Hey Cougs! Here’s where you can find all of our sermons for the year. We’ll watch these videos in core every week and discuss.

 

Week 8: (October 20th) 

First Discussion:

  • Read Hebrews 5:7-8
    • How is Jesus remaining persistent?
  • Read Proverbs 24:16
    • We are not promised that this life will be easy. In fact, we are told that we will face trials. How do you respond when you go through hard and uncomfortable time? How is your relationship with God and community affected when times get hard?
  • Read Hebrews 12:1-3
    • What does this say about how you should respond during uncomfortable times?

Second Discussion:

  • How can you purposefully create discomfort with the goal of helping people grow?

Announcements:

  • Give online at anyfocus.org/donate
  • Brown Bag!
    • If you’re hoping to get connected with more people from our ministry, this is a great way!
    • Sign up on any of our social media platforms. New sign ups will be posted weekly.
  • Fall Worship Night
    • November 1st
    • 6-9pm
    • Reclamation Church parking lot.
    • Social distancing required.

 

Week 7: (October 13th) 

Discussion Questions:

  • What stood out to you?
  • What has vulnerability looked like for you?
  • What keeps you from being open with people?
  • What would change about your relationship with God and people if you were to embrace vulnerability?
  • Read 1 John 1:5-10
    • How can you become a person who is open and vulnerable?
    • Practice vulnerability now: What does giving and being generous look like for you? (This is a taboo question in our society. As Christians, we want to bring every thing out into the light, even if it makes us look bad.)

Recourses for further reflection:

 

Week 6: (October 4th)

First Discussion:

  • Read John 15:12-17 again.
    • What sticks out to you?
    • What does it mean to lay down one’s life for one’s friends?
    • How has someone laid down their life for you?

Second Discussion:

  • Read Acts 2:42-47
    • How does this compare or contrast from the relationships you’ve had with others?
    • How can you personally help cultivate a community like this in your core?
  • Read Philippians 2:1-4
    • What sticks out to you?
    • What do you think it means to be “like minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind”?
    • How can you value others by laying down your own life?

Announcements:

  • Give online at anyfocus.org/donate
  • If you want to get plugged into a local church, ask your corefa to take them with you!

 

Week 5: (September 27th) 

First discussion: (about 30 minutes)
  • Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17 a couple of times aloud together
    • What questions do you have from this? What stands out to from these verses?
    • Why do you think scripture is important for the life of a disciple?
    • Share a story of a time when you found these verses to be true in your life.
    • What keeps you from reading scripture regularly?
    • What do you think would change about you if you committed yourself to reading the scriptures more regularly?

Second discussion: (about 30 minutes)

  • Read Matthew 6:9-13
    • What stands out to you about this prayer?
    • How does this prayer differ from your normal prayers?
      • For more guided insight into this, listen to this podcast after core!
    • Why do you think Jesus would want us to pray this way?
    • How might saying this every day for a week change your thinking?
    • Why do you think prayer is important for the life of a disciple?

Announcements:

  • Pizza Theology “In It, Not Of It” Part 2 is this coming Sunday, Oct. 4th, from 4-6:30pm.
  • Give online at anyfocus.org/donate
  • If you want to get plugged into a local church, ask your corefa to take them with you!

 

Week 4: (September 20th) 

First discussion: 

  • Read Matthew 6:25-34 together. 
  • What would change about how you live your life if you were to let God take care of these needs of yours?

Second discussion: 

  • Re-read Matthew 13:44-46. 
  • What might God be calling you to sell to fully invest in his Kingdom?

Third discussion: 

  • What is this stirring up within you so far?

Fourth discussion: 

  • What change will you make in the way you interact with people this week? 
  • What areas of your life do you need to ask how to bring the kingdom?

Announcements:

  • Pizza Theology  “In it, not of it” part 1 sep 27th 4-6pm (q&a after 6-6:30) and part 2 Oct 4th same time
  • Give online at anyfocus.org/donate
  • Set up your 1 on 1s!

 

Week 3: (September 13th) 

Questions (part 1):

  1. What do you think the meaning of life is? Why?

Questions (part 2):

  1. What sticks out to you or was challenging to you about this message and why?
  2. What questions did this message make you have? (Take some time to reflect.)

Announcements:

 

Week 2: (September 6th)


Questions:

  1. What stuck out to you the most about this message? 
  2. In what ways/areas do you tend to avoid suffering? 
  3. Share about a time where suffering led you to God. 
  4. Based on the message today, what adjustment do you need to make in order to grow in this area? 

Announcements:

 

Week 1: (August 30th)

Guidlines:

  • Look out for people, not just you. Consider what constitutes a necessary risk.
  • Be willing to speak up, but do so gently. Be willing to be wrong yourself. Be bold and humble.
  • Have grace. Be patient and flexible.
  • Be prayerful and seek advice.
  • In everything, ask yourself what Jesus would do and say. Then do that.

Questions for discussion:

  1. What’s been the most difficult think for you to think through this season?
  2. What do you think some necessary risks might be?
  3. Which guideline do you think is hardest for you to naturally follow and why?

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