Week 24 - Sent On Mission Trips
“Disciples committed to helping one another live for Jesus.”
LETTER TO LEADERS
It's that time, we are now wrapping up the Spring session. This week's discussion will focus on each of us living on mission and seeing our groups as a mission team. Pastor Bubba will be challenging the congregation to do a mission trip in their city this Summer. I realize some of you might not be meeting this week due to the holiday. If that is the case, I want to encourage you to still engage your group in this discussion either through an email thread or possibly during the following week's gathering.
Looking ahead to the Fall we'll be starting up our formal gatherings again the week of September 15th. That will take us through the rest of Acts and right before the Advent season.
As we close out this cycle, I do want to share some evidences of God's grace with you. Over the last 10-weeks, I have heard several stories of people in DGs helping one another through depression, loss, and sickness. I've been told that several are now willing to share their faith and the gospel with their friends, co-workers, and neighbors. We've even had people bringing their non-Christian friends to their group. Praise God!
I want to thank you for your prayers and for your efforts in helping us become a stronger ministry. Know that these are teams wins. It takes each of us to build up the body of Christ (Eph 4:12). We need each other. That is a big part of why we are bringing all of our leaders together this Summer. The more we know each other the better we can care for one another and God's church. Plus we want to have fun together too!
I'll be sending some additional info related to the event in the coming weeks. Have a safe and relaxing 4th!
(approx. time: 15 minutes)
Prayer - Consider using the prayer cards or having an open prayer time where someone starts and 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? How has your time in the word and in prayer been?
Loving Others: How has neighboring gone this week? Has anyone had an opportunity to share the gospel with someone?
(approx. time: 45 minutes)
Scripture - Allow time for the group to quietly read Acts 15:36-16:15, 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 pursue the hearts of those you lead and challenge them to live for Jesus;
Right team (v. 15:36-41) - We learn in chapter 15 that in order to have an impactful mission we need to have the right team and that commitment is key. How would you currently rate your commitment to living on mission and to living on mission with our group?
Contextualize your ministry (Acts 16:1-5) - Paul and Timothy were willing to give up cultural practices in order to reach more people for Jesus. They wanted to remove barriers that would prevent someone from hearing about the grace of God. What barriers exist for you that God might be calling you to give up in order to reach others? How can you begin taking steps in this direction this week?
Follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit - (v 6-10) - The Spirit directed Paul and Silas and even kept them from speaking the word in Asia. In what ways are you regularly praying for the Holy Spirit's guidance and in what ways are you reluctant to pray?
Build a relationship with people - (v. 11-15 ) Paul and Silas went to where the people where. They built relationships which lead to discipleship. What opportunities are available in our city for us to do the same? What do you think might happen if we actually lived this out?
(approx. time: 10 minutes)
Vision Cast - To close your time together, recap the main ideas; God has called each of us to live on mission. This is not a one-time occurrence but a way of life that we are to live each day. We are called to see our city and neighborhood as our mission field. And, we have been given this group and our families as our mission team. So let's commit ourselves to living on mission and to doing semi-formal mission trips together, here where God has planted us.
Prayer - Invite someone from the group to close out your time in prayer.