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PointGroup Discussions

  1. What scares you or hinders you the most when it comes to sharing about your faith? And why?
  2. What would you give, or how much would you sacrifice, if you knew that the next person you told about Jesus would get saved?
  3. What steps can you make to be more intentional in using your life and voice to share the Good News of Jesus?
  4. Spend some time praying for God to open our eyes to the opportunities around us to share Jesus and ask him to give us the courage and faith to do so.
  1. Doc mentioned in his message that the Bible does not separate thanksgiving from thanks-living. What does that truth look like in our daily life?
  2. Psalm 100 is full of exhortations (commands). How can we make our joy for the Lord heard apart from singing?
  3. Why do you think worship attendance has dropped to an all time low in our nation? Can the trend be hanged so that more people will connect to a church family? How?
  4. When you stop to realize God’s reaction how does it stir you to worship? Do you think Americans are tempted to worship God’s created things more than to worship Him as creator? In what way?
  5. Sine we have a Shepherd Redeemer in our Savior how does He lead us back when we wander off like wayward sheep?
  1. What thoughts and feelings do you wrestle with when you’re in a serious dilemma? How can you practice gratitude in such situations.
  2. Doc mentioned in his sermon that all the wickedness in the world had its root in the pride of ungrateful hearts(see Gen.3:1-5). In what ways are we ungrateful today? What holds us back from living with a “gratitude attitude”.?
  3. The 4 lepers found gold & silver and abundant food. If you have found the riches of grace and the bread of life, in what ways can you share that with others? Will you be pray that God will give you opportunities to share with someone how He has invaded your life?
  1. Share with your group a time when you felt a deep gratitude to the Lord.
  2. How would you describe the personality of the “unnamed woman” who anointed Jesus feet? Why?
  3. How would describe Simon’s face when she wiped Jesus feet with her hair?
  4. Is your love for Jesus more like Simon or like the woman? Or both? Why?
  5. Doc mentioned that he baptized a man who committed a horrible crime. Can Jesus forgive such a blatant sin as conspiring to murder someone?
  6. To what extent do you rejoice over Jesus forgiving you?
Luke 17:11-19
1. The lepers who needed healing were spiritual and social outcasts. Describe a time in your life where you identified as outcast and maybe even felt unsure about drawing near to Jesus.
2. Jesus’ eagerness to help under the circumstances may have been shocking to some. Can you describe an instance when the Lord’s mercy and grace caught you by surprise?
3. Why did Jesus instruct the lepers to go show themselves to the priest before He actually healed them. What can that teach us about how He might work in our lives?
4. Jesus commended the Samaritan for his expression of gratitude while rebuking the other 9 for missing the chance. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your gratitude quotient right now?
5. Aside from your salvation, what 3-5 things are you most grateful for?
6. What are your favorite ways to express gratitude to the Lord?
  1. Why do we sometimes get disappointed with God? Share a time when you were disappointed and what you learned from it?
  2. How can anger distort your perspective? What does the Apostle Paul mean when he says “be angry but don’t sin”? (Eph 4:26 – Is it okay to be angry about injustice, sexual trafficking and child abuse? Why?
  3. How can we keep our feelings from driving our actions? How can we leverage our feelings to line up with God’s mission? Why do you think God concludes the Book of Jonah with a question? Why is Jonah everybody’s story?
  1. God gave Jonah a second chance. Share a moment when you sensed that God was giving you a “second chance” or perhaps a second chance for the “tenth time.” In what way are you encouraged when you consider God’s mercy in giving us extra chances?
  2. Jonah’s message highlighted God’s divine judgment. We don’t hear anything about God’s judgement from our news outlets or secular culture, but do you think America is ripe for God’s judgement? Why or why not?
  3. when God’s Word was proclaimed to the people of Nineveh responded with profound belief. Even their king led the way in humble repentance. What would it look like if you experienced a personal revival of adoration for the Lord? What would it look like Congress and our President repented and believed God’s truth?

Wrap up the meeting in confession and prayer. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

10/17/21 – Rethinking Repentance
  1. In the sermon “Rethinking Repentance,” several common misconceptions about repentance were mentioned. Which of these sounded most familiar in or around your life or circles of people?
    • Repentance as a Bargaining Chip (Bail men out God and I’ll never do it again)
    • Repentance as a Dull Duty (I have to follow the rules and if its fun or life giving, Jesus probably doesn’t want me to do it)
    • Repentance as a Bootstrap Boost (I need to GET MYSELF together and act right before I can be useful to the Lord)
  2. Jonah repented with thanksgiving because he recognized the opportunity as a Gift of God’s Grace. Have you ever thought of repentance as aa gift? In what ways have you reaped the benefits of repentance in your life?
  3. Wes mentioned that everyone who follows the Lord has a people to love and a people to lead. We know that to be true because Ephesians 2:10 says that “we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.” And since Jesus affirmed that the 1st and 2nd primary commandments are to love God and to love people whole heartedly, we should see the call for use all to love and lead others like Jesus. In what ways can walking in our repentance help us love and lead better?
  4. While in the belly of the whale, Jonah came to realize that his disobedience had not led him to blessing and freedom, but rather to distress and bondage. Jesus similarly warned in John 10:10 that the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but that He came to give life to the full. So freedom isn found in repentance instead off rebellion. But Galatians 5:13-14 teaches us to guard how we use that freedom to ensure it bears righteous fruit. In what areas of life do you feel that tension the most? How does viewing repentance as a gift help with the tension?
  5. Jonah said that when his life was “fainting away”, he “remembered the Lord” and “with the voice of thanksgiving” he affirmed the Lord’s faithfulness and recommitted himself for the Lord’s purpose. (2:7-9) This is what repentance looks like! And it is the only appropriate response when we remember the redemption that God has provided us. Describe a time when you were so overwhelmed and grateful for the grace of Jesus that you gladly changed your direction and turned back to the Lord.
  6. Jonah’s journey to repentance was marked by God’s ever-present grace. Jonah could testify that the Lord never stopped pursuing him and never gave up on him. God provide Himself to be the God who hears and answers in times of distress (2:2) and the God who raises us up to life when we deserve death. (2:6,10) But still, we often run from His presence and His purpose. And yet He remains faithful! He pursues us and offers us life to the full. He doesn’t invite us into a second rate kingdom! He invites us into eternal peace and rest. so really, repentance is forsaking a life of running for a life of resting. How can you stop running and start resting more fully in the finished work of Christ this week?