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Community Group Questions | John 14:15-21, 16:7-15 | May 31, 2020

The Gift of the Holy Spirit Rev. Blake Altman, Lead Pastor God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read the following passageand consider these questions. READ John 14:15-21, 16:7-15 (ESV) 14:15"If you love me, you willkeep my commandments.16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you anotherHelper,to be with you forever,17event...

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Community Group Questions | John 11:45-12:11 | May 17, 2020

Five Types of People (part 1) Rev. Blake Altman, Lead Pastor God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read the following passageand consider these questions. READ John 11:45-12:11 (ESV) 11:45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him, 46but some of them went to the Pharisees and told...

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Community Group Questions | John 9:1-12 | April 19, 2020

Now I See Rev. Blake Altman, Lead Pastor God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read the following passageand consider these questions. READ John 9:1-12 (ESV) 1 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2And his disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" 3Jesus answered, "It was...

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Why did we not preach on the woman caught in adultery in John 8?

Why did we at Trinity not preach on John 7:53-8:11, which covers the famous scene of the woman caught in adultery? The reason is pretty simple: both the external and the internal evidence overwhelming show that this passage was not original to the author John. External Evidence The earliest and best manuscripts, from which modern English bibles are translated, simply do...

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Community Group Questions | John 7.16-31 - Do you know the real Jesus? | Mar 8, 2020

Do you know the real Jesus? Rev. Scott Mitchell, Pastor of Community Formation God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read the following passageand consider these questions. READ John 7:16-31(ESV) 16So Jesus answered them,"My teaching is not mine, but hiswho sent me.17If anyone's will is to do God'swill,he will know whether the tea...

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Community Group Questions | John 7.1-19 - When Jesus Isn't Your Superman | Mar 1, 2020

When Jesus Isn't Your Superman Rev. Scott Mitchell, Pastor of Community Formation God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read the following passageand consider these questions. READ John 7:1-19(ESV) 1After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He would not go about in Judea, becausethe Jewswere seeking to kill him.2Nowthe Jews' Feast o...

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Community Group Questions | John 6:60-71 - The Words of Eternal Life | Feb 23, 2020

The Words of Eternal Life Rev. Blake Altman, Lead Pastor God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read the following passageand consider these questions. READ John 6:60-71 (ESV) 60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, "This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?" 61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were gr...

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Community Group Questions | John 6:41-59 - The Bread of Life | Feb 16, 2020

The Bread of Life Rev. Blake Altman, Lead Pastor God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read the following passageand consider these questions. READ John 6:41-59(ESV) 41So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said,"I am the bread that came down from heaven."42They said,"Is not this Jesus,the son of Joseph, whose father and mothe...

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Community Group Questions | John 6:35-50 - Paradox | Feb 9, 2020

Paradox Rev. Blake Altman, Lead Pastor God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read the following passageand consider these questions. READ John 6:35-40(ESV) 35 Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen me ...

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Advent's Gaze + Advent Resources

In the season of Advent*, we celebrate our Lord's coming in the Incarnation and future return in glory. Our celebration of Advent gazes in two directions. In the rear-facing direction, we imagine ourselves to be in the place of those saints who looked forward to the first appearing of the Messiah. A Middle English lyric captures the thrust of this anticipation: Adam la...

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Why Community Group Leader Training is for Everyone

Community group leader training is for everyone. I know, you're probably thinking, "But Inever want to lead a community group." And to that I say, that's totally fine! God may never call you to that. But all Christians should desire the skills that a good community group leader has. What are some of those skills? Lead an interesting discussion on a passage of scriptur...

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Community Group Questions | Advent: Children Get It | Dec 15, 2019

Children Get It Rev. Blake Altman, Lead Pastor God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read the following passageand consider these questions. READ Matthew 11:25-30 (ESV) 25 At that time Jesus declared, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them...

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Community Group Questions | Advent: Rescuing Gratitude | Dec 8, 2019

Rescuing Gratitude Rev. Blake Altman, Lead Pastor God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read the following passageand consider these questions. READ Acts 16:16-34 (ESV) 16 As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. 17 She ...

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Community Group Questions | Advent: Steps to Thanks | Dec 1, 2019

Steps to Thanks Rev. Blake Altman, Lead Pastor God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read the following passageand consider these questions. READ Luke 17:11-19 (ESV) 11 On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13 and ...

