APPGROUP WEEK OF JUNE 23-29: WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES GOD MAKE?: Jason

1. Do you find yourself pursuing happiness in any area of your life, instead of pursuing God?
2. What does it mean to make your faith known, in a loving way?
3. Do you consider yourself to be approachable in your workplace?
4. Tell the group about a time in your life when you were pursuing the wrong thing.
5. What did you learn from this series?  What difference does God make in your life?


APPGROUP WEEK OF JUNE 16-22: WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES GOD MAKE?: Gerry

LEADER CHALLENGE:: Try to encourage each member of your group, specifically and personally, this week!  Give each one a compliment, or pray for a word/verse for each of them!

1. Do you still have questions about the law? What did you think the law was prior to this?
2. Do you feel beat up by the law? Do you struggle with trying to be perfect?
3. What does it mean to "judge" someone?  Do you find yourself doing it?
4. How can you better use the law, to win people to Christ?
5. Has Jesus brought freedom in your life?  How?


APPGROUP WEEK OF JUNE 9-15: WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES GOD MAKE?: CANDACE

Group Leaders: Save this picture, the 40 I Am's, and send it out to your group, or have them look up this page before going over the questions!

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1. How do you let the Holy Spirit guide your life? And how could you be better at it?
2. Have you ever had trouble believing what God says about you?
3. Do any of these 40 especially mean something to you? Why?
4. Do you have trouble believing that God's plans for your life are better than yours? Why or why not?
5. Tell the group about a time recently that God "spoke" to you.
6. How do you go about "nailing your sinful nature to the cross", like Candace mentioned this week?


APPGROUP WEEK OF JUNE 2-8: WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES GOD MAKE?: Gerry

1. What questions do you still have about the Bible?
2. What have you studied in the Bible lately that really had an impact on your life?
3. What ways do you get answers about the Bible or your faith?
4. What does meditating on God's Word look like for you?
5. What do you think it means that "God's ways are higher than our ways"?  How does knowing that affect your relationship with Him?
6. If you had to explain why you follow Jesus to an unbeliever, what would you say?


APPGROUP WEEK OF MAY 26-JUNE 1: EPIC: Tim Bennett

1. What did you learn this weekend?
2. What's your one big application takeaway from EPIC Weekend?
3. Do you find that there's a difference between what you receive from God when you come into church expecting to hear from Him, and when you don't?
4. Do you take notes during weekend services?  If so, does that help you remember?
5. What do you think it means to live an EPIC life for Jesus?


APPGROUP WEEK OF MAY 19-25: EPIC: Jason

1. How are you falling in love with Jesus?  In the last month, what's something new you've learned about Him?
2. What are you doing to keep your faith alive? 
3. What did you learn about salvation this weekend from Jason?
4. What has God spoken to you lately? (could be through the Word, through prayer, through worship, through fasting, etc)
5. What do you think it means to be a mature Christian?
6. What made you decide to follow Jesus in the first place?
7. Have you invited anyone to EPIC Weekend? What are you hoping to get out of EPIC Weekend?


APPGROUP WEEK OF MAY 12 - 18: EPIC: Candace

1. How well do you think you know Jesus?
2. How do you go about knowing Jesus better?
3. Why did you first start to follow Jesus?
4. Candace talked a little about unforgiveness in our relationships. Do you think you could get better at forgiving the people close to you? Why?
5. Do you have a mentor in your life?  Why did you pick that person?
6. Have you ever found yourself trying to put a new idea into an old mindset (like Jesus talked about in Matthew 9 with the new wine in old wineskins)?
7. Do you have anyone in your life that is younger than you in their faith, that you're helping along?


APPGROUP WEEK OF MAY 5 - MAY 11: EPIC: Gerry

1. Have you ever prayed the prayer of salvation with someone? What was that like?
2. Is there anyone in your life you are praying for, to bring to church with you?
3. Have you signed up for the 2/52 Challenge yet?  If you brought a friend lately, did you fill out the form on the 2/52 website for them?
4. What do you think it means to be authentic in your relationships?
5. What do you think it means to be a disciple of Jesus? Would you consider yourself one?


APPGROUP WEEK OF APRIL 28 - MAY 4: JESUS: THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING: Candace

1. What do you think it means to be obedient to God?  How do you know what to be obedient to?
2. What something that you learned recently that you haven't been obedient about?  What did you do about it?
3. Have you ever been healed? Tell the group your story.
4. Are you currently praying for healing? Can the group pray for you, and speak healing over you, at the end?
5. Do you struggle with having faith?  Why do you think you do, or don't?
6. Can you see yourself praying over someone to be healed?  What do you think you'd need to do to get there? (why aren't you doing it?)


APPGROUP WEEK OF APRIL 21-27: JESUS: THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING: Jason

1.  Have you ever been on a missions trip?  Tell the group about it!
2. If you haven't, have you ever considered it? Do you think you would be ready?
3. How were you different before meeting Jesus?
4. Who is Jesus to you?
5. Who are you now, since meeting Jesus?
6. Have you ever brought an unbelieving friend/family member to church with you?
7. Are you "in" for the 2/52 Challenge?


