Gospel Centered Life

When the Gospel Intrudes - Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday and Romans 12:1-2 will collide. The coming King will not let us take a middle of the road approach to His coming. He compels us to not only celebrate, but walk with Him toward His cross and to new creation. 

Reading from: Romans 12:1-2

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Being transformed by the renewing our minds: What does this mean? How does this impact the ways we live our lives as an offering to God?  We like to use the metaphor of technology updates. Our phones, computers, and most other devices regularly and consistently need updates to stay current and performing at their best. Sure, they could probably work without updates. However, by plugging in and renewing their software regularly, they receive the information they need to function to their fullest capability. The same is true of us and God. Touching base from time to time isn’t enough. We need to ‘plug-in’ regularly and communicate with God, so that we can stay fresh and renewed. We need to be in His word consistently to be reminded of who He is and who we are. What does this look like practically for you?

Heart

In Romans 12:1 Paul pleads, “ I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—which is your spiritual worship.” Have every group member take a piece of paper and pen and write the follow items as a list: Eating, sleeping, prayer, driving, parenting, work, talking, playing, thinking, spending, serving, technology, attitude, relationships. Next to each word, have each person write a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’: are they honoring God with that part of their life. 

Hands

Look back over your list and pick one of the areas that you would like to see renewed. Focus on that this week, and talk with God about it. Ask God to bring about change and perspective, and help in transforming that area into an act of worship.  Read the following three scriptures: 1 Corinthians 10:31, Deuteronomy 6:5, 2 Corinthians 3:18. Choose one that encourages you and re-read it several times this week. 

Good News on a Long Journey

Romans 10:9-15

Head

What are the difficulties in watching someone walk alongside you in life, knowing they don’t have a relationship with Christ? Discuss. It is no small burden to love someone over the ‘long journey’, but there is great spiritual reward that can only come from endurance and long suffering. Remember our call to love others: Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-19. Try reading The Message version, too. 

Heart

Turn down the lights, get comfortable, and put on some relaxing music.  Give each group member a pen and a few sheets of paper. Take some time to think through your own life reflecting on periods of time when you needed others to “stick with you”.  Can you remember what that felt like?  Why was that important to you?  Now, take some time to think of those things that make it hard for you to journey with this person (people).  Reflect on how God might use this relationship to strengthen your intimacy with him. Allow space and time for this activity, and afterwards, share with the group if comfortable.    

Hands

We want to remind you of the most important thing that you can commit to doing for the people in your life: pray. Where can you incorporate them into your prayer life. Never underestimate the impact and power of your prayers. Pray as a group for these individuals. Then, commit to finding a spot in your daily schedule to pray for this person (or people). Imagine yourself going to God and asking Him how He would want you to pray for that person. 

Bringing the Gospel to Kids

Bringing the Gospel to Kids

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This past Sunday, we heard from Ministry Director Amanda Whiting about the role we play in bringing the ‘good news’ of Christ to the children in our lives. Have each group member take pen and paper, and take a few moments to create a list of the children in their life. 

Heart

(Read what we commit to as a community to the children of The Gallery- from covenant handbook)

Hands

Before we introduce the second part of the ‘hands’ piece, we want to remind you of the most important thing that you can commit to doing for this list of children in your life: pray. Where can you incorporate these kids into your prayer life. Never underestimate the impact and power of your prayers. 


Part two

On the list of names you created, jot down some simple ways that you can model your faith and the gospel to each child (gestures, phrases, specific interactions, etc). 

Here am I, Send Me

Matthew 28:19-20, Romans 10:9-15

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Pastor Brad’s message this past Sunday dealt with what it means to be ‘sent’ to bring God’s word, and also how to do so in different capacities. We will be exploring more of these in the weeks to come. With that, we must recognize that throughout scripture we are told that each of us is gifted differently. Then, as a body of Christ, we come together to use our gifts to impact others in different ways. Read 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

Today each group member is going to complete a spiritual gifts assessment to better understand the ways God has gifted you. By knowing our strengths and passions we can find more natural avenues to share the gospel. Please use the following link and print one for each group member. Complete sections One and Two (pages 1-8 and 13). Have fun! http://allpeopleschurch.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/gifting-assesement.pdf

Heart

See ‘head.’

Hands

“The challenge now is to find a meaningful pace of service that allows you to flourish in your giftings, passion, and style. This may be best accomplished by dialoguing with your meal group members to discover what area of service is a good match for you.” - Antioch Ministries International. Consider what opportunities are out there for you at The Gallery!

  1. Remember that your giftings will be refined over time to be more effective at serving God and others. However, you must use them though before the refining can begin. So, the most important thing is to “do something” while you’re looking for the perfect fit. 
  2. Look for someone with similar giftings/passion/style as you in order to learn from their maturity. They could be a mentor to you, whether directly or indirectly. 
  3. Look for other resources to learn more about your giftings. For example, if your gifting is prophecy, you  may want to attend prophetic workshops to read books about prophecy. First of all, however, get to know the Bible.
  4. Consider what opportunities are out there for you at The Gallery! 

- Antioch Ministries International.

If you want more tools and questions, read the whole document available at the link above. Leaders, please make this resources known to your group members. 

A Gospel Centered Life

In what direction does the needle on your compass point? For the Apostle Paul it points at the Gospel.

Verse of the week: Romans 10:14-15

Head

“Go share the Gospel of Christ!’ That’s a loaded statement. Oftentimes we come across phrases like this at church and in Christian circles, without ever taking the time to unpack what it really means or looks like. This is one of those phrases. Have your group participate in the following activity: Tape a piece of paper to a wall. Elect someone to be the ‘writer’ for the group - they will be writing down words that the group says. Write the word ‘gospel’ in the center of the paper. Ask your group to think of the word ‘gospel’ and shout out the first words or phrases that come to mind. Write them down. What do you notice?

Heart

Literally translated, the word gospel means ‘good news.’ If we think to what pastor Brad preached about what it truly means to share the gospel, we know that it is simply this: Jesus. The gospel is Jesus and all that He did, said, and stood for. Jesus is our good news. What are your favorite parts of Jesus’ character - what gospel stories come to mind? Share these. Here is one of our favorites: Luke 8:43-48.

Hands

Consider the stories that you’ve shared. What characteristics did they highlight of Christ: humility, grace, favor, unending love, bravery, etc. Create a new list on the wall with your group. Again, write Gospel in the center, knowing that sharing this gospel means sharing the goodness of Christ. Write down the characteristics that you just discussed (and more if you have them!).


Now: Turn on some music, turn down the lights, and have everyone get comfortable. Ask everyone to spend some time looking at the list - meditating on the list and asking the Holy Spirit to impress upon you which of these you need to cling to and bring with you throughout your week.

Beautiful Are The Feet That Bring Good News

The good news as brought to us by members of The Gallery - beautiful stories from our community. 

Discuss the following questions (taken from Romans 10:14-15)

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  • How, then, can someone confess belief in Jesus if they don’t know who He is and what He’s done? 
  • And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 
  • And how can anyone preach unless they are sent?
  • Do you feel ‘sent’? 

Heart 

Last week’s discussion challenged each of you to be prayerful and aware of anyone who may need to hear or experience God’s love through you. Take some time to think about this past week, and share of any moments where you were able to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in this way. 

Hands

“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Take this week to encourage your own self perception as one who is sent to deliver the good news. Think about your area of influence: at work, places you consistently visit, as a parent or spouse at home, friendships, etc. How do you represent God in these places?