What if We Got Off the Couch? with Alan Danielson

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I love the title of this training...What if we got off the couch! I think that's a great question that we need to not only ask, but respond to. Watch this story about a small group that decided to get off the couch.


Ken said that he is a doer. He felt like “doing” the word of God would actually help his group understand the word of God better. He went on to say that being a doer helps you to actually resist the consumerism that can stall our faith. That really resonates with the mission of our church. Tell me how your group would react to this kind of message. Would they embrace it or shy away from it?
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How can we maintain the balance of community and fellowship (staying on the couch) with being more missional or impacting the community (getting off the couch)?
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Why do you think so many church programs and meetings revolve more around learning than going out together and doing?
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How did Jesus do discipleship? He didn’t talk about feeding the hungry, teaching the lost, or healing the sick… He went out! Is discipleship about studying or doing? Jesus took the disciples out into the world and they served together. What if your small group spent 95% of your time serving and 5% of your time studying? What do you think would happen?
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Consider three dates in the next two months to "go and do" rather than "sit and talk". What could you do? Who could you serve?
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Bring these thoughts to your next group meeting and discuss them with the members of the group. It's always important to make sure that they feel like they have ownership of the group as well, so include them in the decision making process for finding ways to serve together.