Talk It Out- Vision Weekend- For Everyone
These questions and thoughts are designed to help you create connection in your Community Group.
*Start Talking: Find a conversation starter for your group from the following questions…
- How long have you been attending 2911? How did you hear about the church?
- What is your favorite memory from 2911 over the past year? (a memory serving, a message that really spoke to you, an activity you were part of, etc...)
2911 began as a vision given to Pastor Mark while in the back of a van on a mission’s trip. It started out in their living room and has grown to its’ current locations, across two campuses.
“When there is no clear prophetic vision, people quickly wander astray. But when you follow the revelation of the word, heaven’s bliss fills your soul.” Proverbs 29:18 TPT
Read out loud the vision Pastor Mark received:
The Church I See
I see a church that is full of relentless love, grace and power.
Unrestrictive. Not full of people with personal motives. Filled with people who love to serve.
Where there is no fear to be who you were created to be. That celebrates the human heart.
That leads with humility and confidence rather than insecurity and pride. I see a church that is
alive- with laughter. With tears. With joy. With kindness and Galatians 5:2 functioning through it. I see a church where- worship is at the center. Where the power of the Holy Spirit isn’t held back by- time. Schedules. Boring routines or service orders. Where creativity is used to see the power of God not the power of man. This is the church I see. Where every color and diversity... are welcome. Where differences are celebrated rather than diminished. I see a church where the next generation is welcomed, celebrated and put into places of leadership. This is the church I see. Large. Bountiful. Moving beyond borders and limitations. Moving...forward. This is the church I see. I see a church of community, creativity, fighting social injustice- activity. I see a Twentynine:Eleven Church.
We have spent the last 5 weeks discussing Who We Are as a church. Our culture- Community; Creativity; Generosity; Outreach and Love. In order to have a culture we must be the culture.
-Thinking ahead, how can you personally get involved and become part of the culture we live out at 2911?
-What are ways that 2911 lives out the Vision that was given to Pastor Mark?
It is important for each of us to have roots. Roots allow growth. Growth within Christ, allows Him to prune, heal, and develop. It allows His light to shine and love to be poured out on us and through us to others. God’s love it not meant for just a few of us, but all of us.
“Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’
Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22:34-40 NIV
How can you love God with your heart, soul, and mind? Is it easy? Is it hard?
The second commandment can be much harder than the first- “love your neighbor as yourself”. Many people struggle with loving themselves. Insecurities, pride, and selfishness are just a few things that keep us from realizing our full potential in Christ. In order to love others we must realize and accept how much God really loves us! God’s love is unconditional- this means there are no conditions needed to receive his love. He freely gives!
What are ways you can increase the love for yourself? (ex. Spending time in Gods word and discovering his love for you; praying and asking God to speak)
What are ways you can love others as yourself?
What are ways you can love others better?
We love because He first loved us! (1 John 4:19)
*End in Prayer:
Take a moment and reflect on God’s love in your life. Thank Him. Ask for an increase of love. If you struggle with loving yourself, ask God to help you to see yourself the way he sees you. Ask him to help you knock down the walls of pride and selfishness.
Have someone lead the group in a closing prayer. Challenge one another to take the time to love someone this week.