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.
- Do you currently have the kind of trusted friendship John describes? Have you ever had that kind of friendship?
Most of these questions are also in your [SEVEN] book, but you can find extras or additions here.
- Which characteristic of a "two-way" relationship is most or least important to you? Why?
- Chemistry: Do I get along easily with this guy?
- Curiosity: Is he a guy who would say, "Tell me more."
- No Competition: Is this guy always trying to one-up me?
- Cheerleading: Is this a guy who cheers me on in life?
- Shared Values: Does this guy value faith, marriage, and family as I do?
- Common Interests: Do we enjoy the same activities?
- Safety: Can I trust this guy with a secret?
- Do you agree there are things a man should tell a trusted male friend but not his wife? Why or why not?
- What would be your next step in finding the kind of friendship John talks about?
- Check out the "Books that have Shaped Me" on page 57 and get an idea of what might be best to read!
Use the last 15 minutes of group to ask if anyone has any prayer requests and close in prayer. Send around the prayer requests out to the group so everyone can be praying throughout the week.