discovery Group Resources

Sunday mornings...small group contexts in which anyone can  dive in and discuss His Word, allowing opportunity for the Holy Spirit to teach, confront, encourage, challenge and change us! 

  • What are Discovery Groups?

    In our Discovery Groups, together we discover:  

    • HOW to study & learn about God's Word
    • WHO God is & WHAT His character is
    • What He desires for us
    • How we can respond to Him
  • Pray!

    Ask the God for these things before you begin reading and studying His Word:

    • God, grant me Your wisdom, knowledge and understanding. 
    • God, let any knowledge I gain serve only to help me love You more and to love others more, not to puff me up. 
    • God, show me things about Yourself that I have never seen.
    • God, correct any lies that I have believed about You  or anything I have misunderstood about You. 
    • God, direct my steps according to Your Word.

    *Courtesy of The Bible Recap.


  • The Bible Project

    Bible Project is a crowd-funded ministry dedicated to helping people experience the Bible as a unified story that leads to Jesus.  Check out their overview videos on the chapters we have studied for Discovery Groups or in the Fishers of Men  sermon series: 

    Matthew 4: Matthew 1-13

    John 1: John 1-12

    Luke 5: Luke 1-9

    1 Peter 1:  Chapter 1

    Luke 14:  Luke 10-24

    Romans 12: Romans 5-16

  • Spoken Gospel

    The Spoken Gospel has a mission to speak the Gospel out of every corner of the Bible into every corner of the world.  

    Matthew 4

    John 1:1-34

    John 1:35-2:25

    Luke 4:14-5:39

    1 Peter 1:13-2:3

    Luke 13:10-14:35

    Romans 12

  • Blue Letter Bible

    Check out the commentary on the chapters we have studied for Discovery Groups or in the FIshers of Men  sermon series: 

    Matthew 4

    John 1

    Luke 5

    1 Peter 1

    Luke 14

    Romans 12

  • Four Ways to Wreck Your Understanding of Scripture

    We want to be good stewards of God's Word!  Let's learn to read it, meditate on it, learn it, and be transformed by it well! 

    This article is very helpful toward that goal.  Read it here.

LIFECELL Discussion Questions

For the discussion questions from our series on Romans, click here. 


For discussion questions on portions of our summer 2021 series, FYI, click here.


For discussion questions for our fall series, The Book of Daniel. 


Our current series is Fishers of Men.  Summaries and discussion questions are below! 

  • John 1 (1.30.22)

    Recap:
    Our theme for this semester is ‘Fishers of men.’  Jesus is calling all of us to be fishers of people, and as we go on this journey together there are some principles that we must search out for ourselves.  The first one this week is that in order to be a fisherman partnered with Jesus, you must be a follower of Jesus.  That requires humility, sacrifice, trust, obedience and the list goes on and on.  
    We discovered together that John the Baptist had followers because he was pointing the way to Jesus, but when they encountered Jesus personally they began to follow Him instead of John.  Following plays itself out in many practical ways, but ultimately choosing to follow is a spiritual decision to reap the spiritual benefits of that relationship.
     
    Questions:
    -What is my personal takeaway from this week, as I consider what is required of me to follow Jesus fully in my life?  
    -How does the act of following lead me to being a fisher of people?

  • Luke 5 (2.6.22)

    Recap:

    This week we looked at Simon’s encounter with Jesus out on the lake…

    We see that Jesus worked a miracle and Simon had a realization of Jesus’ ability that leads him to worship. Jesus shows His ability to be provision in the very things that He asks of us, in this case asking them to put out the nets, and He provided the fish. He tells Simon and his partners to follow Him and He will make them fishers of people. Perhaps the most important thing He says with the invitation is to DO NOT BE AFRAID! It speaks to His love and plans for them.


    Questions:

    -Where in my life have I encountered Jesus? What was my response?


    -Jesus tell us to ‘DO NOT BE AFRAID.’ What does that speak to my heart and mind? Is there an action that I need to take in response?


    -Who am I praying for and working to ‘catch’ with Jesus’ help?


