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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 obeying the promptings of God puts us in place to experience the power of God.

Someone pray for God to speak through His word.

Someone read the following passage.

Acts 9 New International Version (NIV)

Saul’s Conversion
9 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He  went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” 5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” 7 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. 8 Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. 9 For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything. 10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord,” he answered. 11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.” 13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.” 15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” 17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

Saul in Damascus and Jerusalem
Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. 20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. 21 All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?” 22 Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah. 23 After many days had gone by, there was a conspiracy among the Jews to kill him, 24 but Saul learned of their plan. Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him. 25 But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall. 26 When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. 28 So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. 29 He talked and debated with the Hellenistic Jews,[a] but they tried to kill him. 30 When the believers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus. 31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.

  • Someone pray for God to bless and guide your discussion.
  • What is the Holy Spirit saying in this passage?
  • Saul sincerely believed he was serving God before he encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus. How do you respond to someone who says “It doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you are sincere?”
  • After Saul encounters Jesus, all who heard him noticed a radical difference (verse 21). Why is it important to see change?
  • Saul isn’t the only person who encounters Jesus in the passage (verses 10-19). What do we learn from Ananias?
  • Have you ever felt that your past disqualifies you from being useful for God’s kingdom? Why?
  • Does this passage change your view of the last questions? Why?

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?