Welcome to a New LifeGroup Session!

Before we jump into our study, let's take a moment to remember that there are THREE things we want to see happen every time our LifeGroups gather:

Movement towards Each Other
Movement towards God
Movement towards our Community

Our questions follow this same format. All of the questions are designed towards movement. We hope you enjoy your time together in your LifeGroup.
**Remember, our goal is to deepen our relationship with Jesus and each other. Use the questions that are help and skip the rest.

CURRENT SERIES: Necessary Sins

Some sins are always wrong: murder, stealing, abuse, etc., but we allow certain habits to "help" us deal with life. Sometimes, those bad habits can become part of our identity. It's time to separate ourselves from these "necessary" habits and recognize them for what they really are: SINS. In this four week series we will look at lying, gossip, lust and anger and how we can replace these habits with obedience and grace.

Last Week:
How are you known around those who are closest to you? One who speaks truth or one who bends it? Read John 8:31-32 every day and speak the truth.

Two Weeks Ago:
Do something encouraging for someone who attends at GracePoint and someone who leads at GracePoint. 

Key Verse: 
“A gossip goes around telling secrets, but those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence.” Proverbs 11:13

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
If a complete stranger was to learn about you, how would you want to be known?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
What are five qualities you look for in a friend?
What is one quality or trait that is an absolute friendship killer for you?
If you had to trust someone with a secret, who is the person you would tell?
Why do people gossip?
Have you ever had someone gossip about you?
How did it feel? What did you do?
How has the electronic age changed "gossip"?
Is it easier to gossip about someone you know or someone you do not know? Explain
What is the difference between being concerned and being a gossip?
When someone wants to share a "story" about someone, are you more likely to listen or to walk away?
Why do we enjoy hearing about other people but don't like it when people talk about us?
How does gossip impact relationships?
How likely are you to share something personal with a person who is know to gossip? Explain
Read James 1:26; 3:2-6
What does it mean to "bridle your tongue"?
What is the warning about what comes out of our mouths?
Is there such a thing as non damaging gossip? Explain
Read Matthew 12:34-35
What does this passage say about the connection with the heart and the words that come out of our mouths?
So how does that apply to a person who gossips?
Read Proverbs 11:13; Ephesians 4:29
What is the opposite of gossip?
How can we build someone up, especially when they are not there to hear it?
Which is worse, a person who speaks gossip or a person who listens to gossip?
Is there a difference? Explain
How can we stop gossip?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
Read Ephesians 4:29 every day.
Speak well of one person every single day when that person isn't around to hear it