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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 13-17

HIS GREATNESS

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: Who was your childhood hero? Why? Name 3 characteristics or attitudes that made this person your hero.

1 Praise the Lord! How good to sing praises to our God! How delightful and how fitting!
2 The Lord is rebuilding Jerusalem
and bringing the exiles back to Israel.
3 He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.
4 He counts the stars and calls them all by name.
5 How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension!
— Psalm 147:1-5 NLT
  • Why is it delightful and fitting to sing praises to our God according to verse 2?
  • Can the “rebuilding of Jerusalem” and “bringing the exiles back” apply today? Why or why not?
  • Can you think of a time where you believe God “healed a brokenhearted or bandaged a wound”? Explain.
  • What does verse 4 tell you about God?
 

PURPOSE

6 The Lord supports the humble, but he brings the wicked down into the dust.
7 Sing out your thanks to the Lord; sing praises to our God with a harp.
8 He covers the heavens with clouds, provides rain for the earth, and makes the grass grow in mountain pastures.
9 He gives food to the wild animals and feeds the young ravens when they cry.
10 He takes no pleasure in the strength of a horse or in human might.
— Psalm 147:6-10
  • What does God remind us about Himself in verse 6? Why is this so important?
  • What do you think God is revealing to us in verses 8 and 9? Why is this important to us to know?
  • Do you think God values what we value based on verse 10? Explain.
  • In this short passage, what is our overall attitude toward God supposed to be according to verse 7?
 

PLAN

11 No, the Lord’s delight is in those who fear him, those who put their hope in his unfailing love.
12 Glorify the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion!
13 For he has strengthened the bars of your gates and blessed your children within your walls.
14 He sends peace across your nation and satisfies your hunger with the finest wheat.
15 He sends his orders to the world— how swiftly his word flies!
16 He sends the snow like white wool; he scatters frost upon the ground like ashes.
17 He hurls the hail like stones. Who can stand against his freezing cold?
18 Then, at his command, it all melts. He sends his winds, and the ice thaws.
19 He has revealed his words to Jacob, his decrees and regulations to Israel.
20 He has not done this for any other nation; they do not know his regulations. Praise the Lord!
— Psalm 147:11-20
  • What does it mean to “fear Him”?
  • Can you give an example from your life that you “put your hope in His unfailing love”?
  • Verse 13 tells us why we should fear and hope in Him. What does “strengthening the bars of our gates” mean?
  • Which verse (14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, or 20) reveals the most about God’s greatness to you? Why so?
 

PERSONAL: Faith in Action

Leaders take time to discuss witnessing God’s greatness in our lives. Discuss times of when He changed us, saved us, or protected us against harm. Now come up with practical and simple ways we can see His greatness on a daily basis throughout the upcoming week.
Be specific.

 

PRAYER

Pray 1 Samuel 12:22 (22 For the Lord will not forsake His people, for His great name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you His people.) over each other. Thank Him that nothing separates us from His love and that He always protects, provides, and prospers us.

Ashley Ervin