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Dear Leader

Sunday's message by Pastor Andre Venter was a faith builder. We can all agree that this year has been a year of change, a year so different to what we have ever experienced. In your Life Group you are bound to have some LG members that have experienced hardship and loss, others who are fatigued by their situations, and perhaps others who have stepped into new opportunities brought about by the new way of living and working.

I pray that your Life Group meeting will be one where everyone leaves encouraged as they put their faith afresh in our God who does not change, and who has promised to work all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.

Pray and Prepare

Pray for those in your group who have been struggling with change. Ask the Lord to use the LG meeting to pull them out of a place of anxiety and depression, and to fill them with fresh hope for the future.

Fellowship

Icebreaker: If you reflect on your childhood, what is the greatest change between life then and life now that you can think of? (Mine is the price of sweets ????).

Worship
Please prioritize a time of worship. Select songs that emphasize God's presence and power and love.

Discipleship: Transition

Luke 5:36-39
Introduction

Jesus was describing the natural and expected behaviour of mankind when confronted with change in their circumstances. The world is in a constant flow of change. Sometimes change is incremental and other times it is momentous.

Change is a principle of creation. The future has a way of arriving unannounced. When we accept this with the right attitude we set ourselves for success and victory. When we resist change we set ourselves up for failure and wasted potential. We need to see change as a friend and opportunity not as an enemy and threat. This time of change we are in could be the very opportunity for us to be propelled into a new dimension in our lives.

2 Anchor points when handling transition

• Remember that God does not change (Malachi 3:6 "For I am the Lord, I do not change")
• Have a positive attitude (John 16:33 "But be of good cheer for I have overcome the world")
Discussion: What stood out for you from Sunday's message? What are your thoughts about these two anchor points when handling transition?

1. God is for Change
Genesis 1:2
God is the author of change. When He created the world things transitioned from formless and darkness to order and light. And God said it was good. God is for change.

Discussion: Talk about how God's story (from Genesis to Revelation) tells of a God that is for change!

2. We need to be ready to adapt to change
Moses life started off in humility. He was elevated to a Prince of Egypt. Then he became an outcast in the desert. And finally a leader of the people of Israel.
Moses was dependent on God throughout all these changes, especially as he led the people to the promised land (See Exodus 33:12-16). But many of the people resisted the change, they were stiff necked, and they longed to return to Egypt ... forgetting the slavery they had experienced there. And they died in the wilderness.

Discussion: Do you find it easy or difficult to adapt to change? Can you relate to the Israelites on their journey to the Promised land?

3. Be led by the Holy Spirit so that we can embrace and even initiate change
The disciples found themselves in a place of transition. They had seen Jesus, put their hope in Him, watched Him die, seen His resurrection, and observed His ascension. And then the Holy Spirit had come and they were empowered to preach the Gospel and establish the early church. Then in Acts 10 we read the story about Cornelius and how God sent an angel to tell him to send for a man named Peter. God gave Peter a strange vision and when the men from Cornelius's household arrived Peter understood the meaning of the vision and the Holy Spirit told him to go with them. God used Peter to bring about salvation and transition to Cornelius's household. And the Holy Spirit came upon the Gentiles (Read and marvel at Acts 10:44-46) and they were baptised.

Discussion: Share testimonies of how the Holy Spirit has helped you to embrace or initiate change?

Conclusion
We are moving into a time where much of our planning will fly out of the window and we will need to live by the promptings of the Holy Spirit, to rely on Him and to trust in Him, even when we don't know the outcome of what He calls us to do. As the Holy Spirit leads we need to respond with quick, decisive, Godly decisions. And to be ready for God to move in fresh and miraculous ways! That way we can be part of God's move ... God's solution in our generation ... and in our nation.

Ministry
Break into groups of 3 and pray for one another in line with the changes that each person is going through.

Evangelism

Ask the Lord to give you an opportunity to share the Gospel with someone this week, or in some way to bring about a positive change in someone's life.

May the Lord bless you and keep you!

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