Know The Series
The gap between where we are and where we want to be can seem like an ocean. Here’s the good news: the bridge was built before you ever thought about taking the first step. Going the Distance alone is impossible—come learn about the one who paved your way.
Guest speaker, John Gray, will talk about these themes:
Week One: Going the Distance. This message is based around Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane from Matthew 26:36-39. God sent His only Son to Earth to close the gap between us and the Father. This message will examine the sacrifice Jesus made and uncover truths from His last few days about Going the Distance. Heads up, John Gray makes a big deal of community with others!
Week Two: No Words Needed. John will preach from the story of Jesus at the Pharisees’ table from Luke 7:36-50. He tackles the difference between relationship and religion and uses powerful stories to help us recognize the ways we’re stuck in the latter. Faith isn’t just saying the right things—or just doing them either. It’s living to worship our Savior.
Talk It Over
Just trust us, John Gray is going to give us plenty to talk about. We’ll gather the most poignant themes and provoking questions for you at life.church/talkitover. Come back each week to pick and choose the right questions for your group. Or, sign up today to get the Talk It Over emailed to you weekly.
The Bible Plan
John Gray’s messages will highlight some things you’ve never noticed about what Christ did for us through His life, death, and resurrection. Challenge your group to start reading a Bible Plan about the story of Easter. Here’s a great Bible Plan to read together.
Did you start a Short-term LifeGroup during Twisted that’s still meeting? Hold on a second, we’re pausing for a standing ovation. Okay, we’re back. Maybe you’re a group that’s been meeting like for-e-ver. You get one too. Either way, these two weeks will create discussions that will shape your group from here on out. Be ready to talk about healthy relationships, grace, loving those who are hard to love, and Going the Distance to walk out your faith. Here are some ideas for your group.
- Watch the Life.Church Facebook page for short clips from John Gray’s messages and pick a couple to watch as a group.
- As a leader, read the Scripture for each message every day leading up to the message. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you how to live it out. Then, when you gather, challenge your group to do the same.
- Think about this question as it relates to your group, “What do we need to change to get from here to there?” And this one, “What does ‘there’ look like for our group?”
During this series, think about encouraging every member of your group to invite one person they know to a service or your LifeGroup. Also, as usual, invite your friends on social media!
Series promos, message excerpts, and more are available at the Life.Church YouTube Channel.