PREPARING FOR YOUR GROUP
Homework: (10-90 minutes)
- Familiarize yourself with this Group Study Guide
- If you missed it, CLICK HERE to watch the weekend sermon
- If a certain quote from the sermon grabbed you, consider posting it to Twitter or Instagram. For instance: We gather to remind each other of who we are, and who we're meant to be. #WhyWeGather #cfchurch
- Read Colossians 3:12-17
- 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.
- We have intentionally provided you with way too much content so that you have plenty of material to work with choose the elements that are best suited for your group dynamic, and leave the rest.
- Whatever content you choose, follow the order of elements as they appear in this Study Guide there is an intentional progression that is meant to help your group draw near to God.
NEXT STEPS FOR GROUP LEADERS
Throughout this series, this section will have some leadership next steps to implement in the life of your Group.
God is going to call other people to join your Group. Consider incorporating some ways for everyone in the group – whether they're new or original members – to get to know each other. One idea is to have a weekly section of time set aside for one person in the Group to answer the question: "What is the story of how you became a part of Cornerstone (or part of this Group?)" Be sure to thank them for sharing, and keep this going every week until everyone has been able to answer that question.
BEGIN HERE WITH YOUR GROUP
Setting the Tone: (Say Aloud, 1 minute)
Every time we gather, we'll practice a ground rule, goal, or value as a group.
This Week's Goal: Our goal this week is to build a new relationship with someone in our group. Let's split into groups of 2 or 3 and each answer the question: are you the kind of person who prefers a small circle of close friends, or a large network of people to know and stay connected with?
Focus of this Week's Message: (Say Aloud, 1 minute)
Paul calls us to be people who remind one another of who we are and who we are meant to be. These times of admonishment grow out of relationships that are founded on trust, truth, and love.
Opening Prayer: (Say Aloud, 1 minute)
Pray the following prayer for your Group. Make the words your own.
Dear Lord, our Teacher and Maker, You created us in Your image. You died to redeem us out of who we were, into who we are. You continue to fashion us into who you created us to be. We are your creation, and also your tools. As iron sharpens iron, so we sharpen one another to make us more like You. Let us submit to your truth, grow in your compassion, be filled with your wisdom. Give us the words to speak into each other's lives, and the hunger to accept truth into our own. We love you. We want to be like you. May the fruit of the Spirit be rich and plentiful in our lives. Amen.
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."
Creative Engagement with This Week's Message: (5 minutes)
We are called to remind each other of who we are and who we are meant to be. Let's take a moment to be reminded of our truest identity with this worship song from Jason Gray, called "Remind Me Who I Am":
Questions for Large Group Discussion (30 minutes):
(Prompt the group) Let's all have a Bible open and in front of us as we discuss what God was saying to us from this week's message.
Questions for Basic Understanding:
This part of the group discussion is about gaining a big picture, "lay of the land" view of what's happening in Scripture.
- Paul challenges the Colossian church to admonish one another. According to verse 16, where does the impetus for that admonishment come from?
- According to the verses leading up to verse 16, what attitude/motivation should we have when we admonish one another?
Questions for Listening to Scripture:
This part of the group discussion is about wrestling with the meaning of what Scripture is saying.
For these questions, consider Ephesians 2:1-10 along with Colossians 3:12-17:
- Paul regularly reminds the churchesof their new identity in Christ. What is that identity? Who are we, now that we are living under Jesus' redemption and authority?
- When we accept Christ's redemption, we become His children. Weare also his on-going projects; his workmanship that He is crafting into the beautiful form He intended for us from the beginning of time. What is the end product that God intends to bring out of our lives?
Questions for Being Examined by Scripture:
This part of the group discussion is when we ask God how He wants to take these words from the pages of the Story of Scripture, apply them to our hearts and lives, and call us to move on what He is saying to us.
- When you hear theword"accountability," does it come with positive or negative implications?
- What are good examples of accountability that you have experienced?
- InColossians 3:12-17 andGalatians 5:22-26, Paul calls us to admonish others, rather thanprovoking them. Inmoments of accountability, how can we encourage one another to bemotivated by the Spirit, rather than by envy orpride?
- Have you ever run away from a moment when you knew that you were supposed to admonish someone in your life? How would you describe your internal resistance?
- Have you ever admonished someone when you shouldn't have? Whatwas your motivation in that situation?
- How do we assess the right time to admonish someone?
- How do we prepare ourselves to admonish someone?
- How do we respond when we are admonished by someone else?
- If you recognize a need in your life for people who will remind you of who you are in Christ and of who you are becoming, what next steps can you take to create space for those kinds ofrelationships?
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.
Pray for the group as a whole, that it will be a place where its members can remind each other of who they are, and who they are meant to become. Pray for wisdom in the members as they seek to build relationships founded on their identity in Christ. Pray that the group and its members seek to know the Spirit's voice in their lives, and to bear His fruit.