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Your biggest adversary is not the opponent across the chess board. And the idea of a diverse, inclusive family didn't originate with a sitcom. In this teaching series, Skip Heitzig leverages some of the most popular shows to illuminate spiritual truths. Find out God's plan to give you the power to break bad habits, reward you with an everlasting crown, out-strategize your fiercest enemy, and more.


 

Table of Contents

# SCRIPTURE: MESSAGE:
1 Colossians 3:1-15 Breaking Bad Habits
2 Deuteronomy 6:1-9 The Legacy of a Godly Dad
3 Luke 15:1-7 The Worst People in the Best Place
4 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 The Crown: How to Excel in Your Faith
5 Matthew 5:1-12 Stranger Things
6 1 Peter 5:8-10 The Game You Must Win!
7 2 Timothy 4:6-12 The Last Dance: Instructions on How to Die Well
8 Ephesians 2:11-19 The Modern (Church) Family
9 John 15:9-17 The Chosen

 


 

SERIES: Now Streaming
MESSAGE: Breaking Bad Habits
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Colossians 3:1-15
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4656

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Bad habits are like weeds: they grow without effort and it’s hard to get rid of them! Most people excuse their bad habits as idiosyncrasies or "just being human." But stubborn habits have a way of mastering us if we won’t master them first. We all know the cycle of enjoying a forbidden pleasure, feeling guilty, repenting, enjoying a few moments of victory, and then failing again. Today, let’s explore how we can do better than taking one step forward and two steps back.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Guide: June 13, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: “Breaking Bad Habits”
Text: Colossians 3:1-15

Main Point
Bad habits are like weeds: they grow without effort and it’s hard to get rid of them! Most people excuse their bad habits as idiosyncrasies or “just being human.” But stubborn habits have a way of mastering us if we won’t master them first. We all know the cycle of enjoying a forbidden pleasure, feeling guilty, repenting, enjoying a few moments of victory, and then failing again. In this message, we explore how we can do better than taking one step forward and two steps back: think clearly, act decisively, live accountably.

“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” —Colossians 3:1-4

Talk about It

  1. In Psalm 32, David gave an account of how he felt when he hid his sin. He lists the effects of unconfessed sins in verses 3-5. Discuss the consequences of not confessing your sin and what they add up to. Then, read 1 John 1:9.
  2. What areas of your life have you already seen God conquer? What areas could you take pause, and thank the Lord for the victory He’s already given you?
  3. How does the human body purge impurities, deal with disease, and compensate for weakness? In comparison, discuss how the body of Christ ought to act and how we can help each other mature. Refer to 1 Corinthians 12 for the body of Christ.
“Sin never appears irresistible until you want to be free from it.” —Pastor Skip

Make It PracticalPray
Father, thank you for freedom and liberation from sin. Help us discover more of that liberty as we grow to know and seek You. Give us the spiritual stamina to reckon ourselves dead—putting off patterns of sin, dealing brutally with destructive behaviors, and enlisting accountability and support from others. Although no one is sinless, thank you that the more we walk with you, the more we can sin less. May that be true for us. In Jesus’ name and for His glory. Amen.

Facilitator Tips

OUTLINE


  1. Think Clearly (vv. 1-4)

    1. Know Your Position

    2. Seek Your Possession

  2. Act Decisively (vv. 5-11)

    1. Put Off Old Vices

    2. Put On New Virtues

  3. Live Accountably (vv. 12-15)

    1. Encourage God’s People

    2. Enjoy God’s Peace

 


 

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MESSAGE: The Legacy of a Godly Dad
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Deuteronomy 6:1-9
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4658

MESSAGE SUMMARY
A sage piece of advice is as follows: Live so that your son, when people tell him that he reminds them of you, will stick out his chest, not his tongue! On this Father’s Day, we examine the blueprint the Lord gave to His people after their deliverance from bondage. For God’s redeemed people, this was a reset—a chance for families and especially fathers to rightly arrange their priorities so that future generations might enjoy the benefits. Let’s ponder three directives to make a positive impact.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Guide: June 20, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: “The Legacy of a Godly Dad”
Text: Deuteronomy 6:1-9

