Engage Church
Engaging God, People, and Culture
thought-catalog-196661.jpg

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 October 2-5

I GOT THE POWER

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: If you could become a season of the year... Which one would you be: spring, summer, fall or winter? Please share why. Give two specific reasons as to the importance of the season you have become, as well as one reason why your season is absolutely necessary.

33 God is my strong fortress, and he makes my way perfect.
34 He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights.
35 He trains my hands for battle; he strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow.
36 You have given me your shield of victory; your help has made me great.
37 You have made a wide path for my feet to keep them from slipping.
— 2 SAMUEL 22:33-37
  • What in verse 33 encourages you about walking out your calling?
  • What is the connection between being “surefooted” and “standing on mountain heights”?
  • What are two keys in verse 35 about the process of empowerment to walk out our call?
  • Based on verse 36, what two things does God tell us is certain? What does this tell you about God’s plan for you?
  • What is the significance of being on a “wide path” and “not slipping”?
 

PURPOSE

1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you.
2 I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.
3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”
— GENESIS 12:1-3
  • God's call on your life and your function in society can involve hard decisions . Based on verse 1, what can these hard decisions be? Can you think of any other tough decisions within this process?
  • In verse 2, what are two key results for those that are walking in their calling according to God?
  • In verse 2, who gets the glory? How do you know? Give an example.
  • In your own words, what does verse 3 mean to you and what is the ultimate goal?
 

PLAN

11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,
12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the
stature of the fullness of Christ,
14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the
head, into Christ,
16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
— EPHESIANS 4:11-16
  • Does verses 11-13 mean we should be in full-time ministry? Why or why not?
  • Can gifting’s and these roles function in your current workplace? How so? Give examples.
  • Given that we are in the “age of information”, what is the importance of verse 14?
  • How can verses 12-14 be applied in your relationships, both in the church and your world?
  • What does it mean to “grow up in every way into Him”?
  • Can this “growing up” happen individually without the help of others? Why or why not?
  • So then, what are the three points about the “whole body” in verse 16?
  • How can this be applied in the world around you?
 

PERSONAL: Faith in Action

Leaders take time to discuss what we can do practically to connect with those around us to help us discover, grow, and apply our gifting, role, and calling to serve ours. Discuss the difference(s) in this serving between functioning in our church and in our community/city.

 

PRAYER

Pray that we would discover and cultivate our calling. Pray that we all would embrace fellow believers and leadership in order that our best would be drawn out and that we can do the same for others. Pray for humility and patience to receive instruction, correction, and guidance throughout this process.

Ashley Ervin