Week 3 (8/23/17): AMAZING GRACE
By answering the question, “What is Grace?” We will be able to discover who Jesus is. Our focus must be on what Grace does, therefore, we will focus on the three words that help us define Grace: Unmerited, Undeserved, Unearned.
Key Verse: Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Small Group Questions:
Random: What is your favorite Holiday? Why?
- Tell us about a time when you won a prize or a free giveaway? Leaders Note: we are working towards discussing the free gift of grace, so this will be a nice transition into that conversation.
- What is Grace? Leaders Note: This is the opportunity to review the three words that define grace. Ultimately we are pointing them toward Jesus. Jesus is the perfect picture and image of Grace.
- Is anyone beyond God’s love (grace/forgiveness)?
- Does doing “good” things (listening to your parents, being nice to someone, “not" sinning) earn us a spot in heaven? Why or why not?
- How much of God’s Grace is too much? Is there a line where God’s grace ends? Why or why not?
- Leaders Note: Encourage students that living as a Christian means accepting God’s free gift of Grace, which means: “God has done for us what we cannot do for ourselves when Jesus died for our sins. SO when we accept Jesus we decide to live a new life in Christ BECAUSE of His kindness and love.”
Week 2 (8/16/17): What God Is Not
Key Verse 1 Peter 5:7
Cast all of your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
God gets accused of being a lot of things, but in order to really know who Jesus is, we need to know who he is not. Tonight's focus is all about learning to trust in Jesus when life gets crazy.
Small Group Questions
What is your favorite candy bar? (Leaders make sure every student answers, even the quiet ones)
Why do we carry around stress and anxiety in our lives?
Why don’t we trust that God is in control in the tough times? Why don't we trust him at all times?
Do you trust in God only when things are going well? Why or why not?
Do you believe that God is always in control? Why or why not?
Week 1 (8/9/17): Get Loud
Key Verse John 1:1-5 & 14 (Message)
The Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word. The Word was God, in readiness for God from day one. Everything was created through him; nothing—not one thing!—came into being without him! What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out. The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.
There are a lot of different voices out there trying to redefine Jesus, and confuse our perspective of who He truly is! The main focus of tonight is to see how Jesus is represented in the Bible and to hopefully answer the question: "Who is Jesus really?"
Small Group Questions
- Have you ever been unsure (confused) of who Jesus is? (You can phrase it this way too: Have you ever been unsure or confused about the Bible?)
- What do other people in your life say about Jesus? Good and bad. Leader’s Note: Encourage students to share the things other people say about Jesus (and the Bible) and that they won’t be judged if they have questions about God. We want their feedback so we can know what they are thinking and how we can answer their questions. IF you do not know an answer to a question, let them know you will get back with them on that (make sure you make a point to find the answer).
- Is it difficult for you to read the Bible? Why? Leader’s Note: Encourage your students to set aside time every day for Jesus. Just like they set aside time to eat and go to school. Get them to see how vitally important it is to be in the Word every day. Be willing to keep them accountable every week in group.
- Are there other things in life that are a higher priority than reading the Word? Why do you think that is?
- How can you Get Loud this year in school about your faith? Leader’s Note: Remind students they don’t have to be obnoxious about their faith, but they can do several simple practical things to show that there is Jesus inside of them. Examples: Pray over their schools and friends. Sit with someone new every week and be kind and loving. Invite someone new to sit with your crew (for the purpose of being like Jesus). Hanging around the “right” Christian friends.