time)

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).   
  2. Read Judges 2:6-10. Joshua led the Israelites after Moses died. This verse tells of the time after Joshua died and the elders after him.  What two descriptors are given about the next generation in verse 10? (1- they did not know the Lord or 2- the work He had done for Israel)
    1. Taking a little grace to speculate here, how might this have happened?
    2. Personally speaking… how can you avoid this in your own home?  (Deut 6:1-9 shares a foundational command given by God through Moses to Israelites.)
  3. Read the following verses and discuss what it tells us to do:
    1. Matthew 28:19-20 (make disciples… by going, baptizing & teaching; must tell) 
    2. Mark 16:14-15 (go and tell… all creation)
    3. Psalm 96:1-3 (eager to tell others when you are in love; cannot keep silent)
    4. Matthew 24:14 (one indicator of nearest of Christ’s return, once gospel proclaimed everywhere)
    5. Romans 10:13-15 (for one to call on Lord, must believe; to believe, must hear; to hear, must be told; for one to tell, must be sent … God as “sent” all Christians.)
  4. Considering commands from God’s Word… and our challenge for 2018, what action steps do you feel led to take?  (Challenge: ,000 personal invitations to church, 500 gospel conversations, 50 baptisms, 5 evangelistic trainings)
    1. Let people share anything specific they feel led to do. Speaking it helps turn intent into action.
    2. Encourage them to record invites and gospel conversations at themount.church/gotell.
  5. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray for a greater fear and love of God like never before that would lead us to love and tell others about Jesus like never before.

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
Online Articles:

https://www.openbible.info/topics/witnessing_to_others

https://www.allaboutjesuschrist.org/jesus-commands-us-to-tell-others-faq.htm

https://www.themount.church/gospel

https://www.gotquestions.org/not-ashamed-Gospel.html

https://www.gotquestions.org/winning-souls.html

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 12/31/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
1/3       Wed Nights - No CG’s or kids/student ministries on campus
1/10     Wed Nights Return! - Normal Kids, Student & Adult ministries and CG’s resume; 6:30 pm
1/14     Meet The Mount - For those new to The Mount; 12:00 Student Center
1/21     *CG Leader Training* - For current Leaders and those interested! 12:00 Chapel
1/23     Growth Groups Start Up - Ladies’ Precept, STEPS, Discipleship Training, Go Tell & more!  All info online at themount.church/growthgroups

ICE BREAKER
“Did you have a New Year’s resolution going into 2017 (one year ago)? And did you keep it?” 

INTRODUCTION
“Get Ready for a New Year” - Joshua 3:5 - Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.  2018 is here!  What do you expect out of 2018?  The New Year is always a great time for new beginnings, new commitments and fresh starts.  Not just a new year’s resolution, but what has God been telling you to do that you just haven’t wanted taken that step yet… now is the time.
Key Passages: Joshua 1:1-9, James 1:5, Prov 3:5-6, Joshua 3:14-17

QUESTIONS   
(Leader: questions provided are a “guide”; use some or all as you deem what is best for your group and time)

  1. Can you complete this popular quote, “Those who do not learn from history…”? ('Those who do not learn history… are doomed to repeat it.')
    1. Looking back over 2017, how might we apply this quote to our personal lives, specifically our spiritual lives?
  2. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message.  
  3. Israelites were about to embark on a new chapter entering the land of Canaan, the Promise Land after 40 years in the wilderness; read Joshua 3:5.  What did Joshua ask the people to do?  Why do you think that was important?
  4. Read Joshua 1:1-9.  What are some aspects of this passage about Joshua that in Christ also apply to us as we enter 2018? (arise & go, God is with you, be strong & courageous, follow God, meditate on Word)
    1. Which of these most speaks to you and/or encourages you going in to 2018?
  5. [Consider breaking into smaller groups for this]  Do you have a spiritual goal for 2018?  If so, do you mind sharing it with the group?
    1. How can the group help you achieve this goal?  [Spend time praying as group]
  6. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Praise God for specific things in 2017, celebrate His faithfulness in all things, devote 2018 to the Lord; and as the apostle Paul often prays, pray that we would grow in our love and knowledge of Jesus.

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY

Articles on getting ready for 2018 and making New Year’s resolutions…

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/10-questions-to-ask-of-new-years-resolutions/

https://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/russellmoore/should-christians-make-new-year-s-resolutions.html

https://www.ligonier.org/blog/4-christian-principles-making-new-years-resolutions/

https://www.gotquestions.org/new-years-resolution.html

 

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 12/17/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
12/20   *Wed Night Schedule - No CG’s or kids/student ministries on campus
12/24   Christmas Eve Services - Normal Sunday service times: Keller 9 & 10:30, Alliance 5:00
             - Kids classes for Birth - 2nd grade; No Sunday AM Keller on-campus CG’s.
12/27   *Wed Night Schedule - No CG’s or kids/student ministries on campus
12/31   Family Worship - Join us as we wrap up 2017! - Keller 9 & 10:30, Alliance 5:00
             - Kids classes for Birth - 2 years old; No Sunday AM Keller on-campus CG’s.
1/3       *Wed Night Schedule - No CG’s or kids/student ministries on campus
1/7       CG Leader Training - For current Leaders and those interested! 12:00 Student Center
1/10     Wed Nights Return! - Normal Kids, Student & Adult ministries and CG’s resume.

ICE BREAKER
“Share someone you enjoyed spending time with as a kid & why was it enjoyable?” (ex: a friend, parent, sibling, relative, neighbor?)

