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Advent Devo 2023

Disciple | Fellowship

Series: Disciple

Speaker: Phil Carnuccio

September 17, 2023
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  1. Doing Life

As a church family, we care about each other’s lives: what we’re celebrating, what we’re mourning, what decisions we are praying through, and everything in between 

(1 Thessalonians 2:8, Romans 12:10, 15). Suggested time: 10-20 minutes 

  • How are you doing? 
  • What can you thank God for this week?
  • When were you most aware of Jesus’ presence this week? When were you least aware of Jesus’ presence this week?
  • Do you have any practical needs?
  1. Jesus Centered

God uses His Word to reveal Himself to us, equip us to live the good life He’s designed for us, show us our sin, and strengthen us as we follow Him (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Colossians 1:9-12, and James 1:22-25). Suggested Time: 20-40 minutes 

(Sermon Discussion Questions)

Fellowship A boring Word made rich.

As we reviewed the pathway of a discipled person, which aspects are the most difficult to do? Describe how can you alleviate the difficulties you may have with the path of discipleship. What aspects are the easiest?

Transformation happens in the context of fellowship. Please describe ways the Lord has transformed you during your relationship with Him?

Please discuss a time when you've experienced transformation in the midst of fellowship.

As Christians, we are called to believe in the Trinity. Phil detailed the important aspects of the trinitarian faith in his sermon. Do you believe in the context of the trinitarian Godhead? Can you now articulate the inherent fellowship found in the Trinity? 

Phil asked a critical question during his sermon. Why did God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit create the universe, human beings (you and me), birds, fish, mountains, flowers, work, play, relationships, romance, marriage, sex, sports, laughter, food, etc.? What is your answer to this question? Discuss how your answer may differ from others in your group.

What was your understanding of the example that was given on stage detailing the "Perichoresis" of God? Did the example better explain the concept? What aspects of"Perichoresis" were the most difficult to understand?

Describe a time that you had difficulties in an earthly relationship. When examining that difficult situation what feelings did you experience during the season? Have you ever walked away from fellowship with God? If so please describe the feelings that were experienced, are these feeling different than when you faced difficulties with an earthly relationship?

  1. Engaging the Heart

Jesus calls us to walk in the light, confessing our sins to God and each other. God’s Spirit works through confession and community to lead us to repentance. (Romans 3:23-24, James 5:16 and 1 John 1:5-10) Suggested Time: 10-20 minutes 

  • How are you doing abiding with Jesus this week in Scripture and prayer? 
  • What sin do you need to confess to God? What are you struggling to trust Jesus with this week? How can you give Him control of it? (As people confess sin, make sure to remind one another of the good news Jesus offers.)
  1. Expanding the Kingdom

Just like God the Father sent Jesus on a mission of reconciliation for us, Jesus sends us out as ambassadors of His reconciliation. We are called to make disciples wherever we go. (John 20:21 and 2 Corinthians 5:18-20) Suggested time: 10-20 minutes

  • People: Who in your life can you be building with right now? What does that look like during this season? 
  • Plan: Are there any rhythms planned (virtual or in-person) that we can invite these friends into? What spiritual conversations do you want to initiate with them soon? 
  • Pray: Let’s pray for our people by name; pray for their needs, opportunities to connect, and opportunities to have spiritual conversations that help them take the next steps toward Jesus.

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