Three times a month we meet in our small groups to practice the teachings of Jesus together. We believe that with the encouragement and consistency of other believers, and with the help of God's Spirit, we can go after Jesus' teachings and really live them out as His followers. It is a life- long process, and it can not happen without grace, but we believe that God's desire is for each of us to become more like Jesus as we follow Him.
"And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."
-2 Corinthians 3:18
Ice Breaker Question: Does anyone have a funny story about losing something?
Intro: Everyone has lost something at some point. How we react and what we do to get that thing back tells us a lot about how valuable to us it is!
Read: Luke 15:1-10
Q. What are the parallels between the two stories? What does that tell us about Jesus’ point in telling them?
Q. These stories were sparked by an interaction with the Pharisees regarding “sinners”. What ideas about repentance was Jesus challenging?
Q. What do we need to take away from these stories about our own modern day repentance?
Practice: This week will surely bring some area of repentance to your attention. As you wrestle with the practicals of repentance, hold on to God’s pursuit of you and the celebration that repentance produces in heaven. What will it take to hold on to those ideas? Memorizing this passage (or another)? Talking with a trusted friend?
Ice Breaker Question: Do you have a story of really intending to do something, but it fell through somehow?
Intro: We are all motivated to change things from time to time, whether they are small, inconsequential things or life defining things. When it comes to the spiritual components of our lives, we need to makes sure that we have good motivation, so that we can make the changes we need to.
Read: 2 Corinthians 7:8-11
Q:What does Godly sorrow have to do with repentance?
Q:What is the difference between Godly sorrow and worldly sorrow in real life terms?
Q:Why are the qualities in v11 so important to Godly sorrow?
Practice: What kind of changes do you want to make? What would Godly sorrow look like? What would the worldly sorrow hang ups be? Spend some time this week thinking and/or journaling about it...
Reach out in your community this week. Make plans as a group to serve.