Discussion Guide: Great Faith Week 1

Ice Breaker

One of the things we value within community is fun. In the midst of all the pressures life throws at us, it is our ability to laugh, play and celebrate together that reminds us we serve a good, loving, and resurrected Lord who stands above it all. So, we want to take the first few minutes of our time together to play, have fun, and celebrate the fact that we belong to Jesus.

Today’s Ice Breaker: Mix & Mingle

Mix & Mingle is a group game designed to help us get to know one another a little better and maybe discover some things we do, or don’t have in common with others in this group.

How to Play:

Everyone will gather in the center of the room.

The game leader will call out a choice to the group, pointing to opposite sides of the room for each option. For example, the first choice could be “inside vs outside”. When the game leader says “inside” they would point to the left side of the room, when they say “outside” they would point to the right side of the room.

Each of the players then walks to the side of the room which they prefer. For example, if I like “outside” more than “inside” then I would go to the right.

Possible Choices:

  • Nature vs City
  • Casual vs Dress-up
  • Performing vs Spectating
  • Mighty Fine vs Whataburger
  • Rudy’s vs Salt Lick
  • Payday vs Snickers
  • Coke vs Pepsi
  • Justice League vs Avengers
  • Mustang vs Camero
  • Apple vs Banana
  • Odds vs Evens
  • Mac vs PC
  • Football vs Fútbol
  • Milk Chocolate vs Dark Chocolate
  • Dancing vs Singing
  • Meat vs Vegetables
  • Summer vs Winter

Today’s Discussion

We are kicking off 2019 with a new series we’re calling Great Faith. We will be joining thousands of Believers in nearly 60 different countries within our Every Nation Church Family in preaching, praying and fasting as we seek to discover what great faith is and why having faith even matters in the first place. That word, ‘faith‘ can mean a lot of things to a lot of people based on upbringing, church experience, and personal struggles. But, what does the Bible mean when it uses the word faith? And why was Jesus continually amazed by either the presence or lack thereof, when it came to faith in people’s lives? Let’s find out together.

Discussion Questions

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

“Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.”

In a culture that has more wealth and possessions than any culture in the history of the world, why do you think anxiety and depression are so rampant?

Philippians 4:11-13

“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Why do you think the fear of rejection, or the fear of not living up to people’s expectations, is such a powerful force in our lives?

What does Paul say is the “secret” of not letting that fear rule your life?

What do you think it means for Him [Christ] to be our strength?

Elisabeth Elliot

“Don’t dig up in doubt that you planted in faith.”

How do fear and anxiety affect our faith?

Have you ever had a time when your faith was damaged, or maybe even crippled, because of your circumstances? If so, how did you make it through that moment? 

Having walked through that difficulty, how would you say your faith today compares to your faith in that season?

Philippians 4:6-10

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 

What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. 10I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity.” 

How does, or how might, prayer help strengthen your faith even in the midst of difficult moments?

How does, or how might, ministering to others strengthen your faith even in the midst of difficult moments?

How does, or how might, being in community with others strengthen your faith even in the midst of difficult moments?

Closing Thought

Paul was the most dangerous man in the Roman Empire in his day because there was nothing you could threaten him with. When threatened with death he would reply, “To live is Christ and to die is gain.” When threatened with prison he would simply convert all the prison guards and prisoners to faith in Christ. Paul had nothing he feared except for not having Jesus because he was convinced of Christ’s love for him.

What is it about the Love of Christ that can bring us to that place of boldness and contentment? 

Now, let’s take a moment to pray for one another in those areas where we might be questioning God’s love for us, or our ability to trust in Him. I want us to have the faith in this moment to be vulnerable and ask someone to enter into that place with us and pray for our hearts and our faith.

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