Community Groups Blog Week of Feb. 18th

Community Groups Blog Week of Feb. 18th

Announcements: 

Women's Ministry: Begins THIS WED. 21st: 10am session (with childcare) & 7pm session in the Multi purpose room. Contact Connie Platon #954-937- 1743 for more info.

Mathetes Summit:  Calling ALL Mathetes- Tues. 27th or Thurs. 1st 7pm (Main Auditorium) 

Our Hearts

Main Text:  Matthew 6:21

Discussion Questions :

(Please feel free to modify questions to accommodate your specific group!) 

  • READ: Matthew 6: 19-21 (Jesus' Words). What strikes you about His teaching here?  

  • "Lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven." What does this command of Jesus mean for our money, our time and our talents?     (Leader see: 1 Cor. 10:31 , Col. 3: 23-24) 

  • What do you treasure? Where (or on what) do you chiefly place your affection and attention?

  • There is a spiritual war going on. What evidences do you have in your own life that this battle is real? 

  • Evil is always working to take ground (in your families/ your life) - to discourage, to destroy. The horrific events of last week demonstrate this hard truth. How do we respond? How should we respond? 

  •  Based on today's scripture, what's the barometer for where your heart is at? In other words, what's the indicator of what we really care about (in this passage)? LEADER: Keep them in this text! 

  • Who are the most vulnerable in our midst? How can we (spiritually) care for those in our city/ community? How does that line up with the mission that we are called to "to make mathetes" , "to love others?" 

  • Consider these questions: Am I playing church? What's at stake with our calling as a follower of Jesus? Why are we here? How does this weeks events remind us of the significance of who we are in Christ and what we have been called to? 

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Community Groups Blog Week of Feb. 11th

Community Groups Blog: Week of Feb. 11th

Announcements: 

BASICS Class: Begins Feb. 18th - 3 Sundays in a row... 9am- 10:15

    • Teaching the foundational elements of the faith!

 

EXTRAVAGANT

Part 1: What Jesus Can Do

Main Text:  Mark 5:1-20

Discussion Questions :

(Please feel free to modify questions to accommodate your specific group!) 

  • Can someone give a recap of the story?

  • What would it have been like to live in that city with that man? What do you think that man was going through?

  • This passage shows the destruction of what evil can do and we see that in our city as well. If Jesus could accomplish a few key things in our city, what would you want them to be?
  • This city asked Jesus to leave, because the cost was too high. What do you think they potentially missed out on?

On Sunday we heard our strategy for how we want to get the power of Jesus flooding through our city. Check out this clip from Sunday...  (Leaders- Please show this short video to entire group. Then discuss the 3 questions that follow it (below)).  

1. Given the three prong strategy that was shared on Sunday, what excites you the most about where God is taking our church next?

2. How do you think this strategy will make an impact on our South Florida community?

3. How does understanding our strategy now motivate you to commit to it (To be ALL In)?

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      Community Groups Blog: Week of Jan. 28th

      Community Groups Bog Jan. 28th, 2018

      Announcements: 

      • Baptism Celebration:  On Feb. 4th we will be celebrating Baptism. 

      • BASICS Class: Begins Feb. 18th - 3 Sundays in a row... 9am- 10:15

        • Teaching the foundational elements of the faith!

       

      FAITH & LOGIC

      Part 4: Why is there Evil?

      Main Text:  Romans 1:28-32

      Discussion Questions :

      (Please feel free to modify questions to accommodate your specific group!) 

      • Where is "Evil" located? Explain how this impacts you, your thoughts, your life. 

      • C.S. Lewis in The Problem of Pain, wrote: "We can, perhaps, conceive of a world in which God corrected the results of this abuse of free will by His creatures at every moment: so that a wooden beam became soft as grass when it was used as a weapon, and the air refused to obey me if I attempted to set up in it the sound waves that carry lies or insults. But such a world would be one in which wrong actions were impossible, and in which, therefore, freedom of the will would be void... That God can and does, on occasions, modify the behavior of matter and produce what we call miracles, is part of Christian faith; but the very conception of a common, and therefore stable, world, demands that these occasions should be extremely rare." - How does this statement by CS Lewis help you understand why God allows what humanity may see as "bad, wrong, evil" to occur in our own lives? 

