Next Steps: Part 1 - Non-Stop Steps

MICRO CHURCH GUIDE
February 26, 2023
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ANNOUNCEMENTS


Night of Worship - March 1
OneLifers, mark your calendars for Wednesday night, March 1 at 6:30pm for a Night of Worship. Both campuses will join together at our North campus for an extended time of music, prayer, communion, and a special message from Pastor Rodney. Childcare will be available for 2nd Grade and younger. We can’t wait to see you then!

MyOneLife - Starts March 12
MyOneLife is a 4-week small group experience that takes place on Sunday mornings during the 10:45am service in the Meeting Room at each of our campuses beginning March 12. You’ll learn about the history, vision & values of our church, discover your personal mission and spiritual gifts, and have opportunities to get involved. For more information or to sign up, click this link.

OneLife Students 2023 Summer Camp - June 12th - 16th
OneLife Students is going to Student Life Camp this Summer at Lee University, June 12th - 16th. This is going to be a great experience where your student will grow closer to God, their small groups, and their leaders - plus it’ll be a ton of fun! Registration is open, but there are only a few spots left. To make sure you don’t miss out visit onelifeknox.com/camp to sign up today.

Salvation and Baptism Class - for Elementary Kids & Parents
If you’re a parent of an elementary student and your child has been talking to you about their relationship with Jesus - or if you’re wanting to learn more about HOW to talk to your child about Jesus - then we have a class you don’t want to miss. It’ll take place Sunday, March 26 at 9am in the Meeting Room of our North & East campuses. For more information or to sign up, mark the Kids Salvation & Baptism box on your Connection Card.
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Bottom Line: Every step I take leads to another next step.

Philippians 2:12-13 NIV
12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

Philippians 2:5-11 NIV
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord ,to the glory of God the Father.

1. New birth is the first step.

2. Growing obedience is the proof and result of new birth.

3. My growth is my responsibility.

4. There is always another step to take.

5. Next steps are revealed and powered by God not me.
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START TALKING
When have you experienced every step that you take leads to another next step? Share the first few steps of that experience and how each one led to another next step. Maybe it was in your career, owning a home, building something, or starting a hobby.

Did knowing there would always be another step ever frustrate you? Why or why not? How did you end up simply accepting that is what's best and how you grow and improve to get where you really want to be?

START THINKING
Read Philippians 2:5-11. What are the (at least) four steps that you see in this retelling of the Gospel? What would have happened or what would happen if the Gospel stopped after the first step? After the second? And after the third?

The word "obey" or "obedience" that you read in this passage really means "doing something with what you know" or "taking in knowledge about something and then acting on what you know." How is this different than simply following rules to not get in trouble or make someone else happy? What are some examples you can think of that illustrate this difference?

START SHARING
When have you experienced a "new knowledge" as God worked in you and then you obeyed - you acted on what you now knew or understood? What step did you take? How did it lead to another next step? Was it easy or hard?

In your experience, what are ways God has revealed next steps for you? Compare that when have you thought you knew what the next step was because it just seemed to make sense to you, but it wasn't God working in you. How do you now know the difference?

Since new birth is the first step, share your story of how you took that first step. How did God work in you to give you the knowledge of Him that you needed, and how did it lead you to take action? What did you do? What was the next step for you that it led to?

START DOING
What do you sense the Holy Spirit is telling you is your next step now? What do you sense God is working in you? What are you learning or experiencing in Him that is giving you something to act on? What will you do about it?

What do we sense is the next step for our micro church? What does it seem God is doing among us and how is He working in us collectively? What is our next step to take together?

How can we hold each other accountable to take the next steps as individuals that we each shared, and how can we hold each other accountable to take a next step together as a micro church?

START PRAYING

Pray for each other by name and the next step that each person shared. Also pray for the micro church as a group to keep taking next steps to be on mission together as we take the steps God leads us to.
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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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