Wrecked Week Two — May 2017

Wrecked

Week Two

Ernest Smith

 

START

To get your group started ask everyone to respond to the following question:

During the snow storm this weekend… are you a hunker down and stay in until the snow melts or do you venture out into the snow?

CONNECT (Series Overview)

We are continuing this series called wrecked where we are looking at what we should do when we face storms in our lives. It is inevitable that we will all face these storms, but each of us responds differently during them.

Talk about some different ways people handle storms in their lives.

Even though we each may handle these storms differently, we can all benefit from having some survival tips in our back pocket to help us make it through. In this series we are looking at four survival strategies that we learn from God’s word to help us not only survive the storms but thrive through them. In order to find these strategies we are looking at a storm in the bible found in Acts chapter 27.

Read Acts 27:20

Have you ever been in a storm in life when you have given up all hope?

Last week our survival skill was Stay on the Ship. Even when we feel like we want to give up, we need to stay through it to come out of the wreckage whole at the end. This week’s strategy is Be Still and Chill.

LEARN

During this storm in Acts 27 we hear Paul’s advice to the 276 people on board to stay on the ship. So they cut the lifeboat, the backup plan, and wait.

Read Acts 27:33-34

What is Paul’s advice and how is it significant for survival in this situation?

Through this simple instruction of eating, Paul is pointing out that panicking, worrying, and stressing about whether or not we are going to hit shore or if we aren’t going to make it doesn’t do anything for us. What they need to focus on and what we can focus on is taking care of ourselves. To be still and chill.

When have you ever worried your problems away?

The word “worry” comes from the Old English word wyrgan and it means to strangle. In Middle English the original sense of the word meant “seize by the throat and tear.”

Describe a time when worry made you feel strangled.

This doesn’t mean that we ignore the storms that we are in or somehow minimize them or their significance. What we are saying is that when we are in a storm and find ourselves panicked, worried, fearful, or hopeless… we need to take care of ourselves by finding times to rest and be still. Sometimes the most holy thing you can do is take a nap. We can’t survive unless we rest.

Read Luke 12:25-26

What is the best ways for you to find time to take a break and seek out rest? (ex. Do you exercise, nap, cook, etc)

What are some reasons that you neglect to find rest or time to be still and chill? (ex. Being a mom, lack of days off, crazy work responsibilities, etc.)

Read Psalm 46:10

In Hebrew the phrase for “be still” is “rapha” and it means to cease striving. This statement is made toward the end of a Psalm that is all about God’s power and what He can do. Read through the entirety of Psalm 46.

What are we reminded about God’s power in this psalm?

Ceasing striving and knowing that he is God starts with our own salvation. There is nothing we can do to earn it,  we just need to trust that Jesus came, lived a perfect life, died on the cross for our sins, then rose from the dead three days later to show us that He was and is God.

RESPOND

So what do we need to do to give over to God today and say… God, this is really hard for me but I acknowledge that I make a terrible God. I need you to show up and come through in this situation.

Read Acts 27:36

What happened when the people on the boat decided to be still and chill?

PRAY

As a group, spend some time praying for each other and the struggles we all face. If you are in a co-ed group, consider breaking up into men and women’s groups to talk more freely.

SEND

“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.” Psalm 62:5

 

Wrecked Week One — April 2017

Wrecked

Week One

Ernest Smith

 

START

To get your group started ask everyone to respond to the following question:

If you could BE a snow storm, hail storm, or wind storm, which would you be and why?  

CONNECT (Series Overview)

We are starting a new series this week called Wreck where we are going to look at what our response is when we are facing the storms in life. We’ve said this before at Front Range, but it’s pretty safe to say that either you’ve been through storms in your life, are currently walking through one, or there is a storm coming in your future that it would help for you to be prepared for.

If you’ve lived in Colorado long enough, can you remember one of the bigger snow storms that have hit this area? Where were you and what do you remember about them?

Some of the weather storms that hit throughout our lives, hurricanes, rain storms, blizzards, can often times cause some havoc for cities. People work hard to get prepared because of some of the side effects that come with these natural storms. Electricity can go out, roads can close, and ultimately plans need to change. Sometimes we need to wait them out, other times we need to actively work to survive them. There are many parallels here with storms we face in our lives. Most storms you and I will face we won’t be prepared for and they will leave a mess to clean up when they’re over.

