The Best Of

July 8 - August 6

This summer we are excited to have several friends of Plum Creek sharing one of their “best” messages with us from God’s Word. Bring your friends and family this weekend through August 6th to hear what God has given them to share with Plum Creek.


Part One

July 8 & 9 / Rick Dunn



Part Two

July 15 & 16 / Lance Witt



Part Three

July 22 & 23 / Gary Partridge



Part Four

July 29 & 30 / Rob Cowles


Part Five

August 5 & 6 / Jimmie Bratcher


What does "living by grace" in our families look like, according to Rick's teaching?

Read Ephesians 2:1-10. Give one example of what "living by grace" would look like in your family?

Why is "living by grace" such a huge a game-changer in our family relationships?

Identify some of the biggest challenges we all face when it comes to "living by grace" in our family relationships. Of these, which one (or more) is particularly hard for you on a day to day basis?

One specific application I could make from this week's teaching would be to __________________________________ in my family relationships.

Part of the purpose of this weekend’s message was to help people get an accurate portrait of who God is and how He works. Since you started your journey of following Christ, how has your understanding of God changed? What led to that change?

Read Psalm 44:23-24. When have you felt like the Psalmist? Describe a time of hardship in your life when you questioned God’s plan, fairness, or justice.

Daniel 4:35 (NLT) says…

All the people of the earth are nothing compared to him. He has the power to do as he pleases among the angels of heaven and with those who live on earth. No one can stop him or challenge him, saying, 'What do you mean by doing these things?'

This verse describes God’s sovereignty. If someone asked you to explain God’s sovereignty, what would you say?

You might also read Isaiah 40:12-26 for another passage on God’s sovereignty.

In Genesis 50:20 Joseph was speaking to his brothers and said, "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." As you reflect back over your life, what is something that was painful, bad, and maybe even evil that God in His sovereignty used for good?

Psalm 34:18 (NLT) says The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
he rescues those who are crushed in spirit.

Part of our job as the body of Christ is to come alongside those who are suffering and be a support and encouragement to them.

How can we do that practically? What are some things we should do and shouldn’t do when trying to love those walking through suffering?

To see how we are to support those who are struggling look up some the “one another” verses in the Bible.

Remembering the racquetball illustration from the weekend, have you ever measured yourself or your ability without an accurate “benchmark”?  Please share.

2. Read Leviticus 11:45, Matthew 5:48, Romans 3:10-12, 23. Share how you overrated your goodness (past or present) before a Holy God.  How have you seen this done by others?  When did you realize your own “goodness” fell far short of God’s standard for perfection?

Read Habakkuk 1:13 and Romans 6:23. Share how you underestimated the seriousness of your sin (past or present) before a Holy God. How have you seen this done by others?

Read 2 Corinthians 5:21. Then discuss John Piper’s quote: If God were not just, there would be no demand for his Son to suffer and die.  And if God were not loving, there would be no willingness for his Son to suffer and die.  But God is both just and loving. Therefore his love is willing to meet the demands of his justice.

     How does the truth of this verse/doctrine impact your heart or mind?

Read Colossians 2:13-14. What Jesus did on the cross canceled your sin record.  When did you recognize Jesus was the solution to your problem? Share when you “signed up” or “resigned up” with Jesus.   What was your biggest take away this weekend?

Pray for people you know and love who haven’t recognized that they are in trouble and that the Good News is Jesus!

Share a time that you accepted a dare. How did it turn out?

One definition of the word “dare” is “to challenge or provoke a person into a demonstration of courage”. How can your Journey Group “challenge and provoke each other to demonstrations of courage” for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven?

What do you find to be the hardest areas of your life to surrender to God? Why?

Read Matthew 16:24 – What does it mean to practically live this out in your life?

Read Matthew 13:44-46. How can we deepen our understanding of and appreciation for how truly priceless the Kingdom of Heaven is?

Pray for each other concerning things in your lives that you need to surrender.

God is a Heart God, what does this mean?
The heart is the temple of the Spirit of God.

The Heart is the Observation Point of God 1Sa 16:7 NKJV - 7 But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For [the LORD does] not [see] as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

Why is this important?
Because God is looking for our faith in His word and not our performance. You cannot earn His love, His love is to be received by faith.

How Does Faith Work? Galatians 5:6 Amplified Bible For [if we are] in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but only faith activated and expressed and working through love. Love is the manifestation of Faith.

Love Is the Indefensible Strategy of Heaven, 1Co 13:8 NKJV - 8 Love never fails. But whether [there are] prophecies, they will fail; whether [there are] tongues, they will cease; whether [there is] knowledge, it will vanish away. “Love never fails”

1Co 13:13 NKJV 13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these [is] love. Somebody Invites Somebody To Church. Is this something that you do?

If not, why?

Close your group time together in prayer for what you have just discussed.