A Modern Christmas | Week 2

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Talk It OVER…
These questions and thoughts are designed to help you create connection in your Community Group. For a more in-depth study on our Modern Christmas Series, you can refer back to the devo by connecting to the Modern Christmas Devo on the website.

*Start Talking: Find a conversation starter for your group from the following questions.

-What is your most memorable Christmas gift?

-What do you think the blueprint for your life looks like?

*Start Thinking: Ask a thoughtful question. 
God has had a blueprint created for your life long before you were born. Sometimes, we think that the blueprint involves our plans only, but really they revolve around God’s plans.  

His plans are so ginormous! It’s easy to get lost in just the big picture of our lives and think that’s when God’s plan will show up. But really, it’s in the day-to-day that God shows up the most.

What happens we are all in with God. Does it always look perfect?

Mary too, had a grand plan for her life. The more she walked it out, the more the opposition happened. But, instead of living in fear and what was to come, she and Joseph walked out the promise of God together and kept their obedience forward.

*Start sharing: Go over these questions to help spark discussion in your group.

-How much has fear controlled your life?

 -How different would your blueprint look if fear wasn’t in the picture?

Matthew 2:13 (NIV)
When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”

With the threat of death chasing Mary and Joseph, they could of just hid out until the death threat subsided. Instead, they moved out as God commanded.

Just like Mary and Joseph, we obey the same God. He promises to meet us where we are at and never let us go or let us down.  

 Let obedience be your foundation to your blueprint. Let your all be his heart and mind. With the new year comes a fresh start. Let it change you and grow you into a new person.

-Who can you surround yourself with that will help you fight when opposition hits the hardest?

When we have solid believers beside us, they help fight our battles. It’s so important to choose people who will pray with you and encourage you.

*Start Prayer: Here are ways to close your group in prayer. 
Have someone close in prayer asking God to help us when opposition hits hard. That during those times, we will remember the promises of God.

Read Luke 2 this week. Write down the promises God has made and apply them to your life.

Grinch Weekend

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Talk It OVER…
These questions and thoughts are designed to help you create connection in your Community Group. For a more in-depth study referencing the Grinch , you can refer back to the devo by connecting to the Grinch Devo on the website.

*Start Talking: Find a conversation starter for your group from the following questions…

-What was your favorite present that you received for Christmas?

-What are some traditions that you and your family do each year?

*Start Thinking: Ask a thoughtful question. 
In the Grinch, we see that the Grinch is isolated in the mountains by himself. Each year he can hear the Who’s down below singing joyously about the upcoming holiday. For him, he can’t understand why they are so happy.

He devises a plan to take away everything that the Who’s have for Christmas morning. He figures if he strips that away, then the Who’s will be just as miserable as him.  

What’s been taken from you? Is there something in your life that has caused your heart to grow two sizes too small?

*Start sharing: Go over these questions to help spark discussion in your group.
It’s easy to keep ourselves isolated and wallow in our misery. But, instead of taking a Grinch approach, we can smile in our circumstances and join with others in our community to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Luke 2:8-14 (NIV)
8 In the same country there were shepherds in the fields. They were watching their flocks of sheep at night
9 The angel of the Lord came to them. The shining-greatness of the Lord shone around them. They were very much afraid. 10 The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. See! I bring you good news of great joy which is for all people. 11 Today, One Who saves from the punishment of sin has been born in the city of David. He is Christ the Lord. 12 There will be something special for you to see. This is the way you will know Him. You will find the Baby with cloth around Him, lying in a place where cattle are fed.” 13 At once many angels from heaven were seen, along with the angel, giving thanks to God. They were saying, 14 “Greatness and honor to our God in the highest heaven and peace on earth among men who please Him.”

Jesus’s birth brought peace to mankind. It was the beginning steps to rid man of sin and death forever! Through him, we wouldn’t have to bring an animal sacrifice; he was to become the ultimate sacrifice.

Serving and loving others helps keep our hearts in check. It helps us to not forget that life isn’t always about us. We can see that there is a world full of hurting people who need to hear about the birth and life of Jesus.

