Community Group Questions 11/4/12

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Announcements:
Please share whichever of the following announcements apply to your group
  • Christmas Eve Service Times
    • We just wanted to give you a heads up that we will be having 2 Christmas Eve Services this year.
    • They will be held on Christmas Eve at 5pm and 6:30pm
    • Start inviting your friends and neighbors now
  • Choir Auditions
    • Also this Christmas Eve we will be having a choir
    • Several people have already auditioned and made the choir
    • We really need some guys to fill out our choir
    • If you have experience singing in a choir, please contact sarah - her info is in the bulletin - or write “choir” on your connection card
  • Razzle Dazzle
    • Mark your calendar for 12/12/12 as our Women's Ministry will be hosting an ornament exchange called Razzle Dazzle.
    • It has been declared that when you say Razzle Dazzle you have to do Jazz Hands
    • You can register online of in the back of the auditorium after service today
    • The cost of the event is just $5

Sermon Title: The Perfect Relationship

Main Text:  Numbers 9:15-23

Topics:

  • Novacain is bad
  • The israelites are being led through the wilderness by a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night
  • They moved when God said to move and camped when he said to camp
  • They never know how long they will stay in any one place
  • They move and stop without notice
  • This passage goes to great lengths to point out that they have no control or warning about the movement
  • Over 600,000 people moving like that - all different age groups - kids, elderly, infirmed
  • God is teaching them trust and dependence
  • The Magic Eight Ball gives us quick and clear answers
  • God is not a magic eight ball but it would be nice if we could talk to him and hear his responses audibly.
  • Our job is to get better at discerning God’s will for our lives.
  • According to Oswald Chambers, if you know God well enough, his will is instinctual for you. It is part of your involuntary response.
  • The way to know God well is to build a relationship with him
  • We often talk to god but don’t listen and compartmentalize him into a small part of our day or week.
  • The Bible is our instruction manual for God - we need to learn all we can
  • Prayer is our conversation with God
  • We should pray about everything not just the big things
  • When we pray, we have to spend time listening
  • Community is our support system to grow closer to God

Key Questions:

  1. What would be some of the challenges to moving 600,000 people from place to place?
  2. What if you got up each morning with no idea what you would be doing that day?
  3. What kind of questions would you ask the Magic Eight Ball everyday?
  4. What would it be like to be at the center of God’s will?
  5. What would it be like to instinctually know what God’s answer would be to your questions?
  6. How would you build a relationship with someone you just met?
  7. What is the result of a conversation where only one person does all the talking?
  8. Who in your life do you wish you had an instruction manual for?
  9. What type of things is too small to pray about?
  10. How important is community as the third component of getting to know God?

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