City Groups December 2017

During the month of December we are celebrating Advent, the anticipated coming of the Promised One. Join us in a daily devotional study, to prepare our hearts for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Encourage your City Group members to go through this Advent Devotional each day leading up to Christmas. Send out thoughts, reflections and encouragement to each other as you go through it together. 

This devotional is meant to be shared with friends and City Group members, but with a special emphasis on families. We want to encourage parents to lead their children through the activities designed for all ages to participate. We are excited to prepare for and celebrate the coming of Christ as a church family.

City Groups Fall '17 - Week 11

City Groups Fall '17 - Week 11

Thanksgiving and Christmas are upon us! What an extraordinary time to celebrate God's generosity towards us by similarly being generous towards others with our time, talents, and treasure. With the Thanksgiving holiday, this will be a busy week for most groups, but try to meet if possible (what a great time for a pot luck or donating a meal). Happy Thanks and Giving.

Resources for this week:

City Groups Fall '17 - Week 10

City Groups Fall '17 - Week 10

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It's amazing to realize that the Bible declares we are ambassadors for Christ. What a thought, what a responsibility!  But this is more than a job or title. It is a lifestyle and a privilege. This week we are studying 2 Corinthians 5:11-6:2 and reflecting on what it means to be on mission as Jesus' representatives in each and every moment. 

Resources for this week:

  • The Radical Question Booklet (Please encourage everyone in your group to read their booklet this week. )
  • DISCUSSION GUIDE: ORDINARY Part 2

City Groups Fall '17 - Week 9

City Groups Fall '17 - Week 9

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Welcome City Group leaders; we are beginning a new sermon series called 'Ordinary'. We will be exploring what it means to live out God's definition of Christianity, even if it differs from the norms of society. This week we look at Romans 12:1 and the ordinary means of worship. What is worship? Is it limited to singing on Sunday morning or is there more?

 

Resources for this week:

  • The Radical Question Booklet (will be handed out this Sunday after each service for everyone. Pick one up and encourage everyone in your group to read their booklet this month. )
  • DISCUSSION GUIDE: ORDINARY Part 1

City Groups Fall '17 - Week 8

City Groups Fall '17 - Week 8

This week we sum up the solas with: To God be the Glory Alone. Soli Deo Gloria is the "end" answer to all questions: Why did God create the earth; Why did Jesus die on the cross to save us from our sins; Why am I going through this hardship; Mommy, why do I have to? In how many ways can we truly apply this sola to our lives, and find comfort & joy in the answer?

Resources for this week:

City Groups Fall '17 - Week 7

City Groups Fall '17 - Week 7

There is no other name under heaven by which we may be saved (Acts 4:12). That's a controversial notion today, but it is foundational to Christianity. It is only through Jesus Christ that anyone will go to heaven. This week, we are examining the Biblical truth that we are saved through Christ alone. Our actions are overridden by His action on the cross. He is the only mediator between God and humanity. Enjoy the video this week!

Jesus paid it all. All to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain. He washed it white as snow.

 

Resources for this week:

  • DISCUSSION GUIDE: Part 5 - CHRIST ALONE
  • VIDEO: Click the above Image to get to our (password protected) site.

City Groups Fall '17 - Week 6

City Groups Fall '17 - Week 6

Welcome back again Group Leaders! This week, we'll be discussing the doctrine of Sola Gratia...Grace Alone. It is a critically important Reformation doctrine because it points to the notion that salvation is only possible because of God's grace alone and that we contributed nothing to our own salvation (other than the sin that made our rescue necessary). This was a major divergence from Roman Catholic thought and was held tightly by reformers like Luther and Calvin. Show your groups the video and lead them in a great discussion on Grace Alone and what it looks for Christians to have lives characterized by grace today.

Resources for this week:

  • DISCUSSION GUIDE: Part 4 - GRACE ALONE
  • VIDEO: Click the above Image to get to our (password protected) site.

City Groups Fall '17 - Week 5

City Groups Fall '17 - Week 5

The New Testament preaches that we need Faith alone to be saved. Luther continually struggled to apply this concept to his life. Yet Jame's writings seemingly challenge this notion stating that Faith without works is dead. How do Faith and works reconcile with each other? 

Resources for this week:

  • DISCUSSION GUIDE: Part 3 - FAITH ALONE
  • VIDEO: Click the above Image to get to our (password protected) site. 

City Groups Fall '17 - Week 4

City Groups Fall '17 - Week 4

The Bible, God's inspired Word, is our final authority. No pope, pastor, TV preacher, church council or creed is on par with Scripture and all of them are measured by it. This idea was foundational to the reformation and is called Sola Scriptura or Scripture Alone. This week we will take a close look the doctrine of Scripture Alone and how it touches every part of our lives.

Resources for this week:

  • DISCUSSION GUIDE: Part 2 - SCRIPTURE ALONE
  • VIDEO: Click the above Image to get to our (password protected) site. 

