March 17, 2019. “Kingdom Invitation” Nick Saltas – Matthew 22:1-14
- Nick this past Sunday preached out of Matthew 22 covering the parable of the wedding banquet. In his first point he discussed how we can remember the privilege of what we have been invited to. In your group can we pause for just a moment and dig deep into the privilege we have (now on earth and the greater eternal experience we will have in heaven). Try to be specific if you can and discuss how great the gift we have received in the invitation to salvation.
- Later we learned about a variety of ways in which we can reject God with an insulting response to his calling. One thing that Nick revealed was that the consequence to both the aggressive rejection of the first guest that were invited and the second set of guests who were just pre-occupied were identical. It equated to self-exclusion of the banquet of the king. How can our aggressive stubbornness or our pre-occupation affect the privilege we have to walk with king of kings. How does it affect us spiritually and in the small moments of our day to day?
- Nick also taught about how the violent reaction of the initial guests was strange. Who would want to kill someone for getting invited to a party? Helped us understand this by explaining that “there is a demonic spirit that we submit to as Christians when we declare to God ‘do not tell me what to do’.” Has there been a time recently or more distant in your Christian walk that you flat out told God NO? How did that play out. What was the fruit of that or the outcome?
- Lastly, if we understand the radical invitation we have received how should we both marvel at the complete work of our king AND act as servants that invite the lost, lonely, broken hearted and marginalized in our city into the celebration of our King?
March 17, 2019. “Kingdom Greatness” Nick Saltas – Matthew 20:17-28
This Sunday during Nick’s intro on “Kingdom Greatness” he talked to our community about three things our fallen natures craves:
Discuss with your life group how you have seen these types of attitudes play out in your life or in the lives of others around you. How did it affect how you view God, yourself or others and what type of fruit or result did it produce?
- Community without cost,
- Profile without pain
- Greatness without the grave
- Later Nick explained how Jesus radically redefined greatness in Matthew chapter. 20. That the first shall be last and the last shall be first. He explained that greatness in the kingdom will be demonstrated by our ability to pure heartedly honor and serve one another. Share with your group specific examples of when you have either done this well or done this poorly. What lead to either example and what can we learn moving forward?
- With all of the previous facts discussed how would you describe a healthy biblical Christian ambition? Is it more spiritual to be unambitious? Is it more holy to be very ambitious? What do you think?
- Lastly, how should Jesus’ teaching on greatness shape how we pursue to both service and share the gospel in the city of Fullerton?
March 10, 2019. “Something Better Than Fair” Shawn Stewart – Matthew 20:1-6
- Last Sunday during Shawn’s Preach on Matt 20:1-16 he discussed the nature of our King and His Kingdom using the parable of the workers in the vineyard. In the parable God is represented by the landowner. Re-Read the parable or look at your notes from Sunday and discuss with your group what is surprising or unique about his particular landowner.
- What can we understand to be true about God by understanding the nature of the “landowner” displayed in the parable found in Matt 20? (Dig deep on this one)
- How should this truth about a recklessly relational, radically generous, inclusive, present and compassionate God shape how and when we chose to share the good news with those in our city?
- In Shawn’s third point he mentioned how we often mistake God for a negotiator and our nature to compare our circumstances or gifts from God to others around us. Both of these concepts are illustrated in the early workers found in the parable who received their pay last. How can this attitude towards God cause problems for us and those around us?
- If in the parable we see a radically generous, compassionate, empowering, inclusive, actively involved and present landowner how should that understanding shape our daily lives?
March 3, 2019. “Kingdom Money” Nick Saltas – Matthew 19:16-30
- This past Sunday on “Kingdom Money” he used an illustration to describe what it can feel like to try to serve both God and money. He used the analogy of trying to listen to two separate songs simultaneously. Even if you are trying your best it is impossible to listen to and appreciate both musical elements and will cause something called “dissonance” (a tension or clash resulting from the combination of two disharmonious or unsuitable elements.). Describe to your life group a season or moment in life when you have felt this dissonance as it pertains to money and your relationship with God.
