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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 November 6-9

HONESTY THE BEST POLICY

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: Were you ever caught in a lie? What was the outcome? How did it make you feel? How did it affect your relationship with the person you told it to?

27 Scoundrels create trouble; their words are a destructive blaze.
28 A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.
29 Violent people mislead their companions, leading them down a harmful path.
30 With narrowed eyes, people plot evil; with a smirk, they plan their mischief.
— Proverbs 16:27-30 NLT
  • What do think of when you hear the word “scoundrel”? How do they create a “destructive blaze” by their words?
  • How does a “troublemaker plant seeds of strife”? How does gossip destroy a friendship?
  • What is meant by “violent people”? How do they mislead people even to the point of going down a “harmful path”?
  • What then, does this passage say about the importance of integrity and its influence on our relationships?
 

PURPOSE

17 An honest witness tells the truth; a false witness tells lies.
18 Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.
19 Truthful words stand the test of time, but lies are soon exposed.
20 Deceit fills hearts that are plotting evil; joy fills hearts that are planning peace!
21 No harm comes to the godly, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.
22 The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth.
— Proverbs 12:17-22
  • What does it mean to be a “witness” and the difference “cutting remarks” or “words of healing” makes on someone?
  • Can truth be considered “cutting”, yet true? How so? Give an example.
  • According to verse 19, how are we supposed to judge the truth of what is said? Why is this important?
  • Why does the Lord “detest lying lips” and its effect on relationships?
 

PLAN

21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him,
22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception.
23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.
24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.
25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body.
— Ephesians 4:21-25
  • What does it mean to “throw off your old sinful nature and former way of life”? Give an example.
  • How is your old sinful nature and former ways “corrupted by lust and deception”?
  • What do you think it means for the “Spirit to renew thoughts and attitudes”?
  • How do you let the “Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes”? Give an example.
  • What do you think is the difference between “putting on our new nature” and “renewing our thoughts and attitudes”?
  • How does this affect whether we are telling a lie or telling the truth?
 

PERSONAL: Faith in Action

Leaders take time to discuss the importance of being honest and truthful in our relationships especially in the difficult ones. Discuss times when we haven’t been truthful or told “small” lies to preserve ourselves or avoid conflict. Now come up with practical ways we can speak life and truth into every interaction so that we can move onto new ways of behaving. Be specific.

 

PRAYER

Take time, whether silently and individually, or as a group, to self-reflect and confess to God a time or times that we were dishonest. Thank Him for His forgiveness and willingness to change us. Now pray Philippians 4:8-9 that we would stay focused on those attributes. Pray that we may experience His peace this week (and beyond) in all that we do.

Ashley Ervin