Week 22 - Sent to Endure Tribulations
“Disciples committed to helping one another live for Jesus.”
LETTER TO LEADERS
This week will be a similar style to last week's gathering. See the guide below. As a reminder, for the SENT series, we chose to slow-down our pacing week to week to allow people time to apply the equipping they are learning. So, throughout each 10-week session, we are working on covering 3 activities which encourage us to live on mission.
With that, we'll go through our 3rd exercise for the Spring on week 9. We'll be working through Sharing the Gospel - in 3 minutes or less. Each person will write out and then present the gospel to 1-2 people in the group. Then they will be encouraged to share it with someone else that week. The goal is for us to be prepared when we're given an opportunity to proclaim the good news of Jesus and what better way to practice than with those who love us.
As a work in progress myself, here are a couple of ways that this study has impacted my own life. One, I've realized how difficult neighboring can be. My wife and I have lived on our street for 13 years now. We have great neighbors and know most of them, but it is not easy. Just within the last two weeks, we've gone to a going away party and a birthday party. Both are great events but neighboring with people who are unlike us is a challenge and taking our three boys with us is sometimes mayhem. However, what a beautiful thing to be invited, to engage in cultures unlike our own and to be a light to the lost. In all, knowing your neighbors is tiring but it's also a great joy knowing it pleases God.
Secondly, I recently started volunteering at Remann Hall juvenile facility in Tacoma. I spent many nights in a similar facility as a youth myself and felt the Lord drawing me there. Even with my past, I was nervous and uncertain about how it would go. Now 3 months in, I have prayed with many young men, opened up the word with them and have given out several Bibles. Similar to neighboring on my street, it has challenged me in new ways but overall what a joy it is to share Jesus with them.
Please know that I am not leading from the office, the sidelines or at a distance. I am right there with you all, trying to figure it out and sometimes fumbling my way through. Yet I am encouraged that I am not alone in this. I am part of a team and a church body that is motivated by a love for Jesus and for others.
May your hearts and minds be set on Christ and may those you lead see Christ in you always. Love you all!
For His glory,
Pastor Tim Chavira
(approx. time: 20 minutes)
Prayer - Consider having an open prayer time where someone opens and others join in as they are led. Then a leader closes.
Debrief - An important part of leading. 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 you lead.
Loving God: How has your love of God grown over these last few months? Are you spending time in the word and in prayer?
Loving Others: How has neighboring gone this week? Any changes or opportunities to meet someone new? Is there anyone in your group that needs help this week?
(approx. time: 45 minutes)
Scripture - Allow time for the group to quietly read Acts 14:1-23, then have someone read the passage out loud.
Summary - Consider providing a brief summary that recaps the passage, sermon, and transitions to the questions below.
Discussion - Use the following to initiate discussion and pursue the heart of those you lead;
Paul and Barnabas shared the gospel to those who knew of God and those who did not. How would you share Jesus with someone who has no knowledge or concept of God?
What stands out to you in Paul's encouragement to the disciples in verses 21-22? How have you been viewing or living out a faith that avoids tribulation?
Throughout this section, we see that Paul didn't do ministry alone he had others around him to help. How might you be doing ministry alone and not dependent on others? How can we help support and encourage one another?
(approx. time: 5 minutes)
Vision Cast - To close your time together, recap the main ideas and commend those that participated. Encourage your group to be in prayer asking God to give them opportunities to share the good news of Jesus with others this week.
Other items to vision cast are the upcoming Summer Social time and ways you can serve together. How will your group continue living SENT through the Summer months? What events could they invite a neighbor to?
Prayer - Invite someone from the group to close out your time in prayer.
Events and organizations that connect you to neighbors and those in need.
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 an adventure activity (e.g. horseback riding, paintball, archery, etc.). Financial assistance is available.