Rebuilding Hope: Part 8 - The Dedication

MICRO CHURCH GUIDE
October 23, 2022
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Halloween On Mission
Halloween is right around the corner, and it’s an incredible time for you to live on mission in your neighborhood. From neighborhood pumpkin carvings, to reverse trick-or-treating, to making your house the best stop in the neighborhood on Halloween night, and more - there are a tons of ways for you to engage your neighborhoods this Halloween. Visit onelifeknox.com/halloween for more information and ideas!

Kid City Halloween Dress Up Sunday - October 30
Kid City is having a dress-up Sunday for Halloween next week on October 30th! Be sure to wear your favorite costume and get ready for a great day of dressed-up fun. Plus, we’re having a costume contest during both services. We can’t wait to see you there!

OneLife’s Angel Tree, Starts Nov 6
The Christmas season is approaching! It’s the perfect time for us to give back to those less fortunate. This year OneLife is continuing our partnership with the McNabb Center’s Dear Santa program as well as providing angel tree gifts for children on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana. The Angel Trees will be up in the lobby starting Sunday, November 6!

OneLife Students #Friendsgiveback - Nov 16
On Wednesday, November 16th, OneLife Students won’t be meeting at our campuses. Instead our students will be out in the community serving with the their small groups for our annual #Friendsgiveback night. This night is designed to help our students see a need in the community, feel compassion, and take action - plus, they get to do it together with their small group! For more information or to make sure your student gets to be a part of this night, simply write #Friendsgiveback on your connection card.

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Did you know it takes over a hundred volunteers every week to make a service at OneLife happen at our campuses? So if you haven’t started volunteering, then it’s time to get on the team! From First Impressions & Security, to Kid City, to Production & Worship, to OneLife Students, weekday teams, and more - there’s plenty of opportunities for everyone to serve. Mark the Volunteering box on your Connection Card to get started!

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BOTTOM LINE: Dedication is the difference.

Nehemiah 11:1-2 NLT
The leaders of the people were living in Jerusalem, the holy city. A tenth of the people from the other towns of Judah and Benjamin were chosen by sacred lots to live there, too, while the rest stayed where they were. And the people commended everyone who volunteered to resettle in Jerusalem.

1. Dedication is seen in sacrifice. 

Nehemiah 12:27 NLT
27 For the dedication of the new wall of Jerusalem, the Levites throughout the land were asked to come to Jerusalem to assist in the ceremonies. They were to take part in the joyous occasion with their songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps, and lyres.

Nehemiah 12:43 NLT
43 Many sacrifices were offered on that joyous day, for God had given the people cause for great joy. The women and children also participated in the celebration, and the joy of the people of Jerusalem could be heard far away.

2. Dedication rises and falls with joy.

Nehemiah 12:44 NLT
44 On that day men were appointed to be in charge of the storerooms for the offerings, the first part of the harvest, and the tithes. They were responsible to collect from the fields outside the towns the portions required by the Law for the priests and Levites. For all the people of Judah took joy in the priests and Levites and their work.

3. Joy leads to dedicated generosity.

Nehemiah 12:45 NLT
45 They performed the service of their God and the service of purification, as commanded by David and his son Solomon, and so did the singers and the gatekeepers.

4. Dedication is a team sport.

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START TALKING
When have you seen that dedication is the difference in something you were part of or trying to accomplish? Maybe it was losing weight, advancing in your career, passing the class, winning the championship, etc.

START THINKING
Read Nehemiah 11:1-2.
What does this verse show us about leaders? Do you think the phrase "leaders go first" is true? Why or why not? Would you follow a leader to something risky if they weren't going first?

Why was it a sacrifice for these people to live in Jerusalem? What do you think they might miss most from the cities they were living in previously? What would miss most if you went to a city that was just getting started? What would you have to sacrifice?

START SHARING
Read Nehemiah 12:27 and :43.
What do you think is the connection between sacrifice and joy? When have you experienced your joy in someone or something leading to sacrifice? What did you love that you gave up for what you love even more?

How does sacrifice help you to experience Jesus even more? What have you had to sacrifice, or what do you need to sacrifice, to be able to more fully and completely follow Him?

In the two verses you just read, what did their joy come from? How do you find joy in Jesus even when life isn't necessarily happy? What verses do you remember? What keeps you grounded to this truth?

START DOING
Read Nehemiah 12:44-45. 
The people of Jerusalem saw their dedication and joy lead them to a sacrificial generosity. And it was seen in everyone!

What do you need to be more generous with to see your dedication grow? How can you dedicate your time to Jesus? How can you dedicate your finances to Him? How can you dedicate your service and talents to Him?

How can we each be more dedicated and even sacrificial in sharing our story with people where we live, work, and play? What can you do this week to be more intentional to live on mission?

What do you sense the Spirit is specifically leading you to do? What will you do this week to do it?

START PRAYING
Pray for each person in the micro church to dedicate their lives completely and full to Jesus. Pray that this dedication will lead to a joy that they have never experienced and a sacrificial generosity that leads each of us to look and be more like Jesus!
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CONNECTION CARDS
Be sure to fill out the online Connection Card to let us know next steps, prayer requests, or other information you'd like to share, Click Here.
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MULTIPLICATION
Share spiritual/missional conversations you've had where you live, work, and play:
  - Who did you have a conversation with that took a spiritual/missional turn this week?
  - What questions did you ask to discover where God is at work in their life, even if they are not aware?
  - How were you able to share your story of life change or how you have experienced Jesus?
  - How can you be intentional this week with people where you live, work, and play to have spiritual/missional conversations if the opportunity arises?
  - Who in your life do you think could be disciple-able or open to spiritual/missional conversations?
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WHAT'S NEXT?
  - Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?/giveback/giveback
  - Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?

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