Rooted

Root Your Life In Jesus

Beyond a program, seminar, or bible study, Rooted is a catalyst for life change. Rooted inspires questions and conversations, teaches seven key rhythms, and allows for impactful group experiences designed to help you find yourself in God’s story. You will begin to see God in new ways and hear His voice in surprising places. The word “radical” comes from the Latin root “radix,” meaning “a root.” By rooting ourselves in God’s Word and His truths, we have a firm foundation on which we love the world. Through this experience, we hope you will be emboldened to live out your calling as a radical follower of Jesus. 

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Become a disciple


Rooted is an important step for those interested in connecting at Faith. It is an interactive 10-week journey in which groups gather weekly to talk about what God has been revealing to each member through weekly readings, journal entries, and prayer. You will take part in a prayer experience and a serve experience specific to your group. You'll discover your spiritual gifts and tackle some tough questions. Participants will also learn from one another as the Holy Spirit works to comfort, encourage, and guide each person. Rooted is a necessary step for those who wish to become a Faith member or to be a leader at Faith.

Discipleship Conversation QUESTIONS

 

Why is the Church Important? - October 23

For Adult Homes and Groups

1. In your group, discuss what each of you think is the purpose of the Church, to include specifically Faith Oakville.
2. How does the purpose of Sunday morning worship complement/compare/contrast the purpose of the Church?
3. Have you ever attended a funeral for someone for whom there was a lot of evidence of faith (e.g. faithful worship, praying, sharing their faith, serving etc.)? If so, how did the evidence of their faith change the tenor of the funeral and/or the grieving process?
4. Knowing that all of us, regardless of how much or little evidence of faith there is in our lives, are all at the mercy of an all-loving God... how do you provide hope or comfort to the family of a person who died without having attended church in a long time?
5. Pray for specific people that have little evidence of faith, praying that Jesus would be the object of their faith, helping grow their belief even in the presence of unbelief.


For Families with Kids

1. Read Hebrews 10:24-25 with your family.
2. What is your favorite thing about church?
3. Do you feel like you belong at our church? Why or why not?
4. Why is church important?
5. Bonus Activity: Pray for God to show your family one person that you could invite to church this week.

 

Why and How Should I Tell Others? - October 16

For Adult Homes and Groups

1. Read Acts 1:1-8.
2. Who is one person whose story inspires you and why?
3. Did that person’s story involve struggle or overcoming obstacles?
4. Can you think of one Biblical character (apart from Jesus) whose story doesn’t include flaws? What do you think that says about who God can use to impact people?
5. Knowing that God can use broken people, who needs to hear your story this week that you can share with?


For Families with Kids

1. What is one of your favorite stories of all time? Why do you like that story?
2. If someone asked you what the Gospel is, would you be comfortable sharing that story? Why or why not?
3. Why is it important that the people in your life know the Gospel?
4. Bonus Activity: Brainstorm a list of people who you think might not have heard the Gospel. Be on the lookout for times when God might be leading you to share the greatest story ever with those people!

 

How Does God View Money? - October 9

For Adult Homes and Groups

Read 1 Timothy 6: 6-19. Within a group with whom you are comfortable being somewhat vulnerable, discuss the following…

1. What is one of the best decisions you have ever made regarding money?
2. What is one of the worst decisions you have made regarding money?
3. In what ways might it sometimes feel like your money owns you?
4. What are the most important things that parents should teach their children about money?
5. What would your past finances indicate is the higher priority: saving, spending on self, or generosity?
6. Identify and share with the group what might be a faithful next step regarding management of your finances.


For Families with Kids

1. Have everyone share about the best gift they’ve ever been given. 
2. What is something God has given you?
3. Other than money, what is something you have that you can give? 
4. Bonus Activity: This week, find a way to give as a family. Remember, giving can be more than money! You can give through money, time, and service.

 

Gifted to Serve - October 2

For Adult Homes, Groups, and Families with Kids

1. Read 1 Corinthians 12:4-11.
2. Ask everyone to share a story of a time when they recently helped someone else.
3. Now discuss some follow up questions. Adjust the wording as necessary for kids.
• What did it cost them to help? Time? Money? Emotional currency?
• Why did they make the sacrifice to help despite the costs?
• In what ways were they blessed by serving?
4. Is there a need outside of the group with which you can help individually or collectively? Discuss as a group.
5. Pray for God to create in each person a love of serving others.

How to Make the Most of your Life - Part 1 - SEPTEMBER 25

For Adult Homes and Groups

4 Steps for Creating Space for what Matters
“The solution to an overly busy life is not more time. It’s to slow down and simplify our lives around what really matters.” - Ruthless Elimination of Hurry
Talk with your family or a friend about how you will put one of these ideas into practice this week.
1. Say no to something
2. Say less to something
3. Say more to something
4. Say yes to something

For Families with Kids

1. What’s something you wish we had more time to do together?
2. Do you think we’re spending enough time in God’s Word as a family?
3. If not, what can we get rid of so that we can prioritize that time together?

