Study Beginning September 18th
What Does It Mean To Be Blessed?
If you had 10 people answer that question, you may get 10 different answers. Oftentimes, in Christian circles, the concept of being blessed carries quite a bit of negative baggage. "Blessed" in an American context can harken back to the "prosperity gospel" and the idea that if God really loves you then you'll have a lot of financial prosperity.
However, what we find is that God's love and faithfulness aren't always tied to financial prosperity, perfect health, or happy relationships. In fact, God's son dealt with immense difficulty, was homeless, and eventually wrongly convicted and crucified. So, was Jesus "blessed"? Was Peter or Paul or James or John the Baptist "blessed"?
So, what does it mean to be blessed? We, as your pastors, are challenging you to walk with us, over the next six weeks, as we unpack what Jesus had to say about being blessed.
Think about this: Can you be blessed if you’re poor? Can you be blessed if you’re sick or sad? What about when other people think you matter less than they do, or when you feel like you don’t fit in? Is it possible to be blessed if you don’t get your way, or if other people treat you badly?
How do we receive blessings in our lives? Maybe most importantly, how do we bless others?
Join us for the next 6 weeks as we look at what it means to be a people that are blessed, but maybe more importantly… what does it look like to be a people blessed to be a blessing?
- Your Pastors
- Weekly Sermon Messages taught by our Pastors September 18 - October 23
- A 40 Day Devotional (found in study guide)
- A 6 session Small Group Study Guide
- Videos for the small group series provided on RightNow Media, Youtube, and DVD
- T-shirts for Small Group Hosts
- Weekly Small Group Buddy Calls (for NEW HOSTS)
- Weekly Small Group Host Training and Informative Emails from Second's Small Group Pastor
What does it mean to HOST a small group?
H: Have a heart for People
O: Offer a place to meet (in person or online)
S: Secure your materials
T: Tell your friends