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Have you ever had a day you wish you could start over? All of us make mistakes. We all make wrong turns in this journey called life – but with Jesus we can experience a Restart.

"...I HAVE COME THAT THEY MAY HAVE LIFE, AND THAT THEY MAY HAVE IT MORE ABUNDANTLY." – JOHN 10:10

Over this six-week series, we are going to study how putting our trust in Jesus can give us a fresh start in six key areas of our lives:

SESSION 1: Restart with God
SESSION 2: Restart in My Identity
SESSION 3: Restart in My Purpose
SESSION 4: Restart in My Finances
SESSION 5: Restart After My Failures
SESSION 6: Restart in My Relationships

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RESTART DEVOTIONAL

The Restart devotional will be our handbook as we look to Restart in 2016. The devotional includes your Restart group lesson notes as well as daily devotions to help you connect with God so He can guide you in your Restart. You can purchase your leather Restart devotional below and pick it up at The Elephant Room this weekend! The cost is $20 (includes tax). Be sure to order & purchase them below, we will not be able to accept payment during the weekend. 

PRAY FOR ONE

During the Restart message series, hundreds of small group members will commit to pray at least 1 minute a day for someone they know who is far from God. As we pray leading up to Easter Sunday 2016, we will also be looking for intentional ways we can invite that person to church and get more involved in their life.

Complete the form to the right to be added to our
Pray For One: 2016 Prayer Initiative

Name *
Name
Person I'm praying for: *
Person I'm praying for:
This name will remain private and only be disclosed to our prayer & pastoral team.

Also, join us for 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting, a special, three-week emphasis on "Pray For One", starting Sunday, March 6 and ending on Saturday, March 26 just before Easter Sunday.

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SMALL GROUP LESSONS

These videos of Pastor Stephen Martin are to be used in the beginning of your group. Please have everyone follow along with the video lesson notes located in the Restart Devotional. Each video is approximately 20 minutes long.


SMALL GROUP - SESSION 1

Restart With God
Please have everyone follow along with the video lesson notes located in the Restart Devotional. Each video is approximately 20 minutes long. 


SMALL GROUP - SESSION 2

Restart In My Identity
Please have everyone follow along with the video lesson notes located in the Restart Devotional. Each video is approximately 20 minutes long. 


SMALL GROUP - SESSION 3

Restart In My Purpose
Please have everyone follow along with the video lesson notes located in the Restart Devotional. Each video is approximately 20 minutes long. 


SMALL GROUP - SESSION 4

Restart In My Finances
Please have everyone follow along with the video lesson notes located in the Restart Devotional. Each video is approximately 20 minutes long. 


SMALL GROUP - SESSION 5

Restart After My Failures
Please have everyone follow along with the video lesson notes located in the Restart Devotional. Each video is approximately 20 minutes long. 


SMALL GROUP - SESSION 6

Restart In My Relationships
Please have everyone follow along with the video lesson notes located in the Restart Devotional. Each video is approximately 20 minutes long. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HOW LONG WILL THIS SERIES LAST?
Restart 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 Restart, we would love to help you take your next step as a group. For ideas on recommended small group curriculum, email info@vintagechurch.cc for more information.

HOW LONG SHOULD EACH SMALL GROUP MEETING LAST?
Each small group should last 60-75 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


STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

Drop us a line at info@vintagechurch.cc

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HOST & LEADER 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!

1. PRAY
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.

2. PREPARE
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.

COMMUNITY:
To spiritually and relationally grow in the context of small group community.

ATTENDANCE:
To make a commitment to attend the group each week.

SAFE ENVIRONMENT:
To create a safe, non-judgmental place for people to come and feel loved.

CONFIDENTIALITY:
To keep all that is shared in the group, in the group.

INVITE OTHERS:
To invite friends and new people to the group and warmly welcome newcomers.

USE WISDOM:
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)


RESTART DEVOTIONAL

In the event that a member of your group was unable to get a Restart Devotional or forgot to bring it one week, you can print that week's study guide section and give it to them. Download the Restart Devotional Printable PDF.