Q: How rich are you?

Sermon in a Sentence: I will not trust in riches but in Him who richly provides.

1 Timothy 6:17a NIV

Arrogant: Having an inflated sense of self-worth.

How to be good at being rich:

  • Our -worth is not our net worth.

1 Samuel 16:7 NLT

  • Putting our  in who, not in what.

1 Timothy 6:17b NIV; 2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV

  • It’s not how much you have but what you do with what you have.

1 Timothy 6:18 NIV; Luke 12:16-21 NIV; 1 Timothy 6:19 NIV

  • Once , we became rich at Christ’s expense, funding us to do good.

Ephesians 2:3-10 NIV

Q: How are you going to spend your life?

 


Theme: Flourish Yet Foolish

Reflect Together:

What impacted you the most from Sunday’s message?

Share Together:

What did you like to collect as a kid? Do you still have the collection?

Read Together:

Luke 12:13-21

Discuss Together:

  • In response to the man’s pleas, Jesus tells a parable. What is the rich man’s problem and His solution? Why does Jesus call him a fool?
  • Is there an example in your life that you have done the same thing as this man?
  • How has our culture, through the use of marketing, caused FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) to create “all kinds of greed” (verse 15)? What are examples of “all kinds of greed” that you can see today?
  • What are the consequences to us and those who are affected when we have made life about the “abundance of possessions”?
  • Why is verse 18 so tempting when we find comfortability that becomes our detriment?
  • What must change individually or collectively to become as Jesus says, “rich toward God”? What could this do to the community we are trying to reach?
  • How do you need to trust God when it comes to giving rather than acquiring? What specific prayer can you give?

Pray Together:

Take time to share how God is answering prayer, and pray over the needs in your group.

Mark 12:29-31 NLT

Today’s Truth: Open hands, open hearts.

Mark 10:17-21a NIV

Q: When Jesus looks at you, what do you think He sees?

Mark 10:21b NIV

Q: What is the one thing you lack?

⇒ The greatest way to loosen the grip of our greedy hearts is to .

Philippians 4:19 NIV; Mark 10:22 NIV

⇒ The greatest gift of generosity ever given was by God through the joy of .

Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV

Q: Who or what are you tight-gripping today that you need to hold with open hands?

 


Theme: Impossible Possible

Reflect Together:

What impacted you the most from Sunday’s message?

Share Together:

What is something you’ve had a tough time giving away, giving up, or getting rid of? (a childhood toy, a certain piece of clothing, job, hobby etc.)

Read Together:

Mark 10:17-27

Discuss Together:

  • What does Jesus tell this rich young leader to do, and why?
  • What do you think was Jesus’ motive in giving him such an extreme challenge to follow Him?
  • What was the man’s response, and how did the disciples react?
  • What do you think Jesus meant when he said it’s hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God?
  • What has been your “one thing” you lacked? In what way have you overcome this hurdle in order to fully follow Jesus, or if you’re not there yet, what will it take to get you there?
  • What does Jesus say is impossible but with God all things are possible?
  • When has there been a time in your life that God made the impossible possible?

Pray Together:

Take time to share how God is answering prayer, and pray over the needs in your group.

Acts 26:1-7 NLT

Today’s Truth: People of hope trust that God is always good on His promises.

Acts 26:8-14 NLT

⇒ People of hope realize and are ready for .

Acts 26:15 NLT

⇒ People of hope had an with Jesus.

Acts 26:16-18 NLT

⇒ People of hope have and persuasion.

Acts 26:22-29

Question: If you were on trial, would there be enough hope to convict you?

1 Peter 3:15 NIV

 


Unstoppable Growth Guides

During this season of exploring the book of Acts, we will be following along together in our Unstoppable Growth Guide in order to build a habit of reading scripture and to introduce you to spiritual practices that will help you connect with God in meaningful ways. The weekly group discussion questions can be found at our website:
ctk.church/NorthBay/Unstoppable

Theme: Incriminating Hope

Reflect Together:

What impacted you the most from last week’s reading, and what did you express in your Unstoppable Growth Guide and last Sunday’s gathering?

Share Together:

When has someone done something nice for you anonymously? What did they do, how did you feel and did you ever find out who it was?

Read Together:

Acts 26:1-32

Discuss Together:

Get the discussion questions for this week at
ctk.church/NorthBay/Unstoppable

Pray Together:

Take time to share how God is answering prayer, and pray over the needs in your group.

Luke 24:1-12 NIV; 1 Corinthians 15:13-14 NLT

The Resurrection reminds us that…

is restored.

Question: What is the greatest need in our world today?

Luke 24:5-6,8 NIV; John 20:16b NLT; Romans 15:13 NIV

is possible.

John 20:19-22 NLT

is available.

Romans 8:11 NIV

is accessible.

John 11:25-27 NIV

Question: Do you believe and desire to experience a resurrecting life?

 


Theme: Resurrecting Life

Share Together:

What is your first and favorite Easter tradition or memory?

