One2Won Video Series

Week 1: The Homecoming — Understanding God’s Grace and Mercy

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1. Has God’s grace and mercy change the song in your heart? If so, what song best describes this to you?

2. In this true story, Allied POW’s make the choice to show grace and mercy to injured enemy soldiers.  In what ways have you experienced similar grace from God?

3. Have you ever needed God’s grace for a struggle in your life? These students at the University of Illinois illustrate God’s grace in a simple and unique way.  What does experiencing God’s grace feel like to you?

4. Maximus revealed his character when he spared the life of his opponent. God’s character is revealed through his mercy as well. How do you think the fallen gladiator felt as Maximus gave him mercy? Imagine that same sense of relief as God grants you mercy and forgiveness.

Week 2: Truth — Understanding God’s Word

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1. A university research project calculated the odds that a person could fulfill even 48 of the prophesies in the Bible at over a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion…to one, and yet Christ fulfilled them all. How does this affect your confidence in the “God-Breathed” inspired truth of scripture?

2. The word of God transforms our lives as we train our mind with it and  use it to equip ourselves. Through reading and studying the Bible how have you experienced change in your life?

3. Lee Stroebel explains how, upon investigating the evidence in and accuracy of the gospels, he decided it would take more faith to remain an atheist than to believe in God.

4. What do you think about this statement: This Book will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from this Book?

Week 3: Holy — Understanding God’s Holiness

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1. How does this clip motivate your heart and your life to pursue God’s holiness through His written word?  What if this scene were true today?  What if you were the only Bible your friends could see?  What if the glimpse of God’s holiness that you possess in Jesus was the only glimpse of God’s holiness that those around you knew?

2. The greatest athlete…the greatest Olympian…gold medals…how far short does even the greatest of Olympic athletes fall from the greatness of God?  How does this realization draw you to the Cross of Jesus and our need for a Savior?

3. Define holiness in your own thoughts and in your own words as you understand it in the context of God’s incarnation in Jesus.

4. As pristine and pure as this ad tries to capture beauty, how does this ad fall short of God’s attribute of holiness?

Week 4: Omni — Understanding God’s Sovereignty

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1. God’s sovereignty is seen in the four stories in this clip. Even when we feel that all hope is lost, God always has the last word. How can our own misconceptions of control and power affect our submission and acknowledgement of God’s sovereignty and power?

2. The Lord’s sovereignty is hardest to understand when going through trials. How do you see God’s sovereignty in Eliot’s story?

3. How does S.M. Lochridge’s rendition of God’s attributes expand your view of the statement, “His sovereignty rules over all.”?

4. Meekness has been defined as “strength under control”.  End of the Spear tells the story of a group of missionaries that were killed while trying to reach the violent Waodani tribe.   Years later, their families find the tribe, and one tribal leader wants to know why their husbands didn’t fight back or shoot their guns.

How is God’s sovereignty demonstrated in His decision to “take the spear” and not “return the spear” in revenge?  How do you grasp God’s sovereignty in His Son’s death on the cross?

Week 5: Incomprehensible — Understanding God’s Creation

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1. If intelligence is measured by the amount of complexity and knowledge that can be packed in a small space, how does God’s indescribable brilliance demonstrated in a human cell make accidental life emergence (spontaneous generation) as postulated by Darwinists seem ludicrous to you?

2. Genetic mutation, the basis of Darwinism’s answer to creation, creates in itself a contradiction.   Mutation has never created a random positive and lasting effective change. How does this strengthen the argument for a Creator, and for God’s account of creation in Genesis in your mind?

3. Anthropologists are becoming famous for stretching facts and inventing “missing links” in the supposed human evolution chain.  ”Java Man” (still in our kids’ textbooks) was a self-admitted spoof created by an anthropologist named Dubois who combined a human femur with the skull cap of a chimpanzee.  ”Nebraska Man” was conjured from a pig’s tooth (nothing added but plaster of paris and fake hair).  According to Richard Leakey, the son of Lucy’s (Australopithecus) discoverer Louis Leakey, said this about the “missing link”:
“Lucy’s skull was so incomplete that most of it was imagination, made of plaster of Paris, thus making it impossible to draw any firm conclusion about what species she belonged to.”

Why has science misled us so drastically on the issue of human evolution?

