Catch up on how things have been since the last time your Impact Group met. Allow anyone new to introduce themselves. Then ask group members:
Ask for a volunteer to read Matthew 7:24-27 to the group, praying a short prayer that – however much they’ve come to know Jesus, they’d get to know him better as a result of your time together.
This video mentions the Covid-19 pandemic. Even though the pandemic is a few years behind us, ask your group to remember what it was like to live through that period of time.
The storms most likely represent difficulties in this life, as well as the storm of God’s judgement after we die. All of us will face these storms.
Jesus is not saying that you’re saved by keeping a bunch of rules. But he expects that those who have come to know him and love him will live lives that are shaped by him.
Everyone builds their life on something. And when life’s storms come, it’s often the time when we see more clearly what it is that’s most important to us.
Spend some time praying together, thanking Jesus for who he is.
Jesus’ words have power – power to bring stability and safety to people now, and forever.
People hearing Jesus’ words in scripture and thinking about how it would shape their life is how many come to know and trust him for themselves.
You might like to point your group to Uncover, a simple resource to help students open the gospel accounts with their friends.
Spend some time praying together in response to your discussions.
Thank You – Thank everyone for coming, and ask someone to thank God for your time together in prayer.
Ask – Ask those who are new to reading the Bible if they’d like to explore Uncover, a set of sessions in Mark’s Gospel, allowing them to investigate one of the earliest accounts of Jesus’ life alongside one of you.
Church and CU – What does the CU have planned ahead? And what help would group members value in finding a local church?
Others – Who else could you invite to join your CU Impact Group next week? These friends don’t need to be followers of Jesus and may really appreciate being invited.
See You Soon – Tell the group where and when you’ll meet next week, and arrange who will bring snacks. (You might like to alternate healthy and less healthy weeks!). See if anyone would be up for sharing a meal or just hanging out in the meantime!
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