Cypress Groups

 

Group Norms

 

Be courageous, compassionate and connected
Be a listener
Eliminate judgement, advice giving, and interrupting
It’s okay to say “pass” on a question
Honor time. Time frame is about 45 minutes (give or take 15). Anything more is “meeting after the meeting”. 

Grounded

Sunday, May 12 - Out With The Old

Summary

Eric's message titled “Out With the Old” from the "Grounded" series reflects on the complications we add to life and faith. Using his personal experience of a complex move, he parallels this with the Galatians' struggles with legalism and hypocrisy. Paul's letter to the Galatians clarifies that true faith is a simple, transformative union with Christ, not dependent on works or rituals. Eric challenges listeners to identify and surrender parts of their lives that hinder their new life in Christ, encouraging them to trust Jesus for transformation. The key takeaway is embracing new life by dying to the old self through faith.

Discussion

NOTE: Don’t feel the pressure to ask all of these questions. You may want to prioritize which ones you think will generate the most discussion within your group. 

 

READ: Galatians 2:15-21


1. Reflecting on Legalism and Hypocrisy:
How does Eric illustrate legalism and hypocrisy through the example of the Galatians' struggle and Peter's actions?
Can you identify areas in your life where legalism (right behavior with wrong beliefs) or hypocrisy (right beliefs with wrong behavior) may be present?


2. Understanding the Gospel Simplified:
What is the core message of the Gospel according to Paul in Galatians, and why is it essential to grasp this simplicity?
How might we complicate or add to the Gospel message in our own lives or churches today?


3. Dying to the Old Self:
What does it mean practically to "die to the old self" as Eric describes it?
Can you share an example of an area in your life where you need to surrender the old self to fully embrace new life in Christ?


4. Living by Faith in Christ:
How does Paul's statement "I live by faith in the Son of God" (Galatians 2:20) challenge our understanding of Christian living?
In what ways can we practically live out this faith on a daily basis, relying on Christ's life within us?


Application and Next Steps:
Based on the teaching, what specific part of your life needs to be "put to death" in order to live more fully into the new life in Christ?
How can the group support each other in trusting Jesus with these areas and taking practical steps towards transformation?

Grounded

Sunday, May 5 - Galatians 1

Summary

The teaching series "Grounded" delves into the book of Galatians, a letter from Paul addressing misconceptions about the Good News of Jesus. The teaching focused on Galatians 1:6-12. Paul confronts the belief that one must become Jewish, including male circumcision, to follow Jesus. The teaching contrasts Jesus' gospel (using Mark 10:17-22) with modern misinterpretations of the gospel: the Evangelical, which emphasizes belief for salvation without discipleship; the Prosperity Gospel, promising health, wealth, and success; and the Social Gospel, focusing on liberation from societal constraints. Ultimately, the true Good News, according to Jesus, is the arrival of God's kingdom and its availability to us through repentance, belief, and surrendering our kingdoms to God and co-leading alongside Jesus in His Kingdom.

Discussion

NOTE: Don’t feel the pressure to ask all of these questions. You may want to prioritize which ones you think will generate the most discussion within your group. 

 

Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. The time has come, he said. The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news. Mark 1:14-15

 

In what ways do modern interpretations of the gospel, such as the Evangelical, Prosperity, and Social Gospels, reflect or diverge from the teachings of Jesus?

 

How can we actively participate in bringing about God's kingdom on earth, and what implications does this have for our daily lives and communities?

 

How do you personally relate to the idea of "rethinking everything" in light of Jesus' gospel, and what areas of your life or beliefs might need reconsideration?

 

The teaching emphasizes the idea of heaven coming into us rather than us going to heaven. How does this perspective reshape our understanding of salvation and the purpose of our lives?

 

Jesus states in John 17:3 that eternal life is knowing God and his Son Jesus. How does that relate to your idea or cultures idea of eternal life?

 

In what practical ways can we engage more deeply with Jesus' gospel of love, transformation, and service in our individual lives and within our church communities? Co-leading alongside God in His Kingdom