Best Supporting Act

Think: remembering the main points

  • Best Supporting Act: John 1:6-23
  • Explain context & Read passage
  • John’s obedience in ministry
  • Jesus’ obedience in baptism

 Talk: questions that stimulate application

  1. Have you ever taken part in a daring challenge – how was that?
  2. What is the most difficult thing that God has asked you to do?
  3. Why was John the Baptist able to humble himself?
  4. Is there a link here between humility and obedience? In what way?
  5. Thinking of the Fall (Genesis 3) – why is obedience such a challenge to us?
  6. In what areas of your life do you struggle to obey God?
  7. Can you think of Biblical examples of obedience that can inspire you?
  8. What does obedience look like in your workplace? In your family life?

 Task: actions speak louder than words

  • Personal exercise – take time to think individually about this: Are there issues of disobedience that you need to return to and correct?
  • Share about one significant area in your life where obedience is a battle and share it with your group and you pray for one another.
  • Think and talk as a group identifying 4 things that could make you more supportive towards each other in your quest for living obedient daily lives.

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Attachment Issues

Title: Attachment Issues
Text: Mark 10:17-22

Main ideas
* Impressive Inquiery
* Intense Invitation
 
Watch together this clip from The Apprentice
  • What is your reaction to this?
  • Have you ever felt ‘rumbled’ when you were pretending?
  • What impresses you about the young rich ruler?
  • Why was Jesus not impressed by his morality and religiosity?
  • Is owning money wrong? Do we all have to sell everything?
  • Can you define and explain what discipleship means?
  • Do you need to let go of something?
  • What are some of the things that can hinder us from obeying Jesus?
  • In your context of home & work- what does it look like to follow Jesus?
 
Listen to this song or read out this prayer
Matt Redman – Gracefully Broken

Covenant Prayer (Wesleyan Tradition)
I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, place me with whom you will.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be put to work for you or set aside for you,
Praised for you or criticized for you.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and fully surrender all things to your glory and service.
And now, O wonderful and holy God,
Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer, 
You are mine, and I am yours.

Get Anchored

Think: remembering the main points
• Get Anchored – Romans 8
• Explain context & Read passage
• We need security in life: i.e. hooks for climbers
• Spiritual anchor: God gives us salvation: 33-34
• Spiritual anchor: God gives us affection: 37

Talk: questions that stimulate application
• Think of an example when a safety feature saved your life – tell us about it.
• What could have been like to be a Christian in Rome in Paul’s time?
• Do we face similar pressures to the Roman believers – give examples?
• Why is salvation such a big deal?
• How can someone know that they are saved? Any test/signs?
• Where are some of the wrong places people look for affection?
• How can we fight the lies and enforce the truth that we are loved by God?

Task: actions speak louder than words
• Discuss this quote by Tim Keller: Here’s the gospel: you’re more sinful than you ever dared believe; you’re more loved than you ever dared hope. Is this true? How does it affect you?

• Evaluate if you have experienced/still experience God’s salvation – if it feels distant, take the time to reflect on Jesus’ death and ask the Holy Spirit to make it real today!

• Pray for your friends and relatives who don’t have that assurance of salvation and affection – asking that God will make Himself known to them.

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Get Anchored – Romans 8.pdf

Successful Succession

Think: remembering the main points

  • Successful Succession – Numbers 27:12-23
  • Explain context & Read passage
  • Handing things over is always challenging
  • Good leaders let go: 12-17
  • Good Leaders pass on: 18-23

Talk: questions that stimulate application

· Talk about the Manchester United situation after Sir Alex’s retirement – what were the mistakes? How could things have been done better?

· Have you experienced bosses who were encouraging or stifling you – give ex.?

· What could have been some of the emotions that Moses was experiencing?

· Why was Moses not allowed to enter the promise land – see Numbers 20?

· Does leadership require higher standards of integrity (with God & people)?

· In what ways did Moses’ attitude prepare the way for Joshua to lead?

· As Christians – does God appoint leaders or do we chose them?

· How do we identify new leaders in the church community?

· How do we encourage and equip uprising leaders in the church community?

Task: actions speak louder than words

· Why not take the time to express your gratitude to God (prayer) and the leaders (write/tell) as they serve the church community.

· Pray for the existing & future church leaders at CFM. Pray for godliness, love, strength, wisdom and courage to serve us all well going forward.

For printable PDF notes please click here >>>   Succesful Succession.pdf

Walking With God

Sun 2nd July 17 “Walking With God”. Numbers 21: 4-9

Remember the Main Points:

What can we expect to experience if we chose to walk with God?

