BEFORE YOU GATHER
- Familiarize yourself with this Group Discussion Guide
- If you missed it,CLICK HEREto watch the weekend sermon
- Read Romans 12:9-16
- Sit in prayerful silence with God for a while, and then ask the Holy Spirit if there is anything that he wants you to share during your group's time together.
Opening Prayer: (1-5 minutes)
In light of what God is saying through this week's message, here's some suggestions of how your group can invite God into your time together.
As you open in prayer, ask the Holy Spirit to give His wisdom to each person in the room. Pray that He would reveal areas where we can work intentionally to bring love, harmony and peace to the relationships in our homes. Pray that – with the Holy Spirit – we would encourage each other, and we would love each other sincerely.
Quick Connection: (5 minutes)
Haveeveryone take 30 seconds each to share a phrase or a moment from this weekend's message that is still resonating with them. You also have the option to say "Pass."
Large Group Discussion: (30 minutes)
This weekend's message came from Romans 12:9-16. If everyone has a Bible, let's go there together.
- When it comes to living a life of significance, we've discussed four different realms where we can be engaged with others: Church, Work, Home, and Community. Which one of these four realms are you the most engaged in? Is there another realm where God is calling you into new or deeper engagement? Can you describe what that engagement could look like?
- Pastor Becky taught us that making an impact by using our gifts and influence is often the hardest and most challenging at home. Why is it easier to love sincerely and serve others who are outside our home? Do you find this to be true in your life? Has it always been this way for you?
- We get our motivation for serving others from our love for Jesus, who gives us the ability to love and serve, regardless of our situation. How can having this mindset and expressing sincere love change our expectations of others, change our home environment, and ultimately make a significant impact at your workplace, at church and in your community?
- Paul says in Romans 12:13 to "practice hospitality" – to use intentionality and action. If we define hospitality as"you matter to me", how does that differ fromhow you used to understandhospitality? How can this definition change our mindset when it comes toour interactions with difficult family members?
- Romans 12:10 says to "honor one another above yourselves," or, "outdo one another in showing honor." How can we show sincere love by showing honor? Who is someone in your home and/or family that you struggle to show honor to? What is one way you can show honor to that person this week?
- Pastor Becky gave us some excellent action steps for this week. Pray about which step (or steps) God may be calling you to take, and who you are being called to serve:
- What does showing honor look like with each member of my family? Go through yourlist of family members one-by-one. How would this look regardless of whether or not they show that to me?
- Practice hospitality with my family: Be present, engage mentally and emotionally, spend intentional time with each person.
- Sit down and share a meal together as a family. Engage in significant conversations.
MY NEXT STEP INTO A LIFE OF SIGNIFICANCE
Every week, there will be 1 or 2 ways that we can take what God is saying to us through this series, and put it into practice.
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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.
As you close in prayer, for those who are comfortable, have each person share one person, situation or issue you may be struggling with in your home/family to honor and show sincere love. Pray together that God would bring hope, encouragement, strength and peace, as well as guidance in how to act and react. Pray specifically and confidentially about these situations.