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Made For More - Week 5 - Nov 30.Dec 1

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BEFORE YOU GATHER

  • Familiarize yourself with this Group Study Guide.
  • If you missed it, CLICK HERE to watch the weekend sermon.
  • Spend some time in prayer before your group gathers.
  • To prepare for discussion, CLICK HERE for a few facilitation tips.
  • As a leader you always have the option to use some or all the questions and/or write your own questions.

GROUP DISCUSSION 

Opening Prayer: (1-5 minutes)
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s a suggestion of how your group can invite God into your time together.

"Father, we are so thankful that you have created each of us for something MORE. Thank You that each of us are born for a purpose - created by You to do something eternal, something that matters, something that lasts, something that brings You glory. Thank You for leading us as we continue to seek your purpose for our lives. Show us through your Word how You have used ordinary people to do extraordinary things in Your name. Stir our passions, use our pain and proximity to make disciples, be a blessing to others, show us who we are here for, and live out our purpose in our communities. Thank you for your promise that our pain has a purpose. Thank you for living out Your purpose by saving and restoring humanity through the Cross. Teach us every day how to be more like You in every way. We pray this in your powerful name Jesus, Amen." 

Quick Connection: (5 minutes)

What is something most people might consider ordinary that you consider extraordinary? How has this ordinary something enhanced your daily life? 

Group Discussion: (30 minutes)

This week we will explore finding our purpose through our passion, pain, and proximity.

Open your Bibles and spend 5 minutes together recounting the story of Joseph found in Genesis Chapter 37-50.

  • Purpose is found through our passion, and passion is often the catalyst that will catapult us out of passive concern into action. 

    Joseph lived out his passions (like organizational leadership skills) in every part of his journey, and God used them to unlock his purpose. 

    Questions to help identify your passions:
    • What have I always loved doing? 
    • What gets you up in the morning?
    • What brings you joy? 
    • What breaks your heart? Keeps you up at night?
    • What makes you angry? Stirs up righteous anger? 
  • Purpose is found through our pain. God can use our pain to bring hope and healing to others who are walking through the exact same thing. 

    Joseph experienced a lot of pain in his life: he was betrayed, rejected, and sold into slavery by his brothers. The betrayal and rejection from his brothers was the very thing that led to him being in the position to save his entire family years later.

    You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20

    Questions to identify your pain:
    • What painful experiences might God what to use?
    • What might the past have prepared you to do that you couldn’t or wouldn’t do otherwise? 
  • Purpose is found through our proximity. The people God has placed in your life are there for a reason. You may be the only Jesus that they ever encounter.

    It didn’t matter where Joseph was - he was intentional in impacting the lives of those around him. 

    Questions to identify those in your proximity:
    • Who has God given me influence with?
    • Who has God given me access to?
    • Are there people in my life who share my passions?
    • Are there people in my life who are experiencing similar pains I’ve walked through?

 CLOSING PRAYER (5-15 minutes):
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s some suggestions of what your group could talk about with God in prayer.

  • Pray that the Spirit helps us identify and name the things we are passionate about and provide direction for living out the greater purpose in our life. 
  • Pray that God gives us eyes to see His purpose in our pain, that we are reminded that we are not alone in our pain and that we can reach out for help and find healing from our pain. 
  • Pray that we share Jesus well with those God has placed in close proximity to us in our daily lives. Ask God to show us our purpose right where we are. 

CHALLENGES FOR THE WEEK:

  • Study the story Joseph. Spend 30 minutes this week reading through Genesis 37-50.  Reflect on how God used Joseph and how He made him for more than he could have imagined. Allow time for the Holy Spirit to continue to reveal ways He can work the same way in your life. 
  • Keep the conversation going. Plan to meet up with someone to discuss and pray about how God is going to begin/continue to use your passion/pain/proximity to help others take their next step with Jesus. 
  • Make a prayerful plan. Review the discussion questions and make a list of the ways God can catapult your passion/pain/proximity into action. Ask someone close to you to answer these questions about you. Keep the list on a mirror, in your Bible, in your car, somewhere you will see it frequently. Include this list in your daily prayers and look with eyes of expectation as God leads you to your made-for-more purpose. 
  • Take your next step. Use your God-given skills to impact those around you, sit with someone and listen to their pain, tell someone about the pain you are experiencing, allow God to use you right where you are. 
  • Commit a scripture to memory. God promises PURPOSE: 

    The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

    “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20

    “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

    “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

RESOURCES FOR FURTHER GROWTH & DISCIPLESHIP

Contact Information:

  • Care Team:
  • Pastor Becky:
  • Stop by the Connect Center outside the main entry doors for more  information before or after a service! A team member would LOVE to meet you. 
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