INTRODUCTION
“Christmas Unwrapped” - Spending time with people we love is a great part of Christmas. We celebrate God coming to earth to “spend time with us”.  Today we talk about how can we “Give More” of ourselves this Christmas. How can our time, our money, our giving increase our relational time with one another and with Jesus?  Celebrating Christmas doesn’t have to leave you stressed, in debt, maxed out in every way with frantic over-shopping and packed schedules. Maybe we let Jesus in a little more and let go of something not fully honoring Jesus this season. Let’s slow down, re-focus and “unwrap” Christmas, celebrating the presence and gift of Jesus!!
Key Passages: Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1-3,14; 1 John 4:7-11

QUESTIONS   
(Leader: questions provided are a “guide”; use some or all as you deem what is best for your group and time)

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message.  
  2. Read Matthew 1:18-25. What was Joseph’s initial response to Mary’s pregnancy and then after hearing from an angel of the Lord?
    1. What do you suspect Joseph’s “presence” meant to Mary for him to stay with her?
  3. Read John 1:1-3; what do we learn about the “Word” a.k.a. “Jesus” in v1-3? 
    1. Read v14 of John 1; what does this passage say that Jesus did? Compare to Matt 1:23 and discuss it’s magnitude & meaning!  (All mighty, holy God in all His glory with us in Jesus)
  4. By giving us his presence, Jesus showed us how to love others in a meaningful way. What are some practical ideas we can “love others in a meaningful way” this Christmas? What are some things your family has done?
  5. Read 1 John 4:7-11. God is LOVE.  Re-read v9-10… how was God’s love made known to us? (God sent his Son to be with us… His Presence)
    1. What did His love do for us?? (Absorb the wrath we deserved… With Purpose)  
    2. How can we model this love to others?  (presence with purpose)
  6. What are some practical ways we can love others in a meaningful way this Christmas? (Brainstorming session; encourage sharing ideas; not bragging if you share a good idea - it helps)
  7. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray that we would see Christmas in its full meaning & glory: prophecy fulfilled, love came down, covenant kept, God with us! And that we would worship Him like never before this Christmas season.

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY

Online articles…

Supplemental VIDEOS for CG time…

“Christmas Unwrapped” related videos to jump start conversations… (from adventconspiracy.org)

**IKEA video - kids talking about how they'd rather have time with their parents than gifts

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 12/10/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
12/15   Parent’s Night Out - Fri 6-9pm; Date night, Gift shopping,… you decide! Register at
                 themount.church/events
12/20   Wed Night Schedule - No CG’s or kids/student ministries on campus (12/20 & 27, 1/3)
12/24   Christmas Eve Services - Normal Sunday service times: Keller 9 & 10:30, Alliance 5:00
12/27   Wed Night Schedule - No CG’s or kids/student ministries on campus
12/31   New Year’s Eve Services - Join us as we wrap up 2017! - Keller 9 & 10:30, Alliance 5:00
1/3      Wed Night Schedule - No CG’s or kids/student ministries on campus

ICE BREAKER
“What was your favorite childhood Christmas present?” 

INTRODUCTION
“Christmas Unwrapped” - Who doesn’t like to unwrap a gift!? The ‘wondering what it is’ & anticipation draws us in!  Well let’s allow Christmas to ‘draw us in’ fresh and new… and let’s “unwrap” Christmas as is if it is a NEW gift.  God gave us the BEST, most AMAZING gift EVER in Jesus!  Many of us all over the world have an odd way of celebrating this GIFT… feeling stressed, going into debt, maxed out, pressured to live up to expectations of kids and others, frantic shopping and packed schedules, etc, etc. Maybe that’s not the best way to honor Jesus this season!? Let’s slow down, re-focus and “unwrap” Christmas, celebrating Jesus’ first coming and anticipating His second!!
Key Passages: Matthew 1:23-2:13, Matthew 6:21, Luke 12:15, John 3:16-17, 2 Cor 8:1-8

QUESTIONS   
(Leader: questions provided are a “guide”; use some or all as you deem what is best for your group and time)

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message.  (Don’t Miss Jesus/ Jesus Is Everything/ Worship Driven Generosity/ Listen To The Lord)
  2. Read Matthew 1:23-2:13. Who all was “troubled” at the news of the birth of the king of the Jews? (Herod … and ‘all Jerusalem’) 
    1. Likewise, who ‘missed worshipping Jesus’ in this passage? (Herod, chief priests, scribes) 
    2. The chief priests & scribes new what the prophets said but still missed Jesus. We know Christmas story, the “reason for the season” etc… but if not careful how can we “miss Jesus” too during Christmas? (not talking about Jesus, not teaching to kids, not giving & loving out of overflow from our love for Jesus, etc)
  3. How might overspending skew the meaning of Christmas to our kids & family?
    1. Read Matthew 6:21 and Luke 12:15. How can we let these verses shape our Christmas spending and giving? (more is not always better, meaningful gifts matter, etc)
    2. *What are some practical ways you/others can ‘spend less’ at Christmas? Share ideas. (Note: Meaningful gifts aren’t bad. Wise men gave gifts, God gives (Jn 3:16-17), etc… more on this next week :) )
  4. Consider this, if you didn’t have money to buy presents, could you still celebrate Christmas?
  5. CHALLENGE: Most of us have more stuff than we need. What if we slimmed down our spending at Christmas, saved some money, and used it to buy things for people who don’t have anything? What are some ways we could use that money to help others?
  6. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray that we would see Christmas in its full meaning & glory: prophecy fulfilled, love came down, covenant kept, God with us! And that we would worship Him like never before this Christmas season.

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY

Online articles for further reading and study...

https://www.gotquestions.org/Christmas-gifts.html

https://www.gotquestions.org/Christmas-true-meaning.html

This is not a Christian article but gives some great insight into American spending at Christmas:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2017/11/20/why-you-shouldnt-give-gifts-grown-adults/841516001/

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 12/3/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
12/3     Family Meeting - Join us at The Mount Alliance at 3:30pm! Come see Alliance location as we
                 Celebrate 2017, Share Vision & budget for 2018! 
12/8     Student Christmas Camp - Fri/Sat 12/8-12/9; $50; info at themount.church/events
12/9  Ornaments of JOY - A Women’s Christmas Gathering, 11am-1pm in Chapel; bring wrapped
                 ornament, a Christmas snack to share, and a friend or two!
12/15   Parent’s Night Out - Fri 6-9pm; Date night, Gift shopping,… you decide! Register at
                 themount.church/events
12/20   Wed Night Schedule - No CG’s or kids/student ministries on campus (12/20 + 12/27)
12/24   Christmas Eve Services - Normal Sunday service times: Keller 9:30 & 10, Alliance 5:00

ICE BREAKER
“What was your favorite family Christmas tradition?” 

INTRODUCTION
“Christmas Unwrapped” - Who doesn’t like to unwrap a gift!? The intrigue, suspense, anticipation, and so on.  Well let’s “unwrap” a gift that maybe we’ve opened before or maybe never fully been opened… and that is Christmas itself! God gave us the best, most amazing gift EVER in Jesus! Literally “best ever”!  And how do millions and millions of people all over celebrate this gift? Spending/spending/spending, feeling stressed and maxed out, pressured to live up to expectations of kids and others, frantic shopping and packed schedules, etc, etc. Maybe that’s not the best way to honor Jesus during this season!? Maybe we try to slow down, re-focus and “unwrap” Christmas and the best gift ever!!

Key Passages: Luke 1:46-55, Psalm 34:2-3, 69:30

QUESTIONS   
(Leader: questions provided are a “guide”; use some or all as you deem what is best for your group and time)

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).  
  2. We shared some traditions earlier; what are some family tradition that POINT people to Jesus?  Are there some that may DETRACT from Jesus? (note: the point is not to judge traditions but to pause and think why we do what we do)
  3. Read Luke 1:26-38 and then 39-45. Someone paraphrase what is happening here. (angel, virgin pregnant with “Son of Most High”, covenant kept, family, Holy Spirit, power, blessed, etc)
    1. What stands out to you most about this amazing turn of events?
  4. Read Luke 1:46-55. What does Mary specifically worship/praise God for here?
  5. What specifically can and should we worship Jesus for (not just during Christmas but especially during this time)? 
    1. What are some PRACTICAL ways you worship Jesus during Christmas? (let people share)
    2. Do you have any PERSONAL habits or traditions that you feel brings you closer to Jesus during Christmas time?
  6. Does tradition help or hurt us at Christmas?  What things have you learned over years to “take Christmas back”?
  7. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray that we as a church would truly see Christmas in its full glory: prophecy fulfilled, love came down, covenant kept, God with us! And that we would worship Him like never before this Christmas season.

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
Notes:
Lyrics of this popular song say it well, “Love Came Down” by Kari Jobe

I'll remind myself
Of all that you've done
And the life I have
Because of your son


Love came down and rescued me
Love came down and set me free
I am yours
Lord I'm forever yours
Mountains high or valley low
I sing out and remind my soul
I am yours
I am forever yours

Luke 1 - Mary’s Song of Praise
46 And Mary said,
   "My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
   For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
   and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is for those who fear him
   from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
   he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
   and exalted those of humble estate;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
   and the rich he has sent away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
   in remembrance of his mercy,
55 as he spoke to our fathers,
   to Abraham and to his offspring forever."

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 11/26/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
12/1   Holly Days - Great family event!  Serve as a CG!  Select your CG when registering… 
                 - Sign up at themount.church/events
12/3     Family Meeting - Join us at The Mount Alliance at 3:30pm! Come see Alliance location
                 as we Celebrate 2017, Share Vision & budget for 2018! 
12/8     Student Christmas Camp - Fri/Sat 12/8-12/9; $50; info at themount.church/events
12/9   Ornaments of JOY - A Women’s Christmas Gathering, 11am-1pm in Chapel; bring wrapped
                 ornament, a Christmas snack to share, and a friend or two!
12/15   Parent’s Night Out - Fri 6-9pm; Date night, Gift shopping,… you decide! Register at
                 themount.church/events

ICE BREAKER
Everybody gets to answer… “How many times do you think the average American says “Thank You” in a day?”  [answer = 5 times/day; according to recent survey, with more than half the time we don’t actually mean it]

INTRODUCTION
“Attitude of Gratitude” - Col 4:2 says, “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” - Keep praying…being thankful!  Last week we looked at the HOW an attitude of gratitude is to be declared, demonstrated and displayed. This week we wrap up “Attitude of Gratitude” by looking at the “fruit” of a grateful life and attitude (Our Good, Others Benefit, Gospel Spreading, and God’s Glory). How does being grateful to God affect me and others? What impact does a thankful heart have?
Key Passages: Phil 4:6-7, Rom 8:28, Luke 7:47, 1 Chron 16:8, Matt 5:16

QUESTIONS   
(Leader: questions provided are a “guide”; use some or all as you deem what is best for your group and time)

