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See A Victory - Part 2: "Standing Firm in a Shifting World"
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    2384 New Holland Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Monday 7:00 PM
Matthew 16:13-23 (NIV)

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah. 21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. 22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
Reducing our pace of life gives us the opportunity to recalibrate our personal life.
A foundation built on what is comfortable will crumble, but a foundation built on what is eternal will endure.
Small Group Outline & Discussion Questions
Celebrate and Care:

Have each person share a high and low from this past week.
Review:

God reveals himself clearly while removing our comforts so that we can stand firm in a shifting world.
Open Up:

What’s the best, or funniest, meme you have seen in the midst of this all?
Discuss:

Choose one or two questions for your group to discuss as time allows.

Are you most grateful for access to soap, running water, internet, or lower gas prices during this time?

What is one tip for downshifting you have found helpful in this season?

Which do you see most in your personal tree of life at this time — your roots growing or your branches reaching out?

What is one memory you have made, or could make, at home in this season that you will cherish?
Engage:

Spend 1-2 minutes in silence with these questions then share your thoughts.

Pastor Matt said the moment to downshift is when you need more power to go up an incline or pull out of the snow or mud.

On a scale of 1-10, how is your downshifting going?

What would it take to recalibrate and raise your score?

God the Father wants to reveal himself to us. How do you need to experience him during this time: as Provider, Wise Counselor, Prince of Peace, or something else?
Pray:

Pray that we would experience God as whatever we identified as our need.