TOPIC // Beginning a Group
# PARTS // 8-Part Study
SPEAKER // Multiple

Why is community so important to your spiritual life? Learn why your unique story matters to God and the people you do life with in your new group.

 

COMMUNITY: STARTING WELL  PART 1
SHOW UP


Community isn’t just a nice option. It’s a need—like food, water, and shelter. God created in us a need for him and for other people. Our community with others becomes the real-world setting where we practice the love that a relationship with God produces in us.

 

COMMUNITY: STARTING WELL  PART 2
PURSUE GOD


We all have relationships that feel awkward and uncomfortable. And for a lot of people, their relationship with God is an odd one, perceiving God as distant and uncaring or maybe even angry and judgmental.

COMMUNITY: STARTING WELL  PART 3
JOIN IN


We all put on acts. We go to extremes to create and protect the fake versions of ourselves we present to the world. But isn’t there something in you—something in each of us—that makes you want to be known for who you really are?

COMMUNITY: STARTING WELL  PART 4–6
BE REAL


Over the next few weeks, each of you will tell your story. You may be eager to let others know who you are, or you may feel anxious. Remember, the people in your group have chosen to be in community—a kind of community different than the casual friendships we normally experience.

COMMUNITY: STARTING WELL  PART 7
BE THE CHURCH


Over the past few sessions, you’ve told your stories. You’re getting to know one another beyond the surface details of jobs and hometowns and where you went to school. Building trust is an ongoing process.

COMMUNITY: STARTING WELL  PART 8
BE TOGETHER


In this final session, you'll review the values and goals of your Community Group. This simple exercise is a great way to ensure that everyone’s expectations are aligned.

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