Group Resources

Below is our Grow Groups blog, where we post ideas to support you in leading your group (e.g. icebreakers, ways to pray, discussion questions). If you’re looking to join a group, head over to our Grow Groups page. If you’re looking for group materials to check out from the church office, see our list of resources here.

Oct. 14 – Heavy-Handedness (1 Sm. 5)

First listen to the sermon (posts Sun. afternoon). Then use the ideas below to help you and your group apply what the Lord is teaching you.
 
Icebreaker idea: What is one thing you are “Gung Ho!” about right now (and why)?
 
A way to pray: Pray for those we know who are headed toward experiencing God’s heavy-handedness – ask God to rescue them and to give us opportunities to share His love with them, as we seek to see 2,000 people by 2022 baptized and growing in relationship with Him through the Word, prayer, and community.
 

Talk It Over:

  • Treasuring God: Read verses 1-4. When has God removed or not allowed something in my life so that I might see Him as more valuable than that thing?
  • Being Transformed: In what ways might I be tempted to treat God lightly and other things as more important? What steps can I take to combat this?
  • Loving Others: Read verse 11. What are some specific ways we can show God’s love to people in our lives who don’t really want His presence near them?
  • Pursuing Unity: Who can I ask to pray with me that I would not treat God lightly nor be too intimidated to share His loving presence with others? (Do it!)


Oct. 7 – God in a Box (1 Sm. 4)

First listen to the sermon (posts Sun. afternoon). Then use the ideas below to help you and your group apply what the Lord is teaching you.
 
Icebreaker idea: What is one of your most prized possessions right now? How would you feel if you lost it?
 
A way to pray: Pray for each other’s growth based on the things shared in the group discussion time (see below).
 

Talk It Over:

  • Treasuring God: What are some ways Israel has failed to treasure God in the story so far? How might that connect to them treating Him as a trophy?
  • Being Transformed: What are some ways we put God in a box or treat Him as a trophy today? How can we avoid (or stop) doing these sorts of things?
  • Loving Others: Who in my life needs to experience God’s presence? How can I bring Jesus’ presence to them practically through my words/actions?
  • Pursuing Unity: How does God’s presence with us bring unity in His family today? What helps me sense His presence?


Sep. 30 – Listening Lack (1 Sm. 3)

First listen to the sermon (posts Sun. afternoon). Then use the ideas below to help you and your group apply what the Lord is teaching you.
 
Icebreaker idea: What’s a good piece of advice someone has given you that has been important for your spiritual life?
 
A way to pray: Ask God to give us a sensitivity to hearing His voice and a continuing passion and ability to listen to Him through the Word, prayer, and Christian community.
 

Talk It Over:

  • Treasuring God: How do Samuel and Eli’s family treat God differently? What are the results? How does treasuring or minimizing God matter still today?
  • Being Transformed: What sorts of things get in the way of hearing the Lord’s voice? What can I do to minimize those obstacles in my life?
  • Loving Others: Who in my life needs to hear God’s voice right now? How can I lovingly use my words and actions to bring His presence and Word to them?
  • Pursuing Unity: What is a specific example of a time I have experienced the Lord speaking to me through the community of believers?


Sep. 23 – Finding Favor (1 Sm. 2)

First listen to the sermon (posts Sun. afternoon). Then use the ideas below to help you and your group apply what the Lord is teaching you.
 
Icebreaker idea: What makes you feel appreciated or valued?
 
A way to pray: Pray for each other in the group to grow in honoring God tangibly and practically through our everyday words and actions, and that this would attract others to Him as we seek to see 2,000 people by 2022 baptized and growing in relationship with Him through the Word, prayer, and community.
 

Talk It Over:

  • Treasuring God: Read verse 30. What are some practical ways we might honor or despise God through our words or actions today?
  • Being Transformed: What’s one area of my life where I have not honored God as He deserves? What steps will I take to begin to honor Him in that area?
  • Loving Others: Read verses 12-26. What does this passage indicate about how our view of God affects the way we treat others?
  • Pursuing Unity: What are some practical examples of how honoring God builds unity within the church and how dishonoring Him causes division?