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).  
  2. Thankfulness & bitterness have an inverse relationship - the more you have of one, the less you can have of the other. Have you seen this to be true in your life? How so? 
  3. Read Phil 4:6-7; how does a thankful spirit in prayer bring about “good” for the believer? (link between thankfulness and peace in heart & mind.)
    1. What things do the peace of God “guard” our hearts and minds against? What are some harmful emotions and attitudes that are kept out by the peace of Christ?
  4. Read Romans 8:28. Familiar verse but was does it say about the result of circumstances that happen around us? (God desires to work good out of them; Jam 1:17 every good & perfect gift)
    1. How does Rom 8:28 help us have a thankful heart (in the good and the bad)?
  5. Let’s try to get a clear picture of the EFFECTS of an “attitude of gratitude”… (allow group to give a few examples of each)
    1. How does having a heart of thankfulness SHAPE your relationship with God? - with others? (i.e., Luke 7:47 - Being grateful for God’s forgiveness will increase your capacity to love)
    2. How does living a grateful life HELP OTHERS around you? (encourage, sharpen, etc)
    3. How does being thankful help the GOSPEL SPREAD and give God GLORY? (1 Chron 16:8, Matt 5:16)
  6. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray for a unified, collective heart of gratitude among the church body. Pray that God would continue to grow an attitude in the believers of The Mount of thankfulness, generosity and unity.

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
Great online articles with multiple bible references for further study:

Notes: 

  • Giving thanks to God keeps our hearts in right relationship with Him and saves us from a host of harmful emotions and attitudes that will rob us of the peace God wants us to experience (Philippians 4:6–7).
  • Thanksgiving & praise always go together. We cannot adequately praise & worship God without also being thankful.

Philippians 6:6-7
"do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Romans 8:28
"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 11/19/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
11/26   Family Worship - No Sun AM CG’s & No students or kids ministries (except Babies-2y/o's)
12/1     Holly Days - Great family event!  Serve as a CG!  Select your CG when registering… 
                 - Sign up at themount.church/events
12/3     Family Meeting - Join us at The Mount Alliance at 3:30pm! Come see Alliance location as
                 we Celebrate 2017, Share Vision & budget for 2018! 
12/8     Student Christmas Camp - Fri/Sat 12/8-12/9; $50; info at themount.church/events
12/9   Ornaments of JOY - A Women’s Christmas Gathering, 11am-1pm in Chapel; bring
                 wrapped ornament, a Christmas snack to share, and a friend or two!

ICE BREAKER
“Share a piece of good news that you couldn’t wait to tell someone. (recent or old)”

INTRODUCTION
“Attitude of Gratitude” - Col 4:2 says, “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” - Keep praying…being thankful!  Last week we looked at the WHY for having an attitude of gratitude; we looked at WHO God is and WHAT He has done for us. These truths should capture our heart and soul with our lives oozing with thankfulness. But HOW? What are ways we can show or display our gratitude for the Lord? - Should we wait to tell someone?!?
Key Passages: 1 Chron 16:8 (extended reading 4-36), Psalm 28:7, Eph 5:18-20   

QUESTIONS   
(Leader: questions provided are a “guide”; use some or all as you deem what is best for your group and time)

  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 Chron 16:8; what 3 things are we told to do? (give thanks, call on God - it is good to use His name, make know his deeds) 
    1. How can we “make known his deeds among the peoples”? (practical and real; make list)
    2. Option: Read v4-36 to gain full perspective of David’s heart for the people to be thankful.
  3. Read Josh 4:20-24. One roadblock to being thankful is being forgetful. What can we takeaway from this practice of the Israelites to help us be thankful?
    1. But it wasn’t enough for that Israelite generation to just “remember”, what else were they to do?” (Speak up and tell others)
    2. Is it OK to brag on God? (of course it is)  Then why don’t we do it more? (gratitude is at the heart of giving God glory)
  4. You make the green light, you thank God… you hear a good report from a friend in hospital, you thank God… you open a bill to find it less than expected, you thank God… but what about the bad news, the hard times… 
    1. What are some ways to stay thankful to God even in hard and difficult times? (Ps 28, Job 1:21; praise Him, music, read His Word, remember things He has done, wise counsel, etc)
  5. Discuss the connection between thankfulness and a heart of worship.
  6. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray for a unified, collective heart of gratitude among the church body. Pray that God would continue to grow an attitude in the believers of The Mount of thankfulness, generosity and unity.

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
Great online articles with multiple bible references for further study:

We are made to give God glory… to live and show gratitude toward Him… “Ingratitude was at the heart of the fall, and at the heart of what’s fallen about us to this day.” (Ann Voskamp)  Don’t be an “ingrate”!  (Defn: ingrate - an ungrateful person)

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 11/12/17

Kai Pinkerton

GROW together  |  GO together

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
11/12   Orphan Care - ‘Family Picnic’ - All are welcome! RSVP at themount.church/orphancare
            Operation Christmas Child - Turn in late shoeboxes to church office by 2pm Mon 11/13.
12/1     Holly Days - Serve as a CG team!  Select your CG when registering as VOLUNTEER. 
                 - Sign up at themount.church/events
12/3     Family Meeting - Save the date! 2018 Vision/Ministry update, budget approval. 
12/8     Student Christmas Camp - Fri/Sat 12/8-12/9; $50; info at themount.church/events
12/9     JOY - A Women’s Christmas Gathering - 6:30pm; bring wrapped ornament and Christmas
                 snack to share; Student Center

ICE BREAKER
“Share something you are grateful for (without repeating something someone else already said).”

