Engaged: lifeGroup

The engaged life living life together in community. There are indispensable gifts received when we live life together.  lifeGroup is one way to share life with one another while following Jesus and helping others on their journey of following Jesus.  We seek life transformation as we help one another in the context of a smaller group of people (outside of corporate worship). We need one another in order  to grow in our relationship with God and to actively engage our friends who are far from God.  lifeGroup is more than meeting once a week, we share life with one another.  lifeGroup is a safe and authentic place where we can care for one another as well as find ways to reach out and bless others in our surrounding communities.

lifeGroup, part 13: Gift of People
9/25/16
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Focus:  We need each other.  Relationships are a gift from God.  What a privilege to know one another beyond just a surface “Hello, how are you?” There is a gift beyond the quick, passing interaction on a Sunday Morning.  We blossom in developing deeper relationships that are authentic and safe. We can grow as we depend on one another. Who are YOUR people? Text: Daniel 3:1-18

lifeGroup, part 12: Gift of Purpose
9/18/16
Pastor Matt Wipperman

Focus:  God has made our purpose very clear.  Love God.  Love Others.  This grand purpose gets lived out every day. We actively practice our purpose. As we gather weekly with each other we can check in with one another and see how that is going.  How are you doing at loving God with your whole heart, soul, strength and mind?  What is getting in your way of putting God first in your life.  How are you doing at loving your neighbor as yourself?  When we live life together we help one another focus on what God has asked us to do. Text: Luke 10:27

lifeGroup, part 11: Gift of Praise
9/11/16
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Focus:  There is power in praising God for WHO HE IS.  (Psalm 8:2 - it silences our enemy)  There is a shifting of perspective when we focus on Praising God. it takes the focus off of ourselves.  (Hebrews 12:2 - fixing our eyes on Jesus) God is near us when we Praise Him. (Psalm 22:3 KJV - he inhabits the praise of his people)   Gathering together in lifeGroup gives us an intentional time to remind one another of where we have seen God at work.  We take time to focus on WHO God is and in turn receive the gift of praise. Text: Psalm 22:3; Psalm 8:2; Hebrew 12:2

 

lifeGroup, part 10: Gift of Patterns
9/4/16
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Focus:  Meeting weekly, praying regularly, discussing God’s Word consistently with our friends--gifts given in rhythm! These patterns are life-giving. And, once established, can provide much-needed support when trials arise. Daniel knew just what to do when things got really tough, because he had an established pattern developed in his life.  What daily, weekly, monthly, seasonal,  and yearly patterns do you want to develop in your life? Text: Daniel 6:1-10

lifeGroup, part 9: Gift of Persistence
8/28/16
Pastor Matt Wipperman

Focus:  When we live life together we begin to go the extra mile with each other. We get below the surface and really love one another.  The friends in the Gospel story for today would stop at nothing to get their crippled friend to Jesus.  They were persistent. What length are you willing to go to so your friends will get to see Jesus?  Text: Mark 2:3-5

lifeGroup, part 8: Gift of Partnership
8/21/16
Dan Luck

Focus:  We have been commanded to make disciples who make more disciples.  We need to partner with one another in the spreading of the gospel.  Who is your Paul? (someone more mature than you) Who is your Timothy? (someone you can encourage)  The kingdom grows when we teach others what we have been taught so they can teach others.  With whom are you enjoying the gift of partnership? Text: 2 Timothy 2:2; Acts 18:24-27

lifeGroup, part 7: Gift of Perseverance
8/14/16
Pastor Matt Wipperman

Focus:  The Christian life is a marathon, not a sprint.   We need to remind each other to continue on and not give up.  When we get tired and discouraged,  gathering together with other believers can help us persevere. And, what gifts are given when we do! Text: Hebrews 12:1b; Philippians 3:12-14

lifeGroup, part 6: Gift of Penitence
8/7/16
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Focus:  The gift of being with others can help us throw off the sin that hinders (to be delayed, interrupted, have difficulty) and easily entangles (confused, perplexed) us. There is healing  that comes from confessing our sins to each other (James 5:16).  We must be careful to examine our own lives before ever approaching someone else’s. We are all sinners in need of repentance and forgiveness. There is a powerful gift in shared penitence.  Text: Hebrews 12:1a; Matthew 7:2-3

lifeGroup, part 5: Gift of Presence
7/31/16
Pastor Matt Wipperman

Focus:  It is important to continue meeting together and not give up on the rhythm of gathering together and encouraging one another.  Satan wants us to be isolated and alone, thinking we do not matter and can not make a difference.  We all lead busy lives. Our commitment or lack of commitment of living life together it is not a matter of time, but of priority. Our presence is a gift. Main Text: Hebrews 10:25

lifeGroup, part 4: Gift of Participation
7/24/16
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Focus:  When we live life together we get the privilege to think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. (Heb 10:24)  We can be creative and encourage one another to go and try. We get to participate.  We get to join Jesus on His mission!  Jesus let the disciples participate in the feeding of the 5,000, he didn’t have to.  Where is he asking you to participate today? Text: Hebrews 10:24; Luke 9:10-17

lifeGroup, part 3: Gift of Promise
7/17/16
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Focus:  We can remind one another of the Promises of God and His faithfulness.  Our purpose is to help one another not waver in the hope that we have. Have you ever not wanted to go to lifeGroup? And then, when you were driving home you were thankful because you had been reminded of God’s promises. What a gift to be able to hold onto those promises throughout the week. Text: Hebrews 10:23; Matthew 28:20

lifeGroup, part 2: Gift of Prayer
7/10/16
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Focus:  We can approach the throne of grace with confidence through prayer.  We have direct access to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  We can pray with BOLDNESS.  How are you doing in lifeGroup not just quick wrapping up with prayer?  Are your prayers just about those who are sick that need healing?  Are you boldly praying for your impact list?  Are you reaching out and asking for prayers from those in your lifeGroup?  Do you pray first and plan later?  Main Text: Hebrews 10:19-22

lifeGroup, part 1: Introduction
7/3/16
Pastor Jeff Meyer

The engaged life is living life together in community. There are indispensable gifts received when we live life together.  lifeGroup is one way to share life with one another while following Jesus and helping others on their journey of following Jesus.  We seek life transformation as we help one another in the context of a smaller group of people (outside of corporate worship). We need one another in order  to grow in our relationship with God and to actively engage our friends who are far from God.  lifeGroup is more than meeting once a week, we share life with one another.  lifeGroup is a safe and authentic place where we can care for one another as well as find ways to reach out and bless others in our surrounding communities.

A peek into lifeGroup
7/1/16

Ever wonder what lifeGroup is all about? Here you go, lifeGroupers give us the inside scoop!