Multiply- Week 3

Reach Chapter 3 of Multiply HERE

1. Read 1 Samuel 16:7.  Take a moment to examine your heart. In all honesty, why do you want to make disciples? Do you struggle with wanting your actions to be noticed by others? 

2. Read James 3:1–12 and meditate on James’s warning. How do these powerful words affect you? How might you need to adjust your approach to making disciples? 

3. Read 1 John 3:14.  Up to this point, would you say that your desire to make disciples has been motivated by love? Why or why not? 

4. Describe your love for the people God has placed in your life. What evidence can you point to that shows that you love the people around you?

5.  In addition to praying fervently, what practical steps can you take to increase your love for people? 

6.  Would you say that your life is being transformed by the truth of God’s Word? Why or why not?

7.  What changes do you need to make in order to live the truths that you will be teaching other people? 

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Multiply- Week 2

1.  Read Matthew 28.  Try to place yourself in the disciples' shoes as they witnessed these things and heard these words from Jesus.  How do you think you would have reacted?

2.  Assess your church experience in light of Jesus's command to make disciples.  Would you say that your church is characterized by disciple making?  How can we or are we improving?

3.  Have you identified yourself with Jesus through being baptized?  If so, why do you think this was an important step for you to take?  If not, what is holding you back from being baptized?

4.  Read John 15:18-20.  Would you say that you're ready to commit yourself to studying the Scriptures and investing in the people around you?  Why or why not?

5.  Read Luke 9:57-62.  What excuses tend to keep you from following Jesus's command to make disciples?  What do you need to do in order to move past these excuses?

6.  Whom has God placed in your life right now that you can begin investing in to, in hopes of leading them to Jesus?

7.  Whom has God placed in your life for you to partner with in making disciples?


Multiply- Week 1

During the Multiply Series all our small groups are reading the first five chapters of the book Multiply.  You can find all the resources at  The following are questions from chapter 1.

1. Up to this point in your life, would you call yourself a follower of Jesus Christ? Why do you say that? Do you see evidence of your faith as described in Luke 6:40? 

2. Read Ephesians 2 carefully and take some time to consider the truths it presents. Do you trust in the death of Christ for your salvation? Do you ever struggle with believing you need to do something to save yourself? 

3. Evaluate your approach to following Jesus. Would you say that you view Jesus as your Lord, Master, and Owner? Why or why not? 

4. As you look at your life, how would you say that your love for God is shown in your actions? (If you’re having trouble coming up with an answer, take some time to think through some changes you may need to make in your lifestyle.) 

5. Read Luke 14:25-33.  If you choose to obey Jesus’s call to follow, what might it cost you? (Avoid being vague. If following Jesus would cost you specific possessions, comforts, or relationships, list them below.) 

6. What might hold you back from following Jesus at this point? Are you willing to let go of these things if necessary? 


Attracting Heaven- No Other gods

Ice Breaker

1.     This week we’re talking about Him being first…sometimes our lives get cluttered with things that distract us.  If could eliminate one thing from your life what you would eliminate?

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2.     In Exodus 20:3 the first commandment is that we would have no other gods before Him.  The Hebrew word for “before” can be translated “in hostility toward”.  What in your life do you feel is constantly tempting you to think, act, or believe in hostility to God?

3.     In verse 4-5 the second command is that we would not worship created things or make idols for ourselves.  While many of us don’t find ourselves bowing down to worship idols, what created things of this world do you find your heart being drawn to?

4.     Discuss this question that Pastor Josh shared to test for idols.  Do you check with it first?

5.     In Mark 3:1-6 Jesus challenges some Pharisees in regards to their mini-god (the law) when he heals on the Sabbath.  What is interesting or impacts you in this account?

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Attracting Heaven- Abandonment to Self

Ice Breaker

1.     This week we are talking about abandonment to self in worship.   Share of a time when you publically did something crazy.

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2.     We began by looking at 2 Samuel 6:5, 14-15.  We observe David and the people of Israel dancing and celebrating with “all their might”.  Why do you think worshiping with all our might is difficult in our culture?

3.     We talked about the difference between David and Michal’s attitude.  Discuss these different “camps” and what makes it more difficult or easier to worship.

a.     David’s camp- my actions are a response to God and His expectations

b.     Michal’s camp- my actions are a response to people and their expectations

4.     In Psalm 95 we see multiple expressions of worship.  Singing, shouting, and bowing are all described as taking place corporately.  Should these expressions be included in modern worship for today?  Why or why not?  Is there value in each?

5.     Pastor Josh left us with the reminder from Luke 18:10-14…our worship is a matter of the heart.  How can you grow in abandonment to self in worship and engage in greater measure with your heart?

