monday message recap

heart and soul

May 10, 2020

Preparation
If you haven’t had a chance to watch this weekend’s message, please click here and watch before you begin your discussion.

Connection
How is everyone doing today? What have you been thankful for in this season?

Decisions that Shape your Heart and Soul.
Luke 1:38, Luke 2:51, John 2:5 (ESV)

The Decision to Worry or to Worship

  • After being told that she would give birth to the Messiah, Mary responded “Let it be to me according to your word.”
  • Mary was in a situation that could have cost her her fiance and, according to Jewish law, her life. When she met her cousin Elizabeth though, she sang. 
    • As a teenage girl, she says, “I will not worry. I will worship.”
  • We have to decide in tough moments if we are going to worry or worship. We can’t do both. 

The Decision to have Expectations or Experiences

  • Mary rode on a donkey 70 miles to Bethlehem which is where she gave birth to Jesus (the Messiah).
  • Nativity sets do not depict the birth of Jesus accurately. Mary would be shocked at our depictions of the moment. 
  • Mary dismissed her expectations and embraced her experiences.
    • She most likely did not picture giving birth near livestock. 
  • Mary saw how the Shepherds responded to Jesus and pondered it in her heart. She let go of her expectation. 
  • We would all be happier if we let go of our expectations and just enjoyed our experiences. 
  • Identify our expectations and categorize them: Unrealistic – Let it go. Aspirational – Pursue. Fulfilled – Be thankful. 

The Decision to Enforce or Empower

  • Throughout Jesus’ life, Mary had to release Him to be who God called Him to be. 
  • Key moments with Jesus and Mary: From the temple to the cross. What you will see is a pattern of Jesus becoming His own person and Mary releasing Him and encouraging Him to do that.

Questions

1) The decision to worship instead of worry is a lot easier said than done. What are things that you are experiencing worry or even panic over that you can turn over to God this week through worship? (i.e. singing, prayer, turning on music.)

2) The decision to be in the moment and not live in your expectations can be difficult as well. Are there any unrealistic expectations that you can let go of? Are there any aspirational expectations that you can pursue? Are there any fulfilled expectations that you can praise God for?

Prayer
We believe that prayer changes things and that God moves when we pray. Take some time to gather prayer requests and pray for each other and our world.


If Groups would like to go further into the Scriptures, we encourage you to SOAP together.

SOAP Passage: Luke 1:38 – Luke 2

Summarize
Read the Scripture(s) out loud and then retell it in your own words as if you were having coffee with a friend without a Bible. Close your Bibles and have fun with this.

Observational Questions (Some questions may not apply in all passages)

  • What did you learn about Jesus? (Luke 24:45-47)
  • What did you learn about yourself? People? (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • What did you learn that helps you to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind? (Matthew 22:37-40)

Application Questions (Some questions may not apply in all passages)

  • How were you corrected and challenged? (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • What did you learn from the passage that will help you endure and be encouraged? (Romans 15:4)
  • What did you learn that will teach you to do works of service to build up the church at Evangel? (Ephesians 4:11-16)
  • What has helped you to love your neighbor as yourself? (Matthew 22:37-40)

Prayer
Does anyone have a need or other prayer/praise request?

 


the commissioned church

May 3, 2020


Preparation

If you haven’t had a chance to watch this weekend’s message, please click here and watch before you begin your discussion.

Connection
How is everyone doing today? What have you been thankful for in this season?

The Commissioned Church
Matthew 28:16-20 (ESV)

  • Myth #1: The church is built when people come to the church building.
    • Truth: The church is built when the church goes to people.
      • Scripture: “Go therefore …”
      • The power is not in the building, the power is in the people.
  • Myth #2: The church is built when people make a decision to follow Jesus.
    • Truth: The church is built when people make a decision to follow Jesus and continue as disciples of Christ.
      • Scripture: “… and make disciples of all nations …”
      • We don’t make converts. We make disciples.
  • Myth #3: The initiation into discipleship is regular church attendance.
    • Truth: The initiation into discipleship is baptism.
      • Scripture: “… baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit …”
        • Your life is transformed by obedience to Jesus, not by church attendance.
        • Baptism is a step of obedience and a public declaration of a dedication to discipleship. If you’d like to learn more, please click here

Questions
1) Have I been operating out of the perspective of any of these myths, and if so, what shift(s) can I make to better embody the commissioned church?

