August 13/14 The Church As A Family
August 13/14 The Church As A Family

Aug 13/14 Church as a Family

August 13/14 The Church As A Family



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This month we look at the group value of Relational Investments. This is all about sharing the love of Jesus with those we have a relationship with. One great way to do that is by inviting someone to join you at church. August is a great time to think about who you might invite to join you at church this fall. As a group, share one person you each want to invite and then begin praying for those people.


Did you know we’ve partnered with Grand Rapids Theological Seminary to help our leaders grow? The Leadership Development Program is an opportunity for you to interact with other Ada Bible Church leaders while learning more about God, the Bible and how to lead. For more information, log in and read more at


This week we start our series THE CHURCH. This week, Paul writes to the Thessalonica church about what it means to be a church family.

What was your favorite tv show or movie growing up?

Have someone read 1 Thessalonians 2:5-12. What are some key points that resonated with you?



Paul discusses the importance of being “real” to the young church in Thessalonica. Why do you think Paul would write about this topic to the Thessalonians?

What do you think were the initial reactions to hearing Paul’s message about flattery?

What areas of your life do you feel like you fall back on a Photoshop version of yourself?

Pastor Jeff Manion talks about the significance of someone knowing your struggles. What is one thing you can share about your real self that your group needs to know to help you grow?



Reread 1 Thessalonians 2:7-10. What are some key phrases Paul’s audience would notice most?

What emotions might Paul’s audience have experienced when being read his letter?

Pastor Jeff discusses the important aspects of loving someone well. Who in your life needs your time, energy and attention?

In what ways can you share God’s love and good news for each other in your group?



What are some similarities and differences between the role of fathers today and in Paul’s time?

What are a few issues Paul’s audience may have been struggling with that warranted this message about the church being a family?

What could it look like to encourage, comfort and urge someone to get or keep moving today?

Pastor Jeff talks about the importance of reconnecting with our church. Is there something God is calling you to change about your interaction with our church family?



Today we talked about church as more than a building—one that is a family. What aspect of this week’s sermon challenged you most? Is there something that God is calling you to do through these challenges?