When we gather as a group, these are some ways we ensure the best group discussion:
We make the circle safe by staying honest and transparent - leave the masks at the door.
We keep it inside the circle. Each person’s story is theirs alone to share.
We look to the Bible for wisdom and truth, and work together to let it shape how we see the world.
We don’t try to fix each other in front of each other or give unsolicited advice. We lovingly save hard conversations for private moments.
We respect each others’ time by starting and ending when we say we will.
We believe that in Jesus Christ, there is hope for everyone.
All throughout the biographies of Jesus, we hear him talk about the Kingdom of Heaven. He described it with everyday examples - he drew a picture so we could understand. Rusty George walked through Jesus’ stories about sheep and coins, and how God stops at nothing to find and bring home what is lost.
Remember, the questions are not a checklist to be completed, or in the perfect order! They’re simply guardrails to help you have a natural discussion about what we learned on Sunday.
CONNECT WITH EACH OTHER
What’s the most valuable thing you’ve ever lost?
What did you do to try and find it?
What did you do when you found it?
CONNECT WITH THE MESSAGE
Stories of lost things
Read Luke 15:1-10 together.
Jesus talks about how far God would go to find his lost children, and how much joy it brings him when they’re found.
Do these stories align with the picture of God you grew up with, or maybe still have?
Looking at Jesus’ explanation of these stories in verses 7 and 10, what is most important to God? Why is it so important for us to know what is important to God?
The closer we get to God, the closer we should get to his mission of rescuing people who are lost without hope and far from “home”. As you’ve gotten to know God more throughout your life, have you gotten closer to that mission as well?
In what relationships or spheres of influence might God want to use you to share the hope of Jesus with? Who around you needs it, and how could you share it?
Orphan Heart VS Adopted Heart
Rusty talked about the difference between an orphan heart and an adopted heart - when we believe that God really has rescued us, loved us, and adopted us as his own, we do everything differently.
Look at the chart below…
In what areas have you seen your heart change as you’ve gotten to know God and trust him more?
In what areas of your life does your heart still need to change? What do you think is holding it in the “orphan heart” state?
Jesus was incredibly compelling! He up-ended the religious system of his time and showed the world what God is like by the way he lived, taught, died… then lived again! Read Matthew as one big story and get a better perspective of just what Jesus was like and how he taught!