LEARN

To help us prepare for and endure these storms in life we are going to look at Paul who endured some of the greatest storms in the bible. The story we’ll look at today happens in Acts. Paul, who wrote most of the New Testament and was a church planter, is coming to Jerusalem to tell the leaders of the church all that God has been doing around the world.

Paul was a targeted leader because he used to be Jewish but because he became a Christian, the Jewish leaders of the community did not like him. When he arrived to the temple he was captured and decide he must be killed. When he is brought before the Governor he is found not guilty and instead sentenced to two years of house arrest. All of this leads to the beginning of Acts 27 when Paul is placed on a boat heading to Turkey.

At this point Paul is being forcefully removed from his planned trajectory and relocated on a different path. When have you experienced this type of route change in your life? Unwarranted and unplanned?

On the boat ride they experience strong winds and a storm that ultimately leads them to dumping their cargo and holding out as long as possible just trying to stay afloat.

Read Acts 27:20

When have you experienced this? What can these feelings of despair lead to?

In the next four weeks we will focus on four storm survival strategies to help us survive the storms in life. The focus for this week is Stay on the Ship.

Read Acts 27:27-29

What are the difficulties and struggles faced in these passages?

What responses do you see from the passengers?

When we are in the midst of the storms, we can’t pretend to be okay when we are not okay. Too many of us are in the midst of the storm and afraid to admit that things could be better. If we act like everything is ok when it’s not, then we won’t do whatever is necessary to get the help that we need. We will simply give up and abandon ship.

Read Acts 27: 30-32

What advice does Paul give to the passengers?

Why could it be hard to follow Paul’s instruction?

We can never get to where God wants us to be in life if we abandon ship. The destination he has set forth for us can only be reached if we’re willing to trust and remain on the ship as it is tossed by the waves. Allowing God to take hold of it and rescue us over and over again.

What are some storms in life that could tempt us to jump ship?

RESPOND

When God tells us everything is clear, everything is going well, things are great, we seem to know what to do. But as soon as things start getting dark we have a tendency to forget what God told us in the light. This is where community can play a big part in keeping us on the ship. If we have people in our lives that can remind us of what God promised us in the light then we can use others’ beliefs and truths to anchor us to the boat when we are being tossed around. There isn’t always a promise that at the end of the storm things will be as we hope, but we can have peace that God will be with us through the storm and when the sun comes back out and the waves calm.

How as a group can we work to keep each other on the ship?

When have you experienced the help and comfort of community?

PRAY

As a group, spend some time praying for each other and the struggles we all face. If you are in a co-ed group, consider breaking up into men and women’s groups to talk more freely.

SEND

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4

 

Signs Week Four — April 2017

Signs

Week Four

Ernest Smith

START

To get your group started ask everyone to respond to the following question:

 

 

If you watch Reality TV shows, which is your favorite and why? If you don’t watch Reality TV, what would be your idea for a show you would watch? 

CONNECT (Series Overview)

Over the last few weeks, we have been looking at the signs that Jesus performed, recorded in the book of John that prove Jesus is the Messiah, that He is fully man and yet fully God.

Often times when we read stories in the bible we can tend to read them in our head but not actually allow them to invade our lives and impact us. Today, we are going to look at the impact that the resurrection has on our lives. The sign of the Resurrection sealed the deal for us. He brought death to death through it and this allows us to have forgiveness, freedom, joy, peace, and life.

A lot of times, this sign–this “coming back to life” — is hard for us to believe. It’s easier to hear the stories about how Jesus lived and accept that in our minds and in our hearts… but to believe that he died and rose again can sometimes be something we hear and think we believe, but in actuality have not actually accepted this as truth deep in ourselves. Most of us struggle with some kind of doubt about our faith, but these doubts can oftentimes be the beginning of real, sincere, grounded faith.

What are some elements or biblical truths that you have had doubts about in your walk? Do you still have these doubts or did you come to a place where these no longer exist?

 

LEARN

Today we are going to look at a guy who was labeled a doubter. His name is Thomas, or often referred to as “Doubting Thomas”. The twelve verses in the bible that describe Thomas describe him as a man who takes risks, was a true realist, and also had doubts.

