I read a few verses this week that made me think of you, Spark Group Leaders. They were written to elders (leaders of the entire church) but I think they can apply to anyone who is leading others in the church:
Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them- not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples of the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
1 Peter 5:2-4
What you do matters. Immensely. It’s a high calling; being a shepherd of God’s flock, having women under our care, watching over them, serving those He’s entrusted to us, and being an example to them. But God He has equipped you for all of it and will lead you every step of the way if you ask him to. Plus, glance back at that last verse: the reward is eternal.
SUMMER IS COMING! CHECK OUT THE VIDEO ABOVE FOR SOME IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT SUMMER BREAK FROM GROUPS!
Summer break is really important. But, it's a long time to go without meeting in our groups. But luckily, summer doesn't have to be one-size-fits-all.
THIS WEEK is the time to talk through the upcoming break with your group and figure out the best way to keep moving toward God together over the next 3 months. Lead your people through the questions below, and next week we will talk more about using people's thoughts and responses to make a summer game plan.
>>> QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR GROUP THIS WEEK <<<
- What's your summer schedule look like? (have them bring some important dates next week)
- What part can each of us play in helping the group stay connected? (can someone host something? who can plan a party?)
- What's one way we'd like to move toward God together this summer? (a specific topic of interest to study, service projects, deeper friendships and accountability, helping each other reach out to friends, family, and neighbors, etc.)
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 your week in one word. Then explain why you chose that word.
- Flipping through week three’s homework on “to glorify God,” overall what stuck out to you the most, why?
- From Day One, page 71
What might be some of the evidences of lacking satisfaction with Jesus? If you were a doctor diagnosing an illness, what symptoms would you look for?
- From Day Two, page 75
Could you relate to the list of things people tend to seek, thinking they will satisfy our deep inner longer? On page 76 did you have anything to add to the list?
- From Day Three, page 80
We were challenged to ask God to fill us up with a soul full of Jesus. How was your “satisfaction field trip?”
- From Day Four, page 83
Can you see the strong tie between our quest for satisfaction and the worship of idols? Does anyone want to share any personal experiences with this?
- From Day Five, page 85
Explain in your own words why we must find satisfaction in Christ to successfully overcome our idolatry.
next week's study
Week 5: Experience God's Peace (pages 89-107)
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!
- Spend the last 15 minutes of group praying together. On page 87 Beth notes,
“The most monumental leap we take toward freedom is the leap to our knees in surrender to the lordship of Jesus Christ.”
Pair up the women in your group and have them take turns sharing what, specifically, they need prayer for when it comes to finding their satisfaction in Christ. Now take these requests to God together.
- End the study on time. People can still hang out longer if you’re up for that as the host.
- 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.