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Session 28

What does a thriving community look like?

Read: Proverbs 27:23-27, Proverbs 28:1-6

A thriving community is a rare and beautiful thing. You can’t buy it, and it doesn’t maintain itself. Building community requires time, attention, and care. But the reward is eternally valuable.  

When community is at its best, people know who they are and they share the Gospel boldly. They experience what it’s like to be led well and justice reigns. So how do we replicate these qualities in our groups? Proverbs gives us some ideas. 

  • Be a bold community. 

Proverbs 28:1 says, “The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” The reason the righteous can be as bold as a lion is because they have been made right with God. When the Creator of the Universe is on your side, what is there to fear? 

Jesus died for our sins so we could be made right with God. Through our relationships with Jesus, we are righteous and we can live and share the Gospel boldly. 

  • Be a well-led community.

You don’t have to be a leadership superhero to have a well-led community. Leading people well means knowing your people the way a shepherd knows his sheep (Proverbs 27:23). A well-loved, well-known, well-cared for community is a well-led community. 

  • Be a just community.

Wicked people strengthen each other in wicked ways, but when righteous people are together they seek the Lord and understand what is righteous (Proverbs 28:4-5). We need each other’s support because following God’s commands won’t always be popular. But a just leader is willing to speak truth even when it’s costly. 

God has placed you with this group of people on purpose. Give them your time, prayer, intentionality, and love, and your group can become the bold, well-led, just community you’ve been looking for. 

Reflect:

  • What is your desire for your group? What kind of community are you trying to build?
  • Which of the qualities that you read about today do you want to see more of in your group? What’s a step you can take to move your group in that direction?

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Who does God say you are?

Who does God say you are?

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2

Worry less about being able and focus more on being available

Worry less about being able and focus more on being available

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3

What to do when everyone has an opinion about group

What to do when everyone has an opinion about group

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4

You can be patient, even when you don’t feel like it

You can be patient, even when you don’t feel like it

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5

Stop trying to do it all

Stop trying to do it all

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6

Why it’s important that you wrestle down your past

Why it’s important that you wrestle down your past

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7

What happens when we stop fighting back

What happens when we stop fighting back

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8

Annoyed? The solution starts with you

Annoyed? The solution starts with you

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9

Do we really need to worry about confession?

Do we really need to worry about confession?

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10

How to experience the freedom you long for

How to experience the freedom you long for

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11

God wants to speak to you and through you

God wants to speak to you and through you

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12

The best way to fight worthless talk

The best way to fight worthless talk

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13

Are you hearing from God? (And how to know if it’s God)

Are you hearing from God? (And how to know if it’s God)

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14

Who are you leading people to?

Who are you leading people to?

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15

Are you ready to protect your people?

Are you ready to protect your people?

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16

Everyone’s eyes are on you

Everyone’s eyes are on you

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17

The best way to lead others is to serve others

The best way to lead others is to serve others

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18

“Can I?” isn’t the best question

“Can I?” isn’t the best question

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19

You have the power to love people wall

You have the power to love people wall

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20

How to sacrifice like Jesus does

How to sacrifice like Jesus does

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21

Where to find rest for a weary soul

Where to find rest for a weary soul

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22

When you feel like you just can’t go any further

When you feel like you just can’t go any further

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23

What does a good shepherd do?

What does a good shepherd do?

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24

To care for the group, go after the one

To care for the group, go after the one

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25

Do you have what it takes?

Do you have what it takes?

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26

Why leaders are called to be shepherds

Why leaders are called to be shepherds

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27

How to know you’re a leader

How to know you’re a leader

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What does a thriving community look like?

What does a thriving community look like?

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