COMING UP AT MISSION
MISSION WELCOME LUNCH - Sunday May 17 @ 12:45p (lunch + childcare)
If you've never been to a Welcome Lunch before, this is your best next step! You'll have the chance to learn more about Mission's vision and values, how we got started, meet some new people, and learn more about how to get connected to a role and a relationships at Mission. RSVP with your group leader or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mike began our new message series, HOME, with a conversation about what makes a great home. This series will be the bulk of our time together in groups, and it should make for a lot of great discussions!
You don't have to think hard to realize that everyone has a very different "home" experience! With so many types of homes, families, and relationships, it's hard to know what matters and what's most important. But God wants the best for our home lives, no matter what our situation looks like currently, and where we are in life right now.
Mike started us off with some important Biblical Home Values that we can always come back to, no matter what our situation looks like. They are the basis of what makes a great home, and although they're simple, they are aren't so easy to get right all the time!
You can watch the video of Dynell's "Home" story here.
SMALL GROUP STATEMENT
We are a group of imperfect people pursuing a perfect God. We exist to help each other find and follow Christ. We passionately love Jesus, ruthlessly eliminate ego, courageously live in grace and truth, confidently know who we are in Christ, unconditionally trust God, intentionally live better stories, and selflessly extend compassion.
These are some things we want to be true of our group:
- We create a safe and honest environment, staying transparent and authentic.
- We keep it inside the circle. Confidentiality is necessary for a healthy group.
- We look together to the Bible for help and guidance, and keep out our own politics, sales, or agendas.
- We do not try to fix each other, preach sermons, or give unsolicited advice. We instead encourage, listen to, and celebrate each other.
- We handle conflict between us quickly and honestly by going to the person, owning our part, and practicing forgiveness.
- We respect each others’ time by starting and ending when we say we will.
- We trust that it is God’s role to change people, not ours.
- We believe that in Jesus Christ, there is hope for everyone.
THE GROUP QUESTIONS
1. What is "home" to you? How would you describe the perfect home?
2. Mike talked about four biblical home values (listed in message notes section below) that we find in the New Testament. Which of those values were either missing or present in your home growing up? How does that affect the home you have created or will create for your own family?
Before question 3, read Romans 12:1-2 together.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
3. Mike said the person I am at home is the person I’ll be everywhere else. Do you often think of life at home in that way? What would it look like to live in view of God's mercy, and as a living sacrifice, in your home life right now?
4. Growing up, did your home have values that you all tried to live by? How would writing down your family values (at any point or stage of life!) change your home life?
5. What are some of the most important values in your home right now? What can you do this week to reinforce them and live them out personally or together with your family
Biblical Home Values (found in Colossians 3:18-21)
:: Children obey your parents, honor your father and mother
:: Wives submit yourselves to your husbands
:: Husbands love your wives, don’t be harsh with them
:: Fathers don’t exasperate your children
What Makes a Great Home?
Craig Groeschel, Weird
“Our greatest priority as Christian parents is to gradually transfer our children’s dependence away from us until it rests solely on God.”
Mike Hickerson, What Makes a Great Home
"We teach what we know, but we reproduce who we are."
"The purpose of your authority in the lives of your children, is not to hold them under your power, but to empower them to be self-controlled people living freely under the loving authority of God.”
The Hickerson Family Statement
In this home we…
- Love Jesus. Live grateful. Put others first. Believe the best. Forgive freely. Dispense grace.
- Laugh hysterically, sing loudly, & dance often.
- Trust God, surrender daily, & love deeply.
- people > things
- obedience > success
- dependence > striving
- identity > appearance
- character > comfort
- honesty > hiding
- imagination > ipods
- wisdom > knowledge
- love > fear
We eat together, play together, learn together, pray together.
In this home we celebrate, serve, share, comfort, & encourage.
We also cheer for OU football & Kentucky basketball.