The light shines the darkness

This Christmas series looks at the light of Jesus Christ through the ages. Christmas may be just one event, but the light it cast covers all of creation and time. The star that led the wise men to Jesus that first Christmas shone a light from a great distance, standing out in the midst of a dark sky and pointing to the Hope of the world. Just like a lighthouse in rough, dark waters, it illuminates the way to safety and salvation. 


Jesus coming to us was the intersection between the sublimely holy and the utterly common, bringing with Him hope for our darkness. John begins his gospel account of Jesus with these words “In Him was life and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:4-5.


If you are new to church or thinking about exploring Christianity, this would be a great series to become connected with our community. Contact our office during business hours on 03 9296 5200 and ask to speak to one of our pastoral staff.


Videos:


Introduction: Introduction Video

Session 1: Darkness

Session 2: A Distant Light

Session 3: Lighting up the Ordinary

Session 4: Christmas Comes to Church

Leaders: Leaders Video


Notes:


Leaders Guide

Members Notes

Witness

The Witness Home Group Series gives us four keys explaining how we can fulfil Jesus’ command to be faithful witnesses of the Gospel of the Kingdom (Matt. 28:18-20). Witnessing is not just a task for gifted evangelists, philosophers or debaters who are able to argue their point well, or only for preachers who can clearly present the gospel to the masses. It should be our very own lifestyle flowing from genuine relationship with God, lived out in a way that others can see the reality of God’s love and power. This should be apparent in both our family life and outworking in a church community. By making ourselves available those who don’t know Christ and intentionally becoming involved in their lives, we can more easily bridge the risky and often uncomfortable gap to share the truth about God.


Videos:


Introduction: Introduction Video

Session 1: Live

Session 2: Show Up

Session 3: Relate

Session 4: Risk

Leaders: Leaders Video


Notes:


Leaders Guide

Members Note

Kingdom calling

In Acts, the church was known as the “Called Out Ones” (Ekklēsia). Even though they lived among the world’s religions and political systems (under Roman rule) of their time, they understood God had called them out to be something different. They were citizens of God’s kingdom and only temporary residents of this world. They had a clear perspective and lived with eternity in mind. Today, we are still called to have the same heart and live purposefully for the Kingdom of God. To be a place, a people, living in this time, yet operating under God’s rule. Through this series we answer the questions, what does this look like? How will you live out your Kingdom Calling


VIDEOS:


Introduction: Introduction

Session 1: Kingdom Vision & Provision

Session 2: Kingdom Culture

Session 3: Kingdom Partnership

Session 4: Kingdom Place

Leaders: Leaders Video

Walkthrough Video: Lexton Building Walkthrough


NOTES:


Leaders Guide

Members Notes

PENTECOSTAL SERIES

“REACH OUT EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT”


The Pentecostal Home Group series has been designed to practically teach our members about the five distinctives of Pentecostal Christianity, so we can live more effective Christian lives. At FGAM we have people attending from many different church backgrounds as well as those who have grown up in the house. Not often do we take the time to explain why we value some of the things we do, and how these can be explained theologically. This series provides such an opportunity.


VIDEOS:


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NOTES:


Leaders Guide

Members Notes

FOUNDATIONS SERIES

“The Bible is the foundation for our understanding of God and His will”


While many Christians profess that the Bible is at the core of their faith and their understanding of God, not many know the Bible well. Often times, the Bible is just used to affirm things the person already believes or their own passions (2 Tim 4:3-4).


We are running this series in our Home Group to reinforce our “Year of Scripture”, were we look at the importance of the Bible and it’s transformative power over the whole year. As part of this, we have looked into the Book of Romans, begun weekly devotionals and have completed a series on the Infallibility of Scripture in the Sunday Service. This series that that further by getting your Home Group members opening up scripture for themselves and learning how to interpret and apply it into their lives.


VIDEOS:


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NOTES:


Leaders Guide

Members Notes

ONE MONTH TO LIVE

Home Group Leaders Notes


These teaching notes include extracts and quotes from the book and a guide to the accompanying videos.Nothing focuses a person’s priorities in life like discovering that we are about to die. For most of us, if we knew we have only ONE month to live, we would live our lives differently. We would be more authentic about who we are and be more deliberate about how we spend the time we have left. Many may suddenly realise that they spent their lives on things that do not matter and are unimportant. The fear of death paralyses most people, preventing us from taking risks necessary to fulfil God’s plan for our lives.


There are no videos available for the "One Month to Live" series due to copyright reasons. We have permission to copy the DVD for the home group meetings, and you can collect one from the office during business hours or at the Info Desk on a Sunday.