GROWTH GROUPS

In our digital age, you can connect with anyone, anywhere, anytime. But relationships take more than just a status update or awesome selfie. Relationships take time, space, and commitment. We believe that one of the primary ways we grow in Christ is through community. Come grow in community with our brothers and sisters here at First Pres Hayward!



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People grow best when they are connected in healthy small groups. We were never intended to live life alone, but we were created for relationships.

We are a community who want to follow Jesus. We would love you to come and be amongst us!

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Exodus 20 & Deuteronomy 5

  1. Our worship this week connected us to our religion’s Jewish roots. What are some of the similarities between the Jewish way of worship and ours?
  2. As you read these Commandments, what do you see? How do you feel?
  3. What stood out to you this week or this weekend as we fellowshipped with Congregation Shir Ami?
  4. Pastor Jakes preached that these commandments are given for our freedom. What do you think?
  5. Why do you think this is the first commandment?
  6. How are the idols in your life formed? How do you stop them from being formed? How do you tear them down?
  7. What/who have you started to let be God/first in your life? Job/retirement plan/kids/spouse/money?
  8. What steps are you taking to put God first and not let anything share his throne?

 

 

Tim Keller, in his book Counterfeit Gods, lists just some of the other ‘gods’ we may have in our lives. This list includes, but I’m sure is not limited to, money, sex, power, and even family. Anything that takes the place that only God should occupy in our lives. There are so many distractions, each vying for our time, prevalent in our current society, that oftentimes we have a difficult time focusing our attention on God. Stay focused! God will not share his throne with anything or anybody.

Exodus 20:4-6 & Deuteronomy 5:8-10

 

John Calvin said, “The human heart is an idol factory.” We often search for peace or identity through relationships, substances, money, or entertainment.

 

  1. What is the difference between the first and second commandments?
  2. Name some ways in which the second commandment is broken.
  3. What idols are you serving? (self, money, addiction, relationship, goals)
  4. What are some the consequences of serving these other things?
  5. What are the consequences to keeping the idols? (generational curse/blessing)
  6. How do we let the holy spirit do the guide us?

 

Remember:  Your idols don’t love you- they lead to death

Only God loves you- He wants you to have life more abundantly.

Exodus 20:7

 “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.”

 

  1. Pastor Jake said, “it’s possible to take that Lord’s name in vain by how we live.” What do you think about that?
  2. What story of Jesus are we communicating by how we live?
  3. Is the church saying things that God isn’t saying?
  4. In what ways do we misuse the Lord’s name as a country, as a community, and personally?
  5. What and how do we change?

 

Proverbs 18:10 – “The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”