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Growing and Maturing Joy – Part 5
Michael Dixon – Sunday July 31, 2022
© 2022 Life Church Ministries, Inc.

Sermon Podcast Page (includes links to audio, handout, and slides for all sermons)

Series Passage: Mark 2
Sermon Resources:

Life Group Meeting

Life group leaders – pace yourselves. Look over all of the meeting components and make sure you have time to cover all of them.

Welcome (5-10 minutes)

Worship (optional for Sunday breakout sessions)

Word – Discussion Questions (if there are no specific questions use the default questions):

For each question, spend 1 – 2 minutes in silence before opening up for people to respond.

  1. What is a unique gift you have or something you can do that people may not know about? Or what is something you like that others might not expect from you?
  2. What Story from this month sticks with you the most and why?
    1. Ceiling busting friends (like Gamers on a mission)
    2. Eating with Tax Collectors AND sinners (Like Lieutenant Dans)
    3. Going from those who are making their faith (new wine), to being faithful to help as Spiritual EMT’s to do triage and help others know their suffering is not their  fault (like in good will hunting),  and even if it is, Jesus forgives them.
    4. Not focusing on the Deck Chairs, but the people who sit in them- Not being Like Jonah…
  3. How can we make people feel valued for their uniqueness?
  4. What  things do you/we need prayer for around putting what we learned into practice?

Witness (check out the Witness section resources below):

How we work together as a team to be “good news” to the people around us.

    • Choose a partner from your assigned life group to pray and work with this week.
      • If you already have a prayer partnership that’s working – stick with it! We are not asking you to select a new prayer partner for the week.
      • If you don’t yet have a prayer partner – this is the time to get started.

Additional Life Group Meeting Components:

  • Reflection – Include a brief time (e.g. 2 minutes) for quiet reflection sometime during your meeting. Potential times for this are:
    • Just before reviewing the questions during the Word portion of the meeting.
    • Just before prayer during the Witness portion of the meeting.
    • Just after prayer during the Witness portion of the meeting.

Immediately after this reflection time, members may want to write down any thoughts or impressions that come to them and anything that they feel the Lord is saying to them or to anyone else. Encourage the members to consider how they might incorporate more reflection in their daily, weekly, and monthly routines.

  • Life Group Housekeeping (do this once a month or more often if needed)
    • Be familiar with our life group goals.
    • Review our connection tools: e-Life & the life group email list
      • Does everyone know how to use them?
      • Is everyone’s information up to date?
      • Is everyone receiving email from the life group email list?
    • Is anyone not showing up for Sunday service or life group meetings? If so, who has been in touch with them?
    • How will the group onboard the next visitor?

Word Section Default Questions

(Use these when there are no specific discussion questions for the passage:

  • Question 1: “What is this passage saying?”
  • Question 2: “What is God saying to you through this passage?”
  • Question 3: “How can you apply this passage throughout the week?”

Taken from:

Witness Section Resources:

How we work together as a team to be “good news” to the people around us.

Life Groups

Life groups are the basic environment in which discipleship will take place. A life group is a group of 3 – 15 believers who come together weekly outside of the church building for evangelism, community, and spiritual growth with the goal of making disciples who make disciples.

Without life groups, we are at the mercy of cliques and people who aren’t in a clique will “fall through the cracks”. Furthermore, even the people who are in cliques will have some of their issues and needs “fall through the cracks”. This is because life groups are organized to please, and be led by the Holy Spirit, whereas cliques develop solely around whatever the people in the cliques find appealing. Life groups are organized to help you grow and overcome your “issues”; cliques simply aren’t! Becoming part of a life group is a major way that we “seek first God’s Kingdom and his righteousness”.

Check out our Life Group Pages for more life group information and resources.

Five Thresholds

Because the Five Thresholds approach to relational evangelism helps us to pay careful attention to the people that the Lord brings our way, it is an excellent way to meet people “where they are”. We want to prayerfully help them move through each threshold and become followers of Jesus. At any given stage, we may be planting a seed or watering a seed that we or someone else has planted. At each stage, we should see ourselves, together with other believers, as a hospital for sick and wounded people.

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