Vista GO | Neighbor

Jesus gave us a simple, revolutionary plan to change the world: love your neighbor. When we love our neighbor, we love God, and we cannot love God without loving our neighbor.

  1. Do you know your neighbors? Like do you really know them? If yes, talk about what meeting and building a relationship with your neighbors was like. If no, what obstacles do you see preventing you from building a relationship with your neighbors?

  2. What do you think about the statement, “God hasn’t called us to love the whole world, but to faithfully love the people in front of us”? What would living that out look like in your life?

  3. Do you find that it is easier to “love everyone from a distance” than love the people in close proximity to you? Why might this be so?

  4. What do you see as potential opportunities for you to engage your neighbors this year?

  5. Do you feel comfortable sharing your faith with other people (such as your neighbors)? How can our group help each other to grow in our ability to share our faith with others?

Advent | Week 2 - Christ coming into our hearts

At Christmas, we celebrate an Advent (coming) that has already happened. As believers, we also look forward to a day when Christ will come again in the future. But there's another Advent that's happening right now, and that's the advent of Christ into our hearts/lives. Ultimately, from the moment we take our first breath to the moment we take our last, Christ is after our hearts. And when He comes into our hearts he wants to completely change us in some really beautiful ways if we'll let Him.

Small Group Discussion Questions

Advent (Part II) - Christ coming into our hearts

Text:  I Peter 2:4-5, Revelation 3:20

1.  As we’ve said over and over… "more than anything else, God is after our hearts.”  Do you remember what it was like when you first opened your heart to Christ?  Can you describe how that felt and what difference it has made?

2.  What are the marks of someone who’s heart fully belongs to the Lord?  How do you know if your heart really belongs to Him?

3.  Going off of the metaphor, “my heart is a home,” or “my life is a house.” - Some people seem to just want a “living room Jesus.”  What does that mean?  What’s the problem with that?  Is that enough?  

4.  When Jesus comes into our hearts/lives he begins the often painful work of changing us.  Can you think of an example of Jesus bringing about some significant (maybe even painful) change in a specific area of your life?  How did it happen?  How did it go?  What has been the result?

5.  Do you think Jesus can be Savior without being Lord?

6.  Going along with our action step this week… what area(s) of your life do you find most difficult to surrender (hand over) to Jesus?  What closets in the house that is your life do you really not want Jesus medaling in? How can you begin to give Him control in those areas?

Worship| Week 1

In John 4 Jesus is having a conversation with a Samaritan woman and as they talk, the conversation turns to worship. These few verses are the most explicit teaching that we have from Jesus on what true worship is to be. Jesus tells her that true worshippers will worship in "spirit and in truth." But what does that mean and how do we do that?

Small Group Discussion Questions
Topic:  Worship
Text: John 4:19-24, Psalm 103:1, John 17:17

1.  When you first hear the word “Worship” what do you typically think of?  Why?

2.  Why is it important to consistently worship corporately (or together) with the church?  Can’t we just worship on our own?  

3.  If worship is primarily about what we give rather than what we get, then how does that effect/change the way we prepare ourselves for worship?  What are some things we can do to prepare ourselves for worship?

4.  As discussed in the sermon… the Samaritans tended to worship in spirit, but lacked knowledge of the truth.  The Jews, on the other hand, knew the truth, but lacked any spirit in their worship.  Do you think people today tend to lean one way or the other in their worship?  What about you?  Personally, do you tend to lean more to the spirit of the truth side in worship?  What can you/we do to maintain the proper balance that God is looking for in our worship?

5.  The action step this week is to read Psalm 100 each day (either individually or as a family).  Would anyone want to share about how that’s going?  Any stories of reading it together as a family?  Do you feel like it helps focus your heart each day on worship?

Storytime| Week 4 - Jonah and the big fish

The popular Old Testament story of Jonah and the big fish teaches us a lot about God's heart towards people... including people we might think of as enemies. Jonah wanted to follow God, but he wanted to follow God on his own terms. The minute God wanted Jonah to do something that Jonah disagreed with, Jonah was angry. Jonah wanted God's grace, mercy, and love for himself, but he wanted the people of Nineveh to get what they deserved. How often are we like Jonah? How can we begin to have the same heart for people that God does?

Storytime| Week 3 - Daniel and the Lion's Den

Daniel was a truly virtuous man. He displayed character and integrity as a leader in the civic/political arena while working for pagan rulers. His life can teach us a lot about how to live on mission when our circumstances and surroundings aren't ideal. He also teaches us a lot about how to stand firm in our faith in the midst of a Godless world.