There are 4 parts to every C-Group meeting: 1. Vision of the Church, 2. The Word, 3. Giving, and 4. Fellowship.
Right now we are finishing up Marriage Strong 2018! We have 1 more amazing service:
Graduation Service!! - This Saturday October 6th @10:00am
Married couples: we will be renewing our vows.
Singles: we will be declaring our vows to our future spouse.
26 couples have committed to getting MARRIED at this service! Don’t miss this amazing mass wedding.
What is your favorite thing about the fall season?
James 1:19 (NLT) Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.
The purpose of a marriage is much bigger than we may know.
Q1 - Have you ever been in an argument and forgot what you were arguing about? Why do you think this happens?
Q2 - Fact: 97% of couples who rate their communication as excellent are happily married. What does this say about how important communication is?
3 Purposes of a marriage
Mark 10:6-8 TLB 6-7 But it certainly isn’t God’s way. For from the very first he made man and woman to be joined together permanently in marriage; therefore a man is to leave his father and mother, 8 and he and his wife are united so that they are no longer two, but one.
Q3 - We created to be united, not divided/separated/divorced. Why do you think God intended marriages to last for the rest of our lives? How does this relate to our relationship with God?
Genesis 11:6 NLT 6 “Look!” he said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them!
Q4 - The scripture shows us that when we are united, we can accomplish impossible things. Does knowing this cause you to see how important unity is? Why?
2. Raise Godly Children
Malachi 2:15 NLT Didn't the LORD make you one with your wife? In body and spirit you are his. And what does he want? Godly children from your union. So guard your heart; remain loyal to the wife of your youth.
Godly: God like, devoted to God, belonging to God for His service.
Q5 - What are some ways we can raise Godly children?
3. Be soulmates
2 Corinthians 6:14 MSG Don’t become partners with those who reject God. How can you make a partnership out of right and wrong? That’s not partnership; that’s war. Is light best friends with dark? Does Christ go strolling with the Devil?
Research has shown that the most important characteristic of a successful and happy marriage is faith in God and a shared spiritual commitment.
Q6 - Why do you think that a shared spiritual commitment is the most important characteristic for a happy marriage?
Q7 - What are some ways to promote a shared spiritual commitment?
Deuteronomy 15:10 Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.
When we give with a good heart, God can’t help but bless us, the same way parents are motivated to bless their children for their good behavior and good attitudes. Good behavior does promote blessings in your life. There are so many needs in our city, therefore there are many needs to give towards. As we give, let’s remember to have a great attitude and loving heart! Today, let’s give, even if it’s $1 so that we can make the same impact in someone else’s life that was made in ours.
What are we giving towards?
This is the first year we are making Marriage Challenge available for FREE! This is made possible through our generosity and giving. Let's each take on the challenge to sponsor at least one couple this month (materials for one couple is roughly $50)
1. The Way World Outreach App
Select "Care Group Offering" fund
Write down the group leader's name
2. Text to Give
Text TWWO to 77977
Married couples: I declare that I will walk in purpose in my relationship with my spouse! I will be intentional about being united with my spouse, I will commit to raising Godly children and/or setting a Godly example to those that are watching me, and I will commit to walking spiritually with my spouse. In Jesus name amen!
Singles: I declare that I will walk in purpose in my future relationship with my spouse! I will be intentional about being united with my spouse, I will commit to raising Godly children and/or setting a Godly example to those that are watching me, and I will commit to walking spiritually with my spouse. In Jesus name amen!
Practice unity this week. The bible shows us that we must make an effort to be united. So practice love and unity. Avoid getting into arguments, and practice being intentional about staying united with your spouse/others.
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 writing down who was here today (either on your phone or on paper) and send that information to: firstname.lastname@example.org