We read this statement together before every group discussion. It helps transition the group to discussion time, it reaffirms our highest values, and sets a tone of trust, consistency, and safety for everyone in the group.
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 kind of kid were you growing up?
- Looking through chapters 6-11 of Restless, which parts spoke to you and why?
If you did the Bible reading, what caught your attention in Genesis chapters 39-40? Can someone summarize these two chapters for us?
On pages 56-59, Jennie describes four starting places we may be in our search for greater purpose. Which starting place do you identify with most, and why?
At the starting line
On the yellow pages 70-71, Jennie asks us a few questions, let’s discuss our answers:
When you anticipate dreaming about God’s purpose for your life, what fears or worries do you have?
Do you feel discontent right now? How does that discontment tie into a desire for purpose?
Have misguided or wrong motives ever stopped you from doing something you wanted to do for God? What were those dreams?
What do you most hope to get out of this process?
On pages 78-79 we see a visual of Joseph’s story:
Describe the journey to Joseph's purpose
Describe Joseph’s attitude throughout his journey
How might Joseph have felt in the decades of suffering?
What do you think God’s perspective on Joseph’s suffering was?
How can you relate to Joseph’s story of suffering? In light of God’s perspective on Joseph’s suffering, how does his story change how you see your own suffering?
Chapters 12-16 & Genesis Chapters 41-43