Joy

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Series: Advent 2018

Songs:

  • Praise to the Lord, the Almighty by Joachim Neander & Catherine Winkworth

  • How Great Thou Art by Stuart K. Hine

  • O Come O Come Emmanuel by Henry Sloane Coffin, Thomas Helmore, & John Mason Neale

  • What Child is This by William Chatterton Dix

  • Emmanuel (Every Promise Yes In Him) by Caroline Cobb Smith [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • O Little Town of Bethlehem by Phillips Brooks & Lewis Henry Redner

Advent Reading

Luke 2 says: in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Prepare the way of the Lord. We light this candle in joy, for Jesus makes joy from our sorrow.

Prepare the way of the Lord.

Love

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Series: Advent 2018

Songs:

  • Holy Holy Holy by John Bacchus Dykes & Reginald Heber

  • Praise Be to God by Clayton Luckie

  • Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing by John Wyeth & Robert Robinson

  • Come Thou Long Expected Jesus by Derek Webb, Sandra McCracken, & Charles Wesley [iTunes]

  • Here He Comes (Psalm 114) by Seth Woods [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • O Holy Night by Adolphe Charles Adam, Placide Cappeau, & John S. Dwight

Advent Reading

Isaiah 42 says: I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known, I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them. 

Prepare the way of the Lord. We light this candle in love, the love that Jesus, our Savior, has for us.

Prepare the way of the Lord.

Hope

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Series: Advent 2018

Songs:

  • Justice Will Roll Down by Sandra McCracken [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • I Wait by David Leonard, Leslie Jordan, & Thomas Jordan [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Great Are You Lord by Leslie Jordan & David Leonard [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • O Come O Come Emmanuel by Henry Sloane Coffin, Thomas Helmore, & John Mason Neale

  • In Christ Alone by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • O Little Town of Bethlehem by Phillips Brooks & Lewis Henry Redner

Advent Reading

In the season of Advent, we wait for the arrival of Jesus, our Lord and our one true hope.

Isaiah 2 says: He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.

God of hope, we wait for you with open and eager hearts. Come, Lord Jesus.

God's Faithfulness, A Testimony

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Series: Joshua 

Joshua Series Reading Schedule (PDF)

This Week's Reading: Joshua 23-24

This Week's Reflection Questions:

  1. What did you observe from the end of Joshua? How does the book seem to tie together?

  2. 23:14-15 talks about a choice of whom to serve. Where does your own people-pleasing come out the most? Why is that?

  3. What is God asking you to turn away from this week in order to cling to Him?

Songs:

  • Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor by Matt Boswell & Matt Papa [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Faithful (Make Our Lives a Monument) by Lauren Kirkpatrick, Clayton Luckie, & Caroline Smith

  • Man of Sorrows by Matt Crocker & Brooke Ligertwood [iTunes] [Spotify] 

  • You Have Been For Us by Clayton Luckie

  • All Things New by Andy Gullahorn, Andrew Peterson, & Ben Shive [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Jesus is Better by Aaron Ivey & Brett Land [iTunes] [Spotify]

Responsive Reading (Congregational response in bold)

God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:8; Colossians 1:13-14; Romans 5:1, NIV 

* Reprinted by permission from The Worship Sourcebook, Second Edition, © 2013, Faith Alive Christian Resources.

Consider One Another

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Series: Joshua 

Joshua Series Reading Schedule (PDF)

This Week's Reading: Joshua 20-22

This Week's Reflection Questions:

  1. What did you observe from this week’s reading?

  2. Re-read 21:45. Do you have a hard time trusting that God holds true to His promises? Why or why not?

  3. Out of the commands of 22:5, which one do you feel most compelled to carry out this week? How will you do that?

Songs:

  • Holy Holy Holy by John Bacchus Dykes & Reginald Heber

  • Your Love Never Fails by Chris McClarney & Anthony Skinner [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Rock of Ages by Augustus M. Toplady, Thomas Hastings, arr. Brooks Ritter [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Faithful (Make Our Lives a Monument) by Lauren Kirkpatrick, Clayton Luckie, and Caroline Smith

  • Remembrance by Benjamin Hastings & Chris Davenport [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • The Center of It All by Aaron Ivey, Brett Land, Dietrich Schmidt, Jimmy McNeal, & Marcus Dawes [iTunes] [Spotify]

Inheritance

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Series: Joshua 

Joshua Series Reading Schedule (PDF)

This Week's Reading: Joshua 17-19

This Week's Reflection Questions:

  1. What jumped out at you from these three chapters?

  2. At the beginning of chapter 18, the Israelites seem to be hesitant to possess the land. Is there an area of your life that you currently feel hesitant to move forward in? Is it perhaps because it seems new and unfamiliar, or another reason?