INTRODUCTION
“Attitude of Gratitude” - This 3 week series on Gratitude will take us through the Thanksgiving holiday fixing our eyes on Christ.  Coming out of the Prayer series, Col 4:2 is our bridge verse, “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” - We are to continue in prayer…being thankful!  We start by diving into the WHY - why should we have an attitude of gratitude?
Key Passages: Col 4:2, Phil 4:6, Psalm 107:8-9, 1 Chron 16:34, Psalm 103:1-5, 1 Thess 5:18

QUESTIONS   
(Leader: questions provided are a “guide”; use some or all as you deem what is best for your group and time)

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).  
  2. Read Colossians 4:2 and Philippians 4:6. Describe the connection between prayer and thanksgiving. (we are instructed to be thankful in prayer)
  3. “Why” should we be grateful? What are some things in your life that generate or bring about an attitude of gratitude in you? 
    1. What reasons do Psalm 107:8-9 and Psalm 103:1-5 give for an attitude of gratitude? (let group list reasons found in scripture)
  4. What is the heart behind 1 Thess 5:18? (part of God’s for believers is to be marked with thanksgiving) 
  5. What are some practical things or disciplines we can do to maintain a heart of thanksgiving… an attitude of gratitude?
  6. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray for a unified, collective heart of gratitude among the church body. Pray that God would continue to grow an attitude in the believers of The Mount of thankfulness, generosity and unity.

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
Colossians 4:2 (ESV)
    "Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”

Philippians 4:6
   "do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with
    thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."

Psalms 107:8-9
   "Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man! For he satisfies the longing soul,
    and the hungry soul he fills with good things."

Psalms 103:1-6
   "Bless the LORD, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name! 
    Bless the LORD, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits, 
    who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases, 
    who redeems your life from the pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 
    who satisfies you with good
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. 
    The LORD works righteousness
    and justice for all who are oppressed."

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
   "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; 
    for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 11/5/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
11/11       Men’s Breakfast - Saturday 8am, Fellowship Hall; register at themount.church/events
11/12       Orphan Care - ‘Family Picnic’ - All are welcome! RSVP at themount.church/orphancare
                Operation Christmas Child - Shoeboxes due back to church Sun Nov 12.
12/1        Holly Days - Fri night Christmas event at Keller Town Center; The Mount is running the
                 “Jingle Bell Zone” kids area - VOLUNTEERS needed!
                 - Serve with your CG or individually - Register at themount.church/events
12/3         Family Meeting - 2018 Vision/Ministry update, budget approval. Afternoon (Time TBD).
12/8         Student Christmas Camp - Fri/Sat 12/8-12/9; $50; info at themount.church/events

ICE BREAKER
“Not speaking spiritually here… what is something important that you do every day?”

INTRODUCTION
“Teach us to PRAY” - Last week we discussed v13 of the Lord’s Prayer on testing, temptation and deliverance from evil.  We will spend this final week of the prayer series as a practical wrap up.  We all do “important” things everyday (eat, sleep, work, love others, etc) but is there anything more important than communing, than abiding, than communicating with God?!  Do we believe that time with the Lord is “important” or purposeful or powerful??  
Key Passages: Matthew 6:9-13; John 15:4-5, James 5:16, Psalm 107:28-30, Psalm 40:1-3

QUESTIONS   
(Leader: questions provided are a “guide”; use some or all as you deem what is best for your group and time)

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).  
  2. Read Matt 6:9-13. Jesus, attempting to teach us how to pray, shares this model prayer pointing us to God’s holiness, His rule, His will, His provision, His forgiveness and His help against sin & evil… HOW should this shape or change our prayers? (Six “petitions” that give us proper priorities in prayer: 3 focus on preeminence of God, 3 focus on personal needs in community context. Rightly view God and pray accordingly. - see ESV study notes)
  3. How does the A.C.T.S. prayer model (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) compare to what we have seen in Lord’s Prayer? (Adoration - praise for God’s holiness, rule, will; Confession - embraces God’s forgiveness restoring relationship; Thanksgiving - gratefulness for His provision both spiritually and physically; Supplication - pray for needs of others & yourself)
  4. Do you “really” believe that prayer is powerful? (James 5:16, Ps 107:28-30)
    1. Why do you think we often downplay the importance and power of prayer?
    2. What can help us avoid this? (journaling prayers & answered prayers; memorize scripture; prayer bible study; accountability; etc)
  5. How have your prayers changed either through this series or as you’ve grown in relationship with Jesus?  What is one specific area of your prayer life that has grown?
  6. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.
  7. GROUP PRAYER TIME [10-15 min]: (instructions) - Identify who will end the group prayer time if not you. “Today we will read two passages in God’s Word and then just spend some time in prayer together in response. I need someone to ready Psalm 103:1-6, and I need someone else to read Philippians 4:6-7. … [scripture read]… Let’s pray.”

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
The Lord's Prayer
Matthew 6:9-13 (ESV)

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.

