care by communicating
Keep contacting your group members outside of group time. This is where the magic happens. People feel needed, wanted and cared for when they receive little pings from you and other group members throughout the week. It gets really fun when the whole group is communicating all week long. If you have a large group, you can try a few different messaging apps like whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, or Google Allo, since group texts with over 10 people aren't possible!
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.
What is the best gift you’ve ever been given?
This week we got into the first of the five benefits God intends for His children: to know God and believe him. Our theme verse was Isaiah 43:10. “You are my witnesses declares the Lord, ‘and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.”
Beth describes the five benefits God intends for His children like this, “snapshot pictures of what God intends for us to become, five glimpses of God’s heart.”
Flipping through Week Two’s homework on “to know & believe Him,” which day had the most impact on you? Why?
From Day One, page 31... which of the benefits means the most to you or that you must need in your life right now?
Benefit 1: know God and believe Him (Isaiah 43:10)
Benefit 2: glorify God (Isaiah 43:7)
Benefit 3: find satisfaction in God (Isaiah 55:2)
Benefit 4: experience God’s peace (Isaiah 48:18
Benefit 5: enjoy God’s presence (Isaiah 43:2-3)
From Day Two, page 38... What issues in your life challenges your belief in God’s ability or desire to help you?
From Day Three, page 40... Name someone you know who gives clear evidence that they really know God. What about this person is different from other people?
Flipping through Day Four, what stuck out to you the most? Why do you think it had an impact on you?
From Day Five, page 49... which passage in the margin did you choose to write your Scripture prayer? Why?
The videos this session preview the homework that you'll do over the next week. Watch them after your discussion! They are all about 15 minutes long.
The videos are on Vimeo, so you can watch them by connecting your computer to your TV with an HDMI cable, or by using a simple casting device like a Chromecast, Roku Stick, Amazon Fire TV Stick, or Apple TV!
To Glorify God (pages 51-69)
Use the last 15 minutes of group to ask if anyone has any prayer requests and close in prayer. Send around the prayer requests out to the group so everyone can be praying throughout the week.