Small Group Leaders

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  • Contract

    HARVEST SMALL GROUP CONTRACT
    This contract was previously called the Harvest Small Group Covenant. This new contract communicates what every Harvest Small Group member commits to maintain. The contract defines the guidelines for our community. The new Harvest Small Group Social Covenant communicates how every Harvest Small Group member commits to live. The social covenant defines the spirit of our community.

    • I will make my Harvest Small Group meetings a priority, and if I’m unable to attend or running late, I will call ahead.
    • I will come to my Harvest Small Group meeting prepared and ready to participate.
    • I will commit to my Harvest Small Group to focus on application of God’s Word to my life.
    • I will maintain confidentiality of the personal information that is shared within my Harvest Small Group. I understand my group leader may communicate appropriate information to those in leadership as necessary and I trust his or her discernment in this.
    • I will be accountable to my group concerning my personal and spiritual goals.
    • I will commit to a group that is open to new members, and, as it grows, we will seek to multiply to further God’s work.
    • I will encourage other members to cultivate a daily quiet time with God.
    • I will pursue opportunities to share what God has done in our lives to those that do not know Jesus Christ.
    • I will pray and support the leadership of Harvest Bible Chapel to continue to seek God’s direction for our Harvest Small Group Ministry.
  • Social Covenant

    LOVE ONE ANOTHER 
    Care Intentionally, John 13:34, 1 Peter 4:8; Eph 4:15. Be earnest in my love at all times. Always speak the truth in love Listen to understand, don’t assume or accuse. Pray for one another with compassion.

    FORGIVE ONE ANOTHER 
    Pursue Unity, Eph 4:1-32; 1 Cor 1:10; Matt 18:15-20. Be quick to forgive and ask forgiveness. Let personal offenses roll off my back or to God in prayer. Model unity by resolving conflict quickly. Get the whole story, including both sides in personal conflict.

    SERVE ONE ANOTHER
    Minister Actively, Gal 5:13, Ex 17:11-12; Prov 19:20; 1 Cor 12:21-26. Be intentional in blessing others. Stay teachable and show deference Be flexible to meet situational needs. Maximize my strengths and recognize my constraints. Be committed to the whole, not just the part.

    SUBMIT TO ONE ANOTHER
    Esteem Others Highly, Eph 5:21; 1 Pt 5:5; Phil 2:3-4; Matt 7:3-5. Be the first to lead in humility and honor. Serve others’ interests before my own. Check my motives and expectations before speaking. Know my limits and respect the boundaries of others.

    ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER
    Cultivate Redemptive Relationships, 1Thess 5:1; Rom 1:12; Eph 4:29. Be a safe person to get real with. Seek to build up always and never tear down. Complement other’s character when I think it twice. Value the person more then their performance. Point to Christ for hope and help.

    BE DEVOTED TO ONE ANOTHER
    Commit Wholeheartedly, Rom 12:5-10; Prv 17:17; Prv 13:3. Be there in the hard times. Seek reconciliation between others. Guard my relationships with truth and love. Go gently if correction is needed In order to protect this community, I will avoid both speaking or listening to unhealthy criticism of others and solve conflict biblically. Specifically, I will be discrete in my communication, correct slander and gossip immediately, and speak directly with those involved.

  • SCRIPTURE BY TOPIC

    ACCOUNTABILITY

    • We are accountable for many of our problems (Judges 6:13)
    • All are accountable to Christ (Romans 14:10-12)

    ADULTERY

    • Spiritual adultery (Isaiah 1:21-22)
    • Mental adultery (Matthew 5:27-28)
    • How lust can lead to adultery (Matthew 5:27-28)
    • Adultery and divorce (Matthew 5:32)

    ANGER

    • Danger of anger (Matthew 5:21-25)
    • Blinds us to our wrongdoing (Genesis 27:41)
    • Resulting from wounded pride (Numbers 22:29)
    • Can lead to hatred and murder (1 Kings 21:4)
    • Takes our focus off God (Psalm 37:8-9)
    • Do you get angry when confronted (Galatians 4:16)
    • Donʼt discipline out of anger (Ephesians 6:4)
    • Danger of words spoken in anger (James 3:6)


    ANSWERS

    • Not knowing them all develops faith (Job 1:1)
    • Only God has them all (Matthew 11:25)
    • Donʼt think you have all the answers (Luke 6:2)
    • Eternity will answer our questions (1 Corinthians 13:12)
    • Beware of those who claim to have them all (Jude 1:10)

    ARMOR

    • Using the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17)

    BAPTISM

    • Matthew 3:5-8, 11, 13-16
    • Mark 1:4-5, 8-10

    BEHAVIOR

    • Do you let others dictate yours? (1 Samuel 8:19-20)
    • How can we be perfect? (Matthew 5:48)
    • Faith results in changes behavior (Luke 19:8)
    • Why God asks us to restrict ours (Romans 7:11-1)

    BITTERNESS 

    • Danger of bitterness (Hebrews 12:15, 1 John 3:15)
    • Removing it from your life (Genesis 33:1-11)
    • Donʼt mix despair with it (Ruth 2:19-20)
    • Can build to an obsession (Esther 5:9)
    • Turning bitterness to opportunity (Philippians 1:12-14)

