Happiness=Generosity

   Finding happiness in generosity sounds like a contradictory statement – after all, accumulating stuff makes you feel happy, right? Well, in God’s economy, the more you give, the more you’re blessed, and the happiness that comes from giving is way beyond what comes from getting. 1. Read Luke 6:38 [ESV] “Give, and it will be given to you. […]

Path of Salvation

     The path Jesus took to secure salvation for the world was a costly, painful, difficult one. And yet, it wasn’t “plan B.” God knew from the beginning what it would cost to redeem humanity, and He made us anyway. 1. Read Revelation 13:8 [NKJV] “All who dwell on the earth will worship (the beast), whose names […]

The Kingdom of God

     Jesus talked a lot about God’s “Kingdom.” Over 100 times in the gospels He mentions it, trying to explain it to people whose minds were stuck on a physical kingdom. God’s kingdom isn’t a place, it’s a state of being, where He’s the boss. 1. Read Luke 17:20-21 [MSG] “Jesus, grilled by the Pharisees on […]

Powerful Prayer

    Let’s be honest – sometimes prayer feels like a joy and sometimes it feels like a chore. Sometimes it seems fresh and inspired; other times, it’s as mindless as reciting the pledge of allegiance to open school. When we think about the reality of hell though, our prayer life should become focused, urgent and Spirit-led. […]

Erasing Hell

    Hell is a real place. As Christians, we typically believe in a literal hell, but have the concept pushed so far into the corners of our awareness that it has little to no impact on our lives. If we want to do this God-life the right way, we need to live like there’s a hell to be […]

Big Impact

    We all want to have a big impact for God – to see poverty eradicated, or the lines of racism erased, to see dozens, or even hundreds of people give their lives to Jesus as a result of our service. God wants the big impact, too, but He typically accomplishes it in much subtler ways – […]

Generosity

Adult & Teen Discussion Guide Have you ever received way more than you expected? Whether it was a bigger tax refund, or an unexpected hand from your neighbor hauling bags of mulch, it feels great to be on the receiving end of generosity. It feels great to be on the giving end, too… because generosity is a function […]

It Costs Too Much

Adult & Teen Discussion Guide 1. Primary Statement Have you ever felt the need to do something, but didn’t follow through because the cost was too high? Everything has a cost – whether money, time or energy – and whether something “costs a lot,” or “costs too much” often depends on who’s asking. 2. Bible Verse […]

Faith-Filled Life

  Adult & Teen Discussion Guide 1. Primary Statement As Christians we believe very strongly in God: His goodness, His power, His offer of salvation to the world – but our belief doesn’t become faith until we act on it. If you want to live a faith-filled life, you’ve got to allow what you believe to shape how you […]

Better Together

  Adult & Teen Discussion Guide 1. Bible Verse “A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12, NLT)  2. Application We are better together! The scriptures teach that we are not intended to go through life […]