Feb 182024
 

Last Updated on February 22, 2024 by Rocklyn Clarke

The Birth of Jesus – Part 3
Rocklyn Clarke – Sunday Februrary 18, 2024
© 2024 Life Church Ministries, Inc.

 

 


Helpful Links:

Sermon Podcast Page (includes links to audio, handout, and slides for all sermons)

Series Passage: Luke 2

Sermon Resources:

Current Material

Previous Material

Life Group Meeting

Spend 1 – 2 minutes in silence before you begin each question.

Welcome (5-10 minutes)

Worship (optional for Sunday breakout sessions)

Word – Discussion Questions (if there are no specific questions use the default questions):

Spend 1 – 2 minutes in silence before you begin each question.

At the time of Jesus’ birth there were people eagerly awaiting God’s Kingdom.

    • How did that eagerness express itself then?
    • Are there people eagerly awaiting the fullness of the Kingdom now? How can you tell?
    • What about you? How can we tell?

Simeon and Anna confirmed to Joseph and Mary what God was doing.

    • Have you ever received or provided confirmation about something that God was doing?

Simeon was waiting on a personal promise from God.

    • What about you? Have you received it yet?

Witness (check out the Witness section resources below):

How we work together as a team to be “good news” to the people around us.

  • Is there someone that you need to talk to about Jesus this week?
  • How is your group doing? Is anyone falling through the cracks?
  • What are you doing to make your life group safe, healthy, and effective?
  • Work on your testimonies.
  • Identify people you can reach for Jesus this week. Pray for them.

Additional Life Group Meeting Components:

  • Reflection – Include a brief time (e.g. 2 minutes) for quiet reflection sometime during your meeting. Potential times for this are:
    • Just before reviewing the questions during the Word portion of the meeting.
    • Just before prayer during the Witness portion of the meeting.
    • Just after prayer during the Witness portion of the meeting.

Immediately after this reflection time, members may want to write down any thoughts or impressions that come to them and anything that they feel the Lord is saying to them or to anyone else. Encourage the members to consider how they might incorporate more reflection in their daily, weekly, and monthly routines.

  • Life Group Housekeeping (do this once a month or more often if needed)
    • Be familiar with our life group goals.
    • Review our connection tools: e-Life & the life group email list
      • Does everyone know how to use them?
      • Is everyone’s information up to date?
      • Is everyone receiving email from the life group email list?
    • Is anyone not showing up for Sunday service or life group meetings? If so, who has been in touch with them?
    • How will the group onboard the next visitor?

Word Section Default Questions

(Use these when there are no specific discussion questions for the passage:

  • Question 1: “What is this passage saying?”
  • Question 2: “What is God saying to you through this passage?”
  • Question 3: “How can you apply this passage throughout the week?”

Taken from:

Witness Section Resources:

How we work together as a team to be “good news” to the people around us.

Life Groups

Life groups are the basic environment in which discipleship will take place. A life group is a group of 3 – 15 believers who come together weekly outside of the church building for evangelism, community, and spiritual growth with the goal of making disciples who make disciples.

Without life groups, we are at the mercy of cliques and people who aren’t in a clique will “fall through the cracks”. Furthermore, even the people who are in cliques will have some of their issues and needs “fall through the cracks”. This is because life groups are organized to please, and be led by the Holy Spirit, whereas cliques develop solely around whatever the people in the cliques find appealing. Life groups are organized to help you grow and overcome your “issues”; cliques simply aren’t! Becoming part of a life group is a major way that we “seek first God’s Kingdom and his righteousness”.

Check out our Life Group Pages for more life group information and resources.

Five Thresholds

Because the Five Thresholds approach to relational evangelism helps us to pay careful attention to the people that the Lord brings our way, it is an excellent way to meet people “where they are”. We want to prayerfully help them move through each threshold and become followers of Jesus. At any given stage, we may be planting a seed or watering a seed that we or someone else has planted. At each stage, we should see ourselves, together with other believers, as a hospital for sick and wounded people.

