Community Group Study Guide
For the week of November 15, 2020
⇨ FOOD BOX GIVEAWAY DAY – Sunday November 22 each campus will have a fresh food box giveaway where we would like each member of STF to take two boxes to giveaway to a family in need. It may be a neighbor, a co-worker, or someone you met in line. Your fresh food boxes will available as you exit church with an STF staff member to assist you placing the boxes in your car. If you do not have someone in mind to deliver to, we have a list of those in need for you to deliver. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
⇨ 30 DAY COUPLE PRAYER CHALLENGE – Please join us for the STF Couples’ 30-Day Prayer Challenge. Sign up to receive daily prayer prompts via email or text and use them to pray together with your spouse/significant other. The Prayer Challenge runs from Sunday, November 22, to Monday, December 21, and you can register any time during the 30-day period. Register
⇨ OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD – We have shoeboxes that need to be filled for children all over the world so that they may have gifts for Christmas. Email email@example.com for more information. Please return the boxes by November 20th.
⇨ Nov 22, regather preschool and nursery reopens for 9 &11 service at the BP Campus. Reservations are required. stfchurch.com/kids
⇨ Dec 6 – Elementary age kids return at 11 am service on the BP campus.
⇨ WOMEN’S NIGHT OF GATHERING – Our gathering will include worship, a message from biblical counselor Michelle Horton, a Q & A session, and more. As in past years, we’ll be blessing one of our local schools by collecting donations for teenagers in the after-school program. If you would like to participate, please consider bringing a cash donation of any amount or one or more Walmart gift cards, valued at $5, $10, or $15. (This is completely optional.) Register
Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything you heard for the first time or something that caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
1. Can you think of anyone who reached out to you to tell you about Jesus? What do you remember about what they said and/or did that was helpful to you?
2. Is there someone you are currently influencing?
This week we are going to work together on how to share our own testimony. The following questions will help you develop your story.
1. An effective testimony is one that conveys both your own experience and the Gospel of Christ. Start by writing down the details of how you came to trust in Christ to save you. Answering the following questions to help you:
- Who told me about Christ?
- What events led up to me trusting or believing in Christ?
- When did I trust Christ?
- Where was I when I first believed?
- How has faith in Christ been a blessing to me?
2. Take what you have written from the questions above to write your story. Try to be as concise as possible. As a goal, try to make the length of your testimony so that it can be effectively shared in three minutes or less. Use the space below to write it out:
3. After writing out your story, review where Scripture can be added. Remember, that it is Scripture that is authoritative because it is God’s Word. As an example, your testimony should consist of your becoming aware that you were separated from God by your sin (Romans 3:23), the realization that you would spend eternity away from God if you did not receive forgiveness (Romans 6:23), the understanding that God sent His only perfect Son Jesus to die and pay for your sin (Romans 5:8), and finally your receiving forgiveness by trusting alone in Christ’s payment for sin (Acts 16:31). Your turn! What scripture would you like to add in your testimony? Work as a group to help one another.
TAKING IT HOME
1. How we became believers is one part of our story. The other part of our story is the lessons God has taught us through joys, disappointments, mistakes, and pain. It is often in our vulnerability that we are invited to share these life lessons. Who at work, in your neighborhood, family friend is going through a season you can relate to?
2. Pray for one another to have the boldness to reach out to the name the person has written above.
“Live a life that demands an explanation.”