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Next Steps | Flix – Boyhood

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Boyhood is the story of a boy coming of age between ages 6-18. It’s a story with happy memories of childhood, with hard to watch moments of tragedy, and with an ending that inspires hope. And like your story, it may not always be pretty, but it must be told. Work through the following questions on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers.

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Next Steps | Flix – Insurgent/Divergent

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Outsiders struggling against the power structure of their society is a common theme in movies and literature. Jesus proved to be the ultimate Outsider, stepping into our world, defying the power structures in place and turning them on their head through his revolutionary attitudes and actions. But it sure isn’t easy to go against the flow, is it? Work through the following questions on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers.

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Next Steps | Flix – Theory of Everything

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Stephen Hawking is perhaps the most well-known and respected scientist of his generation, and his mission was to discover “one simple and elegant equation to explain everything.” What are you pursuing in order to find meaning? Work through the following questions on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers.

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Next Steps | Desire – Longing for Security

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While some might seek security staying on the ground, others seek security by strapping on a parachute. Everybody wants to be secure. What would it be like, what would it feel like, what would our experience of life be, if we were deeply and fully secure? How can the perspective of God as our source of security truly be lived out in our lives? Work through the following questions on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers.

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Next Steps | Desire – Longing for Value

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Father’s Day is a day not only to reflect on our relationships with our earthly fathers, but our relationship with our Heavenly Father as well. God promises to be our ultimate father who will never fall short of our expectations. By turning to God to fulfill our deepest longings, we are freed from the impossibility of earthly relationships fulfilling all of our needs. While human relationships are good and necessary, only God can fill the void we often find in our hearts. Work through the following questions on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers.

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Next Steps | Desire – Longing for Excitement

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Many things make us come alive as human beings – friendship, love, art, nature, challenge, music, kids, writing, and many other experiences. Then for some of us, adventure kindles our fire. We crave the thrill, whether that’s the joy of traveling to far off places or the adrenaline rush of danger. There seems to be this unspoken assumption that the life of a rule-driven Christian is tame, devoid of excitement and risk. However, while God inscribed the commandments that guard our hearts, He also CREATED adventure, and invites us into it with Him! Work through the following questions on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers.

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Next Steps | Desire – Longing for Love

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We join together in community because we desire to love and be loved. The deep love we expect to experience in marriage is modeled on Christ’s sacrificial love for His Bride, the Church. Love permeates the very fabric of our lives. And yet love is often elusive, and we place impossible burdens on the people in our lives to fill our deepest needs for love in ways that only God can do, which can cost us love and leave us scarred and afraid. How do we experience love the way God intends? Work through the following questions on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers.

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Next Steps | You are Here. Make a Difference.

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Most people want to help people, but serving isn’t always easy. How often do we avoid serving opportunities that may be uncomfortable or inconvenient? Today we have an opportunity to align our desire to make a difference with the practical steps to making it a reality. Work through the following questions on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers.

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Next Steps | You are Here. Say Yes.

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Let’s be honest. We’re at the dance, but not everyone is dancing. When it comes to your church experience, are you in the center of what’s happening here, or are you clinging to a wall? Are you settling for something far less than what your Gateway experience is supposed to be? You are here. Do something. Work through the following questions on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers.

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