Small Group Questions: Living as a Disciple of Jesus

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Invite someone to pray asking the Spirit to move and speak during your small group time.

ICEBREAKER
Morning or Night Person
The aim of this exercise is to discuss how it feels to move from our natural tendency, and talk about what motivates us to do so. It is a light hearted look at a concept that Rick Warren explains best: “There is no growth without change, no change without fear or loss and no loss without pain.”

Ask each of your group to share, are they a morning or night person?
Which do they prefer, and why?
When are they at their highest energy level? When is it hardest to find energy?
Have they ever changed from one to the other through life?
Why did they change?
How did they change?
How did it feel, and did they revert to their old preference of morning or night?

DISCUSS

Read:
Have one of the group read Luke 6:12-19

Discuss:
How do you respond to the proposition: “You may have to say no to the old before the new can take off. You may need to stop what you are doing, or let go of where you are, before new things can happen.”

Ask:
John stated that ‘Spiritual life, and being a disciple, is impossible without discipline.’
What disciplines do you think make us active disciples?
Are there disciplines that excite or engage you?
Are there disciplines that you find difficult to engage with?
Do you agree or disagree that we need both discipline and disciplines? What is the difference?

Discuss
Another of John’s statements was “We make the most mistakes when we are afraid”.
Have you experienced this?
Does fear influence your decision making?
Does fear influence other aspects of your life?

Brainstorm:
Can you create some space for God in your life, where he can get your attention?
What are the pressures that work against you making this space?
What are the advantages that make it worth doing?
What different directions do you think your life could take if you do our you don’t?
Discuss this as a group and consider how you can encourage and support each other in your Kingdom Life as disciples.

Share and pray for one another.

Discuss:
Discuss the statement: ‘Every time you pick up your Bible you are one Holy Spirit breath away from hearing from God. Expect an answer from your Heavenly Father. Ask him what he wants you to do, and then listen till he tells you.’
What do you think this statement means?
Why is the Holy Spirit important?
Are you expectant of answers?
Are you prepared to be obedient?

Read:
Have one of the group read Luke 6:12-19 again.
Note the prayer preparation that went into His important day.

Ask:
Do you pray once you hit obstacles?
Do you ever pray beforehand?
How many obstacles might we avoid if we had prayed beforehand?

Read:
Have one of the group read Ephesians 3:20
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,”

PRAYER
Use Ephesians 3:20 as a prompt to pray for each other. Pray for growth in discipleship under Jesus, understanding and application of disciplines, prayer, hope and expectation that God can do “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine”.

God Bless.

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