"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us" – Ephesians 3:20
In this six-week small group study, we are going to study how putting our trust in Jesus and move FORWARD in every area of our lives both personally and corporately:
SESSION 1: Introduction & Welcome
SESSION 2: Living God's Way
SESSION 3: Hearing God's Voice
SESSION 4: Obeying God's Call
SESSION 5: Preparing For A Miracle
SESSION 6: Leaving A Legacy
The FORWARD 40-Day Personal Devotional will be our handbook as we look to move FORWARD in 2016. The devotional includes 40 daily devotions to help you connect with God so He can guide you into your destiny. You can pick up your devotionals at the Guest Services Table in the lobby before or after any of our weekend services or download the digital copy below. FORWARD Devotionals are provided free of charge.
Small Group Host,
Thank you for leading a FORWARD Small Group. I look forward to partnering with you through this powerful six- week series. Know that I am praying for you and with you. I am con dent God will accomplish His purpose through you and we will see many people come to faith in Christ through Small Groups during this spiritual emphasis series.
Again, thank you for your leadership. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our Small Groups team. We are in this together!
Reaching People. Building Lives.
SMALL GROUP - SESSION 1
FORWARD: A GROWTH CAMPAIGN
This week pastor Stephen unpacks the idea of surrender in the life of a Christian. Please follow along with the video. Each video is approximately 10 minutes long. Questions are provided in your Host Guide located in the Small Group DVD case.
SMALL GROUP - SESSION 2
This week we are challenged to ask this question: Can I really hear from God? Do I want to hear from God? The answer to the first question is yes, you can hear from God. He wants to speak to you if you are willing to listen to Him. He will talk to you.
SMALL GROUP - SESSION 3
God wants to reach people in our area. We want to intentionally reach people who are hurting and far from God. Before God can do a work in them, God has to do a work in us. The work in us is what causes us to care about the lost and hurting people in our city.
SMALL GROUP - SESSION 4
Did you know that our experience with the God who works miracles can literally change generations? We can leave a legacy of understanding the grace of our God when we cooperate and walk with him.
SMALL GROUP - SESSION 5
People matter to us because they matter to God. Our vision is and always will be reaching people and building lives. If you’re really going to leave a mark in this life, you have to cooperate with God and care about what he cares about it.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW LONG WILL THIS SERIES LAST?
Forward is a six-part series based on six weekend messages and six small group sessions. If you want to continue meeting as a small group after we’ve finished Forward, we would love to help you take your next step as a group. For ideas on recommended small group curriculum, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
HOW LONG SHOULD EACH SMALL GROUP MEETING LAST?
Each small group should last 60-90 minutes. You want to make sure to respect the time of those involved in your small group. If you want to spend extra time with people after the group, please feel free to do so, but make sure other group members feel free to leave when they need to.
WHO IS THE HOST?
The host of your small group is the person who has organized your group meeting and will be leading some of the group discussions. It can be very helpful for other group members to also take turns leading the groups discussion, taking prayer requests, and organizing social gatherings outside of the normal group time.
WHERE DO WE FIND NEW GROUP MEMBERS?
Inviting new people to your small group should be a regular part of group-life. There is never a wrong time to invite someone to your small group. We want to be welcoming and open to anyone who wants to attend your small group. All members of the small group should be encouraged to invite people they know who could benefit from being a part of a small group. Don’t worry about your group getting too big. If it gets large, you can simply break into smaller sub-groups during the discussion time. Take time to think of a few people whom you can think about inviting to be a part of small group with you. Your invite could help make an eternal impact in someone’s life
GROUP HOST RESOURCES
COACHING FOR SMALL GROUP HOSTS
Hosting a small group is a huge privilege and great opportunity. To help make this a great experience for you and those in your Restart group we wanted to give you some basic coaching tips. If you commit to following these simple guidelines, you will have a great small group!
Make sure you pray for each person in your group, that they will receive from God and connect relationally with other people in the small group.
Make sure you are ready for your group by taking time to review the material you’ll be discussing in your group.
3. BE ENTHUSIASTIC
You should be excited about the topic you are discussing as well as the opportunity to lead the people in your group. Your enthusiasm will be contagious and help make your group a great experience for everyone there.
4. BE A FACILITATOR, NOT A PREACHER
Your role is to guide a discussion in which people feel comfortable participating. You lead the discussion, but you shouldn’t talk the whole time. It’s a good goal for you, as the leader, to try to talk less than 50% of the time. Remember that people get to know each other when they get to share about themselves, so give everyone a chance to talk.
5. HELP EVERYONE GET A CHANCE TO GIVE FEEDBACK
Don’t be afraid of silence. You can actually use the awkward pause to help people come out of their shell. If you are patient, someone will end up jumping in to talk. This can often be a catalyst for great discussion. You may also want to call on certain people to give feedback in order to get everybody involved in the conversation.
6. KEEP ON TRACK
It’s important you know the direction you want the discussion to go and then be willing to gently guide the conversation back to the topic of the small group. The goal isn’t to answer all the questions, but it is to stay focused on the topic.
7. FINISH STRONG
Ask your group members to come up with an action step to begin to implement what they just learned. We want people to learn the Bible, but we also want people to DO the Bible. It’s important for your group members to take away a practical life-change principle that they begin to implement in their lives.
8. BE YOURSELF
Be who God has created you to be, and you’ll do great.
SMALL GROUP GUIDELINES
It is a good idea to begin the small group with clear guidelines and expectations. Such guidelines will help each person to clearly understand the goals of the group and lay a good foundation for a healthy group experience. Please take a few moments to review the guidelines the group is to agree upon.
To spiritually and relationally grow in the context of small group community.
To make a commitment to attend the group each week.
To create a safe, non-judgmental place for people to come and feel loved.
To keep all that is shared in the group, in the group.
To invite friends and new people to the group and warmly welcome newcomers.
To commit to using wisdom by not serving or consuming alcohol during small group meetings so as to avoid causing a weaker brother or sister to spiritually stumble. To be sensitive to other’s spiritual conscience. (1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Romans 14:19-21)
In the event that a member of your group was unable to get a Forward 40 Day Personal Devotional or forgot to bring it one week, you can print and give it to them.