International Mission Service | 11/29/20
1. What has your experience been with international missions?
a) Is there an aspect of international mission that you were not aware of? (short term trips, sending believers, partnering with indigenous believers?)
2. Read Acts 8:26-38
a) What was unique about this encounter?
b) How does this scripture help to guide us as we approach international mission?
a) Are you willing to be sent? Or are you not willing to entertain that idea? Why or why not?
b) If God calls us all to preach the gospel to the ends of the earth, what is your role? How can your role increase?
4. Read and discuss these stories – eastpark.org/mission
a) break into smaller groups and take time to pray for our mission partners
International Mission - Team Report
1. What are the benefits of partnering with local indigenous people, compared to the benefits of sending international workers?
2. What surprised or impacted you the most about our partners?
3. Jesudoss said of marginalized and oppressed people: "Unless we accept them we will have no opportunity to speak to them about Jesus." Do you agree/disagree? Why?
a) What would that philosophy look like in your life if you adopted it personally?
4. We believe God is calling us to increase our International Partner support, and that God is leading us towards the first of the following four options (increasing our support for Jesudoss and Paulrani). Please join us in praying about these opportunities over the next 2-3 weeks and let us know what you feel God is saying to you about this (email Chuck at firstname.lastname@example.org):
a) Jesudoss and Paulrani - They want to increase their funding for two years to get the new elder care home up and running by paying for a third nurse so Paulrani can have some time off, and to cover any shortfall while it gets up and running.
b) Vidja and Ruth - They run a school of 300 children, care for 30 children, lead a church, and fund pastors through their balm project. The funding they currently receive is for scholarships for the children that attend the school there.
c) T-Raja Home of Hope - T-Raja takes in sick people off the street and shares the message of Jesus with them as he nurses them to health or cares for them till they pass. T-Raja gets the majority of his funding through local donations and grants.
d) Operation Barnabas and Operation Sahay - They support local Christians in India, and provide medical, social and educational support to the poor with the goal of sharing the gospel message. We could possibly partner with them in 18-24 months time.
5. Please continue to pray for our partners for the following things:
a) Chuenjit - three new team members; prospective church plant starting; pain in her feet; safety.
b) Good News Team - connecting with children who respond to them; developing literature for Detention Centers.
c) Jon & Nok and Nana - village reaching other villages; video series; outreach to monks; training Thai Christians in evangelism.
d) Jesudoss & Paulrani - elder care facility; employment opportunities for LBTGQ individuals.
Disrupted | 03/08/20
Study Questions - Luke 24:13-49
1. Share something good that's happened to you this past week amidst all the disruption.
2. What truths from the Bible are giving you comfort and hope right now?
a) What aspects of the disruption easily cause you to forget these truths?
3. Name one practical way you can 'saturate' yourself with the truth and God's presence.
4. How would you describe our purpose as believers in the world?
a) What passages in the Bible teach this?
5. What new ways and opportunities are you taking advantage of to fulfill your purpose?
6. Share a verse that communicates the character of God that is helpful to you at this time.
a) How have you experienced this in the past and how does that past experience give you hope today?
b) How have you experienced God's presence in this disrupted season?
7. Pray for each other.
Vision Sermon — “Well done...”
1. Share a past life event that confronted you with the spiritual realities of life. What did it teach you?
2. Read 1 Corinthians 3:11-15. Discuss the difference between God saying: “Welcome home…” and “Well done, good and faithful servant…”
4. Where does happiness fit into God’s plan for us?
5. Share with the group which of the following ways of "living to win the crown” do you find most difficult, and why?
a) 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Living Intentionally and Obediently
b) 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 Having Kingdom Values
c) 2 Timothy 4:6-8 Owning Our Identity and True Home as Christians in the World
d) 1 Peter 5:2-4 Serving Others
e) Revelation 2:10 Paying the Price and Bringing Things Into the Light
01/13/19 Study Questions
The Tree and its Fruit
1. The Tree and its fruit.
do you think Jesus means by “fruit?”
b) Why is he describing agriculture norms?
c) Is there a loophole in what Jesus is saying? Can a bad tree/person bear good fruit? Why or why not?
d) Does the good tree/person always bear good fruit?
e) Describe the heart in this parable. What does it represent?
f) In what ways do you think treasure can be added to a heart?
g) Is Jesus speaking of “good deposits” into the heart or a new heart? Explain.
h) How does the mouth relate to bearing fruit and the condition of one’s heart?
2. Jesus' Lordship.
a) Jesus says, “Why do you call me ‘Lord’ but not do what I say”. What are some tangible examples of this?
b) What’s the connection between calling Jesus Lord and obedience?
c) Why is he worthy of obedience?
d) Can someone who doesn’t do what Jesus says call him Lord? Why or Why not?
e) Can you think of a time where you’ve heard Jesus direct you and yet you were disobedient?
f) Did that impact your relationship with Jesus? If
g) Did you feel the need to address that with him?
If so, how?
h) Could you describe Jesus’ Lordship as both present
and progressive in your life? If so, how?
i) How does good fruit relate to Jesus’ Lordship? How do you bear good fruit?
3. The Two Houses.
a) Why might Jesus use the metaphor of a house with a strong foundation to describe a person living in obedience to Jesus’ Lordship?
b) How does obedience to Jesus relate to a person’s durability through trials?
c) Do all houses that aren’t built on the rock fall when the storm comes? Why or why not? How does this impact you?
d) Should these parables be understood in a personal sense, or in an ultimate sense? Why?
e) In what ways do you sense Jesus leading you in this discussion? How is he calling you to surrender and embrace his Lordship?
f) How will you practically embrace his Lordship?
g) Where do you need prayer to move forward in embracing Jesus’ Lordship?
04/29/18 Study Questions
1. What happened this week that has given you the most HOPE?
2. How do you personally define HOPE?
3. Read Ephesians 2:11-13.
4. Can you share about a time when you were "without hope"?
5. Read Romans 15:13. The New Living Translation says, "Then you will overflow with confident HOPE..." Is there a difference between HOPE and confident HOPE?
6. What is Jesus saying to you through this?