This week’s study is on family. Let’s go into this week with a lot of prayer, being sensitive to those women in our group who aren’t in a season of marriage and family and those who have suffered much pain from their families. Find common ground among the group, one way to do this is to focus on the fact that we all come from a family of origin (for better or for worse) so even if we aren’t all raising a family under one roof at the moment, we are all experts on family.
This week we gave two options for some of the questions; the first is more general, the second is more personal. Our groups are all moving at different paces when it comes to the openness and vulnerability. Only you know your group and which questions would encourage them to open up verses those that would make them squirm and shut down. We trust you to make that decision and encourage you to lead with appropriate vulnerability yourselves. Here’s to many “me too” moments in our groups this week!
- Pray for your group members by name. By now you know some of their stories and God is probably revealing to you how you could encourage them in their journey toward Christ. Listen and act on what you hear. There are few things as thrilling in this life as being used to help spur someone on in their relationship with God.
- By this time you may have lost a few members. If this has occurred, do not be discouraged or assume that you have done something wrong. Instead, contact those who haven’t shown up in a few weeks to see how they’re doing. Ask if they’re still interested in being in the group, letting them know that they’re missed but that you also understand if this isn’t a good time for them to be in a group.
- 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.
- Share the “peak” (highlight) and “pit” (low) of your week.
- Flipping through this last week's homework, overall, what stood out to you the most? What day had the most impact on you?
From Day One (page 93)...
- If you already have an “other,” whether a mother or daughter figure, describe her place in your life?
- Do you need to know today that Christ still specializes in home improvements? Without saying too much, what are a few places you’d like to see God perform some much needed repairs?
From Day Two (page 99)...
- Has walking with God resulted in a change in your circumstances? If so, how?
From Day Three (page 105)...
- Christ did not issue you permission to bear much fruit. He issued you a commission. What do you sense him saying personally to you right now?
From Day Four (pages 107 and 110)...
- It’s testimony time. In what way would you say God has brought you out of oppression into a spacious place?
- How much does God’s loyalty mean to you and why?
From Day five (page 114)...
- When have you needed to be “heard” by God more than you needed Him to give you what you momentarily might have wanted?
- 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!
- E-mail 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.
- Praise the women who are faithfully attending and completing their homework. Huge pat on the back to you too for your commitment to lead this study, serving and loving these women so well!