APPGROUP WEEK OF APRIL 14-20: JESUS: THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING: Gerry

1. Did you respond to the altar call for the baptism in the Holy Spirit this weekend at church? Why or why not?
2. If you are baptized in the Holy Spirit already, tell the group your Holy Spirit Baptism story.
3. Do you have any questions about the Holy Spirit?
4. What is the gift of prophecy?  How would you use it if you had it?
5. How would you explain the Holy Spirit to someone who doesn't believe?

 


APPGROUP WEEK OF APRIL 7 - 13: JESUS: THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING: Candace

1. Is there any place in your life that you still haven't surrendered to God? Why do you think you haven't yet?
2. Can you think of a plan to get that piece of your life surrendered to Him?
3. Do you understand what the baptism in the Holy Spirit is all about?
           Have you ever been baptized in the Holy Spirit?
           Have you ever asked God for it?

4. What fruit is the Holy Spirit meant to produce in our lives?
5. Are there any parts of your life that you feel spiritually dead?  Have you ever felt alive in those areas?
6. What steps can you take, in your life, to feel fully alive again?

 


APPGROUP WEEK OF MARCH 31 - APRIL 6: EASTER: THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING: Gerry

1. How did your family celebrate Easter this week?
2. Have you discussed the Resurrection Story with your family?
3. Did you fast with us last week? How did it go?
4. What has been your biggest takeaway from being part of a Home Group?
5. Would you recommend Home Groups to friends? Why?
6. Would you say you've grown in the 4 areas Candace listed? (relationship with God, relationship with people, managing resources, influence with outsiders)

If you're looking for some ways to celebrate Easter with your family, you can still do it! Some suggestions:

1. Read Johns Gospel chapter 18-20.
2. Watch "The Passion of the Christ".
3. Take communion - celebrate the Lords supper. 


APPGROUP WEEK OF MARCH 24 - 30: DEEP DIVE: Jason
LEADER NOTE: Due to weather (and Easter coming), we did not get a video done for this week. Please listen to Pastor Jason's sermon, if you didn't make it this week to church, and read up on 2 Kings 5 and baptism.  Use this opportunity to get the group to sum up the message from the weekend, and ask them how they applied it to their life!

1. What was your one big takeaway from the message this week?
2. What did Jason preach about this week? 
3. What do you think it means to be obedient to God? How do we know what God is saying to us?
4. If you have been baptized, why did you decide to get baptized? If not, why not?
5. Has God ever asked you to do something small that you just couldn't do (like Naaman)?
6. Why do you think Jesus chose to be baptized?
7. How would you explain salvation to someone who wants to be saved? (i.e. accept, believe, confess)
8. Would you consider fasting? Have you ever tried it before?

 

The Elders Team at FV, has asked us all to consider fasting with them this week, for our Easter Weekend!  We'd love to see people find Jesus this weekend!  If you will fast with us, let us know, at www.fv.church/fasting!  LEADERS, PLEASE ASK YOUR GROUP TO FAST WITH YOU!


LEADER CHALLENGE: Try to find someone new at church this weekend, to invite to your group!

 

APPGROUP WEEK OF MARCH 17-23: DEEP DIVE: Gerry

1. Is there anything in your life that you still feel guilt about when you come before God?
2. How do you think forgiveness works?  Can it be earned?
3. What do you think it means by "called according to His purpose"?
4. Do you think you've been called by God?  To do what?
5. Is it possible to love God from a distance?  Was there ever a time in your life when you did?


APPGROUP WEEK OF MARCH 10-16: DEEP DIVE: Candace

1. Has the Holy Spirit ever asked you to do something awkward?
2. How would you describe Jesus to a non-believing friend?
3. Do you have questions that aren't yet answered about Christianity?
4. What does your daily time with God look like?
5. What is your plan to study the Word of God (not just read it)?
6. What was the last uncomfortable thing that you did to spread the Gospel?
7. What percentage of time would you say you spend with nonbelievers in your life?


LEADER CHALLENGE:: Try to encourage each member of your group, specifically and personally, this week!  Give each one a compliment, or pray for a word/verse for each of them!

APPGROUP WEEK OF MARCH 3 - 9: FIRST THINGS FIRST: Gerry

1. Have you ever had serious doubts about your faith?
2. Does God regularly challenge you to step up to another level in your spiritual growth?
3. Do you think you're a fan of God, or a friend of God? Do you allow time in your life for Him to speak back?
4. How does your life mirror the lives of the disciples? How could it be better?
5. How much time do you put aside in your week to hear from God, or to speak to Him?
6. Who is Jesus to you?  How would you describe him to an unbelieving neighbor or friend? (Not CHURCH--JESUS!)
 


