Oct. 29 – Nov. 19
We believe that most of settle for far less than all that God wants for us. During this series, we’ll discuss how God wants to do more in us, more through us and more for us, as well as how he may require more from us. In Ephesians 3:20, Paul prays that the God “who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think” would be glorified in the church throughout all generations. We are praying to that same God for you and for our church.
So grab some More discussion guides (available at your c|Life campus), recruit some friends and walk together as we all learn about the more that God has in store for us! To learn more about More, check out the trailer below:
These are really the heart of this whole series. We've posted a session video for you to watch with your group each week, and then discuss together using the More discussion guide.
Host Lifter Videos
These are videos for group leaders to watch each week while preparing for their next group meeting. These short videos contain additional instruction to encourage and coach group hosts.
Who should I invite to my group?
God has given you a circle of influence, and we want you to use it. You can invite people from within c|Life or outside. Invite friends, family, coworkers, or others from your community to go through this with you.
If the sermons go with the study, what about people who don’t go to c|Life? Will they be able to participate in the discussion?
Yes. Each week, there will be a video for you to watch as a group, and then you’ll discuss questions from the More book.
Does everyone need a book?
Because the book has places to take notes and includes a daily devotional study, we think it is best for everyone to have his or her own book.
How many people should be in my group?
Groups can be as small as two or three people or as large as 18–20.
What if our group gets behind?
Just keep going, but don’t skip a session to try and catch up.
What if we need more books?
Books are available at your c|Life campus on Sunday mornings or during weekly office hours.
Where do I find the videos?
All of the session videos are posted right here on this page, clifec.com/more. If you are unable to stream online video we have a limited number of DVDs available at your c|Life campus.
What if I don’t know the answer to a Bible question?
Nobody knows all the answers, but if you’re really stumped, feel free to contact your campus pastors for help.
What do we do with kids while we meet?
Free childcare is available at the Forney, Sunnyvale and Kaufman campuses on Sundays from 4:30–7 p.m. If your group meets at another time, you will need to find your own childcare. However, we will reimburse you to pay for a childcare worker. Email your campus pastor for details on our reimbursement policy.
14-Day Fast // Nov. 5 – 18
The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God wants to bring into our lives. Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
Types of Fasts
In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water, with light juices as an option.
This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, and bread from your diet, and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
This fast is sometimes called the “Jewish Fast” and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., or from sunup to sundown.
This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food, have health issues that prevent you from fasting food, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. For example, you might choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast, and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses after the fast is over.
“And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
— Matthew 6:16–18
Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.”
— Matthew 9:14–15
He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
— Luke 18:9–14
As day was about to dawn, Paul urged them all to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day that you have continued in suspense and without food, having taken nothing. Therefore I urge you to take some food. For it will give you strength, for not a hair is to perish from the head of any of you.” And when he had said these things, he took bread, and giving thanks to God in the presence of all he broke it and began to eat. Then they all were encouraged and ate some food themselves. (We were in all 2767 persons in the ship.)
— Acts 27:33–37
Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the people of Israel were assembled with fasting and in sackcloth, and with earth on their heads. And the Israelites separated themselves from all foreigners and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers. And they stood up in their place and read from the Book of the Law of the Lord their God for a quarter of the day; for another quarter of it they made confession and worshiped the Lord their God.
— Nehemiah 9:1–3
Guide to Fasting and Prayer
article by Bill Bright
7 Basic Steps to Successful Fasting and Prayer
article by Bill Bright