    BLAME

    • Excusing sin by blaming others for it (Genesis 16:5, Malachi 2:14, James 1:13-15)
    • Canʼt blame God for your sins (Numbers 20:3-5, Isaiah 8:21)
    • Blaming others wonʼt solve your problems (1 Samuel 30:6)

    CHARACTER

    • Developed by difficult circumstances (Genesis 22:1)
    • Tainted by jealousy and immorality (Genesis 38:1)
    • God judges by character not appearance (1 Samuel 16:7)
    • Strengthened by temptation (Mark 1:12-13)
    • How ours is strengthened (Romans 5:3-4)

    CHILDREN

    • Follow parentsʼ example (Genesis 26:7-11)
    • How they are affected by the sins of their parents (Exodus 34:7)
    • Parent-child relationships (Numbers 30:3-8, 1 Samuel 8:1-3, Ephesians 6:1-4)
    • Preparing children to fulfill Godʼs call (1 Chronicles 22:7-10)
    • A blessing from God (1 Chronicles 26:5, Psalm 127:3-5)
    • Discipline of children (1 Kings 1:6, Proverbs 13:24)
    • Avoid complaining in front of your children (2 Chronicles 10:14)
    • Pray for them (Job 1:5)
    • Encourage them to follow wisdom (Proverbs 4:3-4)
    • Teaching them to make their own choices (Proverbs 22:6)
    • Teaching them lifeʼs lessons youʼve learned (Joel 1:3)
    • Our responsibility to teach them in faith (Matthew 18:6, 2 Timothy 3:15)
    • Godʼs will for them vs. parentsʼ will for them (Matthew 20:20)
    • Purpose of parental discipline (Ephesians 6:4)

    CHOICES

    • Given to us by God (Genesis 2:15-17)
    • Why God gives us the freedom to choose (Genesis 2:16-17)
    • Long-range effects of (Proverbs 1:10-19)
    • Benefits of good ones (Proverbs 13:6)
    • Questions to ask to help us choose rightly (John 5:19-23)
    • Following Christ means making difficult choices (Matthew 9:9)
    • Trusting in Gods choices for you (Romans 9:12-14)

    CIRCUMSTANCES 

    • Make good use of present circumstances (1 Samuel 16:19-21)
    • Look at yours from Godʼs point of view (1 Samuel 17:26)
    • Steps for dealing with difficult ones (2 Chronicles 32:1)
    • God has put you where you are for a purpose (Esther 4:13-14)
    • Not always a measure of Godʼs goodness (Job 21:1)

    COMMITMENT

    • Learned through being tested (Genesis 22:7-8)
    • Donʼt compromise commitment to God (Exodus 8:25-29)
    • Destroyed by sex outside of marriage (Deuteronomy 23:17-18)
    • How we live shows our commitment to God (Joshua 24:15)
    • God wants our total commitment (2 Chronicles 15:14-15)
    • Commit to praising God daily (Psalm 61:8)
    • Marriage designed for a lifetime (Matthew 5:31-32)
    • What true commitment to Christ means (John 12:25)
    • Determines our ability to keep promises (John 13:37-38)

    COMMUNICATION

    • Listen (James1:19-20)
    • Speak wisely (Proverbs 10:19)
    • Anger (Proverbs 15:1)
    • Reconcile quickly (Ephesians 4:26-27)
    • Speak with love (Ephesians 4:15)

    COMPLAINING

    • Donʼt respond to crisis with (Exodus 14:10-11)
    • Erodes our faith in God (Numbers 16:41)
    • A response to stress (Exodus 16:2)
    • Pray instead (Exodus 17:2)
    • Comes from forgetting what we have (Numbers 11:4-9)
    • Why is it so harmful? (Philippians 2:14-16)
    • Donʼt complain about problems without doing something about it (1 Samuel 7:2-3)

    CONFLICT

    • Take the initiative to solve (Genesis 13:5-9)
    • Preparing for (Genesis 14:14-16)
    • When itʼs wise to avoid them (Genesis 26:17-22)
    • Not always worth the consequences (Numbers 20:21)
    • Try to make peace first (Joshua 22:11-34)
    • Finding peace in conflict (John 14:27-29)

    CONSEQUENCES

    • Of even a small sin is deadly (Genesis 3:17-19)
    • Of disobedience to god (Exodus 8:15)
    • Consider them before making a choice (Numbers 20:21, 1 Chronicles 21:13-14)
    • Godʼs warnings help us avoid tragic ones (Deuteronomy 27:15-26)
    • All your decisions have consequences (Judges 16:21)

    CRITICISM

    • Reacting to unjust criticism (1 Samuel 1:8)
    • Criticizing others for your own weaknesses (2 Samuel 12:5-6)
    • How do you react to? (Acts 8:24)
    • How it becomes hypocritical (Luke 6:41)
    • Donʼt be defensive when criticized (2 Corinthians 7:11, Galatians 4:16)
    • How we become critical of others (Galatians 5: 14-15)
    • Keep your conduct above criticism (1 Peter 3:16)

    DECEIT

    • Not justified, even to achieve worthy goal (Genesis 27:5-10)
    • How we deceive others (Exodus 20:16)
    • More powerful than we realize (Judges 16:19)
    • Leads to disaster (2 Samuel 1:13)

    DISAGREEMENTS

    • How they can be destructive (Genesis 13:7-8)
    • Root cause of (Numbers 12:1)
    • Benefits of resolving them quickly (Matthew 5:25-26)

