This is the last week of groups in our spring session!
We will be on break during the summer months, picking back up in early fall with GroupLink, our Mission Group connection event. We will work together soon to figure out the best way to keep up the relational momentum of your group over the summer months, while making sure to give you as leaders the chance to refuel and rest!
If you didn't last week, or if your group doesn't yet know about it, make sure to send everyone to missionventura.com/groups/questions to fill out a quick anonymous survey about their experience in Mission Groups. This is an awesome feedback loop for Mission Groups on the whole, as well as for you as leaders!
Also, make sure to fill out this leader/host experience survey! It will be a good chance to reflect on your experience this session/year, as well as communicate with me about your experience as a leader and member of the groups team!
Feel free to mix it up this week! Whether it's a party, a trip to fro-yo, or anything else, celebrate this last session and use our last week as an opportunity to connect with each other in a unique way!
COMING UP AT MISSION
END OF YEAR GROUPS HUDDLE AND CELEBRATION - Saturday, June 27 from 4:30 - 6:30p @ Hobert Park (Telegraph and Petit)
Let's get together and celebrate a fantastic year of Mission Groups! This will be a laid-back and fun chance to hang out together as a team, recap the year, and talk about the summer and fall. Kids are welcome and it will be at a park!
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. Encourage everyone in your group to volunteer for FFF on a connection card on the weekend. It'd be a great idea to volunteer together as a group, too! Let me know if you want to work that out!
QUICK TIP OF THE WEEK
COMMUNICATE THE SUMMER PLAN
Even if you don't have a specific plan for the summer months yet, make sure to communicate a few things to your group about the summer months:
:: in the fall, they can still be in this group!
:: you will continue to communicate with everyone over the summer about some things that will be happening
:: anyone can feel free to invite everyone in the group to something; encourage others to plan something!
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?
- Openers like this one are semi-optional. If you know that you will spend a lot of time talking about the rest of the questions, you can skip this! But if your group needs a warm-up, or is on the quiet side, starting this way is easy and helpful.
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?
- There is so much to be said about a rich passage like this... and you don't have to be an expert! Make sure people know that it's okay to not understand things, and encourage them to go and figure it out by reading more and doing some research! Not knowing things leads us to figuring them out!
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?
- The bigness of Christ gives us perspective like nothing else can. Especially when we look at the next section. It's not just anyone that saved us... it's THAT GUY that saved us. That's the idea behind this incredible passage!
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?
If you want to use the last part of this question question, frame it up for everyone first. "How would your life fit into the idea of “once this… BUT now this…”?
Lead the way and do it first if you are going to talk about this part of the question!
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 easy answer is, "I need to read my Bible more", or "I need to pray more." YES, those are probably always true! But identifying where we have trouble believing or understanding helps us also figure out what stands in the way of us believing or understanding. Identify those things, and you will be more likely to land on tangible things that can happen to help your unbelief.
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