"Chapter Seven: Last Words"
by Elder Ed Martin
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 (15 min)
*You might go around the circle three times instead of having each person do all three at once.
1. Share your high moment and low moment of the week.
2. Describe your first car; what was/is the year, make, and model? What color was/is it? How did you feel the very first time you drove? Favorite car memory?
3. Do you have any God moments to share from this past week?
Getting Started (20 min)
Have each person give their definition of what they think a promise is (no googling!). Were there any major differences in the definitions? If so discuss them.
Have you ever petitioned God with a promise prayer? Example; God, if you fix this in my life I promise to……… See if anyone in your group will share an example from their life. Are they willing to share the outcome of the request? If God answered favorably, did they keep their promise to God? If God didn’t “fix” the problem, how did that make them feel?
Going Further (40 min)
The definition of promise is; a: a declaration that one will do or refrain from doing something specified. B; a legally binding declaration that gives the person to whom it is made a right to expect or to claim the performance or forbearance of a specified act.
Discuss the pros and cons of promise making. In our current culture do you think the word promise has lost its meaning? Why or why not? Read Matthew 23:16 in the Message version and compare it to the question again. What level of importance does God place on promises? Discuss
Think of a promise that you made to someone or one that was given to you that was ultimately broken. Do you feel differently about the situation after reading this verse? If you are like me this verse made you squirm a little bit. See if anyone wants to share their thoughts on this.
Read the Message version of Hebrews 6:13. How do God’s promises differ from mans? How far is God willing to go to keep his promises? Are God’s promises reliable?
Pastor Michael spoke about unconditional and conditional promises in his sermon (find it at SJDenver.tv). Ephesians 6:1 gives an example of a conditional promise. Discuss the promise and the “performance condition” that must be met for the promise to be fulfilled. Why does God place a condition on promises? What benefit do we get from these conditions?
Read the message version of Psalm 119:33. Does this verse help you answer the previous question? Discuss
How will you change the way you make promises now that you know the measure God places on them?
How do you feel about the promises God has made to you knowing the measure he places on them?
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Prayers (15 min)
- In your prayers this week thank God for the unconditional and conditional promises he has made to you. Also ask God to forgive any broken promises you have made, and forgive those who have broken promises made to you.
- 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 a worship song as a group. Don't have a musician? Sing along to a lyric video: SJDenver.org/Songs
- Advent/Christmas songs can be found at: SJDenver.org/ChristmasSongs
Serve Our City
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