Community Group Week of November 1, 2015

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Hey, Community Group Leaders!

Three more weeks of community group for this season!  Start making some social plans for Thanksgiving and Christmas!

Below you will find questions for both the SERMON BASED format and the MEANING OF MARRIAGE curriculum.

I hope you have a great time of discussion & fellowship.


Announcements :

  • Online Missions Auction  Please support your West Pines Missions Teams by bidding on some great items from our online auction.   We have everything from restaurant gift cards, to power tools and spa treatments.  Go to biddingowl.com/westpines to start the fun!   All proceeds go to the missions department for scholarships and project costs.  All bidding ends midnight November 15th.
  • Babysitting Night for Young Marrieds  ( We still need more helpers! )
    Saturday, November 21st, we are giving a few of our Young Married with Kids Community Groups the opportunity to have a date night with FREE BABYSITTING ! 
    AND.... we need your group to volunteer for said free babysitting.  The pay is horrible, but the blessing will be incalculable!
    This is a great way to serve some of our own from West Pines.    Babysitting has become so expensive, and this is a cool way to give some of these struggling young parents a inexpensive night out.
    It would be great to have a ton of volunteers come from 5:45 pm and end at 10:00 pm the latest.  We will meet in the Children's Ministry area. It will be a great time together, and  a great time playing with all the kiddos!   And, if you can't stay the entire time, we still need ya!
    Please e-mail me a list of the people who will be volunteering ASAP, so we can do a quick background check per our church policy.
    Please get your groups behind this great service opportunity!
  • Habitat for Humanity is having a group volunteer day on December 5, 2015, to help build a home. The site will be in Broward county but exact address is to be determined. The time is from 745am-1230pm. Must arrive by 745am.  They could use up to 10 volunteers.  Please contact Patty Grinion directly at pkelly07@hotmail.com / 727-688-3244
  •  Check out the Service Projects Tab for more opportunities

Sermon Title: 

Jesus in Our Culture

Main Text:

2 Timothy 3:16-4:5

Topics:  ( Not to be read in group.. this is for your review and recollection )

  • Scripture is perfectly breathed out by God. It is the pure source of truth for us in the World.
  • Pastors are called to preach it boldly, even when it is unpopular. Pastors are called to be ready for persecution regarding what they preach.
  • “Of first importance” according to Paul is Jesus crucified.
  • At West Pines, we are not Democrat. We are not Republican. We are Christian. Our first allegiance is to the scripture. No political agenda is perfect, or it would be on the same level of scripture.
  • We are called to preach the Gospel first and foremost. We care far more who is in heaven for eternity, than we do who is in the White House for 4 years.
  • We will stand for justice and righteousness. But since no party is perfect, there may be times that Democrats are offended and may be times Republicans are offended. But as a church we do not have the luxury of political loyalty.
  • With all that said, the role of the Church will be different than the role of the individual christian.

AND NOW.... THE QUESTIONS...

  • HIGH/LOW: What was the high point of your week and the low point?
  • ICEBREAKER:  What was the first organized group or club you joined as a youth?
  • READ: 2 Timothy 3:16-4:5  1All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God[b] may be complete, equipped for every good work. (Chapter 4)  I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound[a] teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 
  • What does Paul say about the origin and purpose of Scripture?
  • How does that description of Scripture change how you approach it?
  • After reading verses 4:1-2, how would you describe the role of the pastor?
  • Discuss Spurgeon's quote : "The gospel is intended to wound the conscience, and go right through the heart, with the design of separating the soul from sin and self, as the corn is divided from the soil."
  • We discussed about itching ears wanting to hear what they want to hear vs what the need to hear.....What are some of the false doctrines that people today have “itching ears” to hear in the church?
  • What are some allegiances that people have that will come into conflict with an allegiance to scripture?
  • More specifically, how might an allegiance to scripture come in conflict to a political allegiance in someone’s life?
  • What are some things that we may allow to disturb us more than the sobering fact that souls are lost and destined for Hell?
  • How should the reminder that we are first Citizens of Heaven change how we look at current events?
  • Why may it be easier to evangelize for your political party vs evangelize for the Gospel?
  • What can you do this week to keep CHRIST CRUCIFIED the priority thought?

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QUESTIONS FOR MARRIAGE GROUPS

The Meaning of Marriage - by Tim Keller

Chapter Seven: Singleness & Marriage

NOTE : These are more questions than you will ever have time to fully discuss,   Please circle the ones you want to certainly cover and refer to the others as time permits...

HIGH / LOW

ICEBREAKER - What is the #1 advice you would give to someone considering marriage?

  1. What are some ways that the western church communicates the misguided view that single adults are somehow less than married adults ?
  2. How is human marriage a foreshadowing of the “…Real Marriage that our souls need and the Real Family our hearts were made for” (197-8)?
  3. Why do Christians see singleness as good ?  Why do we also consider seeking marriage to also be good?
  4. What was some of the advice Timothy Keller gives to those who are seeking marriage (207- 217)?
  5. In what ways do you think marriage can become an idol in someone’s life?      
  6. Read 1 Corinthians 7:29-40. 29 This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, 30 and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, 31 and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.  32 I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. 33 But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, 34 and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. 35 I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.  36 If anyone thinks that he is not behaving properly toward his betrothed,[a] if his[b] passions are strong, and it has to be, let him do as he wishes: let them marry—it is no sin. 37 But whoever is firmly established in his heart, being under no necessity but having his desire under control, and has determined this in his heart, to keep her as his betrothed, he will do well.38 So then he who marries his betrothed does well, and he who refrains from marriage will do even better.  39 A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord. 40 Yet in my judgment she is happier if she remains as she is. And I think that I too have the Spirit of God.                                         
  7. How would you respond to a friend who has an extremely strong desire to be married?         
  8. Discuss Keller’s listing of 4 common ways Christian churches try to “explain” singleness.  Which of these reasons have you heard the most?   

a) “As soon as you’re satisfied with God alone, he’ll bring someone special into your life”— as though God’s blessings are ever earned by our contentment.

b) “You’re too picky”— as though God is frustrated by our fickle whims and needs broader parameters in which to work.

c) “As a single you can commit yourself wholeheartedly to the Lord’s work”— as though God requires emotional martyrs to do his work, of which marriage must be no part.

d) “Before you can marry someone wonderful, the Lord has to make you someone wonderful”— as though God grants marriage as a second blessing to the satisfactorily sanctified.

9. Before you were married, how important was it for you to become married to someone of the Christian faith?   

10. What are some of the dangers of a dating relationship becoming passionate early on? (p. 204, 213)      

Don't forget to post your attendance after group.