In case you missed it, we’re sharing a weekly resource called Talk It Over, created to help you have great discussions with your small group, family, and friends. Let us know what you think! 

We were thankful to have Bryan Oleson lead the music as well as share stories from His journey following Jesus today. Along with bandmate John Wooten, Bryan changed the pace and style of a typical Sunday morning by allowing us to reflect and worship through a blend of his music and storytelling.

Bryan on a recent trip to Nicaragua with Food for the Hungry.

Bryan on a recent trip to Nicaragua with Food for the Hungry.


Psalm 19 was the inspiration for the song, “God of the Universe.” It begins:

1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.


  • What is your favorite kind of music? Any favorite bands?
  • Is music a way that you connect with God? If so, what does that look like for you?


  • Brian shared that his early life was shaped by a family that was not spiritually active, and his decision to follow Jesus created a gap between him and his family. How has your family shaped your spiritual journey, positively or negatively?
  • The relationship Brian had with his grandmother as she was nearing the end of her life is an example of feeling a burden and desire to share Jesus with someone who you aren’t sure has ever taken that step of faith. Have you ever had someone in your life that you really wanted to help take a step toward trusting in God? Is there anyone now that you are praying for or talking with about Jesus?
  • Organizations like Tiny Hands International and Food for the Hungry are doing deeply needed work in many places around the world. Have you ever supported or worked with a missions organization or other non-profit? If so, how has that experience shaped your faith?


  • If there is someone you are close to and aren’t sure about their relationship with God, consider the ways you might be able to naturally talk about what God is doing in your life. Like Brian, you might consider writing them a letter. Maybe it’s a simple conversation or an invitation to check out your small group or Sundays at Commonway.
  • Check out the work being done through Tiny Hands International and Food for the Hungry. As a church, we also support (in various ways) globally-focused organizations such as International Justice Mission, Mustard Seed International, and Charity Water.


“If you don’t see the real me, you won’t see what grace has done. If you don’t see my weakness, you won’t see what love has won.” – from the Vota song, “Honestly”

To learn more about Bryan and his band, Vota, check out:

Organizations mentioned: Tiny Hands InternationalFood for the HungryFood for the Hungry in Nicaragua


Note: This message will not be available on our website message archive or by podcast due to the style of sharing and singing. Our apologies for any inconvenience. 

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