Next Steps: Part 4 - Hey Y'all

March 19, 2023
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Easter On Mission

To engage our community this Easter, our Micro Churches and other OneLifers will be hosting neighborhood Easter Egg hunts all across Knoxville. This is an awesome way to meet and serve people where we live, work & play, and invite people to experience Jesus with us as we approach Easter Sunday on April 9. If you’d like to host an egg hunt or find an egg hunt to help out with, click this link and fill out the form.

Bring Stuffed Easter Eggs - March 19 & 26

As a part of our Easter On Mission, a way for EVERYONE to get involved is to provide Easter eggs for the egg hunts. Over the next two Sundays, bring plastic eggs stuffed with candy to your campus. There will be a sign in your lobby where you can drop them off. Whether you bring a couple dozen or a couple hundred, any amount will be a huge help!

OneLife Students 2023 Summer Camp - June 12th - 16th
OneLife Students is going to Student Life Camp this Summer at Lee University, June 12th - 16th. This is going to be a great experience where your student will grow closer to God, their small groups, and their leaders - plus it’ll be a ton of fun! Registration is open, but there are only a few spots left. To make sure you don’t miss out, click this link to sign up today.

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 Sunday, March 26 at 9am in the Meeting Room of our North & East campuses. Mark the Kids Salvation & Baptism box on your Connection Card to sign up.

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Bottom Line: Taking next steps is not a solo experience.

Hebrews 10:19-20 NLT

19 And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. 20 By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place.

Hebrews 10:21-22 NLT

21 And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, 22 let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.

1. It's all about y'all not you.

2. Next steps are best taken together.

Hebrews 10:23-24 NLT

23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.

3. We have a responsibility to help each other keep stepping.

Hebrews 10:25 NLT

25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

4. Our next steps require our presence and commitment.

What are some next steps in life you have taken that wouldn't have been possible on your own?

What next steps have you tried to take on your own, but it was either impossible to really do or it ended in a bad way because you tried it?

Read Hebrews 10:19-22.
Who is this passage written to? How does this change the meaning compared to if it was written to just one person or to just you?

What do you think is the significance of who this is written to in the context of such a clear presentation of the gospel message like we see in this passage? How does it bring clarity to what God really intends for us as we follow Jesus?

In Hebrews 10:19-22, the writer uses the culture of those he's writing to as a way to make a connection to the Gospel. If we were to re-write this as if it was written to us in East Tennessee in 2023, what would we say? Instead of talking about the Temple (Holy Place, curtain, etc.) and High Priest what might we use that our culture would relate to while presenting the same truths? How does this help you understand this passage better?

Why do you think we are more likely to be private in our faith with a "It's between me and God" mentality? When have you found this to be the way you approached faith, even if you didn't realize it? What steps have you taken to not be alone in your next steps, and how did it make a difference?

Read Hebrews 10:23-24.
When have you had other people help you hold tightly and keep the faith? How did it make a difference? On the other hand, when have you done the same for other people? How can we motivate each other to keep stepping? What are some practical, real life things we can do for each other?

Read Hebrews 10:25.
Why do you think it has become so easy to neglect meeting together? Why is this dangerous? What is the significance of the last phrase in this verse, and what is the urgency that you feel as you read this? How does that help underscore the importance of "not doing life alone" especially in terms of your spiritual journey?

What is a step you can take to ensure you are not on a "solo" mission in your relationship with Jesus? Remember - we can all take a step regardless of where we are!

What will you do this week to encourage or motivate someone to keep stepping in their faith? What do you need to do to be available and open to receiving this in your own life?

What is one thing you can do outside of the institution/organization of church to do this in your everyday life where you live, work, and play?


Pray for each other to stay connected and stepping! Pray for the next steps each of us shared. Pray for those who may have gotten disconnected and need to be encouraged and motivated to not neglect meeting together and to take steps themselves. Pray that we will do that for each other, too!
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.

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 disciple-able or open to spiritual/missional conversations?
  - 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)?/giveback/giveback
  - 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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