City Groups Fall '18 - Week 2

City Groups Fall '18 - Week 2

 

In Week 2, we come to the end of the Grown Folks series, we encounter a topic that in many ways every other discipline ready’s us for: the task of being sent into the world to find others. These others are like we once also were, lost. They are separated from Our Creator, and just like we once were, condemned. Probably the greatest news of all, is that not only did Jesus die to save us from being condemned for our sin, but he also showed us what it means to reach others in his name. The task is simple.

For our hearts to truly be like Jesus, we also must to our eyes to there people around us, and with a willingness to sacrifice everything, just ask our savior Jesus Christ did for us.

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City Groups Fall '18 - Week 1

City Groups Fall '18 - Week 1

 

Welcome back City Group Leaders! We hope you had a great August break. We're excited to get groups kicked off for the Fall.

This week's discussion focuses on the importance of sound doctrine for the believer. Our lives, and those of the members in your groups, are filled with many different doctrines vying for attention. With this in mind, Paul calls Timothy to "pay close attention to your life and your teaching." In his sermon, Pastor Dean showed us that maturing christians are anchored in sound doctrine. As we get things kicked off this Fall, let's call our group members to live lives that are devoted to, delight in, and defend right teaching.

 

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City Groups Summer '18 - Week 9

City Groups Summer '18 - Week 9

 

Hello City Group Leaders! We are on Week 9, our last week of summer City Groups. We will take a break in August, learn together at our next Leader Training (8/26) and begin meeting again the week of Sept. 9. 

Psalm 123 begins and ends with our focus on God. He is our source of approval, satisfaction, joy; He is our contentment. Whenever those around us chide us, or mock us, we know that it is God in whom we are satisfied. So be bold with the Gospel, and lead your group members towards a greater reliance on God and His mercy. Fully depending on God, glorifies Him!

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City Groups Summer '18 - Week 8

City Groups Summer '18 - Week 8

 

"His praise endures forever"- Welcome to week 8! Psalm 111 is a song of praise inspired by our awesome God. His works are great, powerful, wondrous, remembered, just, faithful, and enduring. These are more than just words, they are a reality that our hearts and minds sometimes struggle to understand. This is the purpose of praise.  We praise to remember, we remember to praise. We worship because of Who God is and we praise the LORD so that our “whole heart” might by full of God's joy forever. 

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City Groups Summer '18 - Week 7

City Groups Summer '18 - Week 7

 

Welcome City Group Leaders to Week 7 and Psalm 100. We all know what to do if your team wins… you shout and sing! Psalm 100 is a focused and encouraging a joyful song to the one most worthy of our highest praise. It is an uplifting praise to God, for the fact that he has made us His people, and that God’s love (unlike the love of this world) endures forever.

Encourage your group in the face of a troubled world to the delight of the praises of the Lord, and if you feel up to it this week, perhaps even sing them! ;)

 

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City Groups Summer '18 - Week 6

City Groups Summer '18 - Week 6

 

Welcome City Group Leaders to Week 6. Psalm 73 reflects upon the struggle of temptation. It peers within at the easy and slippery path of jealousy and doubt during troubled times; a path that tries to lead us away from what God has laid before us. Let us encourage and remind one another to cling to God as our refuge and salvation no matter what the circumstances.  

PS. Don't forget to show your city group Dean's baptism video during the announcements section of your meeting time. :)

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City Groups Summer '18 - Week 5

City Groups Summer '18 - Week 5

 

It is July! Welcome back Group leaders to Week 5. Psalm 51 is one of the most gut wrenching, raw, passages in the Bible. Having come face to face with his transgressions and hypocrisy, David makes a public plea and apology directly to God for His mercy. We talk about repentance of sin in our lives, but it's easy to gloss over the remorse and seriousness of sin. What an amazing reminder and example of how we should react to sin in our lives.

 

 

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City Groups Summer '18 - Week 4

City Groups Summer '18 - Week 4

Welcome back to Psalm 49 City Group Leaders! This Psalm presents a very clear distinction between two kinds of people. One is wise and ransomed by God. The other is foolish and stands condemned. One trusts in God to redeem them, while the other trusts in their wealth. No amount of wealth (or human effort) can ransom a human soul from God and we will not be taking any of our wealth with us when we die. Most of us know that. However, the temptation to find meaning and security from our wealth still confronts us daily. Lets reject this foolishness and place our trust fully in Jesus for our ransom, purpose and security in life.

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City Groups Summer '18 - Week 3

City Groups Summer '18 - Week 3

 

Welcome back City Group Leaders! We've made it to week 3 and on to Psalm 23. This is one of the most well known and popular Psalms ever. It's often recited at funerals, by hospital beds and even by 90's rap artist Coolio, in his hit song Gangsta's Paradise. Psalm 23 is also described as the shepherd psalm, as it depicts God as our good Shepherd; safely guiding, protecting and gently caring for His flock.  Guide your city groups through all the ins and outs of this powerful Psalm. Help them see the many ways God shepherds us and especially how this is most clearly seen in Jesus Christ. "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." (John 10:11)

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City Groups Summer '18 - Week 2

City Groups Summer '18 - Week 2

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It's week 3 of City Groups and we are on to Psalm 23! This may be one of the most well known and popular Psalms ever. It's often used at funerals, at hospital bedsides, or even by 90's rapper Coolio, in his hit song Gangsta's Paradise. It's also known as the Shepherd Song as it portrays God as our good Shepherd; gently guiding, protecting and caring for His flock. Guide your city groups through all the ins and outs of this powerful Psalm and help them come to appreciate the shepherd qualities of our great God. 

