You did it! Six weeks of studying, preparing your heart and home, praying for the women in your group, loving them, serving them, making phone calls, making coffee, shooting out texts as women come to your mind throughout the week; whew! Have you ever heard the phrase, “Most of leadership is simply showing up?” Well, it’s true, but you did so much more than that and none of it has gone unnoticed. We hope that our study of Psalms of Ascent has deepened your understanding of the ways God blesses us and calls us to bless others. Thank you for accepting this challenge to serve Him.
Week Six: Blessings from Zion
- Finish strong. Pray for the women in your group individually and for the future of your group, ask God what He has planned for this group of women and where you fit into that plan.
- Text or call anyone who hasn’t been very consistent in their attendance throughout the session, letting them know that this is the last week and that you'd love it if they could make it. Encourage them also to try again next session, which starts the week of April 24!
- Remind whomever signed up to bring refreshments that it’s their week to bring them!
We are a group of imperfect people pursuing a perfect God. We exist to help each other find and follow Christ. We aim to 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.
- Describe your best group or team experience, what made it so great?
- What’s your biggest takeaway/learning from this study? Has God spoken to through this study. How?
- Flipping through week six’s homework, overall, what stood out to you the most? What day had the most impact on you?
From Day One (page 151)
- After reading Revelation 1:5-6 and circling what Christ “has made us”, What kind of impact do these fulfillments have on you personally?
From Day Two (page 155)
- Think of someone in your life God has most used to make you seek change. Without mentioning his or her name, what about the person made you need to change?
From Day Three, (page 160)
- Based on the descriptions Beth gave, meditate on several possible spine issues and rib issues.
From Day Four (page 164)
- Share some of the highs, lows, celebrations, and frustrations you’ve experienced over the course of our study of the Psalms of Ascent.
From Day five (page 167 and page 170)
- Reflect on your own experience of going face down. Did it have any impact on you? If so, describe how it affect you.
- What is your primary fear when a shared journey like this comes to an end?
Listen closely to these answers as they will help you get a gauge as to whether or not your members of your group would be interested in continuing to meet when the next session of SPARK groups start up again in April!
QUICK SURVEY BEFORE WE'RE DONE!
Either before group is over, or right after you're done with the official meeting time, send your group over to missionventura.com/spark for a quick survey about their experience in a Spark Group this session! Everyone's feedback is really important to us, so please make sure that everyone in your group fills it out! Thanks!
- Use the last 15 minutes of group to open it up to any prayer requests and close in prayer.
- End the study on time, letting people hang out if you can/want to.
EASTER AT MISSION
Everyone is invited to celebrate Easter at Mission! This is a great chance to invite the people in your world to Mission, a place where you can come as you are, experience grace & truth, belong in community and find that there really is Hope For Everyone! Check out the service times above, and don't miss this awesome weekend at Mission!
GOOD FRIDAY NIGHT OF WORSHIP
As we head toward the celebration of Easter, we first stop to reflect on the sacrifice that Jesus made on Good Friday, laying down His life for us. Be at Mission for a night of worship and communion on this important night before Easter Sunday!
- Send around the prayer requests out after group each gathering so they can be praying for each other throughout the week. Encourage them to “reply all” with any more prayer requests that come up this week.
- Include anything you know about the future of your group for those who missed this meeting; for example, plans to hang out during the break, information about groups starting back in April, etc.
the group calendar
The break from meeting is always a good chance to refresh, relax, and connect with your group in different ways. Toss out some ideas to your group, and figure out together how you may want to spend time with each other before the next session. Few helpful thoughts as you plan it...
- make it easy, make it light, make it fun!
- ask someone else to host!
- let someone else plan and execute it!
Monday, April 18 | Spark Event
Week of Sunday, April 24 | Spark Groups begin (7 weeks)
Week of Sunday, June 5 | Last week of Spark Groups