    DISCOURAGEMENT

    • Pray when you feel discouraged (1 Samuel 1:10)
    • Donʼt let people discourage you (1 Samuel 17:28-32, Nehemiah 4:1-5)
    • Makes us feel sorry for ourselves (1 Kings 19:10)
    • Remember Godʼs purpose during (Nehemiah 4:10-14)
    • Turning it into opportunity (Philippians 1:12-14)

    DISHONESTY 

    • Worrying about getting caught vs. doing right (Genesis 27:11-12)
    • Dulls our sense of right and wrong (1 Samuel 15:13-14)
    • Side effects of (Proverbs 20:23)

    DISOBEDIENCE

    • Is a sin (Genesis 3:14-19)
    • Often brings on trouble (Numbers 20:3-5)
    • Makes our lives more difficult (Deuteronomy 2:14-15)
    • Requires discipline (Deuteronomy 34:4,10)
    • Only pretending to obey God (Matthew 21:30)
    • Do you make excuses for yours? (1 Samuel 13:12-13)

    DIVORCE

    • Wrong attitudes toward (Matthew 5:31-32)
    • And adultery (Matthew 5:32)
    • Why Gods law made provision for (Matthew 19:7-8, 10-12)
    • Jesusʼ words about ….. Mark 10:5-9 (Luke 16:18)
    • Staying with an unbelieving spouse (1 Corinthians 7:12-16)
    • Old Testament laws about (Deuteronomy 24:1-4)

    EMPLOYERS

    • Employer-employee relationships (Proverbs 25:13, Ephesians 6:6-8, Titus 2:9-10)
    • Submitting to them even when unjust (1 Peter 2:18-21)

    ENDURANCE

    • Essential to faith (Mark 13:13)
    • The secret to (Revelation 14:12)
    • An evidence to salvation (Matthew 10:22, Hebrews 3:6)

    ETERNAL LIFE

    • How to get it (John 17:3, 1 John 5:12)
    • Begins at spiritual rebirth (John 5:24)
    • How it is different from life now (John 3:16)
    • God is the source of (John 20:22)
    • Gate to it is narrow (Matthew 7:13-14)
    • Comes through faith not just being good (Matthew 7:21-23)
    • Cling to this life and lose eternal life (Matthew 10:39)
    • Security of (John 14:1-3)
    • Comes only through Jesus (John 6:67-68)
    • Includes the presence of the Holy Spirit (John 7:38)
    • Our full reward comes then (Matthew 19:27)
    • Canʼt earn it (Luke 18:18)
    • What it involves (2 Timothy 2:11-13)

    EXCUSES

    • Donʼt look for excuses to leave your marriage (Matthew 5:32)
    • For avoiding what god wants you to do (Matthew 25:24-30)
    • How we excuse sin (Genesis 3:11-13, 1 Corinthians 6:12, Philippians 2:5-11, James 1:13-15, Revelation 2:6)
    • Donʼt make excuses for your disobedience (1 Samuel 13:12-13)

    FAILURE 

    • Let them strengthen, not weaken you (Joshua 8:1)
    • Recognizing ours (Luke 22:62)
    • Godʼs work not limited by human failure (Matthew 1:1-17)
    • Donʼt repeat those of others (Isaiah 42:23)

    FAITH

    • Lack of it brings series of problems (Genesis 16:3)
    • Grows with exercise (Genesis 50:24)
    • Complaining can show lack of (Exodus 14:11-12)
    • Lack of it brings troubles (Numbers 20:3-5)
    • Is following God despite the difficulties (Deuteronomy 1:22)
    • Involves endurance to the end (Joshua 14:6-12)
    • Affected by relationships (Judges 3:5-7)
    • Is believing in the impossible (2 Kings 7:1-2)
    • Not knowing all the answers develop it (Job 1:1)
    • Could you trust God if you lost everything (Job 1:20-22)
    • Does not guarantee prosperity (Job 2:10)
    • Must not be based on personal comfort (Job 2:10)
    • When you feel stagnant in (Psalm 51:12)
    • Comes alive when we apply scripture (Psalm 119:125)
    • Won't eliminate feeling of rejection or disappointment (Jeremiah 21:1-2)
    • Being faithful regardless of circumstances (Daniel 3:16-18)
    • Doesnʼt always exempt us from suffering (Acts 5:17-18, Hebrews 11:35-39)
    • Strengthened by waiting (Matthew 9:27-30)
    • Anything is possible with (Mark 9:23)
    • Results in changed behavior (Luke 19:8)

    FEAR

    • Two reasons not to (Genesis 15:1)
    • Of lifeʼs circumstances (John 6:18)
    • It is normal but shouldnʼt paralyze us (Genesis 46:3-4)
    • Can keep us from opportunities (Exodus 2:7-8)
    • Donʼt respond to crisis with (Exodus 14:10-11)
    • Why God said “Donʼt be afraid” (Exodus 20:20)
    • Comes when we leave out God (Joshua 1:5)
    • How to resist it (Nehemiah 2:2-3, Psalm 27:1, Mark 4:38-40)
    • How faith overcomes it (John 6:18-19)