What today keeps you from linking arms with other believers?

Is there somewhere you’ve been thinking of helping and serving at?

The Christmas holiday is a time to gather with friends and family. It’s a time to let the joy of our Savior flow into a dark and hurting world. What a great opportunity to spread love!

*Start Prayer: Here are ways to close your group in prayer. 
Have someone close in prayer asking God to grow our hearts so that we may be able to spread that same love to others who need to hear it.   

This week, reach out to someone who may be alone for Christmas and let them know that they are thought about and loved.    

 

A Modern Christmas | Week 1

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Talk It OVER…
These questions and thoughts are designed to help you create connection in your Community Group. For a more in-depth study on our Modern Christmas Series, you can refer back to the devo by connecting to the Modern Christmas Devo on the website.

*Start Talking: Find a conversation starter for your group from the following questions…

-When you die, what do you want to be remembered for?

-What is your absolute dream job?


*Start Thinking: Ask a thoughtful question.
Through this series, we are taking a look at the story of Jesus into a modern days lens. What if Jesus came into the 21st Century as a baby?

We can’t imagine a time without Jesus in it. We can read the Old Testament and see the steps the people had to take to atone for their sins. I’m sure it didn’t feel very personal. Thankfully, Mary and Joseph were willing servants and through them we are able to have a direct line to God through Jesus Christ!

*Start Sharing: Go over these questions to help spark discussion in your group.
To so many individuals who don’t know the story well, or who hear it like a fairly tale, the characters in the Christmas story almost seem like a faded story that has been passed down through the years. They have been framed in pictures with all sorts of ideas.

How do we identify with them? Because if we don’t, then the Bible becomes just a transcript of their story but it doesn’t affect ours. You will never carry the son of God like Mary did, but you will carry the message of the gospel with you throughout the course of your lifetime. So understanding what she went through, what Joseph experienced - can help all of us carry that message with greater importance. These people were human beings who struggled with life’s biggest questions like you and I do! 

Read Luke 1:37-38 (The Passion Translation)

“Not one promise from God is empty of power, for nothing is impossible with God.” Then Mary responded, saying, “This is amazing! I will be a mother for the Lord! As his servant, I accept whatever he has for me. May everything you have told me come to pass.” And the angel left her.

Put yourself in Mary’s shoes for a moment, how would you have reacted based upon your current life circumstances? Would you have graciously accepted because you love God deeply? Would you have refused because of insecurity? Would you have refused because of the unknown of what was to come? What would your current family and friends think if this was you?

Listen to this quote from NT Wright: “Mary is, the supreme example of what always happens when God is at work by grace through human beings. God’s power from outside and the indwelling spirit within, together result in the things being done which would have been unthinkable any other way.” Hence, a miracle!

Miracles cannot be defined by man’s description. There are so many definitions to what a miracle can look like - that we can’t even begin to imagine how to define them: physical, spiritual, financial, emotional, a job, etc...  A miracle is a miracle... a working by God! We have to trust that God knows best!

Miracles aren’t dependent on work, however there are times we have to participate in order for the miracle to happen.  We can’t just sit around and wait and do nothing.

Take a moment and reflect on a miracle that happened in your life, or in the life of someone you know. Share the miracle with the group. Remember, there is no set definition of a miracle... it can be a healing, salvation received, a spouse, a friend, a pet, a job, something supernatural, etc... 

Reflect on this quote by JRR Tolkien:
“Think of how long the Jews had to wait….so long that they didn’t accept it. Some had forgotten about it. What if you pray for a miracle and it doesn’t happen in your life-time? Does it make it less of a miracle?”

Miracles don’t come on our timeline, but they do indeed come right on time with God’s timing. Do you need a miracle in your life right now? Are you willing to wait patiently and do what the Lord ask you to do?

*Start Prayer: Here are ways to close your group in prayer. 
Have someone close in prayer thanking God for the miracle of his son, Jesus. Pray for the needs of those in your group, pray over those who need God to move in situations in a miraculous way.

