Summer is coming soon! As we do not provide summer curriculum for small groups, you’ll need to begin to think about what you’d prefer to do together this summer. Next week we’ll offer you some suggestions, but this week we’d simply like to encourage you to keep meeting. Changing up what you normally do is a great idea. Parting ways for three months--not so much. Take some time tonight to look at one another’s summer schedules and figure out a way to prioritize group.
Have you ever wanted something, worked to get it, and discovered when you received it that it wasn’t what you really needed (or needed most)? Share any examples that spring to mind.
Why did you originally turn to God? What would you say was the reason you were baptized? Take a minute and have each member think back to their baptism and share.
As a group leader, be sure to validate those reasons. Just because there’s more to life in Christ than we realized, doesn’t make what we wanted back then small or insignificant.
Now that you’ve been a Christian for a while, have you discovered more than you anticipated? What are the treasures of life with God that you didn’t know you’d receive back when you first signed on?
Do you feel like you have a “relationship” with God? What does that relationship involve? What’s so good about it?
If you don’t feel like you have a relationship, what do you think you’re missing and why do you think you’re missing it?
What does it really mean to be in a relationship with God?
Paul says in Philippians 3:8, “What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.”
What does it mean to “know” Jesus? Offer specific examples.
For this series’ small group scripture readings we’re looking at some of the hero’s journey stories in the Bible.
This week, read John 1:35-51
What were Andrew and Nathanael looking for? Did they find it?
What didn’t they realize they would find in finding Jesus?
Consider what you know about where Jesus led Andrew and Nathanael (the journey they would take with him as His apostles). What “treasures” are Andrew and Nathanael still to discover? What do they have wrong about what they’re looking for? What will they realize later about what they really need?
This week ask God to open your eyes to the full measure of the gift of life in Christ and thank Him for the gifts you’ve discovered. You might each offer one reason you’re thankful to love and be loved by God.
You might also pray for people you know who’re seeking God and still need to find Him.