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Vision for Community Discussion

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This past Sunday was our vision Sunday. It’s was an opportunity to refocus and reflect on who we believe God has called us to be as his people in this place and this time. Our vision is simple but big enough for a lifetime. We are learning to be “A community following Jesus in Houston.” Over the past year we have focused on following Jesus - we spent time in Acts, asking how Jesus leads us through his Holy Spirit and in the Spring we focused on how to be with Jesus through the practice of silence and solitude. This week we want to turn our attention to that first part of our vision - Community.

Begin with silence and prayer
5 min

Gather together as a LifeGroup, as a family or find time alone in a comfortable setting (around a table, on the couch, the floor of the living room, etc.). Invite the Holy Spirit to lead and guide your time. Then spend a few minutes in silence. 

Why silence, even while together? Because we live in a busy, noisy world, under a non-stop assault of distraction. In the midst of all the chaos, it’s hard at times to hear the voice  of God, and that of our brothers and sisters. As we gather together as a family, we want to hear what the Father is saying to and through each of us, and respond in turn. A great way to do that is to begin each time with silence and prayer.

Reflection on Sunday’s Sermon
15-20 min

If you are in a LifeGroup of 10 or more, divide into small groups of 5 – 7 people each (ideally same gender). Spend a few minutes catching up on life. Then talk about the following debrief questions:

1. What thoughts or reflections do you have about the sermon?

2. How did this week’s sermon stir

3. Were there any specific things you heard from God?

Open the Bible together
15-20 min

Have somebody read Matthew 4:18-22

Discuss the following questions:

1. What is interesting or noteworthy about Jesus’ call to these disciples?

2. What does it say about community that Jesus himself was in constant community with both God the Father and other people?

3. What is different about Jesus’s idea of community and the way we think about it today? (Can also see Matthew 8:18-22, 9:9. 10:1)

Work through these reflection questions
10-15 min

1. What are some obstacles to experiencing true community?

2. What are some places people seek to find community today?

3. Why is it important to make a commitment to a local church family?

4. How has being part of this Life Group helped and encouraged you in life and faith in God?

5. Have you invited others into community? Who around you needs community? Think of a few friends, neighbors, and/or co-workers who might not yet be in intentional community, give them a call or text and invited them to join you for a weekly meal or coffee to practice what we talk and pray about.

6. What are some obstacles to experiencing true community?

Close in prayer
5-10 min

Break into smaller groups for prayer. Share the names of people that each member feels called to connect with and pray for those people and the other needs of the group.