The job you didn’t take. The question you never asked. The person you didn’t help. Fear’s power isn’t what it does to us, but what it keeps us from doing. We need something to reverse the paralysis. LOVE BANISHES FEAR!

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part 1

Sunday, September 18: “LOVE>FEAR”

Group discussion questions:

  1. This is our church’s 7 year anniversary! How long have you been at the Vineyard, and what’s your most vivid memory at our church?
  2. Read 1 John 4:7-21.
  3. What do you think are the top ten fears of Americans? Do you think the list has changed in the last few years?
  4. Can you overcome fear, and still be afraid? Why or why not? If so, give examples.
  5. Where did the phrase LOVE>FEAR come from?
  6. What are some of things other than love that can ‘overcome’ the paralysis of fear?
  7. Who do you think of, when you think about folks who love people more than than they fear what it takes to help people? What makes them different?
  8. How does knowing that we don’t have to fear eternal punishment, keep us from being overwhelmed by the fear of other consequences?
  9. What are some of your biggest fears? Have those fears ever left you paralyzed?
  10. Pray for each other!
part 2

Sunday, September 25: “Parenting”

Group discussion questions:

  1. How is the idea of LOVE>FEAR relevant day in and out?
  2. Can you share about a situation where you’ve found it difficult lately to have LOVE>FEAR?
  3. What are the most significant fears that parents face?
  4. What does the bible say to parents about the importance of disciplining children?
  5. Why is punishing children often so difficult for parents?
  6. What are some of the things you promised yourself you’d never do as a parent, that you see now you may be inclined to do?
  7. Read Psalm 91 together. What does this text mean to parents? Are it’s promises universal? Does it refer to this age, the age to come, or both?
  8. consider splitting up and discussing fears unique to Moms and Dads.
  9. Pray for each other!
part 3

Sunday, October 2: “LOVE>FEAR in the public sector”

Group discussion questions:

  1. Read Luke 4:16-27. What stands out to you about this text? Why did they change their tune about Jesus so quickly?
  2. Why would Jesus share those two stories?
  3. Read Genesis 22:17-18. Why did God bless and multiply Abraham’s offspring? What was the purpose?
  4. Make a list about the stuff you see on the news that scares you the most. Discuss each.
  5. For each thing on the list discuss how things might be different if those in charge we fueled by LOVE >FEAR. 
  6. For each on the list, discuss what the Christian response should be. What might it look like if the Church responded with LOVE >FEAR?
  7. Share some ideas about how we as individuals or as a group or as a church could address some of these social issues in a meaningful way that represents Jesus well.
  8. How did Jesus handle the social issues of his day?
part 4

Sunday, October 9: “Different” by Nick Rains

Group discussion questions:

  1. Tell a story of a time you stood out, were picked last, or felt like you didn’t fit in.
  2. Peer pressure didn’t stop after high school… Describe the “normal” image & life that you feel pressure to live. How does it look different than what God is asking from you?
  3. Read and discuss Matthew 7:13-14.
  4. Nick mentioned stats on divorce, debt, depression, schedules etc. Why do you think the stats are about the same inside the church?
  5. The skit about the red balloon showed the effects of relativism. Has your belief in absolute truth ever changed the way you are perceived?
  6. Read and discuss Romans 12:2 in the Message: “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”
  7. Read and discuss 1 Peter 2:11-12. How does this verse affect your goals?
  8. Nick said, “I would rather live in a sub-standard house and drive an old car so I have time for my family and calling.” Is this extreme? Why or why not?
  9. “If you’re not making a difference, you’re probably not different.” What are the areas of your life where you’re making the biggest difference? What are the areas where you need to be different?
  10. Pray for each other!
part 5

Sunday, October 16: “Sharing Truth”

Group discussion questions coming soon.

part 6

Sunday, October 23: “The Ultimate”

Group discussion questions coming soon.


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5 Responses to “LOVE>FEAR”

  1. Phyllis Dolislager September 16, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    How do we become members of Vineyard before heading to FL?
    Do you have a fast track for snow birds?

  2. jen September 16, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    Fast track, huh? I know Vineyard 101 starts in late October and it’s 4 weeks long. Once you finish that you at can become a member. But no worries, we’ll do it about three or four times a year so if it doesn’t work this Fall, maybe the Spring. Then again, there’s always bribing the Preach : )

  3. Aaron McCarter September 19, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    Slight correction. V101 begins sept 28th, and extends three weeks into oct. That should get you in and done before you guys head south (which makes me both a little bit sad, and a little bit jealous). 🙂


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