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Attracting Heaven- Worship and Warfare

Ice Breaker

1.     Since much of this series is around worship in song…let’s have some fun singing.  Someone start a song (one that everyone will know)…sing at least one phrase and wherever they stop singing the person beside them has to pick up singing.  Sing a few songs for the fun of it…and have a good laugh at everyone. 

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2.     In Acts 16:16-34 is the account of Paul and Silas in prison and the events leading up to that event.  In verses 22-24 we observe the set up of their imprisonment.  Pastor Josh walked through three individual elements that many of us can relate to.  How do we typically respond in each of these?

a.     They are stripped- feeling humiliated

b.     They are beaten- feeling attacked and beaten up

c.      They are locked up- feeling trapped

3.     In Acts 16:25 they respond in worship.  Discuss the follow phrase Pastor Josh used:  If you want to shift your attitude, don’t linger in the faultiness of your reality but in the faithfulness of His.

4.     In verses 26-28 we see an impact on not just Paul and Silas but their worship brings freedom to all the prisoners.  How can God use our worship to bring freedom to those in proximity?  In your family, workplace, etc?

5.     In Ephesians 5:19-20 Paul gives similar instruction in regards to our worship and this proceeds instruction around relationships and spiritual warfare.  How might you engage in worship differently this week after this study?

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Attracting Heaven- Isaiah 6

Ice Breaker

1.  This week as we talk about how the presence of God attracts a person who has been the most awesome or intimidating to be in their presence.

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2.  In Isaiah 6:1-10 we have the account of Isaiah in the presence of God.  Pastor Josh talked through the following 6 phases of this passage.  What insights, challenges, impressions, and questions did you have from each?

a.  God reveals Himself (verses 1-4)

b. Isaiah confesses (verse 5)

c.  Isaiah is restored and made right (verses 6-7)

d.  God asks for volunteers (verse 8)

e.  Isaiah responds (verse 8)

f.  God commissions him (verse 9-10)


Attracting Heaven- Worship in Spirit and Truth

Ice Breaker

1.     What’s something that you have that has great, almost priceless worth to you?

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2.     As we hop into the series Attracting Heaven we start in the middle of a conversation between Jesus and a woman in John 4:23-24.  It says “…for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.”  Why do you think worshipers attract the Father?  What does that reveal about God? 

3.     Jesus gives two characteristics to the type of worship God seeks…those who worship in spirit and truth.  Discuss what “in spirit” means…keep John 3:6 in mind and the following… For those who are new creatures in Christ, our spirit owes its existence and vibrancy to the Spirit of God. As John Piper writes, “True worship comes only from spirits made alive and sensitive by the quickening of the Spirit of God”

4.     Pastor Josh gave some practical things to keep in mind to engage God in worship in spirit.  How can you relate to how these impact your ability to worship?           

a.     Location can be an influence

b.     The need to release stuff

c.      Making mental space

d.     Awareness of God

5.     In regard to worshiping in truth…how does Phil 4:8 influence what guides our thoughts in worship?

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Elevator Talk- Part 4- Why Serve?

Ice Breaker

1.     Share one of the most fun and exciting times serving others you’ve experienced.

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2.     This week Pastor Josh walked us through Paul’s conversion all the way to him serving in full capacity.  Discuss the following stages of Paul’s life and how they can relate to each of us.

a.     Conversion and Call- Acts 9:1-20.  After Paul’s salvation he already has a sense of his gifting and call.  What’s your gifting and call?

b.     Mentoring- Acts 11:25-26.  Barnabas takes Paul under his wings, trains, leads, and help him develop.  Who has been a mentor in your life? 

c.      Drawing out/up- Acts 13:2-3.  Barnabas and Paul are set apart for a new ministry.  This is the sense that God is launching you into something new.

d.     Trial- Acts 13:6-12.  Paul comes into enemy resistance.  Your promotion is on the other side of opposition.

3.     This process of development with our gifts is cyclical.  Once you go through it, you’ll go through it again.  Where might God have you in this process today?  How do you sense the Lord wants you to take the next step in development today?

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Elevator Talk- Part 3- Why Groups?

Ice Breaker

1.     Who was the closest childhood friend you had?  What made them such a great friend?

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2.     Reread Proverbs 27:6, 17, 1 Cor. 15:33, and James 5:16.  How have you seen close relationships either benefit and bring you closer to God or take you further away?

3.     Hop into Mark 2:1-12.  In verse 4 you see these friends show their care for the paralytic by being willing to make a spectacle of themselves and even incur a personal cost.  Is it difficult to build relationships with this level of sacrifice in them…why?

4.     In verse 5 it says “Jesus saw their faith”, meaning Jesus responds to the faith of the friends to move the impossible mountain for the paralytic.  How can your faith move an impossible mountain for someone else? 

5.     Is there anyone in your group who today feels like they need to be carried and they need to rely on the faith of your friends?  Take some time to pray for those individuals.

