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The Resurrection is Real

APRIL 21

THE RESURRECTION IS REAL

Could any reasonable person really believe Jesus was resurrected from the dead? Does faith require you to simply “take a leap,” or is there proof of who Jesus claimed to be? And why does it matter? What could the truth of the resurrection mean for our faith and our lives as a whole?

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Elijah / John the Baptist

APRIL 14

ELIJAH / JOHN THE BAPTIST

Throughout our lives, we will have opportunities to pave roads for others and to have them paved for us. God does the same for us, as He shows us the path He would have for our lives, although we don’t always choose His way. Are you ready to allow God to take the wheel and drive you down the paved road?

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JEREMIAH

APRIL 7

JEREMIAH

Having an unpopular message to share with others can be a daunting task. But just as we need friends and family in our lives to share truth with us, we also serve a God of both truth and love. How can God’s truth, even when tough to hear, lead us to a more hopeful future?

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Daniel

MARCH 31

DANIEL

It’s often easy to make our own plans for our lives, and it’s often difficult to let go of those plans when things don’t seem to be going the way we expected. But God tells us in the Bible that He has His own plan for each of our lives, and He promises us that His way will be best. What does it take to let go of our plans and to trust God in every aspect of our lives?

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Isaiah

MARCH 24

ISAIAH

Many times in our lives we experience circumstances beyond our control, whether that involves finances, relationships, family, health, or even the weather. Being human, we often feel the need to worry and try to control the various factors in our lives in an attempt to protect ourselves and the ones we love, but ultimately we don’t have the power. What could it look like to let go and trust God to be in control of all the things we care about so much?

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Moses

MARCH 17

MOSES

In life, we all go through trials and tribulations that may seem impossible to get through. Moses, a man whose life is chronicled in the Bible, had many such difficult situations. But we learn through his experience that we’re faced with a choice of whether we will act out of fear or whether we will trust God. When times get tough, will you cry out to God, or will you trust in your own limited abilities?

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A Supernatural Community

MARCH 10

A SUPERNATURAL COMMUNITY

As we step into the community God desires for us, we also find that God gives those who follow Him great gifts. And when we allow the Holy Spirit to use those gifts to serve others, those gifts sometimes show up in supernatural ways. How can we begin to better understand God’s giftings and how He intends for us to use them in community?

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A Gifted Community

MARCH 3

A GIFTED COMMUNITY

When you are part of something bigger than yourself— a job, family, or organization, for instance—you experience how everyone has a role to play in order for everything to run smoothly. In God’s family, His Church, it’s no different. He gifted each and every one of us with a spiritual ability to do something important and necessary that can impact everyone around us. How has God gifted you? Bonus Reading from Not Like Me – Chapter 7, and Chapter 10.

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A Diverse Community

FEBRUARY 24

A DIVERSE COMMUNITY

NOTE: View the full Diverse Community Panel discussion here.

God’s hope is to bring people from all nations, tribes, languages, and ethnicities together into one family. It’s why Jesus came to die for all of us. But oftentimes, this harmonious diverse community is not at all our experience. What leads us to issues in our diverse communities, and how can we overcome the barriers that plague us?

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Please read before your conversation about A Diverse Community:

We are so excited for how God will grow us into a diverse community that welcomes, serves, and uplifts each other! We also recognize that there are hurts, divisions, and very complex issues that would seek to divide us. As a movement at Gateway, we are beginning a journey that will be beautiful, challenging, and at times uncomfortable. We invite you to join us because God’s heart is for us to reflect God’s coming kingdom here and now (see Revelation 7:9-10).

For Life Groups:

• Honor one another.

• Please avoid political conversations. If the conversation begins to become political, divisive, or unhelpful, pause the conversation immediately. Acknowledge the different viewpoints, remind people that it’s okay to disagree, and then redirect it back to the scriptures and questions we’ve provided.

• Allow space for different stories. We’re not here to disprove another person’s experience. Your story and another person’s story can both be true.

• Listen, acknowledge, and learn, even if we disagree with another person.

• Ask for permission from people of color before inviting them to share about their experiences and/or perspectives. Some of us may be open and ready to share, while others are not. Please respect those postures.

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A Real Community

FEBRUARY 17

A REAL COMMUNITY

We all long for an ideal community—one where we’re understood, loved, and supported. But that type of community doesn’t come over night. Along the journey to finding a group of folks to do life with, we all face real struggle. How can we build the type of community God wants us to have in our lives, despite the fact that real people come with real problems?

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