Last month, Dr. Chris Stephens set the stage for some exciting things for the men of Faith Promise. Join us at 8:30 am this Saturday, December 4th at our Pellissippi Campus to hear the next steps and catch the vision for a life of adventure, significance, and purpose.
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We are constantly looking for new ways to connect people. So what does your ideal group look like? We really want to know. Your idea could be what God uses to help a disconnected person take the next step in friendship.
Our definition of a group is pretty simple. A group is a gathering of three or more people. We expect that as Christ-followers connect with others, Jesus will be seen in everyday situations – be it grocery shopping, basketball, Bible study, or parenting. So share your group idea by e-mailing Evan at email@example.com. Or better yet, complete this worksheet to put your thoughts on paper.
A Reason to Rejoice
1. Are you saturated, permeated, and dominated by an attitude of gratitude? Why?
2. In Luke 17, nine out of ten lepers did not return to Christ with gratitude. Pastor Chris speculated that ratio carries over to Christians today. Do you think as many as 90% of us walk through life never being thankful for what God has done for us? Explain.
3. Do you get bogged down thinking you do not deserve the blessings you have? How do we recognize God’s gift to us as unmerited favor and walk in that “attitude of gratitude”?
4. Do you appreciate and recognize the many blessings of God but possibly not see the gift of salvation and eternal security for what it truly is? How can we regularly remind ourselves of the words Jesus gave in Luke 10:20 to those he sent out?
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
(This post was written by Evan Crass, Associate Pastor of Groups)
It has been said that the mark of a true friend is one who knows our faults and loves us anyway. A friend is one who I can be myself around without needing to worry what he or she is thinking. Of course, in order to reach the highest level of friendship, I have had to reveal more and more of myself throughout the course of our relationship. It is only through becoming increasingly transparent that I learn whether or not I can truly trust this friend-in-training. And being transparent is risky.
The alternative to being transparent is … being transparent. To explain, let me point you to a now-classic tune, Mister Cellophane, from Chicago.
If someone stood up in a crowd
And raised his voice up way out loud
And waved his arm
And shook his leg
You’d notice him
If someone in a movie show
Yelled “fire in the second row,
This whole place is a powder keg!”
You’d notice him
And even without clucking like a hen
Everyone gets noticed, now and then,
Unless, of course, that personage should be
Invisible, inconsequential me!
Should have been my name!
’cause you can look right through me
Walk right by me
And never know I’m there!
To be known is to be loved and accepted. To be unseen is to be lonely and disconnected, even in the midst of a crowd. Transparency is a good thing. Interestingly, you can choose to be transparent and reveal who you are to those around you, or you can choose to never risk and remain transparent to a world of potential friendships around you. So go ahead and take the risk. Be transparent.
Note: The Groups Ministry works to create environments where people connect with God and others. If you are ready to take a step towards transparency, contact us so we can help you.
Giving Your Life Away
1. How have you seen God move during this series? Are you more obedient in sharing the good news?
2. How did the story of Luther are Curtis impact you?
3. Luther had to ask people for help to save his life. Curtis stepped forward to help without being asked. Have you ever been on either side of a similar situation?
4. Curtis is a hero. How does it make you feel knowing you can be a greater hero by giving the gift of eternal life by sharing the good news?
5. How does the story of Luther and Chris impact the likelihood you will share the good news? Will you be a hero?
6. This Thanksgiving season, for what are you most thankful?
The Gospel Really Is Good News
1. Pastor Chris spoke about God’s sacrificial love for us. Share a situation when someone has lovingly sacrificed for you, or when you have done this for someone else.
2. Is it easy to share stories of when people have made sacrifices for you? Why?
3. Describe a time when you shared the gospel. How was it received?
4. You talk about what you think about, you think about what you love. What do you love?
5. Who first told you about Jesus? How did they tell you?
6. Who is one person you need to share the gospel with this week? Will you?
1 Corinthians 4:1-2
2 Corinthians 5:17
Additional scripture verses for sharing the gospel: