With Us in the New Year
January 6, 2019

With Us in the New Year

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Passage: Mark 3:13-16, Proverbs 27:17,
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“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers... And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”

~ Acts 2:42, 47

Connection Groups hit the second part of our mission- love people. We believe that being a part of a Life Group is not something we do in addition to “going to church,” it is essential to “be the church.” In the days of the early Church the first Christ followers gathered the first day of the week (Sunday) for worship, then they meet throughout the week in homes (Acts 2:46; Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:19; Colossians 4:15).

How Connection Groups Work:
Groups run on the semester format: fall, winter, spring.
Groups are made up of about 12 adults + children
Groups typically meet for 2 hours each gathering
The standard curriculum is a bible study and discussion based around the Sunday worship service
Groups are also encouraged to schedule some fun time together out side of the meeting, or to plan a group project

Connection Group Commitment:
BELONG- Every meeting starts with a time of just “being” together- having a snack, and getting to know one another.
1 Peter 2: 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

GROW- This happens through a bible study based on the worship service and time to pray with one another
Colossians 1: 28 We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.

SERVE- Groups are to take seriously the needs of one another and their neighbors
1 Peter 4:10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.

Therefore,

We agree to meet for the duration of this semester.
We will let our leader know if we will be absent.
We will discuss the topic/text of worship service.
We will make worshiping at Connections a priority and actively participate in these discussions.
We will support our leader(s) and respect their roles.
We will be respecters of all persons in our group.
We will practice confidentiality.
We will seek to deepen relationships within the group.
We will care for and include the children of our group.
We will make a plan to serve together.
We will make a plan to play together.


Connection Group Questions for January 6, 2019
"With Us in the New Year" (or #squadgoals)

This winter we'll be looking at the promise of Christmas- God is with us in Jesus Christ. To begin we want to invite you to actually be with us- with us in worship and with us in a Group.

Read Proverbs 27:17, "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."
We've all had the experience of getting better in a group, on a team, in a band. Share some stories of how you improved in some area of life, work, athletics, art, when you got in a group.

Read Mark 3:13-19
Jesus had a squad! Consider that Jesus wanted the disciples to be with him. He called them by name and numbered their group. Are you ready to be named and numbered in a group and among the followers of Jesus? Why or why not? What excites you about a squad? What frightens you, if anything?

Jesus has some amazing goals for his squad. In the CG Commitment we outline some goals for our Groups: Belong, Grow, Serve. What other goals can you think of that would be perfect for a Group? Consider some of the stories and teachings of Jesus.

Close by considering the C.G. Commitment and any #squadgoals you want to focus on this season