MODERN FAMILY | PART 2 "BE FRIENDS"

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MODERN FAMILY PT. 2  | BE FRIENDS

Dave and Ashley Willis

 

ICEBREAKER

What’s the best piece of advice a friend gave you?

(Share in 1 min or less)

 

 

SCRIPTURE & DISCUSSION QUESTION

Please have 1 person read each:

Song of Solomon 5:16 “...this is my lover and my friend.”

Galatians 6:2 (NIV)  “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

Proverbs 24:26 (NLT) “An honest answer is like a kiss of friendship.”

Proverbs 17:9 (NLT) “Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.”

 

 Give each person a chance to share for 1 min: 

Dave and Ashley Willis shared that the heart of every marriage is strong friendship. They shared three principles that lead to that.

Principle 1: Friends carry each others burdens.

Principle 2: Friends should always tell each-other the truth.

Principle 3: Friends don’t give up on each other.

 

Share a time when your spouse was a true friend to you with one of these principles. Not married? How has a friend helped you carry a burden, been honest, or encouraged you to persevere?

PRAYER TIME

Pray for everyone’s marriage in your group to be stronger in friendship. For singles groups, pray for friendships to be strengthened in the same 3 areas.                                                           

 

MODERN FAMILY | PART 1 "SEE YOURSELF VALUABLE"

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MODERN FAMILY PT. 1  | SEE YOURSELF VALUABLE

Tami Mckinney 

 

ICEBREAKER

What’s one valuable item you own, that you can’t get rid of?

(Share in 1 min or less)

 

SCRIPTURE & DISCUSSION QUESTION

Please have 1 person read each:

  1. 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)  But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

    John 15:16 (NLT) You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.

    1 Corinthians 7:23 (TLB) - You have been bought and paid for by Christ, so you belong to him—be free now from all these earthly prides and fears.

     

 Give each person a chance to share for 1 min: 

How did the message of value impact you? When you read these scriptures how does it make you feel when God calls you his child, royalty?

PRAYER TIME

Pray these declarations over each other:

  1. I Am In Christ...I Am Valuable.

  2. God Chose Me… I Belong To Him. I Am Wanted, Appreciated And Loved.

  3. I’m A Part Of God’s Royal Family...I’m Special And I Have Significance.

  4. I’m Holy...  I Am Set Apart And My Life Has Purpose.

  5. I Belong To God...I’m Valuable...He Takes Care Of me.

                                                           

 

This is easy | Week 6 "IT'S EASY TO BE HAPPY"

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THIS IS EASY PT. 5  | IT'S EASY TO BE HAPPY

Jerry Mckinney

 

ICEBREAKER

Share one simple thing in your life that makes you happy.

(Share in 1 min or less)

 

SCRIPTURE & DISCUSSION QUESTION

  1. Watch video for this week

  2. Please have 1 person read each:

    PHIL 4:4-8  (NLT) - Always be full of joy in the Lord.

    PHIL 4:11-13 (NIV) - 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

     

 Give each person a chance to share for 1 min: 

Pastor Jerry said, “it’s not my situation that regulates my satisfaction.” He also shared the biblical secrets that shift us out of discontentment.  Let’s put some practical application to this spiritual activity! Answer these three questions:

 1. What is one fun thing I can do this week to be full of joy? 

2. What is one thing you can thank God for doing recently in your life?

3. Share how you are going to fix your thoughts on what is truth this week.

 

PRAYER TIME

Philippians 4:6  (NLT) says to tell God what you need and thank Him for what He’s done. Share with your group and pray for one thing you need God’s help with this week.

 

This is easy | Week 5 "IT'S EASY TO WIN"

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THIS IS EASY PT. 4  | IT'S EASY TO WIN

Jerry Mckinney

 

ICEBREAKER

If you could pick up a new skill in an instant what would it be?
(Share in 1 min or less)

 

SCRIPTURE & DISCUSSION QUESTION

  1. Watch video for this week

  2. Please have 1 person read each:

    Hebrews 12:1 (NLT) - Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 

    1 Corinthians 9:24-25 (ESV) - Do you not know that in a race all the runners run. So run that you may obtain it (run to win). 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. 

    Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT) - But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control

     

  3.  Give each person a chance to share for 1 min: Pastor Jerry told us how we can maximize the opportunity to win the race called life by activating self-control with the help from the ultimate coach, the Holy Spirit.  In the areas he mentioned (Money, Health, Social Media, Sex, Anger, Negative Speaking) where do you see the need to develop self control this week? Share with your group some practical incremental steps you can take towards “winning” this week. 

 

PRAYER TIME

Take time praying for one another. Ask the Holy Spirit to help each person live life with self control this week.

 

This is easy | Week 4 "I CAN"

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THIS IS EASY PT. 3  | I CAN

Jerry Mckinney

 

ICEBREAKER

“Something interesting you might not know about me is . . .”
(Share in 1 min or less)

 

SCRIPTURE & DISCUSSION QUESTION

  1. Watch video for this week

  2. Please have 1 person read each:

     Proverbs 18:21 (MSG) Words kill, words give life

    they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.

    Proverbs 12:18 (GNB)  Thoughtless words can wound as deeply as any sword, but wisely spoken words can heal.

    Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

  3. Please have 1 person answer & share: 

     Our words have power over our lives. Everyday we can choose to speak faith. Share with friends a situation that you are currently facing that  you will say "I can" to this week.

 

PRAYER TIME

“I Can” Declarations:

  1. I can be healthy in my body.

  2. I can prosper and find success in my career.

  3. I can live in the peace of God.

  4. I can develop healthy & life-giving relationships.

  5. I can find victory in my personal battles.

  6. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Pray these 6 declarations over each other!

 

This is easy | Week 3 "IT'S EASY TO BE GREAT"

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THIS IS EASY PT. 2  | IT'S EASY TO BE GREAT

Nic Schneider 

 

ICEBREAKER

Share someone in your life or someone you admire that exemplifies greatness. (Share in 1 min or less)

 

SCRIPTURE & DISCUSSION QUESTION

  1. Watch video for this week

  2. Please have 1 person read:

    Matthew 20:28 (LB)

    28 Your attitude must be like my own, for I, the Messiah,* did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give my life as a ransom for many.”

  3. Please have 1 person answer & share: 

     To be more like Jesus we are encouraged to serve. Share with your friends how you currently serve on the Dream Team. Not on the Dream Team? Share a new way you want to serve. Also feel free to talk about how serving others has made you feel. It’s easy to be great when we serve!

 

PRAYER TIME

Take time to pray for the needs of your friends. We ask that you keep prayer requests to those of your immediate family within your group.

 

This Is Easy | Week 2 "Make Life Easy"

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THIS IS EASY PT. 1  | MAKE LIFE EASY

Jerry Mckinney

 

ICEBREAKER

What’s your favorite spot in San Diego?  (Share in 1 min or less).

 

SCRIPTURE & DISCUSSION QUESTION

  1. Watch video from pastor Jerry

  2. Please have 1 person read: Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT) 28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

  3. Please have 1 person answer & share: What’s a hard area in your life right now that you wish was easier? What did you learn from Pastor Jerry’s message that could help make your life easier?

 

PRAYER TIME

Pray for one another that we could all be teachable and allow Jesus to make life easy.

 

This Is Easy | Week 1 "The Cross and the Tomb"

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Romans 1:4

He was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit.He is Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

DISCUSSION

Pastor Jerry talked about how the power of God can change our lives. Share with your friends how you have seen the power of God move in your life. How has God changed your life since becoming a Christian and coming to City Church?