Title: Church in Victory

Discussion Guide:

1) The world attempts to define us through many means. “How much do you earn?” “What company are you working for?” “What school did you attend?” How can we ground our identity to be ‘in Christ’ (2 Cor 5:17) and securely live for Him?

2) Our relationship with God is the victory we have received from Jesus’ death on the cross. The almighty God knows us, and we know Him. Yet, as we navigate life, our eyes and ears may take reference from other sights and voices. What are the things that draw our attention? What can we do to cultivate our relationship with God, building intimacy with Him?

What do identity and intimacy have to do with a victorious church?
As we continue to live in victory from the Cross, discover from the life of Jesus how these two aspects were foundational to His ministry on earth.

Title: Remain in God’s Provision
Text: Deut 8:6-18
Series: In God We Trust

Wealth is a double-edged sword, powerful if wielded correctly but deadly if mishandled. What should our perception of wealth be in light of God’s providence?

1) As God provides, remember to obey His commands

Discuss why do you think God accompanied the description of the Promised Land with the command to “obey His commands and walk in His ways” to the Israelites? As Christians, we have the Word of God to guide us in His ways. How is your obedience to the Word of God today?

How we view money can often reflect where our hearts and treasures are. How does the way we spend our money reveal the condition of our hearts? What is God doing in your heart through your giving habits and choices? Reflect how has our heart attitudes been towards setting aside a tithe to God.

2) As God Provides, Remember that Everything Comes From God

God’s people’s biggest pitfall is forgetting our story – who we were and whose we are. Remember to remember. Remember how we were when God first us? Why is it important for us to “not forget”? At the fringe of the Promised Land, why do you think the theme “Remember” dominated Moses’ parting words? How can we practice the habit of remembering?

The very reason for the Israelites’ complacency was the blessings God gave. Reflect on our own lives: was there any blessing that God provided became the reason of our complacency towards God? In the midst of enjoying what God has given, how much do we give to God and His people?

Title: Anchored in God’s compassion
Text: Exodus 3:7-10
Series: God The Anchor Of Our Victory

Through the cross, God has given us victory. Find out how God’s compassion enables us to overcome the sins and struggles of our lives.

1) God Knows Our Struggles (v7)

God is keenly aware of our struggles and cares for us. However, we sometimes are reluctant to be honest with God and ourselves regarding our struggles. Why is that so? Discuss.

What are some areas in our lives that we are struggling with today? How does understanding that God knows our struggles affect the way we view and respond to them?

2) God Acts In Our Struggles (v8)

Not only does God deliver us from our struggles (“out of Egypt”), He brings us into a life of victory (“into the Promised Land”). As believers we take heart in the blessed hope in Christ’s second coming and the eternal life we have. In your current struggle, what does victory look like? How can we hang on to our blessed hope? What are some areas of our lives that need to be changed in order for victory to happen?

The nature of victory requires that there is a struggle to begin with. How does knowing that victory will come refine and shape the way we approach our struggles?

Often, the greatest struggle amidst our struggles is choosing to depend on God and not on ourselves. What leads us to depend on ourselves in the first place? In our struggles, what are some ways in which we have been depending on ourselves? What difference would choosing to depend on God make?

3) God Sends Deliverers For Our Struggles (v9-10)

God sent Moses and worked through him to deliver Israel. Similarly, God often uses people to help us in our struggles. Who are some of the existing and potential deliverers in your lives? How open are we to allowing these deliverers to help us in our struggles, and why? What are some steps we can take to involve them more?

As Christians, God can and will use us to be deliverers for the many people He has positioned around us. What hinders us from being God’s deliverers? In what ways can you be a deliverer for the people around you? How can you partner with your LG members to be deliverers to the people around you?

Light is brightest in the darkest night. As Christians, how can we respond differently to crises such that we are truly shining for Jesus, both in our mindsets and our behaviours?

Title: Better Together In God’s Love
Text: 1 John 4:19-21
Series: Better Together

How do we celebrate our uniqueness and embrace one another‘s differences? Let’s explore how God’s love knits us together and makes us Better Together.

