Week 19 - Sent to Trust God
“Our behaviors are the tangible expression of our beliefs.”
- Jeff Vanderstelt, Gospel Fluency
LETTER TO LEADERS
Hi team! How did last week's activity go? Now having gone through it, is there anything that I could have added that would have helped? Thank you for guiding your group through those equipping activities.
As I have mentioned in the past, why DGs stand out among other small group models is our philosophy of equipping. More than just building relationships or having a place for people to gather, we are "equipping the saints for the work of ministry". In this effort, we are building one another up in Christ so that we can accomplish our goal - to live out our church's mission and vision.
Equipping done in relationship with other believers is what I believe Jesus modeled for us. It is something we want to grow in, and in large part, is what we are focused on training ALL of our church leaders in starting this August at the Leader Retreat.
In fact, the staff just finished a 4-week, alpha test, for this event. Pastor Joel, Nick Francis and I have been working on this project for several months and wanted to take the staff through first. We wanted them to experience it, as well as, give us feedback. As Pastor Joel will share in an upcoming vision video for the event, this will be a significant shift for us as a church. A healthy adjustment, which we are praying, will strengthen our teams and unify us the family of God. This event will definitely be one you won't want to miss and each of you is invited!
Family, I am praying that God's Word and the Spirit would continually bring you joy and rest in Jesus. That the gospel truths which you studied last week would continue to resonate in your hearts and minds. That those truths and the work you are all a part of would draw you near to our Father in heaven.
Peace be with you,
- Pastor Tim
(approx. time: 10 minutes)
Debrief - An important part of leading is debriefing ministry. Use this time to check-in and identify how your group is loving God and others. Consider how you can encourage or lovingly challenge those in your group.
Loving God: Invite the group to share what God is revealing to them through their study in the word. How has their experience of God been this week? What are some wins? What are some areas to grow?
Loving Others: Has anyone had an opportunity to have a spiritual conversation with someone recently? If so, how did it go? Who is someone you, or we, can serve this week?
(approx. time: 45 minutes)
Scripture - Allow time for the group to quietly read Acts 12:1-25, then have someone read the passage out loud.
Synopsis - Consider providing a brief summary that recaps the passage, sermon, and transitions to the questions below. Here is an example;
In this section, we learn about the persecution of the church through Herod Agrippa I, a grandson of Herod the Great. Herod was of Jewish descent and wanted to please those under his rule. In an attempt to do so he murders James who then becomes the first apostle to be martyred. Herod then puts Peter in prison with plans to kill him as well. God intervenes and frees Peter from captivity and the church continues to grow. In all, this is a significant point of transition for the early church and in the book of Acts. As persecution increases God's people will continue to move out further and further from Jerusalem.
Symposium - Use the following to initiate discussion and pursue the heart of those you lead;
Why do you think God allowed James to be killed, yet came to Peter’s rescue?
In response to Peter's imprisonment, the church gathered to pray earnestly and fervently. Does “earnest prayer” characterize a part of your life? Why or why not?
Where do you place your trust when you don't trust God? What person or situation do you need to trust God with today?
Acts 12 contains an amazing turnaround: At the beginning, James is dead, Peter is imprisoned, and Herod is prevailing; At the end, Herod is dead, Peter is free, and the word of God is victorious. In what way does this relate to God's work for us in the gospel?
(approx. time: 15 minutes)
Prayer - With the topic of prayer and trusting God, it seems appropriate to spend some time in prayer together. Consider having each person pair up or having the group break off into men and women for smaller groups of prayer. Rather than praying for each other, allow each person the opportunity to bring their praises, confessions or requests to God during this time.
ALL LEADER RETREAT
Every leader equipped for the kingdom. Click HERE for more info.
Who: Every leader, staff person, and pastor at RC (non-leading spouses are encouraged to attend)
When: August 16th - 18th
Where: Miracle Ranch, PT. Orchard
Cost: $99 per person - price includes accommodations, meals, and extra activities. Assistance available.