Posts with the category “coregroup-discussion-guides”

Christmas: The Music And The Meaning - Week 1
by Sarah Turner on November 26th, 2022
As your group comes together this week take a moment to listen to our “Come thou long expected Jesus” playlist or even share with your group to listen to before group or listen to one version after the icebreaker.https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5dQFC0dLXgzAt6X1yVQhiN?si=O3OlIj-0QDi-XApBNoupfAWelcome! Let’s get ready for this series of music. The guide below will be the basis for our discussion i...  Read More
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OPEN Anniversary: Part 3
by Sarah Turner on November 18th, 2022
Welcome! We are excited to be together again for connection, learning, and growth. This is the final week of our OPEN series, which means it’s time to really reflect on our giving practices and decide what sort of financial commitment we are willing to God through the ministry of The Gathering. This week in CoreGroup we are discussing a story from the Gospel of Mark often referred to as The Widow’...  Read More
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OPEN Anniversary: Part 2
by Sarah Turner on November 12th, 2022
OPEN Anniversary: Part 2 Core Group Discussion Guide Welcome!  We are so happy to gather in community and discipleship this week.  In this OPEN series we revisit a commitment many of us made last year to a vision of expansion for The Gathering.  This year new people get the opportunity to join in. Last week, Pastor Matt shared the ways in which that vision is being realized because of the financi...  Read More
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OPEN Anniversary: Part 1
by Sarah Turner on November 4th, 2022
OPEN AnniversaryPart 1 We have heard all of the phrases “walk the walk”, “talk the talk”, “fake it until you make it”, “go with the flow”- we could go on and on. All of these sayings give us an excuse to skim the surface and avoid digging deep into our faith. This week, we are Invited by Jesus’ words to Isaiah to pause and reflect on what it means to open up to God’s word. Opening Prayer: God, tha...  Read More
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Words To Live By: Week 5
by Sarah Turner on October 29th, 2022
They say it takes 17 muscles to smile (usually in comparison to the 43 it takes to frown). But still, 17 is more than you would expect.  It seems like smiling should qualify as an aerobic workout, yet it is one of the most effortless facial expressions we have as people.  So many times, a smile is uncontrollable, and it is most often a signal that we are happy.  Now happiness is truly a gift from ...  Read More
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Words To Live By: Week 4
by Sarah Turner on October 21st, 2022
Words to Live By - Week 4On SpeechWelcome! The average person speaks around 15,000 words in a day. While many of us would be hard pressed to remember all the things we’ve said at the end of the day, our words can have a lasting impact on the people around us. The writers of Proverbs understood the power of our speech. As followers of Jesus we are representatives of God in the world. So we don’t ju...  Read More
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Words To Live By: Week 3
by Dave Merrill on October 16th, 2022
Okay, it's time to clock in folks!  This week's theme is all about work and that can mean so many different things.  Work is one of those interesting umbrella terms.  It could be as vivid as Dolly Parton sang about climbing the ladder on a 9 to 5.  Or as fabulous as a supermodel strutting down a runway to an old school RuPaul remix (sashay, shante).  Or it could be as compassionate as an ER nurse ...  Read More
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Words To Live By: Week 2
by Sarah Turner on October 8th, 2022
Words to Live By - Week 2On FriendsWelcome! Cue the Golden Girls theme song…this week we’re talking about friendship! Scripture contains more wisdom about friendship than you might expect. God cares about who we surround ourselves with and how we show up in those relationships. We hope that your conversations about friendships will also help deepen the relationships you are building within your Co...  Read More
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Words To Live By: Week 1
by Tyler Curtis on October 2nd, 2022
Words To Live By: Part 1Week of October 2Welcome!Inevitably, there is a moment in one's life when all of sudden you become hyper aware that there is a grown up decision that needs to be made and you are the grown up. You may look around the room just to be sure you are reading the situation correctly and then it hits you. The decision is important and it's up to you. The flow chart of the experien...  Read More
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Five Shared Practices: Week of Sept 25
by Tyler Curtis on September 25th, 2022
Commit/Five Shared PracticesWeek of September 25Welcome! We are so happy to be together in fellowship and growing in faith this week! Core Groups are structured a little differently this year. Each week our groups will use the same scripture as the sermon to unpack and discuss. The guide is based on the scripture not the sermon.; We will use that scripture as our basis for discussion in learning (...  Read More
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Untethered: Week 5
by Tyler Curtis on September 17th, 2022
Untethered Part 5Week of September 18Welcome! We are so happy to be together in fellowship and growing in faith this week! Core Groups are structured a little differently this year. Each week our groups will use the same scripture as the sermon to unpack and discuss. The guide is based on the scripture not the sermon.; We will use that scripture as our basis for discussion in learning (the head) ,...  Read More
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Untethered: Week 4
by Tyler Curtis on September 11th, 2022
Untethered Part 4Week of September 11Welcome! We are so happy to be together in fellowship and growing in faith this week! Core Groups are structured a little differently this year. Each week our groups will use the same scripture as the sermon to unpack and discuss. The guide is based on the scripture not the sermon.; We will use that scripture as our basis for discussion in learning (the head) ,...  Read More
