We read this statement together before every group discussion! It helps transition the group to discussion time, it reaffirms our highest values, and sets a tone of trust, consistency, and safety for everyone in the group.
We are a group of imperfect people pursuing a perfect God. We exist to help each other find and follow Christ. These are some things we want to be true of our group:
- We create a safe and honest environment, staying transparent and authentic.
- We keep it inside the circle. Confidentiality is necessary for a healthy group.
- We look together to the Bible for help and guidance, and keep out our own politics, sales, or agendas.
- We do not try to fix each other, preach sermons, or give unsolicited advice. We instead encourage, listen to, and celebrate each other.
- We handle conflict between us quickly and honestly by going to the person, owning our part, and practicing forgiveness.
- We respect each others’ time by starting and ending when we say we will.
- We trust that it is God’s role to change people, not ours.
- We believe that in Jesus Christ, there is hope for everyone.
The videos for this series include a quick message recap and a someone's story about their Rooted Journey! They serve as a kickstart to your group discussion.
The videos are on YouTube; watch them by connecting your computer to your TV with a video cable, by using a simple casting device like a Chromecast, Roku Stick, Amazon Fire TV Stick, or Apple TV, or by downloading them at the link below so you can play the file elsewhere.
- What's the longest you've had to wait for something? Would you call yourself a patient person?
Read Psalm 37:3-5 together.
Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him and He will do it.
- In what areas of your life has God been growing or stretching your faith? What is that process like for you?
- What desires of your heart are you waiting on? Has it been difficult to "delight yourself in the Lord" while waiting?
- We live in a world with instant access to everything, but God doesn't promise to provide for us in our own timing; and, Mike said that faithfulness is a long obedience in the same direction. In what areas of your life do you have the most trouble waiting for results?
- When we forget that God has rescued us and that He promises to be good to us, we get in a hurry to take care of ourselves. And when we get in a hurry, we make bad decisions and lose our faithfulness. Where are you rushing the process of faith and hurrying to take care of yourself? Where do you sometimes lose hope that God is taking care of you?
- Humility and faithfulness are the soil in which fruitful lives grow; what are you doing in your everyday life to cultivate faithfulness? Where are you neglecting that cultivation? How does it affect the fruitfulness of your life?
- Throughout your life, what has "faithful management" looked like for you with your money and possessions? What are some simple or small steps that would make your money management more faithful?
- Philippians 4 says "...whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."
What in your life fits into this category? What doesn't? What needs to change for these things to fill your life?
Commitment Sunday is next week, March 26! Check out these exercises to be prepared for this important moment we'll be sharing together!
- List out the financial commitments that you currently have – those that go beyond a one-time payment but that have a time duration to them. Examples would be a mortgage, a lease agreement, a car loan, a cell phone contract, your child’s tuition for school, your own tuition for school, etc. Now write out the commitment you are planning to make (or a guess if you're not sure yet!) for Rooted. Where does it fall in the priority of these other commitments? Do any of the other commitments need to change in order to be able to fulfill your Rooted commitment? What if you wanted to raise your Rooted commitment? What would that require? Get a good handle on where your commitments are, and how they affect your Rooted commitment!
- Next week, we will make our 2-year commitments together as a church. We all have received a commitment card at some point in the series; you can fill that card out and bring it with you, or fill out a new card, on Commitment Sunday. Until then, start filling out your card as a tool to prayerfully consider what steps of faith and generosity God may be calling you to take!
Faith: Confidence that God is who He says He is and will do everything He has promised to do!
Faith Comes from 2 Places:
*ABILITY of the promise maker to do it
*INTEGRITY of the promise maker
A faithful life means trusting God completely to provide for us in HIS timing and with HIS methods.
- Trust in God
“God takes full responsibility for the life that is wholly devoted to Him.” -Charles Stanley
- Dwell in the land (tent)
When we lose hope, we get in a hurry…when we get in a hurry we make bad decisions.
- Cultivate faithfulness (rake and shovel)
Humility and faithfulness are the soil in which fruitful lives grow.
"Long obedience in the same direction" -Eugene Peterson
- God, what do you see about my faithfulness?
- Is there anywhere I am rushing the process?
- Am I faithful? How do I know?
- In what areas of my is God growing my faith? How?