Signposts to Destiny (05.17.21)

Together Processing Our Sermons and Checking In on Rule of Life

Leader’s Note

Opening Prayer

After the group welcomes one another, have one person open in prayer and then take 5 minutes of silence. As you sit in silence, ask the Holy Spirit to help you be lovingly open to God and your groupmates.

Sermon Response

Sunday’s sermon focused on living faithfully through seasons of opposition, conflict, blessing (destiny), and remembrance as we follow Jesus. Use these questions as a jumping off point for an open, vulnerable, and intimate group discussion:

  1. Learning: What surprised or challenged you from the sermon, especially the example from the book of Joshua as the Jewish people passed through seasons of opposition, conflict, blessing (destiny), and remembrance?
  2. Confession: Of opposition, conflict, blessing (destiny), and remembrance, which are you most likely to avoid or disregard?
  3. Invitation: How do you believe God has invited you to respond to this message?
  4. Practice: As described Sunday from Scripture, people perish without vision. Together pray aloud a prayer of vision, where you intercede for God’s Kingdom to come—naming the specific ways you hope to see it. For example, “Jesus, we want to see greed falling and generosity rising up in San Francisco” or “God, we pray for every child to have a safe and loving home.” Allow these prayers to expand your vision.

Repeatable Sharing on Rule of Life

If time permits, open up some space for sharing about Rule of Life.

Three foundational practices in our Rule of Life right now:

Share about your experience of the Rule of Life honestly, prompted by the questions below, and follow these steps for each person sharing:

  1. Share – A person responds to any of the prompts below.
  2. Discern – The group pauses for 30-60 seconds to take in what was shared. After pausing the sharer can add anything they want, and the group can ask clarifying questions.
  3. Offer – The group gets to make offers of support for the person, such as offering prayers, one-on-one connections, financial care, acts of service, verses from scripture, or words of encouragement.
  4. Bless – One person in the group prays blessing over whoever shared.

If helpful, set a timer to make room for everyone to share or allow your group to focus on just a few people each week.

Take turns responding to any of these questions:

Closing Intercession

Pray for your group, our church, our city, and our world.