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Untethered: Week 3
by Tyler Curtis on September 4th, 2022
Untethered: Part 3Week of September 4Welcome!We are so happy to be together in fellowship and growing in faith this week! Core Groups are structured a little differently this year. Each week our groups will use the same scripture as the sermon to unpack and discuss. The guide is based on the scripture not the sermon.; We will use that scripture as our basis for discussion in learning (the head) , ...  Read More
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Untethered: Week 2
by Tyler Curtis on August 26th, 2022
Untethered: Part 2Week of August 28Welcome!We are so happy to be together in fellowship and growing in faith this week! Core Groups are structured a little differently this year. Each week our groups will use the same scripture as the sermon to unpack and discuss. The guide is based on the scripture not the sermon.; We will use that scripture as our basis for discussion in learning (the head) , pe...  Read More
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Untethered: Week 1
by Mike DePope on August 21st, 2022
Untethered: Part 1Week of August 21st Welcome!We are so happy to be together, growing in faith as a community this week! CoreGroups are structured a little differently this year. Each week, our groups will unpack and discuss the sermon’s scripture, rather than the sermon itself. The chosen scripture is what we’ll use as our basis for discussion in learning (head), personal growth (heart), and real...  Read More
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No Filter: See The Real You – Week 4
by Mike DePope on May 13th, 2022
NOTE:This is the last study guide of the current CoreGroup season. CoreGroups will officially resume in early September. Over the summer we will be working with a team to review old sermons and help index them for our sermon archive. If this is of interest to you, you can sign up to participate HERE. For more information send an email to mike.depope@gatheringnow.org. Have a great summer! OpenerTak...  Read More
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No Filter: See The Real You – Week 3
by Mike DePope on May 6th, 2022
Opener:With whatever supplies you have available, draw a self portrait. Be graceful with yourself, no judgment, just draw from the heart however you see yourself. Share with the group, if you are comfortable.Opening Prayer: God, you created us. We are your accomplishment. We trust that you also used your power to create this unique group of individuals. Be with us this week as we learn and grow to...  Read More
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No Filter: See The Real You – Week 2
by Mike DePope on April 30th, 2022
NoteThroughout this series we are exploring our true identity in Christ. But we know that outside influences can shape our identity in harmful ways, keeping us from discovering who we really are. As Matt mentioned in last week’s sermon, some of us have experienced deep pain or past trauma that causes us to struggle with feelings of anxiety, anger, depression, helplessness, guilt and isolation. Thi...  Read More
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No Filter: See The Real You – Week 1
by Mike DePope on April 23rd, 2022
Opener Let’s start with visiting our inner child/young student. Use your phone notes app or a piece of paper & pen. Write the letters of your name vertically. With each letter write a personality trait or attribute. If you are comfortable, share with the group. For example:JoyfulExtrovertSaviorUpliting Son of GodOpening Prayer:  Gracious and holy God, we thank you for creating us perfectly in Your...  Read More
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Following Jesus: Some Assembly Required – Week 5
by Mike DePope on April 8th, 2022
Opener:Evangelist and founder of Methodism, John Wesley, believed that living holy lives required believers to share their lives in intimate fellowship on a regular basis. His development of small groups revolutionized 18th century England and continues to influence us today as we gather to learn together in CoreGroups. For Wesley, small groups provided a framework to help people grow in 'holiness...  Read More
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Following Jesus: Some Assembly Required – Week 4
by Mike DePope on April 1st, 2022
OpenerJohn Wesley founded Methodism and led a spiritual renewal movement in his world that swept across continents. He believed that a person’s growing spiritual life depends on weekly small growth groups (like ours in the Gathering). Wesley had his group hold accountability checks with each other weekly about their spiritual practices in the past week.  As we think this week about serving, let’s ...  Read More
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Following Jesus: Some Assembly Required – Week 3
by Mike DePope on March 25th, 2022
OpenerEvangelist and founder of Methodism, John Wesley, believed that living holy lives required believers to share their lives in intimate fellowship on a regular basis. His development of small groups revolutionized 18th century England and continues to influence us today as we gather to learn together in CoreGroups. For Wesley, small groups provided a framework to help people grow in 'holiness ...  Read More
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Following Jesus: Some Assembly Required – Week 2
by Mike DePope on March 18th, 2022
OpenerEvangelist and founder of Methodism, John Wesley, believed that living holy lives required believers to share their lives in intimate fellowship on a regular basis. His development of small groups revolutionized 18th century England and continues to influence us today as we gather to learn together in CoreGroups. For Wesley, small groups provided a framework to help people grow in 'holiness ...  Read More
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Following Jesus: Some Assembly Required – Week 1
by Mike DePope on March 11th, 2022
