COMMUNITY GROUP CONVERSATION GUIDE // COFFEE CREEK CHURCH
COLLAPSE // WEEK 5 // LAMENTATIONS 4
READ LAMENTATIONS CHAPTER 4
1. What did you like about what we just read?
2. What didn’t you like?
3. Was there anything you didn’t understand?
4. What did you learn about God?
5. Regardless of where your faith is at right now, if you were to apply what we learned about God to something in your life this week, what would that look like?
Close in prayer. Allow members to share what’s on the heart - what’s stressing them out or worrying them and find ways to pray for one another about these concerns. Ultimately trusting God for resolutions.
PREPARING TO LEAD YOUR GROUP
• Pray for insight as you begin to prepare for leading your group. Ask for God’s wisdom, that the Holy Spirit will be the teacher and that you will be God’s instrument to lead the group to greater understanding and a willingness to commit to becoming more like God. Prayer should be your primary source of personal preparation for leading your group.
• Plan where you want to take your group in the next 60-90 days. Is your group strong in some areas and weak in others? How can you challenge the members to live more balanced Christian lives? Consider God’s five purposes for the church: Fellowship, Discipleship, Ministry, Mission and Worship, and make a plan to encourage your group members to growth and commitment in their weak areas.
• Ponder your progress after each session and at the end of a series. Reflect on what went well and what didn’t. Re-evaluation is key to your growth as a leader. Consider whether your plan is being effective in moving the group to greater understanding and commitment. How are you doing with leading the discussion: is it stimulating, challenging, and meaningful? Are you able to keep the group on track? Do you need to make some changes?
Using This Community Group Conversation Guide
This Community Group Conversation Guide is only a tool to aid you in meeting the needs of your group.
If your group is mature and wants to dig deeper, add Scripture and ask suitable questions. Remember that this is only a guide.
Personal application is key to everyone’s growth and should be included in every discussion. When asked how he or she intends to apply a certain principle a group member may say, “I need to spend more time in the Bible and in prayer.” It is important for you to help group members make applications that are more specific and commit to a specific plan of action by asking, for example, “How are you going to begin?” Encourage each group member to be accountable to the group for personal progress at the next meeting.
As the leader your goal is to help bring the group into a stimulating discussion that helps the members recognize their need for personal life change. Ultimately you want them to be willing to commit to change with accountability to the group. Accountability helps us to persevere in our commitments.