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Limitless: Series Overview

Speed limits. Data limits. Time limits. Age limits. There’s nothing fun about having limits set between us and what we want. And although some limits are good, most of the time it just feels like we’d be better off without them. Many of us feel like our lives, our stories, and our futures are limited in one way or another—like who we are and who we can become have limits. This was especially true for one of the earliest and most famous guys in the Bible, Moses. Because of who he was, where he came from, and what he did, Moses must have felt like his potential was limited. But God had other plans. And through Moses’ story we’ll discover that when we allow God to direct our story, the possibilities are limitless.

Week 1 - April 30     Discussion Questions

SCRIPTURE:  Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said (Exodus 2:5–6 NIV).

BOTTOM LINE: You are not limited by your label.
SUMMARY  Have you ever seen one of those movies about high school?
You know the ones—the jocks keep their distance from the
nerds, the cheerleaders ignore the band kids, and smart
students avoid the skaters. Even though they’re just movies,
we’d all probably say there’s some truth to them because
we all know that in real life we’re sometimes defined by our
labels. And even though not all labels are bad, they still
have a way of making us feel stuck. Good or bad, true or
untrue, labels have a way of creating limits on our lives. In
the Bible, no one understood this better than Moses. But as
we take a look at the start of his story, we’ll see that even
though Moses’ life could have been limited by his label, God
certainly wasn’t.

Week 2 – May 7    Discussion Questions

SCRIPTURE :  “The cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them. Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt” (Exodus 3:9-10 NLT).

BOTTOM LINE: Don’t bury what God can build on.

SUMMARY  When you hear names like Adele or LeBron James, chances are the first things that come to mind are music and basketball—the things they’ve done. And even though we aren’t celebrities, we’re all known for something, too. We’ve all done things and made choices that define us in the eyes of others. And while it’s nice to be defined by the good things we’ve done, we’d all probably agree that being known for a choice we’re not proud of has a way of limiting us. Believe it or not, Moses made a choice like that—a choice so bad he tried to run from it, hide it, and bury it away. But the good news is that while others tried to define Moses by his bad decision, God didn’t. In fact, God still wanted to use Moses in a huge way. With God, Moses’ life wasn’t limited by his past choices, and if we begin to embrace the way God sees us, our lives won’t be limited either.

Week 3 – May 14  Discussion Questions

SCRIPTURE   “I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue” (Exodus 4:10 NIV).

Then the Lord asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say” (Exodus 4:11-12 NLT).

“Lord, please! Send anyone else” (Exodus 4:13b NLT).

God tells Moses, “Talk to him, and put the words in his mouth. I will be with both of you as you speak, and I will instruct you both in what to do” (Exodus 4:15 NLT).

BOTTOM LINE: Don’t let fear hold you back when God calls you forward.

SUMMARY Social media is great, but it has a way of making everyone else’s life look perfect. No one ever has a bad hair day, a boring Friday night, or a bad relationship on Instagram, right? No matter how great you have it, there’s something about social media that causes us to question ourselves. We see how great others seem to be, and it leaves us wondering what weakness or flaw is limiting us from being just as great. It makes us insecure, and if we’re not careful, that insecurity can end up holding us back more than we realize. Moses had the same experience. When God tasked him with a huge responsibility, Moses didn’t think he had what it took to get the job done. But as we watch how the story unfolds, we’ll discover the way God goes with us and uses us despite our perceived limitations.

Week 4 – May 21  Discussion Questions

SCRIPTURE  As Pharaoh approached, the people of Israel looked up and panicked when they saw the Egyptians overtaking them. They cried out to the Lord, and they said to Moses, “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt? Didn’t we tell you this would happen while we were still in Egypt? We said, ‘Leave us alone! Let us be slaves to the Egyptians. It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!’” But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm” (Exodus 14:10-14 NLT).

BOTTOM LINE: Let God’s words be your worth.

SUMMARY  Messages come from just about everywhere. Teachers, coaches, friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, family, TV, your phone—everyone is trying to tell us something. Some messages are easy to tune out, while others—the more personal ones—have a way of sticking. Not only do we listen to messages when they’re personal, we sometimes start to believe them. And whether we realize it or not, the positive and negative messages we believe have a way of directing the paths we choose for our lives. We make decisions about who we are and who we aren’t, what we’ll do and what we won’t do, because of the words we’ve heard. Moses found himself facing the same issue. And just like we do, he had a choice to make: Would he let the messages of others limit or direct his life? Or would he tune in to the only message that matters—the message from God? As we look one more time at his story this week, we’ll see just how important it is to let the message that defines us come from the One who made us.

