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"There's Something About Mary" by Pastor Joel

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“There’s Something About Mary” by Pastor Joel
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December 16, 2018
Questions:  Contact Pastor Ric,  

Below are some discussion questions relating to a recent sermon. These are provided so that your Life Group can discuss what was shared. Previous Weeks’ Discussion Guides and Sermon Notes are available through the Sermons under the Resources menu. Click on the sermon series and then the sermon you are interested in.  You will see a paper icon under the sermon title. Click the icon to open the sermon notes. To listen to the sermon, click on the speaker icon. 

Texts:  Luke 1:26-56;  Exodus 33:19;  Ephesians 2:8,9;  1 John 4:1

  1. To imagine that we have received the same Grace that was afforded Mary in being chosen to be the mother of Jesus, puts our relationship with God in proper perspective. How does this reminder of an amazing truth impact you today?

  2. When God allows change to come into our lives, how do we respond? Especially when we don’t understand what God is doing? How does Mary’s response challenge us? How was she able to respond in humility and obedience?

  3. How do you hear from God? What does he speak to you about? How do you test the spirit to be sure the word is from God?

  4. What is the message Mary heard from Gabriel and why is it so important?

  5. Our Oikos is a place where people observe how we respond to the challenges life brings us. What specific characteristics of Mary’s response to Gabriel can we remember to use in our conversations with our Oikos?
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"The Significance of Silence" by Pastor Tony

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“The Significance of Silence” by Pastor Tony
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December 9, 2018
Questions:  Contact Pastor Ric,  

Below are some discussion questions relating to a recent sermon. These are provided so that your Life Group can discuss what was shared. Previous Weeks’ Discussion Guides and Sermon Notes are available through the Sermons under the Resources menu. Click on the sermon series and then the sermon you are interested in.  You will see a paper icon under the sermon title. Click the icon to open the sermon notes. To listen to the sermon, click on the speaker icon. 

Texts: Luke 1:5-20, 21-22, 57-66, 67-79

  1. Silence is not typical in our culture except in libraries or during hunting season. What is it about our culture that seems to not value silence?  How do we know God values the discipline of silence and solitude?  How often should we practice it?  How should we plan to do it?

  2. When God seems silent, we can become cynical or our faith can grow. Share some struggles you’ve experienced with God’s silence and some cynicism and growth that has resulted. Has all of your cynicism turned to renewed faith or has some apathy developed (not expecting God to respond)?

  3. How would a little more silence affect your relationships in your Oikos?

  4. Could we try more silence at prescribed times in our Life Groups? Is this even a good idea?
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