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Sunday 6/26 - Saturday 7/2

Choose how you'd like to do Warm Ups + Getting Started:

  • As a large group. Best for groups of 7 or less.
  • Split into men's & women's groups.
  • In Trios. Break off into same-gender groups of three.

 

Warm Ups

1. Share your high moment of the week.

2. Share your low moment of the week.

3. What is your favorite fruit?

4. How has God shown up in your life this week?

 

Note for Leaders: You don't have to do every question listed. Choose the best ones for your group!

 

Getting Started

  • What stuck out from Pastor Michael's sermon on Sunday?
  • Have you ever put your trust in anyone or anything that looked good, but turned out to be a fraud?
  • How do people in our society determine if something is good or bad? Is that the same way that God looks at it?

 

Going Further

  • In Martin Luther's Heidelberg Disputation, Luther contrasts what he calls a "Theologian of Glory" with a "Theologian of the Cross." Read section #21 and discuss, why do people do a poor job of identifying good and evil? Is it easier, or just as hard for believers to identify it?
    • Follow up: How do we speak the truth by calling evil "what it actually is," while also being loving (Ephesians 4:15)? How in the world do we reconcile wanting to be people of high truth and high love? How did Jesus do it? 
      • Think of a person you know of that doesn't know Jesus and with whom you might disagree on an issue. If you feel comfortable, talk it through with the group - how do you go about being high truth and high love to that person?
  • Ephesians 2:1-3 identifies three sources by which we might be tempted to do evil, commonly spoken of as, "the world, the devil and our sinful nature." Most of us have no trouble seeing that there is evil in the world. Is it harder for you to believe in the existence of the devil or believe that you are sinful by nature at conception - unable to choose good without God's help?
  • It can often be easy to condemn evil that we see happening in the world, especially when we hear of shootings, racism, the death of children, etcetera. Unfortunately, evil is also something that we struggle with personally. Read Romans 7:21-25. We've all been in situations with the metaphorical "angel" and "devil" on our shoulders. We have our own struggles - and yet, we are often surprised when our brothers and sisters in Christ share with us that they struggle with pornography, theft, addiction, gossip, hate or any number of other sins. Should we really be surprised? How should we respond?

 

Optional Worship Song

  • If you'd like, you can sing the following song as a group. Be sure to turn up the volume so that less confident singers feel comfortable.

 

Prayer

  • Please remember to pray for your non-Christian friends and neighbors by name! Also, Click here for suggestions on how to keep your group prayer life fresh and vibrant!

  

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