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.
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
Everyone’s Mission story is different, so let’s get on the same page! In the last 2 years, who has…
Started attending Mission?
Taken a next step like a group, a team, giving, or something else?
Been financially helped, or know someone who has?
If you were here for it, what impact did the original Rooted series have on you? If you weren’t here, what did you know about the Rooted Journey after coming to Mission?
money, money, money…
It’s VERY important that you do the first part above! Get a good understanding of who was around for the original Rooted journey, and who wasn’t - and what kind of understanding everyone has of what Rooted was.
Rooted was about SO much more than money. But at the same time, financial sacrifice was a big part! So often, the wallet is the “last thing converted” in a person. Jesus says “where our treasure is, our heart is also.” And you better believe He was right!
Although you should approach it sensitively, don’t shy away from the topic of giving and people’s experience with it. It may even help to mention that NO ONE should share amounts of any kind when they talk about their history with giving. That will confirm that there should be no anxiety or misplaced pride that comes with sharing giving amounts.
But don’t shy away! Money is a HEART issue, and that’s why Jesus talked about it so much. So if you want to get to some great heart topics… talking about money can be just the right thing to get there!
Connect with the Message
The Rooted Journey
The Rooted Journey centered on Colossians 2:6-7, which says “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” We focused on how the key themes of Trust, Sacrifice, Surrender, Faithful Obedience, and Thankfulness lead to a “Rooted life”.
Over the last 2 years, whether you were a part of the Rooted Journey or not, how have some of these themes played a part in your relationship with God?
How has financial generosity played a part in your relationship with God? Has it been a hard journey for you to go on? How have you seen your faith grow as you’ve sacrificed financially for the good of others?
The story of Mission
The story of Mission’s building journey over the last 3 years has been a crazy one! Step by step, we kept thinking we knew the story that God was writing for the future of Mission - but at each step, God surprised us with a twist that was better than expected. Success is faithful obedience to the next step - because he rarely gives us the full plan up front.
How can you relate to this journey in your own life?
How does that phrase, “success is faithful obedience to God”, challenge the view of success that the world gives us, and that we judge our own lives by?
Keep asking questions
This is such a good chance to mine for meaning in someone’s story, and clarifying questions are the primary way to do that.
If someone starts with a hypothetical answer, ask for a personal experience! And once they start sharing, know that this story is probably something that shapes their experience with God and their faith overall. So listen well, and ask great questions through these lenses!
What information would help me connect with them more deeply?
What information would help me encourage their growth?
Psalm 37 says “Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; And he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your ways to the Lord; trust also in Him and He will do it.” God’s placed each of us somewhere - but he won’t cultivate faithfulness for us. He wants us to grow up in Him and believe what he says about us, because he’s got things for us to do.
Do you feel a sense of purpose around where you’ve placed in your life? (your family, your neighborhood, your social circles, etc) In what areas of life do you have trouble delighting yourself in the Lord?
As you’ve followed Jesus, how have the “desires of your heart” started to change?
Invited into a bigger story
(Read 2 Corinthians 4:7 for more context)
God is inviting every person to join His bigger story, the one He’s been writing for 2000 years. No person or church is God’s gift to their city - Jesus is God’s gift to the world. But, God uses us to bring hope to the world.
Why does God choose to use broken, fragile people to act as the “conduit” between Him and other people?
Why is it so important for us to recognize the bigger story we’re a part of?
humility, humility, humility
The weight of the calling on our lives should weigh us down appropriately - because what He’s called us to is IMPOSSIBLE! It’s a complete paradox - that the treasure of hope and redemption in Christ would be stored in us, fragile and broken and incapable as we are.
And that’s just the point - the weight of the call on our lives should bring us to our knees, pushing us toward the power of God and incredible grace that brought him to entrust his message to us.
And, it’s so important to clue into how God is moving in the rest of the world, AND how He’s moved all throughout the history of the Church in the last 2000 years. It becomes clear that we are such a small part of a massive movement - and that keeps us humble, faithful, and laser-focused on exactly what God has called us to next. We all play our part, and nothing else.
Fan → Follower // Attending → Being
Mike said that our lives become rooted when we move from being fans to being followers, and from attending church to being the church. It’s great to be thankful for Jesus, but it’s better to be committed to Jesus, living out our faith in the real world.
Think about some times when your convictions turned into actions - when your faith changed how you live. What kind of impact did that have on the world around you? Where did you obedience positively affect someone else?
What does it mean to “be” the church? What’s a tangible next step toward “being the church” where you live, work, or play?
Filling heaven up
The more mature in your faith you become, the more you see how much God cares about reaching those without hope and without grace. God gave up his best so we could be restored, and calls us to do the same for the people in our world by sharing the hope we’ve found in Jesus.
How were you introduced to Jesus? Was it because of someone else sharing their hope with you in some capacity?
Have you had the chance to share the hope you’ve found in Jesus with a friend? What’s it been like when you’ve invited someone to attend church with you?
Who’s on your list? Who has God uniquely called you and equipped you to reach out to with an invitation to find the hope you’ve found in Jesus?
Grateful / hopeful
At the end of service, we wrote down some things on little tags we hung on the floorboards that were signed 2 years ago by those kicking off the Rooted Journey. One side was something God has done in the last 2 years that we look back on with gratitude. The other was something we are hopeful he’ll do in the next season, either in our lives or in the life of someone without the hope of Jesus.
What did you (or would you) write on your tag?
How can you lean in toward that thing you’re hoping for? How can you cultivate faithfulness as you wait for God to move?
READ. PRAY. DO.
The Rooted theme verse came from Colossians 2:6-7, so spend some time filling out the context around it! Start with the quick video below to get the big picture of Colossians, and then jump in and start reading!
Pray this prayer on your own, or use it to kickstart your own personal prayer time.
Father, as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are your ways higher than our ways, and your thoughts higher than our thoughts. We can only look back with gratitude, seeing all the ways you’ve given us more than we deserve and loved us with a patient but jealous passion.
But we don’t just look back - we look forward to what you could do. What you could free us from. Who you could reach that we think is too far gone. Who you could redeem that we think would never want it. Give us faith that expects you to show up, expects you to work miracles, and expects that you’ll use our small and meager lives to do your incredible work in this world.
Invite someone to an Easter service!
Easter and Christmas are two of the best times to invite someone to church with you - people are more likely to say yes around these holidays! Share some names out loud and even commit to sharing with the group once you’ve invited them! Pray for each other’s people throughout the week, and make a plan for getting to your people early on.