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.
What’s one word you’d choose to describe your week and why did you choose it?
On page 96, Jennie had us identify times in our lives when we felt pleasure, pride and satisfaction in what we were doing. What times did you feel this way?
Chapter 12 is about spiritual gifts. On page 100 Jennie asked, “What if the things you love to do collided with God’s will?” How may God want to use you to bless others and build his kingdom?
On page 102, Jennie writes about “the parking lots of life”, periods of waiting between recognizing our gifts and using them to their full potential. Have you ever experienced one of these seasons of waiting in between the glimpse of a vision and its fulfillment?
Chapter 13 is about suffering. On pages 118-119, Jennie helps us revisit our times of suffering.
How have these moments shaped your life?
What are some ways God may choose to use each experience to help someone else?
What are some ways your suffering drives your passions?
Chapter 14 is about all the places in our lives (city, state, country, job, school, kids’ school, etc). On pages 128-129, Jennie has us name our places.
Considering each place, are you supposed to stay there?
How can you could live more intentionally in each place?
What about your places makes you afraid?
Chapter 15 is about the people in our lives. From page 140, who are the people you want to be more intentional about spending time with?
Chapter 16 is about passions. From page 148:
Describe a time in when you met a need and felt fulfilled.
What needs or injustices do you see around you, either big or small?
What are your greatest passions and how can you use them for God’s glory?
Chapters 17-22 & Genesis Chapters 44-46