COMMUNITY GROUP CONVERSATION GUIDE // COFFEE CREEK CHURCH
WHO NEEDS GOD // WEEK 2
Everyone has religious doubts. Certain things about God are unsettling. Our circumstances can make God seem distant or vengeful. Science can make God seem unnecessary. Those doubts can cause us to abandon faith. But maybe our perspectives are wrong. Maybe the gods we abandon never existed to begin with.
1. Where did your view of God originate? To what extent do those influences continue to shape
how you view God?
2. To what extent do you associate God with a relative's beliefs? God as an ATM? God with anger? How do you think that has shaped how you view God?
3. Pastor Clark taught that science and faith do not have to be at war - that's a choice we make. Do you agree? Why or why not?
4. This series has the power to help but also the power to make some people feel uncomfortable as it challenges some viewpoints they may have held on to for a long time. Do you think it's important for us to talk about these things? How could it help those currently doubting God?
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.