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Summer 2019 season break questions

With many Grow Groups on break for the summer (groups resume 9/8!), here are questions you can discuss with family/friends to continue growing in your relationships with Jesus. If the weekly sermon is part of your discussion, you can listen to sermon audio here (updated each Sun. afternoon).

Icebreaker idea: What was one highlight of this past week for you? What's something you're looking forward to?

A way to pray: Pray with us that by 2022, through God's grace and power, we will see 2,000 people baptized and growing in relationship with Jesus through the Word, prayer, and community.

Talk It Over:

  • Treasuring God: What specific things about God have I been thankful for lately?

  • Being Transformed: How is God calling me to be more like Jesus? What's my next step?

  • Loving Others: How have I experienced God's love recently? How can I share His love with someone this week?

  • Pursuing Unity: Where is the enemy working to cause division and discord? How does God’s love encourage and empower me to seek peace instead?

Grow GroupsDan Smith
May 19 - Pursuing Unity (Jn. 13:1-20)

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 experience you’ve had being part of a team (or some other kind of group coming together around a shared purpose)?

A way to pray: Pray for our church family to have a deep unity, so that our community will clearly see the reality of Jesus on display (John 13:34-35; 17:20-23), as we seek to see 2,000 people by 2022 baptized and growing in relationship with Jesus through the Word, prayer, and community.

Talk It Over:

  • Treasuring God: What do I love most about the surprising ways Jesus acts as Lord and Teacher? What challenges me?

  • Being Transformed: Where in my life is it difficult for me to love and serve others sacrificially? What step might Jesus take if He was in my shoes?

  • Loving Others: Whom do I know who needs to experience the self-giving love of Christ? How can I serve them practically this week?

  • Pursuing Unity: Jesus humbly served all the disciples – even the betrayer. How does this compare to the way I treat other believers? What needs to change?

Grow GroupsDan Smith
May 12 - Loving Others (Jn. 18:1-11)

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: Share about a time when someone made you feel loved. What did they do? Why did that communicate love to you?

A way to pray: Pray for one another to love sacrificially, especially in the areas you identify in the group discussion (below). Ask the Lord to use His love flowing through us to draw many people to Himself, as we seek to see 2,000 people by 2022 baptized and growing in relationship with Jesus through the Word, prayer, and community.

Talk It Over:

  • Treasuring God: Jesus moved courageously, protected selflessly, and surrendered willingly – for me! What aspect of this do I especially appreciate?

  • Being Transformed: In what areas of my life do I need God to help me also move courageously, protect selflessly, or surrender willingly?

  • Loving Others: What steps can we take to courageously love people outside the church? What keeps us from moving forward? What step will I take right now?

  • Pursuing Unity: How can surrender unite believers? Why is it so hard? In what current relationship(s) would my willing surrender be a real pathway to peace?

May 5 - Being Transformed (Acts 9:1-22)

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 one thing in your life you'd love to see God change right now?

A way to pray: Pray for what was shared in the icebreaker. Pray, too, that God would transform us to reflect Him more clearly to those around us, as we seek to see 2,000 people by 2022 baptized and growing in relationship with Jesus through the Word, prayer, and community.

Talk It Over:

  • Treasuring God: How has God's transforming power changed me personally? How does this help me treasure Him more?

  • Being Transformed: How does the idea that we “are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory” (2 Cor. 3:18) encourage me to live differently?

  • Loving Others: What beliefs/attitudes keep me from loving people outside the church? How, specifically, am I asking God to transform me in these areas?

  • Pursuing Unity: How does knowing that every Christ-follower is a “work in progress” help me move toward greater empathy and harmony?