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GUIDELINES FOR LIFE GROUPS – 28 October 2009
 
OVERCOMING CHALLENGES – KEEPING THE MOMENTUM
 
Theme: It takes far less energy to keep things moving when there is already momentum and even less energy when something is moving downwards. How do we handle situations where the wind has been taken out of our sails and all we have been working for and believing for starts to come to a premature halt? Let's have a look together.
 
Theme Scripture: Read Nehemiah 4:1-23
 
Ask the LG the following questions:
1.    Describe a situation you have experienced in which you watched momentum come to a screeching halt?
2.    Can you identify from Nehemiah 4 potential momentum killers and can you identify Nehemiah's response to these?
Note: You may want to read Nehemiah 4 again slowly letting the group interrupt you as they identify these momentum killers and responses.
 
The following momentum killers can be identified:
·                   Ridicule: v1-6
·                   Threats and troublemakers: v7-9
·                   Fatigue and discouragement: v10-15
·                    Frontal attacks: v16-23 also 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 & Ephesians 6:10-18
 
Our response to loss of momentum
Read Nehemiah 4:13-15
 
Which of the three options below do you find most helpful when trying to regain momentum and why?
·         Making and implementing a plan
·         Focusing on God's power and faithfulness in the past
·         Remembering what you are called to fight for or accomplish for God
What discouragement are you presently facing and how can these three responses applied to that situation bring about a change in momentum?
Read the following scriptures of encouragement: 1 John 4:4/James 4:7/1 John 4:17-18
 
Ministry Challenge

Take time to indentify someone who is presently discouraged or in a loss of momentum spiral and take time this week to:
Pray for them.Send them a note indicating that they are prayed for, loved and appreciated.Give them a call and ask," What can I do to encourage and support you during this time?"
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