Community Group Leader’s Guide

For the week of September 15, 2019

LEADERS NOTES

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Night Of Gathering

STF Women’s Ministry is hosting our Fall Night of Gathering on Sunday evening, September 22, from 7 to 8:45 p.m. at the Ballast Point Campus.

Tailgate Party

Register your vehicle for our tailgate party to celebrate end of 4th Quarter series!  Go to www.stfchurch.com/events for more information.

Did You Know…

Parent Cue helps you focus on what matters…your kids. Resources to cue you in, so you can make the most of the  weeks you have before they are all grown up. Check out the Parent Corner for resources.  Download the Parent Cue App. (This directly helps members answer Digging Deeper Question #2)

THE MEETING

If you have new people in your group, use name tags for the first three weeks.

ATTENDANCE

Submit your group’s attendance online by following the link emailed or texted to you. 

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

1. What is the most important date you ever forgot?

 

2. What do you imagine you’ll be like at the age of 100?

 

3. Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?

 

DIGGING DEEPER

1.   According to 1 Peter 4:7-11, what are some priorities that a Christian should have in their life? (alert, prayerful, loving one another, forgiving one another, hospitable, kind words, living joyfully, serving others, being good stewards of money, things, and spiritual gifts.  Wise in speaking, worshipping the Lord, serving the Lord, giving God the credit are a few)

2. If you do the math, you have roughly 929 weeks to spend with a child before they become an adult. How does our theme verse, ”Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12), influence the way we teach God’s truth to the next generation in our church and/or the children in your home? (Some ideas include; serving in our Children’s ministry once a month; being an observer for First Priority; financially support a child to go to camp/mission trip; designate a time of day to pray with child; read the bible to children; take them to church and bible study; be intentional with music, use the Parents Cue app.)

3. Unfortunately, life’s distractions often cause us to focus our time on less important tasks. What priorities do the following verses encourage us to engage in and not put off until a more “convenient” time?

Psalm 46:10

Matthew 5:23-24

Luke 12:13-21

 

Looking back at what you wrote above, is there anyone you need to talk to or any action you need to take to make these priorities more a part of your life?

 

TAKING IT HOME

Depending on time, you could use this as men-only/women-only discussion at the end.

1.  Read 2 Corinthians 6:1-2.  What motivation does Paul give to share your faith?  What motivates you? (Paul sees himself as a co-worker with Jesus Christ.  They are partners and Jesus ‘has given us the ministry of reconciliation, (2 Corinthians 5:18).  Paul also tells us that God pleads through the ministry of the gospel in grace.  Paul wants to give Christians a sense of urgency, the day of salvation will not last forever  This is no time for Christian lives consumed with ease, comfort, and self-focus.  It is time to get busy for the Lord and to be workers together with Him)

2.  How do you slow down and listen (take a walk, talk with a friend, journal, worship, a time of solitude, other) to what God is asking you to do each day?  Is there anything you want to make sure you continue to do (or add) to help you stay connected to God’s leading?

3. What’s holding you back from taking the bull by the horns and doing what God has asked you to do in light of knowing we are to live in the 4th quarter of our lives?  What do you fear might happen if you do?  What do you fear might happen if you don’t?

4.  How can this group support you in prayer?

Spend some time in prayer.  As each group member shares a trouble, one member can read Psalm 46:10 in response. Separate to men-only/women-only for prayer request time.  Suggestion: have members write their prayer request on a notecard and then hand that notecard to person on their left.  That person will commit to pray or the other person for the week for that specific request.  Encourage members to share cell phone numbers so they can check-in with their prayer person.

PRAYER REQUESTS