March 24- Breakthrough with Jesus

The Helper- Part 1

John 14:15- 15:25

In this late evening discourse, Jesus reminded his disciples that love demands obedience. He then told his disciples that he was not leaving them alone in the world. He would ask the Father for the Counselor- the Spirit of Truth- to come and comfort them and lead them in all truth. In John 15, Jesus spoke about the importance of remaining in him. The victory of remaining in him is that we will bear much fruit- fruit that will last! Jesus continued to speak about the Holy Spirit and explain even more in Part 2 of The Helper.

  1. In John 14:15-24, Jesus said that love is what holds together the relationship between Jesus and the Father. What does it mean to love God?
  2. Jesus makes a promise to His disciples that will empower them to fulfill their callings. John 14:25-27- Who is that promise and how do people receive that promise today?
  3. How does the Holy Spirit operate today in our lives as disciples of Christ? -See Romans 5:1-5
  4. What does remain in Him mean to you and how does that play out today in your life? -John 15:1-15
  5. In John 15:18-25, Jesus tells his disciples that the world will hate them because the world hated him. As believers, how can we continue to love Jesus and live in the world around us?

March 10-Breakthrough

John 13

Jesus Washes the Disciple’s Feet

In John 13, Jesus sat down with his disciples to observe the Passover meal. Jesus recognized that his hour had come to depart out of the world, and he focused his attention on his own- his disciples whom he loved. Jesus knew what was coming and he knew he needed to encourage them. The events of the next twenty-four hours were difficult for them to understand, but before Jesus began with words of encouragement, he performed and act of humility by washing their feet, sending them a message that the greatest servant is one who is willing to serve.

  1. What was Jesus modeling when he washed the disciples’ feet? How can we model our lives the same way? (John 13:1)
  2. Jesus washed his disciples’ feet to show his commitment to selfless service that would be exemplified at the cross. (John 13:2-5) How do you serve your family, your church, and your city?
  3. Why did Peter get so upset about Jesus washing his feet? (John 13:6-10) What stands in your way of coming to Jesus?
  4. Jesus said “whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.” (John 13:20) Explain that statement in the context of your relationship with God.
  5. The ultimate command Jesus gives us is to “love one another.” (John 13:34) Do you love people the way Jesus commands us to? If so, how?

The Triumphal Entry

A 10-Week Journey With Jesus

John 11:45-12:11

This passage follows the grand showcase of one of Jesus’s greatest moments, his Triumphal Entry. One week before Jesus rose from the dead, he endured events from praise as a new king to the pain of the crucifixion. But in the midst of that, Jesus always kept the main thing in mind, that his Father receives glory! Jesus closed out this section with a reminder that He is the light of the world, and anyone who believes in Him should not stay darkness.

  1. Discuss the scene as Jesus arrives in Jerusalem. (John 12:12-19)
  2. What’s all the excitement about? What does Jesus mean when He says, “the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified?” (John 12:23) How does this affect us today?
  3. There are many who did not believe in Jesus and his miracles. Who were they and why did they not believe? (John 12:37-41) Have you confessed Jesus to be Lord over your life?
  4. John says many believed in Jesus, but were afraid to confess their faith because of fear of man. Today, how can we overcome the fear of confessing faith in Jesus Christ? (John 12:42-43)
  5. In these verses, Jesus spoke of the Father as one with himself. (John 12:44-46) What kind of unique relationship does Jesus have with the Father and how does that encourage you?
  6. John 12:47-50 is a warning for those who do not believe in Jesus or listen to him. Jesus’s words lead to judgment or eternal life. Do you believe in what Jesus says? Discuss the power of God’s Word!

