February Sermon Discussion Questions

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This weekend we’re starting a new sermon series on 2 Timothy. Sermon discussion questions for the first three messages of this series are available in a printable PDF file that you can download by clicking here.

The fourth weekend of February is a Milestone Weekend, and please save the date for Monday, February 26th to attend the Annual Meeting where members will have the opportunity to vote to affirm Pastor Brandon Sales as Senior Pastor. To read more about the pastoral transition at Lighthouse, visit www.lighthousehome.org/transition.

Also, if you haven’t done so already, please RSVP to attend the group leader gathering called “Standing Firm” on Saturday, March 10th. Pastor Ryan will share about himself as well as a message on Spiritual Warfare. RSVP by clicking here.

October Sermon Discussion Questions

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This weekend we’re beginning a new sermon series called “The 10” where we’ll unpack the ten commandments, learn why they’re still applicable today and how God invites us to live in His freedom.

The sermon discussion questions for the first three messages of this series are available by clicking this link, or in the Documents section. You can download and print the handouts for your group each week.

If you’d like the access the Sermon Notes, they are available on the Lighthouse website at: http://www.lighthousehome.org/about/resources/sermon-notes.html

Bible Studies on RightNow Media


Did you know that as a Home Group Leader, you have free access to RightNow Media? If you are still trying to decide what your home group should study this Fall, RightNow Media gives you instant access to thousands of Bible study videos, such as:

Chip Ingram’s latest study, The Book of Titus. In this study, Ingram challenges us to display the gospel in our lives through doing good. We do good works not to earn God’s favor, but as a result of God’s favor. When the gospel has truly taken root in our lives, it produces the fruit of godliness. As we pass these things on to future generations, the Church stands in bright contrast to the darkness of the world.

Other new releases on RightNow Media include The Good Book by Deron Spoo and Kyle Idleman, Keeping Place: Reflections on the Meaning of Home by Jen Pollock Michel, and so many more. Check out the selection at www.rightnowmedia.org.

If you don’t have an account set up for RightNow Media, click on http://lighthousehome.org/about/resources/right-now-media.html to get one set up.

April Sermon Discussion Questions


We will spend the first two weekends of April continuing on in Matthew, chapters 20 and 21. The sermon discussion questions are available by clicking this link or by looking in the documents section. Pastor Art has planned topical sermons to deliver on Easter and the two weekends that follow, so no discussion questions have been prepared for those. Feel free to download and print the handouts for each member of your home group to follow along with.

January Sermon Discussion Questions


This month in the book of Matthew, we reach a turning point for Jesus. As pressure mounts against him, he reveals his impending death to the disciples. If your home group is following along with the weekend sermons, the discussion questions can be found in this link, or in the documents section of the blog. Please download and print the handouts for your home group members.

December Sermon Discussion Questions


This Christmas season we’ll continue to journey through the Book of Matthew. Here are the sermon discussion questions for December (click on the link or find in the Documents section to download and print).

You’ll notice there aren’t any questions for the weekend of December 10-11. That weekend you’re invited to The Christmas Experience, the children’s program that will be presented during each service of the weekend.

We also don’t have questions for the weekend of December 24-25. Please join us for Christmas Eve Service on Saturday, December 24 at 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. There will be no church services on Sunday, December 25. Have a blessed and very, merry Christmas day!

What A Leader Does

If you’ve never read the blog Church & Culture, I highly recommend you check it out sometime. The recent article “What A Leader Does” was so good I wanted to share with you to consider for the upcoming season.



What is it, exactly, that a leader does?

We are bombarded with directives to be leaders and lead our church, and we’re told that everything rises and falls on leadership… okay, what does that actually mean?

I was once challenged to pull together a description of what being a leader actually involves on a day-in, day-out basis. I found it to be an intriguing exercise because, in truth, most leadership books talk about how to do certain leadership functions well but rarely lay out the leadership menu.

Here’s the menu:

1. Cast a Compelling Vision

This involves seeing all that could be and should be and painting that picture clearly enough for others to get there. And remember that “vision leaks” so this vision must be recast on an annual basis.

2. Draw Others In

Have you heard of something called the “art of the ask?” This is seeing someone and envisioning what they can become – imagining what they can do with their life, spotting their talents and abilities – and then asking them to put their life into play for Christ.

