Beginning July 8th, our adults will join with our SonTimes children's ministry and our Student Ministries to study the virtue of Contentment.
Our family ministry is based around the 252 Basics program which originated at North Point Community Church, Andy Stanley's church. Each month, they produce a holistic curriculum focused around a different virtue. Our pastors have done some collaboration (loosely based on the Big Idea principles from Dave Ferguson and co.)to add on material for Sunday Morning's Celebration Gatherings and our LIFEGroups.
A special thanks should go out to Steve Rodenburg for his hard work on this project. I'm excited to be able to present the LIFEGroup material here! Check it out if you're interested.
I did something stupid. I popped a pimple. The blemish appeared over night. It was one of the swollen painful kind that hurts because of the pressure built up. It came over night and when I looked in the mirror I saw a giant red zit on top of my nose, right between my eyes brows. I had to pop it. It hurt so bad I had to relieve the pressure. So I popped it. Then I picked at it. Then I realized I better clean the area so I put strange cleansing agent on it that I found in the medicine cabinet. At first it tingles. Then it burned. I figured the burning meant it was working. The next morning I woke up and looked in the mirror and saw that the giant red pimple was gone. What I saw in stead was an even bigger spot that was bright red with a couple of layers of skin missing. I quickly picked up the cleansing agent to see what it was. In big letters on the back was this warning: “Do not apply to broken or irritated skin.”Oops.Even worse than the pain of giving myself second chemical burns f…
As a group, read 1 Peter 1:1-12. Have one person read the whole passage, or alternate readers each verse. Allow each person in the group to make a short comment about something in the passage that stands out to them.
1. Have you ever found yourself in an embarrassing situation due to a case of mistaken identity (someone was mistaken about you or you were mistaken about someone else)? Tell the group your story.
2. Often Christians fail to live life to the fullest because they are mistaken about their identity. According to 1 Peter 1:1,2; what is the identity of believers? What might it look like for a believer to suffer from a case of mistaken identity?
3. As "strangers in the world," why is hope a valuable commodity? What does it mean to have hope.
I had a great time at yesterday's Summit. It was fun to hear from many of you and to feel like we're really on the same page as to how we can take some good steps together in the right direction. (the food was pretty good, too)
Thank you to all who participated.
If you missed the Summit, we talked about some pretty important things. I hope you'll find someone (or me) who can update you regarding what we talked about. You can download the handout below.