Read John 20:19

What would be your reaction if you were in the room when Jesus appeared?

If you weren’t there, would you be able to believe the words of your friends who saw him, or would you need to see him face to face? Why?

In this passage we see that Jesus appears in the room before the disciples. Jesus offers peace to the disciples and also proof that he has risen again. As we see in the next few verses, Thomas missed this gathering.

Read John 20:24-25

What are truths about God that you need Him to show you?

People can tell us about the life change that they experience. They can share powerful stories and give accounts of God’s workings and miracles in their lives. But as we will see through this story, while those accounts are important and powerful, in every case, only Jesus himself can bring about revelation of the truth.

Do you believe that when Thomas heard these stories from the other disciples that he wanted to believe?

Read John 20:26-28

What do you think those eight days were like for Thomas?

We see that when Jesus comes back eight days later and Thomas is able to see him with his own eyes, Jesus is patient and kind to allow Thomas an opportunity to solidify his faith by placing his hands in his hands and in his side. He encourages Thomas not to disbelieve but believe.

RESPOND

This Easter weekend, the very presence of God is going to show up and give us exactly what we need to help us believe. We see back in verse 25 that Thomas was able to verbalize what he needed to believe. He said he would not believe unless God himself showed him Jesus’ wounds and resurrected body. He was not chastised by God for this expression of disbelief but he was answered with grace.

Reflecting on your faith, is there anything you need to request of God so that you can believe? Fill in the blank, “Unless I see/hear/understand/learn ______________ I will never believe”.

Allow this to become your prayer for a while to seek and ask of Lord to reveal himself to you. We see in the bible many examples of Jesus’ followers whose doubt often times led them away from Jesus but every time built up a stronger deeper faith within them. Some examples would be Peter who denied Jesus three times, Jesus’ brother James who did not believe he was God until he died and rose again, and Paul who persecuted Christians until Jesus changed his heart. In all of these cases, their faiths grew through these struggles and doubts and made a huge impact on the kingdom. If we allow ourselves to wrestle with our doubts and ask of the Lord to build us up and reveal truth to us, we can impact the Kingdom in a greater way.

Who of the three men listed above do you resonate most with? (Denying Jesus, not believing in Him, persecuting the faith)

PRAY

As a group, spend some time praying for each other and the struggles we all face. If you are in a co-ed group, consider breaking up into men and women’s groups to talk more freely.

SEND

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5

 

Signs Week Three — April 2017

Signs

Week Three

Ernest Smith

 

START

To get your group started ask everyone to respond to the following question:

If you could only keep two aps on your smart phone which two would they be and why?

(ex. Instagram, Podcasts, Google Maps, Front Range Ap, etc.)

CONNECT (Series Overview)

Over the last few weeks, we have been looking at the signs that Jesus performed, recorded in the book of John that prove Jesus is the Messiah, that He is fully man and yet fully God.

Often times when we read stories in the bible we can tend to read them in our head but not actually allow them to invade our lives and impact us. Our story today is one such that we may think we know but sometimes forget to find a way to live out by allowing Jesus to invade our present reality.

LEARN

As the years go by and we experience the good and the bad, the highs and the lows, we can sometimes get ourselves in a trap where we allow the past to affect our present. Whether it’s something we’ve done that we regret, or something that happened to us that we haven’t yet allowed God to shake off us or heal us. This can impact our present and the way we view and understand our relationship with God.

On the flip side there are times when we can remain stuck in the future. We think about what’s coming next, looking forward to the next season of life. Waiting for that special relationship, waiting for school to end, waiting to have kids, waiting to retire, and this can prevent us from living the today God has for us.

The downfall of both of these is it robs us of our present. The story we will study today is going to show us that Jesus desires to invade our present reality. To untangle our messy past and collide that with the future hope and allow us to experience peace, hope, and joy.

In this story we see some of Jesus’ friends, Mary and Martha reaching out to Jesus because their brother is sick and dying.

Read John 11:17-20

How do you think Mary and Martha felt when Jesus delayed in coming to help their brother?

Read John 11:21

What is Martha’s reaction when she sees Jesus?