2) Have I made a decision to be baptized? If not, what’s stopping me?

Prayer
We believe that prayer changes things, and that God moves when we pray. Take some time to gather prayer requests and pray for each other and our world.


If Groups would like to go further into the Scriptures, we encourage you to SOAP together.

SOAP Passage: Matthew 28:16-20

Summarize
Read the Scripture(s) out loud and then retell it in your own words as if you were having coffee with a friend without a Bible. Close your Bibles and have fun with this.

Observational Questions (Some questions may not apply in all passages)

  • What did you learn about Jesus? (Luke 24:45-47)
  • What did you learn about yourself? People? (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • What did you learn that helps you to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind? (Matthew 22:37-40)

Application Questions (Some questions may not apply in all passages)

  • How were you corrected and challenged? (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • What did you learn from the passage that will help you endure and be encouraged? (Romans 15:4)
  • What did you learn that will teach you to do works of service to build up the church at Evangel? (Ephesians 4:11-16)
  • What has helped you love your neighbor as yourself? (Matthew 22:37-40)

Prayer
Does anyone have a need or other prayer/praise request? 

 


the comforting Christ

APRIL 26, 2020

Preparation
If you haven’t had a chance to watch this weekend’s message, please click here and watch before you begin your discussion.

Connection
How is everyone doing today? What have you been thankful for in this season?

The Comforting Christ
Luke 24:35-49 (NLT)

God is still convincing people today that He is alive and active, and He does this through the Holy Spirit.

1. The Holy Spirit comforts our hearts.

  • In this story, Jesus appears to His followers and they were startled, as if they saw a ghost. But Jesus brings comfort to them.
    • He attempted to calm them with His words.
      • God’s Word (the Bible) can bring comfort to you.
    • He calmed them by showing them His wounds.
      • God brings comfort to us through our wounds as well.
    • He calmed them by eating food.
      • Jesus asked if they have anything to eat, and He began to eat the food.
      • The disciples watched Him eat the food, and they wondered how this body would it eat.
      • Jesus was showing them that He wasn’t just some spirit, but that He truly was there in His glorified body.
  • God loves to bring comfort to His people.
    • The Holy Spirit helps us to feel God’s love.
    • We can pray this prayer, “Come Holy Spirit, comfort me.”

2. The Holy Spirit opens our minds.

  • The disciples hearts were comforted, but some of them still had doubts.
    • Jesus opened their minds to understand the Word.
    • To understand Jesus, we need to think big picture: What has God been doing all throughout history?
    • Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to understand the Scriptures.
      • There are many people who have a hard time believing in Jesus, but when they began to read the Bible, God begins to reveal Himself.
    • Start reading your Bible today!
      • Go to goevangel.org/soap to follow a daily Bible reading plan and to read through the Book of John.

3. The Holy Spirit empowers witnesses.

  • After Jesus opens the disciples’ minds, He also opens their minds to the empowering work of the Holy Spirit. He wanted them to take everything that they witnessed out into the world, sharing about Him with others.
  • The disciples up to this point had experienced what living life with Jesus was like. Imagine being the disciples for three years, walking everyday with God in the flesh and all the things they experienced by His side. They experienced supernatural miracles, but also how He loved people, how He taught people, how He took care of them.
    • Jesus wanted them to share these things that they experienced.
    • Jesus wants us to share what it is like to live life with Jesus as well.
  • It’s hard to share something you have never experienced.
    • Jesus wants us to wait on the Holy Spirit, because we can experience God’s power. As a result, we can be able to confidently share about Jesus and what He has done in our lives.

