BEFORE YOU GATHER
- Familiarize yourself with this Group Discussion Guide
- If you missed it,CLICK HEREto watch the weekend sermon
- Read Joshua 1:1-11
- 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.
Throughout this series, we've talked about living a life of significance, but that can be an intimidating prospect. Ask God to remind everyone in your Group that he has not only called you, but he is committed to equipping you, and being with you every step of the way.
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 Joshua 1:1-11. If everyone has a Bible, let's go there together.
- Throughout this series, as we've talked about living a life of significance, what sorts of things have surfaced in your own heart and thoughts when you thought aboutstepping into your calling: Fear? Excitement? Doubt? Inspiration? Something else?
- (From Joshua 1:1-11) Think about a time in your life when you had to fill some big shoes, carrying on the work of someone else who had accomplished a lot when they were the leader of a company, or your family, or a project that you took on after them. What would be different about that experience if you had started off with God saying the kinds of things to you that he said to Joshua?
- (From Joshua 1:1-11) Moses and Joshua had a similar calling– to lead God's people– but they had different ways of accomplishing what God was prompting them to do. Think about this in terms of how each generation will serve the purposes of God in their own time, and your role in creating a platform for the next generation. On a scale of "Great" to "Very Poor", howwould you rate your "Generational IQ?" Do you enjoy/understand the next generation, or are you confused/frustrated by them? What would it look like for you to create a platform for the next generation to step into a life of significance? How can you be a blessing to them? How might they be a blessing to you? (If you'd like to grow in your Generational IQ, there is a great book with that very title, written by a Jesus follower named Haydn Shaw.)
- (From Joshua 1:1-11) When it comes to living a life of significance, what does it do to your fears and doubts to know that God is the God who says, "I am with you"?
- Throughout this series, we talked about living a life of significance with Church, Work, Home, Community, and the Next Generation. If you had to choose just one of these realms to talk about, where do you sense that God is calling you to deeper engagement? When you imagine it, what does that look like?
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 God has been with previous generations who were serving the purposes of God in their own time, he will be with us. Take some time to bring your calling and life purpose before God, asking God to remind you of his presence and faithfulness. Bring to mind the different times in your life when God was faithful to see you through uncertainty and difficulty, and thank God that this is who he will always be.