Martha and Mary had sent a messenger to ask Jesus to come and save Lazarus but he came four days too late–as it would appear to the sisters. Martha’s response is lamenting of “if you would have been here Jesus…”. All throughout the bible we are called to remember what God has done. The miracles, signs, salvations, and his faithfulness. In this particular case, Martha is remembering the past… but she is remembering specifically where God wasn’t. God wasn’t there four days ago to save Lazarus.

For a lot of us, we run into this same problem. A lot of us can look back on our pasts and notice exactly where we didn’t feel God or where God didn’t answer a prayer. These memories can affect how we understand God and His truth because of the past we may have experienced. Some people in this church have experienced things like abuse, neglect, infertility, loss of a job or a loved one, and other dark moments and may be asking “Where were you God?” This isn’t a bad question it just can be an incomplete question.

Have you ever felt like Jesus did not show up when you needed him to?

It is hard to understand God as being loving when we consider what has occurred in our past. We need to battle so that we don’t let the events that are behind us define us.

Read John 11:22

What does Martha mean by this statement?

Read John 11:23-26

How does Jesus invade Martha’s present?

Last week Ernest spoke about a statement Jesus uses “Ego Eimi”, meaning “I am”. This is a statement of Jesus’ identity in that he is God, all powerful and almighty. Through this identity we can find a healing of our past and a hope for our future. Jesus is trying to remind us that through His resurrection and his life, we have hope every day. This hope was not lost in our past and it is not waiting for us in the future–it is right now right here with us.

Read John 11:26

Do you believe that He is the resurrection and the life?

Do you believe that He can bring the dead to life?

RESPOND

Jesus offers us a life today. He is the one to untangle our past and bring the future hope into our present reality but we must believe he can do it. As you look back on your past and see those dark moments where you feel like God did not show up we need to remember that he weeps with us. He keeps a collection of every tear that was shed in those moments and even though He did not show up in the way you might have hoped, He was there.

As we continue to develop our relationship with God we will grow in faith to believe that His resurrection matters and it matters today in the all of the situations we find ourselves in.

What are the areas in your life that you still feel you’re holding onto from the past?

How are you spending too much of your time and energy waiting for the future?

PRAY

As a group, spend some time praying for each other and the struggles we all face. If you are in a co-ed group, consider breaking up into men and women’s groups to talk more freely.

SEND

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you to be a prophet to the nations” Jeremiah 1:5

 

Signs Week Two — April 2017

Signs

Week Two

Ernest Smith

START

To get your group started ask everyone to respond to the following question:

What is your favorite and least favorite Easter candy?

CONNECT (Series Overview)

As we begin a new series this we week we want to look at some of the miraculous signs that Jesus performed and learn about the people that these acts affected and how we can apply these records of miracles to our lives and our walks with God.

This week we are talking about how the signs of Jesus can help us through the storms of life. In our lives, we will find ourselves going into a storm, in the midst of one, or just coming out of a storm. In the story we are going to look at today, we are shown that fear and doubts can be overcome by the supernatural power of God.  

Read John 6:16-19

What would be your reaction to seeing a figure walking toward you on the water?

 

LEARN

The winds on the see were violent that night. From what we know about where that sea is positioned, it’s set down between some hills and mountains so even today the winds can bear down on that see and create large storms. The storm is kicking up at night so as the text tells us it was dark. When you’re in a storm and you can’t really make out your surroundings or see when the relief is coming despair and fear can certainly step in.

When have you experienced being in the dark during a storm of life, unable to see when relief or safety was coming?

How does lack of sight (or knowledge) increase fear?

Read John 6:20-21

What is the disciples’ response to seeing Jesus on the water?

John doesn’t focus on the miracle of Jesus actually walking on water. Instead, the focus of this verse turns to the disciples response. At first their reaction is fear, but ultimately once they realize who it is, they invite Jesus into the boat with them. God is always doing miracles and is always completely powerful and capable of anything, but often times he is more concerned with how we react when we are in the storms.

When you go through difficult times, what is your first reaction to help solve it?

Have you ever forgotten to invite Jesus into a problem in life you’re experiencing?

One thing we need to understand as we go through the storms in life is that only God can calm the storms. There is no amount of fixing or working we can do on our own that can save us or help us like allowing God to take the reigns and be in control. When the disciples are initially afraid Jesus calms them by helping them to understand who he is. He uses an Old Testament phrase to describe himself as “I am”. This is the first of 17 times Jesus describes himself as this and in every case he is referring to his divinity.

