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Connect Groups Beginning April 11th

April 11-May 23

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Questions for Sunday Service 5-23-21

 

GTKY: WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU HATE, BUT YOU WISHED YOU LOVED?

1.Have you experienced a tragedy, like James, that you truly believed God wouldn’t let happen? Did you question whether it happened because you didn’t have enough faith, pray enough or trust God enough? What did you find actually helpful in your grief? (If you have not personally experienced this, think of a time when you were surprised by tragedy or grief and what helped you thru that time).

2.Jesus gave James and John the nickname “sons of thunder” due to their repeated problems with anger and harshness. Later in life, John was transformed into the apostle of love. How could or does John’s transformation encourage you?

3.Whether you’ve struggled with God’s love or you feel secure in God’s love for you, there can be times when we may wrestle with the belief that Jesus knows us personally and deeply. Is there anything that you can cling to when these struggles arise?

4.Often we want to see those who harm or are mean to our family or friends ‘get what they deserve.’ Paul in Romans tells us that vengeance belongs to God and Ephesians says we don’t want to give Satan an opportunity with our anger. If we truly live by these principles how could this change our witness and our lives in this very divided, vindictive, and angry world?

5.Has there been a time when things in your life felt totally out of control yet you had the peace of God in your heart and you could sleep peacefully like Peter. Can you tell us about that time and how you were able to have such peace?

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.