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A New Commandment

Getting to Know You:
• What’s the wackiest valentines thing (gift, card, date) you’ve ever given or received?
• Other than God and your family, what would you say you love the most?

Going Deeper:
• Read John 13:1-16 and discuss the following about the connection between love & service.
o What does vs.15-17 tell us is the reason why Jesus washed feet?
o Vs.11 tells us Jesus loved those who betray him by serving them. How might we manage to do that as well?

• Read John 15:9-17 and answer the following:
o According to vs.13 how deeply are we to love each other?
o What are the indications that we love God in these verses?

• Read 1 John 2:7-11, 3:10-12, 4:7-10, 20-21
o How do we show we love God according to these verses?
o What if we don’t love other Christians?
o List some ways you can practically loveothers.

• Read John 13:36-38
o What was Peter willing to do to show his love for Jesus?
o What does vs.36 mean when Jesus says “you can’t follow now, but later you will?”

Spend time washing each other’s feet in group in an act of serving and loving each other.

Taking it Home:
• Take the list you made at group and put at least one of these things into action this week.
• Spend some time praying through church prayer needs with your family. It’s much easier to love people when you pray for them

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A New Covenant

Getting to Know You:
• What comes to mind when you hear the word covenant?

• Participate in a time of communion with your group this week with the leader serving those in your group.

Going Deeper:
• Discuss the difference between a contract and a covenant.

• How frequently do you think the Lord’s Supper or communion be observed? Look up Luke 22:19 and Acts 20:7 to help you answer.

• Read Exodus 24:1-8. What’s the difference between Mosaic covenant and the new covenant according to these verses? Notice vs.2, and 5-8 in particular.
o Why is blood so much a part of covenants in the bible?

• Look up Hebrews 9:15 and think through what it means for Christ to be the mediator of the new covenant.

• Look up Eph.1:13.
o What is one of the Holy Spirits job according to this verse?
o When does the Holy Spirit take up residence in our lives?
o What’s the connection between the Spirit of God and the New Covenant?

Taking it Home:
• Discuss at home the significnace of communion with your family. Why we do it regularly. Use Luke 22:19 to help your discussion. Consider having a time of communion with your family.

• Read 1 Cor.11:27-31 and spend time examining yourself before the Lord.

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A New Song

Getting to Know You:
– What’s your favourite style of music?
–  Do you prefer older or newer songs?

Going Deeper:
– Discuss the following statement: A Spirit filled person is a singing person.
   -> Look up Eph.5:17‐20 to help you answer this question.
   -> What do spirit filled people do according to vs.19?
   -> What does that mean for those who call themselves followers of Jesus but don’t sing for reasons other than medical?
– Look up Revelation 5:9‐14 and describe the worship that John saw in heaven.
– Look up Ps.40:3, Ps.96:1, Ps.144:9, Isa.42:10 and talk about why new songs seem to be so important in our worship of God.
– Read Psalm 98:9 and talk about what Jesus comes to judge.
   -> Judgment in this case means Jesus will obtain and maintain justice and proper order.
   -> How is this different than the way we normally view judgment?
– Look up Luke 19:20 and view it in light of Psalm 98:7‐9. What will happen if we choose not to sing?

Taking it Home:
– Memorize Psalm 59:16‐‐ But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.
– Take a moment this week to listen to the song of creation and then join them in singing!

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New Mercies

Getting to Know You:
– Talk about the hardest time you’ve faced in your life and how God’s mercies impacted you during that time.

Going Deeper:
– Look up Isaiah 30:18, Exodus 34:6‐7, Jonah 4:2
o Discuss God’s steadfast love or Hesed according to these verses. How does his Hesed cause God to act.
o How should we act knowing what God has shown to us?

– Read Lam.3:19‐21
o How does remembering what you’ve been through and remembering who God is help bring you through times of misery?
o The word remember in vs.19‐20 means to name or call out. How can naming or calling out your misery to God help?
o How does knowing God cares for and hears us in our misery give us hope?

– Read Lam.3:23
o Talk about how you’ve seen God’s faithfulness in your life.
o Discuss the statement “judgment for sin as promised proves God’s faithfulness.”

– Read Deut.28 if you want more info on blessing and cursing of covenant between Israel and God.

– Read Lam.3:25‐30.
o Who is the Lord good to and why?
o Why is it good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord?

Taking it Home:
– Spend some quiet time this week reflecting on God’s goodness in your life.
– Ask God to give you an opportunity to show his Hesed to someone this week.

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A New Self

Getting to Know You:
• What was the best gift you received this Christmas?
• What was the worst gift you ever received?

Going Deeper:
• According to Col.3:1-2 we are called to set our hearts and minds on things above. To set means to seek or pursue after something. How might we seek things that are above and what are the things above that we are to set our minds and hearts on?
• Col.3:5 calls us to put to death a list of 5 things. Discuss what each of the things on this list refer to and talk about why these things are considered “earthly”?
• Look up Eph.4:23-24 and Romans 12:2 and talk about what it means to be renewed.
• What are we to put on according to Col.3:12-15? How are we to forgive one another according to vs.13? Discuss what it means to forgive like God has forgiven us.
• Vs.14 says the most important thing to put on is love. Why is this the most important? How do we let forgiveness, love and peace develop in our lives according to vs.17. What does that look like in your life?

