BEFORE YOU GATHER
- If this is one of your first group meetings, 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 and/or CLICK HERE to review and remind your group of the Group Agreement.
- 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 weekend’s message, here are a few suggestions of how your group can invite God into your time together.
- Thank God that He has given us power and influence over very specific and intentional areas in our lives and the lives of others.
- Thank God that He equips us to do what He has called us to do.
- Thank God that service to Him is not a burden, but a blessing.
Quick Connection: (5 minutes)
- Has there ever been a time in your life when you needed someone to use their power and influence to help you? -or-
- Can you recall an instance where you were able to use your power and influence to help others?
Group Discussion: (30 minutes)
This week we will explore ways we can use the power and influence God has given us to further restore things to the way they were meant to be.
Effective Leaders Affect Change
Open your Bibles together and ask a few people to read the following:
- Consider the rhythms of your days and weeks. What are the places of power and influence you have? Are there causes or situations that your skills, passions, interests are specifically suited to address?
- Read the following verses: Psalm 9:8, Psalm 9:16, Psalm 10:18, Psalm 11:7, Psalm 17:1, Psalm 37:6, Psalm 45:6, Psalm 82:3,Psalm 103:6, Psalm 135:14, Psalm 146:7 - What do you learn about God’s justice from these verses?
- Injustice happens at both a micro and a macro level. What specific injustices convict you? What would it look like for you to give power to the powerless? To include the marginalized? To give a voice to the voiceless?
- Pastor Steve listed 6 steps to influencing injustice: 1. Listen, 2. Get Angry, 3. Think, 4. Bring People Together, 5. Make a Judgement, and 6. Lead by Example.
- Do any of these steps stand out to you as a part of the process of impact where you need to linger, pray, and work through?
- Read Deuteronomy 15:7-11 - Kindness, generosity, and conviction are three values that Nehemiah demonstrated as integral to the process of affecting change. Consider which of these three values you feel called to intentionally live out next week. What specific ways can you be kind, generous, or convicted to make a change for someone who is experiencing injustice?
Closing Prayer: (5-15 minutes)
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here are some suggestions of what your group could talk about with God in prayer.
- Pray that God would continue to refine and reveal the injustices He has called you to address.
- Pray that His Spirit would direct you to specific interactions or opportunities He has prepared for you to bring Shalom to this world.
CHALLENGE IDEAS FOR THE WEEK
- Allow the Holy Spirit to direct you to the injustices of the world where you can affect change. Ask Him to show you how to be kind, generous, and convicted to move things toward Shalom.
RESOURCES FOR FURTHER GROWTH & DISCIPLESHIP
- (Book Resource) The Emotionally Healthy Leader by Peter Scazzero