the chaser


Post-Weekend Convo Starters

Welcome to the Chaser–a few questions after the weekend service to start conversations. If this is your first time in a group, or your group has new members, take a few minutes and introduce yourself. Two truths and a lie is always a good place to start.

  1. Rising above normal starts by leaving our comfort zones. What do you do when you want to zone out, relax, or get comfortable? Everyone share.

    Some follow up questions: Why do you think we look for comfort? Can a relationship be comfortable? Why? And what does that mean?

  2. We heard that “every advance in life comes from difficulty.” What do you think of this idea?

    Some follow up questions: How can pain or difficulty grow you? Have you ever experienced difficulty and still felt God’s presence? What happened, and how did you know?

  3. Brian talked about Four Disciplines that can help us overcome struggle and rise above normal. Which one resonated with you the most and why? As a refresher, here they are:

    Discipline of Definition - Define your reality. Discipline of Delay - Choose delayed gratification, and grow spiritually. Discipline of Departure - Take a step and do the dang thing. Discipline of Distraction - Put your focus on something other than the difficulty and the pain. (Like Jesus did.)

  4. If adversity grows us, and we never stop growing, chances are we’re struggling with something right now. What is something you’re facing?

    Some follow up questions: How is this experience growing you? If you could ask for specific prayer, how would you want someone to pray for you? (Hey group, this is a great time to pray for each other.)

Challenge

The Discipline of Definition is about defining your reality and where you are, with God, right now. A great way to do that is to take the Wayfinder. This week, go here and do it. Then, reach out to a friend (the kind who will tell you if you have food in your teeth) and talk through what you learn.

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Use these Groups basics as you start your group:

  1. Be great listeners. Pay attention when someone else is talking instead of thinking of what you’ll say next.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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