#1 Listen to “Follow (With) Me."
Consider this Sunday morning’s lesson. You can listen here: http://bit.ly/1gCDfNL
Or watch here [video will be posted by Monday each week]: www.vimeo.com/rrcoc
What stuck out to you as interesting?
Did you encounter any challenging or re-orienting truth?
How’d it make you feel?
#2 Elder Powers
What is the job of an elder exactly? (You might get out a whiteboard or piece of paper and write up a "job description.")
What kind of man makes a good elder? (You might refer to ! Timothy 3.)
Read Hebrews 13:7. Why is an elder's way of life important?
Have you ever known an especially good elder? What made him so good at the job?
*LEADERS: Be sure not to let tonight turn into a discussion of what elders get wrong, ours or elders members have known in the past. That's not how we want groups spending their time. Stay positive!
#3 Honor Your Elders
Read Hebrews 13:17.
What is our role in relationship to our elders? How do we submit, practically speaking? What does that look like?
Tonight we'd love to see you encourage, love, honor, and serve your elders.
- Write letters of appreciation. You might use this prompt: Because of your love and hard work ____________. And then tell them what you love about Round Rock or include some great experience you've had while you've been at Round Rock.
- Video your small group singing and/or dancing to a song in their honor.
- Draw honorary portraits of our elders. You can find their pictures on our website (If yours is good enough we may feature it on the Round Rock Facebook page.)
- Bake cookies together and deliver them.
- Write an acrostic poem with the word "elder," "shepherd," or "pastor." Make it good and sappy. :)
- Write a blessing for our elders. What do you want God to do for, through, and in them?
Be creative. Be genuine. Have fun.
No matter what you choose, be sure to spend time in prayer on their behalf. Before you pray, brainstorm what you think might be the hardest parts of being an elder (or an elder's wife). Pray for those.
**If you lead a group and you're also an elder, consider letting someone else lead the group tonight. You could also spend time sharing with your group what it's like being an elder at Round Rock or maybe allow members to ask questions about what it's like to be an elder, how we can best submit to and encourage you, etc. You might ask the group questions about what they want in their elders, how they might be best led.**