Faith Full: Part 4 - Be A Solution

MICRO CHURCH GUIDE
January 30, 2022
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SERMON NOTES & DISCUSSION

FAITH:
Confidence that God is with me and in total control.

BOTTOM LINE: Being used by God to be a solution to a problem grows my faith.

Matthew 14:13-16 NLT
13 As soon as Jesus heard the news, he left in a boat to a remote area to be alone. But the crowds heard where he was headed and followed on foot from many towns. 14 Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.”

1. Jesus invites me to be part of the solution to the problem.

Matthew 14:17-18 NLT
17 “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” they answered. 18 “Bring them here,” he said.

2. We all have something to bring to help solve the problem.

Matthew 14:19 NLT
19 Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people.

3. Do what I know how to do and leave the results to Jesus.


Matthew 14:20 NLT
20 They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers.

I will do what I can do and trust God to do what only He can do.
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Start Talking

When have you faced a problem in everyday life where you had to be the solution even if you didn't know what to do or how to do it? What did you do? How did you come up with a solution?

How did finding a solution to this problem give you confidence that you could come up with a solution the next time you faced that problem or a similar problem?

Start Thinking

Read Matthew 14:15. What were the problems that the disciples identified? What was their solution? Why do you think this was their obvious solution to the problems?

Read Matthew 14:16. Why was this an unusual suggestion from Jesus? If you had been a disciple and heard this, what might have been your natural response to Jesus' idea for solving the problem?

Read Matthew 14:17-21. After Jesus prayed over the food, how did He - and who did He use - to solve the problem? Why do you think Jesus did it this way instead of just solving the problem solely by himself? How did this strategy affect the disciples?

Start Sharing

When have you seen a need or a problem and knew that God wanted you to do something about it, or that Jesus was inviting you to be part of the solution? What did it feel like or what did you sense?

When you have sensed God wanted to use you solve a problem, what were your excuses like the disciples gave in verse 17? How did you experience God using whatever you had to bring to solve the problem?

What keeps you from stepping in to a problem or area of need to be the solution? What is your most common "but I have only..." response? How will it grow your faith - or confidence in God - when you follow Jesus to be used by Him to be part of the solution?

Start Doing

What is one thing you can do this week to follow the nudge of Jesus to be part of a solution to a problem, a need, or something you notice that breaks your heart?

What can you do as part of the Church to be part of the solution to the problem God has called us to do something about - the 95,000 people within five miles of the North Campus and the 84,000 people within five miles of the East Campus who are not in an active relationship with Jesus?

What can you do to be part of the solution to the "problem" at OneLife to make a difference in the hundreds of kids and families who need people to partner with them to teach them Jesus on their level?

Start Praying
Take a moment and ask what each person’s takeaway from today’s discussion is. As you pray, ask God to help each person live out those next steps and make a huge difference where they live, work & play!

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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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