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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 16-19

PEACEMAKER

PREP

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?

1 Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate?
2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving
one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.
4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
— Philippians 2:1-4 NLT
  • 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.
 

PURPOSE

9 God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.
10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. 11 “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.
12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.
14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.
15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.
16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
— Matthew 5:9-16
  • 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?
 

PLAN

19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.
20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.
21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.
22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.
23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror.
24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.
25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.
26 If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.
27 Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
— James 1:19-27
  • 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.

 

PRAYER

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.

Ashley Ervin