4. How can a “Big Bang” work without a “Big God”?

Week 6: Separated — Understanding Sin

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1. Sin- 100% human nature, joyful for a time, and full of repercussions. Aside from the spiritual ramifications of sin, what do you feel comfortable sharing about your own NATURAL consequences you have had to face in your own life?

2. It’s often easy to try to justify our sins and to compare our sins to other people’s sins that are more drastic but scripture is clear that God sees sin as SIN.  How can you relate to this rationalization process from your own personal experience?

3. Las Vegas has become famous as “Sin City,” and for it’s “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” ads. The Bible says that nothing is hidden from God, and all things will eventually come into the light. Describe a personal encounter you have experienced in a sin you thought nobody knew about coming into the light.

4. God has set before you the choices of life and death. What are 3 things you can do in your life today to ensure that you do not fall to sin, but instead choose life?

Week 7: Opponent — Understanding God’s Adversary

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1. Scripture tells us that Satan prowls around like a roaring lion. A lion’s natural camouflage (deception) allows it to attack its prey unseen. How did this clip make you feel to you personally if the lions represent Satan’s cunning plan of attack? When have you been surprised by what seemed like a pride of enemy lions? How did you get there? How did you escape?

2.  Edmund is tempted, deceived and manipulated by the White Witch to betray his family. What deception or temptation could our adversary use on you and how can you strengthen that are of your life?

3. In this clip about building a structure of pride in our hearts, we see that we only build idols to ourselves. As pride grows it consumes our lives. Describe how pride and arrogance affect you and your ability to pursue holiness in your daily walk with Christ.

4. Amazing, huh, how effective our archrival is at concealing his weapons! What lies has Satan been trying to conceal in you lately? How have you discovered those lies? How successful have you been at bringing them out on the table?

Week 8:  Jesus — Understanding God’s Son

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1. We often follow the examples we see set before us. Christ gave us the opportunity to see the Father through the life that He modeled. What examples of influences are you modeling your life after today? Sports heroes? Business icons? Jesus?

Describe your personal need to rearrange the key influences in your life.

2. The movie “The Passion of the Christ” was a remarkable artistic representation of Christ’s life. If you saw the film, recall and describe your reaction as you watched what Christ did for each one of us.

3. Who do YOU say Jesus is? Name His attributes that qualify Him to fit your answer.

4. As you learn more about Jesus, does it give you hope for an end to the slavery of sin and death and a hope for eternal life?

Week 9: The Ultimate Sacrifice — Understanding God’s Sacrifice 

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1. Struggling with loss of his wife, his job and his home, Chris Gardner fights to provide for his son as a single dad.  Chris goes through an incredibly excruciating test to redeem something that was taken from him. God redeemed us through the sacrifice of His most precious Son. What does this scene tell you about the emotional pain and sacrifice of redemption? Christ redeemed us through the sacrifice of His most precious Son. Describe your emotions as you reflect on what God must have experienced that day as He redeemed us to Himself.

2. God became man knowing fully that His earthly path would lead to the cross. What would it be like to realize that you are the only one with the capacity to save an entire race, and then to realize that it is going to require your own life to do so?

3. I Colossians says that through Christ, God reconciled all things to Himself. This news clip speaks of a Hollywood father and daughter “reconciling” their relationship, opening a two way communication. God wanted so badly to restore His relationship with you that He sent His Son. How can you open your communication with your father, your spouse, or another broken relationship now that He has opened the door to Himself?

4. God’s gift of grace came at a very high price. This bridge operator sacrificed the life of his own son because he knew that the lives of countless others hung on his decision.  Describe how you see the price God paid to express his grace?

Week 10: Metamorphosis — Understanding Salvation

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1. Nothing is a better example of transformation than the metamorphosis of a caterpillar to a butterfly. This metamorphosis is, and will always be, unexplainable to naturalistic explanation in the shallowness of what we proudly call “science.” Describe your personal experience of “similar metamorphosis” where you (like a caterpillar) were once “lost” but now (like a completely transformed butterfly) you are “found.”

2. God’s master plan to solve the problem of man’s sin was salvation through grace by faith. Grace, simply put, is unmerited favor. How do you wrestle with your desire to somehow “earn” God’s approval?

3. Christ saved us from drowning in the wages of our sin, rescuing us from eternity without God. In this clip, Blaine is weighed down by sin, but tries to live a life balancing his faith while holding onto to the sins. What areas of your life are like Blaine’s watch? What is hindering you from running the best race you can?

