Community Group Leader Study Notes

Community Group Curriculum - Table of Contents

- Week 1 - Community Group: BLESS part 1 (11/12/17-11/18/17) page 2

- Week 2 - Community Group: BLESS part 2 (11/19/17-11/25/17) page 5

- Week 3 - Community Group: BLESS part 3 (11/26/17-12/2/17) page 7

- Week 4 - Community Group: BLESS part 3 (12/3/17-12/9/17) page 9

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 Week 1 – BLESS part 1  (11/12/2017 - 11/18/2017)

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.

15 Minutes:                     Witness: Focus on people far from God

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

 

1.    Welcome (10min)

a.      Ask each person the following question: If you could take a free 2 week trip anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? 

2.    Worship  (20min)

a.      Use a CD, sing accapella, or use our NEW youtube channel with worship music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbe7OruLk8I&list=PLlzznBP3qDXj9-bqgoQbaLV8Sxc5erlwV

3.    Word  (30min)

  1. Sunday Message Summary - read aloud so that everyone can remember or hear for the first time.
  2. Sermon Title: “Bless - Finding our Big “Have to”

Scripture Passage:

John 4: 1-42 4 Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2(although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), 3 he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. 4 And he had to pass through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.         

7 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8 (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” 17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” 19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”         

27 Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you seek?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” 28 So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” 30 They went out of the town and were coming to him. 31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. 36 Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”         39 Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his word. 42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”         

Message Theme: The message was about not getting stuck in the mundane “have to’s” of life, but finding our big “have to” - our calling from God.  In the story of the Samaritan woman, we see Jesus on a mission.  “This is what I have to do!” was his attitude as decided to go through Samaria rather than around.  He REACHED across cultural, racial, and gender lines to show love and share the good news.  We are called to do the same.  He RESTORED this woman to right relationship with God, and also to a community of believers.  She had been a loner, but know was gathering people to hear what Jesus was saying.  Jesus REPRODUCED the mission of sharing the gospel in other people.  He had his disciples along with him to learn, and even the woman herself shared the good news with others as well.  We are called in our own lives to REACH, RESTORE, and REPRODUCE the mission in others.

        Possible Questions to ask:

  1. Which “R” (reach, restore, reproduce) comes most naturally for you? Reaching people that don’t know God, Restoring people from brokenness to wholeness, or Reproducing what you do in someone else.  Which one do you find the most challenging in your life? Why you think this is the case?
  2. Is there anyone in your life whom you could identify as “the woman at the well”? Maybe someone you see often but don’t know, or someone who is clearly a social outcast to who you would be uncomfortable speaking? What are the barriers between you and this person?
  3. How have you seen your relationship with Christ restore you?
  4. Lloyd shared the quote “Our calling is where our greatest passion meets the world’s greatest need.”  Do you have a sense of what God is calling you to do for this season of your life?
  5. How are you currently working to restore God’s dream in your family? In your community? In the world?
  6. What is the one thing you can do this week to reach someone who is far from God?

4.         Witness (10min)

a.    Talk about the last question and how you answered it.  Try to be as specific as possible with what you feel God is calling you to do this week.  Pray for each other that God will give you the opportunity.  Pray also that the Holy Spirit will fill you up and help you to be BOLD!  You can break up into pairs if need for this prayer time.  


 Week 1 – BLESS part 2  (11/19/2017 - 11/25/2017)

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.

15 Minutes:                     Witness: Focus on people far from God

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

 

1.    Welcome (10min)

a.      Ask each person the following question: What is one thing you are thankful for?

 

2.    Worship  (20min)

a.      Use a CD, sing accapella, or use our NEW youtube channel with worship music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbe7OruLk8I&list=PLlzznBP3qDXj9-bqgoQbaLV8Sxc5erlwV

3.    Word  (30min)

  1. Sunday Message Summary - read aloud so that everyone can remember or hear for the first time.
  2. Sermon Title: “Bless - Building a Life of Prayer”

Scripture Passage:

Acts 4:29–31 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

Message Summary:

Our Bless Series is about working for the good of our community.  We want to love and serve the community, while helping to bring people back to God.  The message this Sunday focused on the first thing we must do when trying to reach people who are far from God - Pray.  Scripture tells us that God says the prayers of a righteous person are powerful and effective.  They help us grow, direct us, they change our community, bring revival, and align us with God’s will.  In addition, prayer is a relationship with God that involves us talking to Him, and then listening.  God will speak to us, often in a whisper (1 Kings 19:11-13).  He will direct us to what He is doing around us, and invite us to be a part.

        Possible Questions to ask:

  1. Do you feel that your prayers are powerful and effective?  Why or why not?  What does the truth of God’s word say regarding that (James 5:16)?
  2. How is the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 helpful in teaching us how to pray?
  3. Is there a season in your life where you prayed more?  What was the catalyst for that season in your life? What caused that season to end?
  4. When we hear God’s whisper or still small voice, what causes us to listen to it?  What are the reasons we don’t listen to it?

4.         Witness (10min)

a.    Who did you BLESS this week?  As this is the theme of the series, share testimonies of how God used you to BLESS other people.  Pray that the Holy Spirit will fill you up and help you to be BOLD!  Pray for Revival in our Community!  You can break up into pairs if need for this prayer time.  