Main Point
A sage piece of advice is as follows: Live so that your son, when people tell him that he reminds them of you, will stick out his chest, not his tongue! On this Father’s Day, we examine the blueprint the Lord gave to His people after their deliverance from bondage. For God’s redeemed people, this was a reset—a chance for families and especially fathers to rightly arrange their priorities so that future generations might enjoy the benefits. Let’s ponder three directives to make a positive impact: love your God personally; learn the truth inwardly; lead your kids diligently.

“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” —Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Talk about It

  1. Discuss how your dad shaped and influenced your view of life and your view of God.
  2. If you are a father, how are you building up your spiritual life? Discuss ways men can get deeper spiritual roots in truth.
  3. Discuss how you can honor a parent as an adult.
  4. Share examples of how you’ve experienced God as your heavenly Father.
“If you build a house without a blueprint, you’ll end up with a crooked house. God’s Word is the blueprint to show us how to build our lives straight.” —Pastor Skip

Make It PracticalPrayFacilitator Tips

OUTLINE


  1. Love Your God Personally (vv. 4-5)

  2. Learn the Truth Inwardly (v. 6)

  3. Lead Your Kids Diligently (vv. 7-9)

Topic: Father's Day

Keywords: children, dads, family, fatherhood, fathers, heavenly Father, home, kids, parenting

 


 

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MESSAGE: The Worst People in the Best Place
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Luke 15:1-7
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4660

MESSAGE SUMMARY
The TV comedy The Good Place depicts the popular notion that good people go to some kind of heaven when they die, typically because they have done good things. But did you know that the Bible teaches the exact opposite? In this story that Jesus tells about a lost sheep, we discover that the worst and most undeserving people who repent will experience the joy of heaven. Since there was only one good Person who ever lived, He made a way for us to get to “the good place.”

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Guide: June 27, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: “The Worst People in the Best Place”
Text: Luke 15:1-7

Main Point
The TV comedy The Good Place depicts the popular notion that good people go to some kind of heaven when they die, typically because they have done good things. But did you know that the Bible teaches the exact opposite? In this story that Jesus tells about a lost sheep, we discover that the worst and most undeserving people who repent will experience the joy of heaven. Since there was only one good Person who ever lived, He made a way for us to get to “the good place.”

“I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninetynine just persons who need no repentance.” —Luke 15:7

Talk about It

  1. Can you recall a item of value you once had and lost? How did you feel when you lost it, and if you recovered it, how did you react?
  2. How lost were you before Jesus found you? How did God find you?
  3. What does God’s joy over a repentant sinner say about your value to Him? Do you have a hard time believing that you are valuable to God?
  4. What one lost sheep would you want to see found? How can you be a part of the process?
“Only Christianity teaches that man can do nothing to get to heaven.” —Pastor Skip

Make It PracticalPray
Thank You, Father, for the truth of the gospel. It changed our lives. Jesus, our Good Shepherd, came looking for all of us who were lost—all of us who like sheep went astray and wandered our own way. We didn’t look for a shepherd. We had no ability to walk back home. However, You found us and bore us on Your shoulders, and on a tree bore our sins on Your body. Forever You and all of heaven will rejoice. We’ll be a part of that anthem, to see people who don’t deserve to be in heaven there in the good place, the best place, because we have the best Savior. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Facilitator Tips
Cross references: Exodus 22:13; 1 Chronicles 16:27; Isaiah 62:5; 65:19; Zephaniah 3:17 Matthew 6:26; 13:11-13; 21:31; 25:20-23; Luke 5:29-32; 7:34-39; 19:10; Romans 5:6

OUTLINE


  1. The Spectators (v. 1)

  2. The Skeptics (v. 2)

  3. The Style (v. 3)

  4. The Story (vv. 4-6)

  5. The Significance (v. 7)

Keywords: heaven, hell, joy, parable of the lost sheep, repentance, salvation, sinner