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City Groups Summer '18 - Week 1

City Groups Summer '18 - Week 1

 

It's our first week of City Groups for the Summer! Welcome back!

We are appropriately kicking off our Summer in the Psalms with Psalm 1. What a great opportunity to help group members learn how to rightly read and apply the Psalms to their everyday lives. Psalm 1, sets the stage for the whole book by contrasting two types of people, who live two different ways and have two different destinies. Help your group see this fork in the road and how the way to flourishing points us to Jesus; 'the way, the truth and the life"...the only way to God. (John 14:6)

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City Groups Update!

Hello Friends!

Here are a few updates:
- Our Summer City Groups will begin meeting June 3rd.
- We will also be having City Group Leader Training on Sat. May 19 from 9-12 at Sessions Campus. 

Finally, please continue reading and encouraging your group members to explore our Mark Devos as Dean continues our Mark series through May. Excited for the break/rest, and excited to get back in the action in June! For the Gospel, and for the City.

City Groups Spring '18 - Week 15

City Groups Spring '18 - Week 15

It's our last week of City Groups for the Spring. Well done group leaders! 

This week we will hear the voice of a blind man calling to Jesus, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" And He did. "Go your way; your faith has made you well." Jesus hears and takes time to heal a blind man in a crowd while leaving Jericho. He stopped and listened to that humble, needy, cry for help. Jesus extends God's love and mercy to the least of these. In the group of people there, it was the blind man that was given his physical sight because of his spiritual sight- his faith in Christ. Unlike the rich young ruler, or James and John previously in Mark chapter 10, blind Bartimaeous was the only one really seeing straight. 

 

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City Groups Spring '18 - Week 14

City Groups Spring '18 - Week 14

We are in Week 14 of our Spring study in Mark! In these passages Jesus illuminates that His (and our) greatest role, is to serve. "Whoever wants to become great among you will be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you will be a slave to all."  What a mind blowing epiphany: the ruler of the universe, the very Word by which all was created, (by far the greatest among us) calls us to follow His example and to serve.

 "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

 

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City Groups Spring '18 - Week 13

City Groups Spring '18 - Week 13

Welcome back City Group Leaders! This week we pick back up with Jesus in Mark 10. He encounters a rich, young man who had everything but eternal life. Jesus pinpoints his idol (money), which is one of the most alluring temptations for all of us. The young man went away sad because he would not give up his precious hard-earned cash.

"For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?" - Mark 8:36

Following Jesus is a full surrender to a conquering king; a non-negotiable deal. Neither that wealthy young man, nor any of us can ever be good enough to earn heaven or bring any terms to the bargaining table. Following Jesus, is a perpetual 'yes' to whatever God would call us to give or do. Challenge your groups to consider what Jesus would have them give up or boldly do to follow Him fully in life. 

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City Groups Spring '18 - Week 12

City Groups Spring '18 - Week 12

This week is little different than normal.

For those of you who canvassed last week, go ahead and lead your group through our Resurrection Discussion Guide & video on this page.  (skipping the announcements section since it will be after Easter when you do it) 

For those of you who already led your group through the Resurrection Discussion Guide before Easter...you get a FUN NIGHT this week! (To be clear, there is no new discussion guide for the week after Easter. We will all catch up this week and get back into Dean's preaching through the Gospel of Mark in April. 

Christ is risen... get ready to celebrate!

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City Groups Spring '18 - Week 11

City Groups Spring '18 - Week 11

Easter-is-a-coming!!! What an exciting week- Prayer @ the Capitol (Monday), Neighborhood Canvassing, Good Friday Service at Ruby Diamond and then Easter at the Civic Center! Our discussion guide this week will focus on the reliability of the resurrection of Christ and His triumph over sin and death. Lets also keep our groups focussed on who they can invite to Easter at the Civic Center (and note that I added a special time of prayer at the end of your guide specifically for you to break up into groups of three and pray for lost friends, family, co-workers and neighbors.). He is risen... get ready to celebrate!

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City Groups Spring '18 - Week 10

City Groups Spring '18 - Week 10

Welcome to Week 10 Group Leaders! Jesus declared, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.” Even that snotty nosed, screaming toddler, demanding to be held by mom or dad? Yes. Observe that simple faith, child-like trust, straightforward speech, black & white thinking and unashamed affection that a child has for their parents. This has Kingdom importance! Children make for an interesting commentary on our own relationship as children of God. Kids are intrinsically valuable to God. This week in City Groups, let Jesus teach us about His Kingdom, by basically sitting a child in the middle of the room. 

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City Groups Spring '18 - Week 9

City Groups Spring '18 - Week 9

We are in Week 9! This week we'll be learning about what Jesus taught on marriage and divorce. These teachings of Jesus are timeless and yet especially needed in today in our confused culture. Jesus makes it clear that we are all to honor marriage. This might be an emotional discussion in your group, for almost everyone has been touched in some form by divorce in their lives. Lead your groups with sensitivity, grace and truth. 

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City Groups Spring '18 - Week 8

City Groups Spring '18 - Week 8

Welcome back City Group Leaders! This week we'll find Jesus using shocking imagery to get his point across to the disciples. Millstones, amputations and hell-fire, oh my! Jesus calls his disciples to purse holiness and repent of sins daily, with 'amputation seriousness'. Oh how we need this teaching more than ever in our southern comfort, grace-abusing, casual-Christianity culture! May the vivid words of Jesus wake us up, and free us to follow Christ in every aspect of life. 

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