Quotes on Prayer
“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees. Let no one go there unwarned and unprayed for.”  
~ Charles H. Spurgeon

“It is because of the hasty and superficial conversation with God that the sense of sin is so weak and that no motives have power to help you to hate and flee from sin as you should.” 
~ A.W. Tozer

“Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue. Gods voice in response to mine is its most essential part.” 
~ Andrew Murray

 

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 10/29/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
10/29,11/5 Operation Christmas Child - pick up your shoeboxes! Due back by 11/12.
10/31        CG Fall Fests - Local, smaller, neighborhood outreach - family & CG driven!  
                 - See leader email “CG - Fall Fest News & More!” or PDF of announcement here:
                 https://tinyurl.com/y88aj3t2
11/11       Men’s Breakfast - Saturday 8am in the Fellowship Hall; come meet other Mount men
11/12       Orphan Care Sunday & Picnic - Awareness & Family Support; join us for a family picnic
                at Johnson Road Park after church; RSVP at themount.church/orphancare
11/22       No Wednesday Night ministries or CG’s on campus - Thanksgiving week!
12/1        Holly Days - Fri night Christmas event at Keller Town Center; The Mount is running the
                 “Jingle Bell Zone” kids area - VOLUNTEERS needed!
                 - Serve with your CG or individually - Register at themount.church/events
12/3         Family Meeting - Save the date! Ministry update, 2018 Vision & budget; join us 4pm

ICE BREAKER
“OK, so you blew your diet on a food temptation… what food is your greatest (worst) temptation?” 

INTRODUCTION
“Teach us to PRAY” -  Last week we looked at the absolutely incredible & complete forgiveness we have in Christ and our charge to extend forgiveness to others.  This week we focus in on v13 talking about temptation and deliverance from evil.  Like a desire to indulge in a favorite food, our fleshly desires can “lure and entice” us towards sin and evil.  That is “temptation”.  Does God tempt us? How does He help deliver us from evil?  Why is this included in the ‘model prayer’?  Let’s dive in.
Key Passages: Matthew 6:9-13; James 1:13-15; 1 Cor 10:13; James 1:2-4; Matt 26:41

QUESTIONS   
(Leader: questions provided are a “guide”; use some or all as you deem what is best for your group and time)

  1. Read Matt 6:9-13 (or ask someone to share from memory). Who can share one personal takeaway from this prayer series so far? How has it affected your prayers?
  2. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed) on verse 13.  
  3. Read James 1:13-15.  Does God tempt us? How would you define “temptation” and its relation to “evil”? (Defn: a desire to do something, especially something wrong or unwise; spiritual temptation is desire against God)
  4. Read 1 Cor 10:13.  Is temptation a sin?  When does temptation become sin?  (No, temptation is not sin; Sin occurs when we mishandle, entertain, and/or act upon temptation.)
  5. Read James 1:2-4. How is God’s testing different than satan’s & our sinful nature’s tempting? (God tests to prove His promises are true, that He is good & that He satisfies; testing strengthens your faith - James 1:2-4. Temptations lure & entice you away from God and His best for you, leads to sin & death.)
  6. With each temptation comes a decision to either choose sin or not; describe ramifications of each to your relationship with God? (every temptation is either a decision of moving FORWARD into maturity and step toward holiness…OR…a decision moving BACKWARD into immaturity and stepping farther from holiness)
    1. Good quote by Tim Challies, “Every test is an invitation to grow in your faith and draw closer to God; very temptation is an invitation to weaken your faith and push God away.
  7. How should Matt 6:13 affect ‘how we pray’?  (We need God’s help & should pray to be delivered from temptations, trials & hardships; we view God not as tempter but as deliverer & pray accordingly)
  8. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.
  9. GROUP PRAYER TIME [10-15 min]: (instructions) “Today we will pray out loud together. Let’s spend a few minutes each on “Praising” God (acknowledging who He is & His attributes), “Thanking” God (telling Him what we are grateful for) and “Asking” God (praying specifically for needs of others and yourself).  - - -  Let’s try to use short one-thought phrase prayers (popcorn-style) … I will start us off in a time of Praising and then lead us into Thanking and then Asking; just follow my lead and jump in as often as you feel led…”
    1. Praising -   “GOD YOU ARE_______
    2. Thanking - “GOD THANK YOU FOR______
    3. Asking -     “GOD I PRAY FOR ______
      1. Leader: You or someone you identify ahead of time will close the prayer as it ends.

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
https://www.gotquestions.org/temptation-sin.html

https://www.challies.com/articles/every-test-and-every-temptation/

The Lord's Prayer
Matthew 6:9-13 (ESV)

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.

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 10/22/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
10/22,29   Operation Christmas Child - pick up your shoeboxes! Due back by 11/12.
10/27-29   Disaster Relief Trip #2 - Space still available, come join the team. Register by 10/25.
                  - Trip info at themount.church/disaster-relief. 
10/31      CG Fall Fests - Local, smaller, neighborhood outreach - family & CG driven!  
                  - See leader email “CG - Fall Fest News & More!” or PDF of announcement here:
                   https://tinyurl.com/y88aj3t2
12/1      Holly Days - Fri night Christmas event at Keller Town Center; The Mount is running the
                 “Jingle Bell Zone” kids area - VOLUNTEERS needed!
                 - Serve with your CG or individually - Register at themount.church/events

ICE BREAKER
“Do you find it easy to forgive those who have hurt you?” 

