Creating Christ Followers
Two to six people learning to live like Jesus together
Checking in – about 2 Min.
Confirming Cgroup values – about 3 Min.
Pray. Open your meeting by asking God to help guide you and then take turns reading through the cgroup values.
We are …
- Committed: We are committed to loving God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and loving each other like He loves us.
- Confidential: We value and trust each other, and what is shared in the group stays in the group.
- Changing: We are growing to be more like Jesus, obeying His commands and filled with His Spirit.
- Christ-Centered: In Jesus, we find God’s presence to guide us, His grace to forgive us, and His power to change us.
- AcCountable: We spur each other on toward love and good deeds.
- Connected: We meet every week, pray for each other every day and look for ways to obey and follow Jesus together.
- Creating new cgroups: We are all committed to starting new cgroups for unconnected friends.
- Consistent: We consistently follow this guide because it is based on God’s word and the guide helps each member to learn how to lead.
Connect Through Scripture – about 20 Min.
(For the sermon based guide visit Christ United Mobile App or christislove.org. The scripture based guide is provided below.)
Someone pray for God to speak through His word.
In this week’s message we learned there aren’t super Christians and regular Christians…there are just Christians on mission. And if we say we are Christians or that we are a follower of Jesus then we believe that the power of the Holy Spirit lives inside of us and that power gives us the strength we need to be an example of Christ and do things we wouldn’t be able to do on our own power. Someone pray as we dive into God’s Word.
Acts 14 New International Version (NIV)
In Lystra and Derbe
8 In Lystra there sat a man who was lame. He had been that way from birth and had never walked. 9 He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed 10 and called out, “Stand up on your feet!” At that, the man jumped up and began to walk.
11 When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!” 12 Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker.13 The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought bulls and wreaths to the city gates because he and the crowd wanted to offer sacrifices to them.
14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting: 15 “Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them. 16 In the past, he let all nations go their own way. 17 Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your heart with joy.” 18 Even with these words, they had difficulty keeping the crowd from sacrificing to them.
19 Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. 20 But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe.
The Return to Antioch in Syria
21 They preached the gospel in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, 22 strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.
26 From Attalia they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed. 27 On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.
Someone pray for God to bless and guide your discussion.
- Is there anything that caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
- Paul performs a miracle and heals a man who had never walked. We can easily think of this is an act of a “super” Christian. Do miracles still happen today? Why or why not?
- When we allow the power of the Holy Spirit to work in and through us for God’s glory, what do we have to be aware of from verses 11-18?
- It only takes one verse (19) for the people of Lystra to go from worshipping Paul and Barnabas to nearly killing Paul by stoning him. When have you been on a mission for God and faced opposition?
- We can once again think it takes a “super” Christian to face opposition and stand back up and continue the mission. However, we learn in verse 27 that Paul was the vessel, but it wasn’t him and his power to do the things he did. Think about that…the same power that was given to Paul is given to all Christians for God’s mission. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is in all of those who believe and have faith in Jesus. How would our lives change if we truly were Christians on mission with the power that is available to us?
- What is God saying to me and what am I going to do about it?
Caring for Unconnected Friends – about 5 Min.
- Let everyone name their unconnected friends and then one person can pray for them all.
- Unconnected friends may be friends who are not yet Christians or Christian friends who are not actively engaged in growing as a disciple.
- Who is feeling led to share the gospel with an unconnected friend?
- See Sharing the Gospel on the home page of the Christ United app.
- Does anyone have someone you would like to invite to the group?
- Have no more than six in a group. If you have six and God puts someone on your heart, He may be leading you to start a new cgroup.
- Who is feels led to begin a new cgroup for your unconnected friends?
- How can we help you get started?
- How have you seen God at work in the life of a Unconnected Friend?
Connect Through Sharing – about 20 Min.
Let each person choose and answer one Confession question and one Celebration question from below. (Please be concise so that everyone has time to share.)
Share your Confessions (Choose One)
- What has been your greatest challenge or temptation recently?
- What intentional or unintentional sins do you need to confess?
- What doubts or questions do you have?
- Is there something you need to share even though you would rather not?
Share your Celebrations (Choose One)
- What has God done that you want to praise and thank Him for?
- When did God give you victory over a temptation?
- When were you obedient to God, and how did it turn out?
- How have you seen God at work in your life?
Commitment to Life Change – about 5 Min.
- Based on what God has shown me today, what am I going to start, stop or continue doing this week?
- Consider committing to a Daily Bible Reading Plan (see Daily Readings in the Christ United app, youversion.com or biblegateway.com)
AcCountability and Connection – about 5 Min.
How are we going to connect this week to help each other live out our commitments to follow Christ?
- When are we connecting to hear the word and worship together this week?
- What is our plan to serve together this month?
Who missed this cgroup meeting? Who is going to reach out and let them know that they were missed?
Who is feeling led to begin a new cgroup for your unconnected friends? How can we help you get started?