How do I wait on the Holy Spirit during this season of social distancing?

1. Find a place of solitude.
2. Create a rhythm of prayer. “Come Holy Spirit”
3) Be open to His power and what He might want to do in that moment.

Questions
1) Pastor Nate taught that the Holy Spirit is our Comforter. Now more than ever, many of us need comfort. How can Jesus bring comfort to us and others? In what areas of our lives can we allow Him to bring us comfort?

2) Have you ever had a hard time explaining to others what Jesus has done in your life? What are ways that you can always be prepared to share (1 Peter 3:15) and wait on the Holy Spirit to guide you and help you?

Prayer
We believe that prayer changes things, and that God moves when we pray. Take some time to gather prayer requests and pray for each other and our world.


If Groups would like to go further into the Scriptures, we encourage you to SOAP together.

SOAP Passage: Luke 24:35-53

Summarize
Read the Scripture(s) out loud and then retell it in your own words as if you were having coffee with a friend without a Bible. Close your Bibles and have fun with this.

Observational Questions (Some questions may not apply in all passages)

  • What did you learn about Jesus? (Luke 24:45-47)
  • What did you learn about yourself? People? (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • What did you learn that helps you to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind? (Matthew 22:37-40)

Application Questions (Some questions may not apply in all passages)

  • How were you corrected and challenged? (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • What did you learn from the passage that will help you endure and be encouraged? (Romans 15:4)
  • What did you learn that will teach you to do works of service to build up the church at Evangel? (Ephesians 4:11-16)
  • What has helped you love your neighbor as yourself? (Matthew 22:37-40)

Prayer
Does anyone have a need or other prayer/praise request?

 

 


the constant companion

APRIL 19, 2020

Preparation
If you haven’t had a chance to watch this weekend’s message, please click here and watch before you begin your discussion.

Connection
How is everyone doing today? What have you been thankful for in this season?

The Constant Companion
Luke 24:13-35 (ESV)

The Constant Companion of the Emmaus Road

  • Jesus drew “near” to the two disciples by going on their journey with them.
  • Jesus took time to wrestle with them through the Scriptures. 
    • What are you talking about so intently as you walk along? 
    • What things? 
    • Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering His glory?
  • Jesus revealed Himself to them on their physical, but at the same time spiritual, journey.
    • They must have had some previous proximity with Jesus to recognize Him when He broke the bread. 
    • Their hearts burned when they were with Him.

The Constant Companionship of the Word

  • Jesus (The Word of God) still draws near to us today.
    • The Bible, The Holy Spirit, and also through other people.
  • Logos as the Word 
    • John 1 teaches us this concept of Jesus being able to communicate God’s general will and plan for mankind.
  • Rhema as the Word
    • The Holy Spirit speaks to us through a Bible verse or through a prophetic word from someone.
    • Not every “word” outside of the Scriptures is true.
      • If something contradicts the written Word it is not true. 
      • Put it on the shelf and see if God takes it off again. 
    • The Word should burn within our hearts as we read it. 

Questions
1) Have you ever had a moment where you sensed that Jesus was at work, like the two from the Emmaus Road whose hearts “burned” when they were with Him? How did you respond in that moment?

2) Has the Holy Spirit ever spoken to you through the Bible or through someone else? What happened?

Prayer
We believe that prayer changes things and that God moves when we pray. Take some time to gather prayer requests and pray for each other and our world.


If Groups would like to go further into the Scriptures, we encourage you to SOAP together.

SOAP Passage: Luke 24:13-35

Summarize
Read the Scripture(s) out loud and then retell it in your own words as if you were having coffee with a friend without a Bible. Close your Bibles and have fun with this.