 


 

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MESSAGE: The Crown: How to Excel in Your Faith
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4661

MESSAGE SUMMARY
The Crown is a Netflix series that boasts four seasons depicting the political life of Queen Elizabeth II of England. She wears the crown because Britain has a hereditary monarchy with the right to rule being passed down to family. But the apostle Paul speaks of a wholly different kind of crown—one worn by a disciplined athlete who won the footrace in the Olympic Games or the also-popular boxing match. Here, he likens our Christian faith to this widely understood and much-enjoyed contest, giving principles on how to excel and thrive as we follow Christ.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Guide: July 4, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: “The Crown: How to Excel in Your Faith”
Text: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Main Point
The Crown is a Netflix series that boasts four seasons depicting the political life of Queen Elizabeth II of England. She wears the crown because Britain has a hereditary monarchy with the right to rule being passed down to family. But the apostle Paul speaks of a wholly different kind of crown—one worn by a disciplined athlete who won the footrace in the Olympic Games or the also-popular boxing match. Here, he likens our Christian faith to this widely understood and much-enjoyed contest, giving principles on how to excel and thrive as we follow Christ.

“Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.” —1 Corinthians 9:26-27

Talk about It

  1. If you’ve ever engaged in a sport, talk about your experience—how you trained and how you felt when you won or lost. Share a fun story if you have one.
  2. Share the things you are involved in. Is there something that you are doing that is “good” but is potentially hindering you from God’s calling on your life? Is there something that you should say no to? As Pastor Skip said, “A good thing can become a bad thing if it keeps you from the best thing.”
  3. Pastor Skip made the statement that “heaven is more than a destination; it’s a motivation.” Discuss how heaven motivates you.
  4. Do you know someone who has fallen off the track or dropped out of the race? Talk about how you might be able to come alongside and help them get back in the race. Read 2 Corinthians 1:4.
“What are you willing to do or give up to finish the race?” —Pastor Skip

Make It Practical
Pray
Father, thank You that You’re the best coach in the world. You’ve made it so that not just one can win, but that all can run and win an eternal, imperishable crown. Help us to run our race—being faithful and obedient in our spheres of influence and circumstances. Give us endurance as we keep our eyes forward to the day when Jesus will Himself say, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” For the name and fame of Jesus, amen.

Facilitator Tips
Cross references: Matthew 16:27; Acts 20:24; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Galatians 5:22-23; Philippians 3:14; 1 Timothy 4:7; 6:12; 2 Timothy 4:6-8; Revelation 22:12

OUTLINE


  1. Eyes on the Prize

  2. No Pain, No Gain

  3. Say No to Say Yes

  4. Play the Long Game


Topic: Christian living

Keywords: discipline, endurance, faith, heaven, Olympics, running, sports

 


 

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MESSAGE: Stranger Things
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:1-12
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4663

MESSAGE SUMMARY
People have never been more attracted to the strange, the phenomenal, the abnormal, and the inexplicable as they are today. From interest in UFOs to government conspiracy theories to TV shows about any of the above, people are looking beyond the natural and into the supernatural. Likewise in New Testament times. The world was longing for a hero to come, but Jesus was not the hero they were expecting! The Sermon on the Mount displays just how strange the mission and the kingdom that Jesus proclaimed was to the people of His day. Let’s consider four elements that must have seemed like stranger things to most people then and still are now.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Guide: June 13, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: “Stranger Things”
Text: Matthew 5:1-12

Main Point
People have never been more attracted to the strange, the phenomenal, the abnormal, and the inexplicable as they are today. From interest in UFOs to government conspiracy theories to TV shows about any of the above, people are looking beyond the natural and into the supernatural. Likewise in New Testament times. The world was longing for a hero to come, but Jesus was not the hero they were expecting! The Sermon on the Mount displays just how strange the mission and the kingdom that Jesus proclaimed was to the people of His day. In this message, we consider four elements that must have seemed like stranger things to most people then and still are now.

