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Luke 6: The Trial of the Centuries – Week 4
Michael Dixon – Sunday June 23, 2024
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Series Passage: Luke 6

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Q&A and Discussion (for Communion Sundays)

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

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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.

  • This month we heard about the Trial of Man- we lost authority over the Earth as part of the punishment, The Trial of God- God had a  lot of losses on this, but a couple of major wins- Job and Jesus.  Rules didn’t help, getting rid of “sinners” didn’t help, having a king after God’s own heart didn’t help… God won this trial through Jesus and it brought about the Final Trial- the Trial of the Rebellious. Satan Loss this trial, and now is trying to take as many as he can with him to his consequence- Hell- using temptation and accusation.  How should be living as a result of the trials
  • We are NEW CREATURES and have the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST.. How should this impact how we use our Freedom, see ourselves and share with others?

  • They shall know we are Christians- non rebellious ones, but  our love…  How can this love come more naturally for us, and how can we meet people where they are, not where we want them to be?

  • Anything else from this month that stands out, or you have a question about?

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 missing? Do they know you care?
  • What are you doing to make your life group safe, healthy, and effective?
  • Identify people you are in a position to 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?”

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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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