INTRODUCTION
“Teach us to PRAY” -  Last week we looked at v11 and the importance of remembering in prayer an in life that all things come from God, He is our Provider meeting all our needs both physically and spiritually.  This week we focus in on v12, “and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”.  Forgiveness is a result of the greatest gift ever, Jesus dying on the cross for you and me. We are to extend forgiveness to others. How does this affect our prayers? How should it?
Key Passages: Matthew 6:9-13; Matt 6:14-15; James 2:13; Psalm 32:5

QUESTIONS    (Leader: pick & choose which questions are best for your group and time allotment)

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).  
  2. Read Matt 6:9-13 (or ask someone to share from memory). Recap: what is one takeaway so far from this series on Prayer? How has your prayer life changed or been challenged?
  3. Read v12. Why do you think it is difficult to forgive those who hurt you?
  4. Read Ephesians 1:6-8. What is the difference between “positional” forgiveness (that happens at salvation) and “relational” forgiveness? (see gotquestions link below in Resources)
    1. Compare v12 of Lord’s Prayer to Psalm 32:5. If God forgave all our sins at moment of salvation, what is the role of ongoing confession of sins for believers?  (prayer for the restoration of personal fellowship with God; see all James 5:16) 
  5. How could extending forgiveness heal a relationship? How might it heal the other person? How might it heal you?
  6. Respond to this quote by theologian Lewis Smedes:
    "
    Forgiving is the only way to be fair to yourself. Would it be fair to you that the person who hurt you once goes on hurting you the rest of your life? When you refuse to forgive, you are giving the person who walloped you once… the privilege of hurting you all over again—in your memory."
    - Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not?
  7. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.
  8. GROUP PRAYER TIME [10-15 min]: (instructions) “Today we will spend some time in private prayer and then close with a group prayer time. So we will take 3-5 minutes of quiet, individual prayer first; great opportunity to confess any sins to the Lord.”… Identify who will open the group prayer time after 5 min and who will end the prayer time.

PRAYER FOCUS
Praise God for his forgiveness and the work of Christ on the cross. Pray that we would be so overwhelmed by his forgiveness and grace that we would freely extend forgiveness to others.       

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
https://www.gotquestions.org/confession-forgiveness.html
   - “positional” forgiveness (justification) versus ongoing “relational” forgiveness

https://utmost.org/the-forgiveness-of-god/
   - “… the thing that awakens the deepest fountain of gratitude in a human being is that God has forgiven his sin.

A Quick Study on Forgiveness

  • We have been forgiven (Colossians 2:13-15).
  • Forgive because you've been forgiven (Colossians 3:13).
  • Forgiveness restores broken relationships (Genesis 50:17).
  • Forgiveness is a path to love (Luke 7:47).
  • Forgiveness precedes healing (Luke 5:17-26).
  • God tells us to forgive instead of seeking revenge or bearing a grudge (Leviticus 19:18).

How to Forgive

  • Realize and admit your part in the conflict.
  • Ask Jesus, the ultimate forgiver, to empower you, remembering that he has forgiven you.
  • Decide that you don't want to keep on letting that person hurt you by holding the grudge.

The Lord's Prayer
Matthew 6:9-13 (ESV)

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.

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 10/15/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
10/15      Children’s Minister Affirmation - Affirmation of Cindy Leach scheduled after 2nd service!
10/15,22   Membership Matters Wk 2 & 3 - 10:30 am in Student Center; themount.church/path
10/22,29   Operation Christmas Child - pick up your shoeboxes! Due back 11/5 & 11/12
10/27-29   Disaster Relief Trip #2 - Volunteers still needed!  Come join the team.
                  - Trip info at themount.church/disaster-relief.  Interested?  Email disaster@themount.church
10/31      CG Fall Fests - Local, smaller, neighborhood outreach - family & CG driven!  
                  - See leader email “CG - Fall Fest News & More!” or PDF of announcement here:
                     https://tinyurl.com/y88aj3t2

ICE BREAKER
“If you could eat one food every day of your life, what would it be?” 

INTRODUCTION
“Teach us to PRAY” -  Last week we looked at the meaning and power behind God’s “kingdom” and “will” mentioned in v10 of the Lord’s Prayer (Matt 6:9-13).  This week we focus in on v11, “Give us this day our daily bread,”.  We see here a reference to “daily bread”.  What is this “bread”, what does it mean, and how does and/or should it affect our prayer life? 
Key Passages: Matthew 6:9-13; 2 Cor 3:20; Romans 12:1-2; Heb 5:14; Col 1:9-12

QUESTIONS    (Leader: pick & choose which questions are best for your group and time allotment)

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).  
  2. Read Matt 6:9-13 (or ask someone to share from memory). Recap: what have you learned so far from each of these verses? … how are you applying them to your prayers?
    1. Verse 9   - “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” - 
    2. Verse 10 - “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
  3. Read v10 again, what does this portion of the prayer remind us about God’s character. (Good, loving, cares for us, provider, Father, Shepherd)
  4. Read Matt 6:25-30. What does this passage tell us about God’s provision? What are some other biblical promises about God’s provision that we see in scripture? Spend time sharing and talking about these. (Examples: Phil 4:19, Ps. 23:1, Ps. 34:10, Matt 7:11)
  5. How does this prayer and these promises help you find rest? mentally, physically, spiritually.
  6. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.
  7. GROUP PRAYER TIME [10-15 min]: (instructions) “Today we will divide up male and female. Encourage each person to share some way God has been faithful to provide for them & one way the group can pray for them… spend time praying together… praising our Lord and praying for one another. Again not everyone has to pray but be open to it. Identify who will start praying and who will end the prayer time.”

PRAYER FOCUS
Praise God for saving grace and mercy.  We are imperfect, unholy & undeserving sinners and are totally dependent on His grace and mercy through Jesus His Son.  Praise Him for providing His Son!

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:4-9

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
http://www.ligonier.org/blog/what-does-give-us-day-our-daily-bread-mean/

https://www.gotquestions.org/daily-bread.html

The Lord's Prayer
Matthew 6:9-13 (ESV)

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. 