6.     How can you become even more intentional with God centered relationships in your life?

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Elevator Talk- Part 2- Why Worship?

Ice Breaker

1.     What the biggest, most exciting crowd environment you’ve ever been a part of?

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2.     This week we are talking about the compelling value of corporate worship in the lives of believers and non-believers.  Pastor Josh talked about the Gentile Court as an important place for Gentiles to be able to observe the worship of the Jews and also personally engage in the worship of God if they so chose to.  Why is the balance within the Sunday morning worship service between growing believers and non-believers being able to come along for the ride so important?

3.     Pastor Josh also talked about the dynamic of the crowd.  So often God spoke to people and conversions took place by the masses in the crowds.  (Acts 2, 8,17)  Have you ever had a significant God moment in a crowd?  Share it.

4.     For a simple yet compelling phrase to invite someone to church we looked at the invitation made by the Samarian woman in John 4:29.  Pastor Josh broke down her phrase into 3 important ideas.  Discuss each.

a.     Invitation- 9 out of 10 people who come to church come because of a personal invitation.

b.     Observation- what are people coming to observe that is compelling to see on a Sunday morning?

c.      Desperation- she speaks to the longing within the people in her culture.  What longing is within those in our culture?

5.     Consider inviting someone to church with a phrase like the following or one that you can personalize that is similar.  Come and see how God is changing lives.  Could God have something life changing for you as well?

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Elevator Talk- Part 1- Why the Church?

Ice Breaker

1.     Share a statement or question that’s been made to you that you’ve never forgotten because it had such a profound insight or impact.

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2.     Pastor Josh talked about disciple making as the job description of the church.  The definition he used was:  A disciple is someone who is following Jesus, being changed by Jesus, and committed to the mission of Jesus.  How is that definition different then you might have thought?

3.     The early disciples knew the call to make disciples was a call to introduce people to Jesus, not just help people who follow Jesus to do that better.  Why is leading someone toward a relationship with Jesus sometimes so difficult?

4.     Pastor Josh talked about some of the things missed out on when life is lived outside of the local church body.  Discuss why these are important out of Acts 2: 42-47

a.     Contextual Teaching- Vs 42

b.     Life Together- Vs 42

c.      Testimony’s of God’s power- Vs 43

d.     Shared Mission- Vs 45

e.     Lifting Burdens- Vs 45

5.     The 30 second elevator talk comment for the week based out of Eph. 2:4-5 was…Christ was not committed to making bad thing better, he was committed to making dead things come alive.  (And you can insert in there, “my church is not committed to making bad things better, but committed to making dead things come alive”)  How does that phrase stir in you?

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Refresh- Philippians 4

Ice Breaker

1.    What is the silliest thing that you get anxious about?

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2.    Philippians 4:4-7 challenges us in contentment.  Are you content or anxious?

3.    Philippians 4:8How do you think? What do you think about? Is your glass half full or half empty?

4.    Philippians 4:9-13Are you teachable or set in your ways?

5.    What have you learned lately?

6.    Have you learned the secret from Philippians 4:13?

Refresh- Philippians 3

Ice Breaker

1.    What is one thing in your life right now (apart from God) that gives you a sense of peace, security and trust? Why do you think you find peace and security in this?

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2.    This week’s passage is Philippians 3. From prison, Paul writes this letter to both encourage the Philippian Christians in their faith, and to warn them of some dangers in this world. In verses 1-2, he begins to repeat a warning he has expressed in the past. A warning against dogs, evildoers and mutilators of the flesh. Before reading on, what kinds of evil would someone have to commit today to be called things like dog and mutilator of the flesh?

3.    In verses 3-6, Paul lists some of the good things in his life: his heritage, achievements, and the way he has always “followed the rules”. What is one of your greatest achievements?

4.    In verses 7-14, Paul explains that he considers all of those good things “loss for the sake of Christ.” The contrast suggests that anyone who tells you to put your confidence in the things of this life instead of Jesus is a dog, evildoer, and mutilator of the flesh.

If some of the things in this life are good, why does Paul warn against putting our trust and faith in them? What are the dangers?

Is there something other than Jesus you have put too much faith and trust in?

5.    Read verses 15-21. How is putting our faith and trust in Jesus better than anything this world has to offer?

6.    Paul suggests following his example and the example of others. Who in your life is a positive example of someone who puts their faith and trust in Jesus?

Refresh- Philippians 2

Ice Breaker

1.     This week Paul will talk about a unified purpose for the church.  If you had only one purpose in life, what do you wish it would be?

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2.     This week’s passage is Philippians 2.  In verses 3-4 Paul challenges us to live humbly and consider others better than yourself.  Are there some areas in life where it’s easier to put others first?  Where is it difficult to put others first in your life?