“And they were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, ‘We have seen strange things today!’” —Luke 5:26

Talk about It

  1. When you first heard the gospel, did it seem strange to you? Talk about what it sounded like when you first understood what the gospel really is.
  2. Discuss the most effective ways for Jesus followers to reach the world. How will you get involved in that process?
  3. Go through the Beatitudes together. Pick out two that you’ve had success with in the last year; then, pick two that you’ve struggled with and need growth in.
  4. How is the joy Jesus gives different than the happiness the world offers?
“Joy isn’t the absence of trouble—it’s the presence of Jesus Christ.” —Pastor Skip

Make It PracticalPray
Father, thank You that the happiness that You offer is different than the world’s happiness. Although strange, Your happiness is true and authentic. We are bankrupt before You and mourn our sin. Humble us and make us meek, like You. Give us a hunger and a thirst for righteousness and grant us joy through the sweet, real presence of Jesus. We want to live for You. In His wonderful name, amen.

Facilitator TipsCross references: Matthew 4:23-25; 6:8; 7:28-29; 9:35-38; Luke 5:26; John 2:23; 6:15; 18:36; Acts 17:20; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 1 Peter 4:4

OUTLINE


  1. A Strange Hopefulness (4:23-25; 5:1)

  2. A Strange Emphasis (5:2)

  3. A Strange Truthfulness (5:3, 10)

  4. A Strange Happiness (5:3-12)

Topic: Beatitudes

Keywords: Christian living, the gospel, happiness, harvest, hope, joy, kingdom, Sermon on the Mount, supernatural

 


 

SERIES: Now Streaming
MESSAGE: The Game You Must Win!
SPEAKER: Nate Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: 1 Peter 5:8-10
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4665

MESSAGE SUMMARY
People play games for a variety of reasons. Some play for enjoyment or socialization, some to prevent boredom, and some for challenge and achievement; but most play to win. Any good game strategist would say that knowing your opposition is one of the most important ways to succeed. In this message, Nate Heitzig examines our opponent, Satan, who uses the world’s system and our sin nature to undermine and distract us. We discover that one of our greatest advantages is knowing that the Devil has already lost and Jesus has already won.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Guide: July 18, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: “The Game You Must Win!”
Text: 1 Peter 5:8-10

Main Point
People play games for a variety of reasons. Some play for enjoyment or socialization, some to prevent boredom, and some for challenge and achievement; but most play to win. Any good game strategist would say that knowing your opposition is one of the most important ways to succeed. In this message, we examine a game that we must win. Our game has an opponent who fights dirty and wants to win. He uses his closest allies (the world’s system and our sin nature) to undermine and distract us with our losses. We’ll see that one of our greatest strategies and advantages is knowing he’s already lost and we’ve already won.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” —1 Peter 5:8-10

Talk about It

  1. What game brings out your competitive side? Share a story.
  2. Discuss how we should engage our adversary. What resources and strategies do we have?
  3. Discuss the hope we have knowing that God is perfecting, establishing, strengthening, and settling us. How does this affect your outlook on life’s circumstances and trials? What are some verses you hold onto when going through trials?
“God is there with His eye on the thermostat and His hand on the dial.” —Pastor Nate

Make It PracticalPray
Father, Your kindness called us to share in eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. Thank You that this fight isn’t really ours; it’s Yours. You keep Your hand on the thermostat and prove us through suffering, perfecting, establishing, strengthening, and settling us. We are not alone in this fight. You are with us alongside our brothers and sisters around the world. Help us to stay alert and be watchful, standing firm in Your strength. You’ve already won—Jesus our great Victor. In His name, amen.