    FORGIVENESS

    • Understanding Godʼs forgiveness should make us more willing to forgive (Genesis 50:15-21, Romans 12:17-21)
    • Changes bitterness to joy (Luke 15:30)
    • Brings freedom and dignity (Leviticus 26:13)
    • Confession and repentance essential for (1 Chronicles 21:8)
    • Demonstrates strength, not weakness (1 King 1:52-53)
    • Means forgetting the wrong committed against you (Psalm 103:12)
    • First step in restoring relationship (Matthew 5:32)
    • God wont forgive those who donʼt forgive others (Matthew 6:14-15)
    • Found only in faith in Christ (John 20:23)
    • How often should we grant it (Matthew 18:22)
    • Donʼt withhold it from others (Matthew 18:35)
    • Admitting the need for (Mark 1:5)
    • Use it first before judging others (John 8:7)
    • Must lead to change of heart (John 8:11)
    • How it is tied to obedience (John 8:51)
    • Only way to Godʼs power (Acts 8:18-23)
    • Why we should forgive our enemies (Romans 12:19-21)
    • Involves both attitudes and action (Romans 12:19-21)
    • What true forgiveness involves (Philemon 1:10)

    GREED

    • Greed causes spiritual blindness (Numbers 22:20-23)
    • Comes from pride (James 4:4-6)
    • Can cause you to lose everything (2 Chronicles 10:16-19)
    • Can lead us to sinful surroundings (Genesis 14:12)

    HARDHEARTEDNESS

    • Keeps us from seeing our need for God (Psalm 95:8,11)
    • Godʼs word canʼt take root in a hardened heart (Jeremiah 4:3)
    • What it means (John 12:39-41, Hebrews 3:7-15)
    • How it happens (Hebrews 3:12-14)
    • Godʼs punishment for (Romans 11:8-10)

    HELPER

    • Genesis 1:28
    • Genesis 1:26-27
    • 1 Corinthians 11:3, 8-9, 11-12
    • Gods design (Genesis 2:18-22)
    • Worthy wife (Proverbs 12:4)
    • A wife of noble character (Proverbs 31:10-30)
    • Powerful help (2 Corinthians 1:8-12)
    • Honesty importance of (1 Samuel 15:13-14, Psalm 24:4, Proverbs 19:1)

    HOPE 

    • Comes from seeing Godʼs perspective (Leviticus 26:40-45)
    • In the midst of crisis ….. Mark 5:35-36 (2 Corinthians 4:18)
    • How it helps us live now (Philippians 3:13-14)
    • Why it is a key to the Christian life (1 Corinthians 15:54-56)

    HUMILITY

    • What it means (Psalm 8:3-4)
    • Stops quarrels (Proverbs 13:10)
    • How can we humble ourselves? (Luke 14:11)
    • Obedience begins with (2 Kings 5:9-15)
    • End result of (Luke 14:16)

    HUSBANDS

    • Commanded to love their wives (Ephesians 5:22-24)
    • How should they love their wives (Ephesians 5:25-30, 1 Peter 3:7)
    • Achieving oneness in marriage (Ephesians 5:31-33)
    • Understanding their proper role as (Titus 2:6)

    IMPATIENCE

    • Growing impatient with God (Joshua 11:18)
    • Makes us act against Godʼs will (1 Samuel 13:11-12)

    IN-LAWS

    • Paying respect (Exodus 20:12, Hebrews 12:9)
    • Giving advice (Exodus 18:13-24)
    • Causing grief (Genesis 26:34-35)
    • Showing kindness (Ruth 1:6-14)

    JEALOUSY

    • Strong dividing force (Genesis 26:12-16)
    • Causes blind anger (Genesis 27:41)
    • Can lead to other sins (Genesis 37:19-20)
    • Donʼt let it get a foothold (1 Samuel 18:8)

    JUDGING OTHERS

    • Donʼt be quick to judge (Acts 11:2-18)
    • Avoid double standards when (Isaiah 11:3-5)
    • Why it should be left to God (Matthew 13:40-43, 1 Corinthians 4:5)
    • Canʼt judge othersʼ salvation (Matthew 16:27)

    LEADER

    • A bold leader (Genesis 12:1-5)
    • Godʼs design for husbands (Ephesians 5:22-24)
    • Responsibility of a leader (1 Timothy 3:4-5)
    • Spiritual leader (Job 1:1-5)
    • Good leaders accept responsibilitY (1 Chronicles 21:8)
    • Must not ignore their families (1 Kings 1:6)
    • Put best interests of people above their own (1 Kings 12:15-19)
    • Lack of spiritual leadership leads to ruin (1 Kings 22:52-53)
    • Leading by example (Nehemiah 3:1)
    • Good ones are servants (Matthew 20:27, Luke 22:24-27)

    LEAVE/CLEAVE

    • Difficulty leaving (Genesis 2:24)
    • Leaving with love (Genesis 31:55)
    • Leaving completely (Genesis 39:7-18)
    • The emotions of leaving (Genesis 44:18-22)
    • Gods design to leave (Mark 10:6-8)
    • Married for life (Mark 10:9)
    • Unity in marriage (Matthew 19:6)
    • Building your marriage (Proverbs 14:1)
    • Happiness in marriage (Deuteronomy 24:5)

