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 going to build a highway from your front door to where you work. Tell your group the two end points, and what (building, cities, neighborhoods) you would need to move, rearrange, or demolish to get the job done. Ready? Go. (Go on. Be ridiculous)
Renewing your mind is just like that. But sometimes harder. Fortunately, we’ve got some help.
We’re going to spend the next three questions unpacking some of the Checklist for Mental Health.
Are the right messages getting in my brain? Netflix. Instagram. Books. Scripture. There’s a ton of messages competing for your brain space. Share where you get most of your information and spend most of your digital time. Better yet, fire up Screentime on iOS or Digital Wellbeing on Android and take your group through a tour of where you spend your time. #nojudgement.
Do I have vibrant relational networks? Loneliness could be the biggest issue in our culture. Take some time and unpack that. Do you believe it? Do you experience it? Share the relationships you have in your life, or the ones you need to build. (And don’t forget this group. It’s awesome.)
Do I expect pain to come my way?Read John 16:33 out loud. Do you expect pain to come your way? Why or why not? Is there freedom in expecting pain to come your way? Can you expect pain without becoming paranoid?
Hearing God’s quiet voice doesn’t have to be a rare thing. It’s something that can happen. Right now. What’s the thing you want renewal in this year? Tell your group. Then, pray for each other.
Pick one of the checklist items we learned about this week (not necessarily one we talked about it in group) and focus on it this week.
Here’s the full list:
Do I expect pain to come my way?
Are the right messages getting in my brain?
Am I living a physical life?
Is there a purpose I’m working against?
Am I disappointed in something?
Do I have vibrant relational networks?
Have I been getting adequate rest?
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(This stuff helps us figure out how many fruitcakes to make come December)
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.