Soulful: Week 1
Throughout your life, what have you been told will make you happy? Have you ever thought through God’s design for happiness?
How have loving relationships contributed to your happiness? Let’s be real too: how have relationships contributed to your unhappiness in life? Why do you think that is?
Happiness has been shown to be directly related to having a higher purpose in life. When people contribute to something outside of “me” that they can believe in or get behind it provides meaning for their life. Share a story about when you have observed this in your own life.
Helping one another experience Jesus
Pastor Bret gave a great analogy about tearing up his nasty old carpet and finding beautiful oak wood stairs underneath. The point being that we already have what we need, but we need to get past what we see and get to what God has given us. But sometimes we need others to help us, just like the flooring expert that came and helped Bret. On your teams, share with others something that you have observed they already have that can contribute to their happiness.
Helping people far from God experience Jesus
Scientists have shown that the top four things that happy people have in common are: Positive Attitude, Forgiveness, Meaningful Work, Loving Relationships. How does the Good News of Jesus fulfill each of these? Work together on how to communicate how this scientific study makes clear the Gospel.