Stop Going to Church - Part 6: Power Source

MICRO CHURCH GUIDE
September 19, 2021
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

MyOneLife - Starts October 3

If you’ve been coming to OneLife but haven’t gotten involved, then it’s time to get started! Your next step is to attend our 4-week Sunday morning small group experience called MyOneLife. You’ll hear about the history, vision & values of our church, discover your personal mission and spiritual gifts, and have opportunities to take next steps such as joining a volunteer team, Micro Church, and more. It takes place on Sunday mornings in the Meeting Room at your campus beginning October 3. For more information or to sign up, check the “MyOneLife” box on your Connection Card.

Salvation and Baptism Class - for Elementary Kids & Parents

If you’re a parent of an elementary student and your child has been talking to you about their relationship with Jesus - or if you’re wanting to learn more about HOW to talk to your child about Jesus - then we have a class you don’t want to miss. It’ll take place next Sunday, October 10 at 9am in the Meeting Room of our North & East campuses. For more information or to sign up, mark the Kids Salvation & Baptism box on your Connection Card.

OneLife Students 2022 Summer Camp - June 13-17

OneLife Students is going to Student Life Camp this Summer at Lee University, June 13th - 17th. This is going to be a great experience where your student will get to grow closer to God, their small groups, and their leaders - plus it’ll be a ton of fun! Early Bird Registration is now open. Visit onelifeknox.com/camp to sign up.

Join a Volunteer Team
Did you know it takes several hundred volunteers every week to make a service at OneLife happen at our campuses? So if you haven’t started volunteering, then it’s time to get on the team! From First Impressions & Security, to Kid City, to Production & Worship, to OneLife Students, weekday teams, and more - there’s plenty of opportunities for everyone to serve. Click this link to get started!

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GIVE BACK

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SERMON NOTES & DISCUSSION

Bottom Line: 
The source of our power will determine the power of our church.

Acts 5:38-39 NIV
38 Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. 39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”

1. 
Going to church is of human origin. Being the church is from God.

Acts 2:46-47 NIV
46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

2. My desires for the church will fail. God's desires for the church can't be stopped.

Matthew 16:18 NLT
18 Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.

3. God will fight for His people - the church.

Exodus 14:14 NIV

14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Start Talking

What is something you've needed to use but the power source was bad or didn't work? How did it keep you from doing what you needed to do? How did it make that thing or that tool useless? How frustrating was that?!

Start Thinking

Read Acts 5:27-39. What is a major theme in this passage about the source of power? Specifically, look at verses 29 and 38-39. What are the similar messages? Why do you think this is so important for us to remember in the church?

In Acts 5:29-32, what power does Peter and the apostles cite? Why do you think they had such boldness and authority? What do you think this means for each of us and the church? What role did the Holy Spirit play in this passage and what role does the Holy Spirit play similarly for us?

Start Sharing

When you see church as merely something to go to, how does it shift to being more about personal preference and human purpose and activity? How have you experienced this taking you and others off mission from being the church? What is it like when you are being the church and not just going to church?

What are God's desires for his people - the church? When have you seen this come alive and be so much more than an organization that holds events? How has it impacted or changed your life? Why do you think this has been unstoppable for 2,000 years? How does God fight to keep this alive?

Start Doing

We have defined the local church as believers in one place committed to each other and their shared mission. How are we - and how can we be - committed to each other as the "ekklesia" - God's people? How are we - and how can we be - committed to a shared mission? What specifically can you individually do in each of those?

How does being the church and not just going to church open up opportunities to invite more people to know Jesus and be part of his ekklesia, the body of Christ? How does a church really being the church look so much different than anything else in the world?

Read Acts 2:47. What can you do this week - and what can we do - so that we see the same thing happen among us that was happening in this first church?
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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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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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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)?

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