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Dear Leader,

Given that this is the last Life Group meeting for 2017, I want to take the opportunity to thank you for leading your Life Group this year. I am so aware of how much care and love and sacrifice goes into ministering to people. Thank you for everything you have done and the way you have served.

At this time of the year most leaders have a mixture of emotions, from elation in seeing people grow in the Lord, to elation in knowing they get to take a break from leading for a while . There is a natural tiredness that comes from showing up week after week. In Acts 20:28 we read, "Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers." In this verse we read about two things we need to do. We need to keep watch over ourselves. And we need to keep watch over our flock. I pray that during the holidays you will be able to practice the first part of the verse and enjoy a time of rest, self-care, and deep refreshing in the Lord.

Herewith the Life Group Guideline below:

Topic – Rest

Worship:

You are my rest by Dr Tumi.
Youtube Link
https://www.google.co.za/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwj_oMerkqzXAhUlK8AKHZf0CIcQtwIIJDAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DLr1u3YUvXS4&usg=AOvVaw2jZYwcmOlXmQ7Vf1L6H__q

Icebreaker:

The holidays are around the corner, in terms of rest, what is your favourite thing to do?

Scripture reading:

Mark 6:31
Matthew 11:28-30
1 Kings 19:1-13

Discussion:

1. Pastor John interviewed a couple at church on Sunday. Jaco and Linda Jacobs have just returned from summiting Mera Peak in Nepal. They hiked for a cause namely 'The Preciousness of life'. And in doing so they prophetically hiked beyond the death zone of 5500 metres to an altitude of 6450 metres. At this altitude they breathed a quarter of the oxygen than normal. At one point they had no more strength and could hardly pray. All they could do was utter the name El Shaddai (God Almighty) knowing that it was only by His help that they would be able to summit. And the Lord helped them and strengthened them in a miraculous way.

Discussion 1: What challenges do you still need to get through this year? How can focusing on El Shaddai (God Almighty) help you?

2. In Mark 6:31 Jesus said to his disciples, "Let's go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile."

Discussion 2: If you went off to a quiet place with Jesus what would you say to Him?

3. Read the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 19:1-13

Discussion 3: What stands out for you from this story? Can you relate to Elijah?

4. At the Global Leadership summit, Bill Hybels challenged leaders with the following. Spend 15 minutes each morning of 'chair time' where you read and reflect on your life, your leadership, your faith, your character and your family. Reflect on who you are becoming and whether you are fully surrendered to the God you say you love. (Be careful of getting straight into daily tasks without reflecting on who you are doing the work for).

Discussion 4: How do you think spending 15 minutes a day in this way could enrich your life?

Prayer and Ministry time:

Ask if anyone in the group is feeling really drained and tired. Take time to pray for each person and minister to them, anointing them with oil and trusting for the Prophetic gift to flow.
End the evening by asking your group to pray for you as the Leader.

Regards

Bruce Taylor
LIFE GROUPS PASTOR

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