This is the last week of Mission Groups before we break for the summer months! We hope that you have had the chance this session to build significant relationships within you group and grow spiritually because of them.
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COMING UP AT MISSION
FREE FRIDAY FLICKS - Friday, June 19 @ Barranca Vista Park
Mission loves throwing great parties, and this one is for our whole city! Free Friday Flicks is our chance to volunteer together as a church and make a big impact in our community. To volunteer at FFF, fill out a connection card on Sunday or let your group leader know!
We all know someone who has the "IT" factor. But whatever "IT" is, "IT" doesn't last forever. Mike started off a new series called "IT" this weekend, and he said that "getting it" means figuring out that it's all about Jesus.
He continued to say that "getting it" changes how we live. It changes how we see God. It changes how we thinking of ourselves, and where we find our identity. "Getting it" helps me know that there is hope for everyone, including me.
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.
1. Who comes to mind when you think of the “IT” factor? Who is a person that is confident, impressive, and capable?
For questions 2 and 3, read Colossians 1:15-20 together (in Message Notes below).
2. What stands out to you the most from Paul’s description of Jesus, and why?
3. Why was it so important for Paul to explain so many of the qualities of Christ? How does ‘“getting it”, or understanding the greatness of Christ, affect us even now?
For question 4, read Colossians 1:21-23 together (in Message Notes below).
4. Mike talked about "BUTOLOGY", and how the word "BUT" helps tell the story of what Christ has done for us. Which one of the "BUT" verses do you identify with the most?
What is your "BUT" story with God?
5. Mike mentioned a few things that happen when we “get it”. Which one do you tend to forget or struggle to believe? How can you pursue that idea this week and work on “getting it”?
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
BUTOLOGY - A THEOLOGY OF THE WORD "BUT"
BUT God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, BUT under grace.
For the wages of sin is death, BUT the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, BUT on God’s mercy.
1 John 4:10
This is love: not that we loved God, BUT that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
1 Peter 2:9-10
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, BUT now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, BUT now you have received mercy.”
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. BUT now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.
WHEN I GET "IT"
- I know there is hope for me
- I know there is hope for everyone
- Most important thing about me is what’s been done for me
- I serve out of gratitude for being rescued
- My identity becomes a much loved son or daughter of God