  • 1 Peter 1(2.13.22)

    Recap:

    We continue looking at what it means to be a follower of Jesus.  Today we looked briefly into the life and the teaching of the Apostle Peter in 1 Peter 1.  Peter is a good man who has his challenges and those impact at times his ability to follow Jesus well, but they are also a part of the overall discipleship process for Peter.  Jesus does not leave Peter alone because of his personal stuff, but rather engages with Peter in a personal way.  The encouragement to all of us is to ‘Be Holy, because Jesus is Holy.’  This is important for us to understand the we can live Holy (set apart) lives in this life because we are just passing through, we are foreigners. In verse 19 we see that we are redeemed not of this world, but by the blood of Jesus which is eternal.  With the help of Jesus and the Holy Spirit…we can be followers of Jesus!

     

    Questions:

    -In processing my own life, what is my take away from this weekend in regard to following Jesus?

     

    -Do I judge my imperfection and the imperfections of others, or do I allow myself to look to Jesus for redemption, healing, and transformation?

     

    -Who am I praying for and working to ‘catch’ with Jesus’ help?

     

  • Luke 14 (2.20.22)

    Recap:

    Jesus gave us His all in dying on the cross, and He is asking us to lay down our lives and give Him our everything.  We don’t make Jesus Lord, He already is Lord.  Making Jesus customizable to our lives is not following Him.  To be a follower of Jesus, you must love Him more than anything or anyone else.  We can make it a matter of value…what do we value?  We can value earthly things or we can value eternal things.  

     

    Questions:

    -Jesus talks about a hierarchy of love in order to follow Him (loving Him more than anything).  How do you get your mind around that?

     

    -How do I determine value in my life?  Is it by what others tell me I should value, by what I have been taught to value, etc.

     

    -Who am I praying or and working to ‘catch’ with Jesus’ help?

  • Romans 12 (2.27.22)

    Recap:
    To be a true follower of Jesus, He has called us to be different. Different in the way we think, talk, act, and love. We see this in Romans 12:1-2. We explored this further in 2 Corinthians 4.  We see in this chapter that we to never give up on this new way of living. That the Good News is to be the center of all things that we do and say because the Lord has entrusted His wonder light inside of us as fragile clay jars! We, in our fragility, are the carriers of his light and Good News! How exciting. He also tells us that it won't be easy, but that even the hard stuff will bring Him glory. Lastly, we learned that we must continue to tell people about Jesus because we have the same faith as the Psalmist who said "I believe in God, so I speak!" That is the bottom line. 

    Questions:
    1. In what way is the Lord calling you to be different?

    2. Does it bring you comfort knowing that the Lord isn't expecting you to be a safe, but a fragile jar to carry His Light of the Good News?

    3. Do you believe in God?  

    Then go start talking about what He has done in your life, and the Good News of Jesus!
     

  • John 21 (3.6.22)

    Recap:

    Jesus is ready to encounter us in the midst of whatever we face…the disciples are locked up in fear, and are ready to give up and return to what they know (for several of them that is fishing).

    Jesus encounters them on the shore ready with provision not just for the physical needs, but He is the provision of their spiritual needs.  Jesus’ love for us manifested in His sacrifice, resurrection, and presence through the Holy Spirit is what moves us forward.  Our love for Him compels us to do the things that the One we love asks us to.  Our focus is to be on Him and we are not to let others or our circumstances shift that focus.

     

    Questions:

    -What place in my life spiritually do I need the provision of Jesus?  How is He asking me to acknowledge my need or my desire?

     

    -Are there spaces in my life where I am understanding that I cannot do it alone?  What does my love for Jesus compel me to do in obedience to Him?

     

    -Who has Jesus placed in my life for me to fish for?  What is their name?

  • Isaiah 11 (3.13.22)

    Recap:
    How amazing is it that as we are talking about Jesus making us Fishers of Men as we follow Him, and we encounter the presence of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus is the giver of the Holy Spirit, and it is the same Spirit that lived in Him.  It is the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD (Isaiah 11:2,3).  As we are wanting to live our life the way that Jesus would want us to, we know that we are being equipped for that very purpose.
     
    Questions:
    -Am I asking the Holy Spirit to help me?  
     
    -Am I allowing the Holy Spirit to produce in me the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22,23)?
     
    -Who am I actively fishing for?  Am I including the Holy Spirit in my fishing, and how?

     

  • Luke 9 (3.20.22)

    Recap:
    Today we looked at Luke 9 and discovered a process of equipping our understanding that the Lord uses to grow us into being fishers of men.  Jesus is living among His disciples and is teaching them that He is all they need, and that through Him all things are possible.

