Community Group Week of February 7, 2016

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Hey Community Group Leaders!   How can be better be used by God to be an encourager to your group?

Announcements :

  • Men’s Ministry is kicking off a new season tomorrow, February 8th at 7pm. We will be diving into the book of Romans. This is a great opportunity to study God’s Word, get to know other guys at West Pines, and be encouraged for the week ahead. We meet in the Fuge (our youth building directly across the parking lot from the main entrance to church) on Monday nights at 7pm.

  • Our Women’s Ministry is currently doing a study called Seamless: Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story on Wednesdays at 10am and 7pm in the multi-purpose room. There’s still time to jump in at either session. The 10am study has preschool childcare available for $10 per child and that covers the entire Winter study. For more information please write Women’s Ministry on the back of your Connection Card.

  • On Sunday, February 28th we’re going to be having our Baptism Celebration. It’s a time when we come together as a church family and celebrate those who are taking this step of obedience.  Contact the church office if you would like to take this step.
  • Women’s Ministry: Living Proof Live Tickets    Join best-selling author Beth Moore at a Living Proof Live event and see how one weekend can change your life. Join us at Living Proof Live on April 1-2, 2016. And bring a friend. Our goal is to bring 100+ women, will you be one of them? Earlybird tickets are $59 until 2/15 after that the price is $69 per person. You can purchase your tickets during Women’s Ministry on Wednesday’s or email MelissaMashburn@westpines.org for more information.

  • Sheridan House Family Values 5K Run/Walk the best 5K ever!!!   Registration is now open!!!   Register today and join Sheridan House in stepping out for children and families.  The event is Saturday, February 13, 2016. Registration will open at 7:45am with the race beginning promptly at 9:00am.    They will be needing many volunteers to help as well.  Volunteers arrive by:  7:15am             Race Begins:  9:00am at Sheridan House. 1700 S Flamingo Rd. Davie, FL 33325

    Attire: We will provide you with an official Sheridan House 5K shirt upon arrival. These are the areas of need: Registration,Goodie bag table, Medal  Distribution, Parking, Directional Guides/Cheerleaders,  Photographer,  Reporter, Snack/Water table, Sound set-up/breakdown, Timing chip station, 

    If you are able to help, please respond by Monday, February 8thwith specific volunteer information to Pierina Curran at  Main:  (954) 583-1552   Direct Line: (954) 414-3392

  •  Check out the Service Projects Tab for more opportunities

Sermon Title:

Shovels and Swords,  Part 2: Enlist

Main Text:

Nehemiah 1:11-2:4

TOPICS ( Not to be read or e-mailed to your group.. this is for the leader's review and recollection )

  • Nehemiah had heard the bad news that things were not in good shape in Jerusalem. There was no wall. There were no gates. The remnant of people there were completely vulnerable. When he heard this news he wept and mourned and fasted and prayed.

  • What could Nehemiah do about it, though? He lived in Susa. He had a job in the king’s palace. He was a cupbearer.

  • The role of a cupbearer is for protection. At its core, this person tastes the wine before the king drinks it. Assassinating a monarch through poison was so feared, that this was a common position in many cultures in antiquity.

  • Because of the nature of this position, the cupbearer would be someone that the king deeply trusted. For someone with power it is not always easy to know who to trust. So this person was often a key person to the king. And the role often expanded beyond merely delivering a chalice full of wine. This person was often more of an advisor or even a personal assistant to the king himself.

  • All that to say, Nehemiah had achieved a high position in the world’s superpower at the time. But still, what did that have to do with building walls and gates in a city hundreds of miles away.

  • That is why the phrase “now I was cupbearer to the king,” is so important.

  • Last week we talked about our call to build something. We believe God wants us to join into the building work that He is building. The danger is often times we think of that in terms of “repositioning.” We think we have to leave where we are at and do something else. But we can learn from Nehemiah’s example. We should start with where we are at. God didn’t make a mistake. He placed us where we are for a reason.

AND NOW.... THE QUESTIONS...

  • HIGH/LOW: What was the high point of your week and the low point?

  • ICEBREAKER: Nehemiah's job included the possibility of death by poison... what was the most stressful job you have ever had, and why?   (If anyone's job included the possibility of death by poison, they win! )

  • READ: Nehemiah 1:11-2:4

  • What were some of the thoughts in your mind this past week as you pondered what you are building?

  • What are some of your typical reactions when you hear of others' hardships, famine, disasters, brokenness?   
  • How would you define the role of cupbearer?

  • What were some of the challenges of being a cupbearer in a pagan palace?

  • Why do you think God placed Nehemiah in that position?

  • Why do you think that Christians often think they need to be repositioned in order to be used by God?

  • Nehemiah's prayer included asking  "for success today".  What is your typical response when your "today" requests go unanswered for a long time?
  • What can we learn from the example of Nehemiah's prayer life?

  • Are there ways you are doubting the impact you can have right where you currently are?

  • What are some specific things God wants to do through you right where you are positioned?

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