We are a group of imperfect people pursuing a perfect God, and these are some of the ways that we ensure healthy group discussions:
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.
When we hit a rumble strip at the wheel, we know we need to course correct! Rumble strips are there to protect us from ditches. But how do we know when God rumbles?
Jodi said, “It’s not enough to not want to be in the ditch, we need to plan not to be in the ditch.”
This week we’re discussing how to keep our hands at 10 and 2 by reading Ephesians 5:14-20.
Connect with each other
Do you sing in the car? The shower? What’s your go-to jam?
Connect with the Message
SLEEPING WHILE AWAKE
In Ephesians 5:14, Paul calls us to wake up! We can do a lot of things while we sleep. We can walk, talk, and even sing. When we’re asleep, we’re vulnerable. We are going through our sleeping hours unaware of what’s around us. We’re in the dark, even if the light is on.
Paul was addressing Christians in Ephesians—people who were already awake and belonging to the light, but still choosing darkness.
Why do you think God allows us to continue our journey among the sleeping/dead?
Discussion doesn’t have to have an answer
Some questions have really long answers, take a whole lot of prayer, relating, and study. And sometimes, God doesn’t reveal a satisfying answer until we need an answer for someone else.
Enjoy the discussion and remember His character is always to love us, even while we are slowly navigating toward Him.
Jesus willingly left His Spirit with us to live in our hearts and help us on our journey. The Holy Spirit is referred to with many names throughout the bible. To name a few:
Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby (John 14:16)
Breath of the Almighty (Job 33:4)
Spirit of Counsel (Isaiah 11:2)
Free, Willing Spirit (Psalm 51:12)
Spirit of grace (Hebrews 10:29)
Spirit of His Son (Galatians 4:6 / 1 Peter 1:11)
Spirit of Truth (John 14:17)
Take each name one by one and discuss. Do you expect the Holy Spirit to act in these ways? Have you witnessed it in your own life?
Jodi said, “God’s preference for us isn’t to wait till we get into a ditch to help us, but to prevent us from getting in a ditch in the first place…PLAN “A” IS PREVENTION.”
Discuss how the bible, prayer/relationship, the Holy Spirit, and relationships with other Christians keep us on 10 and 2.
Paul says we should be “speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit.”
Why do you think God puts so much emphasis on singing as a form of worship?
Some examples: An entire book in the bible (Psalms) and Paul and Silas’s time in Prison (Acts 16:16-40).
How do you engage with musical worship on Sunday? Is your engagement level where you want it to be? If it’s not, what’s standing in the way for you?
what’s a road trip without a playlist?
Challenge your group to sing this week and watch what happens. We’re commanded to sing because it’s good for our hearts!
If your group wants to study further, the website Desiring God has some great thoughts on the subject.
READ. PRAY. DO.
Read… SOMETHING! This month, it’s not as much about which part of the Bible you read… it’s about just reading A part of it! The YouVersion Bible app is FILLED with hundreds of plans that will help you explore different biblical themes and topics, or read through specific sections over a certain amount of time. Pick something and go for it!
Pray this prayer on your own, or use it to kickstart your own personal prayer time.
Father, Thank you Lord for not bailing on me! Thank you for sending Your Spirit to be with me on my journey. I want you to speak truth into my life. Give me a daily desire for your Word and the power to stay the course. Help me live in the light even when the darkness is surrounding me.
Over the month of January, pick one of these weekly challenges and focus on it for a week or more.
5-Minute Morning and Night Challenge
Dedicate the first 5 and last 5 minutes of your day to remembering your identity as a much loved child of God. Listen to a worship song, read meditate on a Psalm, journal or pray on paper, or do whatever else helps you remember who you are. Do it EVERYDAY for a week.
Go to school on what you believe
Spend a week asking questions and intentionally learning. The Bible Project has a huge collection of short animated videos that explore each book of the Bible, different biblical themes, and much much more. Take some of your questions about God, faith, or anything else and go to school to fill in the gaps in what you believe!
Join a Volunteer Team
Take a week to investigate the different volunteer teams at Mission and pray about the best place for you to jump in. Intentionally serving others is one of the best ways to jumpstart your own spiritual growth.