Watch the short clips below, and answer the questions associated with each. You can do this alone - but it's always more fun with a group of friends!
Be sure to read/study the scriptures in each section. God's word is the standard by which we measure all our thoughts and ideas.
1 | AWKWARD MOMENTS
Elevators rides often fall into the category of "awkward social situations."
Can you think of an awkward situation you've been in?
How did it end?
2 | church preferences
Church size seems to be a major factor when Christians decide which church they want to attend. What is the ideal size of a church? Is it OK to have a preference?
What was the determining factor in your decision to be a part of your church?
3 | LONELINESS
Deep relationships can be difficult to have and maintain in our culture. Studies show that each year Americans have fewer and fewer friends they can discuss important matters with.
Pastor Jim quoted that loneliness is a spirit (perhaps fueled by the emotion of sadness). What do you think the root of loneliness is? What advice would you give someone who is dealing with loneliness today?
4 | WE NEED EACH OTHER
Maslow proposed that for someone to be all they can be (destiny in Christian lingo), they must first have their social needs met. Scripture and centuries of Christian practice confirm that community is required for Christian growth.
Pastor Jim says that relationships take work. That we can't simply wish others well; we must invite them into our lives. What do you think - Is this relationship stuff completely necessary?
What can you/we be doing different to be better at inviting others into our lives?