Taking it Home:
• Take a look at the 2 lists of things to take off and put on in Col.3:5-9 and 3:12-15. Determine which of the things you need to put off and on and make a plan on how to do both this week.
• Ask someone close to you what you need to take off the most

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New Year, New You Part 1

Getting to Know you:
• What was the highlight of your Christmas break?
• What, if any, is your new years resolution? How likey do you think you are to following through on it?

Going Deeper:
• Read 2 Corinthians 5: 15-21
o Briefly summarize what the text is saying.
o something that stand out to
• What do you think it means to be made righteous? What are the noticeable signs in your life that you have been made righteous?
• In what way is the “old you” different than the “new you” after you decided to follow Jesus?
• In what ways has the way you see others changed since you have become a new creation?
• What does it mean to live your life for Jesus, instead of for yourself?

Taking it Home:
• What does being a reconcilor and an ambassador mean for you practically in your life today?

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My Pet Sin Pride

Getting to Know You:
• What’s your favourite type of pie?
• What made you happy this week?

Going Deeper:
• Why are we often tempted to put ourselves first? Why is it difficult to believe that by putting myself low, I will be exalted according to vs.11?
• Discuss some practical ways to put ourselves last instead of first?
• Is it alright to serve with a motivation for reward? See Luke 14:12-14, Matt.6:1-4, Matt.6:19-21, 1 Tim.6:17-19 to assist you.
• Read James 4:6-10
o Why does God actively oppose the proud?
o How does this make you feel?
o According to these verses, how should we “humble yourselves before the Lord.”
o What does it mean that if we humble ourselves “he will lift you up”?
• Read Psalm 10:1-11 .
o According to vs.3-4, 6 & 10 What type of attitude typifies the proud?
o Why does the proud person have “no room for God”?
o How does the proud person live?
o According to vs.12-18 what is the end result of the proud?
o Is there any hope for the proud?

Taking it Home:
• Plan as a family how to let your humility lead you to generosity. Come up with some ideas to be generous then implement them.
• Make the following prayer a part of your daily routine: Lord keep me humble.

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My Pet Sin Worry

Getting to Know you:

  • What is your greatest fear?
  • What’s your favourite book of the Bible?

Going Deeper:

  • Read Phil.4:8 and discuss the following:
    • What should we focus on instead of worry?
    • What makes it difficult to focus on these things?
    • How have you practically focussed on these things?
  • Read Matt.6:19-34. What truths can you identity as being vital for ridding ourselves of anxiety?
  • Twice we are commanded to rejoice in Phil.4:4. What’s a good biblical definition of rejoice?  Is it more a feeling or decision of the will?  How might you cultivate joy in your life?
  • How does God’s peace guard our hearts and minds according to Phil.4:7? How does it make you feel knowing the God of peace will be with you?
  • Read 1 Peter 5:7.
    • How might we cast our anxiety on the Lord?
    • What are some ways you’ve personally seen God caring for you?

Taking it Home:

  • Make a list of the things you worry about most and start praying and petitioning and requesting with thanks to God to have you give them over to him.
  • Spend time this week committing Phil.4:6-7 to memory and come prepared to recite it next week.
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My Pet Sin Lust

Getting to Know You:
-Word Association: When you hear the word Community, what comes to mind?
-What’s the best vacation you’ve ever been on? Or if you could go anywhere where would you go?

Going Deeper:
-Go over the 10 commandments actions you learned on Sunday.
-Look up Prov.6:20‐29.
Who is teaching who in these verses?
What does vs.26‐29 say are some of the consequences of lust?
What in these verses keeps one from adultery?

-Look up James 1:13‐15
Where does lust come from?
What’s the end result of lust?

-Look up 1 John 2:15‐17.
Where does lust come from?
What will happen with lust eventually?
What’s wrong with “just looking” according to these verses?

-What did you learn from Andrew Abbott’s story of freedom from lust and porn on Sunday?

Taking it Home:
-Gear up for the battle by choosing a fight verse to memorize this week. Some suggestions:
Eph.5:3, Job.31:1, I Thess.4:3‐4, 2 Cor.10:5

-Protect yourself and your family by going to www.timchallies.com and read and implement the porn free family.
-Ensure you’re no getting porn for your children this year for Christmas by protecting them from their devices.

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Building Your Life on a Solid Foundation

Getting to Know you:
➢ If they made a movie of your life, what would it be about, and which actor would you want to play you?
➢ If you could be anybody besides yourself, you would be.

Going Deeper:

Read the following passages from the Sermon on the Mount and discuss a few of the following attitudes and behaviours mean when building the Strong Foundation of a Spiritual Christian Life;

Taking it Home:

Salvation is by faith alone in Jesus Christ, but obedience to Jesus’ teaching is vitally important to further the work of the kingdom. Jesus teaching in the Sermon on the Mount was intended to be obeyed. You will not be rewarded in heaven for what you heard and believed, only for what you did in obedience to Christ. One of our former pastors used to speak of God’s coming question for each of us on Judgment Day; “What did you do with my Son Jesus?”

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