“Breakthrough”

February 24, 2019

John 11: 45-12:11

Jesus’s ministry had become well known among the Jewish people and many were putting their faith in him. The leaders of the Jews (the Sanhedrin) were more concerned about putting themselves and their status than believing in Jesus. When his public ministry ended, the events of the next few days put Jesus on a course to His crucifixion. The passover week was about to begin and Jesus arrived at the house of Lazarus where Mary anointed him with lard. These events revealed the worth and beauty of Jesus, but also revealed the true nature of Judas Iscariot. these events were the backdrop to the last week of Jesus’s life. In the midst of this, many came and put their faith in Him.

  1. Why did the Sanhedrin dislike Jesus so much and how can we guard ourselves from becoming like them? (John 11:45-48)
  2. What is important abut Jesus withdrawing from the crowds? Are there times in our lives today that we should withdraw? (John 11:54)
  3. What had changed about Jesus’ ministry? Discuss the mission that Jesus was on. (John 11:57)
  4. What do you think about Mary anointing Jesus with expensive oil? Discuss what this experience revealed about Judas. (John 12:3-8)
  5. How do these events point to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and what kind of hope does it give each of us?

Breakthrough: A 10-Week Journey With Jesus


Feb 17, 2019

John 11: 1-44

Jesus made his final move toward the region of Jerusalem to the village of Bethany to attend to his friend Lazarus. The story of Lazarus is one of the most powerful miracles as Jesus shows that he is the master over life and death. As Jesus arrived at the home of Lazarus, he found his friend had died and had been buried for four days. All hope had been lost, until Jesus did the impossible! When Jesus said, “Take away the stone,” there was still confusion on what Jesus was about to do. Then Jesus called Lazarus from the grave and out the dead man came and the impossible was complete!

  1. What promise did Jesus give Mary and Martha and how does that affect us today?     (vv. 1-4)
  2. Jesus waited before He went to Lazarus’s house. How does this encourage you when you don’t get an immediate answer to your prayer? (v. 14)
  3. Jesus was moved in spirit and troubled and then Jesus wept. Why? What does this tell us about Jesus? (vv. 32-37)
  4. Why did Jesus pray to the Father? (vv. 41-42)
  5. Lazarus’s resurrection was a message about life after death. Jesus wants us to know the promise of salvation. What’s your salvation/eternal story?
  6. What main theme do you see in this passage and how does this apply to you?

Going Deeper: Blake & Jaclyn’s Story

GDeception, lies, expectations of perfection, withdrawal, and keeping up appearances – the first eight years of our marriage were harmonious despite the huge disconnect we weren’t willing to admit, let alone address. In His infinite love and desire to bring light to all the dark corners of our lives, the Lord exposed all we were hiding. We were brought to our knees in surrender, discovering only by inviting Jesus into EVERY area of our hearts would we be able to move forward. Together.

Through StoneWater, we received unconditional care and had others willing to take time to listen and hear all our faults and all our hurts – without judgment. Every impulse to run or hide from the truth was met with compassion, understanding, and love. We had accountability and people walking us through what a biblical, Godly marriage actually looked like. And things changed. Now, three years later, we still have conflict, but we work for understanding; striving to believe the best of each other. We can’t imagine the heartache that would’ve ensued had we selfishly continued down our original path. With four small daughters we had a lot at stake. But, PRAISE! Only through the power of God’s word, God’s spirit, and God’s people, what was meant to destroy us, brought healing and reconciliation.

Going Deeper: Rick & Kisha’s Story

From the outside looking in, it seemed they had it all together. But about seven years in, Kisha had an affair. When it came to light, Rick was ready to walk away and never look back. He soon realized that the reason Kisha was looking for attention elsewhere was because he wasn’t giving her any. He was not being the spiritual leader, nor the man he was designed to be. Looking back, Rick saw how God began working even when they hadn’t invited him into their lives yet.

But even in victory, sin didn’t just vanish. They still needed others around them to process the affair, to encourage them, and to whom they could confess. They were both willing to do whatever it took to earn back trust: sharing phone passwords, sharing where they would be at all times, keeping nothing off limits. They learned to confess not just the big things, but the small things­, too. Rick met Kisha with grace, compassion, love, and acceptance. And it changed both of them—forever, redefining forgiveneness for both of them.

