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Forward Week 05 (Leader Guide)

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PREPARING FOR YOUR GROUP

Homework: (10-90 minutes)

  • Familiarize yourself with this Group Study Guide
  • If you missed it,CLICK HEREto watch the weekend sermon
  • If a certain quote from the sermon resonated with you, consider posting it to Twitter or Instagram. Here's a sample:Do whatever it takes for the Gospel movement to rise in our communities; in our mission field. #ForwardVision#cfchurch
  • ReadLuke 12:13-34
  • Sit in prayerful silence with God for a while, and then ask the Holy Spirit if there is anything that He wants to do during your Group's time together.

STORY CARDS
(Week 5) Set out the Story Cards like you did last week. Early on in your time together, ask everyone in your Group to take turns picking up a card that captures what God has been saying this week about their journey towards generosity. Then, ask them to share why they picked the card that they did. Some people might have more to say than others, but regardless of what people share, thank them for sharing their story.

BEGIN HERE WITH YOUR GROUP

Opening Prayer: (Say Aloud, 1 minute)
Pray the following prayer for your Group. Feel free to make the words your own.

(Pray Aloud)
Prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola:
Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous;
Teach me to serve thee as thou deservest;
To give and not to count the cost,
To fight and not to seek for rest,
Tolabourand not to seek reward,
Save that of knowing that I do thy will.

Sermon Recap Video Clip: (Watch Together, 5 minutes)
So that everyone is caught up with the essence of this weekend's message, watch this video clip as a Group:CLICK HERETO WATCH THE CLIP ON VIMEO

Quick Connection: (Say Aloud, 5 minutes)
Let's have everyone take 30 seconds each to share a phrase or a moment from this weekend's message that is still resonating with them. You also have the option to say "Pass."

QUESTIONS FOR LARGE GROUP DISCUSSION (30 minutes):
(Note for Group Leaders)There are more questions than your Group will likely have time to get through. Choose the questions that connect to the aspects of the message that were resonating the most deeply with you.

(Prompt the group)Let's all have a Bible opened up to Luke 12:13-34 as we discuss what God was saying to us from this week's message.

  • What is the purpose of money and material things for the Christ follower?
  • How can we identify if we have a healthy relationship to the money that flows through our hands each month?
  • What are some practical steps we can take to identify when we have "enough"?
  • In what ways are you allowing God to coach you about your regular income as well as your stored assets?
  • How can we set ourselves up now so that what we own never owns us?
  • How do you determine how much you should share?
  • How does our interaction with the intention cardsre-alignour priorities towards getting behind the gospel movement here in the East Bay?

What are some of the benefits that can be experienced when a large group of Christ followers combine their resources together?

CLOSING PRAYER (15 minutes):
If your Group is newly formed, it's probably best that you are the one who prays. If this time of prayer requires some vulnerability or transparency, be the first to pray so that you set a tone of honesty for everyone else.

Close your time in prayer by thanking the Lord for the lives that will be impacted, the leaders that will be raised up, and the new communities that will be reached as we trust God to do what only He can do through our giving.

PRACTICING GENEROSITY
Based on how God has spoken to us through this weekend's message, here are some thoughts and examples of how we can put God's word into everyday practice.

  • Frugality–Learning to live with less money and still meet your basic needs. Before buying something new, choose to go without or pick a less expensive alternative that will serve your basic needs. Live a simple, focused life.
  • Sacrifice–Giving of our resources beyond what seems reasonable to remind us of our dependence on Christ. Choose to give your time or finances to the Lord beyond what you normally would.
  • Thanksgiving— Spend time expressing gratitude for all that the Lord has given you. Think of a way to express generosity this holiday season towards your family and friends.
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