Chase The Lion
January 6 - 28
When we see the image of a man-eating beast, the brain sends the body an urgent message: run! That’s what normal people do, but not lion chasers. Rather than seeing a five-hundred-pound problem, they see an opportunity for God to show up and show His power. Join us for the first series of the New Year as we are challenged to chase after the God-sized dreams He has for us in 2018.
1. When you think about the New Year ahead what are a couple things you sense the Lord is calling you to do this year?
2. How do you feel about tackling these things?
3. As we started this series we talked about David’s mightiest warriors. Their stories are amazing. What is one thing that stood out to you from that part of this week’s message?
4. Read I Samuel 16:7, Acts 13:22 & 1 Samuel 17:23-24 We also spent some time talking about how this elite group of special forces types all said yes to serving with David. What was it about David that caused these men to want to be on his squad?
5. Our main thought this week was God wants my heart. How do you feel about this?
6. What is it in your like that distracts you the most and prevents God from having your heart?
7. What’s one thing you can do this week to fully give God your heart?
8. Share any prayer requests. Pray together that 2018 would be an amazing year of spiritual growth and heart connection with God.
1. Doug talked about his fear of MRI’s this week. What are you afraid of?
2. Why do you think it is so often difficult to understand someone else’s fear that you don’t have?
3. Why do you think it can be so difficult to overcome your fears?
4. Doug said this week that, “Most of us are shaped, for better or for worse, by a handful of experiences. Those defining experiences can plant a seed of confidence, or a seed of doubt, a seed of hope or a seed of helplessness, a seed of faith or a seed or fear.” Have you seen this to be true? If so how?
5. Doug also said this week that, “Half Of Learning Is Learning. The Other Half Of Learning Is Unlearning.” This is why it is so important for us to know truth! How does reading and knowing the word of God help us with this?
6. Read 2 Timothy 1:7 & 1 John 4:18. How do these verses speak to our fears?
7. This week we were challenged to, understand where fear comes from, remain rooted in God’s love and live in grace. How do these help us overcome our fears?
8. Finally our main thought was, Courage Is Acting In Spite Of My Fear. What can you do this week to move forward taking action this year to be who God has called you to be & do what He has called you to be?
9. Pray for 2018 to be a year of courage to chase some lions as individuals and as a church. Pray for any special requests you may have.
1. Our Main Thought this weekend was: My Adversity is God’s Opportunity. What was your biggest take away?
2. Everyone will face adversity. Adversity is the consequence of sin’s entrance into the world and it affects believers and unbelievers alike. Bad things happen to everyone. What did you think or feel as this was being shared?
3. Read Matthew 5:11-2, James 1:2-4, 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 and 1 Corinthians 15:54-57. Why is “reframing” our adversity through scripture so important? How can you incorporate this practice into your life?
4. Read 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. God doesn’t want you to waste your adversity. How can you be a blessing and comfort to someone going through a hard time that you’ve experienced?
5. Please continue to pray for the healing of Josh Miller. Pray also for opportunities to be a blessing to those going through hard circumstances.
1. Our main thought for the weekend was: “There’s nothing like the local church when the local church is working right”. What are some things a local church is uniquely equipped and empowered to bring to a city?
2. Read James 2:14-26. Paul commended the church in Thessalonica for their “work produced by faith” (1 Thess 1:3). Discuss the relationship between faith and works.
3. Read Romans 12:9-21. Talk about how this practical expression of love often differs from the “love” so prevalent in our culture. How are these things being lived out in your life and your community?
4. Paul also commended the church in Thessalonica for their “endurance inspired by hope”. Share examples of how hope has inspired endurance in your life.
5. Take some time to pray for the Miller family and for Plum Creek Church. Pray that PCC will always be characterized by authentic, life-transforming faith, selfless love and relentless hope.