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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 October 9-12

ALL IN

PREP

Icebreaker Question: What one past action did you take that made the most improvement to your life? What were you hoping to change? Explain how hard it was and how this improvement has impacted your life.

7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do.
8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.
9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord, your God is with you wherever you go.
— Joshua 1:7-9 NLT
  • What is the Lord’s promise in this passage? What does this say about God’s heart toward us?
  • There are several keys to receiving His promises, and some these keys repeat themselves. Which one of these keys do you think is most important? Why so?
  • What do you think is the difference between the terms strong and courageous?
  • What is the difference between studying and meditating on “instructions of Moses” and “this Book of Instruction”?
  • According to these verses, do we have to do “works” in order to get His promises? Explain.
 

PURPOSE

3 Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.
5 Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.
6 He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.
— Psalms 37:3-6
  • What does trusting look like to you and why do you think it is so important?
  • In your own words, what do you think verse 4 really means?
  • Give an example of what it’s like to “commit everything”.
  • How does committing everything to God make your “innocence radiate” and the “justice of your cause shine”?
 

PLAN

5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
6 Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers.
Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned.
7 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!
8 When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.
9 “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love.
10 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 11 I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!
— John 15:5-11
  • What is the importance of Jesus using the example of “vine and branches”? Explain.
  • Remaining in Him and staying a part of Him is so important. What does this look like practically?.
  • Jesus says we can ask for anything and it will be granted. Do you believe Him? Why?
  • Which of these verses speaks speaks to you most about commitment to God? Explain why.
  • Is remaining in Him and His love more beneficial to us individually or to others? Why so?
 

PERSONAL: Faith in Action

Leaders take time to discuss what we can do practically to commit our lives completely to Him. Identify specific actions that can get us headed in the right direction toward this goal. Be specific.

 

PRAYER

Take time silently or together to confess times where we all have compromised our faith. Thank Him that we are forgiven and recognize His love and sacrifice for us. Pray to be strong and courageous, diligent in our study, meditation, and obedience, as well as having an unwavering trust. Finally, pray that we would remain in Him and His love no matter what the circumstance.

Ashley Ervin