Most small groups are not meeting during the summer months. We will have a SMALL GROUP FALL LAUNCH after all the Masses during the weekend of August 27-28, 2022. Our next message series will begin Labor Day weekend. If you are interested in the small group format, the videos and questions are below from past message series, or contact smallgroups@accboca.net.

This three week message series will lead us into Pentecost.
WEEK 1 VIDEO AND QUESTIONS
1. When you think about the Holy Spirit, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
2. What do the following verses reveal about the Holy Spirit? Genesis 1:2, John 16:7
3. When you consider that the Holy Spirit is God and that He is (a) eternal,(b) all powerful, (c) all knowing, and (d) everywhere present, what does that mean to you?
4. When you consider that the Holy Spirit is a Person, who can be (a) obeyed, (b) lied to, (c) resisted, (d) grieved, (e) quenched, and/or (f) insulted, what comes to your heart and mind? Which one do you struggle with the most?
5. Which “nickname” of the Holy Spirit (Comforter, Helper, Counselor, Paraclete, Advocate, Guide, etc.) do you like the best?
6. What is the most significant thing you learned about the Holy Spirit today?
WEEK 2 VIDEO AND QUESTIONS
  1. Can you relate to having all the pieces of the spiritual or faith puzzle,
    but not knowing how they all fit together?
  2. When you read Acts 1:8, what strikes you about the Holy Spirit and
    the power that is promised?
  3. When you consider all the things the Holy Spirit does (speaks, teaches,
    guides, convicts, commands, helps, performs miracles, regenerates us,
    seals us in Christ, guarantees our inheritance, baptizes us, indwells us,
    fills us, etc.), what are the top two or three things that jump out at you?
  4. We are told in scripture that if we are filled with the Holy Spirit, He will give
    us a hunger for God’s word. Have you ever had “hunger and/or thirst” for
    God’s word?
  5. When you read Ephesians 5:18, what jumps out at you about being filled
    with the Holy Spirit?
  6. According to Acts 1:8, the Holy Spirit will give us the power to be a witness
    for Jesus. Who would you like the Holy Spirit to give you the courage and power to witness to?
WEEK 3 VIDEO AND QUESTIONS
  1. Which one of the hindrances to being filled with the Holy Spirit resonatedmost with you? Why?
    (a) lack of knowledge (b) pride (c) fear of man
    (d) worldly mindedness (e) lack of faith
  2. Which of the keys, to being filled with the Holy Spirit, challenges you the most?
    (a) desire to live a life that pleases God (b) willingness to fully surrender
    your life to Jesus (c) confessing every sin the Holy Spirit calls toyour mind and a willingness to change
  3. In the “Command” in Ephesians 5:18, what other things do we fill ourselves
    with other than the Holy Spirit?
  4. What do you think about the “Promise” in 1 John 5:14-15 as it relatesto being filled with the Holy Spirit?
    And this is the confidence that we have toward God, that if we ask anything
    according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever
    we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him.
  5. Which of the “Circles” that Frank shared spoke the most to you? Why?
  6. What is the most significant thing you learned about during this series?
    (a) who the Holy Spirit is (b) what the Holy Spirit does (c) how to be
    filled with the Holy Spirit?
  7. We would like to close our time together with the suggested prayer of faith that Gayle shared at the end of today’s video. Let’s pray.

Father, I need you. I have sinned against you and I
thank you that you have forgiven my sins through
Jesus’ death and resurrection on the cross.
Jesus, I need you. Thank you for taking the cost of
my sin and I invite you to take control of my life.
Holy Spirit, I need you. In faith I ask you to fill me and
equip me to live a life that would bear Your fruit.
Veni Sancti Spiritus – Come Holy Spirit
Amen

We love the brand new – new clothes, new gear, the new car smell. Two-thousand years ago Jesus rose from the dead and that means there is the power for each of us to be made brand new. To be made new we must believe in that power and open up ourselves to receive it. In this series we will look at how to tap into the power of the resurrection so that we can have a new life in Christ. 

BRAND NEW – WEEK ONE

  1. Is there a brand new thing that you love? Why do you love it?
  2. Where do you feel like life is old and stale and you need it to be made new?
  3. Read aloud 2 Corinthians 5:17. What are your thoughts or reactions to this verse?
    What does it mean to you to be a new creation?
  4. What do you want to be made new in your person? A New mind? A new heart? A
    new spirit?
  5. What would you like to learn or get out of this series?

