Small Group Leader

Mask Part 1: “I’m Fine” Mask

Small Group Questions 

  1. In what ways do you see your friends struggling to figure out who they are?
  2. How have you put on the “I’m Fine” mask?
  3. How has hiding your feelings or struggles enslaved or isolated you?
  4. What do you think it means that “hiding doesn’t help but freedom is found in surrender? What is surrender exactly?

5.  Explain the three ways we can drop our “Im fine mask” and ask the questions below them.

1.   Let God tell you who you are.

•       How have you let someone other than God tell you who you are?

•       Because of what Jesus did on the cross, how does God see us?

      2.   Find a Godly person whom you trust and start small.

•       What would this look like for you and for our group?

      3.   Boast about your weaknesses.

•       What does it look like to “boast” in your weaknesses? What did Paul mean when he said that in 2 Corinthians?

 

Drop It Part 3- Rights

Small Group Questions

  1. How have you been so focused on the things that you“deserve”that you have missed out on the bigger blessing of access to God as His child?
  2. In what way have you seen God’s authority as a negative thing instead of for your good?
  3. What does it mean to you that, “Jesus will not ask you to do something that He hasn’t first done Himself.” What does it show you about God’s character?
  4. What does it mean that, “Jesus laid down His rights so that you could be righteous?” What does righteousness mean? Why does righteousness matter?
  5. Why don’t we like to submit and obey? What benefits might there be from submitting to and obeying God

 

Drop It Part 2- Plans

Small Group Questions

  1. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  2. It’s a good thing to have direction, goals, hopes, and dreams. How do we know when we have taken those things into our own hands and planned our life without God?
  3. What is something new that you learned about Peter today? Why was it such a big deal for Peter to follow Jesus?
  4.  Read Matthew 16:24-26. What does these verses mean for our lives?

(Take Time to Explain the following)

3 Practical Ways to Drop your plans and follow God’s plan for you:

  • Making an Everyday Decision to let God  be your Lord.
    • Ask your self: Will this exalt Christ?
  • Praying to God Before Making a big decision
    • The Holy Spirit will prompt you and make it clear to you when there is something you should do.
    • Talking to the Godly people that are put in your life to guide you.
  • Following Jesus into the unknown, yet know he is guiding you.
    • Read: Acts 4:13 (NLT)

5. How have you lived with Jesus as your Savior, but not your Lord?

6. What role does the Holy Spirit play in your everyday decision-making?

 

Drop It Part 1- Past

Small Group Questions

  1. What difficult things have you had to drop to follow Jesus?
  2. What do you know about Mary Magdalene? How can you relate to her? 
  3. What is the biggest thing from your past that still haunts you? 
  4. Mary could have let thoughts of who she used to be inject fear into her heart, but she didn’t give in to those lies. How have you let thoughts of your past inject fear into you about your future? What lies have you believed? 
  5. What is the way we can move past our past? Recognize and replace. How do we do that?
  6. What does it mean to you that, “Getting past your past means giving God your present?”

 

Go

Small Group Questions

  1. A life of discipleship means following Jesus so that we can become more like HIm. As, we finish this series, what exactly does that look like for you? 
  2. Read The Great Commission in Matthew 28. Jesus plainly tells us to “Go”. He then assures us that we are not doing it on our own. What does “going” mean to you? How can you “go” here in Columbus? at your school? Or even on a larger scope?
  3. Read Luke 10: 25-37. Have someone in your small group put this story into their own words.
    1. After reading the story, honestly, which one of the people passing the man would you be? The priest? The religious man? Or the Samaritan man?
    2. Does this story happen in today’s time? Do you have an example?
  4. The good samaritan man was willing to cross boundaries to “go”. How can you cross boundaries tomorrow during your day?

 

Grow

Small Group Questions

  1. Who is your “2 am” Friend that Pastor Jimmy was talking about? What qualities do they have that make them your “2 am” friend?
  2. How does your “2 am” friend help you grow?

(Read Hebrews 10: 23-25 And Answer the Following Questions.)

  1. What word or phrase strikes you in this passage?
  2. What question comes to your mind when you hear or read these verses?
  3. How does this passage speak to you right now?
  4. Can you think of a situation where a group of people have helped you grow? What was it that you grew in? What practical difference did the group have on your growth?
  5. How do you hear God speaking to you, encouraging you, or directing you, through this Scripture?
  6. What are some ways we can step up our small group to help each other grow taller and stronger in our faith?
  7. In what ways can your small group support you to grow in your faith?
  8. Before leaving the room, agree on ways you will dedicate your small group time doing to help each other grow in their faith.

Glorify

Small Group Questions

  1. What’s a disciple?
  2. How do we live out a life of discipleship?
  3. How does knowing that you were created to Glorify God and to enjoy Him forever impacts the way you plan your week? Month? Year?
  4. Are you giving God your heart? What do you think it means to give God your heart
  5. Why is it important to worship God as a disciple?
  6. Attending a church worship is important, why?
  7. What does daily worship look like? What does it look like specifically for you?
  8. Read These Verses together: After reading, sum up what these verses are saying and put them in your own words.
    1. John 15:4-5,8
    2. Ephesians 2:10
    3. 1 Corinthians 10:31
  9. What do these verses tell us about glorifying God? In what ways can we live these verses out?
  10. How are you going to start glorifying God Daily and weekly?