      • Epicurus, the Greek philosopher, has attempted to cause Christians a logical dilemma with the God of the Bible. His logical argument goes like this: 

        • If God is willing to prevent evil but is not able to - then He is NOT omnipotent. 

        • If God is able too, but NOT willing -  then He is malevolent.

        • If He is both able too and willing too, then where does evil come from? 

        • If He is neither able too or willing too, then why call Him God? 

          • How would you respond to this logical argument against the God of the Bible? 

      • Pastor Justin spoke about how it is possible for each of us to have HOPE that leaves us with joy even in the midst of difficulty and distress. Can you name the 3 areas and explain how they give us hope? 

        • LEADERS: 1. God is actively removing ALL evil and restoring His creation. (Rev. 21:1-5)

        • 2. God has invited YOU into His family! (John 1:12, Rom. 8:15, Eph. 1:5)

        • 3. God understands YOUR suffering! (Matt. 11:28, John 16:33

      • How do we serve or help one another (in a community group) as others in the group are going through difficult times? What could that look like?  

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      Community Groups Blog Week of Jan. 21st

      * Announcements: 

      • Baptism Celebration:  On Feb. 4th we will be celebrating Baptism. 

        • Adult Class: Jan. 28th , 9:15 in Multipurpose room

        • Kids class: Jan. 28th , 1:15 in the Yard. 

      • Next Steps Class: Jan. 28th at 12noon in the multipurpose room

       

      Hi Leaders, 

      I'm excited as we begin this new Community Group quarter. I am so grateful for your leadership and enthusiasm as we serve to make Mathetes! As you review the blog you may notice some changes.  We are streamlining this blog and some other processes in order to maximize our efforts for vibrant and effective group life. 

      So this week, let's start with this question: "Tell us about your Baptism experience."

      Refrain from doing the "High/ Low" segment. Don't get into any sermon questions until after you have gone around your group and heard their Baptism stories! Perhaps start with your own Baptism story! Let them share their stories... and for those that don't have one encourage them to consider engaging this public display of their faith (if they are Believers). 

      The idea is to encourage any who need this as a next step and to spotlight our Baptism celebration on Feb. 4th and share its significance.

      Thanks so much. Pastor Frank   

      FAITH & LOGIC

      Part 3: Inside Out?

      Main Text: Romans 1:21-23

      Discussion Questions :

      (Please feel free to modify questions to accommodate your specific group!) 

      1.  Paul is speaking to all of humanity in this text ("They") ... What does he say about us: our thoughts, our hearts, our character? 

      2. There are many examples where the culture around us declares where to find truth: "Follow YOUR dreams," "Follow YOUR heart," "Be true to YOURSELF." But, as you reflect on God's word, what do we begin to discern is happening here? 

      3. What is the problem with TRUTH being INSIDE you? How does the Bible confront this? (See: Jeremiah 17:9)

      4. If our (humanities) hearts are dark (sick), what must happen to our hearts to reshape them? What do we need?  ( See: Ezekiel 36:26, Psalm 51:10, Romans 12:2 , Romans 5:1, 5:8-9)

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      Community Groups Blog, Week of November 12, 2017

      * Announcements: 

       

      • Community Groups end November 18 as we take a break for Thanksgiving and Christmas season. Groups launch again on Jan. 21st, 2018. 

      • Leader: Please remind your groups that you will be staying in touch with them over the break. I encourage you to plan a Christmas get together - so communicate details to them as soon as you can.  

      Upside Down

      Week 8: Love

      Main Text: 1 Thessalonians 2:7-12

      Please Use the questions from the STUDY GUIDE for this sermon series as the starting point for discussions.

