Speaker: Brandon Lemois Apr 3, 2016 - May 15, 2016

You believe in God but do you live as if he doesn’t exist? Our life in Christ should inform every element of our lives. Almost always after describing the saving work of Christ, the Apostle Paul drills down on what it means to be someone who is now defined by Him. What do you do? What does it look like to LIVE in the kingdom of God? What does righteousness and holiness look like lived out in flesh and blood? By walking through the Sermon on the Mount we will be studying what Kingdom People look like. The Christian Atheist

Speaker: Brandon Lemois Apr 3, 2016

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What does it mean to be a true follower of Jesus? I may know about him, but do I know him personally and intimately. Starting with the end in mind, we will walk through Matthew 7.13-29 as we teach through what a genuine follower of Christ looks like.

I Believe In God But Don't Really Know Him

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (you can download the full Highlights & Discussion Questions here)

Choose a few of these main topics you wish to focus on with your Community Group and use the following questions as a guide to facilitate your discussion.

CHRISTIAN VS. DISCIPLE

  1. When someone describes themselves as a Christian, what does that mean in the world today?
  2. When you tell someone else you are a Christian, what kind of thoughts go through their head? How do you think they judge you? By past experiences they have had with other Christians or by how you live your life?
  3. If you were truly a disciple of Jesus, in what ways would your life be different?
  4. The term “Christian Atheist” is rather shocking, but there are many people who believe in Jesus, but don’t believe what Jesus says is best. While we all fall short, how can we help each other continue to live this life obediently?

WALKING THROUGH A NARROW GATE

  1. Share about a time when have you felt as if you were walking through a narrow gate (taking a different path) as a disciple of Jesus.
  2. The narrow gate reaches into all areas of our life, not just Sunday morning, or the things we say in public. What areas of life are you challenged to keep walking through the narrow gate when the whole crowd is going in the opposite direction?
  3. People are always watching you to see how Christians act. Even when you don’t think anyone is watching, are you bearing fruit in your business? Your relationships? Your community?

PRODUCING GOOD FRUIT

  1. When a tree is good, it produces the fruit of obedience. So if you are walking through the narrow gate, you will produce a fruit that characterizes you as a follower of Jesus. Do you have flourishing fruit?
  2. Most of us hope to one day hear God say, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’ How do you think God measures a life well done?
  3. As a disciple, your life goals and score card changes. What have you been chasing as success that Jesus might change as you become a disciple?

BUILDING ON A ROCK

  1. You love Jesus, but can you say you really know him?
  2. You might really like and admire Jesus, but if you are honest, you may not want to become like him. Think about it, you may admire his humility, but do you really want to become humble? You love the fact that Jesus laid down his rights, but do you ever lay down your rights for those of another? You love him because he suffered for you while he was on this earthy, but your main goal in life is to have fun and avoid being hurt, so how is this following the example of the Rabbi?
  3. Jesus is a great savior, but as a role model, he did and taught things we often try to avoid. In what ways are you modeling your life after Jesus? What areas of your life can you do a better job of modeling after Christ?

THROUGH JESUS WE CAN LIVE A LIFE TODAY THAT BOASTS
THE QUALITIES OF ETERNITY BY LIVING LIFE LIKE JESUS DID!

 

 

Speaker: Brandon Lemois Apr 10, 2016

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Announcements are strange things – you can’t change them and its hard to disagree with them – they are pieces of information about the way things are. Jesus starts the SOTM with announcements about who the blessed people are in his kingdom.

Read additional information about The Beatitudes here.

 

I Believe In God But Think He Is Angry

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS  (you can download the full Highlights & Discussion Questions here)

Choose a few of these main topics you wish to focus on with your Community Group and use the following questions as a guide to facilitate your discussion.

  1. What were your thoughts on Sunday’s Teaching? What stood out to you or surprised you in the message?

  2. How does reading Jesus’ teaching on who is blessed as an announcement versus a “how to” list change your

    thinking on the Beatitudes?

  3. Read through Matthew 5.1-20 as a group. Where do you place yourself on this list?

  4. Read through Dallas Willard’s modern interpretation of the Beatitudes. Do you see yourself and those

    around you differently now?

  5. Think of the people in your life who you have consciously or unconsciously placed into some of these

    categories. How will you look at them differently if you understand they are blessed because of their

    deplorable condition?

  6. How are you going to let this announcement, that God’s Kingdom is available to all, change your life?

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Speaker: Brandon Lemois Apr 17, 2016

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In the thesis statement of the Sermon On The Mount Jesus is after our hearts, not after our behavior. Our outward behavior is determined by our inward transformation. Anger, Lust, Divorce, and Integrity start at the heart level and work themselves out in various ways.
I Believe In God But Don't Love Myself

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (you can download the full Highlights & Discussion Questions here)

Choose a few of these questions to focus on with your Community Group to help facilitate your discussion.

  1. What stood out to you in this teaching? What are you struggling to understand or make your own?
  2. What is the thesis statement of the Sermon on the Mount? (Matt 5.17-20) What is Jesus’ major announcement?
  3. What is filling your heart? What have you been searching for to fill your cup? Your spouse?
    Your job? Your children? Your possessions? What do you think Jesus would tell you about this?
  4. If you truly believe you are blessed and the Kingdom is open to you, what are you still searching for?
  5. As a disciple, do you manage your relationships as Jesus managed his? Is building a community based on redemption and grace a conscience decision and driving factor in your life?
  6. As a disciple, if you believe life as Jesus describes is the best way to live, can you allow the scripture to be the truth and change your measuring stick? What would this look like in your daily life?

