If this is your first time back meeting as a Community Group, make sure to take some time to catch up with each other hearing some highlights, lowlights, and/or new things going on. 

What is one vacation or travel destination that you would like to visit this year?

Take a moment to pray and/or worship in order to shift the focus to God.  Cypress Creek Worship

WEEKLY FOLLOW UP: As you reflect on last year and look forward to this year, what does it look like for you to follow Jesus this year?

RECAP: This week, we continued our “Incorruptible Love” series walking through the book of Ephesians focusing on prayer.

  1. When you wake up in the morning, what are the first things that you do?
  2. READ EPHESIANS 1:15-16. When do you find that you are most grateful? When do you struggle to show gratitude? 
  3. READ EPHESIANS 1:17. Can you think of a time in your life when prayer led you to know God more? What types of things can hinder your prayer life? 
  4. READ EPHESIANS 1:18-19. If we compared and contrast praying with hopeful confidence and praying without, what characteristics would you see? 
  5. READ EPHESIANS 1:19-21. What does heavenly authority look like? What does it not look like? How does heavenly authority edify your life?
  6. READ EPHESIANS 1:22-23. What does it look like to yield to God’s will in prayer?

Focus on meeting the needs inside the group. Ask for prayer requests and pray for one another.

Check out “Read the Bible” at ccc.guide which has many options of Bible reading plans. Read a plan together as a community group, as a family, or with a friend as we kick off the new year together!

Of the ingredients that we discussed (gratitude, know God, hopeful confidence, heavenly authority, and yield) which is the most personal right now? How can you practice that ingredient this week as you pray?