    Questions:
    -How does the instruction to the disciples to take nothing with you relate to us today?

    -As the disciples gave insurmountable task of feeding the 5000+ people on the hillside, they learn that with God all things are possible as he multiplied the food.  His direction is to feed the people.  Are we ready to give away what the Lord has given to us (Himself), trusting that He will not run out?

    -Who am I fishing for, how am I praying for them, and how am I praying for opportunity?

  • Mark 14 (3.27.22)

    Recap:

    Jesus as our provision does not just provide what we need after we need it, but He is our provision in advance of our need. We see this represented in the Passover, we see this stated in His relationship with the disciples, and we see this represented in His sacrifice on the cross. There will always be work that needs to be accomplished, but Jesus and a relationship ‘WITH’ Him is our provision for the work. Our preparation to walk in provision is WORSHIP. We are to worship as we prepare to receive from Him, as we remember and celebrate Him, and as we go to work in the mission field with His message.


    Questions:

    -As we reflect on Jesus as our provision…how does that refocus our attention, our schedule, perhaps our work in our daily routine?


    -What tools have been provided to me to accomplish The Lord’s mission on earth?


    -Who is the Lord placing on my heart to pray for, invest in, ultimately fish for? 


  • Acts 2 (4.3.22)

    Recap:

    As we understand our need to be equipped for the work the God is calling us to, we encounter the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is for us personally and for us to make Jesus known to others. Are we ready to ask Him to equip us, to receive Him when He comes, and to act on His direction with ?


    -will I ask Jesus for His empowering Holy Spirit?


    -what do I anticipate when He comes?


    -what do I expect to do with His empowerment?

  • Mark 11 (4.10.22)

    Recap:
    This week in Mark 11, we looked at Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem as we celebrate Palm Sunday…the beginning of the final week leading to His death on the Cross and His Resurrection three days later.  As Jesus enters the city, He is once again declaring His identity as the Messiah.  He gives direction that the Temple is to be a house of prayer, and to His disciples a lesson in faith that with Him all things are possible.

    Questions:
    -In light of my belonging to the family of God as a believer, how do I walk in that identity in a healthy way?
    -Since our bodies are the temple of the Spirit of God today, how do we steward our spiritual being to honor God and walk in obedience to His commands?
    -Am I living with faith as I fish for people, looking to Jesus to accomplish what only He can do?
    -what do I expect to do with His empowerment?

  • John 20 (4.17.22)

    Recap:
    We celebrate that Jesus as Risen (He is Alive!), and we see the recording of that in John 20. 
    As we see, know and understand that Jesus is alive, we realize that we are equipped/gifted with LIFE!  As Jesus is alive our gift of life takes several shapes in us and we looked at a few: 
    (verse 20) we are gifted with joy that is over the top, (verse 23) we are gifted with the ability to participate in the Jesus’ forgiveness to those around us, (verse 28) we are gifted the opportunity to worship as Thomas did, “My Lord and my God!” and (verse 31) we are gifted with eternal life in the name of Jesus.  How amazing is all of that…let’s not pass by the opportunity before us.

    Questions:
    -As I reflect on the joy of the Lord in my life, what does that look like or feel like?

    -As Jesus breathes life on me, will I walk with Him to see those around me know Him too?

    -How is Jesus asking me to worship Him?

  • Acts 1 (4.24.22)

    Recap:

    We have learned so far in this series what it means to be a fisher of men and how the Lord equips us for that mission. Now we get to put into practice actually going and being fishers of men! We can't confine the Lord to the church building. It is not the only place we can experience God or the only place your friends and family can come to know Him. It is time to unleash the Holy Spirit. Next, we have to expect the Lord to do what He says. We miss out on the cool things that the Lord can do in and through us because we don't expect Him to do what He says.  Do you know how to get those expectations in line.....by unleashing the Holy Spirit! Acts 1:8 says that we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to be His witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and the ends of the earth.


    Questions:

    1. How are you going to unleash the Spirit in your life this week?

    2. What are some expectations that the Lord has put in your life that you have been afraid of? How are you going to allow Him to be what He said He will be?

