BEFORE YOU GATHER
- Familiarize yourself with this Group Study Guide.
- If you missed it, CLICK HERE to watch the weekend sermon.
- Spend some time in prayer before your group gathers.
- To prepare for discussion, CLICK HERE for a few facilitation tips.
- As a leader you always have the option to use some or all the questions and/or write your own questions.
Opening Prayer: (1-5 minutes)
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s a suggestion of how your group can invite God into your time together.
Praise God for this season! Consider using the words of Isaiah:
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given. He is a Wonderful Counselor,
a Mighty God, an Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
Quick Connection: (5 minutes)
Have you ever been in complete darkness? What was it like? Was it pure comedy or pure terror?
Group Discussion: (30 minutes)
This week we will explore how the only Son of God was born on planet earth with a plan to redeem and reclaim us as His own.
Open your Bibles and together read John 1:1-5.
- Spend some time discussing, praying, thinking, and considering areas in your life that are chaotic, broken, or dark. Consider areas in the world where you interact that are chaotic, broken, or dark. Ask someone in your group to create a list as group members share these areas.
- Consider the list your group created. Take a minute and remind yourself of this truth: “Jesus came to redeem and repair” these things. It might be powerful to orchestrate a “call and response,” where one of the items on the list is read and the group says, “Jesus came to redeem and repair this.”
- Think about the way that Jesus redeems and repairs. Sometimes He intervenes miraculous and instantly. Sometimes He places people in our life to walk along side of us, mentor, and guide us. Sometimes he asks US to be His hands and feet, to be the catalyst of his redemption. Refer back to the list.
- Take time to pray for the things where you are craving for Jesus to intervene directly and miraculously.
- Take time to pray that Jesus would show you/give you the courage to seek out people who can help you make sense of chaos in your life. Is there someone in your life you can reach out to? Is there help available that you have been resisting?
- Take time to pray for ways God is calling you to bring light into the darkness and bring redemption into specific areas in your life.
CLOSING PRAYER (5-15 minutes):
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s some suggestions of what your group could talk about with God in prayer.
Thank you, Jesus, for bringing peace to our chaos, light to our darkness, and wholeness to our brokenness. Help us to find those who can be your hands in feet so that we can fully live in this truth, and show us where we are to be the hands and feet of this truth for others.
CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK:
- Read John 1 everyday.
- Memorize John 1:5 - The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.