COMMUNITY GROUP CONVERSATION GUIDE // COFFEE CREEK CHURCH
WHO NEEDS GOD // WEEK 1
More Americans than ever are backing away from religion . . . and God. Not because atheism is attractive, but because religion is unattractive. Religion is seen as the problem. It’s thought of as a source of conflict and violence. So, it’s worth asking the question: Who needs God?
1. Have you read books like The God Delusion, God Is Not Great, and The End of Faith? Why or why not? If you have, what did you learn?
2. Do you agree that religion creates conflict and violence in the world? Explain.
3. During the message, Pastor Clark contrasted C.S. Lewis writing in the wake of WWII to the New Atheist books that came out after 9/11. Do you agree with that comparison? Why or why not?
4. During the message, Clark said, “We seem to be pushing away the people that need us most - those Nones & Dones.” In what ways do you think Jesus would treat atheists differently than the way most modern American Christians treat atheists?
5. Have you ever found yourself asking the question, “Who needs God?” Are you asking that question now? If so, what prompted you to ask that question? What did you do or are you doing to seek an answer?
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.