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A Supernatural Community

MARCH 10

A SUPERNATURAL COMMUNITY

As we step into the community God desires for us, we also find that God gives those who follow Him great gifts. And when we allow the Holy Spirit to use those gifts to serve others, those gifts sometimes show up in supernatural ways. How can we begin to better understand God’s giftings and how He intends for us to use them in community?

Work through the following questions and Scriptures on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or friends and family to talk through what you are learning.

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A Gifted Community

MARCH 3

A GIFTED COMMUNITY

When you are part of something bigger than yourself— a job, family, or organization, for instance—you experience how everyone has a role to play in order for everything to run smoothly. In God’s family, His Church, it’s no different. He gifted each and every one of us with a spiritual ability to do something important and necessary that can impact everyone around us. How has God gifted you? Bonus Reading from Not Like Me – Chapter 7, and Chapter 10.

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A Diverse Community

FEBRUARY 24

A DIVERSE COMMUNITY

NOTE: View the full Diverse Community Panel discussion here.

God’s hope is to bring people from all nations, tribes, languages, and ethnicities together into one family. It’s why Jesus came to die for all of us. But oftentimes, this harmonious diverse community is not at all our experience. What leads us to issues in our diverse communities, and how can we overcome the barriers that plague us?

Work through the following questions and Scriptures on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or friends and family to talk through what you are learning.

Please read before your conversation about A Diverse Community:

We are so excited for how God will grow us into a diverse community that welcomes, serves, and uplifts each other! We also recognize that there are hurts, divisions, and very complex issues that would seek to divide us. As a movement at Gateway, we are beginning a journey that will be beautiful, challenging, and at times uncomfortable. We invite you to join us because God’s heart is for us to reflect God’s coming kingdom here and now (see Revelation 7:9-10).

For Life Groups:

• Honor one another.

• Please avoid political conversations. If the conversation begins to become political, divisive, or unhelpful, pause the conversation immediately. Acknowledge the different viewpoints, remind people that it’s okay to disagree, and then redirect it back to the scriptures and questions we’ve provided.

• Allow space for different stories. We’re not here to disprove another person’s experience. Your story and another person’s story can both be true.

• Listen, acknowledge, and learn, even if we disagree with another person.

• Ask for permission from people of color before inviting them to share about their experiences and/or perspectives. Some of us may be open and ready to share, while others are not. Please respect those postures.

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A Real Community

FEBRUARY 17

A REAL COMMUNITY

We all long for an ideal community—one where we’re understood, loved, and supported. But that type of community doesn’t come over night. Along the journey to finding a group of folks to do life with, we all face real struggle. How can we build the type of community God wants us to have in our lives, despite the fact that real people come with real problems?

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An Ideal Community

FEBRUARY 10

AN IDEAL COMMUNITY

We were created to be in relationship with one another. Many of us struggle with this, however, because we have all been wounded and hurt. But God’s table is set for all—we are all welcome. Are you ready to sit at God’s table and be part of a community that is loving, accepting, authentic, growing, caring, and encouraging?

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Hope’s Community

JANUARY 27

HOPE’S COMMUNITY

One of the key aspects of learning to manage and even overcome our anxiety requires us to bring others into our fight. God calls us to do life deeply and authentically with other Christ followers, so we can experience the hope found only in community. What does it look like to invite others into our pain and fears so that we never have to battle alone?

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Anxious Habits

JANUARY 13

ANXIOUS HABITS

We have become an increasingly anxious people and developed many habits that can keep us mired in anxiety. But God gives us the groundwork to develop good habits that will help to alleviate those anxieties and bring us peace. Finding God’s peace—one that “transcends all understanding”—requires trust in Him. Do you trust God to remove your anxiety and bring you peace?

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