Main Idea: Church is a tie that binds us together as a family for a greater purpose.
Introduction: There are believers and nonbelievers alike who feel that the church is part of the problem, not a family.
Discussion Starter: Have you ever run in a “sack race” where your leg is connected to someone else’s leg and you have to work together to run to the finish line? It’s much harder to run when you’re tied to another person. What are you tied to? Is it emotional, physical, or spiritual?
Primary Scriptures: Matthew 12:46-50, Psalm 92:12-15, Ephesians 4:30, Hebrews 10:23-25
- The Church is struggling overall right now. Churches are not growing, not teaching, and people are leaving. Looking at Faith Promise, what can you do as a member to ensure the family aspect stays a part of who we are?
- Read Psalms 92:12-15. If the church is what ties us together, what does it look like to flourish in the house of God? What does it mean to be planted in the house of the Lord?
- Read Hebrews 10:23-25. Sometimes it’s easy to encourage one another. But how about encouraging others when we’re in a bad place, or feeling down ourselves? Pastor Chris said being a part of every weekend, serving one another, and attending group every week is therapy, not just for show. Evaluate yourself and the people you love: Who needs encouragement to come to church, attend small group, and serve? How can you do that? Make a game plan for who and how.
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Hebrews 10:23-25 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.
How can your group serve the community? Each other? The church?