4. It is Jesus’ mission to find and rescue sinners. YOU are his mission and He won’t leave you. What does this mean to you knowing that without Him you would be trapped underneath the weight of the rubble of your sin?

Week 11: Undeserving — Understanding God’s Covenant

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1. In the midst of a grueling battle, Will asks Elizabeth to marry him. She, like we often do, believes it is not the right time. He has posed the question “Will you join me for eternity?”. He has made his choice. How does Will’s response parallel what Christ has said to us?

How do you compare the marriage covenant to Christ’s covenant?

2. Moses carried the Ten Commandments, the anchor of the “Old Covenant” from Mount Sinai. God says in Jeremiah 31 that He has written His “New Covenant” in my heart and yours.

How does the “New Covenant” in Jesus’ death on the cross differ from the “Old Covenant” in the laws of Moses?

3. In western society, marriage is our closest understanding to a “covenant” ceremony, yet our understanding is still short of that of the eastern societies of Christ’s time. The term “Covenant” means “cutting a blood covenant,” and the shedding of blood was one of the seven required steps of the ceremony. This video explains some of the Jewish traditions within their marriage ceremony, a ceremony focused on contractual obligations. What new insights do you learn here? How does it change your understanding of the “price” He paid to secure the contract in His blood?

Week 12: Spirit — Understanding God’s Spirit

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1. John 16:8 says that the Spirit will convict the world of all sin and righteousness. How does this clip remind you of the conviction of the Spirit? How does it remind you of how the Spirit has dealt with you when you have failed? How do conviction and grace collide in your heart to provide change?

2. God says He has not given us a spirit of fear, but the Spirit within us gives us boldness and a sound mind. John 14:26 says He will teach you in all things. Romans 8:11 tells us that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead will make alive our mortal bodies. What other beneficial attributes of the Spirit can you recall from Scripture? Describe your feelings as you embrace these amazing promises.

3. John 16:13 “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth…” God’s word speaks of THE truth, yet today’s society seems to promote an idea that truth is relative, and truths are as varied as the people who hold them. How has God’s Spirit made himself real to you as your guide during these last 12 weeks as you have sought after him?

4. What evidence do you see of the Holy Spirit’s work in your own life?

Week 13: The Pinnacle — Understanding The Resurrection

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1. John 16:8 says that the Spirit will convict the world of all sin and righteousness. How does the teacher in this clip remind you of the conviction of the Spirit? How does his patience, mercy, and reassurance remind you of how the Spirit has dealt with you when you have failed? How do conviction and grace collide in your heart to provide change?

2. God says He has not given us a spirit of fear, but the Spirit within us gives us boldness and a sound mind. John 14:26 says He will teach you in all things. Romans 8:11 tells us that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead will make alive our mortal bodies. What other beneficial attributes of the Spirit can you recall from Scripture? Describe your feelings as you embrace these amazing promises.

3. Lee Strobel describes how his investigation of the evidence led him to only one logical conclusion:   that it would take more faith to remain an atheist than to rely on the evidence of Christ’s existence and truth and become a follower of Jesus. In like fashion, what are the three most convincing arguments or evidences described in scripture that you can stand on with regards to Christ’s resurrection? (see One2Won week 13 text notes for list of 7 major defenses and common arguments and rebuttals)

4. The contrasts of the resurrection are as stark as the black and white of this next clip. Through his death, we received an offer of life, that in accepting his life, we die to our own. Life and Death. Eternity and the present moment. Lost and found. This is the resurrection.  Who were you that you are not now? What do you have now that you could have never had before on your own?

Week 14: Lamb Over Me — Understanding My Position in Christ

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1. Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) wakes on his raft to find that his only “friend” has drifted away, and he cannot reach or rescue him.
1) As crazy as it seems to chase a “volleyball face” in desperation into the ocean, what does this scene say about our human nature to cling to vain friendships and associations?
2) What does it say about your old life before Christ changed your heart?
3) Jesus calls us His friend and says that He’s our greatest friend. (Jn 15:13-15) How does your view of Jesus differ now that you’ve enlisted His friendship into your life?

2. Ephesians 3:12 tells us that we can have confidence and boldness in our access and approach to Christ.
As you watch this video of a mobile phone salesman singing opera, who by his own admission has little confidence, reflect on your own self confidence.
What gifts or strengths has God uniquely placed in you that you could use more of His boldness in applying?
How can you apply His boldness in your relationship with Him?