Facilitator Tips
Cross references: Genesis 1:31; 3:15, 24; 1 Kings 18:16-45; Isaiah 43:2; Ezekiel 28:14-17; Matthew 4:8; Luke 22:31-32; John 12:31; Romans 8:33; Ephesians 2:2; Colossians 2:14; Hebrews 2:14; 13:5-6; 1 Peter 5:7; 1 John 2:1, 16; 5:19

OUTLINE


  1. Know Your Adversary

  2. To Win the Game, You’ll Lose Some Pawns

  3. Play the Endgame

Keywords: the Devil, the Enemy, Satan, spiritual warfare, temptation, victory

 


 

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MESSAGE: The Last Dance: Instructions on How to Die Well
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: 2 Timothy 4:6-12
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4667

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote, “A grave, wherever found, preaches a short and pithy sermon to the soul.” What did he mean? Simply that cemeteries remind us of the unavoidable certainty of death. A grave should prompt us to think about our future on this earth; it’s the only real estate we’ll hold onto for a long while! The words in our text this week are among Paul’s final words. This is his last statement. Here is a man who not only lived well, but also demonstrated what it means to die well. Let’s consider how to face the end of life on this earth with no regrets.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Guide: June 25, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: “The Last Dance: Instructions on How to Die Well”
Text: 2 Timothy 4:6-12

Main Point
Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote, “A grave, wherever found, preaches a short and pithy sermon to the soul.” What did he mean? Simply that cemeteries remind us of the unavoidable certainty of death. A grave should prompt us to think about our future on this earth; it’s the only real estate we’ll hold onto for a long while! The words in our text this week are among Paul’s final words. This is his last statement. Here is a man who not only lived well, but also demonstrated what it means to die well. Let’s consider how to face the end of life on this earth with no regrets.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the
crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just
for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.” —2 Timothy 4:7-8

Talk about It

  1. Why does the Bible call death the “last enemy?” Read 1 Corinthians 15:26.
  2. Why do you think people are so afraid to talk about death? What feelings arise in you when discussing death?
  3. How often is heaven on your mind? How prepared are you for that ultimate journey?
  4. How could having an eternal perspective help with practical everyday activities, trials, responsibilities, etc.?
“Christian, when you die, you won’t be dead long enough to know you died.” —Pastor Skip

Make It PracticalPray
Thank you, Father, for giving us a fight worth fighting and a race worth finishing. Although we are often nearsighted and forgetful, help us face the inevitable reality of our death. In our weakness, help us remain faithful until that end. You have authority and the final word over death. It will soon abolished and ended. We look forward with great anticipation to
You, Jesus, our great prize and reward. In Your name, amen.

Facilitator TipsCross references: Exodus 29:38-46; Numbers 15; Philippians 1:20; 2:17; Ecclesiastes 7:2, 4; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:13; 2 Corinthians 5:1; 11:23-28; Mark 10:50-52; Acts 20:24; Proverbs 18:1, 24; John 9:4; 11:25; Lamentations 3:22-23

OUTLINE


  1. Face the Inevitable (v. 6)

  2. Decide to Be Faithful (v. 7)

  3. Aim at the Eventual (v. 8)

  4. Become More Relational (vv. 9-12)

Keywords: Christian living, death, dying, eternity, faithful, faithfulness, future, heaven, relationships

 


 

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MESSAGE: The Modern (Church) Family
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 2:11-19
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4669

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Jesus stated His intention to build His church (see Matthew 16:18). What He had in mind was a family of sorts—a new community made up of people as diverse as there are people in the world (see Acts 2:44). Many of us would not naturally hang out together. Our differences may be profound, our viewpoints and backgrounds may be in conflict, and our ideas may seem incompatible. But there is a glue that is stronger than all that. We are in Christ. And if Jesus is your Savior and God is your Father, that makes us a modern family.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Guide: August 1, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: “The Modern (Church) Family”
Text: Ephesians 2:11-19

Main Point
Jesus stated His intention to build His church (see Matthew 16:18). What He had in mind was a family of sorts—a new community made up of people as diverse as there are people in the world (see Acts 2:44). Many of us would not naturally hang out together. Our differences may be profound, our viewpoints and backgrounds may be in conflict, and our ideas may seem incompatible. But there is a glue that is stronger than all that. We are in Christ. And if Jesus is your Savior and God is your Father, that makes us a modern family.