· HE Directs His People Numbers 21:4-5

· HE Disciplines His People Numbers 21:6-7

· HE Delivers His People Numbers 21: 8-9

Develop the Teaching: Choose one or more of the following.

Direction:

  • Why did they go around Edom? See Numbers 20:14-21
  • What was so special about Edom? Deut 2:4-6
  • Delays & diversions are always frustrating but can be part of God’s plan.

Discipline:

  • What is the difference between Punishment & Discipline? See Hebrews 12:5-11
  • How did the people & Moses respond to the serpents? Numbers 21:7

Deliverance:

  • What was the significance of the serpent on a pole? Later it was worshipped 2 Kings 18:4
  • In what ways did the serpent on a pole point to a man on a cross? John 3:14-17

Personal Application:

· As you seek to walk with God today are you currently experiencing Delays, Diversions, Direction, Discipline or Deliverance?

· Pray for each other as you seek to walk with God.

Allan

Rev J. Allan Ellershaw

Lead Minister at Carnforth Free Methodist Church

7 Bridgeside

Carnforth

LA5 9LF

Tel: 01524 730642

Moses- Moving On. Numbers 21.pdf

Life Changing Decisions. Sun 18th June

Life Group Notes

Moving On

Lessons from the Life of Moses

TITLE & PASSAGE: “Life Changing Decisions”. Numbers 13-14

Remember the Main Points:

Before we make decisions that may affect the next generation stop & ask the following questions:

· WHAT? What am I focusing on? Giants or Grapes Numbers 13: 26-33

· WHERE? Where am I heading? Backwards or Forwards Numbers 14: 1-4

· WHO? Who am I listening to? Fearful or Faithful Numbers 14: 5-11

Develop the Teaching: Choose one or more of the following.

  • Can you think of people in the Bible who made decisions that changed the direction of their lives?
  • Which decisions have you made that changed the direction of your life?
  • When considering a major decision do you tend to see the problems or the possibilities?
  • When making a major decision are you someone who likes to play it safe or take risks?
  • When making a major decision whose advice do you seek?
  • According to Numbers 14:6-9 what was the basis of Joshua & Caleb’s confidence?

Personal Application:

· Pray for those in the Life Group who are currently facing Life Changing decisions.

· Pray for CFM as we move into a time of transition.

o For Cristi as he prepares to take over as Lead Minister in September

o For Andy & Tina as they move from CFM on 9th July

o For Allan & Sue as they finish at CFM on the 20th August

Moses- Moving On. Numbers 13-14.pdf

MEEKNESS

CFM LIFEGROUPS
DISCUSSION NOTES

Think: remembering the main points

· Aaron – what Meekness isn’t (Weakness)

· Miriam – the opposite of Meekness (Pride)

· Moses – what Meekness is (Strength in Submission)

· Our Greater Moses (Jesus) – How we become Meek

Talk: questions that stimulate application

• What comes into your mind when you hear the word ‘Meek’?

AARON (Meekness is not weakness)

Bible Scholars show evidence to suggest that Mirjam was the ring leader and Aaron the follower in their rebellion against Moses (this is why Mirjam was judged and not Aaron). Like in Exodus 32 Aaron showed that he was a weak man who was easily led into sin.

• What evidence in the Bible is there to suggest that meekness is not weakness?

• What sorts of things might we need to say no to as Christians? (Titus 2:12)

• Consider Paul’s encouragement to Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:7

MIRIAM (The opposite of meekness is pride)

The real issue in v1-2 seems to be Miriam’s pride rather than Moses’ wife. She seemed to speak against Moses because she was envious of the position he had.

• What is pride? You may want to think of examples or consider the following quotes; “Pride, is the ruthless, sleepless, unsmiling concentration upon self” (C.S. Lewis) or put more simply “pride is absorption in self” (Tim Keller)

• What did Miriam’s pride blind her from?

• Miriam used the issue with Moses’ wife as a smokescreen for her pride. What are ways that we can mask our pride?

MOSES (What meekness is)

Bible dictionaries give the following definitions for meekness: “power under control” “strength in submission” “gentleness”. The main word used in the Bible for Meekness was used of a wild animal that had been tamed and was submissive to its master. This can only happen when we are not absorbed in ourselves.

• In v7 it says that Moses was “faithful in all God’s house”, what do you think that means?

• How did Moses respond to Mirjam and Aaron? How can we respond with gentleness to people who speak against us?

JESUS Our Greater Moses (How we become Meek)

Why is it ineffective to work on pride/becoming meek directly (ourselves)?

• How can encountering what Jesus did for us cause our hearts to turn from themselves?

• What does it mean that meekness is in the “fruit of the Spirit”?

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