    LOVE 

    • What real love is (Song of Solomon 8:6-7, 1 Corinthians 13:13, 1 John 3:16)
    • Difference between love and lust (2 Samuel 13:14-15, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
    • Loving those who wrong us (Matthew 5:38-42)
    • Difficult to love if you think only of yourself (Matthew 24:12)
    • Real love take effort (Romans 12:9)
    • Loves commitment (Ephesians 5:25, 28-29, 33)
    • Loves contrast (Proverbs 15:17)
    • Loveʼs choice (Genesis 24:67)
    • Loveʼs sacrifice (Genesis 29:18-20)
    • Loving enemies (Matthew 5:43-48)

    LOYALTY

    • Importance of (Proverbs 3:3)
    • Loyalty broken (Matthew 19:5-6)
    • Guard your mind (Matthew 5:27-28)
    • Guard your eyes (Psalm 101:3)

    LUST

    • What it is (Numbers 11:34)
    • How to combat it (Judges 16:15)
    • How it is harmful (Matthew 5:27-30, Romans 13:12-14)

    LYING

    • Why is it dangerous to unity? (Ephesians 4:25)
    • Lying to make yourself look good (2 Chronicles 18:5-16)
    • A conscious attempt to deceive (Exodus 20:16)
    • Only compounds problems (Genesis 12:11-13)

    MARRIAGE

    • Achieving oneness in (Genesis 2:18-24)
    • Eliminating barriers in (Genesis 2:25)
    • Between a believer and unbeliever (Ezra 9:1-2, 1 Corinthians 7:12-16)
    • Importance of strong ones (Proverbs 18:22)
    • Encouragement and appreciation in (Song of Solomon 2:1, 4:1-7)
    • Is your spouse also your friend? (Song of Solomon 5:16)
    • Wrong attitudes toward (Matthew 5:31-32)
    • Donʼt look for excuses to leave yours (Matthew 5:32)
    • Jesus speaks about its purpose (Mark 10:5-9)
    • Intended to be permanent (Matthew 19:7-8, Luke 16:18)
    • Donʼt assume you married the wrong person (1 Corinthians 7:17)
    • Problems marriage wont solve (1 Corinthians 7:28)
    • Submission in (1 Corinthians 11:3, Ephesians 5:21-22)
    • Spiritual leadership in (Ephesians 5:22-24)
    • How should a man love his wife (Ephesians 5:2)

    MONEY

    • Cannot bring true happiness (1 Timothy 6:6-10)
    • Donʼt trust your money, trust God (1 Timothy 6:17, 19)
    • Covetousness (Hebrews 13:5-6)
    • A rich fool (Luke 12:13-34)
    • Idolatry (Ephesians 5:3-5)
    • Contentment (Philippians 4:11-13)
    • Investments (Matthew 6:19-24)
    • Giving to the needy (Matthew 6:1-4)
    • Choosing God over (Numbers 24:11)
    • Returning a portion to God and others (Numbers 31:25-30)
    • Donʼt let it affect your decisions (2 Chronicles 25:9-10)
    • How people use it reveals much about their character (Psalm 37:21)
    • Obedience to God more important than (Psalm 119:36)
    • Balance between generosity and stewardship (Proverbs 6:1-5)
    • Cannot provide safety (Proverbs 18:11)
    • Tempts us to sacrifice integrity (Proverbs 19:1)
    • Saving some for the future (Proverbs 21:20)
    • How it deceives us (Ecclesiastes 10:19)
    • Ironies in how we use it (Ezekiel 7:19)
    • Using it for God (Ezekiel 7:20)
    • Keeping it from controlling you (Matthew 6:24)
    • Keys to using it wisely (Luke 12:33)
    • Dealing with the love of (Mark 10:17-23, 1 Timothy 6:6-10)
    • Gaining a proper perspective on (Mark 10:21)
    • How it makes one less dependent on God (Mark 10:23)
    • Principles of tithing (Mark 12:41-44)
    • Donʼt give expecting something in return (Luke 6:35)
    • Tests our integrity (Luke 16:10-11)
    • Has it become your first priority? (Psalms 15:5, Luke 16:13)
    • How it deceives us (Luke 18:24-27)
    • Take seriously Jesusʼ warnings about (Luke 16:14)
    • Necessity of money vs. love of (James 5:1-6)
    • Canʼt take it to eternity (Revelation 18:11-19)

    MORALS, VALUES

    • What do you allow to influence yours? (Exodus 23:24-25, Romans 1:25, 12:3)
    • What you cherish shows your values (2 Chronicles 13:8)
    • God the source of (2 Kings 17:27-29)
    • Godʼs are opposed to societyʼs (Psalm 146:9)
    • Adjusting to culture without compromising them (Daniel 1:12)
    • Heavenly vs. earthly ones (Matthew 6:24)
    • Judging others by wrong ones (Luke 3:2)
    • Why we should live by Godʼs standards (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
    • Being good vs. being Godly (Ephesians 2:3)
    • What you value shows how eternal your perspective is (Philippians 1:20-21)

    OBEDIENCE

    • The way to true freedom (Genesis 3:5)
    • Why we should obey God (Genesis 17:1)
    • Difficult to obey God in absence of other Christians (Phillipians 2:12)
    • Comes from true love for God (John 14:21)
    • Learned obedience through suffering (Hebrews 5:5-10)
    • Leads to peace (2 Chronicles 14:1-6)
    • Begins with humility (2 Kings 5:9-15)
    • Can lead to miracles (1 Kings 17:13-16)
    • Selective obedience is really disobedience (1 Samuel 15:9)
    • God uses delays to test ours (1 Samuel 13:11-12)
    • Obeying God out of love (Joshua 22:5)
    • Helps us accomplish more (Numbers 2:34)
    • How it is learned (Exodus 16:4-5)
    • Obey God even when task seems impossible (Exodus 6:10-12)

