PREPARING FOR YOUR GROUP
Homework: (10-90 minutes)
- Familiarize yourself with this Group Study Guide
- If you missed it,CLICK HEREto watch the weekend sermon
- If a certain quote from the sermon resonated with you, consider posting it to Twitter or Instagram. Here's a sample: Where you come from doesn't have to determine where you're going. #thebookofjohn
- Read John 3:1-21
- Sit in prayerful silence with God for a while, and then ask the Holy Spirit if there is anything that He wants to do during your Group's time together.
BEGIN HERE WITH YOUR GROUP
Opening Prayer: (Say Aloud, 1 minute)
Pray the following prayer for your Group. Feel free to make the words your own.
God, We are weak, human, and suffering, yet You love us the same. You have put us on Your heart, and spilled Your blood to save us. We, who are finite, flawed, and caught in boundaries, have been saved by Youthe infinite, perfect, and boundless. Let us put You on our hearts and in our minds, that we may suffer with You, rejoice in You, and strive for You. For God, You love the world.
Quick Connection: (Say Aloud, 5 minutes)
Let's have everyone 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."
QUESTIONS FOR LARGE GROUP DISCUSSION (30 minutes):
(Note for Group Leaders)There are more questions than your Group will likely have time to get through. Choose the questions that connect to the aspects of the message that were resonating the most deeply with you.
(Prompt the group) Let's all have a Bible opened up to John 3:1-21 as we discuss what God was saying to us from this week's message.
- 1. As we reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King's life and legacy, why is it so important for a church to be a place that doesn't just live out Dr. King's dream, but Jesus' dream for His church?
- Read Ephesians 2:13-22. Do we still see a "dividing wall of hostility" today and how do we show the world what can happen when Jesus changes us?
- Read John 3:1-3. What is it that sparks Nicodemus to visit Jesus and why did he do this in the night? What are some questions about knowing Jesus that we have been afraid to ask?
- What does being a "born again" Christian mean?
- In what way did Jesus not come to judge the world? What did He come to do?
- John 3:16 can be summed up into: He loved. He gave. We believe. We live.
Where do we find ourselves overcomplicating this simple message?
CLOSING PRAYER (15 minutes):
If your Group is newly formed, it's probably best that you are the one who prays. If this time of prayer requires some vulnerability or transparency, be the first to pray so that you set a tone of honesty for everyone else.
Begin the time by asking for any prayer requests. Pray for opportunities this week to demonstrate selfless love for others. Pray for those you know who are on their journey of faith alone and ways to welcome them in.
PUTTING THIS INTO PRACTICE
Based on how God has spoken to us through this weekend's message, here are some thoughts and examples of how we can put God's word into everyday practice.
Think of someone who helped you discover the truth about following and knowing Jesus and consider how you will thank them by showing your appreciation for the clarity they've brought to your journey with Jesus.
Live with the expectation that God will use you to impact someone else this week.