      Additional Discussion Questions

      1. In verse 8 Paul writes that he and his companions "shared their lives" with the church at Thessalonica. What does sharing one's life mean to us as Christians today?
      2. "In leadership, competencies are always preferable, but love is never optional." Throughout history, there are numerous examples of leaders who have been effective without love (countless political leaders, industry leaders like Steve Jobs), do those examples conflict with this idea?
      3. Does the definition of success or effective change impact your answer?
      4. The gospel is described as a lens that focuses the way in which we view the world. What are some things that interfere with us seeing the world through the lens of the gospel?
      5. Paul and his companions' love for their movement was inferior to their love for people. Are there examples in society or your own life in which that might be true?
      6. Why is the example of a mother's love a perfect example of the type of love Paul expresses in these verses?  One direction, sacrificial
      7. How is this example analogous to the gospel? We are like children...we have nothing to offer God in exchange for salvation.

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      Community Groups Blog, Week of November 5, 2017

      * Announcements: 

       

      • 4KIDS Night of Celebration will have their 20th Anniversary on Friday, November 10th at Sunset Cove Amphitheater.

      • On November 11, our men's community group will be traveling to Islamorada for outreach to 1st Baptist Church of Islamorada. Please pray for them as they travel to be a blessing to the communities there. Any donations of water, Gatorade or dry goods - please deliver to Pastor Frank at church.

      • Community Groups end November 18 as we take a break for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

      Upside Down

      Week 7: Humility

      Main Text: 1 Thessalonians 2:6

      Please Use the questions from the STUDY GUIDE for this sermon series as the starting point for discussions.

      Additional Discussion Questions

      1. How does pride stifle someone's growth?
      2. We are all called to lead in one way or another, and, you might find that your group has diverse spheres of influence. In what spheres are you called to lead a team? 
      3. How does pride suffocate your team?
      4. What is the root cause for someone's need to lead with selfish ambition?
      5. What is the solution?
      6. Is ambition wrong? Why or why not?
      7. What does healthy ambition look like? (Drive and Will + Humility)
      8. Discuss how one can achieve "Drive and Will + Humility."

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      Community Groups Blog, Week of October 29, 2017

      * Announcements: 

      • On November 11, our men's community group will be traveling to Islamorada for outreach to 1st Baptist Church of Islamorada. Please pray for them as they travel to be a blessing to the communities there. Any donations of water, Gatorade or dry goods - please deliver to Pastor Frank at church. 

      • There is a serving opportunity on Sunday, November 5 at 1:15pm - 3:30, for the Kid's Ministry Team Meeting (on campus). This serving would be providing child care while that team meets.

      Upside Down

      Week 6: Selflessness

      Main Text: 1 Thessalonians 2:5

      Please Use the questions from the STUDY GUIDE for this sermon series as the starting point for discussions.

      Additional Discussion Questions

      1. Greed changes our perspective in that, "what is excessive no longer feels excessive." How have you experienced that in your life?
      2. How can we ensure that we do not fall into the snare of greed?
      3. When we seek positions of influence, the question we must ask is whether we do so in with selfish or selfless motives. What possible selfish motives might someone have in seeking positions of influence? What are the root causes of those motives?
      4. Read Romans 15:1-3: "We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, 'The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.'" What spheres of your life do these verses apply?
      5. The word used for "strong" in Romans 15:1-3 is used elsewhere in Scripture to mean "influential" or "powerful." Does knowing this change or expand your answer to #4?
      6. In what area are you most susceptible to asking, "Does this meet my needs?"

      Closing thought: The foundation for greed is an attribute every person has: appetite. Our appetites motivate us in many ways. When we hunger for the approval of others or the false security of wealth, we are always left wanting. This is because our appetite says one thing: more. No matter what we have, it will never be enough. This is how the snare of greed works, it keeps pushing our gaze further and further, for more and more. There is only one way to find satisfaction, which Jesus explains in Matthew 5:6, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." Let our appetite be for righteousness - specifically for Christ himself - and find a holy source of sustenance for an appetite that says, "more."

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      Community Groups Blog, Week of October 22, 2017

      * Announcements: 

      • Disaster Relief: go to www.westpines.org/relief for all of the details. Two (2) opportunities: 

        • Praying Pelican Ministries. They are hosting a Medical Missions Trip to Puerto Rico in mid November and are looking for volunteers with medical experience.

