MISSIONAL COMMUNITY LEADER RESOURCE PAGE
Welcome to the MC Leader resource page. You'll find tons of info here, including passages with discussion questions and application questions that match the sermons each week. You'll also find new content: videos with tips and tricks, articles, book recommendations, leader guides, self assessments, upcoming dates and info, and so much more.
Glad you're here.
- Brian + Jocelyn
NEW SERIES: PARABLES
discuss in community before 6/1
Over the next five weeks, we’ll be looking closely at five of Jesus’ parables.
It’s said that a parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. Most parables led to one main point - there isn’t much room for over-analysis on our part. Jesus had a habit of using these simple stories to express deep truths. These parables were easily remembered and had elements (salt, sheep, bread, etc.) that would likely strike a chord with a wide audience of people. But while many could identify with the stories, not everyone understood their true meaning, and Jesus only ever explained them to his disciples. In Matthew 13:10, it says the disciples were granted to know the mysteries of heaven, but it wasn’t granted to everyone. Those rejecting Christ’s message were left in spiritual blindness. But those seeking were given understanding.In essence, the parable is a story for those willing to hear it. Are you willing?
We're providing all the content to you ahead of time. You can view it in PDF form by clicking the big blue button. Feel free to share this with your community via link or email if they'd like to work ahead, prepare for your time, or simply know where we're going together.
SERIES: That's NOT NORMAL
discuss in community before 5/13
This is a look into six Old Testament stories where we see the contrast of relying on God verses living to the best of our human abilities. One life is natural, the other supernatural. One life is relatable, the other is aspirational. One life is the everyday norm of living by sight, the other is the life of faith, which is often not normal. As we will see in these stories there is a difference in these two ways of life. Dependence on God is at odds with self reliance. Forgiveness is battling vengeance. And fear is fighting faith in God’s provision.
The difference maker for us is Jesus. With Jesus we have the power and ability to do what is not normal. He gives a new name, enables us to entrust justice to Him, and has shown he has already provided abundantly for us.
Just as we did with the UNRIVALED series, we're providing all the content to you ahead of time. You can view it in PDF form by clicking the big blue button. Feel free to share this with your community via link or email if they'd like to work ahead, prepare for your time, or simply know where we're going together.
BEGIN DISCUSSING BEFORE Sunday, 4/8
Starting Sunday 4/8, Greg will begin to unpack our next sermon series called UNRIVALED. In essence, this series is about making Jesus first in all things. When he is supreme and preeminent in our lives, we can take our surrender, faith and generosity to new levels. To walk through this together as a church family, we're providing everyone with a book that includes the UNRIVALED vision, sermon notes, AND a missional community discussion guide.
The content in this guide is intended to for you and your Missional Community to discuss together. It pairs with each theme and passage Greg will preach on, but will include some narratives as well. You can continue to rely on your narrative method training in this series as you unpack week by week.
Click the button to access the Missional Community discussion guide. As always, discuss the material in the week leading up to Greg's sermons. Questions? Email us!