Every Sunday, we’ll update this section with a recap of the weekend’s message, as well as some discussion questions for groups to use. As always, use them as little as much as you want. They’re meant to be a helpful guide, not a rule book!
A CHURCH BEING BUILT
PASTOR TAYLOR MURRAY | 06.06.2021
13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.” 15 Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. 18 Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.” 20 Then he sternly warned the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
Revelation and Confession—two issues of the faith that once again come back to the lordship of Jesus.
“Revelation” is a word that gets used a lot in Christian circles, but I wonder if we really understand and live by it. Revelation is having a direct relationship with God the Father, knowing Him rather than just knowing about Him. Taylor asked us if we are experiencing God personally (knowing Him) or trying to connect with Him only through church and fellowship (knowing about Him). Both are necessary, but the things we learn about God in church are meant to move us toward knowing Him intimately for ourselves.
For our revelation of God to impact the world in which we live—our families, friends, coworkers, and the world at large—our confession must match our revelation. If I claim to have revelation but don’t live what I believe, then Jesus isn’t really the Lord of my life and my revelation is just lip service. And as we learned, Jesus is building His Church on the twin pillars of revelation and confession; if we don’t have both, His building is in danger of collapse.
We need to feel the presence of God (revelation) AND live it out (confession). It was their deep, intimate revelation of God that kept Paul and Peter going forward, living out their confession in a way that changed the world forever. If we want the Lord to continue to build His indestructible Church on the rock of our lives, our revelation and confession must match.
Questions for Discussion:
1. Do I match my confession with what I know to be true about Jesus and His gospel?
2. Do I no longer feel the presence of God like I used to (confession without revelation)?
3. Has God met me where I am or am I trying to find Him solely in church/fellowship?
1. This week's questions are listed above in the end of the Sermon Recap.
We recognize that leading a LifeGroup in the midst of a pandemic is very challenging and we want to support you as best we can.
Isn’t it poetic, how when things start to find a rhythm, that everything changes? With the virus going around, and the government mandates along with it, we find ourselves in an odd position. But if we look at it how God does, we’ll see this as an opportunity rather than a source of discouragement! While things are changing, let’s pivot and continue to do what we do best: connecting people.
SO, HERE’S WHAT WE DO: WE KEEP MEETING, WE JUST SHIFT “HOW”
Many of your groups were stopped in their tracks - whether you’ve got material that relies on in-person gathering, or a large percentage of your group is older in age. So, we shift. Groups will be “launching” the week of March 16th, and will all be found here
Here’s what SPRING 2021 Groups “look like” (and some best practices)
1. HAVE A PLAN(ISH)
Ultimately, you’re in the driver’s seat for your group. Decide with your group what works best for staying connected and communicate. The best thing we can do is communicate clearly.
2. LEAN-IN TO ONE ANOTHER
Some of you are really feeling this. You’re discouraged, anxious and just unsure. That’s OKAY! Others of you are ready to go for it to help others.
Reach out to someone - whether here at the church or in your group. Take a moment to send a text, make a call, say a prayer. Let’s lean in with the extra time we have to make people feel seen and loved.
3. UTILIZE TECHNOLOGY
Here’s a few ideas for how to meet as a group digitally:
• ZOOM Meetings - This is a live video conferencing platform. Several groups have used this. Sign up for free here!
• Facebook Groups - This is a great way to stay connected throughout the day/week. Consider joining other groups and making a larger “online life group” to send encouragement, etc.
• Sunday Watch Parties - I explain this in the next point.
4. GATHER AROUND WHAT’S ALREADY HAPPENING
Sunday mornings will be more critical than ever, with Church Online @ 10AM! Consider hosting a “Virtual Watch Party” with your LifeGroup and any other friends(here’s a short “how to” video)! This is a great way to have a small group during church. It allows you to have your own private chat back-and-forth with comments and more!
5. KEEP US UP-TO-DATE WITH NEEDS
We don’t have the touch that you do. When you hear of all kinds of needs from people in or outside your group, first ask, “Can we meet this need within our circle?” If you can, great! If needs exceed what you’re able to to do within your sphere of influence, we may be able to help - just reach out!
Yes. We ask that you record attendance every time. It only takes a moment, and will help us to better know how our groups are doing and measure the health of our congregation. We recommend tracking attendance after you meet.*while in COVID, this is not necessary*
Once you’ve downloaded the LEAD App, open the “Groups” tab. Select your group (you can also search for it). Once you’ve selected your group, you’ll see several tabs (Attendance, Calendar, Members, etc).
Select the “Attendance” tab. Then you will see the “event” you’re trying to track attendance for.
Select those who were there (you can also add in the notes any people who attendance who may not have signed up).
Worried about forgetting? Don’t fret! You’ll get an email following each time you meet, reminding you to track your attendance, even giving you a direct link to do it right there from your phone!
*See the video above for step-by-step instructions.
Go to take attendance and select “Did not meet” - or just send us a note! If you’re simply moving to a different night in the same week, take attendance and leave a note that it was a different night.
When taking attendance, add their name & info in the notes.
From your phone’s app store, search “LEAD APP.” Or, download them below.