Community Group Leader Study Notes

Justice  (10/28/2018-11/3/2018)

Agenda

15 Minutes:                    Everyone arrive/mingle/eat if food

10 Minutes:                Welcome: Group Opener Question

20 Minutes:                     Worship: Songs as well as prayers, prophetic words, scripture etc.

30 Minutes:                 Word: Discussion and Application of God’s Word

15 Minutes:                     Witness: Focus on people far from God

 

1.    Announcements

  1. If you have not been able to do an outreach project as a group yet, please discuss what your group would like to do.
  2. Due to the trip to Nepal, we have uploaded the notes and questions for the next 3 weeks of community groups. Please continue scrolling to see each week.
  3. There will not be any curriculum for the week of thanksgiving, you can either take the week off, or celebrate thanksgiving together with food and fellowship.

2. Welcome (10min)

a.     Ask everyone to answer the following question(s):

  1. How does your family celebrate Thanksgiving?
  2. What is your favorite food served during thanksgiving?

3.    Worship  (20min)

a.      Use a CD, sing a capella, or use our Youtube channel with worship music: Here

4.    Word  (30min)

  1. Watch video about Justice HERE.
  1. Or if you have a smart TV, you can search on youtube for “pacc-id Justice
  2. We also have DVD’s available at the church as well.

Video Theme: Justice

The video about Justice shows how the world is constantly producing injustice. And even though we see injustice regularly, we are all guilty of Injustice whether we do it knowingly or unintentionally. Unfortunately, we live in a world that is devastated by the effects of sin and whether we like it or not, injustice will continue to happen, but Jesus has a different answer. When Jesus rose from the dead, he was declared as righteous and  now He frees us of our guilt and calls us righteous because of what he has done. Because of our new gift of righteousness because of Jesus, we are compelled to live our lives in a new way that compels us to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves.

Scriptures referenced: Man created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26), Doing Righteousness and Justice(Genesis 18:19)&(Deut. 4:5-8), Example of restorative justice( Job 29:12-17), God has a heart for justice(Zechariah 7:8-10), prophecy of Jesus bringing righteousness and Justice(Isaiah 11:1-5).

Possible Questions to ask:

  1. What is Justice and who gets to define it?
  2. Why do humans care so much about justice?
  3. What does it mean to be righteous and just?
  4. Where do we see God’s righteousness leading/changing/moving in our lives?
  5. If God made us righteous by Jesus’ death of the cross, why do we put ourselves above others and produce injustice?

5.         Witness (10min)

  1. Ask if there are any testimonies anyone would like to share.
  2. Discuss together your Community Outreach as a Community Group.  Pray that God would give you wisdom and creativity regarding Community Outreach for your group.  Pray specifically for the people you are focused on reaching out to.  Also pray for any other needs.

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Sacrifice and Atonement  (11/4/2018-11/10/2018)

Agenda

15 Minutes:                    Everyone arrive/mingle/eat if food

10 Minutes:                Welcome: Group Opener Question

20 Minutes:                     Worship: Songs as well as prayers, prophetic words, scripture etc.

30 Minutes:                 Word: Discussion and Application of God’s Word

15 Minutes:                     Witness: Focus on people far from God

 

1.    Announcements

  1. If you have not been able to do an outreach project as a group yet, please discuss what your group would like to do.
  2. There will not be any curriculum for the week of thanksgiving, you can either take the week off, or celebrate thanksgiving together with food and fellowship.

2. Welcome (10min)

a.     Ask everyone to answer the following question(s):

  1. What is your favorite hobby?
  2. Do you prefer dogs or cats or something else?

3.    Worship  (20min)

a.      Use a CD, sing a capella, or use our Youtube channel with worship music: Here

4.    Word  (30min)

  1. Watch video about Sacrifice and Atonement HERE.
  1. Or if you have a smart TV, you can search on youtube for “pacc-id Sacrifice
  2. We also have DVD’s available at the church as well.