If/ Then: Series Overview

How do you normally introduce yourself? Maybe you start with, “Hi. I’m (insert your name here).” But what comes after that? Sure, you can talk about where you go to school, or what hobbies you’re into, but that doesn’t really introduce anyone to you, just facts about you. When Jesus talked about Himself, He would make statements like, “I am the Good Shepherd” and, “I am the bread of life.” As strange as they sound, these statements give us a better picture of who Jesus is. Because if He is a shepherd, then we are His sheep. And if He is the bread of life, then we can be satisfied in Him. In this series, we’ll discover that the way Jesus described Himself, gives us a clue into who we are as well.

If/ Then: Week 1  May 28  Discussion Questions

SCRIPTURE“Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am” (John 8:58 NIV).

BOTTOM LINE: If He is who He says He is, then I will follow His lead.

SUMMARY  If someone asked you to picture Jesus in your mind, what would He look like to you? No matter how you see Him, chances are the image you have of Jesus probably comes from a lot of places—things you’ve heard, stories you’ve read, or pictures you’ve seen depicting Him. While those images may have some truth to them, they’re not always completely accurate. And sometimes they leave us wondering if who Jesus really is lives up to all the hype. The good news is that Jesus didn’t leave us guessing who He is. Instead, He gave us the next best thing to actually knowing Him on Earth— His words and actions. As we look this week at some of the things Jesus said about Himself in the Bible, we’ll not only get a better picture of who He is, but also discover that who He is, is worth following.

If/ Then: Week 2 June 4    Discussion Questions

SCRIPTURE  “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep” (John 10:11-15 NIV).

BOTTOM LINE: If Jesus is the Good Shepherd, then you are in good hands.

SUMMARY  Have you ever been overcome with awkwardness or embarrassment? Sometimes the whole idea of God can make us feel that way. We’re afraid of what God really thinks of us or how He will feel when we mess up. So we avoid going to church, praying, or getting closer to God to keep ourselves from feeling uncomfortable. And it kind of makes you wonder, Is this how following God is supposed to be? This week we’ll look back at some of the things Jesus shared in the book of John about who He is. As we do, we’ll realize that our relationship with Jesus doesn’t have to be shaped by embarrassment, judgment, or insecurity. In fact, because He is leading, guiding, and shepherding us, we can rest knowing that our lives are in good hands.

If/ Then: Week 3  June 11  Discussion Questions

SCRIPTURE

“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:35 NIV).

BOTTOM LINE: If Jesus is the bread of life, then you can be satisfied.

SUMMARY Do you ever wish life felt more like an epic movie? Filled with moments where the hero wins, the guy gets the girl, and everyone rides off into the sunset together? Unfortunately, we all know those moments are usually saved for the big screen. Real life just isn’t jam-packed with those incredible movie moments. Because of that, real life can sometimes feel a little less than exciting—even boring. But what if you didn’t need more of those movie moments in your life to be satisfied? What if you could find fullness and fulfillment in your life during the normal, everyday moments? This week we’ll discover that’s exactly how Jesus wants us to live— fully satisfied no matter where we are in life. And if we can fully embrace who He is, we may just find our everyday lives becoming more epic and exciting than we ever imagined.

 OwnIt: Series Overview

How much money is in your pocket right now? No matter how much money you have, you probably feel like it’s not much. Because when you’re in high school, what can you really do about money? In a lot of ways you feel powerless with how much you or your family earns and how it’s spent. But what if you have more power than you realize? You have the power to help your family, change your habits, and even impact others in a big way. The truth is, money matters. Right here. Right now. And when you choose to change the way you think about it, when you choose to own your attitudes and your decisions with the cash you do have, God can do some big things in you and even bigger things through you.

Own It: Week 1  June 18  Discussion Questions

SCRIPTURE   “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’ The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day’” (Matthew 20:8-12 NIV).

BOTTOM LINE: When it comes to money, own your attitude.

SUMMARY  Money has a way of messing with our heads, doesn’t it? Whether or not you have loads of cash, you probably have a lot of feelings about money or moments in your day when it’s on your mind. And no matter how much or how little of it we have, the result is the same: When it comes to money, we don’t feel peace. But that doesn’t seem like the way it’s supposed to be, does it? Believe it or not, the Bible actually has a lot to say about money. Maybe even more surprising, Jesus taught a few lessons on the subject! As we look this week at a parable He shared with His followers in the book of Matthew, we’ll see that we may not always have a choice about how much money we own. But we always have the choice to own gratitude as our attitude in response.