Take this week and study out Mary and Joseph and see their accounts of when the angel spoke to them. Then, write out what miracles you are waiting for and began to pray for.   

 

Gratitude | Week 3

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Talk It OVER…Gratitude Week 3
These questions and thoughts are designed to help you create connection in your Community Group. For a more in-depth study on our Gratitude Series, you can refer back to the devo by connecting to the Gratitude Devo on the website.

*Start Talking: Find a conversation starter for your group from the following questions…

-What is your favorite food for Thanksgiving?

-What are some traditions that are kicked off from Thanksgiving?

*Start Thinking: Ask a thoughtful question. 
We have been discussing gratitude over the past 3 weeks. At this point, how would you define gratitude?

Webster’s dictionary defines it as: a state of being grateful; thankfulness

How has someone showed gratitude to you?

What are ways you have shown gratitude?

Has there ever been a time you wanted to show gratitude but didn’t? Why not?

*Start sharing: Go over these questions to help spark discussion in your group.
This weekend we had the chance to hear testimonies and stories of gratitude for things God has done and for things that people have done. We take time to share because it helps us remember and it encourages others!

Life isn’t always easy. We triumph over our struggles when we remember the things that God has done in our lives and the lives of others. We can have confidence that God will move again on our behalf because of the remembrance of things he has done in the past.

The children of Israel had “stones of remembrance” to help them remember the mighty things that God has done in pulling back the waters of the Jordan for them to cross.

Read the story again: Joshua 3-4:8 (read chapter 3 through chapter 4 verse 8)
Early the next morning Joshua and all the Israelites left Acacia Grove[a] and arrived at the banks of the Jordan River, where they camped before crossing. Three days later the Israelite officers went through the camp, giving these instructions to the people: “When you see the Levitical priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord your God, move out from your positions and follow them. Since you have never traveled this way before, they will guide you. Stay about half a mile[b] behind them, keeping a clear distance between you and the Ark. Make sure you don’t come any closer.” Then Joshua told the people, “Purify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do great wonders among you.” In the morning Joshua said to the priests, “Lift up the Ark of the Covenant and lead the people across the river.” And so they started out and went ahead of the people.

The Lord told Joshua, “Today I will begin to make you a great leader in the eyes of all the Israelites. They will know that I am with you, just as I was with Moses. Give this command to the priests who carry the Ark of the Covenant: ‘When you reach the banks of the Jordan River, take a few steps into the river and stop there.’” So Joshua told the Israelites, “Come and listen to what the Lord your God says. 10 Today you will know that the living God is among you. He will surely drive out the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and Jebusites ahead of you. 11 Look, the Ark of the Covenant, which belongs to the Lord of the whole earth, will lead you across the Jordan River! 12 Now choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. 13 The priests will carry the Ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth. As soon as their feet touch the water, the flow of water will be cut off upstream, and the river will stand up like a wall.”

14 So the people left their camp to cross the Jordan, and the priests who were carrying the Ark of the Covenant went ahead of them. 15 It was the harvest season, and the Jordan was overflowing its banks. But as soon as the feet of the priests who were carrying the Ark touched the water at the river’s edge, 16 the water above that point began backing up a great distance away at a town called Adam, which is near Zarethan. And the water below that point flowed on to the Dead Sea[c] until the riverbed was dry. Then all the people crossed over near the town of Jericho.

17 Meanwhile, the priests who were carrying the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant stood on dry ground in the middle of the riverbed as the people passed by. They waited there until the whole nation of Israel had crossed the Jordan on dry ground.

Memorials to the Jordan Crossing (Chapter 4)

1When all the people had crossed the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, “Now choose twelve men, one from each tribe. Tell them, ‘Take twelve stones from the very place where the priests are standing in the middle of the Jordan. Carry them out and pile them up at the place where you will camp tonight.’”

So Joshua called together the twelve men he had chosen—one from each of the tribes of Israel. He told them, “Go into the middle of the Jordan, in front of the Ark of the Lord your God. Each of you must pick up one stone and carry it out on your shoulder—twelve stones in all, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Then you can tell them, ‘They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant went across.’ These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever.”

