Engage Groups September 25 - 28
ALL IN THE FAMILY
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: Would you rather be on a deserted island alone or with someone you don’t like? Give two reasons why you chose what you did.
- Why are the characteristics listed in verse 12-14 so important?
- What does it mean to “make allowance for each other”? Give a practical example.
- Why do you think it is so important to forgive others?
- In verse 15, what is so important about being thankful and having peace rule in our hearts?
- How does the “message of Christ, in all its richness” fill our lives?
- Within a group or family gathering, how should we conduct ourselves? Give examples.
- Based on verses 19-22, what are the promises God gives to His children?
- What does verse 22 tell us we get to do? Why is this possible?
- What do you think it means to “hold on tightly without wavering”?
- What is the significance of “thinking of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works”?
- What inspires and motivates you to do acts of love and good works?
- What are specific things you can do to encourage, motivate, and inspire others to do the same?
- Verses 4-5 embrace a key point about a community, church, and group of believers, what is it?
- So then, based on these verses, how should we think of ourselves?
- Based on the list of gifting, how should we serve each other in using them?
- Which one of these gifts do you think you have? Why do you think so?
- Why is genuine love so important in serving and using your gifts?
- Does verse 11 describe how you serve? Why or why not?
- Given this passage, how important is it to gather with fellow believers for your own growth?
PERSONAL: Faith in Action
Leaders take time to discuss what we can do practically to grow in your faith by help of fellow believers. Identify specific ways “spiritual family” can help you grow. Also, what are specific things you can do to serve others.
Pray that God would empower each one of us to love each other genuinely, with brotherly affection, and that this love would bind us closer together. Pray that God would show us ways to motive others toward acts of love, good works, and to use our gifting to build each other up in the faith. Finally, pray that God would show those around us ways for us to do the same and that we would have the courage to receive from them.