I got this text late last night from my good friend whom is also in my Spark group. She’s on a road trip with her family right now:
During our long drives I have a lot of time to think and it’s so good to let all the study content work through my head. At times I feel so overwhelmed with my strongholds. But when I do, I close my eyes and breathe and remember how I can become free.
So glad you asked me, so glad I joined.
I miss the group but I’m doing my workbook, Bible reading and praying on my own. God works in my life. He does wonderful things. The trip is going smoothly and I am happy and peaceful.
I love her words for a couple of reasons, 1) it touches on our calling of Making Space at Mission. I’ve prayed for this friend to come to know Jesus every since I met her years ago. I invited her to Mission three times and on the third time she joined me at the most recent Spark event, where she also joined my Spark group. I’m so glad there was space for her and that we’re making even more space for others like her. 2) Less than two months later she’s texting me things like, God works in my life. Pinch me. 3) Lastly, she’s experiencing God’s peace, perhaps for the first time, and that’s what we’re studying this week!
- Think and pray through your group of women: who may need to hear from you this week? Perhaps she shared something she’s going through last week and could use an encourage text or phone call. Or maybe there’s a woman who hasn't shown up to groups for a couple of weeks in a row, reach out to her or ask someone in your group to please reach out to her.
- 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 the physical place you feel the most peace. It could be a vacation spot, someone’s home, your home, a favorite beach, anywhere!
- Flipping through week three’s homework on “Experiencing God’s Peace,” what stuck out to you the most?
- From Day One, page 91... Have you experienced difficult times when you totally surrendered to christ and you found that His peace transcends understanding? If so, what did you learn from the experience?
- From Day Two, page 94... What kinds of situations threaten your peace? And page 95, Which of the three images of peace seems most important to your life right now? Why?
- Flip to Day Three... Did anything speak to you specifically on this day? If so, what? Why do you think it stood out to you?
- From Day Four, page 102... Why do you think the enemy would rather we do anything than pray?
- Day five is about prayer being the way to peace. On page 107 Beth notes, “I am hopeless to live the victorious life without prayer.” Have you experienced a change in your prayer life since beginning this study? If so, what’s changed?
Next week's study
Session 6: "Enjoying God's Presence"
On page 106 Beth notes, “Prayer matters. The Spirit of God released through our prayers and the prayers of others turn cowards into conquerors, chaos into calm, cries into comfort.”
- Break up into groups of three. Share anything you feel comfortable sharing that is currently threatening your peace. Now take turns praying with each other, releasing those things to God’s loving and capable hands.
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!
- 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 encouraging them to come next week.
A SPECIAL GIFT IS COMING YOUR WAY THIS WEEK!
Watch your inbox later this week for an invite to something really special! It's called Right Now Media, and I think it's going to help you, your group members, and your group on the whole this summer! TONS more info coming next week!