Reflect Together:

What impacted you the most from Easter Sunday’s message?

Read Together:

Luke 23:50-24:12

Discuss Together:

  • What was the women’s role in coming to the tomb of Jesus that morning?

  • As you reflect on their reaction, how would you have felt when you saw the tomb was empty?

  • What do you find significant about the angel’s question, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” Why did they need to be reminded of Jesus’ words? Why do we do this during the “dead” times of our lives?

  • Why do you think the rest of the disciples reacted in doubt when told the tomb was empty? How would you identify with the disciples’ doubts about the resurrection?

Read Together:

Luke 24:36-39

Discuss Together:

  • Why was it so important that Jesus revealed himself in such an up-close and personal way as he did to the disciples? What would you have felt or thought if you were there?

  • Why was the event of the resurrection so significant for the disciples as they formed the early church? Why could it not have survived until today, or even through the first century, without the eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ resurrection?

Read Together:

1 Corinthians 15:13-14

Discuss Together:

  • How is our faith in vain if there was no resurrection?

  • What does it mean to live a resurrecting life? In what ways can we experience this personally?

Pray Together:

What do you need resurrected in your life that you could use prayer for? Share other needs as well as updates and answers to prayer.

Question: If you were making a farewell speech, what would you include?

Acts 20:18-19 ESV

⇒ I direct peoples’ toward Jesus, not me.

A humble and weak person will show a crucified savior better to a listener than a polished, pulled-together expert, because that’s how it happened for us; we weren’t saved by pulling ourselves together, but by admitting we were sinners and calling on the one who was pulled apart for us.
-Tim Keller

Acts 20:20 ESV

⇒ I didn’t hold back my to know the truth.

Acts 13:36a ESV; Acts 20:24 ESV

⇒ I have finished .

Galatians 5:7 NIV; Acts 20:28 ESV

⇒ I have invested in God’s community.

Acts 20:29-31a ESV; Acts 20:33-35 ESV

⇒ I gave I took.

Question: Will you be a giver rather than a taker?

Acts 20:36-38 ESV

Question: Are you living for what really matters?

 


Unstoppable Growth Guides

During this season of exploring the book of Acts, we will be following along together in our Unstoppable Growth Guide in order to build a habit of reading scripture and to introduce you to spiritual practices that will help you connect with God in meaningful ways. The weekly group discussion questions can be found at our website:
ctk.church/NorthBay/Unstoppable

Theme: The Power of Parting Words

Reflect Together:

What impacted you the most from last week’s reading, and what did you express in your Unstoppable Growth Guide and last Sunday’s gathering?

Share Together:

If you could put one phrase on your gravestone that reflected what you would want people to remember you by, what would it be?

Read Together:

Acts 20:17-38

Discuss Together:

Get the discussion questions for this week at
ctk.church/NorthBay/Unstoppable

Pray Together:

Take time to share how God is answering prayer, and pray over the needs in your group.

Acts 17:16 ESV

Acts 17:18-22 ESV

I am not discouraged. For one reason, the original version of our faith was extraordinarily robust. Once upon a time our faith was stronger than Roman steel and tougher than Roman nails.”
-Andy Stanley

Today’s Truth: Meet people where they’re at, and let God lead you to where He wants them to be.

Acts 17:22-34 ESV

1 Corinthians 9:19-23 ESV

1 Peter 3:15 NIV

Question: What is the faith of the next generation worth?

 


Unstoppable Growth Guides

During this season of exploring the book of Acts, we will be following along together in our Unstoppable Growth Guide in order to build a habit of reading scripture and to introduce you to spiritual practices that will help you connect with God in meaningful ways. The weekly group discussion questions can be found at our website:
ctk.church/NorthBay/Unstoppable

Theme: Making the Unknown Known

Reflect Together:

What impacted you the most from last week’s reading, and what did you express in your Unstoppable Growth Guide and last Sunday’s gathering?

Share Together:

If someone made a statue of you, what do you think the pose would look like, and what would be the inspiration?

Read Together:

Acts 17:16-34

Discuss Together:

Get the discussion questions for this week at
ctk.church/NorthBay/Unstoppable

Pray Together:

Take time to share how God is answering prayer, and pray over the needs in your group.

Acts 15:36-41 ESV

Today’s Truth: Living in the messy middle is God’s will.

⇒ Arguments are inevitable, but division is a .

⇒ Disagreement can lead to separate directions, but it doesn’t have to the relationship.

Acts 15:39-41 NIV

⇒ Time and trust can allow for a new .

⇒ Be people of peace when at all , no matter the price.

Acts 15:40 NIV; Romans 12:18 NIV

Question: How will you move to the messy middle this week?

2 Corinthians 5:18:21 NIV


Unstoppable Growth Guides

During this season of exploring the book of Acts, we will be following along together in our Unstoppable Growth Guide in order to build a habit of reading scripture and to introduce you to spiritual practices that will help you connect with God in meaningful ways. The weekly group discussion questions can be found at our website:
ctk.church/NorthBay/Unstoppable

Theme: When Godly People Disagree

Reflect Together:

What impacted you the most from last week’s reading, and what did you express in your Unstoppable Growth Guide and last Sunday’s gathering?

