We hope your first gathering last week went great! Last week was all about getting to know each other better and being introduced to the Living Free study material. I (Kelly) am always struck by how much of a need these groups truly fill. There’s something about women gathering, sharing, studying God’s word and praying together that is so powerful and so, so needed. You, my friend, are helping to fill that need and we’re so crazy thankful for you. This is just the beginning!
- Contact any group members who didn’t show up last week, let them know they were missed and encourage them to make it to group this week.
- Pray for the ladies in your group individually. Reach out to any women in your group whom God especially puts on your heart and mind.
- Be thinking, praying and on the look out for a woman in your group who could potentially be an unofficial co-leader if you don’t already have one. As a leader, there’s nothing like having someone you know you can trust to help you out, whether that means leading for you while you’re away or asking her to reach out to someone you think could benefit from hearing from her. Part of good leadership is delegating anything that doesn’t have to be done by you. It also honors the person asked and allows others to exercise their spiritual gifts.
- Remind whoever signed up to bring refreshments that it’s their week to bring them!
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.
- Describe a time in your life that you felt most free.
Remember, the questions below are a roadmap to a great conversation! But go where the conversation leads, and don't be afraid to camp out where you see traction in the conversation!
- Flipping through Week One’s homework on Demolishing Strongholds, what stuck out to you the most? Why do you think it had an impact on you?
- From Day One, page 8... Describe a time when God kept you safe.
- From Day Two, page 12... Why do you think the battlefield is the mind rather than actions?
- From Day Three, page 17... Can you cite some other examples when God acted in ways opposite to what humans naturally expect?
- From Day Four, page 23... How is intimacy with God different from the goal of being good enough to be acceptable to God? And What do you think Scripture means by taking “captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ?”
- From Day Five, page, 26... In what areas of your life do you need God’s power?
next week's study
"To Know God & Believe Him" page 30-49
(now watch the video that sets up the week's homework below!)
The videos this session preview the homework that you'll do over the next week. Watch them after your discussion of the previous week's homework!
The videos are on YouTube, so you can watch them by connecting your computer to your TV with a video cable, or by using a simple casting device like a Chromecast, Roku Stick, Amazon Fire TV Stick, or Apple TV!
- Now pair up in two’s and revisit this last question asked, “In what areas of your life do you need God’s power?” Take turns praying for each other; that God shows up in that area of you and your partner’s life.
- If you sense that anyone might feel uncomfortable with this, you can try groups of 3! And you can tell everyone that it's okay to pray silently for each other as well! Everyone gets to go their own speed.
end group on time!
- We are all battling "busy" in our lives. Time matters, and it can make or break a good experience. The big idea here is simple: more often than not, ending when you've said you will has to trump whatever conversation you want to keep having. That is a big statement, with plenty of loopholes and exceptions, but don't miss the force of it. You never know who you are hurting by taking that extra 10... 15... or 20 minutes...
Time is not a schedule issue... it's a respect issue. And respect leads to trust. So continue to create an environment of trust by respecting your group members' time!
Child dedication is a chance for parents to express their desire and dedication to raise their child in such a way that he or she would grow up in a relationship with God. It is an opportunity for the family to commit to teaching and showing the child the love of God, and it’s a chance for our church to commit to supporting the family throughout the journey of raising their child.
We will dedicate children at each of the four services on Mother's Day, Sunday May 8th.
- Pray for your ladies throughout the week, asking God for any promptings on how He may use you to help draw them closer to Him.
- Contact anyone who didn't show up to group this week, letting them know they were missed and asking if they plan to join you all in the future. Update your CCB group as you hear of additions/subtractions to your group.