APPGROUP WEEK OF FEB 24- MARCH 2: FIRST THINGS FIRST: Gerry

1. Have you made any financial decisions in the past few weeks because of the sermon series?
2. What is your plan to demonstrate your faith in your life?
3. If you put a pie graph together about how much time you spend on certain things in your life...would it be apparent that you're a believer? What activity would have the most time attributed to it (other than work or sleep)?
4. Do you have a giving testimony (i.e. a time when God came through for you financially)?
5. What are you hearing from God lately?
6. Where would you like to grow in your relationship with God?


APPGROUP WEEK OF FEB 17 - 23: FIRST THINGS FIRST: Jason

1. Would you say you take good care of your THINGS?
2. Would you say you give cheerfully?
3. Are you a big "worrier" when it comes to money? Why do you think you worry?
4. On the "ladder" structure Jason presented this weekend, where would you put yourself? (occasional giver, recurring giver, tither, lifetime giver)
5. If you're not a tither, why not?  Why do you think you struggle with it?
6. If you are a tither, why?  Do you see it benefitting your life?

7. Where do you think you can grow the most when it comes to your finances?
8. Where do you think you can grow the most when it comes to handling the things God has given you?


APPGROUP WEEK OF FEB 10 - 16: FIRST THINGS FIRST: Candace

1. Can you identify any ways that you're discipling someone?
2. How can you connect more people to Christ in your daily life?
3. Would you say that you are a worker in the kingdom of God?
4. What did you think of this week's Love Challenge? Was any part of it difficult?
5. What would you say is the Bible's definition of love?
6. Have you and your family prayed about being a part of the Foundation?


APPGROUP WEEK OF FEB 3 - 9: I <3 MY CHURCH WEEKEND: Gerry

1. How do you make sure you put God first in your life?
2. Can you identify any ways that you may take Christianity/GOD for granted?
3. Have you been putting yourself before God in any areas?
4. In what ways are you helping to build the church?
5. Have you signed up for The Love Challenge? Has any part of it been difficult so far?
6.  Can you identify any areas of your life where you could be better at loving people around you?

 


APPGROUP WEEK OF JAN 27- FEB 2: STEP UP: Jason

1. Can you identify a time in your life when you've allowed fear to keep from you something?
2. How do you respond to fear in your life?
3. If you knew you would succeed, what would you do?
4. Do you regularly practice meditation on God's Word?
5. Would you say you are allowing god's word to transform you?
6. Have you ever used the Word of God to get through something tough?


APPGROUP WEEK OF JAN 20 - 26: STEP UP: Gerry

1. Would you describe yourself as a joyful person?  Why or why not?
2. Who do you usually go to for advice to make a big decision?
3. Is there anyone in your life that you would consider a "mocker"?
4. What ways can we go about "delighting in the law of the Lord"? Do you do them in your own life?
5. Do you often meditate on God's word?
 


APPGROUP WEEK OF JAN 13 - 19: STEP UP: Candace

1. Did you set spiritual growth goals?  Have you been pursuing them so far this year?
2. Would you say you struggle with having a servant's heart in any area of your life?
3. How can you change your perspective about that?
4. Do you serve the church at all? Is there any area you've been interested in serving?
5. Do you serve the community at all? Is there any area you've been interested in serving?
6. Do you feel like you've been "faithful with the little things"?  How could you get better at that?


APPGROUP WEEK OF JAN 6 - 12: STEP UP: Candace

1. Are you growing in your relationship with God? How?
2. Do you regularly challenge yourself, step outside of your comfort zone, with God?
3. Are you growing in your relationships with people? How?
4. Have you ever asked the people closest to you (spouse, children, bff's), how you could do better? What have they said?
5. Are you growing in your ability to manage resources?  How? (i.e. budgeting, keeping car & house clean, tithing, etc)
6. Are you growing in your influence with outsiders?  Have you ever brought someone to church with you?


APPGROUP WEEKS OF DEC 23 - JAN 5: UNEXPECTED: Christmas!

**Note to leaders: We did not record a video for these 2 weeks, most groups are not meeting.  If you ARE meeting, we suggest going over to The Unexpected Challenge page, and doing one of the days' questions together as a group!  You can talk about your favorite part of The Challenge, what surprised you, how you went about finding your answers, and encourage others in the group to do it, if they hadn't. You could also talk about Christmas, and if you'd like some sample questions, they're listed below.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  1. What is your favorite family Christmas tradition?
  2. How does your family celebrate Jesus on Christmas?
  3. What does the Bible say about celebrating Christmas?
  4. Where is the real Christmas story found in the Bible?

