CONNECT GROUP QUESTIONS

The agenda for this week's meetings

Gender Reveal (Week 2)

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

*Remind your groups that we will not have groups the week of May 30th, since it is our All Group Connect. We will be at Murphy Central Park from 6:30-8:00 for popsicles, water fun, and a good ol' time. Hope to see you there!

Please make sure you communicate this with your group so that they have it on their calendars!

BEST PRACTICES

"We believe the Holy Spirit is our teacher"

Our groups are facilitated, not taught. A facilitator listens more than they talk, where a teacher is the primary speaker. A facilitator gives their input by starting with "In my opinion..." A teacher has the final answer, the only right answer. A facilitator is guiding a discussion. A teacher has a lesson to teach. So this week, I encourage us all to try to be a better FACILITATOR and not so much a teacher.

Start Thinking

  1. Do you agree with this statement: Many churches try to eliminate masculine characteristics that they should value instead.
  2. What do you remember about the service on Sunday? What impacted you the most? 

(The 4 points were: A godly man must 1. Be watchful 2. Stand firm in the faith 3. Be a man 4. Be strong.)


1 Timothy 3:1-7

1 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil.He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.


Questions about the text:

  1. What did you like about the passage or not like? What did you find confusing?
  2. What does this passage teach us about God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit? What does this passage teach us about people
  3. In the message on Sunday, Joel made the point that most people believe a man must shed most of his masculine characteristics to follow Christ. 

He said that the truth is that masculine characteristics must be channeled in love. In this passage, what activities are limited and which are channeled? 

 (channeled means that the characteristics remain, yet are focused. Limited means it says "don't do this.")

  1. Which of these characteristics do you excel at? Which do you need to be watchful for?


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

  1. Is there a sin to avoid, promise to keep, example to follow, or command to obey in this passage?
  2. What are some tangible ways men could use their gifts in the church?
  3. What is one specific way you could live out this passage this week?


Start Sharing

  1. Who could you invite to church this Sunday?


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.


What is one thing you can do this week that will minister to someone in your group?

Encourage your group to team up and stay in contact this week to encourage each other.