Community Group Study Guide CG 2nd Semester Kick Off, January 26, 2020
2nd Semester Kick-Off, January 26, 2020
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
1. Would you rather . . .
. . . win the lottery or live twice as long? . . . be reborn a 100 years in the past or in the future? . . . work in a group or work alone?
2. In 2020 which do you hope to experience the most and why?
- Something else (____________)
3. Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything you heard for the first time or that caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
One of the key reasons we meet in Community Groups every week is to gain the encouragement and support we each need to keep our focus on Jesus. Before you go over the Covenant in your group, take a moment to write down your responses to the questions below:
1. What are you looking forward to in your Community Group this semester?
2. Is there anything specific in your life you want to put extra focus on to grow yourself spiritually this semester?
Leaders Ph.# ____________________________ Hosts Ph.#______________________
Small groups thrive on participation! The purpose of this covenant is to help you to discuss and clarify your group’s goals, expectations, and commitments.
COMMUNITY GROUPS: THEIR PURPOSE
Community Groups exist to promote spiritual maturity and personal growth through meaningful Christian relationships and study of God’s Word (Romans 8:29 & Hebrews 10:24 & 25). We’ll do this by focusing on four primary activities:
SHARE Each week we’ll take time to share what is happening in our lives. At first this sharing will include planned “sharing questions.” But after the first few weeks, it will become more informal and personal, as we feel more comfortable.
STUDY Each week we’ll study a section from God’s Word that relates to the previous weekend’s sermon or an appropriate personal growth topic. Our goal is to learn how to live out our Christianity in everyday life.
SUPPORT Each week we’ll learn how to take care of one another as Christ Commanded (John 15:9-13). This care can take many forms such as prayer, encouragement, listening, challenging one another, and meeting real needs.
SERVE Spiritual Growth is fostered not only by what we gain through the support and input of others, but also through service to others. The role each of us fills is important to the health of the church and for us to be the hands and feet of Jesus to our community (Ephesians 4:11-16). Throughout the semester, it is our hope that you can find and/or be affirmed in the ways God has designed you to serve, and make a difference in God’s Kingdom.
FIVE MARKS OF A HEALTHY GROUP
For our group to be healthy, we need to . . .
1. Make spiritual growth our number one priority (Romans 8:29).
2. Accept one another (Romans 15:7).
3. Take care of one another (John 13:34).
4. Treat each other with respect (Ephesians 4:25-5:2).
5. Keep our commitments to the group (Psalm 15:1-2, 4b).
GUIDELINES & COVENANT
1. DATES: We’ll meet on ______________ nights for _____ weeks. Our final meeting of this semester will be on ___________.
2. TIME: We’ll arrive between ______ & ______ and begin the meeting at _______. We’ll spend approximately _____ minutes in singing (optional), _____ minutes in study/discussion, and _____ minutes in prayer/sharing.
3. CHILDREN: Group members are responsible to arrange child care for their children. Nursing newborns are welcome provided they are not a distraction to the group!
4. STUDY: Our studies will focus on the same topic covered in the previous Sunday’s sermon or an appropriate personal growth topic. Our goal is to learn how to live out our Christianity in everyday life.
5. PRAYER: Praying for one another. 6. Homework & Attendance Joining a Community Group requires a commitment to attend each week and do the homework ahead of time. Obviously, allowances are made for sickness, vacation, work conflicts, and other special events—but not much more! If we cannot come to a meeting, we will call _________________________.
7. Desserts ______________________________________________
8. Social & Service Project(s) ___________________________________
We agree together in Christ to honor this covenant. (To be decided by each person on or before the third week. Keep this covenant for your records of your commitment.)
Holiday Weekend Cruise – Hosted by STF Married Life, February 14 – 16, 2020
Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas Day
1: Port Canaveral, Florida Day
2: Nassau, Bahamas Day
3: Perfect Day at Cococay, Bahamas Day
4: Port Canaveral
Florida Pricing: Spacious Oceanview Balcony: $1635.44 Oceanview Balcony: $1615.84 Inside Stateroom: $1204.24 $200 deposit per room. Total price based on double occupancy.
Illuminate The Bay
An evening about resting in God through the trials of service. February 3, 2020
Active & Retired Military and First Responders and their Spouses Invited! “Not To Be Served, But To Serve” Dr. Vince Vitale, of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries Dinner and Child Care provided
Food Truck Rally, February 9, 2020
Mark your calendars for February 9, 5-7:30 p.m.! This will be an awesome time for our community to come together; so use this opportunity to bring your family and friends! Food Trucks: Mr. C.’s Grilled Cheese; Impasto; Wicked Oak BBQ; Kona Ice. This would be a great Social for your CG!