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:
What is your purpose here in Kitsap County? What can you start doing this week?

Two Weeks Ago:
This week you will face difficulty. How can you choose to have joy in those circumstances?
Read James 1:2-5

Key Verse:  “For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake,” Philippians 1:29 

Movement Towards Each Other (know the people in your group)
What is something that you have always wanted to do?

Movement Towards God (grow in your relationship with God)
When you hear the word "struggle" what is the first thing that comes to your mind?
Is there something you struggled with as a kid that you either overcame or outgrew?
Is there such a thing as a good struggle? Explain
*No Politics Please*
Where do you see struggle in our community?
Our Country?
Our World?
How are those struggles different/same?
Which ones are easier for you to relate?
Where was Paul when he wrote this letter to the church in Philippi? (See Philippians 1:12-14)
How could Paul speak of joy while in prison, in chains?
What are some of the "chains" you currently face in your life?
Read Philippians 1:19-21
What was Paul's perspective in his situation? 
How is that possible?
How does having that perspective on life impact our current struggles?
Does it lessen or change our situation? Paul was still in prison as he wrote this, correct?
So if our circumstances don't change, what does?
Read Philippians 1:27-30; 1 Peter 5:8-10
Will you and I have struggles in life? Why?
As followers of Christ, what is our responsibility when we face our struggles?
Read Psalms 34:18
God is with you, even in your struggles. Lean into that this week.

Movement Towards Community (they see the change in you)
What are your current "chains"? How can you choose to handle them in Christ this week?