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.
In the second week of Crazy Like Us, we’re looking at the differences between being normal and being crazy in a God way.
In the world, “normal” means being happy with an overbooked schedule, running in a million directions, and longing for that next promotion at work. But what if we have it backwards? Mike talks about how Jesus says, we do. In fact, Jesus calls us to be radically different. Jesus says if we want to be first, go last. You want to be great? Serve somebody.
Breaking the Ice
When you hear the “American Dream” nowadays, does it have the same meaning for you as when it was first coined?
Learning to Think Differently
Mike challenged us to change our views on how we evaluate our time, money, relationships, morality, and values.
How do you feel about being counter-culture with these elements of our lives?
The Narrow Gate
Matthew 7:13-14(TNIV) says, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Do you believe the wide road leads to destruction?
Life Against the Grain
God could say, go ahead and get along with everybody. Do what everyone else does and never make them uncomfortable.
What does it achieve to be spiritually uncomfortable when everyone else has made this their home?
Self-Confident or God-Confident?
Romans 12:2(Msg) says, “Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out.”
We’re always trying to be the most successful and appear full of confidence. What in your life changes when you become God confident instead?
What do the children have that we don’t?
Think back to when you were a kid. Kids aren’t sinless, but they are distinctly different than adults. In Matthew 18:3, Jesus says, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
What does it mean that you can’t enter the kingdom of God unless you become like the little children?
READ. PRAY. DO.
If there’s anything we’ve learned this week, it’s that we’ve gotten it all backwards. Take a look at the below passages and see how they contrast with the world’s definition of “normal.”
Pray this prayer on your own, or use it to kickstart your own personal prayer time.
Father, Thank you for valuing my life so much that you would die for my sin/iniquity. Thank you for blessing me with so much richness in my life! Help me to grow in my craziness for you and less comfortable being normal in this world. Teach me this week how to be right with you.
Get spiritually uncomfortable this week!
Take a break from doing one “normal” thing this week and spend that time “resting” in Him. In your rest, spend at least 10 minutes journaling about how you can make that time an offering to God for the rest of the week.