    PARENTS

    • Children follow their example (Genesis 26:7-11, Proverbs 1:8)
    • How their sins affect their children (Exodus 34:7)
    • Teaching Scripture to their children (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)
    • Instructing their children in faith (Psalm 22:30-31, Matthew 18:14)
    • Parent-child relationships in the home (1 Samuel 8:1-3, Ephesians 6:1-4)
    • Must encourage their children to seek wisdom (Proverbs 4:3-4)
    • Disciplining their children (Proverbs 13:24)
    • Teaching their children to trust (Matthew 18:6)
    • Seeking Godʼs will for their children (Matthew 20:20)

    PATIENCE

    • Godʼs patience toward us (Genesis 6:3, 19:24)
    • In waiting for Godʼs timing (Genesis 8:6-16, John 11:5-7)
    • Key to achieving many goals (Genesis 29:20-28)
    • Difficult to persist in (Genesis 30:22-24)
    • God uses delays to test ours (1 Samuel 13:11-12)
    • God is waiting for us to turn to him (Luke 15:20)
    • A key to enduring suffering (2 Thessalonians 1:4)

    PRAYER

    • Using it to overcome temptation (Genesis 3:1-6, Matthew 26:40-41)
    • Why God may withhold an answer (Genesis 25:21)
    • Turn your worries into (Genesis 32:9-12, Philippians 4:6-7)
    • Changes attitudes and events (Exodus 32:9-14, Acts 12:5)
    • God hears every one (Psalm 4:3)
    • The secret to a close relationship to God (Psalm 5:1-3)
    • Pray even when God seems far away (Psalm 10:1)
    • A weapon against evil (Psalm 55:17)
    • Can release tensions of emotional stress (Psalm 62:3-6)
    • Places our focus on God (Psalm 77:1-12)
    • Discernment to ask for the right things (Matthew 7:9-10)
    • Relying on the Holy Spirit in (Matthew 18:19-20)
    • Should precede important decisions (Luke 6:12)
    • Puts us under Godʼs control (Luke 6:19)
    • Praying in Godʼs will (1 John 5:14-15)

    PRIDE

    • Wounded pride makes us want to lash out (Numbers 22:29)
    • Causes us to want recognition (Judges 8:1-3)
    • Makes us take too much of the credit (Judges 15:14-17)
    • Leads to corruption (2 Chronicles 26:16)
    • Prejudice grows out of (Esther 3:5-6)
    • Relationship between sexual sin (Proverbs 2:16-17)
    • An ingredient in every quarrel (Proverbs 13:10)
    • How it affects our values (Mark 9:34)
    • Comes from self-righteousness (Luke 18:11-14)
    • Interferes with our ability to reason (John 7:51)
    • Donʼt let it keep you from asking others for help (Acts 8:30-31)
    • Blinds us to our faults (Ephesians 2:11-13)

    PROBLEMS 

    • May be testing your faith (Genesis 12:10, Luke 4:1, 2 Thessalonians 1:5)
    • Danger of solving them our way (Genesis 16:3)
    • None too complicated for God (Genesis 16:13, 18:14)
    • God will help solve yours (Genesis 20:11-13)
    • Christianity doesnʼt guarantee problem-free life (Genesis 35:10, Psalm 18:32-34)
    • What they can teach us (James 1:2-4)
    • Let them make you better, not bitter (Exodus 1:12)
    • Can exercise our patience (Exodus 5:22-23)
    • Finding hope in the midst of (Leviticus 26:40-45, John 5:6)
    • Turn to God first when problems arise (Judges 4:3)
    • Let them drive you toward not away from God (2 Corinthians 1:8-10, Revelation 2:9-11)
    • Look for solutions rather than blame (1 Samuel 30:6)
    • Refine our character (Psalm 66:10-12)
    • Trusting God with (Mark 4:38-40)
    • Should not keep us from God (Mark 5:25-34)
    • How God works them all for good (Romans 8:28)

    RELIGION 

    • Godʼs view vs. peopleʼs view (Judges 9:4)
    • Religious differences in marriage (1 Kings 3:1)
    • Is yours routing or real (Isaiah 29:13-14)
    • Becoming entrenched in religious traditions (Matthew 8: 10-12)
    • Religion without substance (Matthew 21:19)
    • When it becomes empty ritual (1 Samuel 15:22-23)
    • Looking religious while being far from God (Matthew 5:20)

    REPENTANCE

    • True repentance is revealed by changed actions (Exodus 9:27-34, Ezra 10:3-4, 11)
    • Must be more than admitting guilt (Numbers 14:40-44)
    • We need continual repentance (Deuteronomy 31: 27-29)
    • Measures our spiritual integrity (Judges 2:4)
    • No one is too evil to repent (1 Kings 21:29)
    • What it means (Matthew 3:6, 2 Corinthians 7:10)
    • True repentance makes a difference in your life (Matthew 3:6)
    • Baptism is a sign of (Mark 1:4)
    • Makes us valuable to God (Luke 3:17)
    • Needed for entrance into Godʼs kingdom (John 3:3)