Feb 112024
 

Last Updated on February 18, 2024 by Rocklyn Clarke

The Birth of Jesus – Part 2
Rocklyn Clarke – Sunday Februrary 11, 2024
© 2024 Life Church Ministries, Inc.

 

 


Helpful Links:

Sermon Podcast Page (includes links to audio, handout, and slides for all sermons)

Series Passage: Luke 2

Sermon Resources:

Current Material

    •  

Previous Material

Life Group Meeting (no life groups today)

Spend 1 – 2 minutes in silence before you begin each question.

Read through and reflect on each verse in Zechariah’s prophecy.

  • Have you ever been inconvenienced in a way that God used to bless someone else?
  • The shepherds confirmed to Joseph and Mary what God was doing. Have you ever received or provided confirmation about something that God was doing?
  • Is there someone that God is telling you to bless this week despite the inconvenience?
  • Is there someone that you need to talk to about Jesus this week?

Welcome (5-10 minutes)

Worship (optional for Sunday breakout sessions)

Word – Discussion Questions (if there are no specific questions use the default questions):

Spend 1 – 2 minutes in silence before you begin each question.

Read through and reflect on each verse in Zechariah’s prophecy.

  • In what ways do you see the verse reflected in your own life?
  • In what ways would you like to see the verse better reflected in your own life?
  • How about in your life group as a whole?
  • How about in our congregation as a whole?
  • How about in God’s church in general?

Witness (check out the Witness section resources below):

How we work together as a team to be “good news” to the people around us.

  • How is your group doing? Is anyone falling through the cracks?
  • What are you doing to make your life group safe, healthy, and effective?
  • Work on your testimonies.
  • Identify people you can reach for Jesus this week. Pray for them.

Additional Life Group Meeting Components:

  • Reflection – Include a brief time (e.g. 2 minutes) for quiet reflection sometime during your meeting. Potential times for this are:
    • Just before reviewing the questions during the Word portion of the meeting.
    • Just before prayer during the Witness portion of the meeting.
    • Just after prayer during the Witness portion of the meeting.

Immediately after this reflection time, members may want to write down any thoughts or impressions that come to them and anything that they feel the Lord is saying to them or to anyone else. Encourage the members to consider how they might incorporate more reflection in their daily, weekly, and monthly routines.

  • Life Group Housekeeping (do this once a month or more often if needed)
    • Be familiar with our life group goals.
    • Review our connection tools: e-Life & the life group email list
      • Does everyone know how to use them?
      • Is everyone’s information up to date?
      • Is everyone receiving email from the life group email list?
    • Is anyone not showing up for Sunday service or life group meetings? If so, who has been in touch with them?
    • How will the group onboard the next visitor?

Word Section Default Questions

(Use these when there are no specific discussion questions for the passage:

  • Question 1: “What is this passage saying?”
  • Question 2: “What is God saying to you through this passage?”
  • Question 3: “How can you apply this passage throughout the week?”

Taken from:

Witness Section Resources:

How we work together as a team to be “good news” to the people around us.

Life Groups

Life groups are the basic environment in which discipleship will take place. A life group is a group of 3 – 15 believers who come together weekly outside of the church building for evangelism, community, and spiritual growth with the goal of making disciples who make disciples.

Without life groups, we are at the mercy of cliques and people who aren’t in a clique will “fall through the cracks”. Furthermore, even the people who are in cliques will have some of their issues and needs “fall through the cracks”. This is because life groups are organized to please, and be led by the Holy Spirit, whereas cliques develop solely around whatever the people in the cliques find appealing. Life groups are organized to help you grow and overcome your “issues”; cliques simply aren’t! Becoming part of a life group is a major way that we “seek first God’s Kingdom and his righteousness”.

Check out our Life Group Pages for more life group information and resources.

Five Thresholds

Because the Five Thresholds approach to relational evangelism helps us to pay careful attention to the people that the Lord brings our way, it is an excellent way to meet people “where they are”. We want to prayerfully help them move through each threshold and become followers of Jesus. At any given stage, we may be planting a seed or watering a seed that we or someone else has planted. At each stage, we should see ourselves, together with other believers, as a hospital for sick and wounded people.