Observational Questions (Some questions may not apply in all passages)

  • What did you learn about Jesus? (Luke 24:45-47)
  • What did you learn about yourself? People? (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • What did you learn that helps you to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind? (Matthew 22:37-40)

Application Questions (Some questions may not apply in all passages)

  • How were you corrected and challenged? (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • What did you learn from the passage that will help you endure and be encouraged? (Romans 15:4)
  • What did you learn that will teach you to do works of service to build up the church at Evangel? (Ephesians 4:11-16)
  • What has helped you to love your neighbor as yourself? (Matthew 22:37-40)

Prayer
Does anyone have a need or other prayer/praise request? 


heartbeat of hope

APRIL 12, 2020

Preparation
If you haven’t had a chance to watch this weekend’s message, please click here and watch before you begin your discussion.

Connection
How is everyone doing today? What have you been thankful for in this season?

Sermon Discussion
John 20

Mary the scarred

  • Had a flatlined past
    • Her first encounter with Jesus was when He cast 7 demons out of her (Luke 8:2).
    • She traveled around with Jesus, and many believe she helped fund His ministry. 
    • She experienced hope herself, and watched Him bring hope to others. 
    • Her hope ultimately flatlined at the cross. She was there at the foot of it.
  • Had a heartbeat of hope 
    • She wasn’t expecting Him to be alive; she didn’t recognize Him. 
      • “Where did they take Him?”
    • He called her name and then she knew it was Jesus, and her hope was restored.
      • Mary called out “Rabboni” or teacher, when she realized it was Jesus.


Thomas the skeptic

  • Had a flatlined doubt
    • We don’t actually know when and where Thomas and Jesus first encountered one another.
    • Thomas saw the ministry of Jesus, and for three years would have been asking, “Who is He?”
    • Thomas was a person who needed “proof” that things happened. This is why he stated he would not believe unless he touched and saw Jesus after Jesus rose from the dead.
      • He had this hope that Jesus was the Messiah because of all the things He was doing, and then when Jesus died, his hope was flatlined.
  • Had a heartbeat of hope
    • After Thomas stated these things, Jesus appeared to him and allowed him to touch Him and feel His wounds.
    • Thomas cried out “My Lord and my God.” 
      • His hope was restored because of the evidence.

Questions
1) Which person do you identify with more, Mary or Thomas? Why? Have you had a flatlined hope experience like one of them?
2) How does Jesus rising from the dead bring hope to your life? How does Jesus’ heartbeat bring hope to your life?

Prayer
We believe that prayer changes things and that God moves when we pray. Take some time to gather prayer requests and pray for each other and our world.


If Groups would like to go further into the Scriptures, we encourage you to SOAP together.

SOAP Passage: John 20:1-30

Summarize
Read the Scripture(s) out loud and then retell it in your own words, as if you were having coffee with a friend without a Bible. Close your Bibles and have fun with this.

Observational Questions (Some questions may not apply in all passages)

  • What did you learn about Jesus? (Luke 24:45-47)
  • What did you learn about yourself? People? (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • What did you learn that helps you to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind? (Matthew 22:37-40)

Application Questions (Some questions may not apply in all passages)

  • How were you corrected and challenged? (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • What did you learn from the passage that will help you endure and be encouraged? (Romans 15:4)
  • What did you learn that will teach you to do works of service to build up the church at Evangel? (Ephesians 4:11-16)
  • What has helped you love your neighbor as yourself? (Matthew 22:37-40)

Prayer
Does anyone have a need or other prayer request or praise report?

 


undaunted

APRIL 5, 2020

Preparation
If you haven’t had a chance to watch this weekend’s message, please click here and watch before you begin the discussion.

Connection
How is everyone doing today? What have you been thankful for in this season?

