Small Group Discussion Guides

Spring 2020 Small Groups

Rebuild

A project had been started but not completed. The rebuilding of the Temple had begun about sixteen years before Haggai arrived on the scene. The Babylonian empire had given way to the Persians and after more than fifty years of exile, the Jewish people began to make their way back to Jerusalem, the geographical and theological focal point for them and their faith...

Sycamore Tree

“Zacchaeus was a wee little man, a wee little man was he. He climbed up in a sycamore tree, for the Lord he wanted to see…”

Two Years

Two years. Even if I absolutely hated everything about it, I was going to stay for two years. That’s the promise I made to myself before abandoning my life as a touring musician from the east coast to move to the middle of the country to be a part of this church in downtown Kansas City...

Trusting God More Than Ourselves

As humans, we sometimes struggle to trust God more than we trust ourselves – I am guilty of it more often than not. In March of 2017, despite my fears, I decided to take a wobbly step towards placing my trust in God’s plan...

Accepting Grace

One time I tried to baptize a three-year-old. I say “try” because it didn’t feel like my best and most proud moment as a pastor...

Previous Small Group Discussion Guides

Possibilities

Possibilities

I am not enough. I don’t know about you, but at various times in my life those words have been a sort of negative mantra running through my mind, keeping me from seeing what is possible…

Uniquely Made

Uniquely Made

At dusk one March evening I drove side by side with a train for about fifteen miles on my way home from Weston. I have to admit, my first thought in seeing the train next to me was, “I could totally beat this guy.” Yeesh, what is wrong with me that I instinctively want to prove I can go faster THAN A TRAIN?! I must be really desperate for a win…

Already; And Not Yet

Already; And Not Yet

John 11:17-44; there is a palpable tension in this scene. You can almost feel it when Martha confronts Jesus saying, “Lord, if you had been here my brother would not have died.” You see days before Lazarus’ death, word had been sent by Mary and Martha to Jesus that their brother was gravely ill…

Psalm 22 & Spiritual Somersaults

Psalm 22 & Spiritual Somersaults

Our spoken words are incantations casting spells upon our lives. I’m convinced of it. I think the Psalmist was, too. It’s why the Psalms are heralded as Scripture’s most transformative texts…

Wow, Thanks, Help

Wow, Thanks, Help

The prayer instructions found in James 5:13-20 teach us to pray in all circumstances. When we feel suffering, pray. When we feel joy, pray. When we are sick, pray. When we mess up, pray….

Praise & Cursing

Praise & Cursing

Let me set the scene… I am driving in my car. I am listening to Glory Revival or some other worship music. I am in the zone. I am trying to steady my heart and center myself within Christ. Suddenly a car comes speeding past me….