Community Groups Blog Week of April 22nd.

Community Groups Blog Week of April 22nd

Announcements: 

**FAMILY DEDICATION SUNDAY: We will be celebrating Family Dedication NEXT SUNDAY (April 29th). If you are interested in dedicating your family, please contact the church office. .

** STUDENT MISSION CAMP:  This summer, from July 30 - August 3rd, middle and high school students will experience a week of growing in their faith and serving our local community, all the while earning up to 100 volunteer hours for their schools!   westpines.org/unleashed  

** SERVING Opportunities: Guest Services Team, Facilities Team! Email Pastor Frank

Sermon Title: Reclaimed, Part 3

Main Text:  Ruth Ch. 2

Discussion Questions :

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

  • Reflection: 

    Think about your conversations, interactions, and other daily happenings ... do you often look for opportunities to move people to a God-centered, Gospel-focused place? Why has God placed you in certain environments? Why has he surrounded you with certain people, even the difficult ones? Is it possible to look at these relationships and circumstances through the lens of the gospel and recognize God's handiwork there? I believe it is not only is possible but commanded that we do! Boaz displays for the reader a recognition that God is at work in the circumstances that are unfolding. And God is showing us how He is using Boaz for His good purposes.  

  • READ Ruth Ch. 2: 4-15

  • How does Boaz run his fields? What is his attitude towards his resources? (LEADER: Gather it from the text)

  • In this very 1st conversation between Ruth & Boaz - Discuss Boaz' s attitude, and Ruths response?

  • In this passage- how does Boaz display what he believes about God? (LEADER: God as redeemer, provider, protector..)

  • Discuss how Boaz is the instrument of redemption in Ruth's life. (LEADER: How is God using him?)

  •  What does the text display about Boaz faith? (We see he set a culture of faith...)

  • What can you do this week that would "display the aroma of your faith" in Christ? (at work, at home, with family??) 

  • How can we bring our faith more forward in the different spheres of our lives?  How can you engage a culture of faith better? 

  • How does the GREAT REDEEMER, Jesus, push us to bring our faith forward? 

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Community Group Blog Week of April 22nd

Community Groups Blog Week of April 22nd

Announcements: 

**FAMILY DEDICATION SUNDAY: We will be celebrating Family Dedication on April 29th. If you are interested in dedicating your family, please contact the church office. 

** STUDENT MISSION CAMP:  This summer, from July 30 - August 3rd, middle and high school students will experience a week of growing in their faith and serving our local community, all the while earning up to 100 volunteer hours for their schools!   westpines.org/unleashed  

** SERVING Opportunities: Guest Services Team, Facilities Team! Email Pastor Frank

 

Sermon Title: Reclaimed, Part 3

Main Text:  Ruth Ch. 2: 4:13

Discussion Questions :

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

Reflection: 

Think about your conversations, interactions, and other daily happenings ... do you often look for opportunities to move people to a God centered, Gospel focused place? Why has God placed you in certain environments? Why has he surrounded you with certain people, even the difficult ones? Is it possible to look at these relationships and circumstances through the lense of the gospel and recognize God's handiwork there? I believe it is not only is possible, but commanded that we do! Boaz displays for the reader a recognition that God is at work in the circumstances that are unfolding. And God is showing us how He is using Boaz for His good purposes.  

  • READ Ruth Ch. 2: 4-13

  • How does Boaz run his fields? What is his attitude towards his resources? (LEADER: Gather it from the text)

  • In this very 1st conversation between Ruth & Boaz - Discuss Boaz' s attitude, and Ruths responce?

  • In this passage- how does Boaz display what he believes about God? (LEADER: God as redeemer, provider, protector..)

  • Discuss how Boaz is the instrument of redemption in Ruth's life. (LEADER: How is God using him?)

  •  What does the text display about Boaz faith? (We see he set a culture of faith...)

  • What can you do this week that would "display the aroma of your faith" in Christ? (at work, at home, with family??) 

