BLOCKS: Week 4

On September 7, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Growth Groups, by Shoreline

View Week 4 Video Curriculum


Growth Group Discussion: 
Video Based Questions

    1. Do we really need community? Is it really worth all the risks involved? Talk about God’s call to community in Hebrews 10:25.
    2. What benefits are there to being open and honest in close friendships and how can it draw us closer to what God wants for our lives?
    3. What do we risk when we eliminate everyone from having insight and closeness in our lives?
    4. Are you the type of person:
      A.) Who must learn to limit the amount of superficial friendships you have and seek deeper ones?
      B.) Who may need to seek out more deep friendships?
      C.) Who has deep and lasting friendships, but needs to reconnect?What is one step you can take towards your own goals in this area.
    5. Are you someone that allows your friends to serve you? How can you get better at being humble enough to be served?

Sermon Based Questions

    1. Tell about a great friend God has placed in your life. How does this relationship strengthen you and bring you joy?
    2. How can healthy friendships lead to a more stable and joy-filled life? How do broken and unhealthy friendships cause our lives to be less stable?
    3. In the story of David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 18-20) these two men sought to protect each other’s reputations and lives, even at great cost to themselves. What are some ways we can stand up for our friends as we seek to honor and protect them?
    4. What does is mean to say, “Wounds of a friend can be trusted”? Tell about a friend who is so close that you can both speak hard and honest words that might wound, but also heal.
    5. What is one way you can seek to be a better friend in the coming weeks and how can your group members pray for you as you seek to let God grow you as a friend to others?

Bible Verses and Quotes for thought:

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 – “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

John 15:12-15 – ““This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”

Romans 12:10 – “Love one another with brotherly affection. Out do one another in showing honor.”

“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence”George Washington

“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.” C.S Lewis

“In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another…the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting–any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,” can truly say to every group of Christian friends, “Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.” The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.” – C.S. Lewis

View Week 4 Video Curriculum


Growth Group Discussion: 
Video Based Questions

    1. Do we really need community? Is it really worth all the risks involved? Talk about God’s call to community in Hebrews 10:25.
    2. What benefits are there to being open and honest in close friendships and how can it draw us closer to what God wants for our lives?
    3. What do we risk when we eliminate everyone from having insight and closeness in our lives?
    4. Are you the type of person:
      A.) Who must learn to limit the amount of superficial friendships you have and seek deeper ones?
      B.) Who may need to seek out more deep friendships?
      C.) Who has deep and lasting friendships, but needs to reconnect?What is one step you can take towards your own goals in this area.
    5. Are you someone that allows your friends to serve you? How can you get better at being humble enough to be served?

Sermon Based Questions

    1. Tell about a great friend God has placed in your life. How does this relationship strengthen you and bring you joy?
    2. How can healthy friendships lead to a more stable and joy-filled life? How do broken and unhealthy friendships cause our lives to be less stable?
    3. In the story of David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 18-20) these two men sought to protect each other’s reputations and lives, even at great cost to themselves. What are some ways we can stand up for our friends as we seek to honor and protect them?
    4. What does is mean to say, “Wounds of a friend can be trusted”? Tell about a friend who is so close that you can both speak hard and honest words that might wound, but also heal.
    5. What is one way you can seek to be a better friend in the coming weeks and how can your group members pray for you as you seek to let God grow you as a friend to others?

Bible Verses and Quotes for thought:

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 – “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

John 15:12-15 – ““This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”

Romans 12:10 – “Love one another with brotherly affection. Out do one another in showing honor.”

“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence”George Washington

“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.” C.S Lewis

“In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another…the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting–any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,” can truly say to every group of Christian friends, “Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.” The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.” – C.S. Lewis

Interactive Fellowship (I.F.)

On December 20, 2011, in Interactive Fellowship, by Connections

I.F. you are 25-35, we want to invite you to join us for I.F.! This is a weekly gathering in which you will develop friendships with other believers, grow spiritually and deepen your knowledge of the Scriptures. We meet on Fridays in the Café from 7-9 p.m. Please email Jillian with questions or if you would like more information.

