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CG Leader Guides

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

 

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