Talk It OVER…Who We Are - Week 4
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 can you be a part of the churches vision?
-What are ways that you are creative? Are you using that gift now? Why or why not?
God is a creative God. He is the master storyteller and he has penned each individual into his story. He has carefully and thoughtfully made us into who we are today. No detail goes unnoticed when God made you.
We do it through love, community, outreach, creativity, and generosity. These five things work together to create a place where everyone is welcome, and they find a place to call home.
God is a grand artist. He loves to be creative and right in this moment he’s creating something beyond spectacular in you.
1. We are penned out by the creativity of our God
Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.”
God took something that was nothing and made the brilliant blue of the skies and the greens of the earth. He made brilliant colors on animals, insects and reptiles. When God created, he didn’t leave any detail unnoticed.
2. We serve a God of the New.
Lamentation 3:22 “The steadfast love of the lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are NEW every morning; great is his faithfulness.”
Every mercy that God gives is new, and his faithfulness always comes through.
Too often, we would rather stay in the OLD. Ways to check to see if you are stuck in the old:
-You never feel happy, and always have a feeling of unfulfillment.
-You have a complete and total feeling of discontentment.
-You feel lonely and shame
Complaining and cynicism. You find that you always have something to complain about no matter where you go or church you are at. Nothing seems right. Familiar words like, “The music is too loud,” “No one greeted me,” “I don’t like the colors of the walls,” “So, and so shouldn’t be serving. If they only know what they did.”
This constant thinking only keeps the chains of the old wrapped tight around the wrists. Letting go seems so much harder then. Letting go means your mind gets renewed, and the chains are broken. Walking in freedom means that even if you don’t agree on something, you still smile, and serve and worship Jesus.
When it comes to creativity you don’t have to be a grand artist, musician, or singer, you just have to be you. God is weaving you into his tapestry with brilliant colors. You are a grand masterwork that God loves to show off.
Don’t be like the Israelites who always complained about every little thing and would rather be in bondage. God did so many amazing and good things for them that he had to constantly remind them of all the miracles he did for them, yet they still chose to disobey.
Hang on to the victories that God brought you out of and use them to propel you forward. Reflect the character of God: His Love; His justice; His faithfulness; His mercy
*End in Prayer: Here are ways to close your group in prayer.
Father, I ask that you take our hearts so that they reflect the very characteristics of you. When people look at us, let them see you. Take my tapestry God and weave my story into it. I want you at the center of it. Help us to be creative in our lives, ministry, work, and community.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.