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Community Group Questions | Finding God's Will: Rediscover Your Calling | Nov 17, 2019

Finding God's Will: Rediscover Your Calling Rev. Blake Altman, Lead Pastor God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read the following passageand consider these questions. READ Acts 10:34-48(ESV) 34 So Peter opened his mouth and said: "Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and do...

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Community Group Questions | Finding God's Will: Grow in Community | Nov 10, 2019

Finding God's Will: Grow in Community Rev. Blake Altman, Lead Pastor God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read the following passageand consider these questions. READ Acts 10:17-48(ESV) 17 Now while Peter was inwardly perplexed as to what the vision that he had seen might mean, behold, the men who were sent by Cornelius, having m...

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Community Group Questions | Finding God's Will: Rest in Worship | Nov 3, 2019

Finding God's Will: Rest in Worship Rev. Blake Altman, Lead Pastor God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read the following passageand consider these questions. READ Acts 10:1-16 (ESV) 1 At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort, 2 a devout man who feared God with all his hous...

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Community Group Questions | The End and Hope of Grace | Oct 27, 2019

The End and Hope of Grace Rev. Scott Mitchell, Pastor of Community Formation God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read the following passageand consider these questions. READ(20minutes) Revelation 21-22 21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more....

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Community Group Questions | The Secure, Relentless Grace of God | Oct 20, 2019

The Secure, Relentless Grace of God Rev. Scott Mitchell, Pastor of Community Formation God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read the following passageand consider these questions. READ Romans 8:28-39 (NASB) 28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according...

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Community Group Questions | Grace: Freedom from the Performance Treadmill | Oct 6, 2019

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Grace: Freedom from the Performance Treadmill Rev. Scott Mitchell, Pastor of Community Formation God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read the following passageand consider these questions. READ Romans 3:9-24 (ESV) 9 What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks,...

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C. S. Lewis on the Incarnation

As we come to Advent's close, let us be reminded of the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus from C. S. Lewis: "The central miracle asserted by Christians is the Incarnation. They say that God became Man. Every other miracle prepares for this, or exhibits this, or results from this. Just as every natural event is the manifestation at a particular place and moment of Nature's tot...

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Community Group Questions | Roots for Making Disciples | Nov 18, 2018

Roots for Making Disciples Rev. Blake Altman God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read the following passage and consider these questions. READ Matthew 28:16-20 [16] Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. [17] And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. [18] An...

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Advent: A Gaze in Two Directions

In the season of Advent*, we celebrate our Lord's coming in the Incarnation and future return in glory. Our celebration of Advent gazes in two directions. In the rear-facing direction, we imagine ourselves to be in the place of those saints who looked forward to the first appearing of the Messiah. A Middle English lyric captures the thrust of this anticipation: Adam la...

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Community Group Questions | Roots for Future Generations | Nov 11, 2018

Roots for Future Generations Rev. Blake Altman God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read the following passage and consider these questions. READ Deuteronomy 32:7 (ESV) [7] Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you. Psalm 78:1-8, ...

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Community Group Questions | Roots for Transformation | Nov 4, 2018

Roots for Transformation Rev. Blake Altman God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read the following passage and consider these questions. READ Matthew 24:42-51 (ESV) [42] Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. [43] But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the ni...

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Community Group Questions | Roots for Community | Oct 28, 2018

Roots for Community Rev. Blake Altman God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read the following passageand consider these questions. READ 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 [12] For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. [13] For in one Spirit we were all...

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Community Group Questions | Roots for Rest | Oct 21, 2018

Roots for Rest Rev. Blake Altman God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read the following passageand consider these questions. READ Jeremiah 17:58 [5] Thus says the LORD: "Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD. [6] He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not se...

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Community Group Questions | The Seeking God of Eden | Oct 7, 2018

The Seeking God of Eden Dr. John Cox, Guest Speaker God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read the following passageand consider these questions. READ Genesis 3:8-15, 20-24 (ESV) [8] And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of th...

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Community Group Questions | The Power of Words in a Family | Sept 30, 2018

Elephant in the Room: The Power of Words in a Family Rev. Scott Mitchell, Pastor of Community Formation God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read the following passageand consider these questions. READ James 3:1-12 (ESV) [1] Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with gr...

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Community Group Questions | Community: Affirming One Another's Strengths | Feb 4, 2018

"Community: Affirming One Another's Equality" Rev. Blake Altman, Lead Pastor God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read the following passages and consider these questions. READ Romans 15:1-7 (ESV) [1] We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. [2] Let each of us please...

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