Community Group Week of April 3, 2016

Welcome Back !  Hope you enjoyed your two week break.  We will be in an 8 week group session that will end May 27th.   That's plenty of time to be inviting new people to your group... and mentoring future leaders! Have a great group!

 Announcements :

  • Men’s Ministry will return on April 4th.  We will continue our study in the book of Romans.  Each week is a stand alone topic, so please jump in!
  • On Sunday, April 17th we’re going to be having our Family Dedication Celebration, if you are a parent of a preschooler and are interested make sure to stop by the Kids Ministry Guest Services desk for more information.
  • Check out the Service Projects Tab for more opportunities

Sermon Title:

Against All Odds, Part 1: Ridicule

Main Text: Nehemiah 4:1-6

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

    • One of the fierce types of opposition that Nehemiah faces is against ridicule.
    • We often make the mistake of sweeping ridicule under the rug as if it’s something that we should pretend doesn’t affect us. We were taught that from a young age: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” But that’s not true.
    • Words can do far more than breaking bones! They can fracture relationships in an instant. They can break someone’s spirit. They can permanently maim someone’s self-esteem. Despite what the old adage says, words are are far more dangerous than sticks and stones.
    • But we have a tendency to underplay the power of words. Those words that we think we are ignoring, can haunt us without us knowing. Not appreciating how ridicule works on us, can affect our lives more than we want to admit.
    • Nehemiah doesn’t just brush off those words. He treats them like the serious opposition that they are. And he prays through them.
    • We need to know the affects on us, on our kids, and on how we speak to others.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS...

    • HIGH/LOW: What was the high point of your week and the low point?
    • ICEBREAKER: Did you have a childhood nickname?  Did you like your nickname or not so much??
    • READ: Nehemiah 4:1-6
    • How can ridicule affect someone?
    • When have you faced ridicule in your life? How did it affect you?
    • Why can ridicule be so damaging long term?
    • What is your typical response when you experience ridicule?
    • Is it difficult for you to admit that words DO hurt you? Why?
    • How was Nehemiah a good example on how to handle ridicule?
    • How do you typically decide whether you are going to respond to ridicule or not respond?
    • How will you handle ridicule differently next time?

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