APPGROUP WEEK OF DEC 16 - 22: UNEXPECTED: Where to look, Gerry

1. Why do you think Jesus' parents didn't look in the Temple until the 3rd day?

2. Why do you think Jesus loved the temple so much?

3. Read Luke 2:52. Out of the following areas, which would you say you have the most to learn about: (and why?)
            wisdom & knowledge // physical health // relationship with God // relationships with people

4.  How can you go about growing in the area you have the most trouble with?

5. Do you plan to set personal growth goals in the new year?  What would one of those be for you?

6. How do you think Jesus went about "growing in favor with God" as he grew up?


APPGROUP WEEK OF DEC 9 - 15: UNEXPECTED: Miracles, Candace

1. What's your relationship with God like?  Do you have honest conversations with Him?

2. Do you ever ask God, "why"? Do you hear answers?

3. Do you have a hard time giving God your problems, and leaving it to Him?

4. Would you say you are obedient to God?

5. What do you think it would be like to feast with Jesus?

6. Are there things in your life that you should be celebrating, but you aren't?

7. Do you have a plan for spiritual growth? What is it?


APPGROUP WEEK OF DEC 2 - 8: UNEXPECTED: Prophecies, Gerry:

1. What surprises you the most about Jesus?

2. Is there anything that you don't understand about the Bible or the way that God works?

3. Do you trust that God has your best in mind, even when things are going wrong? 

4. What do you do, in your life, to be ready to hear from God at any moment?

5. What do you do, in your life, to be ready to answer questions about your faith?

6. What quality, of Jesus, do you find yourself most inspired by?

7. What's your favorite Jesus moment (in the Gospels)?


APPGROUP WEEK OF NOV 25 - DEC 1: IT'S COMPLICATED: Thankfulness, Jason

1. Where are you most likely to complain? (work, home, traffic, etc)

2. When you give, can you usually do so cheerfully, or is it done out of obligation?

3. Read John 3:14-17 again.  Why do you think Jesus referenced the bronze snake?

4. Are there any issues you're facing in your life that are pushing you more toward God?

5. How can you be more actively thankful in your life? 


APPGROUP WEEK OF NOV 18-24: IT'S COMPLICATED: Family, Gerry

1. Have you been actively building a new family within the church?  What would that look like if you did?

2. How similar are you to your parents?  What role do you think that plays in your life?

3. Do you believe that God has good things planned for you? How does that belief affect you?

4. Have you been baptized in the Holy Spirit?  How does that affect your life?

5. How has God "worked things together for good" in your life?


APPGROUP WEEK OF NOV 11-17: IT'S COMPLICATED: Love, Candace

1. How do you define love?

2. How would you rate yourself on showing love to the people around you?
         1 (poor), 2 (passing), 3 (not great, not bad), 4 (pretty good), 5 (great!)

3. Do you know what your love languages are? Do you know what your spouses/children's/significant others are?

4. What role do you think selflessness plays in love?

5. Do you find it difficult to accept love from God? Why or why not?

6. How could you be better at loving the people around you?


APPGROUP WEEK OF NOV 4 - NOV 10: IT'S COMPLICATED: Communication, Gerry

  1. How would you rate yourself on communication skills?
    1. 1 (poor), 2 (passing), 3 (not great, not bad), 4 (pretty good), 5 (great!)
  2. What could be better at how you communicate with others?
  3. Would you say you are good at controlling your tongue?
  4. How do you usually communicate with God?  How does he speak back?
  5. Do you know what it means to meditate on the Word? Do you practice it often?
  6. What has God said to you lately?

APPGROUP WEEK OF OCT 29 - NOV 3: WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?: Jason Hollenbeck

  1. Think of all the people you know outside of church, do they know you are a Christian?
  2. Do you think it's important that they know you are a Christian?
  3. Have you recently tried to share your faith with someone who doesn't believe?
    1. How did it go?
  4. Why should we care so much about sharing our faith?
  5. What qualities do you think are important to have when sharing your faith?
  6. How did you come to know Jesus? What brought you to FVChurch?
  7. Do you feel like you are open to opportunities to share your faith with people?
  8. How would you describe Jesus to someone who doesn't know Him?

APPGROUP WEEK OF OCT 21-27: WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?: The Most Powerful Name

1. Is there anything in your life that fear/anxiety/worry holds you back from doing?

2. Have you ever used the name of Jesus when you felt scared?

3. What do you tell your children (or grandchildren) about the spiritual world?

4. Can you identify a time in your life when it would have been helpful to know that the name of Jesus is powerful?

5. Have you ever chosen to believe that something doesn't exist because you were scared of it?

6. Is there anywhere in your life that you could be more humble?


    APPGROUP WEEK OF OCT 14-20: WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?: Eran Holt

    1. Is there anything in your life that fear/anxiety/worry holds you back from doing?

    2. Do you rely on one "meal" (spiritual) a week for your spiritual growth? What else feeds you?

    3. What are some big decisions you've consulted God about lately?

    4. If someone outside of church asked you who God is to you, what would you say?

    5. Tell the group about one time that you felt like you grew a lot in your relationship with God?


    APPGROUP WEEK OF OCT 7-13: WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?: The Source

    1. Have you ever had an encounter with the "spiritual world"?  What are your beliefs about it?

    2. Do you have superstitions that you live life by?

    3. Would you say you go to God first for answers?  Or is there something/somewhere else you go first?

    4. Do you spend time with God on your own every week?

    5. What are you hearing from God lately?


    APPGROUP WEEK OF SEPT 30-OCT 6: WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?: The Real Enemy

