Who We Are: Week 1

Talk It OVER…
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 would you define the word culture?

-How did you hear about 2911? Who invited you? How long have you been attending?

*Thoughts and Discussion: Review of the Weekend’s message
2911 Church started out in the living room of Pastor Mark’s house. A handful of people grew into a community which continued to invite others in. The growth of that once small group has brought 2911 church into a community of 2 locations, with a total of 5 Worship Experiences a weekend.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
”For I know the plans I have for you, “ declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

2911 was founded on this verse. We believe that there is a Plan, a Hope, and a Future for everyone!

As our community has continued to grow over the years in numbers, it is important that we continue to grow as mature believers. That every individual be strong in their call and life purpose in Christ. This happens through culture. Our culture at 2911 consists of: Community; Outreach; Creativity; Generosity; Love.

This past weekend we began to look into our culture by first looking at the power of COMMUNITY. How do we keep our community close as we continue to grow?

Acts 2:42-47  They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.  All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,  praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

 1.)     We start by CREATING A COMMUNITY THAT SEEKS GOD TOGETHER.
We have a moment to worship together and seek God’s word together. When one of us feels left behind, there are others around us that can help lift us up again and encourage us.

What are ways that we seek God together at 2911?

2.)     LET’S CREATE A COMMUNITY THAT TRULY BECOMES MATURE ENOUGH TO TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER.
We can have a “breaking bread” moment through a small group experience. We have a large variety of small groups for you to get involved with.

What are some ways that we help take care of the needs of one another?

3.)      LET’S CREATE A COMMUNITY THAT REACHES OUT TO TAKE CARE OF THE NEEDS OF THE GREATER COMMUNITY
When we reach the hurting, broken, and lost and minister to those needs, God’s heart is blessed by our actions. He loves when we help is people. It truly is the very core of his heart.  

How are we reaching others around us at 2911?

4.) LET’S CREATE A COMMUNITY THAT LIVES LIFE TOGETHER.
God is a loving and relational God. We can take a look at Adam and Eve and see how he longed for community with them. They’d all three walk the garden of Eden together. Talking and hanging out.

God wants the same idea for us. When we are closed off and isolated, it’s easy to get lost in our hurts and feelings. Satan wants nothing more to divide the church and keep us feeling alone. He knows that when we are together, we are a mighty force that can’t be broken.

How can you be a part of the culture of 2911? How have you benefited from involvement at 2911?

*Close in Prayer: Close your group in prayer. 
Father, I ask right now that you help us with the idea of community and building relationships with other believers. If anyone feels lonely right now, God I ask that you pour your love over them. Help our eyes to focus on those who are in need. Help us to be open to the continual growth of your church and always be welcoming as we were once welcomed. In your name I pray, Amen