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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 23-26

ALWAYS FOR GOOD

PREP

1. Leaders: Take time to announce events happening this week in church.

2. 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.

Icebreaker Question: If you had one day in your life to live over again, what day would you pick? What happened that day that affected you so much?

6 So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.
7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
— 1 Peter 1:6-7 NLT
  • What are the benefits of a trial?
  • How do trials “show that our faith is genuine”? Give an example.
  • Why does faith being tested resemble gold being purified?
  • What past trial did you suffer yet your faith was purified? Explain.
  • How does this part of your past identify you today and will bring you “much praise and glory and honor”?
 

PURPOSE

28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.
— Romans 8:28-30
  • Based on verse 28, what do you think God’s plan is for you in this life?
  • What do you think “called to His purpose” means?
  • What do you think it means that God “knew His people in advance” and “chose them to be like His Son”?
  • Why is it important that we know He has chosen us, called us, and given us right standing with Him when thinking about all of our past trials?
  • How do you think “He gives us His glory”?
 

PLAN

14 We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you.
15 All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.
16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.
17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
— 2 Corinthians 4:14-18
  • In verse 14, what does Paul want to make sure we know? Why so?
  • What is the primary purpose stated in verse 15?
  • So then, no matter what we’ve gone through or are currently going through, how should we view every relationship?
  • How do you think our “spirits get renewed everyday”?
  • What do you think is the “glory produced in us” by trials?
  • Why should we always “fix our gaze in the things not seen” when we consider our past?
  • Given this study, in your own words, how valuable is your past and past relationships in making you who you are today?
 

PERSONAL: Faith in Action

Leaders take time to discuss and evaluate our past and past relationships and how they’ve shaped us. Now consider some practical things we can do to change our perspective about our current relationships and situations. Be specific.

 

PRAYER

Take time, either silently and individually or as a group, to identify past events or relationships that have impacted each one of us negatively. Pray and recognize God’s sovereignty over each one and that we would see His work done in us and through us during those times and people. Pray that we will see our current situations and relationships as ways God matures us for the future.

Ashley Ervin