Video Theme: Sacrifice and Atonement

As evil lurks in the world and in us, the video talks about how God gets rid of this evil, without getting rid of us. In the old Testament they would sacrifice animals, and this was a substitute, and the animal was symbolically dying in the place of the person. This is the meaning of Atonement, which means to cover over someone's debt. They would also take the blood of the sacrifice and sprinkle it in the temple, which was symbolically cleaning away the effects of the sin that happened where they live. This process in the Bible is called Purification. This ritual allows things to be made right between God and Israel. But the video talks about how Isaiah looked forward to a day where a new king would come, and would offer his life as a sacrifice and deal with evil once and for all. So the death of Jesus is the atonement(payment of debt) for all sinners, and his Blood is also the purification for all of us, and that makes us right before God, so that we can live in harmony with God according to his Grace and Mercy. But Jesus’ death was not final, He rose from the dead and conquered the power of sin and Death, and is now offering himself to all people as the perfect sacrifice. Now because Jesus is the final sacrifice, we no longer have to sacrifice animals as a ritual to become right with God. But the bible tells us that Jesus gave us new rituals that we should do as believers in Jesus. We should be water baptised and we should partake in communion. These rituals are something that believers do to proclaim that we are followers of Jesus, and to also remember what Jesus did for us.

Scriptures referenced: Animal Sacrifice (Exodus 29), Isaiah’s prophecy of Jesus (Isaiah 53:4-6), Baptism(Matthew 28:19), Communion(Luke 22:14-20).

Possible Questions to ask:

  1. What is the difference between atonement and purification?
  2. What were the previous sacrifices in the old testament pointing to?
  3. How does God remove the evil in the world without removing us?
  4. What does baptism and communion symbolize?
  1. Is there anyone that would like to get water baptized?
  1. As Jesus was the final sacrifice and we are covered by the Grace and Mercy of God through Jesus, how does it change your perspective on life?
  1. How does it change what you would share with someone who does not have a relationship with Jesus?

5.         Witness (10min)

  1. Ask if there are any testimonies anyone would like to share.
  2. Discuss together your Community Outreach as a Community Group.  Pray that God would give you wisdom and creativity regarding Community Outreach for your group.  Pray specifically for the people you are focused on reaching out to.  Also pray for any other needs.

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The Covenants  (11/11/2018 - 11/17/2018)

Agenda

15 Minutes:                    Everyone arrive/mingle/eat if food

10 Minutes:                Welcome: Group Opener Question

20 Minutes:                     Worship: Songs as well as prayers, prophetic words, scripture etc.

30 Minutes:                 Word: Discussion and Application of God’s Word

15 Minutes:                     Witness: Focus on people far from God

 

1.    Announcements

  1. If you have not been able to do an outreach project as a group yet, please discuss what your group would like to do.
  2. There will not be any curriculum for the week of thanksgiving, you can either take the week off, or celebrate thanksgiving together with food and fellowship.

2. Welcome (10min)

a.     Ask everyone to answer the following question(s):

  1. What is your worst habit?
  2. What is your biggest pet peeve?

3.    Worship  (20min)

a.      Use a CD, sing a capella, or use our Youtube channel with worship music: Here

4.    Word  (30min)

  1. Watch video about Covenants HERE.
  1. Or if you have a smart TV, you can search on youtube for “pacc-id covenants
  2. We also have DVD’s available at the church as well.

Video Theme: The Covenants

God created us to be in partnership with him, but humans by nature rebelled against this partnership.So God produced four covenants with Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and King David. However all of these covenants were destroyed by humans because of our inability to do what is right. So, Jesus was sent down to restore these covenants with humanity and created what is now called the New Covenant.

Scriptures referenced: Covenant with Noah (Genesis 8 & 9), Covenant with Abraham (Genesis 12, 15, & 17), Covenant with Israel ( Exodus 3:7-20, Exodus 20-23), Covenant with David (2 Samuel 7:10-13 & Psalms 132: 11-12), Jesus and the New Covenant (Matt. 5-7, Luke 4:14-20, Luke 22:19-22)

Possible Questions to ask:

  1. What is a covenant?
  2. In what ways is the old covenant different from the new covenant?
  3. How did Jesus fulfill the original 4 covenants?
  4. Since all of the old covenants resulted in failure because humans could not keep their side of the agreement, what does it show us about our relationship with Jesus in light of the new covenant?
  5. Since the new covenant has been solidified because of Jesus, how does this change our perspective in the way we live our lives today?

5.         Witness (10min)

  1. Ask if there are any testimonies anyone would like to share.
  2. Discuss together your Community Outreach as a Community Group.  Pray that God would give you wisdom and creativity regarding Community Outreach for your group.  Pray specifically for the people you are focused on reaching out to.  Also pray for any other needs.

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