So the men did as Joshua had commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan River, one for each tribe, just as the Lord had told Joshua. They carried them to the place where they camped for the night and constructed the memorial there.

Take a moment and imagine what this experience would have been like. Crossing a quickly overflowing river untouched by the water!! Truly a miracle and a showing of God’s might character!

Now, take some time to think about something God has done in your life. If you are comfortable to share with the group, please share. Take notes of God’s moving in others lives. Do you have any material item that you have as a “remembrance stone”? Is there a photo or object that you look at to remind you of when God moved?

What are some “remembrance stones” in your life now, that you can “set-up”?

*Start Prayer: Here are ways to close your group in prayer. 
Have someone close in prayer by asking God to remind us of those times that He has moved in our lives. Pray for encouragement and confident faith that God will move in all of our circumstances.

 

Gratitude | Week 2

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Talk It OVER…Gratitude Week 2
These questions and thoughts are designed to help you create connection in your Community Group. For a more in-depth study on our Gratitude Series, you can refer back to the devo by connecting to the Gratitude Devo on the website.

*Start Talking: Find a conversation starter for your group from the following questions…
-How often do you find yourself wandering around in your own personal desert?

-How do you react? Is it a time that you turn to God and stay focused? Or do you find yourself looking behind you?

*Start Thinking: Ask a thoughtful question. 
Just like the Israelites, we find ourselves wanting to go backwards and not forwards. We know there’s a promise of God at the end, but somehow, we think going backwards will get us there faster.  

When you keep your eyes on God, you have less of a chance to look at the past. The past is meant to keep you locked up. Satan wants nothing more than to keep you bound tight and not break through to your promise. It’s in your promise that God’s glory shines through.  

When God’s glory shines bright, souls are saved, chains are broken, and light pierces the dark. Don’t let Satan keep you bound by looking behind you. Each day wake up and step forward. It may be hard, you may be tempted. Let God lead you in the day by a pillar of cloud, and a pillar of fire at night. He’s a step ahead of you by day to help you fight and lighting your path at night so you won’t stumble.

*Start Sharing: Go over these questions to help spark discussion in your group.

We often hear, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” What does that mean to you?

God’s willing to fight for us. He’s willing to take everything and place it in your corner. Why? Because you were built for purpose. There’s something that only you can do. That’s why God asks us to surrender and focus our all on Him.

 Exodus 16:4-5
4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I will rain bread from heaven for you. The people will go out and gather a day’s share every day, so I may test them to see if they will follow My Law or not. 5 On the sixth day they are to bring in twice as much as they gather each day.

Even when the Israelites grumbled and complained that they were starving and wanted the meat in Egypt, God still came through. He provided quail and manna. He had one exception, that you eat everything before the next day and don’t save anything and try to stock it up. It was a test he was putting on them.

 And still Israel failed. Instead of saying yes to God and trusting Him, they thought that the next day of traveling they were going to die in the desert from starvation. Thus, began their vicious cycle over again that stopped them from entering the Promised Land.

What has God asked you to trust him in?

Have you said yes to God and then did something different? Is trusting God day-to-day hard for you to do? What needs to change in order for you to trust God?

It’s hard trusting in God’s promise. Especially when we have the attitude of, “It should be happening now.” Maybe he’s asked you to step out, but he may just want you to be preparing for when he calls you.

Maybe you feel like you’re stuck in your job and you should be doing what he’s promised. Remember, there’s a reason you are where you are. God’s timing is always faithful and the best!


*Start Prayer: Here are ways to close your group in prayer. 
Have someone close in prayer asking God to trust Him with the little things in our lives. That we see He means for good and never to hold anything back or hurt us. Pray for patience and peace, knowing that God will deliver in the right time.   

Pray and ask God to reveal to you this week how he’s preparing you, especially if you feel stuck where you are at.   

 

Gratitude | Week 1

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Talk It OVER…Gratitude Week 1
These questions and thoughts are designed to help you create connection in your Community Group. For a more in-depth study on our Gratitude Series, you can refer back to the devo by connecting to the Gratitude Devo on the website.


