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This weeks discussion questions on the bottom of the page.

Wait, tell me a little more first…

 

What are Connect Groups?

10-12 weeks of sermon-based small group gatherings. A trained facilitator and host lead each group. An average meeting lasts for an hour and a half.

Why do we need them?

Connect Groups are key to developing meaningful Christian relationships and growing closer to God.

What are the practicals?

Connect Groups gather for 10-12 weeks and are comprised of 10-16 people. They meet weekly to study God’s Word and to build relationships. Discussion questions will act as a guide for the groups, questions will be based off of the previous Sunday sermon. Groups happen twice a year: fall and spring.

What are the guidelines?

1. In order to build and maintain trust between us, we will hold confidential whatever is shared in the meeting.  Gossip is not allowed. Gossip is sharing what was said by someone in this group with anyone outside the group and without the speaker’s permission.

2. Each person who has the floor will be given two minutes to speak.

a.  This will allow time for everyone to participate and keep any one person from using up too much time.

 b.  We speak about ourselves and our own experiences in following Jesus. The goal of our discussion is not to display our knowledge but to encourage and build our walks with Jesus. Use the word “I” as in “I should”, “I want”, “I think”, or “I feel”. Avoid talking in terms of “We”, “You”, or “They”.

 c.  We do not talk about the weaknesses, shortcomings, or failures of others, we encourage you to openly talk about your own weaknesses.

3.  Treating one another with respect means that we:

a.   Engage in active listening. This means we listen carefully as others speak instead of ignoring them as we formulate our response.

 b.  Don’t cross talk/chat, one person will talk at a time. Offer your brothers the respect of not interrupting.

 c.  Don’t give advice unless someone specifically asks us for it. We speak to the group, as a whole, not individual members.

d.  Don’t use humor or sarcasm about other people or what they share.

e.  Avoid arguing politics or political candidates realizing that all political topics fall outside the discussions we are trying to promote. Instead our focus is on how we can best follow Jesus.

4.  The facilitator has the right to gently remind or interrupt any person sharing of these guidelines.

Discussion Questions for 9/20/20

Please take a moment and consider these questions before your “Connect Group” this week. It is our prayer that these questions will help you go deeper with Jesus and the work He is wanting to do in all of us. We can’t wait to hear what God was speaking to you…

Get-to-know-you question: (something like this will probably be asked as an “ice-breaker” question)

GTKY: what was your first job? 

Here are this weeks Discussion questions taken from Sunday’s message(The facilitator may ask them in any order they choose)

1. Caleb talked a lot about the Holy Spirit giving us power to be witnesses, what are some things you’ve been taught about the Holy Spirit’s power and purpose and how has your understanding of the Holy Spirit changed over the years?

2. Because of Christ’s ascension we can now enjoy Him living inside us instead of beside us. In what ways does this truth and all it implies encourage you in times of loneliness and isolation? 

3. Jesus stands in the gap and advocates for us before the Father. Can you tell us about a time you stood in the gap and advocated for someone else? 

4. Caleb pointed out the verse talks about God working all things out for ‘the good’ instead of ‘my good.’ How then might we live realizing situations will work out for the ultimate good as opposed to what is only best for me?

5.Visualize Jesus saying directly to you, “You are valuable to me and the one I love, I chose you knowing all your mistakes and I’m not shocked or surprised by them, and you are more important to me than you could ever realize.” What thoughts or feelings come up for you hearing Him say this to you?