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Discussion Guide for Discovery CommunitiesBelow is a suggested format or liturgy for communities. It is not meant to be restrictive but to create a pattern for engagement to engage with one another as
CelebrateTake time to share celebrations, places where each person has been seeing God at work in their lives.
WorshipTake a few moments to express gratitude to God for who he is. If you want to sing a song or two, do it! Make sure each person has the opportunity to give thanks and praise God.
Connect to last week…Take a few moments to follow up on anything that happened last time you met or that happened during the week. Were there any answers to prayer? Did anyone commit to take a step last week that they are willing to share about?
PrayHave someone ready Psalm 139:23-24 a few times and then turn it into a prayer to invite the Holy Spirit to move throughout your time together.
Summarize and identify key pointsOne strategy to deepen learning is to take time to process, summarize and reflect together. Invite people from the group to share any key insights or points that stuck out from the message. (It may be a verse that stuck out, a phrase or word.)
Verses and Key Ideas:Jesus lived UP with the Father.
Luke 6:12 NIVOne of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.
He only did what he saw the Father doing.
John 5:19 NIV…“Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does.
When we spend time with God, when we read scripture, pray, worship we are built up and we gain clarity and direction. Before making big decisions, even after significant moments, Jesus would get away and spend time alone with the Father
Mark 1:35 NIVVery early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
Without deep connection and relationship with the Father, we easily get our priorities mixed up and get off track.
John 15:5 NIV“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
He told that just as he could do nothing outside of his relationship with the Father, they could do nothing outside their relationship with him.
John 15:7–8 NIVIf you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
It’s through this relationship (and actively remaining in that relationship) that our desire to do God’s will grows. Obedience is not a burden or an obligation. It becomes a joy and we freely obey and follow him because we know who he is and who we are.
Micah 6:8 NIVHe has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Jesus invited us to walk with him, not just talk with him or talk at him.
“God is infinitely more important than His advice or His gifts; indeed, He, Himself is the great gift. The most precious privilege in talking with Christ is this intimacy [that] we can have with Him. We may have a glorious succession of heavenly minutes. How foolish we are to lose life’s most poignant joy, seeing it may be had while taking a walk alone!” —Practicing His Presence (Brother Lawrence and Frank Laubach)
A. W. Tozer wrote of this in his book The Pursuit of God: “God formed us for His pleasure, and so formed us that we as well as He can in divine communion enjoy the sweet and mysterious mingling of kindred personalities. He meant us to see Him and live with Him and draw our life from His smile.” —The Pursuit of God
Can you remember God’s smile? When was the last time you felt it, felt His pleasure and sense of presence?
KEY QUESTIONSHow would you describe the UPWARD dimension of your relationship with God?
How would others describe the UPWARD dimension of your relationship with God? Is it visible to them? Are there patterns of prayer or worship or study that you have invited others into? What is God saying to you right now about your UPWARD relationship with him?
What do you need to do about what he’s saying?
Share with your community or a close friend what you sense God saying and any action you need to take.