READ-ALOUD SMALL GROUP TIP
A Small Group is only as good as its members. To help you and everyone in the group be great Small Group Members there will be a tip to read aloud & discuss briefly as a group.
TIP: PRAY FOR YOUR GROUP LEADER(S).
Stepping up to lead a group is no small task. Group leaders are asked to spiritually shepherd the people in their care. This responsibility comes with a lot of weight. Group leaders also have the same struggles and stress that we all do. Consistent prayer is not only appreciated, but much needed. Remember that they are also praying for you.
Group Leader(s), take time to share ways your group can be praying for you as it regards your leadership of the group this session. Group Members, take a few moments to pray together for your Group Leader(s) before you begin your group discussion time.
Mike mentioned he & his family spent 9 days at Disney World making memories. Share a memory you have from a family trip.
1. Mike shared that he has a good family. Maybe you can relate. Maybe you can’t. Take time to talk & share about your family…the family you were a part of when you were young and the family you are a part of now.
2. How would you describe the role of family in your life at this time? Is that different than when you were young? What has changed? What has remained the same?
3. How would you describe the role of the church family in your life at this time? Is that different than when you were young? What has changed? What has remained the same?
4. In thinking about your current church relationships…
-Do you consider them to be healthy? Why? Why not?
-What has contributed to them being healthy/unhealthy?
-What experiences have you had that have negatively affected your view or vision of the church as a family?
-What experiences have you had that have positively affected your view or vision of the church as a family?
5. As you think about your relationship with Bridgetown Church, what role(s) do you play as part of the church family?
6. Read Galatians 6:1-10
How can the instructions in this verse expand our understanding of the responsibilities we have to one another as members of a family?
7. What role has the church family had in…
-Helping you cut out sinful patterns & habits in your life?
-Helping you bear the burdens you experience in your life?
8. What role have you had in…
-Helping members of the church family cut out sinful patterns & habits from their lives?
-Helping members of the church family bear the burdens they experience in their life?
9. Where have you seen pride manifest itself in the churches you have been a part of? How about at BCC? What has resulted from that pride?
10. Read Hebrews 10:24-25.
-How would you summarize & explain the role the church “family meeting” plays in encouraging you to love others & engage in good works?
-How would you summarize & explain the role you play in encouraging your church family to love others & engage in good works?
11. How does the idea that “with Jesus, better is possible” resonate with you?
12. Thinking about your family & your church family…
-In what areas could your family experience “better” with a deeper connection to Jesus?
-In what areas could your church family experience “better” with a deeper connection to Jesus?
13. Reflect on C.S. Lewis’s quote: “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of — throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it himself.”
-How has your perspective on your life’s purpose changed after encountering Jesus?
-How can the realization that God is building you into a palace with Jesus influence your actions and relationships with the church?
Take time to share a hope you have for your family as well as a concern you might have too. Then do the same as you imagine Bridgetown Church. Let what was shared guide your group’s prayer time together.