  3. How can you be content with your current “lot” or situation that God has placed you in this week?

Songs:

  • How Firm a Foundation by Joseph Funk, George Keith, John Rippon, & Anne Steele

  • On Jordan’s Stormy Banks by Samuel Stennett [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • I Wait by David Leonard, Leslie Jordan, & Thomas Jordan [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Faithful (Make Our Lives a Monument) by Lauren Kirkpatrick, Clayton Luckie, & Caroline Smith

  • We Will Feast in the House of Zion by Sandra McCracken [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Be Thou My Vision by Mary Elizabeth Byrne & Eleanor Henrietta Hull

Holiness and Presence

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Series: Joshua 

Joshua Series Reading Schedule (PDF)

This Week's Reading: Joshua 14-16

This Week's Reflection Questions:

  1. What did you observe from this week’s reading?

  2. In chapter 15, Aschah is not afraid to ask her father for blessing, and Caleb grants it to her. How does this compare or contrast to your own boldness in asking your heavenly Father for blessings?

  3. How can you, like Caleb, wholeheartedly follow the Lord this week when those around you waver?

Songs:

  • Praise the Lord by Charlie Hall, Daniel Bashta, & Kristian Stanfill [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • How Great Thou Art by Stuart K. Hine

  • Your Great Name by Michael Neale & Krissy Nordhoff [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Great Are You Lord by Leslie Jordan & David Leonard [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Here is Love by William Edwards, Robert S. Lowry, & William Rees

  • Do It Again by Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Matt Redman, & Steven Furtick [iTunes] [Spotify]

A Radical Rearrangement

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Series: Joshua 

Joshua Series Reading Schedule (PDF)

This Week's Reading: Joshua 10-13

This Week's Reflection Questions:

  1. What, if anything, jumped out at you from these three chapters?

  2. Notice 13:33. Have you ever experienced a time where God was giving you Himself instead of “that thing” you wanted and everyone else seemed to be getting? How did you respond? What did that experience lead to?

  3. How can you trust God this week with the battles in front of you that seem too big to overcome?

Songs:

  • Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing by John Wyeth & Robert Robinson

  • By His Grace by Brian Eichelberger, Dustin Kensrue, & Nick Lathe [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Singing in the Victory by Aaron Ivey, Brett Land, Dietrich Schmidt, Jaleesa McCreary, Logan Walter, & Marcus Dawes [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Spirit Speaks by David Leonard, Drew Cline, & Leslie Jordan [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Waters of Forgiveness by Brooks Ritter & Neil Robins [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • O Come to the Altar by Christopher Brown, Mack Brock, Steven Furtick, & Wade Joye [iTunes] [Spotify]

Responsive Reading (Congregational response in bold)

Hear the good news:
Christ died for us while we were yet sinners; 
that proves God’s love toward us.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven! Glory to God!

Amen.

* Reprinted by permission from The Worship Sourcebook, Second Edition, © 2013, Faith Alive Christian Resources.

Renewal

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Series: Joshua 

Joshua Series Reading Schedule (PDF)

This Week's Reading: Joshua 8 & 9

This Week's Reflection Questions:

  1. What did you observe from this week’s reading?

  2. In chapter 9 the Gibeonites lied to protect themselves. Where do you notice your own tendencies to be dishonest or partially honest with friends, family, a significant other, or even God?

  3. In what ways can you mirror Joshua’s reverence for the commands of God (end of ch. 8) this week?

Songs:

  • Praise to the Lord, the Almighty by Joachim Neander & Catherine Winkworth

  • Rising Sun by David Leonard, Kyle Lee, Leslie Jordan, & Paul Mabury [iTunes] [Spotify] 

  • Your Promises by Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Steven Furtick, & Wade Joye [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • The Center of It All by Aaron Ivey, Brett Land, Dietrich Schmidt, Jimmy McNeal, & Marcus Dawes [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • I Belong to You by Ryan Delmore [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Seas of Crimson by Bobby Stand, Brian Johnson, Daniel Bashta, and Joel Taylor [iTunes] [Spotify]

Responsive Prayer (Congregational response in bold)

Show us your unfailing love, O God, our Savior, 

and grant us your salvation.

Listen to what the Lord our God says: 

He promises peace to his people,
who are his beloved saints.

The Lord will indeed give what is good.  

Righteousness goes before him
and prepares the way for his steps.

May the Lord make his holy face to shine upon us in this time of worship.
May we see God’s face and know his peace.  

Amen.

This Is Us

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Series: Joshua 

Joshua Series Reading Schedule (PDF)

This Week's Reading: Joshua 7

This Week's Reflection Questions:

  1. What stood out to you when reading this week?

  2. Look at Joshua’s cry of v. 7: “Lord, why?” How does his complaint resonate with you?

  3. Is there anything that you need to bring before the Lord and confess to Him?

Songs:

Congregational Reading

We will extol the Lord at all times;

his praise will always be on our lips.

We will glory in the Lord;

let the afflicted hear and rejoice.

Glorify the Lord with us;

let us exalt his name together.

Based on Psalm 34:1-3 NIV