I.F. you are 25-35, we want to invite you to join us for I.F.! This is a weekly gathering in which you will develop friendships with other believers, grow spiritually and deepen your knowledge of the Scriptures. We meet on Fridays in the Café from 7-9 p.m. Please email Jillian with questions or if you would like more information.

Interactive Fellowship (I.F.)

On August 31, 2011, in Interactive Fellowship, by Connections

I.F. you are 25-35, I.F. you want to develop friendships with other believers, I.F. you want to grow spiritually, and I.F. you want to deepen your knowledge of the Scripture, then please join us Fridays in the Café from 7-9 p.m. Our first meeting will be on September 16. Please email Jillian with questions.

I.F. you are 25-35, I.F. you want to develop friendships with other believers, I.F. you want to grow spiritually, and I.F. you want to deepen your knowledge of the Scripture, then please join us Fridays in the Café from 7-9 p.m. Our first meeting will be on September 16. Please email Jillian with questions.

Sermon Based Small Groups

On March 29, 2011, in Small Groups, by Connections

We have several sermon based small groups that are currently meeting weekly. If you are interested in joining one of these groups, we would be more than happy to help you get involved in one! Because these groups follow along with the weekly sermons, it is really easy to join at any time. You won’t have to worry about having missed part of a study, as they are simply following along with the Shoreline messages. Any week is a great week to start!

If you are willing to lead or host a group with your friends or with people you don’t know (so you can make some new friends), we would love to help you get a group up and running.

Also, if you are looking for sermon based small group resources, we have the questions available both at the Connections Center and on the home page of our website.

Please email Jillian if you are interested in joining or starting a sermon based small group.

We have several sermon based small groups that are currently meeting weekly. If you are interested in joining one of these groups, we would be more than happy to help you get involved in one! Because these groups follow along with the weekly sermons, it is really easy to join at any time. You won’t have to worry about having missed part of a study, as they are simply following along with the Shoreline messages. Any week is a great week to start!

If you are willing to lead or host a group with your friends or with people you don’t know (so you can make some new friends), we would love to help you get a group up and running.

Also, if you are looking for sermon based small group resources, we have the questions available both at the Connections Center and on the home page of our website.

Please email Jillian if you are interested in joining or starting a sermon based small group.

Elevation!

On December 23, 2010, in Singles, by Connections

Elevation! is our single adult ministry here at Shoreline Community Church. We seek to share the message of Christ, grow in our relationships with him, and create a safe atmosphere of unity, acceptance, and belonging for single adults in our community. Our purpose is to help you grow spiritually, connect with other single adults, and learn the plans God has for your life.

Churches today and in the past have sometimes overlooked the vitality of singles and their purpose in the church. Churches have mistakenly neglected the influence singles can have not only in the church, but also in their community and beyond. That’s not the case here at Shoreline. We know singles are crucial and essential to the mission of our church and the way we serve each other and the community. There’s enormous power in singles’ working and serving together.

Regardless of the circumstance or choice that led you to be single at this time, God has a plan and a purpose for your life. There’s not one area that can’t benefit from you and your acts of service.

This exciting program starts Friday night January 28th at 7 p.m.

If you are interested in being a part of our leader core or volunteer please contact us at singles@shorelinechurch.org.

Elevation! is our single adult ministry here at Shoreline Community Church. We seek to share the message of Christ, grow in our relationships with him, and create a safe atmosphere of unity, acceptance, and belonging for single adults in our community. Our purpose is to help you grow spiritually, connect with other single adults, and learn the plans God has for your life.

Churches today and in the past have sometimes overlooked the vitality of singles and their purpose in the church. Churches have mistakenly neglected the influence singles can have not only in the church, but also in their community and beyond. That’s not the case here at Shoreline. We know singles are crucial and essential to the mission of our church and the way we serve each other and the community. There’s enormous power in singles’ working and serving together.

Regardless of the circumstance or choice that led you to be single at this time, God has a plan and a purpose for your life. There’s not one area that can’t benefit from you and your acts of service.

This exciting program starts Friday night January 28th at 7 p.m.

If you are interested in being a part of our leader core or volunteer please contact us at singles@shorelinechurch.org.

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