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.

Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

When it comes to the seasons of life,
it’s not a question of , it’s a question of .

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
1 There is a time for everything, 
       and a season for every activity under the sun:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
       a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal, 
       a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
       a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
       a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
       a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
       a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
       a time for war and a time for peace.
What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Every season you face, no matter how painful or joyful,
will become beautiful in God’s and .

There is a time to plant and time to uproot.
– Ecclesiastes 3:2b

The Truth of Planting
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. – Galatians 6:7-10

24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. – John 12:24

There is a time to plant and time to uproot.
– Ecclesiastes 3:2b

Four opportunities to uproot:

the soil

The is never released until a .
Therefore, now is the time…

Small Group Questions
  1. Have you ever grown anything? What was it?
  2. Do you have any experience gardening? What is one principle of gardening that has been a life lesson for you?
  3. What are you committed to planting in your soul during this season of life? What are you committed to uprooting from your soul in this season of life?
  4. Read the passage from Galatians 6. How has the truth of this passage shown up in your life both positively and negatively?
  5. Read the last section of the outline about four opportunities to uproot. Which of these four activities are you doing right now in obedience to God’s call in this season of life?
  6. How can we pray for you right now and throughout the week?

 

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.

Brian Behrends, Creative Pastor

 

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure…
but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”
– Francis Chan

Ecclesiastes 1:2-3
“Meaningless! Meaningless!” “
       says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless!
       Everything is meaningless.”
What do people gain from all their labors
       at which they toil under the sun?

Type your own notes below…

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
1 There is a time for everything, 
       and a season for every activity under the sun:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
       a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal, 
       a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
       a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
       a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
       a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
       a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
       a time for war and a time for peace.

Type your own notes below…

John 12:23–27
23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
       27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came…’”

Type your own notes below…

Small Group Questions

  1. What’s something that’s seasonal that you especially love? A holiday? A tradition? A product that’s only available part of the year?
  2. Does the fact that it’s only available for a season make it more meaningful or less meaningful to you?
  3. If life happens in seasons, how would you describe the season that you’re in right now?
  4. What’s your 100-year plan? What do you want your legacy to be? What do you want people to say about you when you’re gone?
  5. What’s a step you can take this week that would put you on that path?
  6. How can we pray for you right now and throughout the week?

 

Wendy Powell, Community Outreach Pastor

John 3:1-8
       Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
       
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.
       4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!
         5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

Luke 11:13
If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! 

  • The good gift given by our heavenly Father is the
  • The Holy Spirit was given to help us to God
  • God, through his Spirit, is always the and we

John 14:16-17; 16:13
16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

  • The Holy Spirit lives in us, helps us hear God, and into all truth
  • The Spirit is among us
  • The Holy Spirit in each of us and in our midst

Ephesians 2:22
In Jesus you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

  • Our spiritual identity is incomplete until we discover in the family of God

1 Peter 4:10 (The Living Bible)
God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help each other, passing on to others God’s many kinds of blessings.

1 Corinthians 12:13
For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

Small Group Questions

  1. What have you been taught about the Holy Spirit?
  2. What questions do you have about the Holy Spirit? Anything in the mystery of God you’re still curious about?
  3. Where do you see evidence of the Holy Spirit in your life and/or in our church?
  4. How do you experience the Holy Spirit? For example, as comforter, guide, teacher, conviction, peace, etc.
  5. How can we pray for you right now and throughout the week?

 

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.

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. – Ephesians 4:3-6

A scripture that takes me back…
For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. – 1 Corinthians 10:1-4

Every story in the Old Testament finds its hope, fulfillment and realization in the of the New Testament.

1 Corinthians 10 takes me back to the beginning of the Old Testament:

God promises to the people of Israel
But I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward they will come out with great possessions. – Genesis 15:14 (English Standard Version)

God delivers the Israelites from  
During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the Lord as you have requested. – Exodus 12:31

God saves the Israelites from a hopeless situation on the coast of the  
Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” – Exodus 14:13

God makes a miraculous way of escape “through
Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. – Exodus 14:21–22

God calls his people to  
And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant. – Exodus 14:31

In the same way for us:

Jesus promises to all who believe
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. – John 8:36

Jesus delivers us from  
I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. – John 8:34
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. – Galatians 5:1

Jesus saves us from a hopeless situation of  
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. – Ephesians 2:4-5

Jesus makes a miraculous way of escape through  
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace. – Ephesians 1:7

Jesus calls us to  
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me. – John 14:1

 

Anything that takes you back can also remind you of .

Small Group Questions

  1. Have you ever escaped from a hopeless situation? What happened?
  2. Do you remember how you first heard the story of the crossing the Red Sea? Children’s book? Movie? Just this week? What’s one takeaway about God, Moses, the people of Israel or yourself?
  3. What does the story of God’s deliverance in Exodus teach us about baptism in 1 Corinthians 10:1-4?
  4. In what areas of your life are you still a slave? Confess and ask God for help.
  5. Have you felt the approval of God this week? How did that happen?
  6. How can we pray for you today and throughout the week?

 

1 Corinthians 15:3-10
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

Jesus appeared to:

  • Peter (Cephas)
  • His twelve closest friends — “The Twelve”
  • 500+ eyewitnesses
  • James
  • All the apostles
  • Thomas

John 20:24–27
24 Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
       But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
       
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

This is why scars matter…
it’s not to remind us of the but of the that only God can accomplish.

John 20:28–29
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
       
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Jesus his scars so that he could yours.

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Small Group Questions

  1. How did you celebrate Easter this year?
  2. Do you have any scars? What’s the story behind one of them?
  3. Read 1 Corinthians 15 out loud. What impacts you about the people Jesus chose to personally see that he was alive?
  4. From your perspective, why do scars matter to Jesus?
  5. Thomas needed proof to believe. What proof did you need to begin following Jesus?
  6. How can we pray for you right now and throughout the week?

 

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.