CONNECT GROUP QUESTIONS

The agenda for this week's meeting.

Things above

Announcements:

  1. Our 2019 Mission trip sign ups to Arequipa, Peru will begin soon. Pray about going!
  2. Beyond Closet service opportunities are becoming more regular. Our hope is to have our small groups begin to help maintain the closet. Just a little heads up!
  3. we apologize but the sermon was not recorded this week.

LOOK BACK (perhaps talk about this during a meal or before the group starts)

Is there anyone in the group that needs care?

  • Ask "What was the best part of your week?"
  • Ask "What was the biggest challenge or struggle in your past week?"


LOOK UP

Start Thinking

  • What do you remember about the service on Sunday? What impacted you the most?
  • What is the biggest way you waste time during the week?
  • Do you consider your life a busy life? Do feel overwhelmed most of the week? If yes, what do you think is the cause of this?


Start Reading

Colossians 3:1-25

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.

So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world.But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. 10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. 11 In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.

12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting for those who belong to the Lord.

19 Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly.

20 Children, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord.21 Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged.

22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord. 23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 24 Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. 25 But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the wrong you have done. For God has no favorites.


Questions about the text:

1. What did you like about the passage or not like? What did you find confusing?

2. What does the passage teach us about God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit? What does this passage teach us about people?

3. In this passage, Paul says to set your mind on things above. How might this help you overcome sins or struggles on a daily basis?


LOOKING FORWARD

Start Doing.

  1. Is there an sin to avoid, promise to claim, example to follow, or command to obey?
  2. What is one specific way that you can obey God this week?
  3. Do you start your day with a time of quiet with the Lord? What is the impact on your attitude when you do?

If not, try starting your day off with prayer for your day and a moment of thankfulness for all of the good things that God has done for you.


Start Caring. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  1. Take some time to celebrate what your Connect Group is doing well. In what ways are you cheering one another on? In what ways are you carrying one another’s burdens?
  2. How can you, as a group and as individuals, work to be an even healthier group as you?


Start Sharing

1. Who could you invite to church this Sunday? Who could you invite to your Connect Group next week?

2. Who could you minister to within your group this week?


Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Take a moment to write down your prayer requests.

Divide into groups of 2 or 3 and pray for the power of Jesus to give victory in each pursuit.