        • Samaritan's Purse. They are hosting free daily flights from Fort Lauderdale to the Keys for any volunteers who are interested in going down to the Keys for cleanup and construction-like work! Flights leave Ft. Lauderdale daily at 6:30 am and return at 6:30 pm.

      Upside Down

      Week 5: Sincerity

      Main Text: 1 Thessalonians 2:5

      Please Use the questions from the STUDY GUIDE for this sermon series as the starting point for discussions.

      Additional Discussion Questions

      1. Flattery is described as "empty, hollow, agenda-laden words." What agendas might cause someone to use flattery?
      2. In what sphere are you most susceptible to flattering others? What might your agenda be in those situations?
      3. "Keep the gratitude, honor, and encouragement, lose the flattery." Give examples of words of gratitude, words of honor, and words of encouragement.
      4. When is the hardest to use those words of gratitude, honor and encouragement. Should our words be predicated on the way others treat us?
      5. Proverbs 29:20 "Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him."  How does this relate to the principles of this week's lesson?

      Closing thought: Open to Genesis 1. Look at verses 3, 6, 9, 11, 14, and 24. What is common between all of them? "God said..."  God created all that there is by speaking them into existence. In the same way, our words create worlds. This is most evident with our children - if we tell them Santa is real, then in their universe, he is real. We create their worlds with our words. That means whatever we tell them about themselves, either directly or indirectly, becomes reality for them. This is not only true of children, but also our spouse, our friends, our co-workers, and anyone else where our words contain influence.

      This week, meditate on Genesis 1 and think about the fact that our words create worlds, and be mindful of this as we interact with those around us.

       

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      Community Group Blog Week of Oct. 15th

      Community Groups, Week of October 15, 2107

      Announcements: 

      ** Leader: We are at the halfway point of the Group Qtr. - Please discuss and set up a serving opportunity for your group if you have not done so already. 

      * Mens Group- Please pray for them as they go, Nov. 11th, to visit First Baptist Church of Islamorada with food and supplies and a great demonstration of the Gospel! 

      ** Very Important: Please see video below for week #5. 

       

      Upside Down

      Week 4: Approved

      1 Thessalonians 2:3-4

      ** Please use the questions from the Study Guide for the sermon series as the starting point for your discussion time. 

       

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      Community Groups, Week of October 8, 2107

      Announcements

      "Women's Ministry" - Come join us for our Women's Ministry Bible study this WEDNESDAY (27th) @ 10am and 7pm in the multipurpose room. Join us for a great bible study in the Book of Hosea! 

      Baptism Celebration will be on Sunday, October 15, after each service. Please join us after the service you attend to encourage those who are taking this important step in their faith.

      ** Very Important: Please see video below for week #4. (Please note : CORRECTION- BAPTISM Celebration is this coming Sunday Oct. 15th!) 

      Upside Down

      Week 3: Truth

      Main Text: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-3

      Please Use the questions from the STUDY GUIDE for this sermon series as the starting point for discussions.

      Additional Discussion Questions

      1.) “Truth is often inconvenient but is always indispensible.” How is the truth inconvenient?

      “You must be addicted to truth.” How well do you receive criticism?

      2.) How can we create an environment for those around us where criticism is welcomed, encouraged, thanked and rewarded?  Up/Down principle; In/Out principle

      In what spheres of our lives is this important? Spouse, Children, Family, Work, Church Community, Friendships

      3.) "It is possible to weaponize truth.” Discuss the difference between pure motives and impure motives in using truth. Also discuss the consequences of “weaponizing” truth.

      4.) What is the effect of speaking and receiving truth? Spiritual growth, spiritual maturity and transformation into the image of Christ. See Ephesians 4:15 – “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”

      REFLECT on this– Note Ephesians 4:15. How does Paul suggest we speak truth? In love. It is not sufficient to merely speak truth, it must be done in love. God is concerned with our heart and not simply our words and actions – He is focused on the heart behind those words and actions. Love, as an outpouring of the Holy Spirit within us, should be the force behind our speaking truth to others.