Share Together:

What way do you tend to lean, being a “Messy Marvin” or a “Neat Freak”? How have you found this to be true?

Read Together:

Acts 15:36-41

Discuss Together:

Get the discussion questions for this week at
ctk.church/NorthBay/Unstoppable

Pray Together:

Take time to share how God is answering prayer, and pray over the needs in your group.

Acts 11:1-18 ESV

Church for everybody means…

⇒ Moving from preservation to .

Ephesians 4:12 NIV

⇒ The foot of the cross is for everyone.

Acts 11:17 NIV

⇒ As the message never changes, the must continue to change.

To reach people no one else is reaching you’ll have to do things no one else is doing.”
-Craig Groeschel

⇒ Relationship is a river that leads to that ends in life.

Acts 11:18 ESV

Question: Are you on the way or in the way?


Unstoppable Growth Guides

During this season of exploring the book of Acts, we will be following along together in our Unstoppable Growth Guide in order to build a habit of reading scripture and to introduce you to spiritual practices that will help you connect with God in meaningful ways. The weekly group discussion questions can be found at our website:
ctk.church/NorthBay/Unstoppable

Theme: Jesus is Not Just For You

Reflect Together:

What impacted you the most from last week’s reading, and what did you express in your Unstoppable Growth Guide and last Sunday’s gathering?

Share Together:

When have you had a tough time breaking into or being accepted by a new group? Why was it so hard?

Read Together:

Acts 11:1-18 (break up reading based on discussion questions)

Discuss Together:

Get the discussion questions for this week at
ctk.church/NorthBay/Unstoppable

Pray Together:

Take time to share how God is answering prayer, and pray over the needs in your group.

Today’s Truth: The voice we believe reveals the view we see.

Acts 8:1-3 NLT; Acts 9:1-2 NLT

Question: Where are you heading down the road of life right now?

Acts 9:3-4 NLT

Question: Where have you been blinded by your own ambition?

When we embrace the voice of God to change our view:

⇒ It our motives.

Acts 26:13-14 NIV

⇒ It our beliefs.

Acts 9:5-6 NLT; Revelation 3:20 NLT

⇒ It our direction.

Acts 9:10-16 NLT; 1 Peter 2:9 NIV; Acts 9:17-19 NLT;
Acts 21:21 NLT; Acts 26:17-18 NLT; Acts 9:19-21 NLT 

Question: Is the voice you are hearing the direction you need to go?


Unstoppable Growth Guides

During this season of exploring the book of Acts, we will be following along together in our Unstoppable Growth Guide in order to build a habit of reading scripture and to introduce you to spiritual practices that will help you connect with God in meaningful ways. The weekly group discussion questions can be found at our website:
ctk.church/NorthBay/Unstoppable

Theme: Blinded By The Light

Reflect Together:

What impacted you the most from last week’s reading, and what did you express in your Unstoppable Growth Guide and last Sunday’s gathering?

Share Together:

When have you had to make a detour while traveling via car or air? What happened, and what was the outcome?

Read Together:

Acts 9:1-22 (break up reading based on discussion questions)

Discuss Together:

Get the discussion questions for this week at
ctk.church/NorthBay/Unstoppable

Pray Together:

Take time to share how God is answering prayer, and pray over the needs in your group.

Acts 4:13; Acts 5:40-42; Acts 6:1-4

diakonéo (διακονέω) – “to serve”

⇒ Be full of the Spirit in your .

“I can do what you cannot do, and you can do what I cannot do. Together we can do great things.” 
-Mother Teresa

Acts 6:7-8; Acts 7:54-8:1a

⇒ Sacrifice always means more than what we up for.

Luke 9:23-24; Acts 8:1b

diasporá (διασπορά) – “scattered”

Acts 8:14-17

⇒ God uses the pressures we face to us to further His mission.

Question: How will you step out of your indifference to serve, sacrifice, and be sent on His mission this week?


Unstoppable Growth Guides

During this season of exploring the book of Acts, we will be following along together in our Unstoppable Growth Guide in order to build a habit of reading scripture and to introduce you to spiritual practices that will help you connect with God in meaningful ways. The weekly group discussion questions can be found at our website:
ctk.church/NorthBay/Unstoppable

Theme: Adulting in our Faith

Reflect Together:

What impacted you the most from last week’s reading, and what did you express in your Unstoppable Growth Guide and last Sunday’s gathering?

Share Together:

When did you first move out of your childhood home, and what was the biggest surprise from living on your own?

Read Together:

Acts 6:1-7

Discuss Together:

Get the discussion questions for this week at
ctk.church/NorthBay/Unstoppable

Pray Together:

Take time to share how God is answering prayer, and pray over the needs in your group.