LIFE NOTES

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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).

Read It

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).

Read It

  • 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?

Watch It

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).

Read It

  • 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?

Watch It

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

Life Is Complicated | Week 8 Group Study

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

Click here to download the Life Is Complicated | Week 8 Group Study (09.28.2014)

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: Leader’s Guide (Part 2)

We are happy to be able to provide you part two of the Leader’s Guide which complements Pastor’s Fall sermon series in the book of James, “Life Is Complicated: Keep Calm and Carry On”. This Leader’s Guide is intended to give Life Group teachers more information and commentary on the material Pastor will cover. We encourage you to use this guide to do further research and study as you prepare to lead your groups.

Click here to download Life Is Complicated: Leader’s Guide (Part 2) (PDF file)

Part 2 of this Leader’s Guide covers Lessons 10-17 (James 4-5).

Lesson 10 | 12-OCT | James 4:1-5 | The Complication of Want
Lesson 11 | 19-OCT | James 4:6-10 | The Complication of Pride
Lesson 12 | 26-OCT | James 4:11-12 | The Complication of Judgment
Lesson 13 | 02-NOV | James 4:13-17 | The Complication of Presumption
Lesson 14 | 09-NOV | James 5:1-6 | The Complication of Money
Lesson 15 | 16-NOV | James 5:7-12 | The Complication of Suffering
Lesson 16 | 23-NOV | James 5:13-18 | The Complication of Disease
Lesson 17 | 30-NOV | James 5:19-20 | The Complication of Sin

Life Is Complicated: The Complication of Speech (James 3:1-12)

These resources are designed to assist Life Group Leaders as they prepare to lead their Life Group through a study of The Complication of Speech (James 3:1-12).

Read It

  • James 3:1-12
  • Matthew 12:34-37
  • Matthew 15:10-21

Think About It

  • Identify passages from the book of Proverbs that address issues related to speech.
  • How does the Gospel impact our words? Why does the Gospel impact our words?
  • Should “untamed speech” be an issue for non-believers? If so, why?
  • How James deal with the topic of speech outside of James 3:1-12?
  • What types of injuries does the tongue cause? How can these injuries be healed?

Watch It

Life Is Complicated | Week 7 Group Study

Here is this week’s Group Study to complement Pastor’s upcoming sermon Life Is Complicated: The Complication of Works. (Please note: the sermon’s title has changed from that which appears in the Leader’s Guide.)

Click here to download the Life Is Complicated | Week 7 Group Study (09.21.2014)

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).