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Cgroup Sermon Based Guide

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.)

In Sunday’s message we learned that the fear of embarrassment resulting from pride can lead us to make sinful choices.

Someone pray for God to speak through His word.

Someone read the following passage.

1 Samuel 18:1–16 (NIV)

1 After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. 2 From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return home to his family. 3 And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. 4 Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt. 5 Whatever mission Saul sent him on, David was so successful that Saul gave him a high rank in the army. This pleased all the troops, and Saul’s officers as well. 6 When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with timbrels and lyres. 7 As they danced, they sang: “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.” 8 Saul was very angry; this refrain displeased him greatly. “They have credited David with tens of thousands,” he thought, “but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?” 9 And from that time on Saul kept a close eye on David. 10 The next day an evil spirit from God came forcefully on Saul. He was prophesying in his house, while David was playing the lyre, as he usually did. Saul had a spear in his hand 11 and he hurled it, saying to himself, “I’ll pin David to the wall.” But David eluded him twice. 12 Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with David but had departed from Saul. 13 So he sent David away from him and gave him command over a thousand men, and David led the troops in their campaigns. 14 In everything he did he had great success, because the Lord was with him. 15 When Saul saw how successful he was, he was afraid of him. 16 But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he led them in their campaigns.

  • Is there anything that caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
  • Why did the refrain sung by the women displease Saul so greatly?
  • Why was Jonathan apparently free from any jealousy of David even though David could replace him as the next king of Israel?
  • Tell about a time when you struggled with jealousy.
  • How would it have changed your thoughts and feelings if you had loved that person like Jonathan loved David?

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 feels 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?