*Start Talking: Find a conversation starter for your group from the following questions:

-How often are you thankful for different areas of your life? (friends, family, job, marriage, etc.)

-Would you say you are more of a positive person or negative person? Why or why not?

*Start Thinking: Ask a thoughtful question. 
It’s easy to stay in the moment and look around and see the negative impact life has to offer. We could very well wake up each morning and instead of praising God, we could complain.  

The Israelites spent forty years complaining the whole time they were in the desert. Even though God showed them endless miracles and how He provided for them, yet they complained.

How different would it have been if the Israelites would have praised God each day? Do you think Moses and the whole tribe would have walked into the Promised Land?

*Start Sharing: Go over these questions to help spark discussion in your group
Complaining creates an attitude of ungratefulness in our heart. What lies in our hearts comes out of our mouth. We can’t be effective to the world if we are constantly negative. Usually, people are turned off by the attitude.

I’m sure we all could say we have that person in our life. How do you feel when you are around that person? Do you have to create boundaries?

Exodus 14:10-18 NIV
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As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” 13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” 15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. 17 I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. 18 The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.”

God had just brought the Israelites out of Egypt, and they continued to look behind them because of the fear that gripped their hearts. Slavery seemed more appealing to them then forging ahead into the wilderness 

It’s easy to keep our eyes behind us in the past. As long as your eyes are in the past, you can never look forward and see God’s promises that are ahead of you.  

Moving forward and moving out shows that you have faith and trust in God; even when we can’t see the end results. We can know that God has the best interest at heart for you.

What promises has God put before you that you struggle with?

How can you change yourself to have an attitude of gratitude?

Don’t let your complaining keep you from all that God has for you.

*Start Prayer: Here are ways to close your group in prayer.
Have someone close in prayer asking God to help with those who need to break the spirit of complaining and negativity out of their lives.  

Take this week and write down all the things you are thankful for. Then each morning praise God for those things.  

 

Love Does | Week 4

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Talk It OVER…Love Does Week 4

These questions and thoughts are designed to help you create connection in your Community Group. For a more in-depth study on our Love Does Series, you can refer back to the devo by connecting to the Love Does Devo on the website.

*Start Talking: Find a conversation starter for your group from the following questions…
-Who in your life has hurt you?

-Do you find it easy or hard to forgive that person? Is it easy or hard to love that person(s)

*Start Thinking: Ask a thoughtful question. 
-When we harbor unforgiveness, we aren’t connected to the vine that goes directly to God’s heart. Our vision is blurred by the hurts we hold onto. If that person was in front of you right now, would you be able to forgive them? Why or why not?

*Use this moment to speak out the person’s name who hurt you.

-If you called out that person’s name, how did you feel? Did you feel freedom asking for forgiveness? Just imagine a world full of chains weighing people down. We have an opportunity to set them free!

We need to continually be in connect with God. We do this by showing up at church each week, and also going to our quiet place each day. We can’t just show up and expect that experience to carry us through the week. Our week thrives on our church experience coupled with our daily quiet time.

*Start Sharing: Go over these questions to help spark discussion in your group.

With a connection each day, we won’t dry up, and we become less vulnerable to the enemies attacks. We are strengthened and renewed! We also see God’s heart in that moment, and the love He feels for his people begins to fill our hearts. His vision becomes our vision

1 John 4:7-9 NIV
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God,because God is love. This is how God sowed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

If you love God, you love His people. When we are in direct line with His heart, we can effectively serve and minister to those who come to us that are broken and hurt. We are able to show, maybe for the first time, someone who just needs to know that they are loved. 

Jesus always made a way to love others, no matter their background or past.  

Showing love that comes from God is living out what God has poured out on us. We find it easier to go about our day-to-day with that love stirring. Even on those hard days, when we feel like there’s no strength left, we can close our eyes and ask God to show us His heart.

Close your eyes and let God begin to fill your heart with people that need to hear about his love.

