Series Dates:

November 19 & 26, 2017 

 

Join us for a 2 part series this Sunday at The Well! We're going to be talking about dependency on God, contentment & gratitude! The perfect topics to get you in the Thanksgiving spirit!

 

 

Speaker:

Rev. Ben Barlow:

Rev. Ben lives in Long Beach, MS with his wife Emily and four young children. He is a Pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Long Beach, MS and graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity. 

 

Use this discussion guide with your family or friends as you gather around the table and share a meal. Do this side the week prior to November 19 and the back side during Thanksgiving week. 

We Depend on God

Scripture Reading:

Psalm 107:8-9 (NIV)

8 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,

9 for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

Devotion:

We learn to depend on God to provide what we really need when we realize he has an unfailing love for us.  What we need might not be material things: it might be smile or a kind word at the right time.  Sometimes the things we take for granted are just what someone else needs the most.  Our positive outlook, helpful life experience, our time.  Whatever we have in abundance, we can share with others.

Questions for Discussion:

Have everyone tell about a time they knew God was providing for their needs.

What are some specific ways you can bestow blessings from your own abundance on other people during this season?  You might talk about participating in one of the church’s helping ministries: Christmas Eve Lunch, Open Table, or Backpack Buddies.

Prayer:

Close with a prayer thanking God for knowing just what we need and taking good care of us, and asking Him to bless the ministries of the church, as they depend on God and His people for success.

We Are Content with God

Scripture Reading:

Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV)

11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 

12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 

13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Devotion:

When we experience contentment we can avoid much of the stress and frustration that goes along with chasing excessive things and experiences.  When we have just enough left over to share with others, we can feel content with what we have, and we feel can peace. 

Questions for Discussion:

Did you ever get something you thought you really wanted or needed but that ended up just causing you stress and grief?

Talk about a time you may have let go of something you didn’t really need, and how that brought you a feeling of peace and contentment.  

Prayer:

Close with a prayer thanking God for providing each of us with just what we need and enough to share, and ask Him how he wants us to serve others this season.

More Info on Ministry Opportunities:

Christmas Eve Luncheon – Help welcome the whole community for a meal and activities!

Open Table Homeless Ministry - Feed people affected by homelessness in the community.

Backpack Buddies - Send hungry school children home with good food for the weekend.  

For info on how to get involved, contact Lori at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.