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Why We Gather Week 06 (ParticipantGuide)

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KEY REMINDERS

  • YourGroup leaderhas beenprovided with way too much content so that theyhave plenty of material to work with please trust their lead as they choose the elements that are best suited for your group dynamic, andespeciallyif they choose to skip overparticular elements or questions.

  • If you still wantto engage with a particular question or element that your Group leader skipped over, consider going through that part with a family member, a friend, or on your own.

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.

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?
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