“I think you could be a small group leader.” “I think you could head up a building team.” “I think you could oversee a media ministry.” “I think you could help administratively.” “I think you could sing.”

These are the words a leader offers.

3. Establish and Uphold Values

At Mecklenburg Community Church (Meck), we have ten macro values. They need to be upheld, modeled, championed, and defended. But there are also micro values.

For children’s ministry, it might be arriving on time or calling in if you can’t make it. For a small group leader, it might be the “empty chair,” meaning that there is always a place – and a desire – for someone new to join. For someone in student ministry, it might be never letting a kid be excluded from the group.

When it comes to values, a leader must establish them, model them, and then uphold them.

Let’s say I ask you to build relationships with the unchurched. If I don’t do it myself, I have no credibility. You never lead from title or position but from moral authority. There’s an old line I’m sure you’ve heard: “Speed of the leader, speed of the pack.” It’s true.

And after you establish the values through word and deed, you have to uphold them. This means you catch people living by them, and you praise them and make them an example to others.

4. Bring Everything into Alignment

This is often talked about in business circles but less so in church circles. Alignment is translating values, purpose, mission and goals into the very fabric of what you are trying to do on a day-in, day-out basis. It’s having what you do line up with what you say you’re trying to do.

It’s having every little decision informed by the big picture of what you’re trying to accomplish. Alignment is what lets a leader make a decision – to know what to say “yes” or “no” to.

It helps us think creatively about what to start, what to stop, what to create, what to change, what to continue, and where we need to experiment or innovate.

5. Let Others Play in the Game

At the most basic level, this is just learning how to delegate, which surprisingly few people ever really learn to do. The key to delegation is simple: Do only what you can do. Delegate everything else.

That’s hard for people. Whether it’s due to fear that it won’t be done right, inhibition about imposing on someone, being controlling, or enjoying manifesting a martyr complex, we hold on to things and will die in a pile doing them.

But even harder than delegation is letting others play on the team.

Delegation is letting someone serve you while you play and do your thing, and we all need to do that. But beyond that is bringing others in and letting them actually play in the game – and score!

6. Influence

Leaders should motivate, inspire, and encourage.

To motivate means to get people going, to make them want to achieve more and go further. Motivation is having fire and then having everyone else catch fire with you.

To inspire someone is different – it is calling them out to be more than they are. It is helping them want to live differently, to give their lives to something more. Think of it this way: I can be around someone who motivates me to use my time better, manage my money better, or stay in shape better – all motivational issues – but it takes something else to have me walk away wanting to love more, care more and serve more.

But then a leader throws in the third ingredient: encouragement. One of the biggest truths is that what gets recognized, what gets praised, and what gets encouraged is what gets done. In fact, studies have found that verbal affirmation is more valuable to people than money.

7. Develop Other Leaders

Effective leaders create a leadership culture that develops those around them. As you build your teams, you should be singling out a small group of people from within that team that you are grooming and equipping for leadership.

The more leaders you develop, the more leaders you unleash.

The more leaders are unleashed, the more the church reaches its full redemptive potential.

James Emery White


Adapted from James Emery White, What They Didn’t Teach You in Seminary: 25 Lessons for Successful Ministry in Your Church (Baker). Available on Amazon.

May Sermon Discussion Questions


This month weekend sermons will continue through Matthew chapter 5 and dig in to chapter 6. Discussion questions can be printed and passed out to your home group, or used as a reference to lead discussion. Click here for the document, or click on the documents tab for the download.

Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email if you have any questions.

Slow Movement in Leading A Home Group

How is leading a home group similar to a slow moving glacier? Watch this video for some insight.

Attending the More & Better workshop on Saturday, February 20 will provide some instruction and tips about how to carve out the landscape of your home group and cultivate a culture of discipleship. Register to attend online at http://www.lighthousehome.org/component/content/article/20-get-involved/379-more-better.

December Sermon Discussion Questions


We’re continuing on through Galatians this month and you can find the sermon discussion questions by clicking on this link.

There won’t be a sermon the weekend of Dec. 19-20, instead the children’s and student ministries will be presenting their Christmas Program to the congregation.

Christmas Eve services will be held Thursday, December 24 at 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. We hope that you’re able to attend one of the services, and please feel free to bring family and friends!