Why is it important for us to know and be reminded of who Jesus is and what he’s capable of?

Have you ever been in a storm or felt like the winds and waves of life were rising against you?

 

RESPOND

The first thing we should do when we find ourselves in these storms is recognize our need for God.

Read Isaiah 30:18-19

There can be tension when we consider these words because there is a waiting that God ensues on us before joining us in our struggle. He is waiting for us to ask him for help. He longs for us to cry out to Him for what we need. Seeing Jesus and recognizing Him wasn’t enough for the disciples, they had to invite him into the boat before they were transported to safety.

What areas of your life are you recognizing Jesus but failing to invite him into the thick of your problems or struggles?

What is holding you back from crying out to Him?

PRAY

As a group, spend some time praying for each other and the struggles we all face. If you are in a co-ed group, consider breaking up into men and women’s groups to talk more freely.

 

SEND

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33

 

Signs Week 1 — March 2017

Signs

Week One

Jonny Sharp

START

To get your group started ask everyone to respond to the following question:

Are you a dog person, cat person, or neither?

CONNECT (Series Overview)

As we begin a new series this we week we want to look at some of the miraculous signs that Jesus performed and learn about the people that these acts affected and how we can apply these records of miracles to our lives and our walks with God.

The signs that Jesus performed show us He is the Messiah. We see throughout scripture when Jesus performed a miracle or a sign, people came to know that He was the Son of God. In our faith, we have the permission and the freedom to wrestle at times with God–whether that be through questioning, fear, doubt, or the simple need to know that Jesus is who He said he is. In John chapter 2 we can read about the first sign that Jesus ever did which was turning water to wine at the wedding. Today we are going to look at His second sign in John chapter 4.

Read John 4:46-48

What is it that this man is asking for?

What information does the bible give us about who this man is?

LEARN

As we see from this text, this man had a need. Jesus was at the time, a day’s trip away from where this man’s son lay sick and dying. This father was desperately seeking for Jesus to do something miraculous for his child but did not have any guarantee what Jesus’ answer would be when he made the request. He had to choose to make the long journey in order to reach out to Jesus and express his need.

Has the fear of God’s response to your requests ever kept you from stepping out in faith and asking Him for what you need?

What do you think Jesus meant by his statement in verse 48?

Sometimes in our walks, we may be seeking and desiring God’s power but neglecting to desire to pursue the person of God. Signs and wonders were to point to Jesus, they were not the end all be all. Up until this point, we have a record from the gospel writings that Jesus had not yet healed anyone. His first sign showed his power by changing water to wine but no one (that we know of) had seen him heal the sick, blind, disabled, etc. The father was so desperate for help that even without a guarantee that Jesus had the capability, he expressed faith and belief in His power.

When have you witnessed or experienced this type of blind faith?

Read John 4:49-50

There are many promises of Jesus throughout scripture. Promise of salvation, of redemption, of the power of the Holy Spirit, peace, hope, unconditional love. At times we walk through seasons or valleys where we have to cling to this Word from God and just like the father in this story, we have to take Him at his word. As we go through life and we practice this habit of falling back on what we are told is true about God, we will begin to gather monuments along our journey that will help us remember when God showed up for us and was faithful.

Read John 4:51-54

What is a promise from God that you easily can believe? What is a promise that at times you admit you have to take Him at his word?

The man in this story made a request to Jesus and when he heard when his son was healed, he did not forget the words of Jesus and was able to recognize the power that Jesus had. We are told in these verses that he believed in Jesus and because of his witness to his family, they also came to believe. Jesus shows us in this story of miraculous healing that he is gracious and all powerful. This man was given unmerited favor by Jesus. He showed faith to not only go to Jesus with his request, but also to leave Jesus and go back to his situation without any confirmation that his request was granted.

What is the difference in following Jesus for His power verses following him because of his power?

RESPOND

In the old testament we read about an Ebenezer stone. This stone’s purpose was to be a stone of help–to stand as a symbol to remind the people of God’s faithfulness. As we walk through life’s ups and downs we need to guard ourselves from “spiritual amnesia”. The father in this story could have just celebrated that his son was healed and forgotten that Jesus made that happen. He will forever have this moment in his story in his testimony to point to and say, in that moment I saw God’s faithfulness.

