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Dear Leader,

Herewith the Life Group Guideline for this week.

Opening Prayer:

Worship:

Reflection:

As a Church community we are mourning the passing of Vanessa Roebert. The funeral service on Monday was a reminder of the gift of life, the gift of love, the gift of family, and the gift of serving God's purpose. Take a moment to give each person a chance to reflect on the gift of life and the importance of living for the Lord and loving well.

Spend some time praying for Andrew, Caitlin, Amy as well as Vanessa's parents, sisters, and all who knew and loved her.

#NT260 Check in:

The main character in the Book of Acts is the Holy Spirit. And many times we read about the apostles being FULL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. Peter, Paul, Phillip and others did miraculous deeds and had great love and boldness as they were empowered by the Holy Spirit. What do you feel the Lord is saying to you about being full of the Holy Spirit?

Theme – Kingdom Ambassadors. Understanding your identity and assignment

3 Questions that are important in life:
- Who am I?
- Why am I here?
- What am I supposed to do?
1. A King and His Kingdom
Jesus is the King of Kings and he constantly spoke about His Kingdom, the Kingdom of Heaven. He came to restore His Kingdom. And He came to restore people's connection with Him, the King. He wants us to have abundant life.
Read Revelation 19:11-16 and emphasise verse 16.
Discussion 1: Take a moment to talk about Jesus as King. Why is having a deep understanding of Jesus as King so important? What does having a relationship with Jesus as King mean to you?
2. We are Kingdom Ambassadors
Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
We need to understand what it means to be a Kingdom Ambassador. Our role is to represent the King well in our countenance, speech and behaviour, and to share HIS message.
Our identity is that of a Kingdom Ambassador, we are on a mission of reconciliation. Our assignment is to restore relations between people and God. And we do this by sharing His Good news. We are bearers of Good news and people should be glad when they see us. We should be full of joy and the way we share His message should be full of love and hope.
We are not responsible for how people respond to the Good news. The power of the King completes the mission. Our role is to share His message and to represent Him well. We are not going out into the world in our own name, we are going out in the name of Jesus.
An ambassador has credentials. Our credentials are received when we are Born Again, having been redeemed and chosen to be God's children. We need to think like ambassadors not like refugees. We are called, appointed and anointed to live out our Kingdom mandates.
Discussion 2: Read Matthew 5:14-16 and discuss this scripture in the context of being ambassadors of the Kingdom of God. What are some of the things that hinder us from fulfilling our role as ambassadors and letting our lights shine. Share testimonies of times where you have been an ambassador for the King. What happened?
3. Examples in the Book of Acts
Ask your group members to share examples and stories from their #NT260 Bible reading in the book of Acts where the apostles were powerful ambassadors for the Kingdom.
Prayer ministry:

Consider anointing and praying for each person in your group to be a mighty Kingdom ambassador. Invite group members to minister with their spiritual gifts into the life of each person.

Regards

Bruce Taylor
LIFE GROUPS PASTOR

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