Unlikely Disciples: Part 1 - Fear and Failure

MICRO CHURCH GUIDE
April 17, 2022
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ANNOUNCEMENTS


The Tour
Stay after the service in the auditorium on Sunday, April 24 for a 15 minute meet ‘n greet that we call “The Tour.” We’ll have some light snacks and refreshments, take a tour around the facility, learn more about why we do many of the things we do, and - most importantly- give you a chance to meet some people! Just look for the sign that says “The Tour.” And if you have kids, they can remain in Kid City until The Tour is over.

MyOneLife - A 4-Week Small Group Experience, Starts May 1
If you’re newer to OneLife or have been attending for a while but haven’t gotten involved, then MyOneLife is your next step! You’ll learn about the history, vision & values of our church, discover your personal mission and spiritual gifts, and have opportunities to get involved. MyOneLife is a 4-week small group experience that takes place on Sunday mornings during the 10:45am service in the Meeting Room at each of our campuses. MyOneLife starts May 1. For more information, check the “MyOneLife” box on your Connection Card.

OneLife Students Meet ‘n Greet for 5th Graders

Believe it or not, the school year is coming to a close. That means if you have a 5th grader in Kid City they are only a few months away from moving up into OneLife Students, and we want them to have an awesome experience as they make that transition. So, on Sunday, April 24 at the North Campus and May 1 at the East Campus, we’ll be having a Meet ‘n Greet for 5th graders and their parents  immediately following each service in the Meeting Room. Mark your calendars and we can’t wait to see you there!

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SERMON NOTES & DISCUSSION

BOTTOM LINE:
Fear is a liar and failure is the lie.

Matthew 16:16-19 NLT
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. 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. 19 And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”

1. It's easy to follow and believe when things are good and fear is gone.

Matthew 26:55-58 NLT
55 Then Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I some dangerous revolutionary, that you come with swords and clubs to arrest me? Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there teaching every day. 56 But this is all happening to fulfill the words of the prophets as recorded in the Scriptures.” At that point, all the disciples deserted him and fled. 57 Then the people who had arrested Jesus led him to the home of Caiaphas, the high priest, where the teachers of religious law and the elders had gathered. 58 Meanwhile, Peter followed him at a distance and came to the high priest’s courtyard. He went in and sat with the guards and waited to see how it would all end.

2. It's easy to doubt and run when things are bad and fear takes hold.

Matthew 26:69-75 NLT
69 Meanwhile, Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant girl came over and said to him, “You were one of those with Jesus the Galilean.” 70 But Peter denied it in front of everyone. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. 71 Later, out by the gate, another servant girl noticed him and said to those standing around, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 72 Again Peter denied it, this time with an oath. “I don’t even know the man,” he said. 73 A little later some of the other bystanders came over to Peter and said, “You must be one of them; we can tell by your Galilean accent.” 74 Peter swore, “A curse on me if I’m lying—I don’t know the man!” And immediately the rooster crowed. 75 Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” And he went away, weeping bitterly.

Luke 22:61-62 NLT

61 At that moment the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Suddenly, the Lord’s words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.” 62 And Peter left the courtyard, weeping bitterly.

3. Giving in to fear leads to shame and grief.

John 20:19 NLT

19 That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders.

Mark 16:7 NLT

7 Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you.”

Luke 24:9 NLT
9 So they rushed back from the tomb to tell his eleven disciples—and everyone else—what had happened.
 
Luke 24:11-12 NLT

11 But the story sounded like nonsense to the men, so they didn’t believe it. 12 However, Peter jumped up and ran to the tomb to look. Stooping, he peered in and saw the empty linen wrappings; then he went home again, wondering what had happened.

Luke 24:33-34 NLT

33 And within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven disciples and the others who had gathered with them, 34 who said, “The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter.”

1 Corinthians 15:4-5 NLT

4 He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. 5 He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve.

4. Jesus' love for me and promises to me are greater than any of my fears and failures.

John 3:17 NIV

17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

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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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