February 2018

February 2018

Leading From A Healthy Soul

The effects of an unhealthy soul are most obvious in our behaviors.

Behavior: Our behaviors are coping mechanisms that we have learned that are often unconscious and harmful.

Emotions: Are below the surface, less obvious but fuel our behaviors.

  • Instead of “why,” start with “what.”
  • “What was I feeling before I acted?”
  • Sometimes the emotion is triggered by a present event, sometimes it is triggered by a past event.

Belief: Lies or truth fuel our emotions that fuel our behaviors.

  • “What lie am I believing about myself when I felt that way?”


What do we do?

  1. Identify the lie that we believe and replace it with the Gospel truth.

a. Recognize the lies we believe.

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth…” (John 16:13)

b. Repent for believing the lie.

“Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13)

 c. Receive and believe God’s truth.

“and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

 d. Renew your mind daily with God’s truth.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)

2. Be honest with your behaviors and emotions.

3. Tell your story: be “known” to someone who will love and accept you just as you are.

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed” (James 5:16)


What do we do for others?

1. Create a safe place for people to tell their stories.

2. Ask people what they are feeling and what lies they are believing.

3. Help them to replace the lies that they believe with God’s truth.


Summit Takeaways:

  • A healthy soul comes as we are proactive in processing with others.
  • Cultivate safe environments of trust for transparency in group.
  • The health in our soul improves as we help others.


Discussion Questions:

  • What stood out to you from the teaching?
  • How do you think you can apply this to your leadership?
  • What are some of the things that create a safe environment for people to share?
  • Who can you help lead to a place of health in their soul?

January 2018

January 2018

Fill Up and Follow Up

Main Thought:

As we enter into a new year, we want to make sure we start it right with God first. Here are two practical ways for us to do this:


1.     Fill Up.

Spiritually, we want to make sure that our tank is full. We need to set a time to fill up and replenish our soul. We primarily do this through a focused time of prayer, word, and reflection.


2.     Follow Up.

Relationally, we want to follow up with people. Since the end of the year is full of distractions, January is when everyone’s schedule is open for connection. We need to leverage this window by following up and following through with those we were reaching and inviting during the Christmas season.


How we begin the year determines how the year will go. We want to come close to God and stay close with others. As we are filled up, we will have the grace to follow up with those we are believing God for. Let’s start 2018 with the right heart and mindset together.


Discussion Questions:

·  What will you do to fill up spiritually? What are you believing God for in 2018?

·  Who do you need to follow up with? What will you do to consistently connect with them?


Upcoming Events:

  • Prayer and Fasting

We will begin the new year with prayer and fasting. Starting on January 10, we will commit each Wednesday to a complete fast and end it with prayer at our Main Campus (Worship Center) from 6:30pm - 7:30pm. We are encouraging everyone to choose one day a week to fast, and each Grace Group to attend one of the four prayer pockets for the month (Jan. 10, 17, 24, & 31). We also have a 24-day devotional to help you personally connect with God. Pick-up one at our Connection Center or download it online at pearlside.org/devotional.

  • Discipleship Summit

Our Spring Discipleship Summit will take place in February. The theme will be “Leading from a Healthy Soul.” We will have two pockets to choose from:

o   Monday, February 5, 2018 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm

o   Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 9:00am – 11:30am

You can register through the Pearlside App or Pearlside.org/events.

November 2017

November 2017

Leveraging The Holidays For Discipleship

“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:25 NLT)

We want to leverage the holidays for discipleship, not lose discipleship during the holidays.

Three ways we can leverage the holidays for discipleship:

1. Plan ahead.

  • When we fail to plan, we plan to fail.
  • Look at upcoming dates and plan around them. (Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, etc.)
  • Plan outreaches, dinners, and parties in advance. So you can let the group and those you are reaching out to know ahead of time for scheduling purposes.
  • Consider doing things with other Grace Groups so you can create community with others in the church.


2. Leverage what you already have to do.

  • Include evangelism and discipleship into the things you are already doing.
  • Not adding more, but being purposeful and inclusive with what you have to do.


3. Fight to keep meeting.

  • Do your best to meet consistently. Cancelling group is the LAST resort.
  • Think outside the box. Be willing to change the day and time so that MOST can make it.
  • Consider having a “recapture”, another pocket to get those who couldn’t make group. Allow your apprentice to lead group on a different day.

Upcoming Holidays:

Saturday, November 11 – Veterans Day

Thursday, November 23 – Thanksgiving Day

Friday, December 22 to Sunday, December 24 – Christmas Weekend Services

Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day

Sunday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve


Discipleship Questions:

  • Look at a calendar. What plans does your Grace Group have to leverage discipleship during the upcoming holidays? What are some ideas that you can do as a Grace Group?
  • Reflect and share experiences of successful activities done as a grace group.
  • What can you do personally to leverage the holidays for evangelism?

October 2017

October 2017

Life On Life Discipleship


Discipleship is relationship, and this happens as we do “life on life” with the people we are reaching out to and raising up in leadership. In our groups, we need to have a blend of believers, pre-believers, and seekers in order to maintain health. Groups tend to remain stuck if it’s consistently the same people. As leaders, we need to be a model to our groups of what we want them to live out.


Discussion Questions on Discipleship:


  • Who is one person you are currently reaching out to?
  • What are you doing consistently within your week to reach out to them?

Grace Group:

  • What’s the mix of individuals in your group? Do you have a blend of believers, pre-believers, and seekers?
  • How is the group growing in discipleship?
  • What are you doing to encourage your group to reach out to others?


As we do “life on life,” our groups will begin to grow. That means we need to develop leaders to sustain the growth. Raising leaders takes F.A.I.T.H. We need to find people who are Faithful, Available, Involved, Teachable, and Hungry.

Discussion Questions on Leadership:

  • Who is one person you are raising up into leadership?
  • Which of the F.A.I.T.H. qualities do they possess? What do they need to develop?
  • How are you giving this person opportunities to grow in their leadership?

Prayer Points:

  • For the Holy Spirit to move on the names you wrote on your 5x5 Prayer Card. Pray for their hearts to be softened and for them to receive Christ.
  • For new leaders to rise up and begin new Grace Groups that are focused on reaching out to new individuals, groups, and areas of influence.


Important Communications:

Revamped Discipleship Process

  • Growth Track: Designed to establish seekers and guests to become believers in their faith. This class is a series of four steps that happens every Sunday, that equip you to follow Jesus, connect to the church, discover your purpose and serve others. A person can begin at any step.
  • Discipleship Track: Designed for believers to become equipped disciples. This class is a series of four weeks that have separate cycles on Wednesday and Thursday every other month. It is highly encouraged for Grace Groups to take this track together, and to attend each class consecutively from the beginning.
  • How to Register: Those who want to take either track can do so by registering at Pearlside.org or our Pearlside App. For the Growth Track, you can also TEXT NEXT to (808) 427-0034 or walk in.