Three times a month we meet in our small groups to practice the teachings of Jesus together. We believe that with the encouragement and consistency of other believers, and with the help of God's Spirit, we can go after Jesus' teachings and really live them out as His followers. It is a life- long process, and it can not happen without grace, but we believe that God's desire is for each of us to become more like Jesus as we follow Him.
"And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."
-2 Corinthians 3:18
Below are the "Reach It" practices for the current series.
The Holy Spirit has an agenda, not only for our personal transformation into the image of Christ, but also for others through us.
Week 1: November 9th
Ice Breaker Question: Have you ever experienced the classic “angel on one shoulder, devil on the other” situation? Explain.
Intro: Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit will help His disciples. An encouraging thought for sure, but sometimes it is hard to know what that looks like in our everyday lives. Let’s look at what the Scriptures say about it.
Read: Galatians 5:22-25
Discuss: Q - Paul uses an interesting phrase “the fruit of the Holy Spirit.” Why do you think he chose that wording instead of something else? Q - What does bearing the fruit of the Holy Spirit look like in real life? Q - In v25, Paul challenges us to “keep in step with the Spirit”. What would that look like for you? Q - What does v25 mean with the added context of v24?
Practice: Spend some time this week in quiet reflection on how the Holy Spirit is promoting the fruit of the Spirit in your life. (Consider 15minutes of silence and solitude tomorrow morning) What will you need to do to keep in step with his promptings?
Week 2: November 16th
Ice Breaker Question: Share about a time you’ve been inspired by something or someone to try something that you had previously been too nervous, insecure, or scared to attempt?
Intro: We know from the scriptures that the Holy Spirit will prompt us to do things that are outside of our comfort zone. Being outside of our comfort zone is by definition uncomfortable! We will need to prepare ourselves in a special way to be able to answer that call.
Read: Romans 8:5-7
Discuss: Q - How do you set your mind on something? Q - What does Paul mean by “flesh” in this passage? Q - What would it mean to have your mind set on what the flesh desires? Q - v7 is pretty intense! Why isn’t there a third option? Q - How would someone practically set their minds on what the Spirit desires?
Practice: Set aside some specific time to set your mind on what the Spirit desires (ex. 5 minutes of reading followed by 10minutes of silence and solitude). Keep a notpad near by and be willing to Venture out of your comfort zone if He puts something specific on your heart or mind in that time.
Week 3: November 23rd
Enjoy your thanksgiving weekend! Be sure to invite friends to church this week!
Week 4: November 30th
It’s time for our community service as small groups! Get out there and have fun serving people together!