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The Payoff of Pain

JUNE 9

THE PAYOFF OF PAIN

None of us likes to experience pain or pressure in our lives. But sometimes the hardest times in our lives can prove to also be the most important times. How can we identify the payoff to our pain?

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The Path to Joy is Hard

JUNE 2

THE PATH TO JOY IS HARD

In life, we all naturally want to avoid pain and discomfort in exchange for comfort, pleasure, and success. But what if suffering didn’t have to be pointless? What if moments of pain could lead us right to the amazing joy we all crave?

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Suffering Defeats Evil

MAY 26

SUFFERING DEFEATS EVIL

In a society that has reduced many of life’s hardships through modern medicine, social justice, technology, and democracy, we’ve become more sensitive to the suffering we can’t escape. We find ourselves crushed by it, sometimes because of trivial things and other times because of true tragedy. If God offers us resilience, joy, and redemption by trusting Him, are we willing to take those steps of faith?

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We’re Not Home Yet

MAY 19

WE’RE NOT HOME YET

We are all guaranteed to have some difficulties in our lives. But despite the storms of life that inevitably come our way, there’s a way through them that can make us overcomers too. How could shifting our perspective change how we perceive our trials? Work through the following questions and Scriptures on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or friends and family to talk through what you are learning.

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Mother’s Day at Gateway

MOTHER’S DAY AT GATEWAY

MAY 12

Gateway celebrates the special women in our lives as we honor moms this Mother’s Day.

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. What stood out/intrigued you from the messages?

2. Can you relate to what you heard in the message? Has this same idea/challenge come up in your life before, or is it new?

3. How does what you heard affect your life right now (maybe it speaks to something you are going through, struggling with, looking into, etc.)?

4. What challenged you?

5. What is your next step to apply what you heard?

6. Is there someone you feel prompted to share with about what you’ve learned from the message?

DIGGING DEEPER

As you look to dig deeper into the topics of this week’s message, consider checking out FaithGateway’s article on moms of the Bible and what we can learn from them. To read the article, head to https://www.faithgateway.com/favorite-moms-of-the-bible/#.XNRTN5NKjR0

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Science is Real

APRIL 28

SCIENCE IS REAL

Biochemist and former skeptic Fazale Rana shares about the powerful scientific evidence for God’s existence and the reliability of the Bible.

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. What stood out/intrigued you from the messages?

2. Can you relate to what you heard in the message? Has this same idea/challenge come up in your life before, or is it new?

3. How does what you heard affect your life right now (maybe it speaks to something you are going through, struggling with, looking into, etc.)?

4. What challenged you?

5. What is your next step to apply what you heard?

6. Is there someone you feel prompted to share with about what you’ve learned from the message?

DIGGING DEEPER

As you look to dig deeper into the topics of this week’s message, consider checking out one of Dr. Rana’s books, available on Amazon.com and Reasons.org.

Origins of Life: Biblical and Evolutionary Models Face Off by Fazale Rana and Hugh Ross

The Cell’s Design: How Chemistry Reveals the Creator’s Artistry
by Fazale Rana

SPIRITUAL OUTCOMES – gatewaychurch.com/spiritual_outcomes/study-god

 

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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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