BRAND NEW – WEEK TWO

  1. What are some ways people in society conform to the world? How about your
    friends?
  2. What are some common toxic habits of our minds?
  3. Which one of these habits is most troubling for you: the comparison trap,
    negative self talk, gaining worth from money/stuff/looks/power?
  4. “The mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” What habits in your life need
    to change to allow the Spirit to govern your mind? What would be the benefits
    of having your mind governed by the spirit? How would it affect your daily life?
  5. When Paul says the “flesh,” what do you understand that to be? What’s the danger
    in it (since “a mind governed by flesh is death”)?
  6. Do you really believe a mind governed by the Spirit will bring you peace?
    In your dream scenario, what does that peace look like? How would your life be different?

BRAND NEW – WEEK THREE

  1. Describe someone you know that has a joyful, peaceful and/or generous spirit.
  2. Describe someone you know that has a negative, fearful spirit.
  3. Kelly said that your spirit integrates all other parts of the body, mind, and heart.
    The spirit then guides us towards a way of seeing life, towards a way of
    making decisions and interacting with others. What are some words (positive
    or negative) that describe your spirit?
  4. Our flesh and our spirit are constantly battling. Describe how your flesh and
    spirit battle each other in a particular situation. Who wins? How often?
  5. Read Galatians 5:22-23. Which fruit of the spirit do you need or want the most?
    How will you work on that this week?

BRAND NEW – WEEK FOUR

  1. The heart was defined as our executive center. What are your thoughts on that
    definition of the heart?
  2. Different maladies or problems in our heart were mentioned, which one do you feel
    like you need to root out?
  3. Read aloud Ezekiel 36:26 When are the situations that you can have a heart of
    stone? Why does that ultimately not work for us?
  4. What would it look for God to give you a new heart? What would it be like to have a
    heart of flesh?
  5. What would it look over the next 24 hours for you to do God’s will and not your will?

BRAND NEW – WEEK FIVE

  1. Who are some people you know are stuck in the past? Why are people tempted
    to stay there?
  2. On a scale of 1-5, how much do you trust and believe God to bring about a new
    thing in your life? Why do you answer as you do?
  3. Why are we tempted to think God only worked in the past but won’t work in
    the present?
  4. Read aloud Isaiah 43:19. Where do you want a new thing to happen
    but need God to make a way in the wilderness or a river in the desert?
  5. What one lesson have you learned or change have you made as a result of this series?

Below are previous small group message series videos and discussion questions.

Confessions of a Control Freak Week 1

  1. What are your initial thoughts about the “Confessions of a Control Freak” series?
  2. Are you already aware of your tendency to be controlling in certain areas or is it a
    stretch for you to believe that you might be a control freak?
  3. There is definitely an upside to controlling some things in life. What are the pros
    and cons of being a control freak?
  4. Putting yourself in the shoes of Peter, what do you think it would be like for Peter
    to enter the house of a Gentile when all his life he had been taught not to? Do
    you think this series might stretch you to do something you’ve never done
    before?
  5. What would you like to get out of this series? Write it down. There is typically a
    cost or need to give up something in order to gain something else. How can your group be praying for you to grow in this area?

Confessions of a Control Freak Week 2

  1. What are some classic characteristics of a “control freak” as it relates to tasks?
  2. Have you been a control freak in any task or project recently?
  3. How does it feel to be working alongside a control freak?
  4. Describe the balance of accomplishing a task and not controlling it.
  5. What does Jesus mean in Mark 10:43a “But it shall not be so among you.”
  6. How does surrender to God happen when trying to see a project through?
  7. Share your thoughts on: “But whoever would be great among you must be your
    servant…” Mark 10:43b
  8. Describe a time when you surrendered a task to God.

Confessions of a Control Freak Week 3

  1. Do you consider yourself to be a control freak when it comes to what others think of
    you? On a scale from 1-10, how tightly are you holding on to your image?
  2. We all want to be liked, to be well thought-of, to be popular with people that we love
    (and maybe some that we don’t). Name a few ways that you attempt to control your
    image or control what others think of you.
  3. In what area of your life are you most tempted to try to control what others think? Is it
    a social circle? Work? Around other parents or grandparents? Why?
  4. In the message, Kelly mentioned that controlling our image comes down to two
    things – fear and pride. What are you afraid of when it come to your popularity? What
    is the biggest source of pride in your life?
  5. Read Mark 13:13. Tell about a time you felt hated because of your faith in Jesus
    Christ. What do you think about the idea that a true Christian cannot be popular?
  6. Read James 4:4. How does our friendship with the world put us in danger with our
    faith?