    ROMANCE 

    • True love (Song of Solomon 8:6-7)
    • A womanʼs beauty (1 Peter 3:3-4)
    • A manʼs respect (1 Peter 3:7)
    • Loss of love (Revelation 2:4)
    • Loves memory (Revelation 2:4-5)
    • Beauty that comes from within (1 Peter 3:3-4,7)

    SELF-CENTEREDNESS

    • Do you worry first about yourself or others? (Genesis 37:29-30)
    • When youʼre too worried about what others think of you (1 Samuel 15:30)
    • How it brings a loss of hope (Psalm 100:3)
    • Opposite of true love (1 Peter 1:22)

    SELF-CONTROL 

    • Shown by the ability to control your tongue (Proverbs 13:3)
    • Needed to grow spiritually (2 Peter 1:6)

    SELFISHNESS

    • How it causes quarrels (James 4:1-3)
    • With our money (Luke 16:19-31)
    • In the pursuit of pleasure (Mark 8:36-37)
    • Could you give up everything to follow Jesus? (Matthew 19:21)
    • Leads to blind ambition (Judges 9:2-5)

    SEX

    • Why sex must be limited to marriage (Deuteronomy 23:17-18)
    • Sexual relationships in marriage (Proverbs 5:18-20, 1 Corinthians 7:3-5)
    • Dealing with sexual pressure (1 Corinthians 7:9)
    • Sexual desires must be placed under Godʼs control (1 Thessalonians 4:1-8)
    • Sexual affection (1 Corinthians 7:2-5)
    • Sexual purity (1 Thessalonians 4:3-8)
    • Sex is good (Hebrews 13:4)

    SEXUAL SIN

    • Consequences often devastating (Genesis 34:27-29)
    • Resisting it (Genesis 39:9)
    • Why it is so dangerous (Leviticus 20:10-21, Deuteronomy 23:17-18)
    • How to combat temptation of (Judges 16:15)
    • Relationship between pride and (Proverbs 2:16-17)
    • Always hurts someone (Proverbs 6:25-35, Romans 1:26-27)
    • Ways to avoid (Proverbs 7:25-27)
    • Committing mental adultery (Matthew 5:27-28)
    • How lust is harmful (Matthew 5: 27-28)
    • Why God forbids sexual sin (1 Corinthians 6:13, Revelation 2:20)
    • Why it is not freedom but enslavement (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

    SUBMISSION

    • What it really means (1 Corinthians 11:3, 1 Peter 3:5)
    • How it should be handled (1 Corinthians 11:9-11)
    • Why submit (Colossians 3:18)
    • Respect through submission (Ephesians 5:33)
    • How to submit (1 Peter 3:1-6, Ephesians 5:22-24)
    • Power of submission (1 Peter 5:5-7)

    TITHING

    • Purpose and principles of (Deuteronomy 14:22-23, 2 Corinthians 8:10-15)
    • To be given first (Exodus 22:29)
    • Giving your best (Deuteronomy 17:1)
    • Giving sacrificially (2 Corinthians 8:2-5)
    • Deciding how much to give (2 Corinthians 8:12)
    • Other benefits of (2 Corinthians 9:12-15)

    TRUST

    • Half-truths show a lack of trust in God (Genesis 20:11-12)
    • Takes time to build it up (Genesis 50:5)
    • Trust God for the way out of your problems (Exodus 2:9)
    • Essential to marriage (Numbers 5:11-31)
    • Lack of trust keeps us from receiving Godʼs best for us (Hebrews 3:15-19)
    • When facing new situations (Genesis 46:3-4)
    • Trusting God spares us much grief (Exodus 14:11-12)
    • Lack of trust leads to stress (Exodus 16:2)
    • Trusting God when resources slip away (1 Samuel 13:11-12)
    • Can you trust in God no matter what? (Job 1:1)
    • Seek it in marriage (1 Corinthians 7:15-16)
    • Lack of unity comes from a lack of love (Galatians 5:14-15)
    • Must be worked at (Ephesians 4:1-6)
    • Achieving unity in marriage (Ephesians 5:22-24)
    • Love is the greatest unifying force (Philippians 1:7-8, 1 John 2:7-8)
    • Barriers to (Genesis 13:7-8)
    • Related to faith in God (Judges 19:1-21,25)
    • Achieving it amidst conflict (2 Samuel 3:1)

    WISDOM

    • We should ask God for (1 Kings 3:6-9)
    • Having wisdom vs. acting upon it (1 Kings 3:12)
    • What true wisdom is (Proverbs 1:7-9)
    • Why it is found only in God (Job 28:13)
    • Comes from reading the Bible (Psalm 119:97-104)
    • Comes from listening (Proverbs 1:23-28)
    • Worldʼs wisdom vs. Godʼs wisdom (Obadiah 1:8)
    • Comes from walking with God (Luke 2:40)

    WIVES

    • How should wives submit to their husbands? (1 Corinthians 11:9-11, Ephesians 5:22-24)
    • How should a husband love his wife? (Ephesians 5:25-30, 1 Peter 3:7)
    • Obtaining oneness in marriage (Ephesians 5:31-33)

    WORRY

    • Donʼt worry about details beyond your control (Genesis 7:16)
    • Its ill effects (Matthew 6:24-34)
    • Turn your worries into prayers (Philippians 4:6-7)
    • Can cause us to forfeit peace with God (Genesis 21:7)
    • Can reveal a lack of faith in Godʼs control (Psalm 37:8-9)
    • Donʼt worry if you canʼt understand everything (Proverbs 20:24)
    • Holy Spirit helps us stop (Matthew 10:19-20)
  • Small Group Coach Expectations

    Because Harvest Bible Chapel is a church of small groups, the love and care we provide to our Small Group Leaders is extremely important. Our coaches have the opportunity to pour into the lives of small group leaders and ensure their spiritual success. The expectations below outline the responsibilities of a Harvest Small Group Coach.