Speaker: Brandon Lemois Apr 24, 2016

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Jesus has specific teachings not just for how we should love our neighbors but also how to love our enemies. The strongest place we can be is in control of our responses and desire to love the other.

I Believe In God But Don't Love Others

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS  (you can download the full Highlights & Discussion Questions here)

Choose a few of these questions to focus on with your Community Group to help facilitate your discussion.

  1. What stood out to you this week? What surprised you in the teaching?
  2. If you see your relationships fall apart often, or you bounce from job to job, you may be running into character issues.   Examine your character by asking yourself these questions:

Do you like who you are at 6PM the same way as you do at 6AM?
Would your kids like you if they saw what you did all day?
Would your spouse still trust you if they saw life through your eyes?
Would your boss hire you again today, knowing you as he does now?

  1. When your relationships or work isn’t going well, do you tend to blame others, or can you step back and examine your character?
  2. How much time do you spend learning new things/being trained in your work tasks? How much time do you spend working on your character? Do you think improving your technical skills or improving your character would have more impact on your job and your relationships in the long run?
  3. What are some ideas, books or teachings that have helped you work on your character that others in your group might want to check out?

Speaker: Brandon Lemois May 1, 2016

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Giving, Praying, and Fasting are three misunderstood disciplines to our faith. As he shapes our heart, we respond rather than present.

I Believe In God But Not The Church


DISCUSSION QUESTIONS  (you can download the full Highlights & Discussion Questions here)

Choose a few of these questions to focus on with your Community Group to help facilitate your discussion.

  1. What stood out to you from this week’s teaching? Did it cause you to rethink anything in your life?
  2. Did your ideas about giving and generosity change with this teaching? In what ways?
  3. When you give, do you give generously in a way that expresses worship for Jesus, or do you give out of commitment or habit? How would that change if you truly believed that everything you have is a blessing from God?
  4. When you pray are you giving God your to-do list or are you asking Him for his desires and plans?
  5. We encourage you to ‘Pray For One’ by asking God to show you one person that you can show His love to today because we believe our work is not done until every person within driving distance of this church knows Jesus.
    Share your experiences with your group as you have Prayed For One.

PRAYER CHALLENGE:
LAY YOUR TO-DO LIST ASIDE AND SIMPLY ASK GOD, ‘CHANGE ME TO LOOK LIKE YOU’

 

                                                                                                                         

Speaker: Brandon Lemois May 8, 2016

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I believe in God but don’t trust Him when it comes to...

Money – investing in what I see
Direction – does God take care of us? 
Judging – controlling others positive or negatively 
Anxiety is one of the most common side affects about not trusting God. Do we trust God with our money, our direction in life, and with other people in our lives?

I Believe In God But Don't Trust Him

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS  (you can download the full Highlights & Discussion Questions here)

Choose a few of these questions to focus on with your Community Group to help facilitate your discussion.

  1. What stood out to you from the message? How will it change your thoughts and actions this week?
  2. We all have things we treasure (children, houses, bank accounts….), and we spend a lot of time and money trying to keep those treasures safe. What are the things you go to great lengths to protect? Is there something you are spending all your emotional energy and time trying to protect?
  3. What shifts would you have to make in order to begin gathering treasure in heaven? How would it change the way you spend your money? Time? Relationships?
  4. To build up treasure in heaven, we need to steward our resources in a way that allows people to meet Jesus, and to help care for the least, the last and the lost and to promote justice in the world.   What are you driving your resources to right now that will go on forever?
  5. What does it mean to lay our treasures down? If Jesus fills our cup, how do we let go of the anxiety and worry and truly trust God?

 

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Brandon eloquently wrapped up our Recovering Redemption and The Christian Atheist series’ with the following letter. Read it together and reflect on how you have learned to be the Salt and Light of the world through The Sermon on the Mount

Church,
Rethink your life in light of the fact that the Kingdom of God is now open to you (Matt 4.17).   

The way Jesus says to live life will lead to the best life – something we don’t need to wait for until after we die, but a life that boasts the qualities of heaven today.  Although this life is going to feel like walking through a narrow gate it will produce GREAT fruit and give you a strong foundation for life (Matt 7.13-27)

The counter intuitive announcement of this life is that you are blessed, right now, despite our current condition because of the Grace God has given to us (Matt. 5.1-11). While the rest of this world is chasing after getting better and presenting a more developed version of themselves, we are free to be at peace right now because God fills our cup – our righteousness is not based off us.  Christ fills our Cup. (Matt. 5.17-20)

Because Christ fills our cup, we can trust him to live our life day to day. 

We trust him by:

  • Laying down our will and picking up God’s will (Matt 5.21-26)
  • Not desiring other people or things that aren’t ours (Matt. 5.27-30)
  • Finding new life even in the midst of hopeless situations (Matt 5.31-32)
  • Always having integrity (Matt 5.33-37)

Respond with Grace (Matthew 5.38-48)

And because we can trust Christ for our life, we can be secure in him rather than in:

  • Our religious reputation (Matt. 6.1-18)
  • Our materials and wealth (Matt. 6.19-34)
  • By trying to control others to do what we want them to do. (Matt. 7.1-12) 

When we live like this we will become Salt and Light – adding life and lighting up darkness to the world around us.  All of this is to point our one towards the only one who can fulfill them (Matt. 5.13-16)  

Additional Questions For Thought:

  1. Throughout the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us many times, ‘Do this, don’t do that’. What are you doing that you need to not do? If you changed this one action, how would this change your life? 
  1. When Jesus fills our cup, we can relate to each other in healthy ways. How well do you entrust others to God, ask for help or serve with generosity?
  1. Celebrate success with each other! Share a story of how this sermon series has changed you.

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