Session 1 // Better


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READ ALOUD

Welcome to small group. We are going to get started on our Journey together. Our church's vision statement is: Share the good news of God's love with all people. Build radical followers of Jesus Christ. Reach the world for Christ. Small groups are the way we Build. This is where we work on being disciples! During the next six weeks, we are going to break down our Plan for Spiritual Growth.

ATTEND WORSHIP EVERY WEEK
READ YOUR BIBLE AND PRAY DAILY
COMMIT TO A GOD JOB AND SERVE EVERY WEEK
COMMIT TO A SMALL GROUP THAT MEETS REGULARLY
COMMIT TO TITHING AND A LIFESTYLE OF GENEROSITY

Today we are going to walk through the purpose and importance of small groups. Being in a small group is all about intentionally growing together. It is us becoming disciples. 


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INTRODUCTIONS

Go around and have everyone introduce themselves by name and tell where they are from.

Matchbox

Starting with the leader, everyone lights a match and tells highlights from his/her personal story before it burns their fingers. 

Example: I was born in Mt. Vernon, Oh. I have six siblings. I went to Malone University and traveled through Europe playing in a band. I love sports, have a wife, two kids & a dog named Theo. I work . . . 

Once you have gone around, go around again and have each person ask the person on their left to elaborate on a part of their story. 

Example: "You went to Malone University. What was your major?"


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VIDEO

Session 1 // BETTER


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DISCUSSION

NEW GROUPS

What is an expectation you have for small group/ what do you want out of small group?
What is the next or a next spiritual step you would like to take? 

ESTABLISHED GROUPS

What is a next step God is calling you to take?
How does your group need to grow?


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READ

Ephesians 4:1-3

Ephesians 4:11-15

Why is unity important?
What does unity look like?
What happens when we get deeply connected together?

Growth only truly happens when we work on it together. 


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READ

Matthew 5:9

Matthew 18:15-35

Do you think peacemaking means to just avoid conflict or intentionally overcome conflict? 
How does the Bible suggest we deal with conflict?

Discuss as a group how to get this right and make a commitment to fight for peace and openness in your group. 


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READ

1 Corinthians 12

What do you think are the most important parts of the analogy of the church as a body? 

Examples:

Everyone has a role and responsibility
Don’t wish away or dispose your gift because you wish you had someone else’s. 
A body only works when all its parts work.


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GET BUSY

Come up with some responsibilities for the people in your group to put this into practice.

Examples: host, point of contact, someone to organize serving opportunities, someone to organize hang out times, have someone lead worship, etc.


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KEY POINTS

  • Small group is where the rubber meets the road.
  • We want our group to work hard to not just study the Bible but to learn it and live it.
  • It should fire us up to grow and take next steps. 

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COVENANT

Have the group complete the “Where Are You” spiritual assessment.

Walk through the group covenant together and have everyone sign his or her covenant. 


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PRAYER

Are there any prayer requests?

The goal is to pray specifically for the group.
Have everyone pray aloud for the person on their left and for them to grow through the group time.
Include any personal requests that person may have had.

 


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HOMEWORK

Read 1 Peter 4:7-11

  1. Why do you think it is important to serve?
  2. What has God given you to use in service?
  3. What are 3 ways you can serve someone in the next week?

Do those things before we meet again.