Living Faithfully for Christ in a World Opposed to Christ - Part 5 (John 17:14-19)

We must be in the world… Living in a world that hates us …but not of the world… Informed and transformed …for the purpose of witnessing to the worldWe must not respond in – Isolation – Assimilation – Sinful Confrontation – Apprehension (fear and worry) Main Focus: We are on a mission to witness; and that witness is seen in our unity. A. A mission to witness – Our mission should help us understand and see life more clearly – Examples: We see people through the lens of mission; we see circumstances through......

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Living Faithfully for Christ in a World Opposed to Christ (Part 4)

Key Idea: To live faithfully for Christ in a world opposed to Christ we must be in the world, but not of the world, for the purpose of witnessing to the world. 1. We must be in the world… (Verses 14-15) Main focus – To be “in the world” means we live in a culture that hates us, and with the devil who opposes us. 2. …but not of the world… (Verses 16-19) Main focus – To be “not of the world” means to be faithful to Christ through living according to the Word,......

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Living for Christ in a World Opposed to Him - Part 3 (John 17:14-17)

John 17:14-19 Living for Christ in a World Opposed to Him (Part 3) Key Idea: To live faithfully for Christ in a world opposed to Christ we must be in the world, but not of the world, for the purpose of witnessing to the world. We must be in the world Verse 15 – “I do not ask you to take them out of the world” Verse 18 – “so I have sent them into the world” But not of the world Verses 14 and 16 – “they are not of the world”......

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Mother's Day: Session 12 (Spring 2021)

Session 12 – Small Group Study Guide Download: Word | Download: PDF Word: How this truth should be understood Turn to Genesis 3:8-10, where Adam and Eve hid upon hearing the sound of God walking in the garden looking for them. Consider Adam’s response in v. 10 about being afraid. What do these verses teach us about the origin of fear? Look at Matthew 6:25-27. Why does Jesus tell you NOT to worry about your lives? How do you think Jesus’ illustration about birds and flowers help drive home the point that you......

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Anniversary Sunday: Session 11 (Spring 2021)

Session 11 – Small Group Study Guide Download: Word | Download: PDF Reflection Questions What about the testimonies encouraged you? In this past year, how have you seen God take something seemingly bad and use it for good in your life? How can this encourage you in the midst of a difficulty you’re experiencing now? How has God answered your prayers and what have you learned about Him through that? In this season of life, what are ways you can magnify God in thanksgiving as well as trials? What areas of your life......

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The Gospel of John: Session 10 (Spring 2021)

Session 10 – Small Group Study Guide Download: Word | Download: PDF Word: How this truth should be understood According to verse 14, why can we expect to be hated by the world? Think about some of the other ideas and petitions that Jesus has mentioned so far in his prayer in John 17. How do they relate to the purpose of mission and witnessing to the world? Worship: How this truth affects your heart Verse 14 teaches us that as believers, we can expect the world to hate us because we “are......

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Living for Christ in a World Opposed to Him - Part 2 (John 17:14-17)

Key Idea: To live faithfully for Christ in a world opposed to Christ, we must be in the world but not of the world, for the purpose of witnessing to the world. We must be in the world Verse 15 – “I do not ask you to take them out of the world” Verse 18 – “so I have sent them into the world” But not of the world Verses 14 and 16 – “they are not of the world” For the purpose of witnessing to the world Verse 18 – “so I have......

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Count the Costs: Session 9 (Spring 2021)

Session 9 – Small Group Study Guide Download: Word | Download: PDF Word: How this truth should be understood Jesus’ words in Mark 8:34-38 do not happen in a vacuum. Verses 27-33 provides the context for his explanation. With that being said, why do you think Peter struggles with Christ saying He will need to die in verses 31-32 and how does Jesus’ words in verses 34-38 correct and inform Peter’s mistaken understanding of Jesus? In verse 34, Jesus gives requirements to follow Him. What are they and what do they mean? In......

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