#FINDINGJOY (Part 4): Dialogue

#1 Listen to "#FINDINGJOY: Dialogue"

Consider this Sunday morning’s lesson. You can listen here: http://bit.ly/1gCDfNL

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What stuck out to you as interesting?

Did you encounter any challenging or re-orienting truth?

 

#2 Obviously...

This week we identified two primary ways to find joy in your everyday life: Bible study and prayer. So, for your small group time this week, we encourage you to read scripture and pray. Here are a few ways you might go about it:

1. Have group members share their favorite passages of scripture, each person reading it and identifying where in that text he or she finds joy.

2. Read a lengthy passage together. You can choose your own or choose from the list of options below. After reading, try to find joy in the text. What is it about this passage that gives perspective or hope or direction?

  • Psalms 23, 24, and 25
  • I Peter chapters 1 and 2
  • Revelation chapters 21 and 22
  • Exodus chapters 3 and 4

3. Pray a list of Thanksgiving. What's God doing in the lives of your members?

4. Pray for joy in the midst of difficult things. Share your struggles together and pray for God to be present and filling you with joy in your circumstances.

5. Pray with faith for amazing things to happen. Make a list of things that would be absolutely amazing were they to happen in 2015--we're talking BIG here. Now pray for them to happen, fully confident God can work wonders.

6. For extra credit you can read scripture and pray AT THE SAME TIME. Here's a prayer that would bless your group made up entirely of scripture:

1Pet 5:6...........Heavenly Father, we humble ourselves under Your mighty hand.
1Jn 1:9.............Forgive us for our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Heb 10:22.........Let us draw near to You with a true heart in full assurance of faith,
Heb 10:22.........having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience,
Heb 10:22.........and our bodies washed with pure water.
Col 3:16............Let Your Word dwell in us richly.
Col 1:9..............Fill us with the knowledge of Your will,
Col 1:9..............in all wisdom and spiritual understanding,
Col 1:10............that we may live and conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of You,
Col 1:10............fully pleasing You, and being fruitful in every good work.
Eph 4:23...........And, by being renewed in the spirit of our minds,
Col 3:12............that we put on tender mercies, kindness, humility,
Col 3:12............meekness, longsuffering: bearing with and forgiving one another.
Eph 4:13...........That we dwell together in the unity of the faith,
1Thes 5:12........recognizing those who labor among us,
1Thes 5:13........esteeming them highly in love for their work's sake.
1Cor 1:10..........I pray we all speak the same thing, with no divisions among us,
Phil 1:27...........standing fast in one spirit, striving together for the faith.
Heb 13:9...........That we're not carried about with various and strange doctrines,
2Tim 2:15..........But we study, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Jude 1:16..........That we're not murmurers, complainers, walking after our own lusts,
1Tim 6:18..........but are rich in good works, ready to give and willing to share.
Eph 4:16...........I pray that the whole body be knit and joined together,
Eph 4:16...........and that every part does its share causing growth to the body.
1Pet 4:10..........As each one has received a gift, let him minister it,
Phil 2:4.............looking out for the interests of others.
1Pet 1:22..........Let us all fervently love one another with a pure heart,
2Jn 1:8.............so that we do not lose the things we have worked for.
1Pet 4:7............Let us become serious and watchful in our prayers,
Eph 5:16...........redeeming the time, for the days are evil.
Heb 12:1...........Running with endurance the race that is set before us,
Col 3:2.............setting our minds on things above and not on things on the earth.
Phil 3:14...........But pressing toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God.
Eph 6:11...........Putting on the whole armor of God that we may stand against the devil.
Acts 4:29..........That we will speak forth Your Word with great boldness
Acts 4:30..........and that You will stretch forth Your hand to heal,
Acts 4:30..........that signs and wonders may be done in the name of Your Son Jesus.

 

**There will be no small group discussion guide from December 21 through January 3rd.**