What a gift each of you are to our church family!  We preached on our family trait of IN this week, and you all live this out.  In your homes, your conversations, your prayers, and your friendships, you are the Citylight DNA carriers.  I thank God for you and pray for you regularly.  Grace to you as you set the pace of family life!

Ice Breaker: On Sunday, Doug asked what first comes to mind when you hear the phrase “church community.”  Share your response.

Group Discussion: Genesis 1:26-27 helps us see that we were made by community (God) and for community (in God’s image). Have you ever tried to quit church community? Why? How did that go? Share as much as you’re comfortable sharing.

Doug shared three adjectives the Bible gives to describe our church family – Spiritual (Romans 8:15; Ephesians 4:3), affectionate (Philippians 4:1; Philippians 1:8), and serving (Matthew 20:28).
* Which one of these adjectives means the most to you?
* In which one of these do you want to grow the most this next season?

A quote about the gospel was shared: The gospel is this: we are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time, we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.  (See Romans 5:8.)
* If you were deep down convinced that God’s love for you will never change in Jesus Christ, is there something you would share with our group that you haven’t shared, yet? If so (and only if you want to) you can share that with us.
* What is one area in your life that you feel like is a mess right now? How can our City Group help you connect with God even in that mess?

Most likely, your group would benefit from pausing to pray throughout this discussion. If someone opens up about trying to quit church community, discuss with them a little bit, and then take time to pray for them to experience God’s grace in your City Group. If someone opens up about which adjective for family they want to grow in most, discuss that with them a little bit, and then take time to pray for them as they grow. And especially if someone opens up about a “messy” area in their life, take time to discuss with them a little bit, and then pray for them to know God’s committed love for them even in that “messy” area of life. Hopefully, prayer is sprinkled in throughout your discussion!