Own It: Week 2   June 25   Discussion Questions

SCRIPTURE   “The earnings of the godly enhance their lives, but evil people squander their money on sin” (Proverbs 10:16 NLT).

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money” (Matthew 6:24 NIV).

BOTTOM LINE: You can own money, but it doesn’t have to own you.

SUMMARY  Have you ever felt owned by something with no power to fight back? Being owned or controlled by money—or the lack of it—can feel a lot like this. The truth is, all of us have felt powerless when it comes to money at some point in our lives. Because of that, we tend to believe that if we just had more money, we’d somehow be more powerful and have more control. But in reality, while money can be a powerful tool, the real power doesn’t lie in the money itself; the real power belongs to us—the people using the tool. This week we’ll turn to words from Solomon, the richest and wisest king in the Old Testament. Through his words in Proverbs, we’ll see that it’s not the amount of money we do or don’t have that gives us power, it’s the way we use and understand it that gives us the power to be free.

Through The Darkness: Series Overview

Have you ever turned on the news only to wish you hadn’t? Or answered a phone call only to wish you could un-hear the news on the other end? Whether it’s a global disaster, a school shooting, our parents’ divorce, or the death of a friend, there’s nothing fun about tragedy. It can make us feel like we’re walking around in total darkness—where nothing seems quite right and there are more questions than answers. What do we say? What do we do? What happens next? And, how long will it take before things go back to normal? At some point, we‘ll all find ourselves in or around a tragedy, but being there doesn’t mean we have to stay there. There’s a way through the darkness to the other side, to healing—and we’ll get there by trusting the One who is leading us.

Through The Darkness: Week 1  July 9  Discussion Questions

SCRIPTURE  When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” (John 11:33-36 NIV).

BOTTOM LINE: Before you can heal, you have to feel.

SUMMARY  We’re all going to find ourselves facing tragedy at some point during our lives. We’re all going to walk through seasons of darkness. And when we do, it’s important to know how to respond. While most of us are taught what to do with the good things in life, very few of us are taught what to do in the face of tragedy. And because of that, we often find ourselves covering it up, lashing out, or ignoring it all together. But what if there was a better way to deal with tragedy? The good new is that there is, and it’s found in the Bible. The Bible not only shares stories of people just like us facing tragedy, but also shows us how to face it and move toward healing. This week we’ll take a look at how Jesus walked with and responded to someone going through a serious tragedy. Through that story we’ll discover that the first step toward healing is acknowledging our feelings.

Through The Darkness: Week 2  July 16 Discussion Questions

SCRIPTURE  Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God” (Ruth 1:16 NIV).

BOTTOM LINE: When it comes to tragedy, be a friend not a fixer.

SUMMARY  When it comes to tragedy, there’s often a ripple effect. Some people are directly impacted by a tragic event or circumstance, and the ripples of that tragedy impact those around them. Being caught in the ripples of someone going through the darkness can be difficult and confusing. It can leave you feeling incredibly helpless, wondering what to say, what to do, and how to best be a friend to them in the midst of their darkness. Ruth, a woman who walked alongside a friend in the midst of terrible tragedy, gives us a great example to follow in the Old Testament. As we watch how she walked with a friend through the darkness, we’ll see that sometimes the key to responding to the ripples of tragedy isn’t really about fixing the problem, but sitting with them in the midst of it instead.

Through The Darkness: Week 3 July 23 Discussion Questions

SCRIPTURE  What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all. (Romans 8:31-32a NIV).

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39 NIV).

BOTTOM LINE: Nothing can pull you from a God who loves you.

SUMMARY  Sometimes struggling through the darkness can feel a lot like floating out to sea. We feel hopeless, adrift, disconnected, and out of control. It leaves us looking for anything to hold us steady—an anchor to keep us from getting lost in the sea of darkness. And while we might hope that anchor would be God, sometimes tragedy leaves us wondering if God is even with us anymore. The apostle Paul had reason to feel the very same way. He faced hardship, suffering, and loss throughout his life and ministry, yet somehow managed to never lose his anchor of faith in God. As we look at what Paul tells us about finding faith in the midst of the darkness, we’ll see that there’s no amount of tragedy that can separate us from the God who loved us enough to experience it here on Earth alongside us.