       

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      Community Groups, Week of October 1, 2017

      Announcements

      "Women's Ministry" - Come join us for our Women's Ministry Bible study this WEDNESDAY (27th) @ 10am and 7pm in the multipurpose room. Join us for a great bible study in the Book of Hosea! 

      Baptism Celebration will be on Sunday, October 15, after each service. Please join us after the service you attend to encourage those who are taking this important step in their faith.

       

      Upside Down

      Week 2: Courage

      Main Text: 1 Thess. 2:1-2

      Discussion Questions

      Please Use the questions from the STUDY GUIDE for this sermon series as the starting point for discussions.

      1. Please read aloud 2 Tim 3:12, and discuss what Paul is writing to Timothy and why. Remember, Paul is writing to Timothy as he prepares and encourages Timothy for leadership.

      2. In the sermon we heard, "You cannot desire leadership but demand comfort." Discuss this quote and the tension between leadership and comfort in the following areas:

      • Decision Making
      • Conflict
      • Change

      3. How does a leadership mentality prepare you for changes in different areas of your life?

      Discuss the difficulties but the necessity and benefits of change specifically within the church itself. 

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      Islamorada Serving Project

      Our Young Adult Groups are right now (Sat. morning) headed toward 1st Baptist Church of Islamorada to restock their pantry and distribute necessary food/water/ resources to the community there through the local church. I am so excited for their enthusiasm and diligence in organizing, executing and impacting the community with this Gospel work! Please pray for their safety and for the Lord to grow them as He uses them to serve others. 

      Check out the team pics below! 

      For the sake of the gospel,  

      Young Adults team headed to Islamorada with 7 carloads of water, dry goods, and resources. 

      Young Adults team headed to Islamorada with 7 carloads of water, dry goods, and resources. 

      Young Adults team headed to Islamorada with 7 car-loads of water, dry goods, and resources.

      Young Adults team headed to Islamorada with 7 car-loads of water, dry goods, and resources.

      Community Groups Week of Sept. 24

      Community Groups Week of Sept. 24th

      "Women's Ministry" - Come join us for our Women's Ministry Bible study this WEDNESDAY (27th) @ 10am and 7pm in the multipurpose room. Join us for a great bible study in the Book of Hosea! 

      Very Important: Please view the Leader video below for week #2:

      Main Text:   1 Thessalonians 1:4-7

      Sermon Title:  Upside Down, Part 1: REPLICATE

      SUGGESTED DISCUSSION QUESTIONS...

      (Please feel free to modify questions to accommodate your specific group!)

      Please see "Upside Down" series booklet for the initial questions - then proceed to use the booklet for note-taking and sermon reminders.

       

      1) “You can teach what you know, but you replicate who you are."

                     Discuss the difference between teaching and replication. 

                    If replication is the greater influence, is there value in teaching? Why?

      2) Teaching is instruction, but replication is immersion.

          In which spheres of life are these distinctions evident?

            (Leader: Examples - Children, Work, School, Team, Mentor Relationships)

      In each of these spheres, what are some examples where immersion impacts how leaders influence their followers?

      How we speak to our spouse?

      How generous we are?

      How we spend/save?

      How diligent/hardworking we are?

      Our attitude towards modesty?

      Our attitude towards gossip?

      3) In order to replicate healthy behaviors, our souls must be healthy.

      What does a healthy soul look like?

      How does a person feed their soul?

      How can we help each other’s souls be fed?

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      Community Groups Week of Sept. 17th

      Community Groups Week of Sept. 17th

      Announcements:

      * "Women's Ministry" - Come join us for our Women's Ministry Kick-Off this WEDNESDAY (20th) @ 7pm in the main auditorium. Rebecca Barnes will be teaching, there will be live worship and a great time connecting with others.

      * Next Steps Class - Our Next Steps class is this Sunday (24th) @ 12noon in the multipurpose room. This class is for anyone who wants to learn more about West Pines and how the can grow as disciples by serving and getting connected!

