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: Better Than Happy

All of us wish for happiness. Some people look to their friends, family, and finances to find it. Some devote their search for happiness in food, clothes, toys, and new things. But happiness is a lot like the cold air we exhale in the winter – it’s here and quickly disappears. God has something better in mind than a search for happiness. It’s called JOY. 

Last Week:
Who is a PlusOne that you can invite to Christmas Eve?

Two Weeks Ago:

Key Verse:  “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy,” Philippians 1:3–4  

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
What was a highlight from your Holiday Season?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
What makes you happy?
What makes you unhappy?
When is the last time you remember being truly happy?
Is happiness something we pursue as a society? Why?
What is joy?
What brings you joy?
What is the difference between joy and happiness?
Can someone pursue joy or is it a choice?
Read Philippians 1:3-6
What are two other characteristics that come from joy?
How are thankfulness and confidence related to someone's joy?
Read verse 7
Where was Paul when he was writing this letter?
How can Paul have joy even though he was in prison and in difficult circumstances?
Have you ever found joy in the midst of difficulty? Explain
Read James 1:2-6; Psalm 126:5-6
How is it possible to have joy when things are not going well in your life?
How does God play a role in someone's joy?
How does focussing on our difficulty rob us of joy?
What role does faith play in our joy?
Read Psalm 30:11-2
Is joy a choice?
How does our decision to have joy impact those around me?
Is there an area in your life where you could use some joy?

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
This week you will face difficulty. How can you choose to have joy in those circumstances?
Read James 1:2-5