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BEYOND BORDERS SMALL GROUP EXPECTATIONS

All members share equally in the ownership of the time together. Everyone should come prepared by reading over the lesson material and the questions PRIOR to the meeting. Be ready to participate in the discussion.

Sharing will follow the general rules of brevity, appropriateness and courtesy. No one person will dominate the discussion.

Seek to be open and transparent with each other. We will keep matters shared in the group in strict confidence.

We will start and end in a timely manner.

We will keep the interaction in line with the topic shared and what Christ is doing in our midst and refrain from "chasing rabbits”.

When speaking, we will address the group and not just the leader.

WHAT KIND OF CONTRIBUTION WILL YOU MAKE?

We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up -  Rom. 15:1-2.

A Negative Contribution?  You attend the group unprepared. You make comments that have little to do with the topic being discussed. Those comments lead to “rabbit trails” that leaves the group feeling, “what was this for?”

A Neutral Contribution? You come to the group in spiritual neutrality, waiting for God or someone in the group to make comments that will advance the discussion. You don’t offer yourself to Christ as an instrument through which He edifies the group.

A Positive Contribution? You come to the group prepared to be a positive force for God to use to promote discussion. Your purpose is to be part of Christ's edification process for the group. When the closing prayer is said, everyone senses that this was time well spent.

The more negative and neutral factors at work in the group, the more distraction and unrelated conversation become the focus of what happens in the group.

The more positive contributions that are at work in the members of a small Group, the more Christ can edify and minister to the needs and issues expressed in the group.