When we gather as a group, these are some ways we ensure the best group discussion:
We make the circle safe by staying honest and transparent - leave the masks at the door.
We keep it inside the circle. Each person’s story is theirs alone to share.
We look to the Bible for wisdom and truth, and work together to let it shape how we see the world.
We don’t try to fix each other in front of each other or give unsolicited advice. We lovingly save hard conversations for private moments.
We respect each others’ time by starting and ending when we say we will.
We believe that in Jesus Christ, there is hope for everyone.
Everyone has a different picture come to mind when they hear “Church People.” And honestly... most of those pictures aren’t very good. People see opinions, judgement, buildings, politics, and organizations... but Jesus had a completely different idea when He established the church. He envisioned called out, rescued people joining the mission of God to bring redemption of hope to everyone in His world. And it’s time we all got back to being the church instead of just going to one.
This week we moved from the irresistible message we carry to the winsome lives we are called to live.
Remember, the questions are not a checklist to be completed, or in the perfect order! They’re simply guardrails to help you have a natural discussion about what we learned on Sunday.
Connect with each other
Winsome Church people
What examples of “winsome” church people have you had in your life? What kind of message did they send about what God was like?
Connect with the Message
Extravagant (read Luke 15:20-24 for context)
Extravagantly generous people stand out in our stingy world, and the church should be full of the most generous people on the planet.
This is high calling, and means big sacrifice for every follower of Jesus. So why is it so important that we would be extravagantly generous?
How has your movement toward generosity grown your faith?
Jodi especially encouraged us to not just be seasonally extravagant and generous. when big things like Night to Remember happen. What opportunities do you see in your own regular life to be more extravagant or generous to people that are overlooked, under-celebrated, or in need?
Secure people stand out in our insecure world. When we start focusing less on ourselves, because we are secure in Christ, we can start noticing and caring for others like God notices and cares for us.
What kind of insecurities keep our focus on ourselves and stop us from noticing and caring for others?
How might God want to respond to those insecurities? What does he have to say about them?
What would it look like to notice, care for, and bring hope to the people that you might be missing where you live, work, and play?
Faithful people stand out in our fickle world. Colossians 3:17, “ And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.”
In the world right around you, where do you see the negative effects of fickleness and unfaithfulness?
Is it hard to believe and act like you are a representative of Jesus in certain areas of your life?
How would your faithfulness make an impact on the people around you?
Salt and light
Jesus described his followers as salt of the earth, charged with preserving what is good and adding value to whatever we touch.
An all-too-common attempt at “preserving good” is arguing and yelling about morality. But that isn’t exactly winsome… What does it look like to preserve goodness, truth, justice, kindness, and compassion in a way that is winsome and inviting?
READ. PRAY. DO.
When Jodi talked about how secure we are in God’s hands, she mentioned a huge list of ways that God has made us IN. Read the verses and the context around them throughout the Bible!
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
2 Corinthians 1:21-22
2 Timothy 1:7
1 John 5:18
Pray this prayer on your own, or use it to kickstart your own personal prayer time.
Jesus, you are the perfect picture of a human. You lived the perfect life, and you chose to give it away so we could flourish. Help us become more like you, living extravagantly generous, secure, and faithful lives so that everyone we encounter can see how good you are.
Write down your own story of grace.
Writing down your story will help you spend time reflecting on what God has done for you and how He’s changed you. Think through what your life was like before He rescued you, and how He paved the way for grace to show up in your life.