      Very Important: Please view the Leader video below for week #1:

       

      Main Text:   Daniel 3

      Sermon Title:  "But If Not"

      SUGGESTED DISCUSSION QUESTIONS...

      (Please feel free to modify questions to accommodate your specific group!)

      HIGH/LOW:  What was the high point of your week and the low point?

      Please read:  Daniel 3

      • What did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego declare as a faithful witness to the Lord? (Leader: see vs. 17-18)

      • What was Nebuchadnezzar's question in verse 15? How was it answered?  (Leader: see vs. 28)

      • How is your faith displayed in times of suffering? Why is that important? 

      • How do the words of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in Daniel ch. 3 echo/ parallel Joshua's declaration to God's people in Joshua 24:15?  

      • Notice how the masses bowed down to the idol. These 3 men were not the only Jews in Babylon, so presumably, there were Jews who bowed down. Where do you see Christians today bowing down to the "idols" of the world? Are there areas in your own life where this is true?

      • How do we respond to a non-believer who says disasters like a hurricane show that God is either not all-powerful (in that He cannot stop it) or not good (in that He allows it to happen)?

      • Anyone can thank God on the good days. How can you surrender to His will and thank Him for the bad days?        (Leader: think about trusting God during the worst times...)

      • "Choose this day whom you will serve...But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." (Joshua 24:15) What does that command mean to you today? What are our options in who we serve?

      Closing Thought:

      Earthly trials are temporary, but the reasons for them are eternal. God uses trials to grow faith and to show people their need for Him. In that light, the idea of good and bad outcomes for a situation becomes blurred. When we are surrendered to the will of God, and when trials produce salvation, then we can view every outcome as good - in the eternal, supernatural sense. From God's perspective, our struggles produce some things: faith, steadfastness, and dependence upon Him. 


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      CG Leader Training Update:

      Hi Everyone, 

      I just wanted to let you know that due to the impending inclement weather we have decided to cancel the CG Leader Training mtg. that was this Thursday. 

      I will advise you of a new plan as soon as it's determined. I will communicate with you when additional ministry details and information becomes available. Please don't hesitate to call me with any questions or concerns.

      Please be safe, stay dry and be sure to have coffee!   

      "...do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." ... Apostle Paul 

      All eyes on Jesus, 

      Pastor Frank

      Community Groups Summer!

      Community Groups Summer Break: June - August 

      Announcements :

      Baptism Celebration:  On Sun. July 16th we had the honor of Baptising 39 people. Many were young people from the Student camp! WOOHOO!! Thank you for joining us in encouraging and celebrating what God is doing in the lives of His people. What a magnificent day it was! 

      Hey Everyone,

      I hope you're having a fantastic summer! Man, we are moving pretty fast over here! Our Haiti team had a great missions trip, we just finished a FANTASTIC student camp with 200 kids, starting a new teaching series this weekend and our Baptism Celebration saw 39 people publically shout out "I FOLLOW JESUS!" 

      A M A Z I N G !!! 

      Well, to keep up with all the excitement I have some important dates for you to jot down and be prepared for. Check out the following schedule of Community Group Quarters:   

      Sept. 10th - Nov. 18th (10 weeks)

      Jan. 21st, 2018 - March 24th (9 weeks) 

      April 8th - June 9th (9 weeks) 

      Also, here are 2 other very important events (dates) that will impact your groups. If any of your group members would benefit from these classes please feel free to share the info and invite them. Please make a note of these important classes: 

      1. NEXT STEPS class:  Sun. Sept. 10th, (12noon)

      2. BASICS CLASS : Aug. 13, 20, 27 (9am)

      I am excited to hear that most of you have stayed in touch and planned events with your groups! Great work! 

      All for the Gospel .....Groups LAUNCH DATE, SEPT. 12th .... 

      You Are Loved,

      Pastor Frank   

      Community Groups Summer Break

      Community Groups Summer Break: June - August 

      Announcements :

      * PRAYER: Please pray for all of the students who will be participating in the Student Missions Camp - "Unleashed" this summer. That they would grow in their love for the Lord. 