    1. If you had to go on "Fear Factor" what challenge would you absolutely NOT do? (snakes, heights, eating gross things, etc)

    2. If you had to go on an emotional "Fear Factor" what would be your biggest challenge?

    3.  Do you struggle with anxiety? What triggers it?

    4. When you are scared or worried, how do you deal with it?

    5. If you went to God with your worries or fears, instead of a friend or spouse, how would that change your life?

    6. What are some ways that you go about giving our worries and cares to God" as it says in 1 Peter 5:7?
              "Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you." 1 Peter 5:7


    APPGROUP WEEK OF SEPT 23-29: YOU ASKED FOR IT: Raising Kids

    1. Can you identify times in your life when your parents exasperated you? How do you think that affected you?

    2. Were you brought up in the "training and instruction of the Lord"? Do you think that's important?

    3. Do you think you exasperate (or expect too much) out of the people closest to you? How do you think that affects them?

    4. Rate yourself in the stubbornness area (and describe why):

    1. Very stubborn
    2. A little stubborn
    3. Mostly flexible
    4. Very flexible

    5. How do you see that attitude affecting the people around you?

    6. If you are married or in a relationship, do you find yourself regularly compromising?  Could you improve in that area?


    APPGROUP WEEK OF SEPT 16-22: YOU ASKED FOR IT: Money

    1. Do you have a philosophy in life about money?  Something that guides how you think about it and what you do with it? 

    2. Can you identify a place in your life where you're "storing up treasure" where it shouldn't be?

    3. Do you worry about money a lot?  How so?

    4. Would you say that God is the boss when it comes to money? How do you know?

    5. How can you practice putting God first in your life?

    6. Ecc 5:10 says, "Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless."  What do you think that means?

    7. How can you get better at handling money? What can you do this month to improve that area of your life?


    APPGROUP WEEK OF SEPT 9-15: YOU ASKED FOR IT: Sexuality
    LEADERS: tell your group members to bring their Bibles with them this week!

    1. Have someone read John 4:3-30 out loud. 

    • Why were the disciples so confused about this interaction?
    • Why was the woman so impressed with Jesus?
    • What can we learn from Jesus about this interaction?

    2. Read John 8:1-11 out loud.

    • Why did the teachers of religious law think they could trap Jesus with this question?
    • What do you think of his answer? Why do you think the accusers slipped away?
    • What can we learn from Jesus about this interaction?

    3. Read Luke 23:32-43 out loud.

    • How, do you think, Jesus had the strength and mental fortitude to forgive people, even as he was being tortured?
    • Why do you think he said, "for they don't know what they are doing"?
    • What can we learn from Jesus about this interaction, and the one with the criminal?

    4. How can we show love, like Jesus, to the outcast, the unloved, the people different from us?


    APPGROUP WEEK OF SEPT 2-9: YOU ASKED FOR IT: How to Pray

    1. If you have a significant other, what would your relationship be like with him/her if you didn't speak to each other regularly? What would you miss out on?

    2. How is your prayer life? Do you pray regularly?

    3. What kind of conversations do you have with God?  Are there are subjects you do NOT talk to Him about?

    4. Are you authentic with God? Do you find yourself just repeating the same things over and over in prayer?

    5. Do you hear from God as well as talk to Him? What was the last thing God said to you? (just share generally if it's too personal)

    6. Do you feel comfortable praying in front of other people? Why or why not?

    7. Are there subjects that you've always been afraid to ask God or the church about?


    APPGROUP WEEK OF AUG 26-SEPT 1: CHURCH CAMP: An Empty Seat Is A Serious Matter

    1. Have you ever invited someone to church?  What happened?

    2. Do you understand the concept of "planting seeds"?  What does that mean to you? Have you ever tried it?

    3. Have you ever been turned down on an invitation to come to church?  How does that make you feel?

    4. What is your understanding of "an empty seat is a serious matter"?

    5. How do you know if you're "saved"?

    6. Do you know anyone that can start praying for and invite to church?


    APPGROUP WEEK OF AUG 19-25: CHURCH CAMP: Growing People Change

    1. What do you think of change?

    2. Have there been any big changes in your life that you have not enjoyed?

    3. Are you growing spiritually?  How do you measure that?

    4. Can you identify any fear in your life that may be holding you back from growing in a certain area?

    5. Did the video from this weekend, "Karen's Story", speak to you at all?

    6. How has your life changed since becoming a follower of Jesus?


    APPGROUP WEEK OF AUG 12-18: CHURCH CAMP: We Church, Not Me Church

    1. How did you come to FV?  What were you looking for in a church when you came for the first time?

    2. How have you, in the past, made church about "me"?

    3. Where do you serve?  Do you contribute to the church in any way?

    4. Did any of your perspectives or mindsets about the church change this weekend?

    5. Have you been holding onto a method (of doing church) instead of the message of the church?

    6. Is there a way that you've been envious of another person's gifts instead of developing or contributing your own?

    7. Have you been harboring any bitterness or hurt about imperfect church leaders?


    APPGROUP WEEK OF AUG 5 - 11: CHURCH CAMP: Saved People, Serve People

    1. Do you serve somewhere in the church?  Why?

    2. Do you get to use your gifts and talents in the best possible way within the church?  If not, what would that look like?