3. Geoff Moore speaks about the opportunities that he has been given to speak out as God’s Ambassador. (2 Cor 5:20) What opportunities do you have with your neighbors, your family, or maybe your coworkers that you could take advantage of to be His ambassador to them?

4. Just as Chy’s position of friendship with the football team changed her life, how does Jesus’ position of friendship with you change your life?

Week 15: Craftsmanship — Understanding God’s Plan

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1. While God does not cause any of our pain or scars in life (all good things come down from above), God uses our pain, our scars, and our sufferings to make us more effective in ministry and to complete His plan. (II Cor 1:4) As the master Craftsman, how has God used your pains or tragedies to equip you to bring comfort to others?

2. Even in our greatest failures, God does not disqualify us for service. David committed adultery and murder, yet was one of the greatest kings in the Bible, God’s chosen one. Saul persecuted and killed Christians and yet became Paul, the most prominent writer in the New Testament. Simon Peter denied Christ three times, and yet Jesus called him the “Rock” the church would be built upon. How does knowing how greatly God used David, Paul, and Peter despite their failures encourage you today? Why should a believer never give up on himself?

3. The Bible says that we have a treasure (our spirit, talents, gifts) in an earthly vessel. How can you identify in your own life with this young man’s former insecurity? What treasures are you carrying that God wanted to bring to the world?

4. If God indeed has a plan for your life, how do you see Him carrying out that plan? In what ways could He magnify that plan to use your life with even greater purpose?

Week 16: Overboard — Understanding God’s Heart on Prayer

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1. In this humorous clip, Mr. Copperbottom is overwhelmed with enthusiasm in finding out he is going to be a dad.  How much more is our Father in heaven elated over each of our children, and specifically, what encouragement do you get when you read verses like John 14:13 and realize that it applies to YOU and that YOUR Father is excited to have you as His son? Knowing this, how does it change how you approach God in prayer?

2. When we approach God in prayer, it is like we are running into His open arms. He has already made the sacrifice necessary to provide for our every needs, placing relationship with us as the priority, much as the father and coach in this clip has. How can you take full advantage of the sacrifice our Father has already made available for us as He stands at center field, awaiting His family’s embrace?

3. As we consider prayer, and the requests that we make to our Father, it helps to recall what Jesus prayed in Matthew 6:9-13. How do each of the specific requests in this prayer apply to our daily lives today?

4. When you pray, do you believe you will receive an answer to your prayer? Why? Why not?

Week 17: Memorize and Meditate — Understanding God’s Blessings

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1. As these Sudanese refugees get their orientation to their new Western lives, reflect on the amount of blessings that we so often take for granted in our day to day lives. In the midst of all of our creature comforts, how can we be sure that we “hunger and thirst” for the righteousness of Christ? How can we become the gentle and the pure in heart?

2. Bobby DuCharme’s story is a great example of the power of Christ to put peace in the life of an individual. An up and coming professional surfer, he became a quadriplegic an accident and had lost all hope. What tragedy or trial in your life has God transformed into a blessing and what did you learn as a result of it?

3. If the pure in heart shall see God, how can you keep your heart pure? What are you doing to be responsible for keeping your heart pure? How does staying in the word of God help this process?

4. How have you used God’s blessings and your greatest struggles to return glory to Him?

Week 18: Peacemaker — Understanding Reconciliation

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1. The Genocide of Rwanda is one of the greatest tragedies of modern society, yet in this tragedy-stricken region, this group of seeming enemies have found reconciliation and forgiveness and are experiencing blessings as a result. What difficult issues do you have in your life that you are holding on to or failing to relinquish to your Father’s healing?

2. The Bible teaches us to pray for our enemies, love them, and pray for those who persecute us regardless of the respect they show us as a result. How has this command challenged you specifically over the course of the last year, and what was your response when you received a “slap in the face” from your enemy?

3. If Satan is “the accuser of the saints,” how are we actively teaming up with him when we hold on to a grudge or harbor bitterness?  How can facing this bitterness provide the basis for reconciliation?

4. What is the Biblical “prescription” for reconciliation?

Week 19: Synergy — Understanding Fellowship and Accountability

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1. Describe how friends sharpen each other like iron sharpens iron. Do you have a friend in your life who is willing to be this direct, persistent, and pointed when you are in need of counsel?
What is the value of such a friend?

