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Dear Leader,

In January each year there are always a number of magazines for sale with the title New Year New You! There is something about a New Year that brings hope for change, hope for breakthrough. But the real significant changes and breakthroughs are spiritual ones. When we find ourselves walking in greater intimacy with our Heavenly Father, when we are led by the Holy Spirit and when we are growing in God's Word.

By now I would imagine that you are well aware of our Theme for the year, namely "Growing in God's Word in 2018." As Leaders we are excited about the impact that this theme can have on our congregation. God's Word is sharper than a two edged sword, and His Word never returns void. We are believing for our people to experience great life change as they read the Word for themselves and allow God to speak into their lives.

Thank you for leading a Life Group. As a Life Group leader we need you to help us encourage our members to get on board and to accept the challenge of reading the New Testament in 260 days. I believe that the Life Group meetings this year are going to have an extra special feel about them as people begin to share what the Lord stirs in their hearts during their personal times of reading.

May the Lord bless you and keep you!

Herewith the Life Group Guideline below:

Topic – Growing In God's Word in 2018

Worship:

Some ideas:
- This is Amazing Grace
- What a beautiful name it is
- Waiting here for you

Icebreaker:

Have you ever read the Bible from cover to cover? Have you ever read the entire New Testament?

Scripture reading:

Proverbs 3:1-3
Romans 10:17
Colossians 3:16
Isaiah 55:10-11

1. How our theme for 2018 came about?
Our theme in 2017 was Building up your most Holy Faith from Jude 1:20. One of the crucial ways in which faith is built up is through exposure to the Word of God.
A growing faith requires the super food of the Word.
Romans 10:17 "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."

Maybe we don't know enough of the Word of God? And if we can get more of the Word into our hearts and minds then we will walk in greater Kingdom authority.

Colossians 3:16 'Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly'. Christians with a rich deposit of God's Word in them will be strong Christians.

Discussion 1: Discuss the wonderful continuity between last year's theme and this year's theme.

2. Some pointers to successfully complete the 260 readings.
Share the goal of reading the entire New Testament in 260 days with your Life Group (4 Feb – 21 Oct).
Some pointers to discuss with your group:
- Don't fall behind.
- Set a daily reminder in your phone to remind you of Bible reading.
- Be accountable to someone or some group. Tell someone that you are going to be reading the NT this year.
- Read at the same pace as the rest of the church. Don't read ahead. Let's journey together.
- Try to read at a set time each day.
- Decide what works best for you - print or online.
- Make use of a readable translation. Suggest the NLT.
- Read for Spiritual growth not just to get the job done

Mention the Bible App (YouVersion) and that a CHOOSE LIFE Church Reading plan will be available from the 4th of February 2018.

Discussion 2: How do you feel about the challenge? What benefits do you feel it could hold for you personally?

3. Tips for reflecting and praying through God's Word.
Two excellent tips
What is this telling me about God?
What is God saying to me through this?

Most importantly?
End off your time of reading with a moment of prayer.

Discussion 3: Read Isaiah 55:10-11, Hebrews 4:12 and Ephesians 6:17 as a group and discuss these scriptures using the two questions. Then as a leader considering praying Psalm 1 over your group members.

Prayer and Ministry time:
Lead your Life Group in a prayer of consecrating their lives to the Lord. Pray for people in need.

Regards

Bruce Taylor
LIFE GROUPS PASTOR

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