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 10/8/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
10/8,15,22 Membership Matters - 10:30 am in Student Center; Register at themount.church/path
10/13-14“Delight” Women’s Retreat - registration closed; event info at themount.church/women
10/31      CG Fall Fests - Local, smaller, neighborhood outreach - family & CG driven!  
               - See leader email “CG - Fall Fest News & More!” or PDF of announcement here:
                 https://tinyurl.com/y88aj3t2

ICE BREAKER
“What is your favorite 30 minutes of the day?” 

INTRODUCTION
“Teach us to PRAY” -  Last week we began a look into Matt 6:9-13 as we saw how prayer is Communal, Relational, Powerful and Purposeful.  Maybe someone’s prayer time was their favorite time of the day; if not, maybe it will be this week. This week in group we focus in on verse 10,“ Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” We will look at what it means for his “kingdom to come” and what role we have in and how do we pray according to His will?
Key Passages: Matthew 6:9-13; 2 Cor 3:20; Romans 12:1-2; Heb 5:14; Col 1:9-12

QUESTIONS    (Leader: pick & choose which questions are best for your group and time allotment)

  1. Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).  
  2. Read Matt 6:9-13, or have someone share from memory.  :) 
    1. What is the kingdom of God? (God’s rule and reign)
  3. When we ask God for His kingdom to come, what are we really praying for? (God’s rule of our life to be seen and shared and bring others into the kingdom as well; that we pray & work for the continual advance of God’s kingdom)
  4. Can anyone share the “already not yet” reality of the kingdom? (Christ presence is here on earth, working in and through His children, but His total rule and reign will not be fully realized until the God’s ultimate rule at the end of days).
  5. Realizing that we take the kingdom with us wherever we go, how does praying, “your kingdom come…” shape our daily life in all we do and with everyone we meet? (we are ambassadors for the King, see and read 2 Corinthians 3:20)
  6. When we pray for God’s will to be done, what are we asking for?
  7. Share a time when you prayed for God’s will to be done…but found out it was tough to actually submit to God’s will.
  8. Read Romans 12:1-2… How does this passage describe the will of God and how can we know it?
  9. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.
  10. GROUP PRAYER TIME: (instructions) “Let’s break up into groups of 3-5 people, share any specific personal prayer requests, and then spend 5-10 minutes praying for one another’s requests… and generally for God’s rule & reign increasing in our lives. Not everyone has to pray but be open to it. Identify who who will start praying and who will end the prayer time.”

PRAYER FOCUS
Lord our confidence, our strength, our hope is in You and you alone. May your kingdom come in our lives through our surrender to your rule and reign. May your will be done in our lives as we listen, discern and obey your commands.
   Psalm 27 
   1 The Lord is my
light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? 
     The Lord is the
stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
   2 When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes,
     it is they who stumble and fall.
   3 Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear;
     though war arise against me, yet I will
be confident.

RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/what-is-the-will-of-god-and-how-do-we-know-it
- Helpful distinction between two meanings of the will of God… God’s sovereign will (or will of decree) that always comes to be and God’s will of command that we may disobey at times

https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/why-god-s-will-isn-t-always-clear
- Really good perspective on “why God’s will isn’t always clear”… could that be on purpose?… in order that our true affections are revealed by the pattern of our decisions??

The Lord's Prayer
Matthew 6:9-13 (ESV)

   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.

 

CG LEADER GUIDE FOR WEEK STARTING 10/1/2017

Kai Pinkerton

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
10/1       Meet The Mount - after 2nd service in Student Center; register themount.church/path
10/8,15,22 Membership Matters - 10:30 am in Student Center; Register at themount.church/path
10/6     “Songs for the Mission” Night of Worship - 7pm, Worship Center
10/13-14 “Delight” Women’s Retreat - registration closed; event info at themount.church/women

ICE BREAKER
“What does your name mean or why was it given to you?” 

INTRODUCTION
“Teach us to PRAY” - We dive into the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:5-13. How we address and refer to our God affects the way we communicate with Him and reflects our heart towards Him. We focus this week on how we WORSHIP THE LORD in our prayers and life.  Matt 6:9, “Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” 
Key Passages: Matthew 6:9-13; Deuteronomy 10:21; 1 Chronicles 29:10-13; Psalm 34:8-9; Ps 103

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 Matt 6:9-13. Has anyone had to memorize the Lord’s Prayer before? Ask if there are any stories or testimonies of praying this prayer as kid, with family, etc.
    1. V9 of this model prayer focuses us to worship our Lord. What do the following words bring to mind about our God… He as your “Father”… “in heaven”… “hallowed”?
  3. Read 1 Chronicles 29:10-13. Highlight (ask people to share) what David says about Lord.
    1. How might beginning our prayers with praise like this change our prayers and our heart?
    2. What are your ideas of God’s true nature?
  4. Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.
  5. GROUP PRAYER TIME: (instructions) “Let’s spend some time praising God together. Once we begin, just pray if you want to. Simple one thought prayers of praising our God for something. You can pray once or multiple different times as the Holy Spirit prompts additional thoughts. Would someone like to open our prayer time by reading Psalm 103:1-5? I will close the prayer time after some time.” - Don’t rush this. Allow time for contemplative thought & prayer.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray for a greater passion and commitment to prayer individually and for The Mount to grow into a true house of prayer.; for your CG to become a ‘group 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 6:9-13 (ESV)

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.

Definition of “hallowed”
1 : honored or regarded as holy; consecrated - the church stands on hallowed ground
2 : sacred, revered - the university's hallowed halls hallowed customs

Matthew 6:9-13 (NLT)
9 Pray like this:
Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.
10 May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today the food we need,
12 and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
13 And don’t let us yield to temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one.

Mark 11:17
17 And 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." (Jesus references Isaiah 56:6-7)

 

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