 Week 3 – BLESS part 3  (11/26/2017 - 12/2/2017)

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.

15 Minutes:                     Witness: Focus on people far from God

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

 

1.    Welcome (10min)

a.      Ask each person the following question: Share the most meaningful scripture to you and why it is so meaningful.

 

2.    Worship  (20min)

a.      Use a CD, sing accapella, or use our NEW youtube channel with worship music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbe7OruLk8I&list=PLlzznBP3qDXj9-bqgoQbaLV8Sxc5erlwV

3.    Word  (30min)

a.      Sunday Message Summary - read aloud so that everyone can remember or hear for the first time.

B. Sermon Title: “Bless - Listen”

Scripture Passage: Matthew 16:13–20 

13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.

        

Message Summary:

Our BLESS Series is about working for the good of our community.  We want to love and serve the community, while helping to bring people back to God.  The message this Sunday focused on the “L” of BLESS - Listening.  God calls us to listen to those around us to understand their story and their needs.  In the scripture in Matthew Jesus is asking his disciples what they have heard - are they listening to people around them to understand what they are thinking?  Listening is not about waiting your turn to speak, but about trying to understand the other person.  It is also about hearing and recognizing their needs (Luke 18:35-42). Second, we are called to listen to God.  God is always talking, but are we listening?  John 8:47 says that those who belong to God listen to Him. We can learn to listen to God by slowing down, reading His word, and praying.

        Possible Questions to ask:

  1. What is the biggest barrier to you truly listening to people (and places) in your life?  
  1. Too overwhelmed with my own stuff
  2. Afraid of what they might share
  3. Don’t know the right questions to ask
  4. It is hard for me to care about what is going on with others
  5. Other answer (Please describe)
  1. Have you ever assumed what someone needed, only to find out later that you were wrong?  Share your story
  2. When people have truly listened to you, what has been the most valuable about their response - what the said, what they did, or was it just that they listened?  
  3. What are things we can be listening for from people as we seek to Reach, Restore, and Reproduce (the first message covered these) the way that Jesus did?

4.         Witness (10min)

a.    Who did you BLESS this week?  As this is the theme of the series, share testimonies of how God used you to BLESS other people.  Pray that the Holy Spirit will fill you up and help you to be BOLD!  Pray for that God helps us listen to our Community!  You can break up into pairs if need for this prayer time.  


 Week 4 – BLESS part 4  (12/2/2017 - 12/9/2017)

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.

15 Minutes:                     Witness: Focus on people far from God

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

 

1.    Welcome (10min)

a.      Ask everyone: Who has a testimony of how the have BLESSed someone this week - How have you put into practice the B (Build a life of prayer), L (Listen), or E (Eat)?

 

2.    Worship  (20min)

a.      Use a CD, sing accapella, or use our NEW youtube channel with worship music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbe7OruLk8I&list=PLlzznBP3qDXj9-bqgoQbaLV8Sxc5erlwV

3.    Word  (30min)

a.      Sunday Message Summary - read aloud so that everyone can remember or hear for the first time.

B. Sermon Title: “Bless - Eat”

Scripture Passage: Matthew 9:9-13

9 As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.10 And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

        

Message Summary:

Our BLESS Series is about working for the good of our community.  We want to love and serve the community, while helping to bring people back to God.  The message this Sunday focused on the “E” of BLESS - Eat.  As we seek to be disciples, we are reminded that we need to follow Jesus’s example and pattern our lives after what He did.  Jesus came not just to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10), but also to eat and drink (Luke 7:34).  The first is his purpose, the second was a method to accomplishing his purpose.  First, Jesus ate with people.  In the story in Matthew he was eating with tax collectors and sinners, the outcasts of society.  He did so in a way that didn’t condone what they did, but also made them feel safe around Him.  Second, Jesus ate with purpose.  He was with these people to love them and bring them back to God. In the story in Matthew Jesus makes the point that he came to be with sick people (sinners).  Jesus took something as commonplace as eating and made it an avenue to bring people into relationship with God.

        Possible Questions to ask:

  1. What do you think it meant to Matthew that Jesus was willing to come eat with him and his friends?

  1. Which of these best describes your feelings about sharing meals with people?  What do you think has contributed to you having these feelings?
  1. I prefer to eat alone
  2. I don’t mind eating with close friends and family, but I don’t like sharing meals with people I don’t know very well.
  3. I love to eat with anyone
  4. Other (Please explain)

  1. In the message the point was made that Jesus had no prejudices against the people He was eating with, He fully loved and accepted them and they could sense it.  How can we move past our prejudices to become more like Jesus?

  1. Why is it so important to build relationship with people rather than just serve them or tell them about Jesus right away?

  1. What are the biggest obstacles to you being able to share meals with people as we seek to pattern our lives after Jesus and eat with others? How can you overcome these obstacles?
  1. I just don’t have enough time
  2. It is uncomfortable
  3. I don’t want to make them uncomfortable
  4. I can’t cook and/or don’t have the money to eat out
  5. I don’t even know who I would invite to eat with me
  6. Other.

4.         Witness (10min)

a.    Pray for people you could invite to a meal or go to coffee with.  Pray that the Holy Spirit will fill you up and help you to be BOLD!  Pray for that God helps us listen to our Community!  You can break up into pairs if need for this prayer time.  

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