There are 4 parts to every C-Group meeting: 1. Vision of the Church, 2. The Word, 3. Giving, and 4. Fellowship.
We have great things coming!
The Big Day! - December 16th - Let’s be ready to bring in our pledges so that we can get the building in our name and continue touching lives!
The Final Tours are taking place this week on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Sign up during service this Wednesday night.
Psalms 34:1 NLT I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Circle: God blesses me, I Bless God.
Q1 - What are ways God has bless you?
Q2 - What are ways you can bless God?
how do we bless God?
#1 - I bless god by being like him
Genesis 1:27-31a NLT
27 So God created human beings in his own image.
In the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”
29 Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. 30 And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened.
31 Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!
God originally created us in His image, to be like Him. We can be like in: our character, our speech, authority, Holiness, love, and ability.
Q3 - Looking at this list, what area do you have the most room to grow to be more like God?
To be more like God, we must resist being like our old selves. Sometimes people will try and cause us to fall back into our old way of living.
Q4 - Can you recall a time that you resisted someone or something that was luring you to your old life?
#2 - i bless god by giving him what he asks for
Genesis 2:15-17 NLT The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it.16 But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— 17 except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”
God blessed man with every tree in the Garden of Eden and gave permission to freely eat. All that God asked for was one tree in the middle of the Garden. The tree in the middle of the garden represents the tithe. The tree is the part that belongs to God to keep Him first in our lives. This is the part that determines whether you will walk in a blessing or a curse, depending on what you do with it.
Q5 - It doesn’t seem like much when you think about how much God is actually asking for (only 10%). Why do you think we still struggle with this from time to time?
Q6 - Do you trust that God wants to bless you? How can you show God that you trust Him?
Excerpt from “The Blessed Life” by Robert Morris
Morris, Robert, and James Robison. The Blessed Life: Unlocking the Rewards of Generous Living. Gateway Create Publishing, 2016.
Chapter 5 - Am I Generous?
A very important question we all need to ask ourselves is “Am I Generous?” Selfishness is the enemy of generosity and tries to take the place of God. A generous heart stems from a grateful heart.
[Last week] we explored the lies the spirit of mammon tells us about the wealth. We learned that we could either submit our money to God or to a spirit of mammon.
[Q7] As you have worked through your finances this past week, in what ways have you been more aware of the battle between the spirit of mammon and the Spirit of God?
Generosity and selfishness are at odds with one another. When faced with an opportunity to give, our hearts will gravitate either one way or the other. God is generous and Satan is selfish.
[Q8] As any parent can testify, children are born knowing how to be selfish. Selfishness comes naturally, but generosity must be learned and cultivated. Describe one of your earliest memories of wrestling with your own selfish nature.
[Q9] The most extravagant gift we can give to God is ourselves. Do you agree or disagree? What does this look like for you personally in your daily life?
Deuteronomy 14:23 NLT Bring this tithe to the designated place of worship—the place the Lord your God chooses for his name to be honored—and eat it there in his presence. This applies to your tithes of grain, new wine, olive oil, and the firstborn males of your flocks and herds. Doing this will teach you always to fear the Lord your God.
new Care Project of the Month: christmas gift for inner city children
Every year, The Way World Outreach becomes a place of hope for parents with little boys and little girls who want a gift this Christmas. Many of our families in the inner city can’t afford to give their children gifts for Christmas. Let’s cover that cost and make sure no child goes without experiencing the joy of a gift this Christmas.
Each Group’s goal is 50 gifts! (each gift is roughly $10 a piece)
1. Download The Way World Outreach App
Then Click Give
Select "Care Group Offering" fund
Write down the group leader's name
Heavenly Father, thank you for your extravagant gift of everlasting life that You have given us through Jesus Christ. We recognize Your great love for us. Help us not to hold anything back from You. Help us to give our lives and resources for Your kingdom. We pray that we would never hold back out of fear, but we would always be able to trust that You are our promoter, protector, and provider. Thank You for Your great love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Take time this week to pray and ask God to show you the extravagant gift you can give to Him. Let’s prepare to bring our pledges December 16th to begin the process of purchasing our building.
Note for Leaders: Take prayer requests and praise reports. Keep a good record of this. Follow up on prayer requests and celebrate praise reports.
Take attendance by on the LEAD. App or by writing down who was here today (either on your phone or on paper) and send that information to: firstname.lastname@example.org