    • Live out the Five Small Group Objectives in front of your leaders: Godly Character, Genuine Commitment, Growing Competence, Gracious Caring, and Glorious Commission. The place to start is by leading your own Small Group.
    • Contact your Small Group Leaders at least once a month to assess how they and their group are doing. This can take the form of a face-to-face meeting or phone conversation.
    • Assure Small Group Leaders are teaching the basics of the Harvest Small Group Ministry, M+Ms, One Anothers, etc. at least quarterly to ensure the vision of growth and change are supplanted. 
    • Make sure the Small Group Leaders in your Flock are inputting their weekly attendance into Fellowship One weekly.
    • Gather your Small Group Leaders in a Flock gathering at least quarterly to provide for them a time of encouragement, growth, and accountability.
    • Pray daily for your Small Group Leaders.
    • Complete the Coach Home Visit Report online either during or after your small group visit.
    • Visit your assigned small groups at least three times a year, and more if you are assisting a Small Group Leader through challenging issues.
    • Help your leaders evaluate their small group.
    • Multiply your ministry by praying for and training an Apprentice Coach.
    • Be faithful in attending Coaches’ meetings, leader retreats, and other training events.
    • Learn as much as you can about the dynamics of Harvest Small Groups and why we do Small Group Ministry at Harvest.
    • Be ready to lead training sessions for new Coaches when called upon.
    • Assist in interviewing new Coaches.
  • Five Small Group Leader Objectives

    GODLY CHARACTER
    1. Models “FAITH” (Faithful, Available, Integrity, Teachable, Heart for God and People)
    2. Pure in thoughts
    3. Sound character in speech and action
    4. Pure in ethical conduct
    5. Maintains regular confession to clear sin against God or others
    6. Fulfills role(s) of spouse, parent, friend, and leader
    7. Studies God’s Word consistently
    8. Seeks to hide God’s Word in their heart through memorization
    9. Consistent in prayer
    10. Comfortable praying in public
    11. Seeks to humbly Worship-Walk-Work daily
    12. Seeks to daily esteem others  more highly than self
    13. Considered humble and teachable
    14. Committed to “going with the flow" and flexible

    GENUINE COMMITMENT
    1. Committed disciple-maker
    2. Passionate about and committed to the mission of Harvest Bible Chapel
    3. Believes in the power and need of multiplication
    4. Takes their roles and responsibilities at home seriously
    5. Takes their roles and responsibilities at work seriously
    6. Takes their roles and responsibilities in ministry seriously
    7. Balances personal, work, and ministry roles and responsibilities well
    8. Devotes sufficient time and prep to the execution of ministry tasks
    9. Realizes the importance of feedback from others in order to grow
    10. Receives feedback and input from others without being defensive in thought, words, or action
    11. Submits to spiritual authority
    12. Committed to a lifetime  of growing in Christ and in the knowledge of Him

    GROWING COMPETENCE
    1. Exhibits a growing love for people
    2. Excited about caring, equipping, and influencing people as a small group leader
    3. Facilitates meaningful conversations when talking to people
    4. Loves to search God’s Word for wisdom and counsel
    5. Speaks Truth with compassion and skill
    6. Facilitates discussions by asking good questions
    7. Redirects to keep conversations on topic
    8. Brings conviction without condemning
    9. Models application of God’s Word in their own life with excitement
    10. Communicates principles, goals, and ideas in a way that is clear and compelling
    11. Lives in a way that points others to Christ and the Gospel
    12. Enjoys praying for and with others

    GRACIOUS CARING
    1. Opens their home in good or bad weather with a joyful attitude
    2. Receives anyone who would come to their small group no matter their cleanliness or any other disturbing feature
    3. Takes the Scriptural call to hospitality very seriously
    4. Seeks to find ways to serve all small group members before, during, and after small group gatherings
    5. Organizes meals to be delivered to people in small group as needed due to illness, surgery, etc.
    6. Teaches, models, and encourages their small group to practice the many “one anothers” within their small group culture
    7. Serves communion during small group from time to time and to shut-ins if applicable
    8. Excited to show or demonstrate the heart attitude of caring at all times

    GLORIOUS COMMISION
    1. Promotes and practices the M+Ms as often as possible (Multiplication + Mutual Ministry)
    2. Embraces leader multiplication via the Apprentice Program (Discern, Develop, Deploy)
    3. Plans, communicates, and implements service projects in the community at least three times each year
    4. Watches for discipleship opportunities within their small group
    5. Takes the Scriptural injunction for accountability very seriously (Confrontation, Confession, Questions, Forgiveness, Salvation)
    6. Engages in counseling when needed and/or will refer to Harvest Biblical Soul Care if the “SOS” score and/or situation requires it
    7. Seeks to lead others to Christ when possible

  • Small Group Member Evaluation of Leaders