Now, they share a passion for oneness and righteousness. They fight—day in and day out—for the marriage they’ve worked so hard for. Through their time in re|engage, they were able to learn what God’s grace looks like in a very real way—that the goal was not to avoid stumbling, but to walk in transparency, intimacy, and oneness.

Going Deeper – December 23, 2018

Diving Deeper into the Christmas Story

Read Luke 2

Overview: The second chapter of Luke tells us about Jesus’ childhood. From his dramatic birth in
Bethlehem, to the widespread recognition of his wisdom as a child in the temple, God is setting the
stage for Jesus to fulfill his place in history as the long awaited Messiah. One of the major themes in
this passage is assurance. Mary, the mother of Jesus, stepped out in faith to accept the difficult role
given to her by God. As God continues to work in the life of Jesus, Mary receives assurance of God’s
plan. She and Joseph take Jesus to the temple for dedication where two different people prophesy
about his future. The Bible records that Mary and Joseph “were amazed at the things said about him.”

As Jesus grew, many more people noticed his astonishing wisdom. God’s special favor was on this
young boy. The Scripture tells us that Mary “stored all these things in her heart.”

  1. What part of the Christmas story amazes you the most?
  2. Have you ever experienced fear at something God told you?
  3. The birth of Jesus most certainly reassured Mary and Joseph in their belief and trust in God. How has God reassured you in times of uncertainty?
  4. In what ways can you treasure your circumstances as proof of God’s faithfulness to you?
  5. Read Hebrews 13:5-6. What is God’s assurance to you in this passage?
  6. Write a prayer of thankfulness to God for his faithfulness in the midst of difficulty.

Going Deeper – December 16, 2018

The Faithfulness and Obedience of Joseph

Matthew 1:18-25

A great way to understand the Bible is to put yourself in the story. Joseph and Mary were committed to be married. Before their marriage, Mary became pregnant. How would you have responded to that news? Joseph was a righteous man who loved Mary so he decided to break off their wedding quietly. However, God showed up in a dream and convincingly changed Joseph’s mind. Joseph took Mary as his wife and the whole world was changed because of Joseph’s obedience to God.

  1. Have you ever decided on something and then God convincingly changed your mind?
  2. Imagine yourself as Joseph. What would you have done?
  3. Imagine yourself as Mary. What would you be feeling?
  4. What was Joseph’s part in the birth and maturing of Jesus?

Oftentimes in the Christmas story, Joseph’s faithfulness and obedience is overlooked. Joseph took huge steps of faith to follow the Lord, and we should model our lives after Joseph’s life.

Going Deeper – December 9, 2018

The Gift Giver’s Plan

Luke 1:25-26 NLT

Christmas, the season where just about everyone is asked the same question: “What do you want for Christmas?” The gift giver asks this of the receiver. But the very first Christmas a different question was asked. The Gift-Giver asked the gift receiver to be an active participant in the giving of the gift. The question was not: “What do you want” but rather “Will you be a part?” The Gift-Giver was choosing to allow the recipient to also be the gift distributor. Participation would not be easy. Participation would come with many unexpected challenges. But by choosing to participate in the Gift-Giver’s plan, the world, people’s lives and especially the participant’s life would never be the same again.

  1. What promise has God made that will come to pass if you step out and serve? (vv 30-33)
  2. What difficult thing is God asking you to do that seems impossible from your perspective? (v 34)
  3. What difficult thing is God asking you to do that you do not want to do? (vv 35-36)
  4. What is preventing you from saying yes to God’s request? (v 38)
  5. What, if anything, causes hesitation in your heart and mind from believing, “No word from God will ever fail?”
  6. Are you willing right now to say to the Gift Giver, “I am the Lord’s servant; may everything you have said about me come true?”