What does a name represent to you? How did you get your name?
How does a name inspire someone to something better?
Would you like to change your name? Why or why not?
What does the renaming of our church mean to you?
March 11, 2018
Do you see yourself as a welcoming person? Welcoming to who?
Do you think hospitality is a spiritual discipline? If so, how do you practice this in your life as a reflection of your faith?
Is Southport a welcoming place? Do we welcome those who are not familiar to us?
What does it mean to show hospitality to our enemies?
March 4, 2018
"Should I Give Up Something for Lent?"
Do you give up something for Lent? Why or why not?
If so, what is it about giving up that helps you grow in your faith journey?
Are their disciplines that have become a part of your life because of giving up something during Lent?
What are some of the spiritual disciplines you practice throughout the year? How do they help you in your faith journey?
February 25, 2018
"Rethinking the Great Commission" (Kyrmen Rea)
Have you ever experienced a conversation in which someone tried to share their faith or beliefs with you in a way that felt pushy or manipulative? What about the encounter made you uncomfortable?
Even after seeing the resurrected Jesus, some of the disciples still had doubts. Can faith exist alongside doubt?
Do the folks with whom you spend time (at work, school, social activities) know that you are a follower of Jesus? How do they know? If they don’t, why not?
Who are the “Gentiles” in your life – those who are different from you with whom you need to be in relationship?
February 18, 2018
"What does the Bible say about wealth?"
What does it mean to be a cheerful giver?
Why do you think generosity is a spiritual gift?
When you give, how does it make you feel?
Do you believe that personal security separates us from God? Is so, why do we spend so much time pursuing it?
Do you have trust that God will provide for your needs?
February 14, 2018 (Ash Wednesday)
"Why We Need Ash Wednesday" (Kyrmen Rea)
February 11, 2018
"Created in the Image of God"
Where do you see God most easily in today’s world?
Are people basically good or evil? How did the Roman Catholic church see this and how did the Celts see this?
Is God immediately available to us in his world or out there at a distance? Does your view have implications for “free will”?
If this world is sacred as the Celts believed, how does that change the way we live in it?
February 4, 2018
"The Sky is Falling!"
Do you think the future of the Church is in trouble?
How does the Church need to change to be effective in the world?
Should we be willing to risk whatever it takes to be effective in the community we are called to serve?
Do you believe that God is in charge of the future of the church or do you think we are?
January 28, 2018
"The Pain of Renovation"
January 21, 2018
We seem to be living in a time where action is a virtue and patience is a sign of weakness. Do you agree or disagree with this perception? Why or why not?
What do you do when your prayers seem to go unanswered?
Is the value in waiting for something that does not turn out as you expect/want?
What does our natural impatience say about our relationship with God?
What are things in your life you are waiting on?
January 14, 2018
"Tough Days for Bridge Building"
It is possible to change who we are? Can we truly approach each day and the people we encounter differently?
How do you feel about people who take very different views on social and political issues? Do you even try to engage them in meaningful conversation or do you try to avoid any conversation on the topic? Why?
Who are the Samaritan’s in our world today? And who would you be a Samaritan to?
The poet Markham invites us to consider taking into our circle the people who would keep you out of theirs. Is that really something you would consider and if so, how would you go about doing it?
Would you consider yourself for the most part a bridge builder or a wall builder?
January 7, 2018
"The Unfolding Mystery"
December 31, 2017
"A Time to See Each Other Through"
December 24, 2017 (11pm)
"When Love Was Born"
December 24, 2017 (am)
"Love is . . . "
December 17, 2017
"The Gift of Joy"
December 3, 2017
"Keep Awake!" (Kyrmen Rea)
What comes to mind when you think about the season of Advent?
In what ways do you see Southport participating in the work of Christ in the world?
What are some ways that Southport might work for shalom in our new community and in the wider world?
November 26, 2017
"Dealing with Disappointment"
Do you have disappointments in your life that are influencing the way you approach each day? Is there something you can do to change the situation that you have been reluctant to try?
What are other Biblical stories of disappointment and how do the people involved move beyond them?
In the Moses narrative it seems the Israelites, in spite of their freedom and the promise of a new homeland, became easily disappointed. What is it about people that cause them to look beyond the blessings and see only the areas of disappointment?
In the Moses story it seems that God names Moses/Israelites disappointments as a sin. Do this make sense to you in your understanding of what sin is?
Are there disappointments in your life that have caused you to take a different path? In the long run did it turn out to be a good thing?
November 19, 2017
"We Are Blessed!"
1. We often find ourselves with people who have a different perception of life than we do. And we often note that “Perception is reality.” If this is true, is it truly possible to have helpful conversation with people about life as a blessing, when all they see is the world stacked against them?
2. Thomas Jefferson saw the offering of thanksgiving to God, in the form of a national holiday, as inappropriate in a nation who operates, theoretically at least, with the principle of the separation of church and state. Do you think he had/has a valid point?
3. Who are people that have inspired you to see life as a blessing? Are their people who you have inspired to do the same?
November 12, 2017
Discussion on Gun Control
November 5, 2017
"This I Believe"
What do you believe and why?
How do you engage others in thoughtful conversations about your beliefs and their beliefs? Challenge: Do this more often! It’s great to hear and learn from one another.
How can you believe in something without having firm proof that it is real? Is it foolish to believe in things we can’t see?
What is God to you?
What is the most important thing about your faith? What is the most important thing about your faith community? Why are you a part of SCC? If you are willing to share, Shannon would especially be interested in hearing your answer to this question!