City Groups Fall '17 - Week 3

City Groups Fall '17 - Week 3

500 years ago Martin Luther took a stand for the Gospel, which reverberates to today. The church of his time had added requirements and entwined its own self-promotion into the doctrine of salvation. It was a hot mess! Luther discovered that the Bible told a different story, refocusing our understanding of the Gospel to come from Scripture alone, Grace alone, Faith alone, Christ alone, and to the Glory of God alone. This week, we will learn about the history of the Reformation and why it matters.

Resources: Below you will find resources for this week: 

City Groups Fall '17 - Week 2

City Groups Fall '17 - Week 2

We will never grow out of the Gospel. By continually returning to it, we find more ways that God reaches and teaches us, while realizing the need to reach others with its truth and joy. This week we are finishing our Deeper sermon series with Luke 24:44-48, the Gospel in Jesus's own words.

NOTE: Next week we begin our Reformation Series!

Resources: Below you will find resources for this week: 

City Groups Fall '17 - Week 1

City Groups Fall '17 - Week 1

Fall City Groups are here! Welcome new faces and catch up with familiar ones. This week we are looking at Luke 24:13-45, Jesus is risen and talking with his disciples. He uses Scripture to demonstrate that the entirety of the Bible points to Him; which is an important aspect of Biblical Theology.

Please stay safe in the oncoming storm and check on each other within the group. Pray for all those affected and look for ways to love your neighbors and have Gospel conversations.

Resources: Below you will find resources for this week: 

City Groups Summer '17 - Week #8

City Groups Summer '17 - Week #8

Welcome back and congrats Group Leaders! You made it to our last week of Summer Groups and our study through "What is the Gospel?" I hope and pray that lives were changed and that there is a new freshness to the Gospel in our hearts. This last week, we will focus on the power of the Gospel. Help your group members identity gospel transformation in their lives and what the Gospel is driving them to do differently from now on. 

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City Groups Summer '17 - Week 7

City Groups Summer '17 - Week 7

Group Leaders, be sure to start your group off with the first video above and then end your group with the video below (Gospel-One-Pager Activity)

Welcome back Group Leaders! This week will be different. We've got two videos for you to show...one by David Platt at the beginning of the group like normal and then a second video at the end followed by an activity you will lead your groups through. (Resultantly, there will be less discussion questions than normal.) 

City Groups Summer '17 - Week 6

City Groups Summer '17 - Week 6

Welcome back Group Leaders! This week, we'll guide our groups through what it means to be in the Kingdom of God and reach the nations with the Gospel. The only way to enter the Kingdom of God is through the blood of the King. Once we enter His Kingdom we become ambassadors of the King; across the street and around the world. Help your group members learn to regularly pray what Jesus taught us in the Lord's Prayer..."Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven."

City Groups Summer '17 -Week 5

City Groups Summer '17 -Week 5

Welcome back to week 5 Group Leaders! We are officially half-way through our summer semester...so way to go and lets keep charging forward. Don't forget to read ch. 5 in your book, which will focus on the right response to the Gospel; Faith & Repentance. They are like two sides of the same coin. As group leaders, you have an opportunity to examine your own hearts regarding ongoing faith & repentance before you lead your group members in great discussion. Take some extra time in personal prayer and reflection this week; asking the Lord to reveal anything you need to repent of or faith that needs to be exercised in your own life.

City Group Summer '17 - Week 4

City Group Summer '17 - Week 4

We are now in week 4, studying Jesus Christ our Savior. Last week ended in "but...," a word that indicates hope. The gospel gives us our hope through Jesus, fully God and fully man. Jesus, the king who suffered our fate in place of us; through whom we have eternal life.

Resources: Below you will find resources for this week: 

City Group Summer '17 - Week 3

City Group Summer '17 - Week 3

It is week 3 of our summer City Groups! This week we are addressing the often uncomfortable topic of sin. If we don't understand and accept the gravity of our sin, we can't comprehend the glory of the good news of the Gospel.

Resources: Below you will find resources for this week: 

City Groups Summer '17 - Week 2

City Groups Summer '17 - Week 2

Welcome to Week 2- "Let me introduce you to god. (Note the lowercase g.)" In these first pages of chapter 2, Gilbert is making a point that the world's definition of God is not ours. God the Creator, God the Holy and Righteous One is the beginning of the Gospel. Good reading and discussion this week! 

Resources: Below you will find resources for this week: 

City Groups Summer '17- Week 1

City Groups Summer '17- Week 1

The Summer is here! And we are kicking off our City Groups summer semester!! This week's chapter will be focusing on the importance of pointing people to the Gospel in Scripture and living gospel-centered. Encourage your group to read or purchase (on Amazon) the book as we go through this study and enjoy welcoming new faces. 

Resources: Below you will find resources for this week: