It’s a new year and with that come many new opportunities to grow and change! There is so much to focus on, and so many ways we could use our time. We believe that there is one thing you can start this week to make this YOUR year! We hope you will join in!

Start Talking

  • As you think about this new fresh year, is there an area of your life that you would like to see God bless?
  • Do you feel like you are currently positioning yourself to be blessed in his area? (i.e. You want financial blessing, but you have a spending issue)
  • List out the five people you are around the most. Talk about some ways you have been influenced by them. In what ways have you influenced them?
  • Our friend Jeff Henderson has made this statement,  “Who we surround ourselves with will draw us closer to God or pull us away from God.” Have you seen this to be true in your own life?
  • Talk about a time that those around you pulled you away from God. Conversely, who is someone who simply being in proximity to them you are drawn into a deeper relationship with God?

Read This

  • Read Proverbs 27:17. Restate this scripture in your own words.
  • Proverbs 13:20 shares a similar sentiment. What is similar about these verses, and what is different?
  • Name some people that sharpen you? How much time do you spend with them on a regular basis? 
  • Read Hebrews 10:19-25 together. What does it mean to “Spur one another on”? What does this look like in your life? Have you found this difficult to do with all of the social distancing in the last few years?

What Now

  • How can you increase time with those that sharpen you this year?
  • Sean listed ten reasons why church attendance is vital. Of these ten, which is most convicting to you? Is there another benefit you have found to coming to church in person?:
    • Sunday’s are your child’s small group.  
    • You have to be here to invite others.  
    • Worship is more important than many other things we do.  
    • The church is a place of hope.  
    • Church is where you hear the truth.  
    • Corporate worship fights loneliness.  
    • Church creates opportunities for divine appointments.  
    • Worshiping in person touches your heart 
    • Attending church as a family is special. 
    • Watching online eventually makes us consumers
  • Would you say that in person church attendance is a priority for you, why or why not? Would you commit to showing up in person on Sunday mornings?
  • Talk about #10 above. What is the danger in our faith becoming consumeristic?
  • While our faith is personal, we aren’t created to walk it out alone. Spurring and sharpening happen best in community!  In fact, there may be someone in your life that desperately needs the chance to be encouraged by THE Church. Who can you invite to come with you to church next week? 

Additional Resources

Song: God Turn It Around
Book: When God Breaks Your Heart
**great read if you have felt disappointed in God//have experienced unanswered prayers
Luke and Acts reading plan