If your group has more than 7 people, you're encouraged to split into men's and women's groups for "Warm Ups" and "Getting Started." If your group is really large, try same gender groups of 3 or 4.
Warm Ups (10 min)
1. Share your high moment of the week.
2. Share your low moment of the week.
3. Have you ever been in a fight, or been beaten up?
4. Do you have any God moments to share from this past week?
Getting Started (30 min)
On Sunday, Pastor Michael preached on the Parable of the Good Samaritan, found in Luke 10:25-37. What is your takeaway from the message/passage?
When you see someone inconvienienced at the grocery store, or library, or on the road, do you have the instinct to help?
When we view the Parable of the Good Samaritan as an allegory, we are the one beat up and lying on the side of the road. Jesus is the Good Samaritan, extending mercy to us, getting dirty, giving of himself to heal us. That's exactly what He did for us on the cross. The punchline at the end of the parable is to "go and do likewise." We do that through extending the same love and mercy Jesus showed us. Reflect on John 13:34-35. Do you think others know you're a Christian because of your love? OR are there times you're selfish, angry, uncaring, overly political, unable to sympathize, or unfriendly? What might you need to work on in order to better reflect God's love?
Going Further (35 min)
The Parable of the Good Samaritan is Jesus' answer to a question from a Jewish leader. On several occasions, the Jews tried to test Jesus to see if they could catch Him in sin. They tested him on Healing (Mark 3:1-6), Divorce (Matthew 19:3-9), Adultery (John 8:3-11), Paying taxes to Caesar (Luke 20:20-26), and the Resurrection (Matthew 22:23-33), just to name a few. What do we learn from these interactions?
Have you ever been tested by someone who asked a question about the Christian faith? Perhaps it was asked in order to disprove Christianity, or perhaps it was out of genuine curiosity. Regardless, what are some questions that you've heard? How did you navigate those questions?
When dialoguing with others about Jesus, we have two basic approaches to take. We can essentially respond with, "You're right about that - in fact, more right than you may realize. Do you mind if I build on that?" This approach is much like how Paul approached his conversation in Acts 17:22-23. Secondly, we could say "I think you're missing the mark there - and here's why." How do you know which approach to use in conversation?
Prayers (5+ min)
- In your prayers for this week, please consider those in your life who don't know Jesus.Pray for them by name!
- Give everyone a chance to pray. Click herefor creative ideas on how to pray as a group.
Optional Worship Song (5 min)
- If you'd like, you can sing one of the following songs as a group. Be sure to turn up the volume so that less confident singers feel comfortable.
- Check out our LIFEGroup Advent/Christmas playlist at sjdenver.org/songs
Serve Our City
- Has your group planned an opportunity to serve our city for this semester? Click Here for a list of Service Ideas!
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