Week 1: Doing LIFE Together
“What Is L.I.F.E.?”
“You have made known to me the paths of life” - Acts 2:28a
I. Firm Foundation Review
1. Evangelism – “Know Icon”
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. - I John 5:13
2. Discipleship – “Grow Icon”
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. II Peter 3:18
Everything—connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you. Ephesians 4:22 (MSG)
3. Missions – “Go Icon”
Matthew 28:19-20 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
John 20:21 “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
II. A Firm Foundation Natural Environment –LIFE Groups / small groups
Ephesians 4:22 (MSG) everything—connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you.
III. The Mission of LIFE Groups:
LIFE Group DNA – “Dynamic Necessary Attributes”
IV. L.I.F.E. Defined
1. L – Learning – Discovering and applying the timeless truths of God’s Word
II Timothy 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
2. I – Involved – Using my abilities to serve God by serving others
I Peter 4:11b If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
3. F – Friendship – developing deep relational connections with other believers and non-believers
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
4. E – Engage – Helping everyone I meet take their next step toward Christ.
II Timothy 4:2(HCSB) Proclaim the message; persist in it whether convenient or not; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching.
LIVE IT OUT!
Are you actively involved in a LIFE Group today?
If you are a leader in one of our LIFE Groups, are you passionate about your service?
If you are not a Leader, how might God use you?