Leader’s Guide to Growth Group Homework

For the week of January 14, 2018
(This guide is designed to give helpful hints in preparing & leading your group in discussion)

Welcome to the Winter Quarter of Growth Groups!

This week we kick off our Winter Growth Group quarter. Your first meeting will include a potluck dinner, time to get acquainted, as well as time to discuss your Growth Group Covenant. The homework has been shortened this week to allow ample time to accomplish this.

To prepare for your first meeting, take some time to focus on the questions below and be prepared to share your answers with the group. Have a great meeting as you come together to connect, encourage one another to grow, and to see God work!


Please refer to your Leader Notes for important specifics to this agenda. 

Make sure you leave plenty of time to answer the question in the “Taking It Home” section and spend time to go over the covenant with your group.

  • Potluck
  • Group Sharing/Homework Discussion (if you have time)
  • Go over Covenant (see Leader’s Guide – Growth Group Covenant). 
    Use last question in homework to transition into this.
  • Try to get to the “Taking It Home” section by 8:15 so you can have plenty of time to go over the covenant
  • Close in prayer
  • Eat (more) dessert


Add these questions if you have new people in your group If this hasn’t happened while eating dinner, have everyone in the group share how long have they been coming to North Coast, if they have been in Growth Group before, how long, maybe a hobby or pastime, etc.

1. Tell us a little about yourself… 

Fun question to have everyone answer.


What is the best tasting food/course you are able to make?


How do you make yourself fall asleep when you can’t seem to get to sleep?


What movie or book (other than the Bible) do you most often quote?


2. As we start the new year of 2018, what are one or two things you’re looking forward to?  

Good question to have everyone answer.  

Discussion Tip: Depending on time, you may want to transition directly to the “Launching Your Growth Group Quarter” section, and skip the “Digging Deeper” questions.


3. Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything you heard for the first time or that caught your attention, challenged or confused you?


You’ll probably only have time to answer one of these questions, if any.  #2 is a good transition to the last section “Launching Your Growth Group Quarter” and going over the Covenant.

1. This weekend, Chris’ description of Mark 1-3 gave us a great picture of who Jesus is. Without looking back at the sermon notes, re-read Mark 1-3 and jot down anything that alludes to who Jesus is or what he has done (you might also want to underline in your Bible also).


Looking back at what you wrote above, are there one or two things that particularly caught your attention? If so, explain. Are there any you should pay more attention to?

2. As followers of Jesus, none of us wants to live an ineffective and powerless life for him. But one of the enemy’s strategies is to subtly distract us from who Jesus is and what it means to follow him. That’s why Hebrews 2:1 says that, “we must pay careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard so that we do not drift away.” What strategies do the following passages give to help us pay careful attention and live as God has called us to? 


Psalm 119:9-11, 15-16

How can a young man keep his way pure?
    By guarding it according to your word.
10 With my whole heart I seek you;
    let me not wander from your commandments!
11 I have stored up your word in my heart,
    that I might not sin against you.

15 I will meditate on your precepts
    and fix my eyes on your ways.
16 I will delight in your statutes;
    I will not forget your word.

Focus & study of Scripture.

Matthew 22:37 - Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
Love God & Love Others - These are the main things God is calling us to put into action. 

Hebrews 10:24-25 - 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Meeting with others just as we do in a Growth Group.

Additional Questions: Which of those listed above helps you the most? Does one come easier than the other? 


One of the key reasons we meet in Growth Groups every week is to gain the encouragement and support we each need to keep our focus on Jesus and live our lives for him. Before you go over the Covenant in your group, take a moment and write down your responses to the two questions below:

What are you looking forward to in your Growth Group this quarter?


Looking back at this week’s sermon, is there any specific part of who Jesus is that you want to stay focused on this quarter?

WINTER QUARTER SPIRITUAL GOAL / PRAYER OPTION: Write down what each person says and use it as spiritual growth goal and prayer focus for the rest of the quarter. Come back and evaluate how it went the last week of the quarter.

Transition Statement to Covenant: “One of the great benefits of being in a Growth Group is the opportunity to have help from others as we seek to be strategic and intentional about our spiritual growth. The Growth Group Covenant is designed to serve as intentional guidelines to help us make the most of our time together.”

Pass out Covenants and go over them with your group – see the Leader Guide to Growth Group Covenant for more information.

Close in prayer


Growth Groups exist to promote spiritual maturity and personal growth through meaningful Christian relationships and the study of God’s Word (Romans 8:29 & Hebrews 10:24-25). Here’s how it will happen:

Each week we’ll take time to share what is happening in our lives. At first this sharing will include planned “sharing questions” but after the first few weeks, it will become more informal and personal as we feel more comfortable. 

Each week we’ll study a section from God’s Word that relates to the previous weekend’s sermon or an appropriate personal growth topic. Our goal is to learn how to live out our Christianity in everyday life.

Each week we’ll learn how to take care of one another as Christ commanded (John 15:9-13). This care can take many forms such as prayer, encouragement, listening, challenging one another and meeting real needs. 

Spiritual growth is fostered not only by what we gain through the support and input of others, but also through service to others. The role each of us fills is important to the health of the church and for us to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the community in which we live (Ephesians 4:11-16). Throughout the quarter, it is our hope that you can find and/or be affirmed in the ways God has designed you to serve and make a difference in God’s Kingdom.

THE DAILY DOSE – Want a daily dose of a devotional throughout the sermon series? Text the keyword “daily” to 51400 to receive quick devotional videos and resources throughout the week. Standard text message rates apply. For questions, please email [email protected]

Community Service is a ministry of North Coast Church dedicated to being the hands and feet of Jesus and showing God’s love in tangible ways through service in the community. There are many opportunities for you or your Growth Group to go out and serve. Also look for opportunities to help with Christmas Outreach Tree in the coming weeks. Check out our Community Service website.