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Engage Group Curriculum

Curriculum for Engage Groups. This curriculum is designed for the Engage Groups for Spring 2017. Simply click on the link to view or download the chapter summary.


Engage Groups September 18 - 21

SINCERITY: BEING THE REAL THING

PREP

Leaders: Be sure to review the Faith in Action you set as a group last week, then continue to the icebreaker question for this week’s study.

OPENING QUESTION: Have you ever gone to a movie based on the trailer, thinking it was going to be a great movie, only to be extremely disappointed? What movie was it? What did you think the movie was going to be like and then what made it so disappointing? Explain.

12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
— Hebrews 4:12 (NLT)

How has the Word of God been so powerful in your life?Explain how the Word of God is “alive” in your life?

  • How has the Word of God been so powerful in your life?
  • Explain how the Word of God is “alive” in your life?
  • What makes the Word of God “expose” things going on within us?
  • So then, how is the Word “sharp” and “cutting”?
 

PURPOSE

12 For our proud confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you.
— 2 Corinthians 1:12
  • Where should our confidence come from?
  • What taints our confidence then?
  • What do you think “fleshly” wisdom is?
  • How does “fleshly wisdom” affect sincerity?
 

PLAN

42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

43 Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles.

44 And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common;

45 and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need.

46 Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,

47 praising God and having favor with all the people And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.
— Acts 2:42-47
  • What are the four things that make up this type of gathering?
  • What does it mean to “devote ourselves to the apostles’ teaching”?
  • What do you think it means that they “broke bread” together?
  • Of the four communal functions listed, which do you think is the most important? Why?
  • In verse 46, what is the two key attitudes of their behavior?
  • Verse 47 reveals the result of their attitude, behavior, and actions. What is it?
  • Given the scope of community in today’s society and our interaction with others, how valuable is authenticity or sincerity?
 

PERSONAL: Faith in Action

Leaders take time to discuss what we can do practically to apply this message of sincerity. Identify specific attitudes, behaviors and actions that can be taken this week to show the sincerity of our faith. Be specific.

 

PRAYER

Take time to identify times where we have not been authentic or sincere in our faith or relationship with God. Take time whether silently or together to confess our short comings to God and thank Him for the work of Jesus. Now pray for each other to have the strength and courage to answer His call to have hearts of “gladness and sincerity” in every circumstance and interaction.

Ashley Ervin