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Four Guiding Principals

Blended

May 24, 2020 • Butch Williams • 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

1. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we all know what it means to keep alert, but what does it mean in our faith life to keep alert? 2. When have you stood firm in your faith and what happened? What happens when we do not stand firm as Paul admonishes us to do? 3. We are all living in widely uncertain times. How has your faith allowed you to be strong and courageous despite the anxiety, confusion and fear? 4. How would your life and our world be different if everything we did was done in love?

We Are the World

Blended • October 4, 2020 • Bill Brunson

Read Philippians 3:4-14 1) What are some moments in the history of our country and of the world when we have come together in a powerful way? Give examples. 2) How has Covid-19 connected our world in ways we had never imagined? Give examples. 3) In verses 7-8, Paul tells us that his achievements and his heritage were worthless compared to knowing Christ. How have you seen placing confidence in self rather than Christ affect your relationship with Christ? 4) What would you need to change in your life to place all your confidence in Christ instead of self? 5) Due to the pandemic, our church is receiving the bread of heaven and the cup of salvation in various ways: in our homes, in outdoor worship, and also inside our worship spaces. Despite the separations, do you still feel connected with the body of Christ at Vestavia Hills UMC? Why? 6) On World Communion Sunday, Christians are gathering around the Lord’s Table in a great wave sweeping around the world. Does this give you hope and if so, why?

United in Christ

Blended • August 9, 2020 • Bill Brunson

1) John Wesley, the founder of our denomination, urged Methodists to take Holy Communion as often as possible. Why do you think he held that viewpoint? Do you share his attitude? 2) Jesus prayed that all his disciples (that means us) may be as one. We are living in a divided, divisive, and tumultuous time in our history as Americans. What can you do to build bridges and encourage oneness in today’s world? Give examples. 3) The Lord’s Table is where the entire body of Christ comes together. What does this mean to you? 4) What do you need to put away in your life to be as one in the body of Christ as you come to the Lord’s Table. Anger? Resentment? Disappointment? Fear? Confusion? Lack of trust?

Pentecost

Blended • May 31, 2020 • Bill Brunson

1. What are you waiting on or anticipating in your life now? Has this changed since the COVID-19 Pandemic? 2. Pentecost is considered the “birthday” of the church. When is your “faith birthday?” Was it a specific moment in time or a gradual realization? 3. On the eve of Jesus’ betrayal and arrest, he promised his followers he would send the Paraclete/Counselor/Comforter/Advocate that would be with them forever. Jesus kept his promise and the Holy Spirit arrived with a mighty wind and tongues of fire. What does it mean to you that God always keeps his promises? 4. The Paraclete or Holy Spirit literally means “called to one’s side.” How do you feel knowing that the Holy Spirit is by your side in life? Does it make a difference in how you live? 5. When have you most powerfully felt the power of the Holy Spirit in your life? What changes occurred?