Community Groups Week of Oct. 23rd

Announcements :  

  • Spanish Translation:  Now available during 10:30 & 12 noon services.  
    • You can now invite friends or family members who speak spanish to join us on Sundays!  
  • Love South Florida! : We're partnering with churches all over Broward County to do local missions and impact our community. Join us on Nov. 12th as we will be serving on campus and off campus that day. Details are coming...
  • NEXT STEPS class:  Nov.6th at 12 noon in the Volunteer center. Come and find out more about West Pines ! Hope to see you there.

** Very Important : Please click on the link below for the week # 6 Leader video :  

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Main Text:    Daniel 6:1-17

Sermon Title: Messy, Part 6: The Cost of A Catalytic Presence

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 6: 1-17

  • What are your expectations as you grow as a Christian and draw closer to Christ?
  • Consider your environment (family, work, friends)... how is it messy? Why has God placed you there?
  • When was a time that you faced suffering in order to do things God’s way?
  • Is the suffering, difficulty or struggle random? Is it meaningless? Explore that in your life.
  • What is something you are doing or not doing out of fear of discomfort?
  • In light of Jesus’ suffering, what should our perspective be regarding our own discomfort?
  • What does Christ say about His followers suffering? What does God promise in regards to struggle? Why?  (Hint: see 2 Tim. 3:12 , 1 Peter 4:12)
  • How does King Darius respond to Daniels deliverance? Why was that significant?
  • What did God do through Daniels suffering? What is God doing in and through your own suffering? 
  • Suffering can position our lives to bring more glory to God, and deepen our desire for God. How do you respond to that statement?
  • So, what do you do with your suffering?

Theme/Quote:

  • If you had the option of avoiding discomfort, would you? I think if you stopped to think about it, you’d need more information. If the discomfort is senselessly breaking your arm, then the answer would be yes. If the discomfort is sitting in traffic on your way to pick up your loved one returning from a combat tour overseas, then the answer is no. Pain is endured when the allure of the joy on the other end of the pain is stronger. But interestingly, often we simply avoid pain and discomfort at all costs. That leads us to miss out on some of the best parts of life. Furthermore, we often think that following Jesus will automatically result in less discomfort. We believe that the closer we draw to God, the more he will make our path comfortable, more stable, and easier. In reality, Jesus promised the exact opposite. The path of following Jesus is difficult. But the joy on the other end, far outweighs the cost...

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