Topic: Sunday Message Verse: John 12:24, John 12:23–12:26
Four messages in our fall series, "Vision," where we'll dive into the vision of our church and also our future.
John 12:24 NIV
24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.
Our next big step as a church is to begin a Hopevale Church in Bay City.
HOPEVALE CHURCH IN BAY CITY
-What = a Hopevale multisite in Bay City
-Where = Bay City, John Glenn High School
-When = February 2018
-Who = 150 to 200 people from here
John 12:23-26 NIV
23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
Hopevale Church began meeting on September 13, 1959, inspired by men and women who lived sacrificially for the cause of Christ in their generation. That’s the legacy we carry forward.
1. When did you first start coming to Hopevale? What do you remember thinking the first few times you came?
2. How well do you know Hopevale history? Divide into teams of 3-4 and work together on answers to the questions below.
* What two Saginaw Churches worked together to plant the new church called Hopevale?
* Where does the name “Hopevale” come from anyway?
* Where did the new church begin its first meetings?
* When did we move to our new (“North”) campus?
* What made financing and building North Campus such a miracle?
* Bonus: What was the full name of our church until 2006?
3. In your own words, what is our church vision for the next five years? Where and when will it happen? Who will be involved?
4. What are your thoughts and/or questions right now about our launching Hopevale Church—Bay City in January? What will it take from each of us? What part could your Community Group play?
5. Read John 12:23-25 together. What do you need to “die to” this year to have more real impact on your family, friends, coworkers, and others for Christ? What are some things you desire for your life and your Community Group this year?