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Community Group Leaders Guide
Section 1 – Ice Breaker:
Ask a fun or interesting question to help people to loosen up and share. It will be helpful if someone is new to go around and do names and have each person share about a question and share a bit about themselves. Stuck?? Here is a link with some ice breakers for you- CLICK HERE
Section 2 – Review Message Content from Sunday
This portion is for your reference, no need to go through as a group, unless its necessary. The hope is that people are coming on Sunday and/or listening to the podcast before they come to group. If you need to do a review feel free to do so, otherwise start with section 3 and work through the Learning Circle together.
Message Title: Identity – Week 3
Main Passages from the message:
Identity in its basic function is-
- A durable sense of self & worth or value.
- A stable self understanding & self regard.
Main Points from the Message:
Our Identity in God is reformed by: A Seed of Grace
Take time to be able to define and describe God’s grace and gifts in you.
- Common Grace Gifts- Grace from being made in God’s image- Strengths Finder, Major life lessons, Family of origin (Genogram), Personality Assessments (Enneagram), Head, Heart & Hands (gut)
- Special Grace Gifts- Holy Spirit re-animating grace- Spiritual grace that animates God’s power in us that is fulfilling God’s purposes for us. Spiritual Gifts Assessment, 5 Fold Ministry Assessment (Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, Teacher)
Our Identity in God is reformed by: Getting Called Out
Overcoming Unbridled Ambition: Spiritual practice of Stillness-
- Set a timer, try to sit or lay as still as you can. Still your mind with one word or phrase that will allow you to keep your mind on being still before God not your task list.
- Focus on your breathe- breathe in and out and in each breathe allow your centering word to guide you self back to stillness.
- It may seem silly and like a waste of time, but can be one of the most powerful practices to bridle our ambition to God. To create a greater patience, Godspeed of life and faith.
Section 3 – Work Through the Learning Circle:
Take time to work through the Learning Circle together through the questions listed below.
Link to Learning Circle Image: CLICK HERE
Work through the learning side of the learning circle together.
- (Observation & Discussion) Read the main story and/or passage from the message (links referenced above)
- (Observation & Discussion) What where the main points talked about on Sunday?
- (Reflection & Discussion) What stuck out to you as meaningful and important from the message on Sunday?
- (Reflection & Discussion) How might this be God speaking to your life?
Work through the living side of the learning circle together
- Planning- What is God asking of us? How might we take a next step towards God?
- Responsibility- What is my part in living this out?
- Action Step- What am I going to do next? What is the next step for you, be as specific as possible.
Section 4 – Prayer and/or Meditation:
Try one of these options, don’t be afraid to mix it up.
- Share requests and pray for one another.
- Inner, Other & Outer life prayer needs
- Meditation with silence and stillness- A word or phrase to focus your group. A time of silence and stillness, set a timer for 5 minutes if you want.