The community at The Naz is growing, and we're thrilled to announce some exciting changes coming!
Starting in March, we're taking our relationship with Stonecreek to the next level with our new "Friends" initiative. For years we've dropped off meals on Wednesday nights, but now we want to get personal and really connect, so rather than dropping off a meal each week at a doorstep, we will be encouraging you to join our “Friends” initiative.
The “Friends” initiative is all about building real relationships - getting to know each other, sharing life experiences, and being there for one another. We'll hang out and share meals, play games, celebrate holidays, and simply enjoy each other's company. This is a chance to show love, foster friendships, and make a difference in each other's lives.
We can't wait to launch Friends and deepen our bonds with the wonderful people at Stonecreek. This is going to be an incredibly rewarding experience for everyone involved. See Manita for more details.
Starting in March, we'll be launching additional Community Groups to complement our established Wednesday night and C-Falls groups. These new Groups will meet at 6:30PM for meaningful fellowship and biblical discussion focused on the previous Sunday's message.
Every 3rd Wednesday, all Community Groups will come together at 6PM for a church-wide celebration. We'll enjoy dinner, uplifting worship, encouragement, and prayer - a time to unite as one body and rejoice in all that God is doing in and through us.
These changes will allow us to build even stronger bonds within our Groups, as well as across our entire church family. Our community is alive and thriving, and it just keeps getting better! We eagerly anticipate growing closer to one another and to Jesus in this next season at The Naz. Exciting days are here!
Things to note: Our weekly Stonecreek dinners will transition to our new “Friends” outreach program. (See Manita for details) This is our chance to really connect with and uplift our community.
On Wednesdays, our schedule will shift a bit - Community Group and Youth Group will now start at 6:30PM instead of 6:00PM. (No dinner on the 1st, 2nd, and 4th Wednesday nights) However, every third Wednesday of the month, all groups will join together for dinner at 6PM and for a celebration of faith. These will be times of joyful worship, encouraging messages, heartfelt prayer, and wonderful fellowship as one united body in Christ.
We can't wait to see God working through each of us in new and amazing ways this season. He is doing great things here! Let's boldly step forward together, confident that He who began a good work in us will carry it on to completion. Our best days of ministry are still ahead!
If you’ve never been or currently are not part of a Community Group, we’d encourage you to join one now! (See Phil Tau)
ACTS 2:42-47 | COMMUNITY GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
Prayer: Begin your time in prayer, asking God to open your hearts and minds to His Word.
Opening Discussion: As a group, share about the most significant community you have experienced in your life. It could be a group of friends you grew up with, a sports team you were part of, your family, a group of neighbors, or a Community Group.
How did this community shape you as a person?
What made this community so vibrant and life-giving?
Snapshot: As we begin a new year, we want to look to God’s Word and understand His vision for Christian community. Specifically, we will look at Acts 2:42-47 and consider several priorities of a healthy Christian community: communion with God, community with one another, extending and receiving care, and learning to live out our calling as witnesses to Christ and His Kingdom.
Jesus rose from the dead and spent 40 days with his disciples, preparing them to go and proclaim the gospel to all nations (Acts 1:1-5)
Jesus commissioned his disciples, promised to send his Spirit, and ascended into heaven to be enthroned at the right hand of the Father as King of King (Acts 1:6-11).
After Jesus’ ascension, the disciples, 120 in all, gathered in prayer, awaiting the promise of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:12-26)
Shortly after Jesus’ ascension, God sent his Spirit upon the disciples as they were praying. When this happened, Peter stood in the streets of Jerusalem and proclaimed the gospel, and on that day about 3,000 people believed in Christ and were baptized. This was the birth of the church (Acts 2:1-41).
In our text today, Luke, the author of Acts, gives us a snapshot of the life of these earliest Christians (Acts 2:42-47).
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
In verses 42-47, Luke gives us a description of the earliest Christian community. As we begin, try to list as many things as you can see in the text that describes this Christian community.
Among all the things Luke tells us about the early church, what stands out most about their life and priorities? Why?
It has been said that the three values of modern American culture are: individualism, consumerism, and materialism. From Luke’s description, what would you say the values of the earliest Christians were?
What comes to mind when you hear the word Church?
According to the description of the Church found in Acts 2:42-47 and your personal experience with Church what discrepancies do you see?
What does it mean to be desperate?
When was the last time you were desperate?
When was the last time you were desperate for the Lord?
Explain a time, current, or in the past when you were bored with the Lord?
When was the time you were desperately and passionately pursuing the Lord?
What did/does that look like in your life? What were/are you devoted to that fostered that passion?
When you look at the description of the Church found in Acts 2:42-47 do you think it’s possible for today’s Church to look that way? Why or why not?
What current obstacles keep you from being devoted to the Lord and one another in this type of community?
When was the last time you were in Awe of what God what doing?
In the description found in Acts 2:42-47 of the Church, what is most exciting and attractive to you? What makes you most uncomfortable? Why?
Do you believe that the Church today should look like it did in Acts 2? Why or why not? Why do you think it’s so difficult to live this way?
What changes on your life do you need to make to being to pursue this kind of desperation and devotion to this Biblical way of life?
Luke tells us that these believers were “devoted” to key biblical priorities.
What does it mean to be devoted to something or someone? Give examples.
What cultural forces in The Flathead Valley work against a deep devotion to Jesus and His Church?
The four things these earliest believers were devoted to are: the apostle’s teaching (i.e., hearing God’s word together), the fellowship (i.e., living as the family of God), the breaking of bread (i.e., communing with one another and with Christ through the Lord’s Supper), and the prayers (i.e., worshiping God together).
Which of these four areas is a strong point for our church? In group? In which area do we need to grow?
As a group, go through each of the four areas and ask: how will we devote ourselves to this thing in the coming year?
It is clear from the text that the things they were “devoted” to were things that were done “together,” which means that these early believers were devoted to togetherness.
What do you think devotion to togetherness looks like as a Community Group?
Would you describe your frequency of attendance and participation as a “devotion to togetherness”? Why or why not?
What are common reasons you might miss a church gathering?
In your opinion, what is a good reason for missing church or your Community Group, and what is a bad reason?
How can we cultivate a devotion to togetherness without it feeling burdensome or legalistic?
What are you most excited about in this coming year for our church? What do you most need/desire?
Close by praying for one another, our church and your group in the coming year.