 

Chasing Seagulls

Small Group Questions

  1. Name a couple “seagulls” that you have chased in the past?
  2. Read prodigal son story (Luke 15:11-32). What were the seagulls that the son chose to chase after? Why do you think he did this?
  3. Close your eyes. Think about what you did over this past summer. What were the major priorities that you had?
  4. How can you prioritize chasing after a relationship with Christ?
  5. In what ways can you help others in your small group to chase the right things in life?

*Weekly challenge: The biggest part of the prodigal son story is that his father forgave him with no strings attached. What are the things you won’t forgive yourself for that may be weighing heavy on you? We challenge you to forgive yourself and someone else in your life that you may have not forgiven.

 

Squad Up! Part 2

Small Group Questions

  1. If you had to name the top three goals for your life, what would they be? How do you go about reaching them?
  2. Digging a little deeper: have you asked God about these goals? Have you asked God what his goals for your life are? What are they? If you haven’t talked to God about them, whats holding you back?
  3. Close your eyes. Think about what you did over the last week. What were the major priorities that you had for the week. Name the top three. Did those three priorities bring you or anyone else closer to Jesus?
  4. Read Matthew 28: 16-20 (The Great Commission). This is one of the main goals God wants for our life! How are you living into that right now? How can you better do that? 
  5. If Christ gave these orders from His authority as God, can anyone tell us not to carry them out?
  6. Does knowing this motivate you to help fulfill the Great Commission? Why or why not?

*Weekly challenge: Memorize the Great Commission and think of ways you could step into it!

 

Squad Up! Part 1

Small Group Questions

  1. Where do you feel like your place in your family is? What about your school, team, church? Are you happy with that place? Would you like for it to change?
  2. What are your Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and the ends of the earth? (Acts 1:7-8)
  3. God did not call us to do any of this on our own. Your Small group and youth group is part of your “squad”? How can you help each other?
  4. What are you passionate about? How can you use your God-given passions and interests to serve others effectively?
  5. Do you spend a lot of time questioning what your purpose is?
  6. How would knowing who you are help you to know your purpose?
  7. When you think about how God knows everything, does that make you feel any differently about His purpose for you?
  8. Is it hard for you to commit to following God’s purpose for your life? Why or why not?
  9. How can you begin to follow God’s purpose for your life if you don’t know what exactly it is?

*Weekly challenge: Go back to number 2. Who was your “squad” in those places? How can you better serve and encourage one of those “squads” this week? Do it!

Finish Strong

Small Group Questions

  1. What are some of your current goals? What are some of your future goals? What is the end goal in your life?
  2. Read Philippians 3:12-14. Read through each verse and put into your own words. What exactly is Paul trying to say to the church of Philippi?
  3. After reading these verses, think about the goals that you mentioned. What would Paul say about them?
  4. As the school year winds down, everyone is tired and ready for summer. But according to Paul’s words, we need to FINISH STRONG! What in your life are you not finishing strongly?
  5. How are you striving toward the goal in your walk with Jesus?
  6. Read 2 Timothy 4:7. How can we make sure that at the end of our life we are able to say the words of Paul?

*Weekly challenge: As we are preparing our hearts during this lenten season for Easter, we challenge you and your family to read through the crucifixion story at least once a week. What a beautiful reminder that we are never too far gone because of what Jesus did for us that day on the cross. This week read the crucifixion story in John 19.

 

Perspective

Small Group Questions

  1. Has there ever been a time that you were upset with God? If you feel comfortable, explain. Did you question him? Maybe you even questioned his existence. 
  2. Sometimes we go through hard, tough situations in life. God uses these opportunities to teach us more about him AND so that we learn to TRUST Him. Do you go to God during a tough situation? Is He the first one you go to? Or, do you rely on yourself during tough situations?
  3. Read 1 Corinthians 10:13. Ask your students to explain the verse in their own words.
  4. Read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. Unpack this verse with your group. 
  5. What are ways you can remember to not only go to God about struggles, but also to thank Him for what He has given you? 
  6. What are practical ways to change your perspective during situations that “God’s got it.”?

*Weekly challenge: As we are preparing our hearts during this lenten season for Easter, we challenge you and your family to read through the crucifixion story at least once a week. What a beautiful reminder that we are never too far gone because of what Jesus did for us that day on the cross. This week read the crucifixion story in Luke 23

 

Godliness Training

Small Group Questions

  1. How would you define the word “training”?
  2. What have you had to train to do in your life? Tell about how that process went? Do you have a funny story to share about training?
  3. Read 1 Timothy 4:7-10 in two different translations as a group. What do those verses mean to you personally?
  4. In your own words, define Godliness. The verses from 1 Timothy urge us to train in Godliness. What could that look like for you on a daily basis?
  5. Training is not always easy and neither is training in Godliness. In what ways can this be tough?
  6. Proverbs 7:2-3 tells us to write the scriptures and to write God’s wisdom on the “tablet of our heart”. How can you practice this? How does this bring us closer to reaching Godliness?