- Jesus was able to heal the sick, give sight to the blind, cast out demons even but in the Matt 19 example of the young rulers love of money was something that resulted in the rejection of the Gospel. How should this cause us to view the danger of attempting to serve money as followers of Jesus and missionaries?
- How can we protect ourselves or actively work against our natural desire to seek security, comfort and identity from the accumulation of wealth? Can you recall the examples given this past Sunday? Are there any ideas you have that may benefit the rest of your life group family?
- How can this biblical truth help shape our lives so that we can partner more fully with God to seek and save the lost in our city?
February 24, 2019. “A Kingdom Marriage, Divorce and Singleness” Nick Saltas – Matthew 19:3-2
- During this Sundays message as Nick was teaching on kingdom marriage he gave an analogy for the intimate and purposeful nature of Christian Marriages. He used the terms “kindling” (an easily ignitable but quickly burned material as a metaphor for romantic love) and the metaphor of a “cedar log” (a difficult to light substance but will burn steady for a long time representing covenantal love and responsibility). Which one of these examples is highlighted most in our surrounding non-Cristian cultures? And How should our this balance look for us within the church?
- Does your marriage need more Cedar or Kindling? What are some ideas of how you can grow in either area as a couple?
- In Nick’s final point on marriage he discussed how our marriages are a vehicle for the kingdom. How has God used your marriage recently to advance his kingdom and display his mysterious relationship with humanity to the world? Or what would you like to see strengthened and changed in your relationship with your spouse so that others can see and experience the love of God through your marriage?
- What are the biblical reasons in which a man or woman can divorce?
- This is a difficult question to ask but in your marriages have you ever contemplated a divorce. What were the reasons why and how has God helped you in that specific area since then?
- Because of our cultural influence of romantic love, singleness in the church can be viewed in a very unbiblical way. How does Jesus and Paul talk about the call for some chosen to be single?
- What are some of the largest struggles you face as a single follower of Jesus?
- What can we do in our lives to partner with God to help seek and save the lost in our city?
February 17, 2019. “A Kingdom Community” Daniel Yu – Matthew 18:1-17
- In last Sunday message Daniel mentioned that “in the kingdom of God we all have to learn to be ok with being at the bottom of the totem pole.” Is this something that comes easily for you or is it a difficultly in your life (and why)?
- Can you give an example from your life or a story you have heard about someone “being made low” or humbled that lead to something really beneficial for them or others?
- In his third point Dan mentioned that a “kingdom community loves through intolerance.” That in love we do not tolerate areas of sin we see in the lives of our brothers and sisters but rather in kindness we address them and call them out. Who can tell me what are the three steps presented in Matt 18 about how we go about addressing areas of perceived sin or wrong doing?
- Have you ever been apart of a church discipline scenario? What was it like? How was it done well or how could it have been done better?
- Are there any areas of sin in your personal life that you would like to share with someone in your life group?
- How can God use holiness in our community to advance the kingdom and seek and save the lost?
February 10, 2019. Matt Martinez –
- If our chief aim in life is to live first and foremost for the glory of God what are some of the things that get in our way? (Distractions, busyness, fear, unbelief?
- Name a moment or maybe an area of your life that has allowed you to feel like you are fully living for the glory of Gold. Why do you think that moment or part of your life makes you feel that way?
- What is one area of your life that you would like to see God more glorified in? Another way to think about it is; what area of your life would you like to experience greater fellowship with Jesus?
- How can we share the love, truth and power of God with the people he has placed in our lives?
January 27, 2019. “The Offensive King” Tom Sappington – Matthew 15:21-28
- When have you exercised the kind of risky faith the Canaanite woman showed? What happened?
- What is your experience with the demonic?
- Do you struggle with unbelief, cynicism or fear when it comes to deliverance and healing prayer?
- What are some ways you would like to learn more/be equipped in the realm of healing prayer?
January 20, 2019. “The Confrontational King” Nick Saltas – Matthew 15:1-20
- What is the difference between being a hypocrite and a human?
- Why does Jesus react so harshly to the Pharisees question?
- How do you deal with the “sewage of your soul?