Welcome to the Chaser–a few questions after the weekend service to start conversations and push a little deeper. Go on. Dive in.
“You’re not the boss of me!” Let’s get started this week by sharing some (hopefully) fun stories. We’ve all disobeyed authority, and it’s got us into some trouble. Pick a story and share.
Check out the example of authority that Brian unpacked throughout his message. Someone read it out loud. Then, each person share a part of the scripture, or the message that stuck out.
Being under authority can bring joy. In the previous question, we talked about the Centurion. And you can bet he felt joy when he got home and saw his servant healed. Share a time when being under authority brought you joy. (Maybe listening to a coach and winning, or getting feedback from the boss and crushing a presentation.)
Being under authority can bring rest. Have you ever had a really good boss, or coach, or father figure? Talk about the rest and peace that can come from trusting who is in charge. (Never had that before? That’s ok. Share your top five characteristics of a perfect boss. And no–they can’t all be about giving you a fat raise.)
Being under authority can bring freedom. This idea is what the Trail Boss series is all about. We’re only a week in, but go ahead and tackle it. (We’ll likely revisit the question later.) Do you believe being under authority can lead to freedom? Why or why not?
Be under authority. Find someone (preferably someone older than you) that you trust, and let them tell you what to do. Seriously.
If you need to explain why, just say “I was challenged this week to practice letting someone else be in authority over me. So what is one thing you think I should do that would be good for me?”
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Be great listeners. Pay attention when someone else is talking instead of thinking of what you’ll say next.
Give examples, not advice. We’ve all gotten that not-so-helpful advice we wish
someone would have just kept to themself. Don’t be that person. Instead of advice, try sharing an example from your life that relates to what someone else is talking about. Empower them to decide what’s best for them. And keep it in the group — what’s said in the group stays in the group.
Be there. Commit to watching the weekend and participating in the Chaser conversation for the entire series. Be real in your group. No one has it all together (even if it looks like they do) and you’ll connect better with the people in your group if everyone brings their authentic self every week.