Community Group Questions 9/2/12

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  • WPMM Guys Night Out
    • Men’s Ministry is starting back up
    • Guys Night out on Monday 9/10
    • Food, Fun and Competition
    • 7pm in The Multipurpose Room
  • Kids ALL Team Meeting
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    • For all Kids Ministry Volunteers, and anyone that is interested in serving in Kids Ministry
    • Sunday 9/9 immediately after the 2nd service
    • lunch, games, prizes, plus ministry focus for the year
    • Write “Interested in Serving in Kids” on your Connection Card for more info
  • Student Ministry Guts
    • Looking for a place to serve but not so sure about what happens in student ministry?  What are they going to make me do in there if I decide to serve?
    • Student Ministry Guts will give you an inside look at students ministry to see if its the right fit for you because we need people just like YOU!
    • This will also serve as a parent meeting for those interested in where we are headed this upcoming ministry year!
    • Sunday Sept 16th immediately following the 2nd service
    • Lunch & Childcare will be provided

Sermon Title: Out the Window of Opportunity, Part 1: Expect Big Attempt Big

Main Text:  Luke 21:1-2, Luke 9:23-24,

Topics:

  • Jesus and His disciples were at the temple and they saw as people were giving their offering to the Lord. Jesus sees a poor widow, put in two copper coins.
  • The coins the widow most like put in the treasury is the smallest denomination of money she could put in.
  • Jesus says that she did more than all of them, because while others gave out of their abundance, she gave all she had to live on.
  • What would that woman have to believe about God in order to do something like that?
    • That God is her provider
    • That God wants to use her copper coins
  • Possibly the greatest modern missionary, William Carey, said this: “Expect Great things from God, attempt great things for God.”
  • Sometimes we feel like the widow, poor, stretched, and giving of ourselves feels like a huge sacrifice. Sometimes we feel like the wealthy. We see all the needs of those around the world, and we realize they view us as the super-wealthy. Either way, what God wants from us is to dig deep, and give like we depend on Him.
  • God will provide for us. God wants to use our copper coins.
  • This is what the Gospel creates in our lives, a reckless abandon to Him. God modelled that for us. Jesus sacrificially gave up everything to save us. And Jesus told us, “Whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”
  • If we want to find our lives, hand it all over to God.
  • As a church, we intend to recklessly give ourselves to God this fall.
  • But what did that woman’s copper coins actually accomplish though, in the scheme of things? It has inspired God’s people for more than two thousand years!  Literally, her two coins are legendary, and she probably never knew it.

Key Questions:

  1. Who is someone you have watched expect and attempt great things that has been inspiring to you?
  2. Read Luke 21:1-4
  3. How do you think the widow felt putting her copper coins in the midst of all of the wealthy giving their large sums?
  4. When have you felt like you identify with the widow?
  5. When have you felt like you identify with the wealthy?
  6. What did the widow have to believe about God in order to do something this drastic?
  7. Which are you more tempted to doubt: that God will provide for you, or that God wants to use your “copper coins”?
  8. What can we do to expand what we expect from God?
  9. What are some faulty expectations that some people have about God?
  10. How do you feel urged by God to respond to this passage and follow the example of the mighty widow?

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