Community Group Week of February 28, 2016

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 Laugh With Those You Lead

Most people feel a lot of pressure when it comes to their relationship with God. And they’re well aware of all the areas where they fall short. As a leader, make sure you don’t take yourself too seriously. Proverbs 17:22 says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine.” Did you know that laughter is scientifically proven to lower blood pressure, increase blood flow, reduce stress hormones, and improve alertness, creativity, and memory? Nehemiah 8:10 says, “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” Bring that kind of strength into your group.

Announcements :

  • Groups will take a 2 week break beginning March 20th.   Plan on resuming the week of April 3rd

  • MOVE ON OVER to 9 or noon!

    Thanks so much for all of you who are attending the 9am and 12pm service, we really appreciate all of you moving over to make room for our guests.  If you are attending the 10:30am and you are serving at the 9am or noon, you’re ok, Thank you for serving, but if you’re attending the 10:30am and you aren’t currently then do us a favor and MOVE ON OVER to 9 or noon!

  • Men’s Ministry is back in session! We are 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. Contact Vince Harris or Steve Englund for more details.

  • 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.

  • Our Easter weekend services are expected to be packed out!  This means our Children's Ministry is going to be packed out.   If you can help ot during any of the three services, please contact Sandy Hall or Jenna Mesa 

  • Check out the Service Projects Tab for more opportunities

Sermon Title:

Shovels and Swords, Part 5: Investigate Then Instigate

Main Text: Nehemiah 2:11-18

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

  • Nehemiah arrives in Jerusalem and displays his expertise in vision casting. The first thing he does is go out at night and explore the wall. He wants to know first hand, what the reality of the situation is.

  • He then stands before all of the people and casts vision. He shares the urgency of the situation. He reveals the plan. Then He shows them what God has already been up to leading up to that.

  • They respond with some of the most powerful words in the entire book. They say, “let us arise and build.” The reality of the situation is that Nehemiah didn’t build the wall. THEY built the wall. If they hadn’t decided to arise and build, no wall would have been created.

  • Everyone knows that you have to “look before you leap.” Before someone jumps into something it is so critical that they know what they are getting into. But the same logic is true in most of our interactions. It takes discipline to listen before we speak. It takes great maturity to seek to understand before we challenge something. Nehemiah demonstrates his expertise in this area as he arrives in Jerusalem. He cannot single handedly build an entire wall. He must rally the people. And once again we can learn a lot from his superior leadership abilities. Do we investigate before we instigate?

AND NOW.... THE QUESTIONS...

during

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

  • ICEBREAKER:  What is one of your more impulsive moves you have ever made in your life?

  • READ: Nehemiah 2:11-18

  • Why do you think Nehemiah first inspected the wall before he cast vision to the people?

  • Why do you think he inspected the walls at night?

  • What in Nehemiah’s speech to the people, do you think was compelling?

  • What characteristic in a good leader do you find most compelling? Why?

  • What do you think it was like for them to be living all that time in a broken down city?

  • Why is investigating before instigating so important for success?  What can happen if you don't?

  • Under what situations would do you tend to speak before you listen?

  • Discuss the need for urgency to share the gospel to our extremely un-churched area of South Florida.   Is there an urgency in your heart during this upcoming Easter season?

  • What is God calling you to instigate?

  • How are you going to investigate first?

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