Love One Another

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Series: 1 John 

Joshua Series Reading Schedule (PDF)

This Week's Reading: 1 John 3:11-24

This Week's Reflection Questions:

  1. What did you observe from the passage this week?

  2. Think about how John’s definition of love differs from the definition our American culture gives us. How does this challenge you in your relationship with other believers?

  3. Verse 24 mentions that we not only abide in God, but that He also abides in us through the Holy Spirit given to us. How does knowing and believing this give you confidence this week?

Songs:

Litany (Congregational response in bold):

Give thanks to the Lord, who is good. God’s love is everlasting.
Come, let us praise God joyfully. Let us come to God with thanksgiving. 

For Your good creation: for things great and small, beautiful and awesome, for seen and unseen splendors,
thank you, God. 

For human life: for talking and moving and thinking together,
for common hopes and hardships shared from birth until our dying, thank you, God. 

For your help in times of doubt and sorrow: for healing our diseases, for preserving us in temptation and danger, thank you, God. 

For the church into which we have been called: for the good news we receive by Word and sacrament, for our life together in the Lord, we praise you, God. 

For your Holy Spirit, who guides our steps and brings us gifts of faith and love, who prays in us and prompts our grateful worship, we praise you, God. 

For your Son Jesus Christ, who lived and died and lives again for our salvation: for our hope in him,
for the joy of serving him, we thank and praise you, eternal God, for all your goodness to us.

Give thanks to the Lord, who is good. God’s love is everlasting. Amen. 

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

Abide in Christ

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Series: 1 John 

Joshua Series Reading Schedule (PDF)

This Week's Reading: 1 John 2:28-3:10

This Week's Reflection Questions:

  1. What did you notice about the children of God this week?

  2. Verses 2-3 remind us of the hope of Christ’s coming and our future glorification. Re-read these verses several times, thinking about how this hope reorients your perspective this week.

  3. Two of the commands in this passage are to abide in Christ and to see (take special note, consider) the kind of love the Father has given to us. What does this mean to you? How can you live out both of these commands this week?

Songs:

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

  • Praise Be to God by Clayton Luckie

  • Cornerstone by William Batchelder Bradbury, Eric Liljero, Reuben Morgan, Edward Mote, & Jonas Myrin [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Build My Life by Brett Younker, Karl Martin, Kirby Kable, Matt Redman, & Pat Barrett [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Come to the Feast by Jeff Lawson [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • No Longer Slaves by Jonathan David Helser & Melissa Helser [iTunes] [Spotify]

Truth in Us

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Series: 1 John 

Joshua Series Reading Schedule (PDF)

This Week's Reading: 1 John 2:18-27

This Week's Reflection Questions:

  1. What did you notice in this passage? Was there anything unclear?

  2. How does John’s understanding of the antichrist help us identify the spirit of antichrist?

  3. Verse 21 mentions that those in Christ know the truth, and verse 27 mentions that the anointing of the Holy Spirit abides in us. How does this motivate you to live this week?

Songs:

Vital Signs

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Series: 1 John 

Joshua Series Reading Schedule (PDF)

This Week's Reading: 1 John 2:3-17

This Week's Reflection Questions:

  1. What words or phrases were highlighted to you this week?

  2. Verses 3-6 connect love with obedience. How does this make you feel? What does it make you think of?

  3. Take a moment this week to write out each of the “because statements” from v. 12-14. Which one stands out to you the most? Why?

Songs:

  • My Savior’s Love by Charles Hutchison Gabriel

  • Before the Throne of God Above by Charitie Lees Bancroft & Vikki Cook [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • O Fount of Love by Matt Boswell & Matt Papa [iTunes] [Spotify]

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

  • The Goodness of Jesus by Fiona Aghajanian, Harrison Druery, Jaywan Maxwell, Jonny Robinson, Michael Farren, & Rich Thompson [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me by Jonny Robinson, Michael Farren, and Rich Thompson [iTunes] [Spotify]

Coming Clean

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Series: 1 John 

Joshua Series Reading Schedule (PDF)

This Week's Reading: 1 John 1:5-2:2

This Week's Reflection Questions:

  1. What stood out to you from reading about light this week?

  2. When you walk out of a dark room into the sunlight, it initially is uncomfortable and the exposure slightly painful. How have you experienced spiritual freedom in this sometimes uncomfortable and painful dark-to-light process yourself?

  3. 1 John 2:2 talks about Christ’s sacrifice and atonement. What area of your life do you need to accept that his work was “enough”?

Songs:

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

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

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

  • Lord, I Need You by Daniel Carson, Matt Maher, Christy Nockels, & Jesse Reeves [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me by Jonny Robinson, Michael Farren, and Rich Thompson [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • You Have Been For Us by Clayton Luckie

Foundation of Confidence

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Series: 1 John 

Joshua Series Reading Schedule (PDF)

This Week's Reading: 1 John 1:1-4

This Week's Reflection Questions:

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

  2. Jesus is called the Word of Life here. Why do you think that John referred to Him this way?

  3. Read verse 3. What have you seen God do recently in or around you? How can you proclaim that this week?

Songs:

Worship, Community, Mission

Songs:

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

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

  • What A Beautiful Name by Ben Fielding & Brooke Ligertwood [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Build My Life by Brett Younker, Karl Martin, Kirby Kable, Matt Redman, & Pat Barrett [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • The Church of Christ in Every Age by Fred Pratt Green, William Knapp, & Seth Woods

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

Responsive Reading (Congregational response in bold)

Where ignorance, self-love, and insensitivity have fractured life in community,

give us your light, O God of love.

Where injustice and oppression have broken the spirit of peoples,

give us your light, O God of freedom.

Where hunger and poverty, illness and death have made life an unbearable burden,

give us your light, O God of grace.

Where suspicion and hatred, conflict and war have challenged your goodness,

give us your light, O God of peace.

Eternal God, remove the blindness of the nations and peoples so that they may walk in the light of love;
remove the ignorance and stubbornness of nations and peoples so that they may drink from the fountains of your goodness.

Amen.

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

The Mystery of the Gospel

Songs:

Clayton LuckieKyle Fischer
Peace

Series: Advent 2018

Songs:

  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing by Carrie B. Adams

  • Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus by Rowland Hugh Prichard, Charles Wesley, Jill Phillips & Andy Gullahorn [iTunes]

  • The First Noel by Johann Pachelbel

  • O Come All Ye Faithful by John Francis Wade

  • Amen, Amen by Kate Robins and Neil Robins [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Joy to the World by George Frederic Handel & Isaac Watts

Advent Reading

Isaiah 11 says: The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

Prepare the way of the Lord. We light this candle in peace, the peace that Jesus, our Savior, gives to the world.

Prepare the way of the Lord.

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.