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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 25 - 28

ALL IN THE FAMILY

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: 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.

12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and
forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.
15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.
17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
— Colossians 3:12-17 (NLT)
  • 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.
 

PURPOSE

19 And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus.
20 By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the
Most Holy Place.
21 And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house,
22 let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.
23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep
his promise.
24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.
25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
— Hebrews 10:19-25 (NLT)
  • 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?
 

PLAN

4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function,
5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith;
7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching;
8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.
10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
— Romans 12:4-11 (ESV)
  • 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.

 

PRAYER

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.

Ashley Ervin