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.
Have you identified where God has rumbled in your life? So far we’ve seen how God gives us rumble strips to help us stay on the road, how to make decisions at a crossroad, how God rumbles when we’re headed in the wrong direction, and how His rumbles can keep us focused on our journey. He also gives us tools to keep our ride smooth, like worship, the Holy Spirit, and His Word (Bible).
But who do we take on our journey? Does God want us to go it alone?
Proverbs 13:20 says, “He who walks with the wise, grows wise. But a companion of fools will suffer harm.”
Connect with each other
What was your first car? When did you get it?
Connect with the Message
The Church: God’s Hands, Mouth, and Feet
Church is uncomfortable for a lot of people—even believers. But typically, the reason church is uncomfortable isn’t the idea of church itself, but the imperfect thing it becomes when people get involved. We discuss every week there are no perfect people, but we still need each other. God knows this and puts people in our lives to help us on our journey. But church isn’t something God needs. God knows we need the church.
Have you always been a church-goer? What has kept you coming back?
If you haven’t always been a church-goer, why did that change?
Many people have wounds from “the church.” Make sure your group knows that you are there for them if they need help navigating a situation that left them wounded.
Robert Putnam says, “if you belong to no groups but decide to join one, you cut your risk of dying over the next year in half.” Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, God designed us to thrive together.
Have you ever considered choosing a row to sit together in at church, or volunteering on the same team? How would that change your Sunday experience?
Discuss your schedules and see if you can choose a service together.
doing church together
The object of this question isn’t to make people feel bad. It’s a conversation starter on doing church in circles, not rows. When we create bonds by sitting together and possibly even eating a meal after together, we grow closer.
Even more, when we do church together and are comfortable ourselves, it’s easier for us to break our comfort zones and invite new people into our circles.
Choosing Friends Wisely
1 Corinthians 15:33 says, “Don’t be misled, bad company corrupts good character.” It’s important to choose friends that encourage you on your road trip. Good friends love you for who you are, encourage you to be wise, tell you the truth, and make you feel like your best self.
What are your top 3 criteria for a friend? Would you say that you have those kinds of friends right now?
Mike asked us to consider two questions:
Where do I need to be more intentional about pursuing providential relationships?
Where do I need to be more available to being a providential relationship?
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, You know me, you know my sin, and still decided to be my Father. Thank you for loving me so much that you sent your son to die for me! Because of you, I am healed! You are worthy of my praise! Please help me make wise decisions this week and to appreciate those around me. Please help me be generous with my time and remember what’s important.
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.