Welcome to our The Next 20. This series is all about how God is moving and changing the church; how this new movement involves each of us; how WE’RE called to BE the movement.
The message of God’s love has been poorly communicated, misunderstood, and even weaponized, causing many to renounce and ignore the love that would ultimately set them free. God is moving and changing the church right now, and we are the plan.
Every week there will be Scriptures, thoughts, questions and videos to help you facilitate a discussion with your group. Everything on here is a tool for your use; but don't feel like you have to stick to the script! The goal is for meaningful conversation and growth to happen organically as you and your group gather.
Also, don't sacrifice relationship building for the sake of "diving deep" into your faith - true relationship building will greatly increase the quality of your gatherings and your group's ability to grow in their faith!
Send me your feedback as the series develops; it's my goal to help us all find and follow Christ through all that we do.
- Tim Beehler
Q: Have you ever felt like God was calling you to do something very uncomfortable?
See the full message HERE
Q: Have you ever had a “prayer shawl” in your own life?
A religious\spiritual practice\belief where personal observance was more important than consequence for others?
“Jesus went into the synagogue again and noticed a man with a deformed hand. Since it was the Sabbath, Jesus’ enemies watched him closely. If he healed the man’s hand, they planned to accuse him of working on the Sabbath.
Jesus said to the man with the deformed hand, ‘Come and stand in front of everyone.’ Then he turned to his critics and asked, ‘Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?’ But they wouldn’t answer him.
He looked around at them angrily and was deeply saddened by their hard hearts. Then he said to the man, ‘Hold out your hand.’ So the man held out his hand, and it was restored! At once the Pharisees went away and met with the supporters of Herod to plot how to kill Jesus.”
What religious rules do you think are\are not important (are “old” and\or “heavy”)?
How might breaking these rules upset others?
How might breaking these rules help others?
How do we, as a church family, make the world a better place?
How do we make our neighborhood\jobs\communities\relationships better places?
How might doing these things be uncomfortable?
What might happen if you stepped outside your comfort zone (for the sake of the church)?
Who might benefit?
Why do we choose to stay comfortable?
Commit as a group to being open and gracious with one another as you journey together through series, and pray that together you will be open to God’s vision of the Kingdom, and how we all can participate.
Q: Have you ever met someone you didn’t think you could like who turned out to be a friend later?
See the full message HERE
Q: Have you ever felt unequal?
Have you ever made someone else feel unequal?
Peter went up on the flat roof to pray. It was about noon, and he was hungry. But while a meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw the sky open, and something like a large sheet was let down by its four corners. In the sheet were all sorts of animals, reptiles, and birds. Then a voice said to him, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat them.” “No, Lord,” Peter declared. “I have never eaten anything that our Jewish laws have declared impure and unclean.” But the voice spoke again: “Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean.” The same vision was repeated three times. Then the sheet was suddenly pulled up to heaven.
Peter was very perplexed. What could the vision mean? Just then the men sent by Cornelius found Simon’s house. Standing outside the gate, they asked if a man named Simon Peter was staying there. Meanwhile, as Peter was puzzling over the vision, the Holy Spirit said to him, “Three men have come looking for you. Get up, go downstairs, and go with them without hesitation. Don’t worry, for I have sent them.” So Peter went down and said, “I’m the man you are looking for. Why have you come?” They said, “We were sent by Cornelius, a Roman officer. He is a devout and God-fearing man, well respected by all the Jews. A holy angel instructed him to summon you to his house so that he can hear your message.” So Peter invited the men to stay for the night.
What is something you’ve had to rethink?
How has it changed you?
What would you say to others struggling through that same journey?
How do we, as a church family, create a space where everyone feels valued and welcome?
How do we help others, and ourselves, have open conversations?
Who\what do you struggle with accepting (culture, diversity, status, gender, sexuality, etc)?
Do you have the courage and will to be changed by God - whatever the change may be?
Commit as a group to being open to God’s Spirit as it moves us through series, and pray that we can all take steps toward understanding God’s love for everyone and extending that love in how we live.