    3. Who are you going fishing for in your Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth this week?

  • 1 Peter 2 (5.1.22)

    Recap:

    As we looked at 1 Peter 2 this week…We see that Jesus is the cornerstone (the Rock) upon which Peter encourages us to build our lives upon Him. We are encouraged also to live our lives sacrificially, and as we do we will never be put to shame (v. 6). This is not our home, so we are to keep our eyes and focus forward to eternity. Peter encourages us to LIVE…to live that God would be glorified, to live submitting to authority and to accept the consequences of obeying God, to lives free as God’s servants, to live expecting to suffer for doing good, and to live in the presence of God and not live astray. As we live this way as ambassadors of Jesus.


    Questions:

    -As I reflect on the 1 Peter 2, what is my personal takeaway?


    -How is my life testifying to the LIFE that Jesus has given me?


    -Who am I fishing for?


Spiritual Disciplines to GROW

Once you come to know Jesus as the One Who has pursued a continuing LOVE relationship with you that is real and personal, growing spiritually is the next step.  Helping to facilitate spiritual formation (ongoing spiritual growth and maturity) is our privilege here at C4L.  


We call it discipleship. So did Jesus!  Jesus made a way for us to have LIFE and FREEDOM and it is our honor to help you FIND it and LIVE it through discipleship!  Below you will find some opportunities for you to do just that...GROW into FREE & CHANGED DISCIPLES of JESUS! 

  • Get Baptized

    Your decision to follow Jesus Christ as your personal Savior is the most important decision you have ever made in your life! After salvation, the Bible commands us to be baptized in water – like Jesus was. 

    Having been buried with Him in baptism,

    you also have been raised with Him through

    your faith in the power of God Who raised

    Him from the dead.  Colossians 2:12 NET


    More reasons to be baptized: 

    • Jesus told us to be baptized (Matthew 28:19)
    • Jesus was baptized (Matthew 3:13-17)
    • It represents what happened when you chose to make Jesus Lord of your life (Romans 6:1-11)

    We will schedule a baptism service anytime someone is interested in being baptized!  Contact us at info.connect4lifechurch.com.  

  • Read your Bible everyday to get to know Jesus better

    The Bible is God's very own words to us...He gave it to show us how we can have a continuing real and personal relationship with Him.  Reading it & meditating on it helps us to know God and how He works in our lives.  Making Bible reading a part of our daily life will help us grow in our faith and in godliness.  


    All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

    2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT


    Need help getting started?  Here are a few suggestions! 

    • Download the BIBLE APP to have the Bible at your fingertips and to have access to 100's of reading plans to help you stay consistent.  Find it here
    • New Believers Reading Plan: Find it here
    • Verse of the Day Bible Reading Plan: View it here
    • The Gospel of John Reading Plan: Find it here
    • The Bible Project: New Testament in One Year: Find it here
    • The Bible Project: The Bible (read the Bible chronologically in one year): Find it here
    • Get more out of your Bible reading! Find out more here
  • Talk, & Listen, to God in Prayer

    Prayer is simply a conversation with God.  Talking to Him, and listening to Him, just as you and I have conversations everyday. Prayer is one of the primary ways in which we interact with God. We share our thoughts, concerns, and allow space for Him to work in our lives. It’s a set-aside & ongoing time to talk to Him about anything that’s on our mind and receive his direction and encouragement.

    "...your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! Pray like this:

    Our Father in heaven,
        may your name be kept holy.
    May your Kingdom come soon.
    May your will be done on earth,
        as it is in heaven.
    Give us today the food we need,
    and forgive us our sins,
        as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
    And don’t let us yield to temptation,
        but rescue us from the evil one."

    Matthew 6:9-13 NLT

    Here are some ways to get you started! 

    • Presence-Filled prayer: Experiencing God in Prayer reading plan: Find it here
    • Prayer for Beginners: Find more here
    • How do I talk to God? Find it here
  • Learn HOW to follow Jesus

    Learning how to follow Jesus is called discipleship.  It is important to be connected to people in your life who can help lead the way for you, just as you can for others...this is called being disciple-makers!  


    “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”

    Ephesians 4:16

    “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

    Matthew 28:19-20

    “‘You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.’”

    John 15:16


    How can you be discipled and disciple others? 

    • Come to Discovery Groups on Sunday mornings!
    • Join a LIFEcell!
    • Invite someone to join you at a LIFEcell!
    • Meet someone for coffee and talk about a passage of scripture together!
    • Read a reading plan with someone and talk about it!
    • Serve in any area of ministry at C4L!  (background checks required for children and youth workers)
    • Never stop learning about Jesus and sharing Him with others!