We believe that the church is essential in our walk with the Lord. How can we grow unless we are surrounded by those who challenge our faith, encourage us to grow, and help us when we fall? We don't have to be church-attenders to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but church is absolutely necessary for our faith to grow and we might receive every bit of God's good and perfect plan for our life. The best way to make church sticky is for people to make new friends and get involved on a relational level. As Lifelines facilitators, you can help people do this by encouraging them each week to get involved in the events of the church which can always be found on the Church Events page of the website. Also, encourage them to take advantage of opportunities to serve such as we have this Sunday with the First Impressions Ministry.
Don't forget the AGAPE offering. Start having your coordinator send out reminders to your Lifeline the day before you meet.
Also make sure your coordinator is including me in their emails/texts to the group to help me stay connected.
1) How would you describe a pivotal circumstance? What are some of the pivotal moments of your life? How did you react to these moments or events?
2) What do you think determines how a person will respond to these pivotal moments in their life? (Give people a chance to answer and then follow up: Would you agree that what we believe about God is a factor?)
3) How would someone react to a tragic pivotal moment in their life if a) they don't believe God exists b) they believe He exists, but they don't think He really cares about people c) they believe He exists, but doesn't love them personally d) they believe He exists and is always working for their benefit?
4) How big of a factor are friends who see God as the loving God He is in Scripture? If we surround ourselves with people who do not have a favorable view of God, how does this affect our response to pivotal moments in life? If we surround ourselves with people who love Christ and believe He loves them, how does this affect our response to pivotal moments in life?
5) How do you think the following hypothetical people would respond to finding out that a person they love dearly was just diagnosed with cancer? a) someone surrounded by strong Christians b) someone isolated without friends c) someone surrounded by skeptics
6) With all of our discussion tonight, how important is it for you to be involved in church and a small group like Lifelines? How important is it for you to help get others into a strong Christian environment? Are there people in your life who need church/Lifelines that you need to be inviting and encouraging to join you?