3.     Verse 12 Paul challenges them to work out their salvation with fear and trembling.  This is not working for your salvation but instead working out.  Discuss this idea and what it looks like practically in your life.

4.     Verse 13 affirms that it is God who helps us to accomplish this in our journey.  How has God worked salvation out in an area of your life?

5.     Verse 14-16 challenges us to shine light stars in the universe.  Pastor Josh talked about a light like a “fwink”.  How could you shine more like stars versus a fwink?

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Losing Love- Never Let Them See You Bleed

Ice Breaker

1.     If you’re gutsy, share one of your most embarrassing moments.

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2.     This week in Losing Love we’re talking about the mindset “never let them see you bleed.”  In our culture we don’t like to let people see our brokenness or pain as it can seem humiliating.  Yet Jesus demonstrates the ultimate brokenness in front of humanity in his death on the cross.  How does Jesus’ model of vulnerability impact you?

3.     Jesus refers to himself as “the Son of man” or the human one.  Why is that such a significant title in lea of who He is?

4.     Looking at Philippians 2:5-8…what is most impactful to you in this passage?

5.     Pastor Josh said, “the world doesn’t need perfect looking Christians, but instead real people who can bleed in front of them and point each person to our model and our savior whose blood heals our brokenness and can heal theirs too.”  How can “bleeding” in front of others be critical in sharing the gospel?

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Losing Love- Forgiveness

Ice Breaker

1.  What's the silliest grudge you've ever held against someone?

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2.  Lisa began by talking about how our culture forgives (ie. I'll wait for the apology before I forgive or forgive yes, forget never...) Have you adopted any of these conditions for forgiveness and how have they hindered healing and restoration?

3.  We looked at how God forgives and forgets.  What practical steps can you put in place to follow God's standard of forgiveness?

4.  Discuss the two reasons why we should forgive:  1. Because Jesus said so. (Matt. 6:14-15/ Matt 18:21-35).  2. The forgiveness that you offer is the gospel in action. 

5.  Who do you need to forgive or invite Jesus into the process of helping you forgive?

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Losing Love- Screen Addiction

Ice Breaker

1.     How many hours a day do you spend looking at a screen?  (work or personal related)  How many hours a day do you spend talking to people?

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2.     This week in Losing Love we’re talking about screen addiction and the impact it is having on our culture and each of us.  It naturally distances us from each other’s real lives.  How have you felt or seen this reality?

3.     In Jesus’ day the law and the desire to stay clean and not become unclean was a natural phenomenon that distanced people from one another.  Some highly felt the impact of that.  Discuss how the leper would have felt in Luke 5:12-13.  How significant is the fact that Jesus touched him? 

4.     Is there a model for us as Christians as how to come into the lives of those who are hurting?

5.     In Mark 7:32-35 you once again see Jesus invade the personal space of someone desperate for help.  What does this teach us about who God is and His heart?

6.     Is screen addiction keeping you distanced or even distracted from others?  What steps might you take this week to change?

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Losing Love- The Opposing Team Mentality

Ice Breaker

1.     This week we talked about the Opposing Team Mentality, are there any teams you love and others you can’t stand?

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2.     This week as we talked about how the opposing team mentality can impact the conversation about same-sex marriage, many have believed we have to pick between our friendships and the bible.  Discuss this statement: You can have the word of God (and Biblical convictions) and have your relationships (with those you disagree with and even believe are living in sin).    Discuss how Jesus lived this out.

3.     Discuss these two mindsets and how they have not helped Christians in this conversation:

a.     We’ve categorized sins (Jesus’ sermon on the mount challenged this mindset)

b.     We’ve categorized temptation (Heb. 4:15, James 1:13-15)

4.     Discuss how Jesus modeled a beautiful balance of grace and truth in his encounters.  (John 8:7, 10-11/ John 5:6-9, 14/ John 4 7-10, 15-18)

5.     Are you modeling relationships of grace which lead to words of truth?

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Losing Love- Tourist

Ice Breaker

1.     Share a story of one of the oddest, funniest, or craziest things you’ve done as a tourist or on vacation.

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2.     This week we’re talking about the attitude shift that is taking place in our culture, like that of a tourist.  A tourist’s aim is to consume as much from the experience for themselves and their purposes.  Ultimately it’s all about them.  In Luke 18:9-14 Jesus tells a parable about a Pharisee who is making prayer all about himself.  How is it that we can take activities that clearly exist for another purpose and make it about ourselves?

3.     In Luke 14:7-11 Jesus tells another parable that communicates a similar message.  What stands out to you as unique or different in this parable?

4.     Verse 11 summarizes the parable.  What does humility look like in your life?  Is there someone in your life that it is difficult to humble yourself to?  

5.     Who can you prioritize to serve, listen to, or put first this week?