“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” —Ephesians 2:13

Talk about It

  1. How has your relationship with God changed your views and thus your treatment of other people? Discuss the walls of separation you had with other people before coming to Christ that have now been taken down after coming to Christ.
  2. Do you remember being on the outside—without Christ and without hope? Who do you know who may be living in what Henry David Thoreau called “quiet desperation”? How can you be a proactive part of bringing those on the outside inside?
  3. Why is being in God’s family more satisfying than being a part of any other community?
“The gospel was the answer to heal division. Jesus came to build a new community—His church.” —Pastor Skip

Make It PracticalPray
Father, You united people through Your blood, regardless of background, culture, or race. You broke down the barriers that separated us and made us Your children—Your family. We were outsiders without hope and You brought us inside, separated and now integrated. There are still so many far off from You. Help us to see people the way You see them, as potential sheep—people You want to bring in as members of Your household. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Facilitator TipsCross references: John 10:14-18; Acts 10:13-15; 21:26-29; Romans 9:3-5; Ephesians 1:3-4; 3:6, 14-15; Hebrews 2:11; Revelation 5:9-10

OUTLINE


  1. We Were Out; Now We’re In (vv. 11-13)

  2. We Were Separated; Now We’re Integrated (vv. 14-18)

  3. We Were Foreigners; Now We’re Family (v. 19)

Keywords: the body, church, community, diversity, division, family, humility, peace, unity

 


 

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MESSAGE: The Chosen
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: John 15:9-17
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4671

MESSAGE SUMMARY
An estimated 194 million people have already seen the popular series The Chosen, based on the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. The goal, according to producer Dallas Jenkins, is to reach one billion people, and they are well on their way to reaching that goal. As we close out our Now Streaming series, let’s dig into Jesus’ own announcement to His disciples that they were chosen by Him. What does it mean to be chosen by God? What are we chosen for? What plans does He have for us once we’ve been chosen?

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Guide: August 8, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: “The Chosen”
Text: John 15:9-17

Main Point
An estimated 194 million people have already seen the popular series The Chosen, based on the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. The goal, according to producer Dallas Jenkins, is to reach one billion people, and they are well on their way to reaching that goal. As we close out our Now Streaming series, let’s dig into Jesus’ own announcement to His disciples that they were chosen by Him. What does it mean to be chosen by God? What are we chosen for? What plans does He have for us once we’ve been chosen?

“You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. This is my command: Love each other.” —John 15:14-17 (NLT)

Talk about It

  1. What is the greatest sacrifice a friend has made for you? What is the greatest sacrifice you’ve made for a friend? What were the results?
  2. Friends are people you can count on; they respond when you ask them to. Read Proverbs 18:24. How good of a friend have you been to Jesus?
  3. Why do you think there is so much emphasis on producing fruit in John 15? What does the Bible mean when it talks about a fruitful believer?
  4. Discuss the relationship between obedience and love.
“To be chosen is to be valued, to be appreciated, to be esteemed and regarded as important.” —Pastor Skip

Make It PracticalPray
Heavenly Father, it is truly amazing when we consider You choosing us before laying the world’s foundation. You chose us; You made the first move. Because of Your pursuing love, we choose to make ourselves at home in Your love by obeying You—actively, repeatedly, and unconditionally obeying You. Thank You that as a byproduct, You provide inner peace, true love, and lasting joy. Help us to bear fruit that won’t spoil. In the name of our Lord and friend Jesus, amen.

Facilitator TipsCross references: Genesis 49:22; Deuteronomy 7:6; Matthew 13:8; 23:37; John 3:16; 5:40; 6:37; 13:18; 14:27; Ephesians 1:4-6; 1 Timothy 5:21; Hebrews 12:2; 1 John 4:19

OUTLINE


  1. We Are Chosen for Friendship (vv. 12-15)

  2. We Are Chosen for Fullness (vv. 9-11)

  3. We Are Chosen for Following (vv. 14, 16-17)

Keywords: choice, chosen, commandment, free will, friend, friendship, fruit, fruitful, love, obedience, predestination


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