Hi Small Group Leaders!
Easter: As we prepare for Easter Sunday, just a reminder that 180 will be a bit different. 180 will be in the 5th Gear Room for 5-8th grade students. There will not be small groups. The Student Center will be a second venue, a coffee venue, for the sanctuary service and we will encourage high school students to attend with their families. 5-8th graders will have a service created just for them at the 7:45, 9:00, and 10:15 hours. We are in need of 1-2 volunteers per service to help us out. Please let us know if you are available!
Save The Date: Friday May 11, 2018 from 6-8pm is our VSM Leader Celebration Dinner! Please RSVP to email@example.com by April 30, 2018 so we can plan dinner accordingly. Spouses/Significant Others and children are welcome and should be included in your RSVP.
WEEK FOUR SUMMARY: March 18, 2018
Breaking up is hard to do. And whether you’re in a relationship now or will be in one in the future, a breakup is almost inevitable at some point in the future. And while all breakups are difficult, they don’t have to cause permanent damage. This week, we’ll discover that valuing others and ourselves at all times is the key to going through a breakup that doesn’t break you.
A breakup doesn’t have to break you.
THE GOAL OF SMALL GROUP
To help students understand that it’s important to learn how to handle a breakup in a healthy way, even if they’re not in a relationship right now.
SCRIPTURE REFERENCES & SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS
- Have you ever lost something and it was devastating to you? But now looking back, you realize that is wasn’t a big deal?
- What is it about loss that makes it so difficult to experience?
3.How would you describe most people’s reaction to loss? What do people often do in response?
4.What role does our perspective play when we go through loss?
5.What things effect our perspective?
6.What is it about God (His character) that allows us to trust Him in times of loss?
“You must love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31 NLV).
We’ve all heard some version of this verse before, right? It’s probably one of the most well-known, often-quoted verses in the Bible. It seems simple enough: Seven words can’t be all that hard to put into practice, right?
We all know that’s just not the case. Loving others can be incredibly difficult. When they’ve hurt us, wronged us, offended us, mistreated us, or simply ignored us, our natural response isn’t all that loving.
As hard as it is to love other people, it can be even harder for a lot of us to love ourselves. And isn’t that where this verse really starts? We can’t fully love our neighbors the way God asks us to love them—the ones we like and the ones we don’t—if we don’t know what it means to love ourselves.
Before you focus on putting this verse to practice toward your neighbors, start by putting it to practice toward yourself. If you struggle to see your value as God’s son or daughter, pray that He would help you believe it. If you don’t believe that you deserve respect simply because of who you are in Christ, ask Him to remind you of this truth. Pray that God would begin to give you His eyes to see yourself and embrace the way He made you. That’s the beginning of learning to love yourself.
And learning to love yourself is the beginning of learning to love others in the same way.
“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” —Marilyn Monroe