Small Group Questions – The Best Thing In Life

Icebreaker
What are some of the best things in your lives, share with the group one or two things that bring you joy.

Read
As a group, take turns reading several verses until you have read 1 Corinthians 9:19-27 together

Discuss
How would you describe the Church?
What is the purpose of the Church?
Is it one purpose or many purposes?

Rod suggested that one of the best things in life is when someone says “Yes” to Jesus.
Does someone’s salvation get you excited?
Does someone’s steps towards salvation get you excited?
When was the last time you helped someone find Jesus?
Did they make a decision to follow Him, or did they move closer to the decision?
Did you do this on your own?

Stop and take a few minutes to thank God for the 6 people baptised in 2016, for the 5 people baptised in 2017, and for people who are making decisions for Jesus.
Praise God for what He is doing.

Rod said “I believe we exist for those who don’t yet know God”.
What is our mission statement?
What do we do that is helping people find Jesus?
Are there things we could do differently as a church, are there things we should start or stop?
Listen carefully to the Spirit in this matter, and speak with encouragement rather than judgement.

Are there things you can do?
Are there ways you can be different?
Is your faith and life beautiful and attractive?

 

Have one of the group read 1 Corinthians 9:19-23
What stands out in these verses?
Rod mentioned that Paul repeats the word “win” in the passage.
Why would Paul use this word?
What is suggested by “win” or “winning”?

What sort of freedom does Paul have?
Is he free to do nothing and take no responsibility?
How does Paul use his freedom?
Is there an area of your life in which you could use your freedom intentionally to be “all things to all people”?
Where does your freedom need restraint?

Have one of the group read 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Why does Paul say he does not run aimlessly?
What would it mean to live your life intentionally for the gospel?

The theologian David Bosch explains that Paul’s approach to mission and evangelism is gracious, urgent and strategic.
What elements of grace, urgency and strategy can you see in the passages you have read.
How can you be more gracious? Why is this needed?
How can you be urgent? Why is it important?
How can you be strategic? Do we need to be?

Prayer
Rod summarized with these points. Pray these for each other in the group, for Lifestreams and for the whole Church.

  1. Ask God to give us a heart for those outside of the Kingdom
  2. That we are intentional enough to go into strict training for the gospel
  3. That we are flexible and free enough to be “all things to all men”
  4. That we intentionally create time to connect with people who are not yet in the Kingdom
  5. That we are attentive to the Spirit as we go about our everyday lives

Pray for anyone in your sphere of influence who does not yet know Jesus, pray for opportunity to share your faith.

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