    3. Is there any area of ministry that you've always been interested in, but never explored?

    4. Do you serve people outside of the church? What would it look like if you did?

    5. Why does Jesus care so much about serving people?

    6. Do you have any questions about the church and why it operates the way that it does?


    APPGROUP WEEK OF JULY 29-AUG 4: JESUS: Forgiveness

    1. What would you do if the bank called you up and Erased all your debt? Car loans, mortgage, and Student loans? 

    2. Is there any sin that God can not forgive? Is there anything that YOU cannot forgive?

    3. Is it possible to forgive someone and still hold that person accountable for their behavior? 

    4. Have you been able to forgive yourself for all the wrong things you have done? 

    5. When was the last time you forgave someone?


    APPGROUP WEEK OF JULY 22-28: JESUS: The harvest is plentiful

    1. What do you think Jesus meant by "the harvest is plentiful"?

    2. Do you see most people as being generally receptive to the Gospel?  If you did, how would that change how you go about sharing your faith?

    3. What did Jesus mean by "the workers are few"?  

    4. Would you consider yourself a "worker" in this context?

    5. When was the last time you shared the Gospel with a non-believer? How did it go? 

    6. Do you regularly pray that God would send you people that you can share the Gospel with?


    APPGROUP WEEK OF JULY 15-21: JESUS: How to resolve conflict

    1. Would you consider your life to be filled with drama or relatively drama-free?

    2. How do you decide what's worth talking to someone about, and what should be dropped?

    3. How have you gone about resolving conflict in the past? What has worked or not worked?

    4. Have you ever used the plan laid out in Matthew 18:15-20 for confrontation? How did it go? 

    5. Do you think you'll handle conflict differently after hearing about Matthew 18? 

    6. Are there any tips or tricks you can share with the group about handling conflict that we haven't mentioned yet?

    7. Why do you think that this concept was so important for Jesus to teach?


    APPGROUP WEEK OF JULY 8-14: JESUS: The Golden Rule: Marvin Stanley

    1. Do you follow The Golden Rule in everyday life? Can you think of a time when you didn't?

    2. What could you improve about the way you treat people?

    3. Do you regularly practice "putting yourself in others shoes"?

    4. What is your understanding of grace?

    5. Have you ever given grace when you felt it wasn't earned?

    6. Do you believe that forgiveness is earned or given? Why?

    7.  What are you sowing now that you'll reap in the future?


    APPGROUP WEEK OF JULY 1-7: JESUS: The Greatest Commandments: Jeff Kutz

    1. Are you growing in your relationship with God?  How do you measure that?

    2. What does it mean to actively love God?

    3. Can you see the fruit of the Spirit coming out in you?  (Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, and Self-Control. Galatians 5:22-23)

    4. Do you tend to focus on the do's and don't's of religion?  What, specifically?

    5. If someone who didn't know you, looked at your life (what you spend your time, money, and talent on), would they inherently know that you are a Christian?

    6. How can you love God, and love people better?

    7. Was there anything Jeff Kutz said that really stuck with you?


    APPGROUP WEEK OF JUNE 24-30: When Life Gives You Lemons: Robert Cameron

    1. Are you going through any tests right now? What are they showing you about yourself?

    2. Are you going through any temptations right now?  Can you see where God is giving you the "way out"?

    3. Can you see God trying to build excellence in your life somewhere? (loyalty, integrity, faith, patience, pride, love, memory)

    4. Can you recognize an excellent spirit? What does that mean?

    5. Have you ever had the opportunity to retaliate against someone who wronged you?  Did you take it? What did you learn from that experience?

    6.  If the enemy of excellence is mediocrity, can you identify an area of your life where you're settling for mediocrity?

    7. Was there anything Robert Cameron said that really stuck with you?


    APPGROUP WEEK OF JUNE 17 - 23: When Life Gives You Lemons: "Big Moments"

    1. Do you struggle with patience?  In what areas?

    2. Do you have big dreams for your future? Tell the group about 1 or 2 of them.
                   Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

    3. What can you do, today, that can help you prepare for that dream?

    4. What scripture could you quote to yourself that could help you get to that dream? (Group: help with this!)

    5. What scripture can you use in your life to help you overcome temptation?

    6. What blocks your growth in Christ? What blocks growth, in your other relationships, from becoming more mature and effectual?

    7. What disappointments have you faced lately? Did they consume your thoughts? What did you do about it? What can you learn?


    APPGROUP WEEK OF JUNE 10 - 16: When Life Gives You Lemons: "Finding Favor"

    1. Have you ever been in a place when you felt like everyone deserted you?

    2. Looking back at that experience, can you see yet what good came out of it?  Where that situation in your life ended up taking you?