In our own selves, we can’t imagine loving or even forgiving others. If this is a struggle for you, tonight is your opportunity to pray and allow others to stand beside you and lift you up 

Who is one person who has shown you real love?

What impact did it make on your life?

*Start Prayer: Here are ways to close your group in prayer.
Have someone close in prayer asking God to help with those who struggle with unforgiveness of past hurts. Pray that as we continue to grasp and grow in God’s love, his love will pour through us onto others.

The week is fresh and new! What a great opportunity to reach out to others. Write down how God is working in people around you. Also, write down names that you can pray over. Share it on social media with the #LoveDoes

 

Love Does | Week 3

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Talk It OVER…Love Does Week 3

These questions and thoughts are designed to help you create connection in your Community Group. For a more in-depth study on our Love Does Series, you can refer back to the devo by connecting to the Love Does Devo on the website.

*Start Talking: Find a conversation starter for your group from the following questions.

-How did you view yourself in high school? Is it different than what you see today?

-If your mind could speak out loud the thoughts you think each day, what would they say?

*Start Thinking: Ask a thoughtful question. 
- Did the questions above embarrass you, or was it a heart check on what we really think about ourselves? So many times, throughout each week we allow toxic thoughts to take root inside our minds and distract us from God’s plan.

God doesn’t think negatively about you, in fact, His thoughts about you are the complete opposite.

-If you began to change your thought patterns, how would that impact your day-to-day activities? What could you do differently?

Our world is full of hurting and broken people. When we are consumed with the negative of the world and thinking down ourselves, we can’t see that in people, therefore, we won’t know how to help them and love on them. But, when we begin to consume our minds with God’s word, we can begin speaking His love over our lives. Once that happens, He can show us how He loves those around us. What an impact that would make!

*Start Sharing: Go over these questions to help spark discussion in your group.
When there is no inflow of God’s love in our life, there can be no outflow. If we are dried up and dying on the inside, we can’t do much for His kingdom. What we need to do is to pump up the decaying parts of our lives with His thoughts of us.

Psalms 139 (TPT)
1 Lord, you know everything there is to know about me
2 You perceive every movement of my heart and soul, and you understand my every thought before it even enters my mind.

Did you capture that last part? He knows what you are about to think. He has a viewpoint to stare into your mind and wonder, “How can my creation think that they are junk, or anything less than what I made them to be?”

His heart aches when we think so poorly of ourselves. The great thing to think about is that God knows YOU.

3-4 You are so intimately aware of me, Lord. You read my heart like an open book and you know all the words I’m about to speak before I even start a sentence! You know every step I will take before my journey even begins.

If God knows our hearts and every hurt we endure, then why do we allow it to fester and keep us from Him? What can you do in this moment to let go of some of the hurts crushing your soul?

Leader- Continue reading the Psalms 139. Give the group a moment to allow the words spoken seep into their minds.

How do you feel after hearing Psalms 139 read out loud? If you close your eyes, what’s toxic in your life that you need to get rid of?

We need to raise the standard on how we love people personally. The world is not going to get any better, in fact, it will continue to get worse. In order for us to be strong on the battle lines we have to love ourselves first, so that we can love on others the way God intended.

Sometimes it’s hard to love both ourselves and others. Love, according to the world standards, is so conditional and selfish. It asks that in order for me to love you, you must do something for me. It’s no longer, “I will love you for your flaws or imperfections.” It’s an act that is not done the way God loved us by sacrificing His only son.

Who is someone whose love has stuck by you?

Had they not stuck by you, where would be? Would your life look different?

*Start Prayer: Here are ways to close your group in prayer. 
Have someone close in prayer asking God to help with those who struggle with finding passion for God. For those who are passionate, ask God that He will keep the fire burning to love His people.

Start this week by cleaning out the toxic things in your mind and your life. Surround yourself with God’s word. If you haven’t yet, let God speak over you. He has a song just for you. Let that song renew your mind. If you have to, speak His words each day over you. The more positive that goes in, the less negativity can stick around. God wants you to love yourself so that you can love others!