Know God, make friends, find support for your life.
The basis of all we are doing is the love of God manifested through the death of Jesus Christ for our sins and His resurrection to give us eternal life.
Suggestions. Take time to greet each other and to meet any new people. Share coffee and dessert while you are having the “lesson.”
Part 1. Sunday’s message was based on several Scriptures, one of them being Hebrews 10:25.
- The commandment to keep the Sabbath wasn’t given to the church, nevertheless we need to learn the principle behind it.
- The principle behind it is that God wants His people to meet regularly to worship Him and to be blessed by Him.
- If we apply the principle behind the Sabbath, we will be blessed; but if we disregard to apply the principle behind the Sabbath, not only do we sin by not doig God’s will (thus inviting God’s disdcipline in our lives), but we also risk falling into apostasy (thus inviting God’s judgment in our lives).
Part 2. Read the following questions. After reading them, allow the participants who wish to respond to answer the questions they wish to answer in the order they wish to answer them.
- Why do you think people develop the habit of skipping church?
- What should people do overcome this bad habit?
- What can the church do to help people overcome this bad habit?
Part 3. Read the following questions. After reading them, allow the participants who wish to respond to answer the questions they wish to answer in the order they wish to answer them. The rest can respond to the participants or pray for them as the Spirit of Christ* guides them. (*In other words, their responses mus be compatible with the doctrine of Christ)
In Matthew 6:5-14, the Lord taught his disciples how to pray. Because our connection groups are meant not only to connect us with each other, but also with God, we need to learn how to pray. In this connection group, we will focus on Matthew 6:9.
- Who gets to call God Father? Compare Matthew 6:9 with John 1:12-13. What does this mean for our prayer lives?
- What does it mean to hallow God’s name? Compare Matthew 6:9 with Leviticus 22:1-3, 31-33, and Romans 12:1-2. How should we hollow God’s name when we pray?
Part 4. Normally, when we pray as a group, we take time to first share our praises and our requests with the group, and then we pray. That can rob us of our time. Today, take turns to pray at once, and let each person pray as they feel thankful, burdened, or led by the Spirit (the group leader can start praying and, after everyone has had an opportunity to pray, close in prayer).
- Offer yourself to God both to honor Him and to encourage others to honor Him.
- Give God thanks for His work in your life, the life of others, and answered prayers.
- Present your own requests to God and make intercession for the requests presented by others.
If you have comments, questions, or suggestions, please email the pastor at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also invite the pastor to participate in the group.
Pastor Marcelo E. Carcach