WHEN YOU GROW UP | Connection Group Discussion Guide | Week 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. — Proverbs 3:5-6
Connect (5 to 10 minutes) Come together to build relationships through fellowship and sharing about this week’s worship. • Take a few minutes to share your thoughts about worship this week. – What aspects of worship did or did not connect with you? – What story or illustration made an impact on you? • Icebreaker: Share about a person you wanted to be like growing up. Why did you admire him or her?
Context (30 to 40 minutes) Dig deeper into the video and scriptures for this week through questions and discussion. Watch the video for this session on your Connection Group DVD or online. • What are some lessons you have learned about God from spending time in nature? – How did these lessons impact your faith? • How do you respond to the idea that “God is like Jesus”? – How does this change your understanding of who God is? – How does this change your understanding of who Jesus is? – How does this impact how you tell others about God? • List some role models in your life right now. – Why are these men and women important to you? – What characteristics do you look for in a role model? – How do these men and women compare to the values and actions we see in the life of Jesus? • Share about a time in your life when you have truly asked the question, What Would Jesus Do? – How did you find the answer to your question? – How did asking this question impact the situation you were experiencing? – How did you grow in your faith because of this question?
• When do you struggle most to be like Jesus? – Why are these situations more challenging for you? – How do you remind yourself to ask “WWJD”? • How do you respond to the idea that we are not only to be like Jesus, but that we are called to believe like Jesus? – How would your life be different if you truly believed the same things Jesus believed? Read Psalm 92:12-15 • Share about a time in your life when you truly felt like you were flourishing in your faith. – What about this time helped you grow? – What habits were you using to help you develop in your faith? – Would you say you are flourishing in your faith now? Why or why not? • Would you say that God is your rock in your life? Why or why not? – What other things do you use as “rocks” or strongholds during difficult times in your life? Why do you rely on these? – Do you think these are positive or negative things that you hold on to? Read 2 Mark 4:30-32 • Are you intimidated by the idea that we are called to be like Jesus? Why or why not? – Share about a time in your life when you felt like you did act like Jesus. – What was this experience like? How did your faith change? • Share some of the things you think Jesus believed that shaped his actions on earth. – Which of these beliefs is easier for you to have faith in? – Which of these beliefs do you struggle with more? • What parts of your faith have grown from a mustard seed into something bigger? – How did these beliefs develop over time? – What friends, family, or components of the church helped you grow in your beliefs?
Call (10 minutes) We believe that God not only shows us who God is but invites us to participate in God’s ministry by answering unique calls in our own lives. Join together in discovering how we can actively respond to scripture and God’s presence. • How do you feel God calling you to strengthen your beliefs so you can be like Jesus in more ways?
Closing (5 minutes) God calls us into community by sharing our joys and concerns together in prayer and supporting one another in our walks with Christ. As we share testimony and stories of our lives, let us listen to where God is working within our community and how we can build each other up in Christian love. • Share joys and concerns with one another. • Close in prayer, either by inviting a group member to pray or by using the prayer provided below. Closing Prayer Triune God, we are so thankful that you not only gave us a Savior, but that you gave us, in the life of Christ, a model of true righteousness that we can learn to follow in our beliefs and in our actions. We admit that sometimes it is difficult to hold on to the teachings of scripture, the things we learn in worship, and that we begin to believe the things the world teaches us. Help us not only to act as Jesus did, but to believe in the things that Jesus believes in. Let us be renewed in our faith, that we might flourish in our relationship with you and with others. Amen.