Community Group Week of 01.22.17

Announcements :  

  • WELCOME to opening week of our COMMUNITY GROUP !!
  • Women’s Ministry - Women’s Ministry is a place where women from all ages and stages of life can come together, love on, encourage each other and learn more about becoming a godly woman and the great news that is we are going to be starting a brand new 6-week Bible study called “Finding I Am”.
    • Call your girlfriends and come out and join us starting Wednesday, February 1st at 7pm...which is only 10 days away!
  • Growth Tracks Table:  Don't forget you can always stop by the Growth Tracks table in the lobby on Sundays if you have any questions or need any information.
  • Men's Group:  Join our Men's group on Monday nights on campus as they are challenged by a great study by Pastor and Author Matt Chandler - "Recovering Redemption." 

 

Main Text:   Psalm 1:1-6

Sermon Title:  Renovate, Part 3: DIY

Sermon Topic: (Not to be read or e-mailed to your group … this is for the leader’s review and recollection)

  • When it comes to a renovation project, there are a few reasons you may not DIY (Do It Yourself). 1) You may not have time. 2) You may not know how. 3) You simply may not care, and just leave it broken. But the same can be also true for our spiritual lives.
  • There is a component that of our spiritual growth that is DIY. God is overseeing our spiritual development and maturity, but we have a part to play as well. Psalm 1 is a helpful guide.
  • It says that we will be blessed if we know how to engage our Bible. First, it says we need to delight in the Bible. We are to shift our thinking about it. It is for us.  It is for our benefit. It will transform our lives for the better.
  • Second, it says we are to meditate on the Bible. This word literally means “to mutter.” Have you ever seen someone so deep in thought that they are actually talking to themselves under their breath without realizing it. They haven’t gone crazy, they are just processing something that deeply. That is what we are supposed to do in our lives as well. We are simply supposed to read the Bible and check off a box on our daily To Do list. We are supposed to think about it and process it. We are supposed to marinate in the Bible or steep in it. We are supposed to chew on it.
  • Lastly it says, we are to meditate on it day and night. We should shift our expectations on how the Bible works. It’s not something we pull out in an emergency. It is something that is supposed to be a regular part of our lives.
  • Here are three things we can do in response to this passage:
    1. Calendar Your Bible - schedule time every day.
    2. Read Your Bible - maybe pick a simple place to start like: Mark, Proverbs, or James.
    3. Chew Your Bible - have a journal ready. Jot down a thought you want to chew on that day.

SUGGESTED DISCUSSION QUESTIONS...

(Please feel free to modify questions to accommodate your specific group!)

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

Please read:     Psalm 1:1-6

  • If there was one situation in your life right now that you desperately need wisdom for, what would it be?
  • How are we supposed to use the Bible, according to Psalm 1?
  • When have we spent time meditating on God's word? Do we "chew" on what God says?
  • What happens when the bible saturates your life? 
  • What would our life look like, how would it be shaped if the rhythm of our lives was impacted by the bible? How would you be changed? 
  • When is the best time during the day for you to read and study the Bible?
  • What are you going to do this week to engage the Bible more deeply and consistently? How will you make more space for God's word in your life? 
  • How do we respond to Psalm 1?  
    • (For the Leader)  
    • Calendar your bible!
    • Read your bible!
    • Chew on your bible!

Theme/Quote:

  • Analyzing a big decision and not knowing what to do can be exasperating. If you’ve been in that situation, maybe you’ve gotten to a place where you just wish someone could come alongside of you and tell you what the right decision is. What if we could have a life coach that always knew the right answer. What if they always could perfectly direct us. The Bible claims to be that for us. It says that we will thrive if we anchor our lives to it. Maybe you’ve heard that before but it’s not worked for you. Where in the Bible does it tell me if I should date this person or take this job? It’s hard to find that page in the Bible. But maybe the problem is we don’t know how to use the Bible. Don’t worry. Think of Psalm 1 as the user's manual. You may be one step away from full access to inexhaustible wisdom and insight.

 

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