 

There is an Enemy - SEPTEMBER 18

For Adult Homes and Groups

1. Ask the group… Have you ever watched a movie or read a book that had a satanic or demonic element to the plot? If so, share with the group the overall story.
2. How did you feel after watching the movie or reading the book? Did any part of it scare you? If so, what aspect of it was scary to you and why?
3. Read the scriptures that were handed out with the message (or download them here). How do these scriptures confirm your fears? Discuss how these scriptures combat our fears.
4. Ask the group if there is anyone who is dealing with any specific darkness in their life right now. Take time to pray over and with that person and for God to defend the person in whatever battle they are facing.


For Families with Kids

1. Read Psalm 18:30 with your family.
2. Have everyone share about a lie they have believed.
3. Sometimes, believing lies causes fear. For example, you might wrongly believe there is a monster under the bed, or that if you mess up while giving a speech, everyone will laugh at you. The devil wants us to believe those lies, but God’s Word shows us the truth! Can you think of a Bible verse or story that helps you fight fear?
4. Bonus Activity: This week, play a game of flashlight tag! Afterward, discuss Psalm 119:105. How is God’s Word like a light?

 

Where is God in the midst of suffering? - SEPTEMBER 11

For Adult Homes and Groups
Below is an outline of today’s message. Share within your group some life experiences you have had that demonstrate the truth of these statements.

Message Outline:
• We suffer: There are things that cause us to be anxious.
- Suffering is a part of everyday life.
- Suffering robs us of peace.
- Suffering is not distributed equally.
• An all-powerful God loves you: We can prayerfully trust God with our suffering.
• We live in the tension of those two truths: You can have peace.

For Families with Kids
1. Share something that worries you about the future.
2. Do you know that God is in control of your present and your future? How does this change your fear?
3. Read Philippians 4:6-7 together. For younger children, you may need to summarize the verse.
4. When you’re worried, do you think to pray? If not, how can you be reminded to do so?
5. This week, listen to a song called “Already There” by Casting Crowns. Can you relate to the lyrics? What’s the source of hope in this song?

How Does God Speak to Us? - SEPTEMBER 4

For Adult Homes and Groups
This week we are encouraging everyone to pray the Lord’s Prayer, but pause to ponder each petition. As you will see, there is some alliteration with P’s...

PRAISE: “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name”
PRIORITIES: “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
PROVISIONS: “Give us this day our daily bread.”
PEOPLE RELATIONSHIPS: “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
PERSUASION: “And lead us not into temptation”
PROTECTION: “But deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory forever and ever. Amen.”

For Families with Kids
This week, we challenge you to do three different prayers from the Rooted Prayer Books that your child received during Kids Church. If you don’t have a Rooted Prayer Book, we are happy to give you one!

The Journey and Destination of Scripture - August 28

For Adult Homes, Groups, and Families with Kids
1. Read Luke 24:13-35. If you have young children, use the ICB or another kid-friendly translation.
2. Without looking at your Bible, list as many big or small stories from the Old Testament as your group can brainstorm (creation, the fall, David and Goliath, etc.).
3. Whether you wrote down three things or 30 things, try and put them in chronological order as best you can remember. Don’t worry about checking for accuracy.
4. Following along with the events, draw a line that shows how the trajectory changes with each event, making the line go higher for “good” events and making the line go lower for “bad” events. (For example, the line should start being really high since creation was “very good.”)
5. Once you have the line completed, what is the overall trajectory of things after creation? Up? Steeply up? Down? Steeply down?
6. Now add the following five events to the end of the list and extend the line accordingly: (1) Jesus’ birth, (2) Jesus’ death, (3) Jesus’ resurrection, (4) Jesus’ ascension, (5) Jesus’ future return.
7. How did that change the trajectory of things?
8. Does it feel like Jesus had that same impact on the trajectory of your life?
9. Pray and thank God that the story did not end before Jesus.

Connect with God, the Church, and your Purpose - August 21

For Adult Homes or Groups
1. Read John 17:20-23.
2. The purpose of Rooted is to “Connect with God, the Church, and your purpose.” In your own words, describe what it looks like when someone is connected to any or all of these.
3. What is the relationship between these three connections: God, Church, and purpose? Which connections can lead to others and
how/why? (e.g. Can connecting with your purpose lead to connecting with God or the Church?)
4. Of these three, is there one where your connection is strongest right now? Weakest? What can you do to strengthen that connection?
5. Determine one thing you can do this week to strengthen one of those connections, and then at the end of the week let your group/family know how it felt to strengthen that connection.

For Families with Kids
1. Read John 17:23 with your family.
2. What do you think it means to be “in” Jesus?
3. What does it mean to be brought together as one with other Christians?
4. Do you feel you are connected with others at church? (This may include other kids in Kids Church, the Landing, a small group, etc.). Why or why not?
5. Why is it important to stay connected to God, and how can we connect more with Him?

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