CYPRESS GROUPS

GROUP NORMS

Be courageous, compassionate and connected

Be a listener

Eliminate judgement, advice giving, and interrupting

It’s okay to say “pass” on a question

Honor time. Time frame is about 45 minutes (give or take 15). Anything more is “meeting after the meeting”.

Cypress Group Questions - Week 3

Conversation Starters

    I feel closer to God when _____________ .

Thoughts From Sunday’s Teaching: “Purpose”

     Can you think of any really smart people who managed to mess up their lives? What causes the disconnect between intelligence and living a fulfilling life?

     Read: Luke 2:41-52

Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them.

Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. (NIV)

     What questions or observations come to mind regarding this narrative? What does this say about Jesus’s understanding of His purpose in life? 

   How does having a sense of purpose impact one’s life?

     What is your take away from the teaching?

Living Out the Big Two

’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind’. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’. -Jesus (Matthew 22: 34-39)

     What is one way you lived out love for God and/or others this last week?

     What is one way you stepped back from loving God and/or others this last week?

Prayer

     Where do you see or want to see God working in your life and how can we pray with you about it?

Cypress Group Questions - Week 2

Conversation Starters

    Today, I feel________? (contented, worried, loved, disappointed, curious, joy, vulnerable, grateful, scared, lonely, etc)

    What descriptive word first comes to mind when you think about Jesus?

Thoughts From Sunday’s Teaching: “Utterly Brilliant”

     Over the course of your life who/what have you taken your cues from (music, fashion, politics, money, faith, relationships, etc...)? And how did they shape you?

     Think about decisions you have made...what is one of the best decisions and what is one of the worst that you have made? Who/what were you taking your cues from when you made those decisions?

     If Jesus is a genius, then what are the implications for us and our lives?

     State a guiding principle for your life based on our conversation.

Living Out the Big Two

’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind’. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’. -Jesus (Matthew 22: 34-39)

     What is one way you lived out love for God and/or others this last week?

     What is one way you stepped back from loving God and/or others this last week?

Prayer

     Where do you see or want to see God working in your life and how can we pray with you about it?

Cypress Group Questions - Week 1

Conversation Starters

     Introduce yourself, first and last name. Then tell us one thing you enjoy doing. (e.g. reading, creating, physical activity, sailing, photography, etc.)

     Who in your life has influenced you in a good way to help make you the good person you are today? What did they give you?

Thoughts From Sunday’s Teaching: “God’s Table”

     Tell about a time you were made to feel “not wanted” or “not welcome.” What was that like for you?

     Tell about a time where you felt welcome and wanted. What was that like?

     What “type” or “group” of people are you most challenged to offer acceptance? Why?

     What was a “take away” (lesson, idea to think on, or application) for you from Sunday’s teaching?

Living Out the Big Two

’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind’. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’. -Jesus (Matthew 22: 34-39)

     What is one way you lived out love for God and/or others this last week?

     What is one way you stepped back from loving God and/or others this last week?

Prayer

     Where do you see or want to see God working in your life and how can we pray with you about it?