Our next message series is entitled CORNERSTONE and will begin the weekend of September 5-6. In this series, we will look at some of the cornerstones or
foundational beliefs we have as a parish and how they help form the strategy of our Church. The purpose of this series is to remind us of what our church is about as we continue to move through this time of pandemic. This series serves as a chance to remind ourselves about our vision, mission, and core strategies.
- What organizations or companies do you think are great? What makes them so?
- How is love as a noun different from love as a verb? What are some concrete differences in feeling love and love in action?
- Read aloud John 13:34-35. What is a way our group could better express love for one another?
- How do acts of service show love? Do you have any other ideas for small acts of service at our church?
- Why does love require forbearance and accepting flaws and weaknesses?
- What are ways to make grace apparent in our church? What are ways to make grace apparent to the people in your life?
- Read aloud Romans 3:22b-23. Why do we forget that we are all in the same boat and need God’s grace? >
- When have experienced grace in a specific and concrete way?
- How did you come to faith in Christ? Who were the people helped you receive the gift of faith?
- Why is it that self-righteousness can sneak into Church culture? How do you think we can guard against it?
- Jesus established the church as a movement, but parishes don’t always act like one. Why does the church become more of a monument than a movement?
- As part of Nativity, do you think of yourself as being part of a movement? Why or why not?
- Read aloud Acts 4:32. Why is it important for a movement to be united? How can we promote unity as a church?
- Why is it important to hold our resources with an open hand if we are go where God is blessing?
- Read aloud Hebrews 12:1. What do you need to lay aside? What keeps you from following Christ more fully?
- Did you have an experience when you were lost while hiking or driving? What was that experience like?
- Why do you think Jesus used the terminology ‘lost’ for those who don’t have a relationship with God?
- Was there a time when you did not have a relationship with God, or you strayed in your world with the Lord? Share about that with your group.
- Who are people in your life you can “invest in” and eventually invite to church? What about your relationship with them or their life makes you want to help them get connected with God?
- Has anyone ever mentored or discipled you in your walk with God? If so, share about that. If not, talk about how that type of relationship might help your life.
- Who is one person in your life you can disciple? Even if you don’t have anyone, talk about who you might hope to influence positively in your life?
- Do you believe in the resurrection? Why or why not?
- Do you think about Jesus as being the cornerstone of your personal faith? How does reflecting on the significance of the resurrection event help your personal faith?
- Does the story of Jesus and Peter in John 21 affect you in any way? Does it resonate with you? Why or why not?
- What are some things you might be called to leave behind in your life to follow Christ? Why do you think you need to leave them behind to follow Jesus more closely?
- What might put Jesus at the center of your work, relationships, marriage, finances, and hobbies look like for you?
- Do you believe Jesus wants an intimate relationship with you? Explain. What is one step you can make to deepen your relationship with Jesus?
Many of our groups have decided to stay together on Zoom or Google groups. We meet online once per week to pray, share and connect. No need to drive anywhere or even change out of your pj’s! The online small groups have offered the ability to keep growing in faith with each other.
If you are interested in joining a small group, please email our Small Group Coordinator, JoAnne Cianfichi. She will help you connect with a group that is just right for you. You can also complete our Small Group Interest Form and we will be glad to get back to you.
We also have a parish-wide group available on Zoom which is based on the theme for the Ascension Daily Prayer: Moses: A Lifelong Journey of Faith. We are gathering online on Sunday nights at 7:00 pm to watch a 20 minute video from our Rebuilt partner, Church of the Nativity, followed by a short discussion. We meet for just one hour.
It is a great way to be introduced to the concept of small groups and you can join for just one week or every week with no commitment. The invitation with the link to join the Zoom meeting is posted every Sunday morning by email and on FaceBook. It will also be posted by text message on our ParishApp. If you are signed up to receive emails from Ascension, you should get the invitation or if you are on FaceBook, you can connect from there. You can also Zoom from your phone through the ParishApp.
If you want to know more about this online series, send me an email to email@example.com. Let’s stay connected!