We read this statement together before every group discussion. It helps transition the group to discussion time, it reaffirms our highest values, and sets a tone of trust, consistency, and safety for everyone in the group.
We are a group of imperfect people pursuing a perfect God. We exist to help each other find and follow Christ. 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.
Spend some time getting to know each other if anyone new is in the circle this week!
What's your biggest pet peeve?
- Thumbing through the pages of Chapters 1-5, what stuck out to you the most and why?
- If you did the Bible reading, what stuck out to you the most about Genesis chapters 37-38? Can someone summarize these two chapters for us?
- One of the themes of the first five chapters of the book is surrender. On page 22 Jennie writes, “Great people do not do great things; God does great things through surrendered people.” What does surrender mean to you? What have you been forced to surrender in your life? What have you willingly surrendered? Is there anything you’re currently feeling called by God to surrender?
- On page 27 Jennie asks some powerful questions, let’s answer them together:
- What did you dream about as a kid?
- What did you want to be when you grew up?
- When did you stop dreaming?
- On pages 34 and 35 Jennie writes about the tension between serving within your God-given gifts, skills and talents and responding to the needs you see around you. What are some gifts, skills and talents you believe God’s given you? What are some needs you see in front of you? Do any of them align?
- On page 35 Jennie shares that at an age of thirty-plus she finally said to God, “To heck with it, I’m in, whatever you say.” Have you ever said something similar to God? If so, what happened? If not, what’s holding you back?
Restless Chapters 6-11
Genesis Chapters 39-40
Since Restless goes through the story of Joseph, we can all track along together in the book of Genesis with Joseph's story in just a few chapters a week! The Bible reading is optional but encouraged!