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Facilitators Guide for the Week of October 20-26 This week we learned about the invitation all Christians

have to be All-In on the Ultimate Journey. This is the greatest of endeavors we can pursue, and though it may seem overwhelming, ultimately we will be glad we took God at His invitation and experienced His grace along the way. Connecting Question Have everyone in the group tell a childhood story where you overcame a fear, and share how it turned out. The goal here is to get people sharing stories where they took a risk and faced a fear, and once they did, they realized the risk paid off. For Every-Other Week Groups In last weeks sermon titled Outward Bound we learned that the Ultimate Journey changes our primary focus from me to others as we see that one of the most profound ways we grow and experience God is through serving others and showing them Christs love. Have someone in the group read John 13:1-17. Re-read verse 5. How does the issue of Identity relate to us having an outward focus in our lives? In what ways can you identify with Peter in this story? What are the different ways that we can practice foot washing as a group?

All In Romans 12:1-2 In this past Sundays sermon, we learned from Romans 12:1-2 what it means to commit to being All-In on the Ultimate Journey, and why that ongoing commitment is important for our forward momentum. What barriers do Christians face to being all-in on the Ultimate Journey? Have someone in the group read Romans 12:1-2. Review with the group the four main points of the sermon: You are invited, You are qualified, You are able, You will be glad you did

Why is it important that the basis of our all-in commitment is Gods mercy? What happens when we substitute something else as the foundation?

How do these verses counter the barriers we face to being all-in and provide us motivation to continue on the journey? Which of these truths is most compelling to you to be All-in on the Ultimate Journey? For another look at this passage, read The Messages translation: So heres what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary lifeyour sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around lifeand place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Dont become so welladjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. Youll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. How is this passage and message of All-In relevant to where you personally are on the Ultimate Journey? What are your next steps to be All In? Closing Question/Prayer Time Close your time by letting the group know that next Sunday is the last week of the Ultimate Journey series. The goal of the last study will be for group members to identify what their next steps are in the Ultimate Journey. To set this up, have group members spend 3-5 minutes silently reflecting on what they have been learning about through this sermon series, and then put those thoughts in writing by writing about how they can pursue those next steps (this would be a place to use the Life Application Notebooks or other journals). As the group leader, close this time of reflection by praying for the group members to take what theyve been learning and act on it. Challenge them to pray during this coming week about what God might be calling them to next in the Ultimate Journey.