1) God’s Love Enables Us to Love One Another (v.19)

While human love is often conditional, God’s love is unconditional. Without drawing from the source of love, human love is limited and gets exhausted easily. What are the ways believers show love to our neighbours? How different will this love look if we do so without God as the source? When we struggle to love someone in the church, what can we do beside ‘trying harder’? How will you make time in the coming weeks to come before God and spend time with Him? Allow the love of God to enable you to love people who are difficult, people who are different and people who are not easy to love.

2) We Love God by Loving One Another (v.20)

The love of God that is within us will show up in how we relate with others in church. From v.20, if we do not try to reconcile with others, we become a liar. Who do you need to seek reconciliation today? How can mentors and others in LG facilitate reconciliation and release forgiveness on one another? If the Holy Spirit reveals incidents where we may have hurt someone, will you be humble to seek with God’s strength?

3) God Commands Us to Love One Another (v.21)

The word “must” in v.21 highlights the deliberate effort need to obey God’s command. How can we adjust our own preferences as an expression of our love for God and fellow believers? What are you willing to give up in order to start obeying God’s command to love? How can the victory of Jesus on the cross empower believers to overcome differences, bitterness and hurts?

The church is a diverse community of people who are different in family background, age, and personality. How can we keep God’s command to love one another when frustrations and hurts happen in church? Discover how we can stand together and shine for Christ!

It’s amazing and yet sometimes hard to understand how Christ’s finished work on the Cross gives us freedom from our sins, struggles, and trials. In this new year, hear from Pastor Jeff on what our faithfulness to live for Christ and to witness for Him can look like, in our personal lives and as a church.

THE PRIDE BEFORE THE FALL (Esther 6-7)

While God’s sovereignty is good news for those who humbly rely on Him, it is bad news for those who proudly reject Him. Why is pride dangerous? How should believers deal with pride in their lives?

1) Pride is deceptive (6:4-11)

What is pride? Think of someone whom you would consider prideful. What kind of characteristics does this person have? How does his or her pride manifest itself on a daily basis?

As Christians, we are not exempted from the influence of pride. While we may not say outright that we don’t need God or that we are against Him, we could exhibit pride in subtle ways, such as self-sufficiency. How does self-sufficiency look like? Conversely, how does living in God-dependency look like? Reflect upon your life. What are the areas you tend to be more dependent on God, and others seemingly more reliant on our own strengths and abilities? We are usually more prideful in areas we are strong or successful in. Would you agree? Why? How can we grow in our
strengths and yet be humble?

Pride can manifest in a sense of superiority towards people and complacency towards the commands of God. What are some warning signs that we may be holding such attitudes? Are some of these signs currently present in your life (for example, in the way you think about people who are weaker than you in a particular area)? Set aside some solitude time for everyone to invite the Holy Spirit to come examine our hearts. Encourage the LG to use the time to repent for specific prideful moments that God reveals to us. How can the LG support one another to live a life ‘of dependence on God i.e. intentionally seek His will in how we do our work or relate with people?

2) Pride is destructive (6:12-7:10)

Take some time to think about people or public figures you know whose pride led them to some form of destruction. What are some lessons we can draw from these stories? How has pride led to the destruction of reputations or relationships? What happened to people who had to deal with the aftermath of such destruction?

How can the LG warn or alert one another to guard against pride and its destructive effects? Commit to work on a few practical ways together as a group.

Instead of being caught in pride, how can the LG spur one another on to imitate the humility of Christ (Phil 2:3-8)? Humility is not thinking lowly of oneself but valuing oneself less than others. In other words, humility is not saying, “I’m lousier than you in everything” but “I see your needs as more important than mine. How can I serve you?” How can we build a culture of valuing others above ourselves?

Our financial background, experiences with people and personal habits all play a big part in how we view money. When we feel we do not have enough money, the most natural response is to worry. How can turn away from our worry, and turn towards a God who knows our needs and desires to provide for us? Join us as we conclude our two-part Price-Tagged series with the message, Who Do We Trust.

Dive right in with us as we explore the last part of the Core Modules series with the message, Self Discipline for Growth.