  • How can we bring our faith more forward in the different spheres of our lives?  How can you engage a culture of faith better? 

  • How does the GREAT REDEEMER, Jesus, push us to bring our faith forward? 

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Community Groups Blog - Week of April 8th

Community Groups Blog Week of April 8th

Announcements: 

**Family Dedication Sunday: We will be celebrating Family Dedication on April 29th. If you are interested in dedicating your family, you will want to attend the class on April 22nd at 9am in the Multipurpose Room.

** SERVING Opportunities: Guest Services Team, Facilities Team! Email Pastor Frank

**This Community Group Qtr. is 9 weeks  -  ending for summer break on June 9th !

(LEADER: ENCOURAGE YOUR PEOPLE - stay engaged this is going to be a great season of study and encouragement for us all!!)

Sermon Title: Reclaimed, Part 1

Main Text:  Ruth Ch. 1

Discussion Questions :

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

  • We like when things are redeemed.  For example, there are TV networks focused on just this.  HGTV has the following programs that demonstrate this fact:  Fixer Upper, Home Town, and Property Brothers.  What is the appeal?  Is this true in a spiritual sense too?  

  • With the loss of her husband and sons what was Naomi’s spiritual attitude toward God? Read verses 13 and 20-21

  • In staying with Naomi, Ruth shifts her allegiance to God. What does that do for each of the women?

  • As you read the passage its clear that Naomi thinks her story is over (life is done!) ... but how has it just really started? Have you ever felt like this? (LEADER: Reflect on what God has done to bring beauty from ashes.)

  • How does the "hope" restored to Naomi give us confidence in a good God who will do the same for us?

  • How do we identify, in our own story, what Naomi ultimately finds out .... that God is both creator and " reclaimer"? 

  • Is God just and punishes? (LEADER: ABSOLUTELY Yes, but for Christians, Jesus received all of our punishment for our sins past, present, and future! This is the GOSPEL!

  • When the difficulties arrive, when we are shaken, many feel that God is punishing them. Why is that a wrong view of God? Explain the difference between punishment and discipline?

* Punishment?  (LEADER: It is focused on payment for something we did wrong in the past.

* Discipline? (LEADER: It is focused on correcting/improving us for the future.)

  • READ: James 1: 2-4 ..... According to James, how are we supposed to respond to difficulties in life?  

  • Why is the safest place to be (and uncomfortable place to be)  ... in God's hands? 

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Community Groups Blog Week of March 18th

Community Groups Blog Week of March 18th

Announcements: 

Resurrection Weekend: We have 4 Easter Services:

*1 Saturday: March 31st at 6:30pm

* 3 Sunday: April 1st at regular service times!

"Can These Bones Live"Part 1: We Are All Dry Bones

Main Text:  Ezekiel 37:1-7a

Discussion Questions :

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

 * Why is God showing Ezekiel this vision? What does this physical picture really point to? (LEADER: Isreal's spiritual deadness...) 

  • How does Ezekiel 37 paint a picture of every Christians story? 

  • What are some of the dangers of underestimating how deadly our sin is?

  • How is the enemy (Satan) distorting your view of sin? (LEADER: Get specific...)

  • What are some of the dangers of overestimating our own power to fix our problems?

  • How does comparison make us feel "Off the hook" and minimize our sin? 

  • Pastor Justin said, "Sin is not a pet to tame, its a beast you slay!" Reflect on this statement. 

  • The direct application from the message was to write down an honest list of your sin struggles and then cross them out and write down paid in full! How does the confession of our sins bring us back to the forgiveness that Jesus has already given us?

  • How does this picture from God to Ezekiel ultimately point to real hope? 

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Community Group Blog- Week of March 11th

Community Groups Blog Week of March 4th

Announcements: 

Resurrection Weekend: We have 4 Easter Services:

*1 Saturday: March 31st at 6:30pm

* 3 Sunday: April 1st at regular service times!