Opening Questions1.    Who was someone that inspired you and that you wanted to be like? It could be a parent, teacher, coach, co-worker, mentor, pastor, friend, etc. What was it about that person that made them so magnetic and inspiring? What did you hope to gain by following that person’s example?2.    Describe a time that you spent focusing on something or doing something longer than you wanted...  Read More
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Luke: The Gospel For Rebels Week 5
by Mike DePope on March 4th, 2022
Story from the Outside:One of the most impactful things I remember from my childhood was a nun telling me in my very first Sunday CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) class, that Jesus lived in my heart. But everything that came later seemed to contradict that. The Catholic church I grew up in was not very welcoming to outsiders, I can see it all around me - the whispers about the divorcees, ...  Read More
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LUKE: The Gospel For Rebels Week 4A Gospel for People with Disabilities
by Mike DePope on February 25th, 2022
Story from the Outside:Chronic pain is funny, not haha funny, but odd, strange, funny. The thing about living with chronic pain is no one really knows you have it unless you tell them. From the outside I look perfectly healthy and normal, but on the inside there is a never ending storm that won’t quite settle down, and is never quite finished with me. A storm of pain that makes “feeling” and “bein...  Read More
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LUKE: The Gospel For Rebels & Outsiders Week 3
by Mike DePope on February 19th, 2022
Story from the Outside:By the time I was 15 I was heavily addicted to drugs, specifically methamphetamine and crack cocaine. I ended up getting pregnant. There really was no option other than getting an abortion. When I was 21 I had stopped using hard drugs but I replaced the drugs with alcohol. I just didn’t know how to get through the day without something to numb the pain. My alcohol use was at...  Read More
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LUKE: The Gospel For Rebels & Outsiders: Week 2
by Mike DePope on February 12th, 2022
Story from the Outside:I am an immigrant from Malaysia, who came to the United States to go to college.  I became a U.S. citizen 30 years ago to work for the federal government.  I have many painful stories of feeling like an outsider, but two that come to mind are specific to the Church. It was an evening lecture by a very famous bishop and theologian, in the award-winning new chapel at my work. ...  Read More
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LUKE: The Gospel For Rebels & Outsiders Week 1
by Mike DePope on February 6th, 2022
True Story from Someone on the Outside:My father (Tom) and I live our lives by the old adage, “play hard, work hard”, and boy do we live up to the phrase.  We are NOT “church” people. Even though he was raised Italian/Catholic (and I inherited those traits) we don’t go to church on Sunday mornings, which is fine by me because I’m certain I don’t belong there. Tom and I are closer than close. We ar...  Read More
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Loving People You Don\'t Like - Week 4
by Denee Bowers on January 28th, 2022
Opening Prayer:God, we’ve spent four weeks considering how we can love people we don’t like. By now we might be getting annoyed with all this talk of annoying people. Be patient with us as we continue to run into our own limitations. We thank you for your never ending love and grace. Help us to recenter our hearts on the example you have given us in Jesus. We love you and we want to love your peop...  Read More
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Loving People You Don't Like - Week 3
by Denee Bowers on January 21st, 2022
It seems obvious that the task of loving people we don’t like will require forgiveness, but that doesn’t make it easy.  Read More
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Loving People You Don't Like - Week 2
by Denee Bowers on January 14th, 2022
When we seek to love the people we don’t like, we will usually face some difficult conversations. It can be easy to approach these situations armed with the hard truth of the matter.  Read More
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Loving People You Don't Like - Week 1
by Denee Bowers on January 7th, 2022
We do our best to love people we don’t like because Jesus tells us to. The more complicated question is how do we do that.  Read More
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Good News - Week 3
by Denee Bowers on December 13th, 2021
The Christmas story is full of examples of how the Good News of Jesus is for all people.  Read More
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Good News - Week 2
by Denee Bowers on December 4th, 2021
This week’s sermon taught that God is a promise keeper. Yet, God’s trustworthiness is often demonstrated unexpectedly.  Read More
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Good News: Week 1
by Denee Bowers on November 27th, 2021
The good news of Christmas is that Jesus comes to bring us freedom.   Read More
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Open: Week 5
by Denee Bowers on November 13th, 2021
The best things happen on the other side of risk. This story of the Israelites going into the promised land is just one of many examples of God calling God’s people to step out in faith.   Read More
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Open: Week 4
by Denee Bowers on November 6th, 2021
When we give God changes us, but our gifts are also used to impact others. When we open ourselves up to generosity the church is able to invite new people to experience the transformational love of Jesus. Doing this together multiples the power of our gifts exponentially!   Read More
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Open: Week 3
by Denee Bowers on October 30th, 2021
For a lot of us, growing in generosity feels impossible. We wonder how much we should give, and if the sum we can contribute will actually make a difference.   Read More
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Open: Week 2
by Denee Bowers on October 23rd, 2021
This week we heard about two men who each had many possessions. One of them experienced a bit of abundant life with Jesus while the other missed out.   Read More
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