*Weekly challenge: As we are preparing our hearts during this lenten season for Easter, we challenge you and your family to read through the crucifixion story at least once a week. What a beautiful reminder that we are never too far gone because of what Jesus did for us that day on the cross. This week read the crucifixion story in Mark 15:21-38

 

Never Too Far Gone by Noel Fisher

Small Group Questions

  1. Read 1 Timothy 1:12-14 from the Message version.
  2. Look up the meaning of conditional vs. unconditional love. 
  3. What are some examples of conditional love? What are examples of unconditional love?
  4. How does God show us unconditional love?
  5. Have you ever felt too far gone for God to love you? If so, when? Do you feel that way now?
  6. Talk about the life of Saul/Paul with your group. Paul is a perfect example that we are never too far from receiving God’s grace. 
  7. How can you help to remind your small group and friends that grace and love meet us where we are

*Weekly Challenge: As we are preparing our hearts during this lenten season for Easter, we challenge you and your family to read through the crucifixion story at least once a week. What a beautiful reminder that we are never too far gone because of what Jesus did for us that day on the cross. This week read the crucifixion story in Mathew 27:27-44

 

Week Four “And it was Good” Video and Questions

  1. As we wrap up this series on Creation, what is one idea or thought about the creation story that you may have not known or thought about before?
  2. God created YOU and call YOU good! Let that sink in. Do you ever doubt that? Why or why not? Why do we doubt ourselves? 
  3. Have you ever felt unimportant, not loved, or not good enough? When did this happen? How did you get past feeling this way (if you have) or if you still feel this way, how can you believe in yourself again?
  4. Read Matthew 27:32-56 (the crucifixion). This is how much God loves you. This is how worthy you are of his love and grace. After reading this story, can you view yourself a little differently?

*Weekly Challenge: Take time to right down the things that you feel God has blessed you the ability to do. Take time to be in prayer and meditation about thanking God for the amazing way he created. If you are having a hard time seeing the way God made you special Ask your friends, parents and small group leaders.

Week Three “And it was Good” Video and Questions

Read genesis 2:18-23

  1. How do you think Adam felt being the only human being on the planet?
  2. How do you think Adam felt when God presented him with a mate?
  3. Who is one person you think God put into your life for a reason (and what is that reason?)
  4. Is this a story about God’s intention for creation? If so, why do we think that? Why wouldn’t we think that? What difference does it make how we answer this question?
  5. Think of five of the closest relationships in your life right now. How do you feel like you “mirror” God’s love to each of them?
  6. Read Hebrews 3:12-14. What observations do you make from these verses? How could you make this practical in your relationships?
  7. How does the joining in relationship with others honor God and enable humanity to flourish?
  8. Why do you think that relationships with others are so important in the Bible?
  9. What would relationship with others be like if there was complete openness and no shame? How can we live more openly towards God and each other?

*Weekly Challenge: Let someone important to you know how much they mean to you. Part of being in a relationship is expressing thanks for the person God blessed you with!

Week Two “And it was Good” Video and Questions

Small Group Questions Week  Relationship with God

Begin by reading Genesis 3

  1. List all the effects or consequences of “the fall” as described in Genesis 
  2. What does the phrase “broken relationship” mean to you? 
  3. Do you have any relationships that you feel like are broken? We were created to be in relationship. That is why God created us, to be in relationship with him. And, Eve for Adam. 
  4. In what ways are you filling the part of you that was made to be in relationship with God? Are they good ways or not so good? How can you change this?
  5. Have you sought God for a relationship? If not, why not?
  6. Through Jesus, we have the opportunity to mend our broken relationship with God! How does that make you feel? How will you respond.
  7. Looking at Genesis 3:14-15, how does God give a picture of His continued authority in creation and His desire to redeem His people?
  8. What are things we can do to grow closer in our relationship with God?
  9. How do show others that God wants to be in relationship with them?

*Weekly Challenge: Find a way a to connect to God on a daily basis. We may all have different ways to do it! But find your way!

 

Week one “And it was Good” Video and Questions

Small Group Questions Week 1 Creation

Take some time this week to read Genesis 1 and discuss with your Small Group. 

  1. What is one place on Earth you would go if money was no object? Why?
  2. What phrases or ideas are repeated throughout the creation account of Genesis 1 each time God creates something new?
  3. Read Genesis 1:28-30. How does God’s intentionality in creation demonstrate that His creation was not random but designed with purpose?
  4. In Genesis 1:31, how is God’s creation described? 
  5. How are you experiencing creation on a daily basis? 
  6. Genesis tells us that God created ALL of us in HIS image and “it was good”. Do you always believe that? 
  7. We sometimes have a difficult time believing that we are a beautiful creation of God and are made in his likeness. How can we remind each other that we are God’s Creation?
  8. How does it make you feel to know God created you?
  9. If the purpose of God’s Creation is to declare His glory…and we are part of that Creation…then what should our purpose be?
  10. What is one thing you want to do or start this week to honor God and his creation?

*Weekly Challenge: This week go and enjoy God’s creation in a way you may not have thought of before.