LIFE NOTES

Equipping and empowering adults to mature as disciple-makers of those they influence.

Life Is Complicated | Week 13 Group Study

Here is this week’s Group Study to complement Pastor’s upcoming sermon Life Is Complicated: The Complication of Presumption.

Click here to download the Life Is Complicated | Week 13 Group Study (11.02.2014)

Distribution and Use:

Please forward this PDF on to your Life Group members. Encourage them to load it on their iPad or tablet device. If they prefer, they can print a copy and bring it to their Life Group Meeting. On Sunday mornings we have printed copies available at all of the welcome kiosks on both campuses, inside the Life Resources Center (Warren Augusta, D106), and inside the Life Groups Office (Warren Augusta, C105).

Life Is Complicated: The Complication of Presumption (James 4:13-17)

These resources are designed to assist Life Group Leaders as they prepare to lead their Life Group through a study of The Complication of Presumption (James 4:13-17).

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  • “Life is far from simple. It is a complex matrix of forces, events, people, contingencies and circumstances over which we have little or not control, making it impossible for anyone to ascertain, design, or assure any specific future. Despite that, some people foolishly imagine that they are in charge of their lives. Sadly, such people ignore not only the existence of God’s will but also its benefit. Christians have the comfort of knowing that the sovereign, omniscient, omnipotent God of the universe controls every event and circumstance of their lives and weaves them all into His perfect plan for them. (Rom 8:28; Ps 37:3-5; Prov 3:5-6)” —John MacArthur
  • Adoption: Reaching Hands Adoption Ministry – www.reachinghandsadoptionministry.com
  • Foster Care: Augusta Pregnancy Center – www.augustacpc.org
  • Foster Care: Lifeline Children’s Services – www.lifelinechild.org

Think About It

  • In what ways do I become blinded when I shift my focus from the will of God to my own passions and desires?
  • How do I realign my life with the will of God?
  • How do I live a life that demonstrates a faith applied?

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Orphan Sunday
On Orphan Sunday, churches across America and beyond celebrate the love of the God who “places the lonely in families” (Psalm 68:6) and calls us to do the same. Ultimately, Orphan Sunday seeks to make the Gospel visible as Christians explore and respond to God’s heart for the orphan in adoption, foster care, and global orphan ministry.

Life Is Complicated | Week 12 Group Study

Here is this week’s Group Study to complement Pastor’s upcoming sermon Life Is Complicated: The Complication of Judgment.

Click here to download the Life Is Complicated | Week 12 Group Study (10.26.2014)

Distribution and Use:

Please forward this PDF on to your Life Group members. Encourage them to load it on their iPad or tablet device. If they prefer, they can print a copy and bring it to their Life Group Meeting. On Sunday mornings we have printed copies available at all of the welcome kiosks on both campuses, inside the Life Resources Center (Warren Augusta, D106), and inside the Life Groups Office (Warren Augusta, C105).

Life Is Complicated: The Complication of Judgment (James 4:11-12)

These resources are designed to assist Life Group Leaders as they prepare to lead their Life Group through a study of The Complication of Judgment (James 4:11-12).

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  • Matthew 7:1-4
  • Matthew 22:37-40
  • Luke 18:9-13
  • Romans 7

Think About It

  • Explain how James 4:11-12 fits into the larger context of James 4. How do these two verses connect with those that come before and those that follow?
  • This passage is written to believers and discusses how they interact with other believers. How does that knowledge influence your application of this passage?
  • How do you (individually) put to death the temptation to judge another?
  • How can Christians put to death the temptation to judge another?
  • Sometimes the lines between “sinful judgment” and “biblical correction” get blurred. How might someone confuse these two? Describe how the two are different.

Life Is Complicated | Week 11 Group Study

Here is this week’s Group Study to complement Pastor’s upcoming sermon Life Is Complicated: The Complication of Pride.

Click here to download the Life Is Complicated | Week 11 Group Study (10.19.2014)

Distribution and Use:

Please forward this PDF on to your Life Group members. Encourage them to load it on their iPad or tablet device. If they prefer, they can print a copy and bring it to their Life Group Meeting. On Sunday mornings we have printed copies available at all of the welcome kiosks on both campuses, inside the Life Resources Center (Warren Augusta, D106), and inside the Life Groups Office (Warren Augusta, C105).

