March 17, 2019
Building on a Solid Foundation - Luke 6:39-49
Consider the ways in which we are being led by culture / society / advertisements? How does this shape our character and where does this guidance lead us?
Are you more accustomed to identifying specks in other people’s eyes that you are unable to see the log in your own?
Are we more focused on accomplishment and ambition than the strength of our inner character and integrity?
When the adversities of life seem unrelenting, where does our hope come from?
Are we building our house (life) with no foundation?
March 10, 2019
Godliness has Value for All Things - 1 Timothy 4:6-10
As you train yourself to be godly, what might need to be stripped away (this Lent season) in order to pursue the goal without hindrance?
Jesus lived a sinless life of servanthood while never appearing to be in a rush. How can we live with the same posture and care for others with the demands of modern life?
What area of ‘train yourself to be godly’ requires the most attention in your life this season? Consider a plan (devotional, Bible reading plan, spiritual discipline) that you can incorporate today.
March 3, 2019
How Can I Forgive? - Matthew 18:21-35
Guest Speaker: Pastor Jeff Jantzi - The Gathering Ottawa
In what ways have you personally experienced God’s forgiveness and mercy in your life?
Who is God calling you to forgive? Why?
What has made forgiving that person so difficult for you?
What is the next step that you sense God inviting you to take as you learn to walk in forgiveness?
February 24, 2019
The Liturgy of the Ordinary - Mark 1:9-11 and Mark 14:22-25
Guest Speaker: Father Stephen Silverthorne - Parish Priest of the Good Shepherd Anglican Church
God took on a human body and didn’t shed this body even when He ascended back into heaven. What does this tell us about the importance God gives our bodies?
What habits can you take on to make you more aware of Christ’s presence in the everyday task of caring for bodies—yours and those you have responsibility for?
This message talked about some of the ways in which communion teaches us to receive grace from God. How can you better prepare yourself to receive communion each week? What habits can you take on which will open your heart to being transformed when you gather for worship?
February 17, 2019
Finding God in Seasons of Darkness - 1 Kings 19:1-18
What are some negative outcomes in measuring the Christian life based on your current feelings and emotions?
God provided for Elijah’s direct needs at the right time. What is a miracle and how can we train ourselves in recognizing God’s miraculous work in our day to day lives?
Elijah suffered from despair, fear, failure and exhaustion. What principles can we learn from this passage in order to demonstrate compassion on brothers/sisters who may be experiencing the same?
In Elijah’s experience, spiritual and emotional well-being did not instantaneously appear. Why does God not always bring immediate emotional healing?
How can God use you as a ‘messenger’ in the lives of the people around you?
February 10, 2019
A Living Sacrifice - Romans 12:1-2
The challenge of a living sacrifice is the ability to crawl off the altar. In what ways are you tempted to exempt yourself from the teachings and life that Jesus modelled?
If you are what you love, then consider what you are consuming daily. What are you dedicated and passionate about? What podcasts or authors are you subscribed to? Are you able to process this information through the lens of the gospel?
When we look at the life of Jesus, what habits demonstrated his priorities and how he offered his life and mind for God’s glory? In what ways can we emulate these practices today?
January 27, 2019
The Pains of Childbirth Until Christ is Formed in You - Galatians 4:8-20
Many forces whisper to us and lie that we would rather be enslaved to them again. What temptations (money, sex, power, comfort, racial identity, social desirability etc.) attempt to seduce you away from true freedom in Christ?
What attributes of healthy relationships are modelled in this passage? what can we draw from Galatians 4:12-14, 19-20 and apply to our life in the church and outside?
Take inventory of the various aspects of your life and how they overlap. The Holy Spirit can reveal and expose our areas in need of growth - is there anything in these areas that enslaves you?
January 20, 2019
The Truth will Set you Free - John 8:31-47
In your daily work and life at home, what does it look like to dwell in/hold to Jesus’ teaching and example? What would an apprenticeship with Jesus entail in your workplace?
If you feel as though you are being held captive by habitual sin, what truth(s) can you cling to? What resources (Scripture, people, Holy Spirit etc.) might help you overcome enslavement? What does being “free indeed” mean?
What are some ways you might be tempted to evade / selectively ignore the teachings of Jesus?
January 13, 2019
The Need for Self-Discipline - 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
What might the Christian life (your life) look like with the same level of daily commitment and determination of an elite athlete?
Are there people in your life that you are pouring into in such a way that you can consider them your joy and crown?
When it comes to the Christian life, what strict training might the Holy Spirit highlight in this season of your life?
Discipline is the key to implementing practices in our lives (Bible reading, prayer, fellowship, giving, serving, sharing good news). Take some time to create specific plans/goals in your spiritual formation.
January 6, 2019
Make Every Effort - 2 Peter 1:3-11
What is your idea of the “good life”? What drives and motivates your daily actions?
Peter tells us that God has provided us all we need to thrive and participate in his divine nature, what ‘additions’ to your faith require your ongoing vigilance?
What practices can you incorporate into your life in order to be more open to how God desires to change your character and desires?