Once Upon A Time Part 6: Little Things

MICRO CHURCH GUIDE
July 11, 2021
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ANNOUNCEMENTS


Kid City Preschool Night at Safety City, July 23
Preschoolers, grab your bikes and trikes and join us at Knoxville’s Safety City on July 23 from 6pm - 9pm. There will be a bike and trike parade along with tons of other fun activities. And parents - you’ll get to have an evening of fun with your kids and spend time getting to know your child's small group leaders! So save the date for July 23 and be sure to invite your friends to this free night of fun!

OneLife Students Scavenger Hunt at Victor Ashe Park - This Wednesday!

This Wednesday OneLife Students is headed to Victor Ashe Park for a scavenger hunt. Students will be sent with their small groups to compete against each other for the grand prize. This is going to be an awesome night for Small Groups to work together and have some fun. This is also our last connection night for rising 6th graders before they are officially welcomed to OneLife Students at the back to school bash! We will meet at the park from 6:30pm to 8pm. Be sure to invite any students you know to come and hang out!

Kid City Summer Olympic Sunday
Next Sunday, we’re bringing the summer olympics to Kid City! Kids will compete in some fun competitions and games to win points for their summer team - and a chance to win a huge prize at the end of the summer. Don’t miss it!

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MULTIPLICATION

Share spiritual/missional conversations you've had where you live, work, and play:

Who did you have a conversation with that took a spiritual/missional turn this week?
What questions did you ask to discover where God is at work in their life, even if they are not aware?
How were you able to share your story of life change or how you have experienced Jesus?
How can you be intentional this week with people where you live, work, and play to have spiritual/missional conversations if the opportunity arises?
Who in your life do you think could be discipleable or open to spiritual/missional conversations?

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SERMON NOTES

BOTTOM LINE:
My big God cares about my small things.

2 Kings 6:1-5 NLT
1 One day the group of prophets came to Elisha and told him, “As you can see, this place where we meet with you is too small. 2 Let’s go down to the Jordan River, where there are plenty of logs. There we can build a new place for us to meet.”“All right,” he told them, “go ahead.” 3 “Please come with us,” someone suggested.“I will,” he said. 4 So he went with them.When they arrived at the Jordan, they began cutting down trees. 5 But as one of them was cutting a tree, his ax head fell into the river. “Oh, sir!” he cried. “It was a borrowed ax!”

1. The size of the thing doesn't equal the size of the need.

2 Kings 6:6 NLT
6 “Where did it fall?” the man of God asked. When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it into the water at that spot. Then the ax head floated to the surface.

2. Small miracles have big implications.

2 Kings 6:7 NLT
7 “Grab it,” Elisha said. And the man reached out and grabbed it.

3. Experiencing my big God requires action.

2 Kings 6:2-3 NLT
2 Let’s go down to the Jordan River, where there are plenty of logs. There we can build a new place for us to meet.” “All right,” he told them, “go ahead.” 3 “Please come with us,” someone suggested. “I will,” he said.

4. God is solving my problem before it even happens.

START TALKING


When have you felt like you had a small need, even though it was a big deal to you? How did it keep you from telling other people? If other people knew, did they understand it was a big deal to you? Why or why not?

When have you seen someone with what seemed like a small need but knew it was a big deal to them? How did you help them? When has someone helped you with something that seemed small, but that didn't change how much they were willing to help?

START THINKING


Read 2 Kings 6:1-5. If this happened to you, would you have gone "straight to the top" to the most important person in the group? Why or why not?

Why do you think this man was so urgent to go to the man of God over this, and what does that tell you about how we should approach God with our needs?

Read 2 Kings 6:6-7. Why do you think God made the ax float instead of coming straight to the man who lost it? Why do you think he was told to reach out and grab it? What does this mean for us when we ask God to intervene, and what might He ask us to do when He does?

START SHARING

When have you had a need or issue in your life that you felt was too insignificant to ask God to help with? And when have you seen God intervene in a "small" detail that helped you experience His big presence in your life?

Read 1 Peter 5:7, Philippians 4:6-7, and Luke 12:6-7. What do these verses teach us about what matters to God? What do they teach us to do in every situation of life? How does understanding this help you to trust God more and have faith that He cares no matter how big or small?

START DOING


What is something in your life that may seem small or insignificant but is something you need to take to God so He can work in a big way and show His care for you?

How would sharing your experiences of God's big work even in the small details of your life help those who are far from Him? How can you share one of your experiences with someone this week?

START PRAYING


If you haven't already, each person in the micro church share the small thing or need that you need your big God to do something about. Then pray for each person to take the action that may be required and to be patient and faithful in waiting for God to show up in a big way.

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CONNECTION CARDS
Be sure to fill out the online Connection Card to let us know next steps, prayer requests, or other information you'd like to share, Click Here.
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WHAT'S NEXT?
Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?