How To Live Undaunted
Matthew 21:1-11 (ESV)

Let Yourself Feel Grief

  • Jesus allowed Himself to go through the grief.  
  • Jesus shared His pain with His confidants.
  • Jesus took His pain to the Father in this prayer. This is a pattern for us all to follow. 
    • “If possible, take this cup from me”

Keep Moving Through The Grief

  • Jesus kept moving forward, despite His feelings and circumstances.
  • Stages for dealing with grief:
    • Denial – “This can’t be happening.”
    • Anger – “I can’t believe this is happening to me.”
    • Bargaining – “If I just ______, maybe this will stop happening.”
    • Sadness – “This is never going to stop happening.”
    • Acceptance – “This is real. And I have to figure out how to keep moving.” 
      • Jesus did this within His prayer – ‘“Not my will but yours be done.” 
  • Grab unto a truth of who God is and act on what is true rather than what you feel. 
  •  “Amen” is not a conclusion, it’s a commitment! “Amen” = “So be it!” or “Let it be!”

Questions
1) Pastor Josh taught that Jesus felt grief on His journey to the cross. We are in a season where many are experiencing grief. How can Jesus’ journey bring comfort to us and others?

2) What are two truths about God that we can grab unto and act on this upcoming week?

Prayer
We believe that prayer changes things and that God moves when we pray. Take some time to gather prayer requests and pray for each other and our world.


If Groups would like to go further into the scriptures, we encourage you to SOAP together.

SOAP Passage: Matthew 21:1-11

Summarize

Read the Scripture(s) out loud and then retell it in your own words as if you were having coffee with a friend without a Bible. Close your Bibles and have fun with this.

Observational Questions (Some questions may not apply in all passages)

  • What did you learn about Jesus? (Luke 24:45-47)
  • What did you learn about yourself? People? (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • What did you learn that helps you to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind? (Matthew 22:37-40)

Application Questions (Some questions may not apply in all passages)

  • How were you corrected and challenged? (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • What did you learn from the passage that will help you endure and be encouraged? (Romans 15:4)
  • What did you learn that will teach you to do works of service to build up the church at Evangel? (Ephesians 4:11-16)
  • What has helped you love your neighbor as yourself? (Matthew 22:37-40)

Prayer 

  • Does anyone have a need or other prayer/praise request?

 


unhindered

MARCH 29, 2020

Preparation
If you haven’t had a chance to watch this weekend’s message, please click here and watch before you begin the discussion.

Connection
How is everyone doing today? What have you been thankful for in this season?

Sermon Discussion
Romans 12:10-13 (ESV)

ABC’s of an unhindered life:

  • Affection
  • Boldness
  • Consistency
  • Contribution

“Rules of Life in a Pandemic” from John Mark Comer:

  • Start the day in quiet prayer and Scripture
  • Create a gratitude ritual
  • Exercise or get out for a walk
  • Do something that takes your full focus and shuts off the rest of the world
  • Build a key relationship during this time
  • Limit news intake to twice/day
  • Limit escapist behaviors like social media, alcohol, television, sugar, staying up late

Questions
1) Which one of the ABC’s in the unhindered life do you feel like God is calling you to grow in during this season? And why?

2) Pastor Josh referenced the “Rules of Life in a Pandemic” (above) from John Mark Comer. How could that list of 7 behaviors help you during this time?

Prayer
We believe that prayer changes things and that God moves when we pray. Take some time to gather prayer requests and pray for each other and our world.


If Groups would like to go further into the scriptures, we encourage you to SOAP together.

SOAP Passage: Romans 12:1-13

Summarize
Read the Scripture(s) out loud and then retell it in your own words as if you were having coffee with a friend without a Bible. Close your Bibles and have fun with this.

Observational Questions (Some questions may not apply in all passages)

  • What stood out to you while reading?
  • What did you learn about Jesus? (Luke 24:45-47)
  • What did you learn about yourself? People? (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • What did you learn that helps you to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind? (Matthew 22:37-40)

Application Questions (Some questions may not apply in all passages)

  • How were you corrected and challenged? (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • What did you learn from the passage that will help you endure and be encouraged? (Romans 15:4)
  • What did you learn that will teach you to do works of service to build up the church at Evangel? (Ephesians 4:11-16)
  • What has helped you love your neighbor as yourself? (Matthew 22:37-40)

Prayer
Does anyone have a need or other prayer/praise request?