Week 9 - Sent to Endure
» WEEK 9 - SENT TO ENDURE
Well, we are just about to wrap up the Winter session. As mentioned in past weeks feel free to make up any weeks you missed and again the point of the time between sessions is intended to be a benefit to you.
Having the 10-weeks of intentional, inward, focus is to help draw people to greater levels of maturity in Christ and commitment to one another. Then during the breaks, the shift should be outward and become times where your group connects with non-believers relationally, creating events or finding ways to love others. As well, it's an opportunity for you to share some responsibility with those in your group. You can do this by inviting them to organize; events, gatherings, and service projects. Doing so can provide you and your hosts a time of relief and rest.
To help with areas of service, we have compiled a list of options across the region. This could also be a fun way to team up with other groups in your leadership huddle.
As we will be discussing in this week's sermon, the life of a disciple and leader is one of endurance. Similar to a marathon runner, we are pacing our selves for a life long journey. We are to endure in the faith. We are to prepare ourselves for the work God has before us (1 Peter 3:15; Luke 14:28; Proverbs 16:1-33). In times of rest, our eyes are still on the prize, our gaze is still on Jesus. He is the author and finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:1-3). He is our crown and our reward. Every stride, every trial, and every arduous day on earth is worth patiently enduring the journey, to get to the finish line - to get to Jesus.
I pray we all would run the race well and keep our eyes on Jesus!
For His glory,
» BIBLE STUDY + DISCUSSION
(approx. time: 25 minutes)
Prayer - If you haven't prayed for each other during group in a while, you might want to try this. Have each person fill out a prayer card, then have them pass their card to the person to the left. The person to their left then prays the written requests out loud. You could then have them take the card and continue praying for that person throughout the week.
Debrief - This is a way to check in on how people doing at applying the things they are learning in your group.
Invite the group to share what God is revealing to them through their study in the word. How has their time in God's Word helped grow them closer to God?
Has anyone had an opportunity to have a spiritual conversation with someone recently? If so, how did it go?
Does anyone know of someone in the area that we can serve as a group? Is there anyone in the group that we can help?
(approx. time: 45 minutes)
Bible - Have the group read Acts 5:17-42 quietly. Then have 1-2 people read it out loud for the group.
Summary - Consider providing a brief summary that recaps the passage, sermon, and transitions to the questions below.
Discussion Questions - These are intended to help initiate discussion and provide a way for you to pursue each person's heart. Please do not feel obligated to ask each question. Co-ed leaders, consider taking turns asking questions. This enables both of you to participate in the leadership and discipleship of your group.
In Acts 4:21-34 the disciples asked God to give them opportunities to speak boldly. How might this week's passage be an answer to their prayer? How did speaking with boldness benefit them? How did it benefit God's kingdom?
Why do you think God intervened in their imprisonment but allowed the beating to happen? Would you question God’s goodness in that? Why didn’t the apostles?
What are some ways that God has delivered you in your life? How could those experiences bring you joy in seasons of enduring?
What would it take for your joy in the gospel and endurance with Jesus to more closely match the apostles’?
(approx. time: 5 minutes)
Vision Cast - To close your time together, recap the main ideas and commend those that participated. Encourage your group to be in prayer asking God to give them opportunities to speak boldly for Jesus and to endure in the faith in all of life, always keeping their eyes on Jesus.