      * Baptism Celebration:  On Sun. July 16th we will be celebrating Baptism church-wide! WOOHOO!! Be sure to encourage your group members to join us after each service to celebrate and lift up those who take this step of faith!

      Hey Everyone,

      I pray that you have a fantastic summer. Not only in enjoying the blessings of family and friends but in remembering the One who gives us the privilege to do so .... to Him, Jesus, all praise and love is due.

      "Thank you, Lord, for your protection and provision ... may you continue to guard the way of your people, strengthen their hearts and build their spirits. Move them, Father, to be diligent to draw the hearts of their families closer to you, that they might all grow as Mathetes! ... that ultimately we might be refreshed by your love and encouraged by your grace as we walk in your ways! Thank you for loving us the way you do...  in Jesus beautiful name I pray! "

      You Are Loved,

      Pastor Frank   

      Community Groups Week of May 28th

      Community Groups Week of May 28th

      Announcements :

      * PRAYER: Please pray for all of the students who will be participating in the Student Missions Camp - "Unleashed" this summer. That they would grow in their love for the Lord. 

      * Community Group Break:  Groups close on June 3rd. Let's stay in touch over the summer! 

      Very Important: Please view the Leader video below for week #6:

       

      Main Text:   1 Corinthians 13:4-5

      Sermon Title:  Love Is, Part 2: You before Me! 

      SUGGESTED DISCUSSION QUESTIONS...

      (Please feel free to modify questions to accommodate your specific group!)

      HIGH/LOW:  What was the high point of your week and the low point?

      Please read:  1 Corinthians 13:1-7

      REFLECT:  The scriptures present and look at love very differently than people often do. However, God gives us a powerful and pointed pictured of the Love that He calls us too, a love of preference! The scriptures cut deep here, as Paul cries out for a genuine love of preference, "You over me!" In your marriage is it, "ME over you" or "YOU over me?"  

      • How would you define the kind of love that Paul is referring too? (Focus on vs. 4-5)

      • How can marriage illustrate the AGAPE love (love of preference) that is vital to success?

      • Why do you think Paul, the author of 1 Corinthians, writes so much about what love is NOT?

      • How are you rude to your husband/ wife? 

      • What area of your life are you most likely not seeking the input of your spouse? Do they know that?  

      • How does the Gospel help to overcome these marriage killers?

      • What does John 3:16 tell us about the love of God?

      • In what ways can you go out of your way this week to show "You before me" (love) to your spouse? 

      Theme/Quote:

      • We say we love so many things. The world has overused and undervalued this word “Love.” The scriptures present and look at love very differently than people often do. In fact, the world has a dysfunctional view of love, and God help us, many of us have a self-centered view of it. By telling us what love is not, the Apostle Paul unfolds for us a clear and crisp view of the kind of love that is “others-centered”. God’s view of love is always a preference for the other person! Paul’s strong letter to the Corinthian church is an appeal for this kind of love. However, Paul’s words pierce time and space to show you and me today the kind of love which is to mark our marriages and illustrate our lives.  

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      Community Groups Week of May 21st

      Community Groups Week of May 21st

      Announcements :

      * PRAYER:  Please pray for the West Pines Staff as they will be engaged in planning and growing for 2 days this week in a "Staff Retreat".  

      * PRAYER: Please pray for all of the students who will be participating in the Student Missions Camp - "Unleashed" this summer. That they would grow in their love for the Lord. 

      * Community Group Break:  Groups close on June 3rd. Let's stay in touch over the summer! 

      Very Important: Please view the Leader video below for week #4:

       

      Main Text:   1 Corinthians 13:1-4

      Sermon Title:  Love Is, Part 1: Central

      SUGGESTED DISCUSSION QUESTIONS...

      (Please feel free to modify questions to accommodate your specific group!)

      HIGH/LOW:  What was the high point of your week and the low point?

      Please read:  1 Corinthians 13:1-4

      REFLECT:  The idea that "All we need is love" is central to a marriage is accepted in our culture. However, what do we mean by "love?" How do we define this thing called love? Is it the light, fluffy, chubby baby angel that inevitably shoots us with his bow and arrow or is it something more, something greater? Perhaps a better question is, what does God say about it ... how does God define it? This thing called love is much more crucial and profound than we might think! 

