Small Group Discussion Guides

Spring 2020 Small Groups

What Are You Hoping to See?

Most of us on this journey of faith can comfortably assert the belief that God is present with us. Sometimes though, that belief is a leap of faith in itself. We look for scientific evidence - something we can prove in moments of doubt. But instead of letting God show up in the way that God sees fit, do have we unspoken expectations? Is there one particular thing you are waiting to see to be reassured that God is with you?

Yes… But

Have you ever had one of those mountain top, life-changing spiritual experiences? Perhaps at a retreat, conference, on a mission trip or as a youth in summer camp? I wonder if that’s what Jesus is getting at in this first encounter. After one of those intense experiences, we just want to blurt out, “I’ll follow you wherever you go!” We’re on fire, showing up every time the church doors are open. But after a while we settle back into our routines, the enthusiasm fades and experience becomes a memory...

The Journey

Psalm 121, “a Psalm for Sojourners,” is one of the best known and often memorized Psalms (maybe after the 23rd Psalm), and in fact, a phrase from Psalm 121 is used in the Apostle’s Creed (“maker of heaven and earth”). Verses 1 and 2 are relatable enough. On our journeys, and in our times of trouble, we look up/look to God and ask where our help might come from. Verses 3 - 6 are certainly appropriate for someone on a physical journey. But in the last verses, it seems that the real journey the psalmist is addressing is the journey of life itself...

Even Darkness Is Not Dark to God

They say that when you go through something terrible, people tend to do one of two things…you move away from God or you move toward God. While I wouldn’t wish my journey on anyone, for me it was a time of drawing closer to God and relying on God more than I ever had...

Am I Smart Enough to Be a Christian?

As I write this, I have open before me an NIV Study Bible, NKJV Woman of Destiny Bible, Interpretation Bible Commentary and a New Interpreter’s Bible, Volume X… and I am validated in knowing I am not smart enough to be a Christian...

Land-Legs

Up and down and side to side we went. The swells were huge, the boat was tossed between mountains and valleys of water. My land legs got a little weak, my stomach turned, my vision got a little blurry and my breakfast…well, it became one with the sea. I was so sick I can remember seeing the outline of the island on the horizon, thinking to myself, “I could swim back from here, I was on the swim team. Or, maybe it’d be one of those walk-on-water miracles.” I was completely out of my mind and overwhelmed...

Previous Small Group Discussion Guides

Rebuild

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

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. 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

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…

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…

I Got the Power

I Got the Power

During my time as a tutor, I have learned the personal relationships we build are what matters the most to these kids. I will never be the best at explaining math. With a little divine intervention, I’m good enough to give their math skills a nudge in the right direction. What they really want is somebody to talk to. They want to share their joys and challenges…

Serving Others

Serving Others

I’m not sure when I realized my desire to help others wasn’t just about wanting to be like my parents but was in fact my calling. Perhaps I’m still trying to figure it out…

Toward Relationship

Toward Relationship

God desires for us to have a relationship with him. He sought out Adam and Eve in the garden, he found Moses wondering in the desert and sent his only son Jesus to walk among us. But a relationship with God, as with any relationship, is not a one-way ordeal and requires a sincere effort on our part…

The Icefall Doctors

The Icefall Doctors

…life at times seems like a climb and its crevasses impassible. We wonder how we will ever carve out a path through its unpredictable terrain. But we are not alone; we have an Icefall Doctor who has gone before us.