When we gather as a group, these are some ways we ensure the best group discussion:
We make the circle safe by staying honest and transparent - leave the masks at the door.
We keep it inside the circle. Each person’s story is theirs alone to share.
We look to the Bible for wisdom and truth, and work together to let it shape how we see the world.
We don’t try to fix each other in front of each other or give unsolicited advice. We lovingly save hard conversations for private moments.
We respect each others’ time by starting and ending when we say we will.
We believe that in Jesus Christ, there is hope for everyone.
When Jesus rose from the dead, Jesus flipped the script from death to life, and it changed everything. One of the biggest flips was in his closet friends and follower so. Before Jesus, they had no real direction, no greater purpose, no sense of adventure. But when Jesus called them, chose them to be a part of His story, they lived stories full of risk, courage, and faith that created ripples that would keep going even 2000 years later.
Remember, the questions are not a checklist to be completed, or in the perfect order! They’re simply guardrails to help you have a natural discussion about what we learned on Sunday.
Connect with each other
Boredom and passion
What makes you most bored in life right now? What’s your most frequent “cure” for boredom?
When in your life have you tangibly felt the most passion and purpose?
Breaux said that “boredom is the desire FOR desires”. Does that resonate for you? Do you often feel a strong desire for passion and purpose?
Growing up and throughout your life, whether you were in church or not, did you think of Christianity as a passionate faith or a boring religious system?
Connect with the Message
Jesus saw incredible potential in the ones he asked to follow Him, even though the world didn’t think much of them - and all too often, we don’t see people with the eyes of Jesus. We dwell on the imperfections - and not just in others, but ourselves as well!
Do you tend to see flaws instead of potential in others and yourself?
What kind of effect does that have on you or your relationships?
Chosen (Read 1 Peter 2:9 for context)
A rough-around-the-edges, uneducated fisherman wrote these words about being chosen by God: “But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.” (1 Peter 2:9 MSG)
What does it mean to you to think that you specifically are “chosen” by God like Peter talks about here?
Jesus’ disciples could have never imagined the adventures that following Jesus would take them on - the things they’d see, the lives they’d touch, the mountains they’d move.
Has your story of following Jesus been similar? Are there things you’ve witnessed or ways you’ve changed that you couldn’t have imagined before following Jesus?
What is next on that journey? What is hard for you to believe could be different about your life? Is it difficult to imagine that you’d be a real part of bringing hope and help to the world around you?
don’t promise how God will show up
Jesus’ disciples actually did fully expect that Jesus would change the world and that they’d witness a brand new and incredible day for the people of God.
But when Jesus died, their hopes were dashed.
Lots of live in that middle ground - let’s call it Saturday. Dreams dashed and hope threatened on Friday at the cross, and not sure if Sunday’s resurrection is really coming - at least for us.
None of the disciples could have imagined HOW Jesus would change the world. Even after he walked out of his grave, no one expected that he would disappear and leave the work to them!!
So what does that mean for us?
When people share about their Saturday, don’t guess HOW God will bring their Sunday.
Listen well, suffer with them, and promise God’s presence through it all. He is bringing the hope of resurrection and “more than we could ask or imagine”. But it’s up to God how it will happen, and more likely than not, it will be different than what you’d expect.
Live a better story
Donald Miller jokes in his book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years that no one would care about a movie where the main character works hard all his life to get… a Volvo. Then he says, “But we spend years actually living those stories, and expect our lives to be meaningful. The truth is, if what we chose to do with our lives won’t make a story meaningful, it won’t make a life meaningful either.”
What makes a story worth telling? What makes a life meaningful?
What parts of your life feel like a Volvo story?
Step back from your own life for a moment and look at from the outside. How could the story and call of Jesus inject new passion and purpose into your story, full of risk, adventure, sacrifice, courage, and faith?
LOTS of potential for gold - flip the last question around
There is a lot of potential around this story question, especially the third part. That practice of stepping outside your own story is a powerful way to look at your life with much sharper eyes.
But it’s incredibly challenging.
So… if you want a pretty unique and powerful experience… do this for each other.
Go around the circle and let everyone else speak into each person’s story, describing their unique potential for kingdom impact and meaningful contribution to the world.
Let others’ words shape the potential for an adventurous and impactful story crafted out of each person’s life.
YOU are the light of the world
Jesus said to his disciples and others he was teaching, “YOU are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16) That charge is especially confusing when you realize that another time, Jesus calls himself the light of the world! But He has chosen to shine that light through us as we follow him.
Where has God placed you to shine the light of Jesus? In what places are you people’s best chance to see and understand the love of God?
How does the light of God shine through someone? How is the love of God made obvious through a person’s day-to-day life?
What is standing in your way? What threatens to snuff out the light of God in you and put in “under a bowl”?
called to a people and a place
Mike says often that we are all called to a specific people and a specific place - and it’s usually exactly where we are.
Found people are called to go find people.
Romans 10 says “But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them?”
God’s plan A for reaching people with hope is his church - his body - his people. That means you and I.
But I don’t have to reach everyone. I have to reach my people in my place. Get specific in your discussion - who has God called you to? Who’s only picture of Jesus is going to come through you, your life, your friendship?
READ. PRAY. DO.
Mike said no matter what you believe about Jesus’ resurrection, it’s clear SOMETHING HAPPENED after Jesus’ death to flip the world upside down. So start reading about what happened after Jesus rose from the dead - Acts is the story of how the disciples moved from fear and doubt to faith and passion because of what they saw happen!
Check out this video overview of the book of Acts before you jump in!
Pray this prayer on your own, or use it to kickstart your own personal prayer time.
adapted from Mike Breaux’s “Let There Be Light”
This world has grown dark, surrounded by night…but YOU are crying out, Let there be light.
When kids are abused and women are used…let there be light
When men are judged by their color or the race of their mother…let there be light
When hearts are broken and cruel words are spoken…let there be light
When markets crash and hopes are dashed, when dreams are squelched and a friend cries for help…let there be light
When addictions reek havoc and self-destruction becomes habit… When prodigals are lost and look for a way…when depression comes and clouds the day…let there be light
When children go hungry and corruption robs their dreams, because nations oppress and politicians scheme…let there be light
When Satan spins lies and identities are stolen, when you’re made to feel useless and shame begins normal…let there be light.
When minds become foggy, and confusion takes over…when the truth becomes blurred and love becomes colder…let there be light
You called us the light of the world, empowered us to shine, guide, warm others’ souls…a reflection of love from you - the Giver of hope.
Help us move through our days with kindness and compassion, so others might see that there IS a way…
A way that brings life, freedom, and glory to you - the Only True God who is writing our story
The epic story of love so relentless and fierce, that led to a cross where Your hands would be pierced…
So we could all live forgiven and free from the night…that all may know you, the Source of all light.
And Your light will never be contained
It cannot be put out, snuffed out, restrained
Though many have tried, Your light still remains
May Your compassion be caught through us
May Your love be brought by us
That this world may spot in us…
Jesus - the light of the world.
Help us live out our calling, our destiny, our life…to walk through our world saying, “let there be light.”
Investigate some doubts
Everyone has doubts - they’re not wrong to have! Faith is fueled by doubts, because they push us toward the source of the answers. Own up to a doubt you have about God, and make a plan to start investigating it! Do some research. Ask a trusted friend to investigate with you. Pray through it.
In week 2 of Flip the Script mentioned a few really important resources that were a great place to start. Pick one and start investigating!