    3. If you had to give yourself advice during that situation, what would you say?

    4. When we're at our lowest, what do we still have?

    5. What area of your life could turn into good, if you just trusted God with it?

    6. How do you go about avoiding temptation?

    7. How can we continue to work hard and honor God even when we're mistreated?

    8. Are there any situations in your life that you need to ask for GOD'S wisdom on?


    APPGROUP WEEK OF JUNE 3 - JUNE 9: When Life Gives You Lemons: "Dream Smashers"

    1. Have you experienced a time in your life where you could see God "working all things together for good"?

    2. How do you remind yourself to trust God when it's hard?

    3. Do you believe you are called to a higher purpose? What is that purpose?

    4. Do you view perseverance as a strength? Do you possess it?

    5. When you feel like everyone in your life is against you, what do you do? Who do you go to?

    6. How do you keep your faith when you feel like your world is falling apart?


    APPGROUP WEEK OF MAY 27-JUNE 2: Set Apart: "Just Don't Do It"

    1. Are you consistent in your Bible Study and prayer time?  What could help you become more so?

    2. Do you believe it's important to take the Bible as a whole?  Are there parts of the Bible you still haven't read? What's your favorite book of the Bible?

    3. How should we go about carefully reading the Word?  (i.e. journaling, SOAP method, application, context, etc)

    4. What are some ways we can see Jesus throughout scripture?

    5. What are some areas of your life you need to give over to Jesus to sanctify?

    6. Jason used the clean house analogy this week.  Are there still some areas of your house that are consistently dirty?


    APPGROUP WEEK OF MAY 20-26: Set Apart: "Change the Way You Think"

    1. How do you think the way we think, as Christians, should be different from the way the rest of the world thinks?

    2. How should our self-evaluation techniques be different?  What are some ways that you self-evaluate?

    3. Who are your role models in life?  Are they followers of Jesus, or just "good" people?

    4. Would you say you are a thermometer or thermostat in life? Do you set the mood/temperature of the room when you enter it, or do you let everyone else affect you?

    5. Do you set personal and spiritual growth goals?   Are they measurable?  If so, name a few for the group.

    6. What do you think God has called YOU to do?  


    APPGROUP WEEK OF MAY 13-19: Set Apart: Wholehearted

    1. What does it mean, in your life, to be "wholehearted" for God?

    2. What would you need to change in your life, to be wholehearted for God?

    3. Do you keep a prayer journal?  What things would you write in it now, if you did?

    4. What are some things that God has done in your life, in the past?

    5. What are some things that you LOVE about Jesus?

    6. If you had to pick one of the following things to be more disciplined about, which one would it be, and why?
                  1. Bible Reading            2. Prayer           3. Worship          4. Finances           5. Outreach

    7. Have you ever felt the Holy Spirit's presence? Describe that feeling.

    8. What can this group do to help you fall more in love with Jesus?


    APPGROUP WEEK OF MAY 6-12: Set Apart: Getting the Order Right

    1. Are stress-causing things inherently bad?

    2. How do you currently deal with stress?

    3. How should we deal with stress in a Godly way?

    4. What does it mean to serve two masters? Can you think of a way that you do this now?

    5. How can we be dominated by faith instead of worry?

    6. What can we learn from how Jesus handled stress?

    7. What does it mean to be "set apart as holy to the Lord"?  Deut 14:2
     


    HOME GROUP MATERIAL WEEK 5:
    Video Title: "Home Group First Five Week 5:
    Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PUf-Q1a0NU&index=5&list=PL-0doBjM8jDh8BhBtN0d34BvmxF9hxAFQ  

    For groups in Semester 2: if you don't have any new people to your group this semester, change up the questions a bit, maybe to include: "...since beginning in this group," or "How has this changed since this group began?"

    In Session 5, you'll explore the fourth of the Four Measures of Spiritual Growth: Am I growing in my influence with outsiders?

    1. Think of all the people you know outside of church, do they know you are a Christian?
    2. Do you think it's important that they know you are a Christian?
    3. Have you recently tried to share your faith with someone who doesn't believe?
      1. How did it go?
    4. Why should we care so much about sharing our faith?
    5. What qualities do you think are important to have when sharing your faith?
    6. How did you come to know Jesus?
      1. What brought you to FVChurch?
    7. Do you feel like you are open to opportunities to share your faith with people?
    8. How would you describe Jesus to someone who doesn't know Him?

    HOME GROUP MATERIAL WEEK 4:
    Video Title: "Home Group First Five Week 4"
    Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkgqlD2dA0w
    For groups in Semester 2: if you don't have any new people to your group this semester, change up the questions a bit, maybe to include: "...since beginning in this group," or "How has this changed since this group began?"

    In Session 4, you'll explore the third of the Four Measures of Spiritual Growth: Am I Becoming A Better Steward of my Resources?

    1. What does the term "steward" mean to you?
    2. What are some things that you have charge over as a steward?
    3. What do you think tithing has to do with stewardship?
    4. What are some things you would do if you became a better steward?
    5. How can you honor God with your resources?
    6. If you give money to the church, why do you do it?
    7. What blessings do you believe God has in store for you if you handle your resources well?
    8. Does anyone have a giving "testimony" (a story about God's faithfulness through a tough time, maybe)?