Feb 032024
 

Last Updated on February 7, 2024 by Rocklyn Clarke

The Birth of Jesus – Part 1
Rocklyn Clarke – Sunday Februrary 4, 2024
© 2024 Life Church Ministries, Inc.

 

 


Helpful Links:

Sermon Podcast Page (includes links to audio, handout, and slides for all sermons)

Series Passage: Luke 2

Sermon Resources:

Current Material

Material From Our Post-Sermon Discussion

Previous Material

Discussion and Q&A

God often allows us to experience inconvenient circumstances. We don’t always find out why. How do we handle this?

Life Group Meeting (no life groups today)

Life group leaders – pace yourselves. Look over all of the meeting components and make sure you have time to cover all of them.

Welcome (5-10 minutes)

Worship (optional for Sunday breakout sessions)

Word – Discussion Questions (if there are no specific questions use the default questions):

Spend 1 – 2 minutes in silence before you begin each question.

Read through and reflect on each verse in Zechariah’s prophecy.

  • In what ways do you see the verse reflected in your own life?
  • In what ways would you like to see the verse better reflected in your own life?
  • How about in your life group as a whole?
  • How about in our congregation as a whole?
  • How about in God’s church in general?

Witness (check out the Witness section resources below):

How we work together as a team to be “good news” to the people around us.

  • How is your group doing? Is anyone falling through the cracks?
  • What are you doing to make your life group safe, healthy, and effective?
  • Work on your testimonies.
  • Identify people you can reach for Jesus this week. Pray for them.

Additional Life Group Meeting Components:

  • Reflection – Include a brief time (e.g. 2 minutes) for quiet reflection sometime during your meeting. Potential times for this are:
    • Just before reviewing the questions during the Word portion of the meeting.
    • Just before prayer during the Witness portion of the meeting.
    • Just after prayer during the Witness portion of the meeting.

Immediately after this reflection time, members may want to write down any thoughts or impressions that come to them and anything that they feel the Lord is saying to them or to anyone else. Encourage the members to consider how they might incorporate more reflection in their daily, weekly, and monthly routines.

  • Life Group Housekeeping (do this once a month or more often if needed)
    • Be familiar with our life group goals.
    • Review our connection tools: e-Life & the life group email list
      • Does everyone know how to use them?
      • Is everyone’s information up to date?
      • Is everyone receiving email from the life group email list?
    • Is anyone not showing up for Sunday service or life group meetings? If so, who has been in touch with them?
    • How will the group onboard the next visitor?

Word Section Default Questions

(Use these when there are no specific discussion questions for the passage:

  • Question 1: “What is this passage saying?”
  • Question 2: “What is God saying to you through this passage?”
  • Question 3: “How can you apply this passage throughout the week?”

Taken from:

Witness Section Resources:

How we work together as a team to be “good news” to the people around us.

Life Groups

Life groups are the basic environment in which discipleship will take place. A life group is a group of 3 – 15 believers who come together weekly outside of the church building for evangelism, community, and spiritual growth with the goal of making disciples who make disciples.

Without life groups, we are at the mercy of cliques and people who aren’t in a clique will “fall through the cracks”. Furthermore, even the people who are in cliques will have some of their issues and needs “fall through the cracks”. This is because life groups are organized to please, and be led by the Holy Spirit, whereas cliques develop solely around whatever the people in the cliques find appealing. Life groups are organized to help you grow and overcome your “issues”; cliques simply aren’t! Becoming part of a life group is a major way that we “seek first God’s Kingdom and his righteousness”.

Check out our Life Group Pages for more life group information and resources.

Five Thresholds

Because the Five Thresholds approach to relational evangelism helps us to pay careful attention to the people that the Lord brings our way, it is an excellent way to meet people “where they are”. We want to prayerfully help them move through each threshold and become followers of Jesus. At any given stage, we may be planting a seed or watering a seed that we or someone else has planted. At each stage, we should see ourselves, together with other believers, as a hospital for sick and wounded people.

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