StoneBridge Community Church
Around Every Corner: When it Gets Awkward
Associate Pastor Cynthia Purvis
Locations & Times
  • StoneBridge Community Church
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
  • StoneBridge Growth Groups
    Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA
    Sunday 11:59 PM

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Introduction to Series: Around Every Corner
Ministry just around the corner can be as effective as ministry around the world. This sermon series explores how our most effective ministry may be right in our own backyard. We know this because we see it all the time in our own people. People from StoneBridge volunteer at places like the Samaritan Center, Sarah's House, and even the Annual Charity Car Show.

We can make a difference within blocks of our homes and offices. We can have a longer, more personal impact where we live.
Personal Reflection/Small Group Discussion Questions:
1. How do you respond to awkwardness? Do you laugh? Avoid it? Cringe?
2. Have you ever had an awkward moment that you feel comfortable sharing with others?
Awkward encounters are an opportunity...
to grow.
Personal Reflection/Small Group Discussion Questions:
1. Have you had a conversation about your faith with a stranger? How did that turn out? What did you learn through that conversation either about yourself or the other person?
2. Awkwardness means “turned in the wrong direction.” How is awkwardness an opportunity to see our sin? Or see areas in our lives that aren’t healthy?
3. What are some examples of things people can’t see in themselves?
4. Has someone ever described you in a way that was different from the way you see yourself? Was it a positive description or negative one?
5. Why do you think they described you that way?
Awkward encounters are an opportunity...
to exercise empathy.
Personal Reflection/Small Group Discussion Questions:
1. On a scale of 1-10, how comfortable are you with the idea of embracing awkward moments?
2. Have you ever been in the spotlight and had your mind go blank? How did you react? How did the people around you react?
3. When you see someone else's awkward moment how do you feel?
4. On average how many awkward moments do you think you have in a day? Is it helpful to know that other people are awkward too?
Awkward encounters are an opportunity...
to be humble.
Personal Reflection/Small Group Discussion Questions:
1. We often think of empathy as the ability to understand another person. How can empathy be dangerous? What kinds of people demonstrate a toxic kind of empathy?
2. What kinds of people do you not understand at all? Who in your life do you have cognitive empathy for? What about compassionate empathy?
3. Do you think watching someone else’s awkward moments can make you more compassionate? Why/why not?
4. Cognitive empathy alone leads to contempt. Compassionate empathy leads to kindness. How can we take steps toward kindness?

StoneBridge provides dinner at the Samaritan Center the fourth Wednesday of every month. Opportunities are available to provide food, serve, and/or clean up. Dinner is from 5-6pm. If you are unavailable on the 24th, dishes can be made in advance and dropped off. You can also contribute by donating gift cards for Smart and Final. Contact Scott Regier at 805-583-3984 to sign up or if you need more information.

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