Week 15 - Sent to the Needy
“Disciples committed to helping one another live for Jesus”
Welcome back, leaders! As you may have noticed, I changed our header image a little to incorporate some context for us. Just as the disciples were sent by Jesus to be His "witnesses" in their communities and beyond (Acts 1:8), we too have been sent across the South Puget Sound and further.
Each of the icons on the map represents one of your groups. A gospel outpost where you are helping to train up God's people and helping them to be more like Jesus. As well, a place where disciples are being sent out on mission, gathering to debrief, encourage, and challenge one another in love. This is the basis for our weekly rhythms and the core of why we exist as a ministry. We are God's holy nation, a people called out of the darkness and into His marvelous light, so we can proclaim His excellencies to the world (1 Peter 2:9).
For the next 10-weeks, we will be continuing our focus on biblical study, prayer, and spiritual conversations. We will be moving into sharing the gospel. What is it? How do we share it? Then we'll practice sharing it in our groups before sharing it with others.
Team, as you begin this next session I want to remind you that the legacy you are building through those in your group will affect generations to come. I am a walking testament to that truth. It may not always seem like it and at times you may get discouraged, but that's why the coaches and I are dedicated to supporting you. We love you and are constantly praying for each of you.
Soli Deo gloria!
WEEK 15 - SENT TO THE NEEDY
(approx. time: 25 minutes)
Prayer - Having this in forefront helps cultivate a culture of prayer. Consider having an open prayer time where someone opens and others join in as they are led. Then a leader closes.
Debrief - This is an ideal time to debrief the break or informal time. How did it go? What went well? What could be improved? Encourage those that initiated events and service projects. Did everyone understand the goal of the time in-between sessions?
Another topic to debrief could be Easter weekend. What were some big takeaways? Did anyone invite someone or have any spiritual conversations? If so, how'd it go?
(approx. time: 45 minutes)
Bible - Have the group read Acts 9:32-43 quietly. Then have someone read it out loud for the group.
Discussion Questions - Use these to initiate discussion and pursue the heart.
In examining the two accounts, what are some similarities in; Peter's actions, those healed, and those around those who were healed?
For you, how likely are you to pray on the spot for someone in need or stop to help them? Why or why not?
In what way has someone helped you in a time of need? How did that affect your relationship with God and that person?
In what way is Jesus wanting you to grow when it comes to caring about and meeting the needs of others?
(approx. time: 5 minutes)
Vision Cast - (Here is an example. Feel free to modify it and make it your own.)
As we wrap up this week I want to remind you that God cares about those in need and we should as well. We want to be compassionate people not only for our brothers and sisters in Christ but also for those who might be far from God. So this week be praying for your heart asking the Lord to uproot any resistance, doubt, fear or hard-heartedness you might have. We are all in a state of progress and growth. So if you are struggling in this area, know that you are not alone and we are here to encourage each other. And those that are leading the way, help us grow by continuing to pursue us and modeling compassion for us. We are all on this journey together, because of the work the God has done in our lives and is still continuing to do through us. Let's pray.
MINISTRY TEAM UPDATES
God has graced us with some wonderful leaders! Below are some who have recently joined our team and a few who will be taking a season off.