Do you allow what God has done for you to fuel your faith in the future?

If you are struggling to remember or find those monuments or ebenezers in your life to cling to in the lowest moments, you can always look to the cross. The cross is a symbol, a reminder, that Jesus sacrificed everything for us because of his all abounding love for us. He saw all of our mistakes and shortcomings, our sins and mistakes, and he still found us worthy to die for.

What is your thought and feeling of the cross? Does it affect your soul? Do we give him the rightful honor and glory for that sacrifice?

PRAY

As a group, spend some time praying for each other and the struggles we all face. If you are in a co-ed group, consider breaking up into men and women’s groups to talk more freely.

SEND

The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2

Unheard of Week 3 — March 2017

Unheard Of

Week Three

Ernest Smith

 

START

To get your group started ask everyone to respond to the following question:

If you could control it, would winter be over now or would you want another bout of it?

CONNECT (Series Overview)

The bible is a very extensive read and this series we are focusing in on stories or people that aren’t studied or mentioned as often as others. However we know that since they are included in God’s word, they have something to teach us. This week we are going to talk about a man who took a lot of risks in his life and it was those risks that allowed him to live a life of adventure that brought glory and honor to God.

Benaiah’s challenges and risks can encourage us to live a life of adventure in the name and glory of God. It’s easier to settle for a life that is void of risks, yet if we are willing it can make all the difference in a life of meaning.

LEARN

Benaiah was in charge of King David’s body guards, he also oversaw the transition of power to King Solomon, and Benaiah was the head of the entire army during Solomon’s reign. His place in history is huge, however it wasn’t the jobs that set Benaiah apart.

 

Read 1 Chronicles 11:22-25

 

What are the accomplishments listed in this part of scripture in regards to Benaiah?

 

What is significant or impressive about killing the lion in a pit?

 

What we don’t get to read about in this story is why he did these things and also what injuries or ailments he may have incurred because of this. We can tell from these accounts that he was willing to put himself in dangerous situations. Benaiah’s story is right in the midst of an account about David’s entourage and how these men kept the nation of Israel safe. We also know that Benaiah was a part of the tribe of Levi which was a priestly tribe, which shows us that from his lineage he was a faithful man. From all of this we can deduce that it was Benaiah’s faith in God and his desire to bring God glory and protect his nation that he did these. Faith doesn’t eliminate risk, it embraces risk.

 

Read Hebrews 11:1

 

How is believing in God a risk?

 

Even with the risk of faith, have you ever regretted taking that risk?

 

Faith was never meant for you and I to live a comfortable life. And yet so many believers, when they are called to do something shrink back in fear. There are many of us who have chosen to eliminate risk in our lives. Which makes sense because when we risk things we can fail. Fear is something that can grip our hearts and cause us to worry about what people will think about us or how we will be viewed.

 

Read 1 Corinthians 1:27

 

Everyday we have a choice to take risks in the name of God and sometimes be viewed as foolish. Or we can play it safe and make sure that we are acceptable to everyone. Sometimes we need to be willing to make the wise decision over a decision that may perceive us as “all together” whether that’s a decision to attend counseling or switch up the way we manage our finances. Unlike Benaiah, we may never need to go into a pit to slay a beast, but rather we need to recognize that there is a beast inside of us that we need to slay.

 

RESPOND

 

Read 2 Timothy 1:6-7

 

God is going to call us to some mighty things. He hasn’t given us a spirit of fear but one of power and love and self control. So that when we are faced with the beast before us we can slip into the pit and overcome it. We may look foolish to the rest of the world but to the rest of the world, the gospel is foolish. If our God looks foolish to the rest of the world then we should want to look foolish to the rest of the world.

 

How can you begin to embrace Godly risk in your life?

 

In order to receive the fullness of God in our lives we need to step out in faith, willing to go where he’s asking us to go or do what he’s asking us to do.

 

Which one of these do you feel you could take more risk in: being an intentional neighbor, embracing authentic community, living out your gifts

 

PRAY

 

As a group, spend some time praying for each other and the struggles we all face. If you are in a co-ed group, consider breaking up into men and women’s groups to talk more freely.

 

SEND

 

“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” Proverbs 29:25