     


    HOME GROUP MATERIAL WEEK 3:
    Video Title: "Home Groups First Five Week 3"  

    Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCYbpMG6EH8
    For groups in Semester 2: if you don't have any new people to your group this semester, change up the questions a bit, maybe to include: "...since beginning in this group," or "How has this changed since this group began?"

    In Session 3, you'll explore the second of the Four Measures of Spiritual Growth: Am I Growing in My Relationship With Others?

    Pray this week for the relationships beginning to form in your group. Pray that God will use them to grow you and your group members to change your lives.

    1. Of the important relationships in your life, which one do you think you function the best in? Why?
    2. Do you feel like there's anything holding you back from being the best you can be in your relationships?
    3. What would help you overcome it?
    4. At what point do you consult God for relationship issues?
    5. What advice do you think God would give you about how you interact with others?
    6. For singles: what kind of relationship do you want to have? How can you prepare?
    7. How can this group help you grow in your relationships with others?

     


    HOME GROUP MATERIAL WEEK 2:
    Video Title: "Home Group First Five Week 2"
    Video Link: 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYAXOZmJghM
    For groups in Semester 2: if you don't have any new people to your group this semester, change up the questions a bit, maybe to include: "...since beginning in this group," or "How has this changed since this group began?"
     

    In Session 2, you'll explore the first of the Four Measures of Spiritual Growth: Am I Growing in My Relationship With God?

    This session is a great opportunity for you to get a sense of where you group members are on their spiritual journeys. This will help you to better understand what they need from you as a leader.

    1. On a scale of 1-5, where would you rate your relationship with God now?
      1. Why did you give yourself this rating?
      2. Why not higher?
      3. Why not lower?
    2. How do you think you go about growing in your relationship with God? (Has this viewpoint changed since the last semester?)
    3. Do you have a plan for spiritual growth?  What is it?
    4. Tell the group about one time that you felt like you grew a lot in your relationship with God?
    5. If someone asked you who Jesus is to you, how would you answer?
    6. How can this group help you grow in your relationship with God now?


    HOME GROUP MATERIAL WEEK 1:

    Your first meeting as a small group is more of a social gathering!  See the packet you were given at the Home Group Launch party for details, or message Candace to get a replacement copy of that packet.  Remember to create an environment in which people can begin to connect!  Use the Icebreakers questions from your packet.


    Week of April 1-7: If we actually believed…

    1. If you actually believed that every word in the Bible was true, how would that change your life?

    2. If you actually believed that 90% of people around you will spend eternity away from God, in torture, would you change anything about the way you live life?

    3. If you actually believed that God IS LOVE, not guilt, or condemnation, how would that change the way you interact with Him?

    4. If you actually believed that God provided you with everything good and perfect thing you have, would that change anything about how you handle your blessings?

    5. How should your BIble reading and time with God change to reflect your actual beliefs?

    6. What questions do you need to answer for yourself about God to have bigger faith?

    7. How do you think we become more like God?  Why is that something to strive for?

    8. How can this group help you grow in your faith?

    Week of March 25-31: Relationship with others/Selfishness

    1. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate yourself at putting others before yourself?

    2. How much do you care about being right?

    3. Would you describe yourself as stubborn? Why or why not?

      1. Is stubbornness a good thing or a bad thing?

    4. Where would you need to grow the most in order to function better within the relationships that you’re in?

    5. What is a challenging relationship that you’re in now or have been in previously?  What could you have done better in that relationship?

    6. Why should we care about improving in our relationships with others?

    7. How can God help us improve our relationships with others?

     


    Week of March 18-25

    1. Do you consider yourself to be a very stressed out person?

      1. Why or why not?

    2. Would you say you are passionate about serving Jesus?

      1. Would someone (that doesn’t know you well) be able to tell?

    3. How would you describe Jesus to someone who doesn’t know him?

    4. What does it mean to be “in the world, but not of the world”?

    5. What is the purpose of fasting?  Have you ever fasted?

    6. How can this group help you reach your friends and neighbors for Christ?


    Week of: March 11-18

    1. Do you see yourself as an “agent” of God? Do you regularly “accept the mission” of sharing your faith with people close to you?

    2. How do you move a conversation to the level of talking with friends about a relationship with God and salvation?

    3. Do you think God’s looking for righteous people or useful people?

      1. What do you think is the difference between righteous and useful, to God?

      2. Is it enough to just be righteous?

    4. Do you set goals for your own spiritual growth?

    5. How has your time with God been?

      1. Are you satisfied with the time you spent with our Lord this week? How so?

      2. What can you do to improve it?

    6. Have you ever set a goal for reaching a non-believing friend or neighbor?  

      1. If you haven’t, what kind of goal would you consider?

    7. How do you build influence with people?

    8. Do you see yourself being able to lead a Home Group of your own someday? What would need to happen for that to become a reality?