Follow Along

 

These are resources to help you and your small group to follow along with the Beyond sermon series. This small group series is about going beyond to pursue God, reach the lost, and impact generations. To do this, it will require each of us to go beyond ourselves, our walls, and our generations.

 

Small Group Meetings

HANG OUT (About 15 minutes)

As people filter in, hang out and chat over some snacks.

GATHER (About 15 minutes)

Gather together to sit down in the room you will have your meeting. Take some time to talk about what’s going on in your lives. Ask about things like work, health, kids, and how the week is going. This time goes a long way in building community.

WATCH THE VIDEO (About 5-7 minutes)

Watch the discussion video for the week together on your smart TV or computer at [myfac.org/beyondseries] or find the latest video of the Beyond Series playlist on our YouTube Chanel [Fellowship Alliance Chapel].

DISCUSS (About 30 minutes)

Read the verse together, then think through and talk about the discussion questions for that week. Also spend time during this study getting to know one another.

RESPOND (About 10 minutes)

These are some questions for personal reflection. Ask God in prayer to help you respond to His leading and apply what you’ve learned during the session.

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Beyond Means Jesus-Centered

SERMON

Catch up with the latest sermon video [here].

WATCH

Watch Week 1 of Beyond Small Group Series [here].

DISCUSS

Read Matthew 16:24-28 together.

  1. If we wish for Jesus to be the center of our lives, what three daily actions does Jesus encourage us to do?
  2. According to verse 25, what do we truly gain when we follow Jesus with Him at the center of our lives?
  3. What impact could we have as a church on those around us if we sought Jesus as the center of our lives?

RESPOND

  1. What areas in your life do you need to deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow him?
  2. How can you pursue God’s presence in prayer this week?
  3. Ask God to speak to you about how He wants you to participate in going beyond yourself, your walls, and your generation through this study. Seek time to be alone with God and listen to Him in prayer rather than speaking to Him.

Beyond Means Missionally Engaged

SERMON

Catch up with the latest sermon video [here].

WATCH

Watch Week 2 of Beyond Small Group Series [here].

DISCUSS

Read Matthew 28:18-20 together.

  1. The mission Jesus gave us is to “make disciples.” This means both evangelism and discipleship. This means helping a person to take closer steps to becoming more Jesus-centered. This mission is for all followers of Jesus. What barriers in life keep us from being missionally engaged or thinking this way?
  2. What two promises does Jesus give to His followers as they engage in the mission? Why is this significant?
  3. Being missionally engaged can be serving in a ministry at church or volunteering to serve with a ministry partnership at FAC. But most of the time, God wants us to be missionally engaged in the places we already find ourselves where we live, work, study, or play. Where does God want you to be missionally engaged? How can you trust Him to direct you with this?

RESPOND

  1. Being missionally engaged flows from being attentive to God leading you throughout the day. To sharpen your attentiveness, make it a daily habit to spend time alone with God. How can you pursue God’s presence in prayer this week?
  2. Being missionally engaged requires trusting God and His plan for your life. Are your plans getting in the way of what God has for you concerning His mission?
  3. Ask God to speak to you about how He wants you to be missionally engaged with the people around you where you live, work, study, or play.

Beyond Means Relationally Healthy

SERMON

Catch up with the latest sermon video [here].

WATCH

Watch Week 3 of Beyond Small Group Series [here].

DISCUSS

Read Matthew 6:19-21 together.

  1. The principle here is that our heart will follow what we treasure. What is Jesus’ encouragement in this passageand how is it a compassionate warning from Him?
  2. According to Matthew 22:34-40, what two areas should we treasure?
  3. How can loving people and pursuing healthy relationships show up as a priority in your life? How is yourinvestment in people and healthy relationships an investment that lasts eternally?

RESPOND

  1. Being relationally healthy with others flows from hungering after God, His presence, and His love. Our love forGod should overflow to love for others. How can you pursue God’s presence in prayer this week?
  2. Who in your life do you need to pursue a healthier relationship with? Does it require confession, forgiveness,intentionally listening, or an investment of time?

Go Beyond: Connect and Serve

SERMON

Catch up with the latest sermon video [here].

WATCH

Watch Week 4 of Beyond Small Group Series [here].

DISCUSS

Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-9 together.

  1. Here we see the sowing and reaping principle. If we sow sparingly, we reap sparingly. If we sow bountifully, we reap bountifully. The context here has to do with generosity concerning our finances, but the principle can be applied to many other contexts. In all contexts, the sowing and reaping principle will require sacrificing either our time or finances or both. What fears prevent us from making a sacrifice of our time or finances to God’s mission or purpose?
  2. What does God say in this passage that we will see when we bountifully sow our time and finances?
  3. How is connecting relationally with the church in a weekend service or a small group and serving inside or outside the church a part of sowing bountifully at FAC? How does it require sacrifice on our part?
  4. How does God use connecting and serving at FAC to help us move into deeper in a relationship with Him and others?

RESPOND

  1. To be fully engaged in FAC’s mission, we ask God to move us all to connect relationally at weekend services and in a small group with one another, and to look for ways to serve in the church and outside the church through our mission partnerships.
  2. What does God want me to sacrifice so that I can reap bountifully in seeing God work through me for a greater impact. . . In my small group? During the weekend service? Serving the church? With my finances?

Go Beyond: Give and Invite

SERMON

Catch up with the latest sermon video [here].

WATCH

Watch Week 5 of Beyond Small Group Series [here].

DISCUSS

Read 2 Corinthians 9:10-15 together.

  1. According to these verses, who is the one that multiplies the impact of our generosity? How does Paul describe the impact our giving will have?
  2. God is committed to His mission to make disciples through His church. The church is God’s plan A to impact the world. How does God’s grace, power, and compassion in verses 10-15 compel you to commit to His mission? How does it compel you to invite friends and family that aren’t following Jesus to experience His presence and power through our church?
  3. Why does giving financially to the church’s mission require us to follow Jesus, trust Him, prioritize Him and people, and make sacrifices? How is this an important part of our growth and intimacy with God?

RESPOND

  1. What prayer commitment does God want you to make to participate in moving beyond ourselves, our walls,and our generations for these next two years?
  2. What financial commitment does God want you to make to participate in moving beyond ourselves, our walls,and our generations for these next two years?