      • How would you define the concept of love in a marriage?

      • How do you think our culture misunderstands love?

      • According to the Apostle Paul what does real love, genuine love demand? (LEADERS: focus on beginning of vs. 4) 

      • Why do you think Paul, the author of 1 Corinthians, starts off his description of love with patience and kindness?

      • What does the display of true kindness look like in your marriage? (LEADER: think "day by day" kindness)

      • Are we the most kind to the ones we do life with? What prevents us from being that way? 

      • "Love is long-suffering" (another word for patience) ... How does your marriage reflect the sacrifice that this kind of love represents? 

      • What makes patience and kindness in marriage so difficult? (Those unmarried should reflect on the marriages you see daily) 

      • Love that is genuine and real is not always neat and tidy, it's actually often gritty and tough! Reflect on that statement.

      Theme/Quote:

      • What is the most important thing to make a thriving marriage? Some believe it is compatibility. If they find the right person who fits them, they will be happy. There are many other good contenders like friendship, communication, and trust. But according to the Bible, the single most important attribute someone can have is love. This is something that doesn’t sound strange to us. Our culture has produced many voices that have said love is the most important thing in a relationship. The problem is that rarely love is defined. Is it a passionate emotion that overcomes everything else? Is it a powerful feeling that strikes us without warning? There is a foundational chapter in the Bible that clearly defines love. The vitality of your marriage or future marriage hinges on whether we understand how God explains love.

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      Community Groups Week of May 14th

      Community Groups Week of May 14th

      Announcements :

      * "FEEDING SOUTH FLORIDA" -  Community Group serving Opportunity - On May 20th ALL community groups will be serving at "Feeding South Florida" - Review handout for details. Let us know if you have any questions. 

      * "Family Dedication" THIS Sunday!! - Sunday, May 21st we will be celebrating Family Dedication. This is the time where families with young children will be presenting their children and dedicating to raise them in a Godly Home. Contact church office with any questions you may have! 

      Very Important: Please view the Leader video below for week #4:

      Main Text:   2 Kings 5:15-27

      Sermon Title:  Identity, Part 4: Insiders?

      SUGGESTED DISCUSSION QUESTIONS...

      (Please feel free to modify questions to accommodate your specific group!)

      HIGH/LOW:  What was the high point of your week and the low point?

      Please read:   2 Kings 5:15-27

      REFLECT:  The story of Naaman's conversion is an account of not simply an external transformation but an internal conversion! That is his NEW identity! How we identify ourselves is a key part about us!

      • How is what happened externally to Naaman a picture of what was happening internally?

      • Are there ways in which, or areas that, you are still trying to earn acceptance or approval from people (work, family?)? From God?? 

      • What is surprising about a Syrian general getting healed of leprosy, and Elisha’s servant contracting it?

      • Self-righteousness lingers in the heart of men/ women ... what are some ways we tend not to see it at work in our lives? 

      • How is self-righteousness the opposite of the Gospel? How does the Gospel message repel self-righteousness? 

      • How do we maintain our true identity built on the Gospel?

        • This is who we are!  LEADER: READ Ephesians 1: 11-14 , Colossians 2: 13-15
      • If you are an "outsider", how does the Gospel speak to you? If you are an "insider" how does it speak to you? 

      Theme/Quote:

      • Insiders. Those that are in the right groups, have the right status, or know the right people. Almost every sphere of life has them. But what does someone who’s on the “inside” look like when it comes to spiritual things? Maybe spiritual insiders are those who know a lot about their faith. They are well read and can answer people’s questions. Maybe it’s the people who are really loving and hospitable and generous. They sacrifice a lot for others. Maybe it’s the person who has a religious position. They are a leader in their church or faith group. Interestingly, the story of Naaman pushes our conventional thinking about who is an insider. What does it take to be accepted by God? It may surprise you what the Bible says about what an insider looks like.

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