Engage Groups October 16-19
Leaders… Take time to announce events happening this week in church
Icebreaker Question: Describe a real-life situation where you stood up for someone/something. Did it go well or terrible? How did it end? If there was something you could’ve done differently, what would have been?
- Why do you think Paul begins his point by asking questions about encouragement, comfort, fellowship and compassion?
- Use one word to describe the truth revealed in verse 2. What value does the word you chose bring to relationships?
- What is the problem of “trying to impress others”? What do you think it reveals in a person who tries to impress others?
- Do you think it is healthy to think of others “better than you”? Why or why not?
- Give an example of taking an interest in others more than yourself. Explain.
- What does it mean “those who work for peace”? Why are they called “children of God” then?
- How do you think blessing comes to those who work for peace? How God blesses you when you are mocked or lied about?
- What does it mean to be “salt of the earth”? How about to be salt “without flavor” and why is that not a good thing?
- What is the significance of being “the light of the world”? How come this light “cannot be hidden”?
- In this passage then, what are some “good deeds that shine for all to see”? And how do we know they are good?
- What should be our main focus when interacting with others?
- What do you think causes anger? How come anger doesn’t produce the righteousness of God?
- In your own words, what do you think verse 22 means?
- In verse 23-24, why does glancing at yourself in the mirror and forgetting what you look like similar to disobeying God?
- Who is the perfect law and why does looking at the perfect law set us free?
- When thinking about the value of a peacemaker, verse 26 reveals an important truth, what do you think it is? Explain.
PERSONAL: Faith in Action
Leaders take time to discuss and evaluate our relationships and how we can change our attitude and behavior to bring peace to our most difficult relationships. Identify specific actions that can get us headed in the right direction toward this goal. Be specific.
Pray Galatians 5:22-23 over our relationships and that the fruit of the Spirit would govern them. Pray that we would be faithful toward the goal of reconciling all the relationships that need it and that we would bring peace to each difficult interaction. And finally pray that
we have strength and courage to overcome any circumstance so that our deeds would glorify our God.