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Sunday 8/7 - Saturday 8/13

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. Describe the process of how you learned to swim. How did that experience affect you while you went through it?

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 AJ's sermon on Sunday?
  • Have you been baptized? When and where did that take place? Do you think about your own baptism very often?

 

Going Further

  • Background to Psalm 51, a psalm of King David: David had committed adultery with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite. Uriah was one of the commanders of David’s army. Bathsheba had conceived a child with the king; as a result, David wanted to hide his transgression. He made sure Uriah was assigned to fierce battle on the front lines, and Uriah met his death because of it.
An adulterer and a murderer, David moved forward taking Bathsheba to be one of his wives and hiding his own sin. It remained hidden until God sent the prophet Nathan to call out the king’s sin. With his sin revealed, David comes before God in the words of Psalm 51 broken and repentant.
  • Read Psalm 51 together.
  • Rather than taking his lead from the Lord, King David had reverted back to following his old nature, which had been corrupted by sin like all of us. What first steps (what early basic spiritual truths) did David have to go back to?
  • Pair off. Questions for one-to-one discussion: Do you find it a battle to not fall back into old patterns? Are there times and circumstances when it is easier to go your own, self-directed way rather than follow Jesus? Explain.
  • In the television show “The Deadliest Catch,” Alaskan fishermen brave the turbulent and frigid waters of the Bering Sea to land Alaskan king crab. Normally while on deck the fishermen do their strenuous labor without wearing their buoyant life suits. However, when storms build and seas threaten, all hands on deck are required to be fully outfitted with life suits. They would be arrogant fools to think their years of experience will shield them from the dangers of violent seas.
  • Do you think David stepped into spiritual arrogance? How so?
  • Is spiritual arrogance only for kings and those in authority, or do you find it tempting to walk in a self-directed manner at times, too? Explain.
  • Baptism is a life suit or spiritual life preserver, if you will. In Baptism God pre-SERVES us. He serves us with the forgiveness and salvation that Jesus earned in our place. Baptism is part of the rescue plan God has for us!
  • Look at the following points from Luther’s Small Catechism:
    • The Blessings of Baptism
      • What benefits does Baptism give? It works the forgiveness of sins, rescues from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the word and promises of God declare.
      • Which are these words and promises of God? Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of Mark: “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” [Mark 16:16]
  • Discuss how these benefits continue to serve us as we face spiritual enemies that are set against us? [Consider these forces: 1) The devil. 1 Peter 5:8 reads, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 2) The World. In Romans 1:32 the Apostle Paul says this of the world, “Though they know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.” 3) Our own sinful nature. Ephesians 2:3 says, “{We} were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.”]
  • In David’s great sin, can you identify how each one of these three spiritual enemies was at work as David tried to walk without God and godly counsel? Give an example of each.
  • Knowing that you are baptized, knowing that the benefits are always available to you, and knowing that the baptismal life preserver is securely on because of God’s promise…. how can this give you confidence to walk in God’s ways and to follow where he leads even if he leads you into “turbulent waters”?

 

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.

 

Here’s a alternative song that shows baptism on the minds of people in our culture.

     

    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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