2. Fellowship gives us the opportunity to create the relationships that are critical in hard times. In addition to accountability, our friends are an important part of weathering the occasional and inevitable storms of our life by being an encouragement to us in times of need. Who are you supporting in this way, encouraging and building up, standing with in adversity? (Prov. 17:17) Describe what encouragement does to motivate you.

3. While this is not our endorsement for any particular product or software, this video brings up a good question. What are you doing to keep yourself accountable in these sensitive areas? Why does a pure heart matter to you?

4. When is counsel dangerous? Describe how God’s word provides discernment to weigh advice and divide good from evil, and positive from destructive. How can you protect yourself from falling to the misguided directions of others in your personal life, work and recreational life?

Week 20: No Bad Days — Understanding Trials

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1.  How does accountability on a rough day outweigh the norm?

2. Have you experience a season of life that makes you want to live your life in a safe way clinging to the balance beam? How do authentic biblical relationships challenge you to trust God in the plans He has for you?

3.  Does the Spafford’s testimony encourage you to continue serving and building relationships despite personal loss and tragedy?

4.  Trials reveal our true character. What are your current trials revealing about your character?

Week 21: Majesty — Understanding Worship

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1. As you listen to this song, what ways can you extend its message into your life in a practical way? How do you worship in spirit and in truth?

2. Worship is an honest expression and a conversation of gratitude to our creator. It is a whole lot more than the words we sing. Worship is an attitude of the heart. What would you sing if, as posed in this video, you had one song left to sing?

3. Worship is our gift to Jesus in response to the already finished work of the cross. As you reflect on all the lessons of the past 20 weeks, how do the collective things you have learned change how you look at Him as the focus of your worship?

4. Do you ever find your personal worship in church as simply something you attend? For many church members, worship becomes more of a “spectator sport” than a fulfilling personal experience. How can you avoid that trap? How can you refocus your worship on Christ, the intended object of your worship, regardless of style, volume, or the skill of the musicians in the service?

Week 22: Faith Works — Understanding God’s Expectations

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1.  If nothing were holding you back, how would you show God’s love to others?

2.  The UCONN women’s basketball team sets high expectations for themselves, and by listening to their coach, applying what he says and pushing through the pain, they meet those expectations year after year. What could you be capable of with God fully enlisted as your only coach?

3.  How does God’s love enable you to serve Him more?

4. How do you model your life after Jesus’ life? In what ways do you desire to mimic Him ever more?

Week 23: Pursuit — Understanding Purity

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1.  What is your plan to guard your eyes from the images that assault you?

2.  Whether it is pornography or any other addiction, is there a drastic measure that you should consider to remove addictive forces from your life to maintain purity and integrity?  Describe how freedom feels to you.

3.  Addictions work in isolation and shame.   Accountability breaks that isolation.   Who do you have in your life that keeps you accountable and how does that select group of friends keep you “in the light” of running to the truth?

4.  Describe porn’s effect on a man’s brain as revealed in this video.

Week 24: Commission — Understanding Multiplication

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1. How does “modeling discipleship” affect “teaching discipleship”- positively or negatively?

2.   In the process of discipleship, the “teacher” spends time with the “student” teaching them all that they know until they are an equal ready to go out and do the same with another. Are you willing to make that commitment to someone else?

3.   Describe your personal obligation to build disciples with your life.

4. How would it feel to one day look at a genealogy of all the disciples that were made because you took time to devote to one other person at a time?

Week 25: Encore — Understanding Marriage & Family

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1.  Our final session talks about meeting the daily needs of our most important partner. What is the most significant thing that you can take away from this great advice from Gary Smalley on spending time with your wife?

2.  If communication is one golden key to a fulfilling marriage, how does this discussion or the “six levels” of communication help you “improve your serve” with your wife?

3.  Why is it, when we find ourselves in an argument (and often can’t even remember what we are arguing about) that we find it so difficult to simply take responsibility for the argument and offer an apology instead of holding out for one from the other person.   Why should we as husbands strive to be the first to reconcile?   How does this model Christ for our families as we put our wife first?

4.  Our wives are not the only ones we are responsible for.   Our children are watching as well.   We are shaping how they perceive not only communication, love, mercy, and grace, but also their very image of Jesus and faith. Why is modeling grace so essential in teaching grace? Know that while your children are watching you, Jesus equips you, and with Him and in Him, all things are possible.   We believe in you.   We are in this together.   Thank you for being a Man at the Cross.