 

EXTRAVAGANT Part 4: Extravagant Worship

Main Text:  Luke 7:36-50

Discussion Questions :

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

  • Recap the story: What did this woman do that was an act of humility, and costly? Why was it scandalous?

  • What drove this woman to her act of humility? What has she dared to do? ( LEADER:Publically, unashamedly display GREAT faith). 

  • This lost, broken prostitute realized something about Jesus. What does she believe about Jesus? Who He is ... what He can do?? 

  • What is the point of Jesus' comparison between the woman and the Pharisee? Discuss. 

  • As you reflect on this passage:  How does this display a heart of worship? (LEADER: Public honor of Jesus / Recognizing Jesus as worthy ...) 

  • Your Life: In our own brokenness, discouragement, challenges, how do we see Jesus? Do those things lead us/ prompt us to worship like the woman, or do they lead us to doubt like the Pharisee?  

  • Jesus has preserved this moment in history to teach us something about faith. What is it? (Rom. 2: 8-9 , Heb. 11:1)  

  • Why is this so shocking? What does Jesus' words to this woman (Vs. 48 , 50) say about His authority? What is He claiming? (LEADER: A claim to His divinity .... Only GOD can forgive sins)  

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Community Groups Blog- Week of March 4th

Community Groups Blog Week of March 4th

Announcements: 

Next Steps Class: Is scheduled for Sunday April 8th at 12noon- For anyone who wants to know more about West Pines. A great resource for who we are as a ministry! 

 

EXTRAVAGANT Part 3: ALL IN

Main Text:  Luke 21:1-4

Discussion Questions :

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

  • When you think of "Extravagance" what comes to mind?

  • READ Passage: Luke 21 1-4

  • "She is placing herself in this position, "God, unless You show up I'm not gonna make it." Put yourself in the place of this widow; What is she risking? 

  • What was at the heart of Jesus' astonishment that Luke records in this passage? 

  • How does Jesus' journey mirror that of the Widows offering?   (LEADER: They both gave ALL)

  • How can we leave something behind thats bigger than us, that will have an ETERNAL impact? How does the widow help us see that?

  • What does "generosity" dethrone in our lives? (LEADER: Greed, money, the "next" thing) 

  • "Generosity enthrones God as the One we trust." ... How? Discuss.

* Christian, how can you take steps to live in the extravagance of generosity? (LEADER: Practical steps) 

ACTION STEP: 

Take time today/ this week to pray through (with your spouse/ family) and fill out the Commitment card dedicating your prayers, desire & generosity to the Gospel work impacting South Florida! 

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Community Groups Blog Week of Feb. 25th

Community Groups Blog Week of Feb. 25th

Announcements: 

Women's Ministry: Is canceled this week due to Mathetes Summit - Next WED. 7th: 10am session (with childcare) & 7pm session in the Multi purpose room. Contact Connie Platon #954-937- 1743 for more info.

 

EXTRAVAGANT Part 2

Main Text:  Luke 16:1-13

Discussion Questions :

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

  • Can someone recap Jesus’ parable for us?

  • Is there anything that is unexpected about Jesus telling this story?

  • What inspires you about the idea of leveraging your life for eternity?

  • Why does having money as a master compete with having God as a master?

  • Jesus is essentially saying, that this life has handed us a “pink slip” so we should cheat this life for the next. What’s your reaction to that concept?

  • We as a church are committed to leveraging more of our lives for the sake of eternity. Here is how we are going to do it. Check out this video clip.

 

  • What do you think will be the benefit of working through this card for you and your family?
    1. The challenge from Pastor Robey this Sunday was to begin praying as a family over your commitment cards. Today, in addition to our prayer requests, we’re also going to take time to pray for one another to be all in.

    2. This commitment card represents one of the primary ways that we get to be part of God’s eternal mission. How does your role in that mission excite you? 

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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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