Confessions of a Control Freak Week 4

  1. Would you describe yourself as a person who controls others or do you tend to be
    controlled?
  2. How did the religious leaders try to control people in the Old Testament?
  3. Take a look at the 10 Commandments in Deuteronomy 5:6-21, which commandments
    refer to our relationship with God, and which to one another?
  4. What is the greatest commandment? Deuteronomy 6:1-9
  5. How can ‘You love your neighbor as yourself’?
  6. Do you believe God has a unique plan for you, that is different than anyone else?
    Why or why not?
  7. What does it mean to surrender a relationship to God? How do you do it and not
    control it?
  8. Is there a relationship you need to surrender to God? If you’re comfortable, share
    who and take time to pray as a group.

Confessions of a Control Freak Week Five

  1. On a scale of 1-5, how much are you a control freak about money? One means it is
    not a problem at all and 5 means you are a total control freak. Why do you answer as
    you do?
  2. Has there ever been a time where you felt powerless because you didn’t have
    enough money? When was that? How does that impact your attitude towards money
    now?
  3. When do you find it easy to give? When do you find it to be a challenge?
  4. How does giving money to God show our faith and trust in him?
  5. When have you given money away and been glad you did?
  6. How do you review your giving?
  7. Why does Jesus praise the widow for her giving? What does that teach us about how
    he wants us to give?

Confessions of a Control Freak Week Six

  1. What environments, programs or habits have helped you grow closer to Jesus?
  2. What areas of your life do you find it easy to trust Jesus with? What areas do you
    struggle with?
  3. When would you say your faith in Jesus became personal and your own?
  4. Who of your family, friends, and co-workers needs a relationship with Jesus? How are
    you investing in them right now?
  5. What are your thoughts on Wow 1? What can you do when you come to Mass in your
    ministry to make Wow 1 a reality?
  6. Of the goals mentioned in the video, which ones most excite you or interest you?

  1. In what areas of your life do you feel like you have enough or are doing enough? Why
    do you believe those areas are in good shape?
  2. Is there an area or areas of your life where you don’t feel like you have enough, or you
    are doing enough? If so, what are they? If not tell, the rest of us your secret.
  3. Where do you feel the most pressure from others to have or do enough? Where do you
    feel the most internal pressure to have or do enough?
  4. Read aloud. 1 Kings 19:11-12. Where do you go to hear the still, small voice of God?
    What do you do to position yourself to hear from God?
  5. As we begin this series, are there any hopes or expectations you have for the series?
    What do you hope to get out of it?

Week Two

  1. If enough isn’t our goal in life, why do we so often make it our goal or focus?
  2. What does following Jesus look like to you? If someone asked you how do you follow
    Jesus, what would you say?
  3. Would you describe your relationship with Jesus as a personal one? If so, what makes it
    personal?
  4. Psalm 23 speaks of “paths of righteousness.” How does this help free us from
    perfectionism or thinking that we have to follow perfectly?
  5. Read aloud Psalm 23:5. What images come to your mind as you read that verse? What is the promise for you personally?

Week Three

  1. On a scale of 1-5, how difficult do you find it to ask God for help? 1 means you find it
    easy to ask for help. 5 means it is difficult for you.
  2. Have you ever asked for help and been rejected or told, no? How does this impact our
    ability or desire to ask for help?
  3. Where is there not enough of something in your life? Where are you struggling to have
    enough, do enough or be enough? What do need to ask God to provide for you?
  4. Dallas Willard writes, “God does not give us what we need without being asked.” What
    is your reaction to that statement?
  5. When have you asked God for something, and he gave it to you? When have you asked,
    and he didn’t? How have you interpreted why God provided in one case and did not
    provide in the other?

Week Four

  1. Do you resonate with the good deeds verse bad deeds mentality? Why or why not?
  2. Who do you identify with in Luke 18, the religious leader or tax collector? Why?
  3. Who are you tempted to compare yourself to? What affect does comparison have on
    us?
  4. Why is Jesus and living in him enough for God? How does believing this help us get rid
    of the concern of being “good enough” for God?
  5. What is God’s position? What is man’s condition? What is God’s provision?

Week Five

  1. On a scale of 1-5, how difficult do you find it to ask others for help? 1 means you find it
    easy to ask for help. 5 means it is really difficult for you.
  2. Is there an area of your life where you feel like Elijah that you are overwhelmed and
    battling all on your own? Work? Family? Finances? Another Area?
  3. Who are the people God has already put around you that help you? If you don’t know
    who can help you, have you prayed and asked God to send people to help you?
  4. Where do you feel like you don’t have enough knowledge or resources? How can this
    group help you?
  5. Immediately following a great victory, Elijah became depressed because he wore
    himself out and shut others out, which of these two are you more likely to do?
  6. As we wrap up, what has been your biggest insight or lesson you have learned from
    this series.