Life Is Complicated: The Complication of Pride (James 4:6-10)

These resources are designed to assist Life Group Leaders as they prepare to lead their Life Group through a study of The Complication of Pride (James 4:6-10).

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Think About It

  • How does James 4:6-10 speak to Christ-followers?
  • How does James 4:6-10 speak to those who do not follow Christ?
  • How do you make yourself aware of the Gospel of grace on a daily basis?
  • How do you remain clean and pure in such an unclean and impure world?
  • How do we take God seriously and the work of Christ seriously so that we live with a spirit of brokenness?

Life Is Complicated | Week 10 Group Study

Here is this week’s Group Study to complement Pastor’s upcoming sermon Life Is Complicated: The Complication of Desire.

Click here to download the Life Is Complicated | Week 10 Group Study (10.12.2014)

Distribution and Use:

Please forward this PDF on to your Life Group members. Encourage them to load it on their iPad or tablet device. If they prefer, they can print a copy and bring it to their Life Group Meeting. On Sunday mornings we have printed copies available at all of the welcome kiosks on both campuses, inside the Life Resources Center (Warren Augusta, D106), and inside the Life Groups Office (Warren Augusta, C105).

Life Is Complicated: The Complication of Desire (James 4:1-5)

These resources are designed to assist Life Group Leaders as they prepare to lead their Life Group through a study of The Complication of Desire (James 4:1-5).

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  • Hosea 1-3
  • Matthew 6:19-21, 24
  • Matthew 6:7-15
  • Matthew 7:7-11
  • What a friend we have in Jesus
    What a Friend we have in Jesus,
    All our sins and griefs to bear!
    What a privilege to carry
    Everything to God in prayer!
    O what peace we often forfeit,
    O what needless pain we bear,
    All because we do not carry
    Everything to God in prayer!
    Have we trials and temptations?
    Is there trouble anywhere?
    We should never be discouraged,
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
    Can we find a friend so faithful
    Who will all our sorrows share?
    Jesus knows our every weakness,
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Think About It

  • James is contrasting Friendship with the World to Friendship with God. What do these two friendships look like in your own life?
  • Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us.” (Proverbs 3:34) What does this mean and how does it apply to our lives?
  • Scripture often describes Friendship with the World as “spiritual adultery”. Why? What portions of Scripture employ this analogy?

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Psalm 16: The Heart of Christian Hedonism is an excerpt from this longer video.

Life Is Complicated | Week 9 Group Study

Here is this week’s Group Study to complement Pastor’s upcoming sermon Life Is Complicated: The Complication of Wisdom.

Click here to download the Life Is Complicated | Week 9 Group Study (10.05.2014)

Distribution and Use:

Please forward this PDF on to your Life Group members. Encourage them to load it on their iPad or tablet device. If they prefer, they can print a copy and bring it to their Life Group Meeting. On Sunday mornings we have printed copies available at all of the welcome kiosks on both campuses, inside the Life Resources Center (Warren Augusta, D106), and inside the Life Groups Office (Warren Augusta, C105).

Life Is Complicated: The Complication of Wisdom (James 3:13-18)

These resources are designed to assist Life Group Leaders as they prepare to lead their Life Group through a study of The Complication of Wisdom (James 3:13-18).

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  • Genesis 3:1-5
  • 1 Corinthians 2
  • Matthew 5:1-12
  • 2 Timothy 3:14-17
  • “[G]entleness is essential to Christian living. It is not an add-on. It is . . . one of the few indisputable evidences of the Holy Spirit alive and well within someone. Gentleness is not just for some Christians, those wired in a certain way. It cannot merely be an inherent character trait, a result of personality or genetic predisposition, because it is listed as part of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5. Looked at another way, nowhere in the New Testament’s lists of spiritual gifts is gentleness identified as one such gift. It is not a gift of the Spirit for a few. It is the fruit of the Spirit for all. To be gentle is to become who we were meant to be; that is, to return to who we once were, in Eden.” – Dane C. Ortlund, Edwards on the Christian Life: Alive to the Beauty of God

Think About It

  • What shapes the direction of your life? How do you evaluate and determine the guidance of your days?
  • Contrast the “wisdom of this world” with the “wisdom that comes from God”. What are the defining marks of each?
  • How does the wisdom from God impact how you relate to other believers?
  • How does the wisdom from God impact how you relate to non-believers?
  • How does the wisdom from God deepen your discipleship?

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Life Is Complicated: The Complication of Confusion (James 1:5-11)