Schedule for your first meeting:Fellowship:
Take time to eat together. You may not have been able to organize the food this first week, but make plans with everyone for next week. Sharing a meal together is a great way to bond. Remember to also introduce new people. Have an ice-breaker to help people get to know one another. One of the most important things is for people to build friendships.
(It is a conversation. Don't lecture and don't let any one person dominate the conversation. Feel free to break into smaller groups to facilitate more discussion.)
1. When you think of the cross, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?
2. The Scripture teaches us about the spirit of death. How would you describe the spirit of death? How would you describe the spirit of life? How is a person's life different if they are living in the spirit of life compared to the spirit of death?
NOTES FOR FACILITATOR:
But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.
The Scripture teaches us that death comes through the law. The law is constantly reminding us of what we have not done right. It is a constant reminder that we are never perfect and never good enough. How can living under the spirit of the law, or the written code, cause your spirit to die?
The Holy Spirit is the presence of God in us because of our faith in Christ. We are reminded constantly that we have been forgiven and that even when we sin, we are still loved, accepted, and approved of by the Lord. (Romans 8:1) How can living in the new way of the Spirit produce life in our souls?
3. The Bible teaches us that the choice of life and death is ours. Let's read in Deuteronomy 30:11-20.
Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.
See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.
But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.
This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
When we choose life, we know from this passage that we enjoy prosperity in every area of our life, but what else?
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God– the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.
The key phrase here is that it was through the spirit of holiness that power was released from God to raise Him from the dead. Christ chose to die physically, but He chose to obey the Father. He chose life in God rather than life in the flesh. The result of this was God releasing power to raise Him from the dead. This will be true for all believers one day that we will rise from the dead. But it is true now that we will overcome the spirit of death with power. What do you think this power released in your life would look like?
NOTES FOR FACILITATOR: The resurrection power of God gives us victory over death by making us holy. What is the difference between someone living according to the sinful nature and someone living according to the holy nature?
it is a complete transformation of who we are. When we choose life consistently, the Lord touches us, sanctifies us, makes us holy. This changes the very core of our being. We begin to want what Christ wants. We are filled with the wisdom of Christ. We walk in the power of Christ. He changed lives. We will change lives. He overcame temptation, we will overcome temptation. He did miracles. We will do miracles. The apostles were filled with this power and they received anointing, protection, influence with others, and miracles, miracles, miracles.
THE CROSS IS A PLACE OF POWER!!
Remind people that many may have prayer requests so when they share their prayer requests with the Lifeline, to do so quickly and not give a 15 minute speech on why they are asking for prayer.
IDEAS FOR PRAYER:
Pray for one another right as the request is given if you like.
Have people pray for the salvation of others in their life.
Have people pray for workers who will work to bring people to Christ.
Have people pray for the church.
This is what the early Christians would do. They would break bread together and take an offering for widows and orphans. Let people know this is something we will do each week. This offering will go into an 'Agape' fund to help our widows, elderly, and children in need. Have the coordinator count the offering with you. Write the total down on a sheet of paper. Both you and the coordinator will sign the paper verifying the amount. Then the coordinator will place the offering and the paper signed by both of you into an offering envelop on Sunday and mark it 'Agape.'
The reason we have two people count and sign is so that no one can be accused of any kind of wrongdoing. Remember, the Enemy is the accuser of the brethren. Any time we can stop accusations, we are defeating the enemy.
Coordinator Job Description1. Send reminder texts to the Lifeline members the day before the Lifeine meets.
2. Email prayer requests taken at the Lifeline the day after.
3. Facilitate the group should the facilitator be unable to be at the Lifeline.
NOTE: Please include me (Pastor Lee) in all communications so I will have information should people come to me asking questions.