Eastertide: Week 2

Pastors Tim + Vanessa co-teach this week to take a deeper dive into the chief ethic of faith: Love. 

It’s hard to stay connected during this time. Community Groups meet all through the week to discuss the teaching from Sunday, pray together + to stay connected. If you haven’t had a chance yet, we want to encourage you to join a Community Group -> Here

 

Community Group Discussion Guide:

STEP 1- Ice Breaker

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. CLICK HERE for ice breaker questions ideas.

(Group Leader Note: Use the Learning/Living Circle to guide your discussion and application of the content. Try your best to keep the “learning” and “living” focus balanced. You use this model moving clockwise around the circle. The goal is working towards practical and personal life application.)

Step 2- Learning- Observe, Reflect, Discuss

(Group Leader Note: Don’t feel the need to go through every scripture, point or question. Pick and choose what you feel will make the most impact for your group. If you are not sure where to start, just ask your group what stuck out to them about the message most and start with that.)

Read these scriptures together:

1 Corinthians 12:18 

(NIV) But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.

(NLT) But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it.

1 Corinthians 12:27-31

“27 Now you all are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues (different languages). 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues (different languages)? Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.”

1 Corinthians 13:1-3

“And yet I will show you the most excellent way. If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal . 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”

Observation & Reflection Questions to Discuss:

  • Anything that jumps out to you as important, helpful or interesting in these scriptures?
  • Are there any questions or curiosities you have about these scriptures that you would like to look into more?
  • What has “finding and doing your part” as a part of the church looked like for you?
  • Has this been difficult to discover?
  • Are you able to identify some motivations that need to be purified in your current life?

STEP 3- Living- Planning, Accountability, Action

  • How might you be able to “be the church” during this season without being able to “go to church” and be physically present with one another?
  • What are some helpful practices that help you to reflect on and identify motivations?
  • How might motivations in life be purified through this singular focus of love?
  • What are some intentional ways to love God, love others & do self care?

STEP 4- Prayer And/Or Meditation

Please don’t skip prayer!! Cut the discussion short if needed to pray for one another 🙂 Try one of these options, don’t be afraid to mix it up.

  • Have people split into groups of 2-3 to share prayer needs and pray for each other.
  • Share requests as a group and pray for one another. Assign requests to people that are comfortable with praying and go around the circle praying for each others needs.
  • Help your group develop a vocabulary of prayer. Pray a wrote prayer together.  Prayerfully read a Psalm or something from the Book of Common Prayer .
  • 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. Close the time with a prayer for your group.
  • Develop someone in your group as the Prayer Coordinator. Have them write down prayer needs, ask them to pray for those needs during the week, have them send a list to the group to keep in prayer, go through the list regularly to celebrate answered prayers and check off or add on prayers.

Community Group Discussion Guide:

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