Pastor Glen joins us this week to break down the EPIC story of Samson and what we can learn from this broken savior. Discussion Questions are below.
This week Pastor Steve Steele breaks down the story of Gideon and his 70 sons. It's a tale of Gideon's new found wealth, fame, and power and his slow decline away from God's power. There's an epic villain, scandal, murder, and a struggle for the throne. (Sounds like a Netflix series huh?) We can learn from this tale as we struggle to put the power and authority we have to good use in the places God has put us.
Pastor Steve Newman breaks down the role we all have to play in Gods economy. Gideon didn't believe he was much, but God was on his side, what could we do if we really believed God was on our side and we stepped out on the limb knowing that?
OK, kids... here we go for another year of Community Groups. Remember to spend the time letting people share their stories, connect, and even wrestle with the biblical text and all the questions associated with our faith. God isn't afraid of questions.
There is something profoundly not good about loneliness. This talk will take a look at the roots of loneliness and the reality that you and I were actually created for connection. No study guide this week... just one question for you to work through together at the end.
Community Group Videos are BACK ! We hope you enjoy the smooth verbal and theological stylings of our very own Steve Steele as he discusses what it looks like to grow in ministry. Discussion questions attached below!
Community Group Leaders-
There is a 2-week hiatus between major sermon series here at First--we begin our series on the book of Colossians beginning May 12. For that series, we will be following a fantastic study by Louie Giglio, available on Right Now Media. Feel free to preview it there. If you don't have a free FBC Right Now Media account, please contact Peggy in the church office at (209)334-1332 and she will help you get going.
So for the next 2 weeks, there will be no available Online video DVD from Jake (I know... so sad!)
If you would like some help with material for these two weeks, please let either myself or Pastor Glen know and we will get you going.
For those who are interested, my theology class is doing a video from N.T. Wright on Colossians 1:9-23 (coincidentally) and it might be a good way to introduce the upcoming series. The whole video is 54 minutes but don't worry-- the sermon only takes the first 33 minutes and then you can shut it off and discuss.
N.T. Wright's video and my discussion questions are available below. They are a little bit "theological" but I bet you will enjoy them!
Jake McGregor, Pastor of Missional & Spiritual Formation