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Key Thought:

Uncommon results only happen if preceded by uncommon sacrifice.

Key Quote

"Don’t ask ‘why God’ but ask 'who God’. Ask who can you reach to change someone's life." - Pastor Bil Cornelius

“If you want God to do something different, you have to do something different.” -Pastor Bil Cornelius

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • Who isyour favorite professional sports team?
  • Are you more productive in the morning or night?
  • What was your favorite class in school?
  • What is one of the most creative commercials you’ve seen?

Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • What does it mean to “maximize your impact”? How do you maximize it?
  • What is the difference between using your influence and your affluence?
  • What are some creative ways you can get a friend to come to church with you?
  • What was so personal about the friends bringing their paralyzed friend to Jesus?

Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • What risk do you need to take to get someone you love close to Jesus?
  • Are you doing anything that requires faith? What could you be doing?
  • What is an uncommon sacrifice you need to make to get an uncommon result?
  • Who are you going to use your influence on to bring them to church next week?

Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, thank you for everything that you do for us. We pray that you use us as we sacrifice and get creative in bringing people to church. In Your name we pray, amen. 

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • Use your influence to bring your friends and family to church.
  • Offer an uncommon sacrifice this week, whatever that looks like in your life.
  • Get creative in bringing people to church this week, and get other people involved!


“... Jesus returned to Capernaum, and the news of his arrival spread quickly through the town. Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there wasn’t room for one more person...not even outside the door. And he preached the word to them. Four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. They couldn’t get to Jesus through the crowd, so they dug through the clay roof above his head. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus.” Mark 2:1-4 NLT

“Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My son, your sins are forgiven.”  But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there said to themselves, “What? This is blasphemy! Who but God can forgive sins!”  Jesus knew what they were discussing among themselves, so he said to them, “Why do you think this is blasphemy?  Is it easier to say to the paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or ‘Get up, pick up your mat, and walk’?  I will prove that I, the Son of Man, have the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, take your mat, and go on home, because you are healed!” Mark 2:5-11 NLT

“The man jumped up, took the mat, and pushed his way through the stunned onlookers. Then they all praised God. “We’ve never seen anything like this before!” they exclaimed.” Mark 2:12 NLT

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