Community Group Questions 1/29/12

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Announcements:
Please share whichever of the following announcements apply to your group:
  • 2/12/12
    • Starting 2/12/12 we will have 2 services every Sunday
    • Services will be at 9:45 and 11:30
    • Both Services will be exactly the same
    • Kids Ministry will be provided at both services
    • Please help us fill some of those extra seats
  • Discuss Mission Trips and Go Groups
Sermon Title: Where We’re Needed, What the World NeedsMain Text:  1 Corinthians 12:27-13:3, 1 John 3:16Topics:
  • If we consider ourselves a Christ follower, then we are part of a larger whole.  We are part of the body, the church.  And each of us need each other.  Each member of the body has a function, a gift that God has designed for us to use.  So:
    • No one can say they are not a part of the body.
    • No one can say they don’t need a part of the body.
    • No one can say they are extra.
  • Of all the things God could use us to accomplish, the greatest thing we can do is love.  According to this passage, without love, all of our gifts, skills, and talents are worthless.
  • Our culture has used “love” as a buzz-word for generations. And love is the chief virtue.  Love is the driving force of the Gospel (John 3:16).  But what is love?  Our culture defines love in various ways:
    • unconditional acceptance
    • doing good
    • infatuation, lust
    • kindness
    • peace and pacifism
  • Those are pieces of love, but at the core Jesus defined love for us. Love is self-sacrifice for the good of another.  That was Jesus’ life, and it is our calling as well.
  • One tension that we can speak into our culture is that truth has to come before love.  It would be UN-loving to let a friend continue a life style that is destructive.  Interventions are painful, and can put strain on a friendship but ultimately it is an act of love. So truth is more primary, otherwise we don’t know how to love each other.
  • This is important because our culture treats evangelism as unloving.  And while it can certainly be done in an unloving way, it is the most loving thing we could do.  It is unloving when:
    • it is a monologue and not a dialogue
    • when we don’t listen
    • when we are argumentative or arrogant
  • Our calling as Christians is to be a mobilized force sent out to love this world
  • THE CHALLENGE: is to walk through the door of mission.
    • Join a GO Group
    • Consider going on a Mission Trip
    • Sponsor a child
  • What is a Go Group?
    • Check out go.westpines.org
    • two or three Christian friends getting together twice a month to talk about how to evangelize and be praying for each other and the opportunities in their lives.
    • the training comes through weekly 3-minute coaching sessions. There are also longer 7-10 minute training sessions on specific topics.  There is also a list of books on the resource page.
  • How does someone get signed up for a Go Group?
    • FIRST: find one or two other people to be in a Go Group
    • SECOND: email Roy Balta (Go Group Coordinator) at roybalta@westpines.org
    • THIRD: set up a regular time to meet with your Go Group
    • FOURTH: Get started!
      • start watching coaching sessions each week
      • pray for each other regularly
      • read a book off the recommended list together?

Key Questions:

  1. Where have you seen “love” used as a buzzword in our culture?
  2. How do you think our culture defines the term love?
  3. Read 1 John 3:16. In your own words, how does the Bible define love?
  4. Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-3. What would it look like to make a skill or gift more important than love? What is the result of that?
  5. What are other things we make more important than love?
  6. Why does our culture think evangelism is unloving?  How would you respond to that?
  7. What are some of the differences between unloving and loving evangelism?
  8. Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.  Which of these are the most challenging for you?
  9. When is it the hardest for me to love?
  10. What is a radical, self-sacrificing act of love you have seen a Christian do?
  11. Dream out loud with the group of what would happen if every member of the body (the church), was constantly on a mission to love our city?
  12. How is God pushing you to be mobilized on a mission to love this city - to walk through the Mission Door?

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