Leaders Community Group Study Guide
For the week of February 1, 2020
** Not all campuses hear the same sermon.
Remember we’re on week #2 with your group. People are still acclimating, especially any new people. Lead your group through the questions according to how well everyone knows each other. There are plenty of questions in this guide to take you deeper. remember, as a leader your goal each night is to lead your group in such a way that you hear from everyone and use the Bible as your guide. Know that if you do this each week the people in your group will grow! Remember you don’t need to cover all questions. Great conversation is far more important than covering all the questions.
Check out the Tips on Group Prayer at the end of this Leader’s Guide. If you have new people in your group, please make sure you go over this. NEVER make someone pray. Group prayer is similar to public speaking, which is the #1 fear people have. More than once we’ve had people tell us they quit Community Groups because a well-intentioned person required everyone to pray.
Please take attendance. Thanks!
1. How do you think the average person on the street would respond to the idea that God is ALL good?
2. Jesus wants to use the Scriptures to teach us more about himself and his father but we need to be active participants in exploring the Bible. Which of the following ways of accessing the Bible have you tried? (check all that apply to you)
What was your experience with those you’ve tried? Which one has been the most helpful for you?
3. From this weekend’s sermon, which one statement, point or insight was most helpful, challenging or even confusing to you personally?
1. God’s power and strength are shown best in our weakness. What do the following passages teach us about relying on God’s strength rather than our own? Read 2 Corinthians 4:7-12 and 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.
2. When we’re weak and doubting, it can be a challenge to view life from God’s perspective. The apostle Paul was consistently able to maintain a long-term perspective despite facing many trials. What do you see in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 that helps explain how he was able to consistently choose an eternal perspective in the face of those difficulties?
3. When life is good, being content isn’t all that difficult. But when our circumstances are tough, it’s another story. Read each passage and jot down the resources you find to help cope, handle, or even grow through a hard season in life: John 14:25-27; Philippians 4:6-7; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
TAKING IT HOME
1. Is there any advice from this week’s teaching or passage that you need to give additional attention to?
2. How can your Community Group pray for you as a result?
TIPS ON PRAYER
Group prayer goes best when…
- WE PRAY FOR ONE TOPIC AT A TIME
Anyone in the group is free to introduce a prayer request either before prayer begins or during the prayer time. Once a topic is introduced, the group focuses on that request alone. Once it’s covered, the group moves on to the next topic.
- EACH PERSON PRAYS MORE THAN ONCE
Because the group is focusing on one topic at a time, each person is encouraged to pray several times during the prayer time for those topics they feel most led to pray about.
- WE KEEP OUR PRAYERS SHORT AND SIMPLE
Group prayer goes better when members keep their prayers short and to the point. When someone prays for a long time, it’s hard for the other members to stay focused and long prayers tend to intimidate those who are just learning to pray out loud in a group.