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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 December 4-7

LOVING HIS WAY

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: What is the kindest, most thoughtful thing someone has done for you ? Describe what you thought and felt when they did it.

1 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.
3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
— 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NLT
  • When you don’t have love, why do you sound like a “noisy gong or a clanging cymbal”?
  • When you do not love people, why are you “nothing” even if you are smart and faithful?
  • Give an example of how you can give or sacrifice, yet without love, you gain nothing.
  • In your own words, what do you think love looks like?
 

PURPOSE

14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.
15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.
16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!
17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.
18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.
— Romans 12:14-18
  • Describe how hard it is to pray blessings for someone who has hurt or cursed you.
  • What does it show when you are happy when others are happy or weep when others weep?
  • Besides pride, what else does it reveal when we do not “enjoy” the company of “ordinary” people?
  • What are “ways” to do things that are “honorable” when interacting with those around us?
 

PLAN

43 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy.
44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!
45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.
46 If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much.
47 If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.
48 But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.
— Matthew 5:43-48
  • According to verses 43-44, how do we “act as true children of God”?
  • Why do you think verse 45, God tells us that He gives “sunlight and rain to both the evil and good, just and unjust?
  • Give an example or two on a specific thing we can do to love our enemies.
  • What do you think “perfect” means in verse 48? Can we ever obtain this perfection?
 

PERSONAL: Faith in Action

Leaders take time to talk about specific ways we can show others that we love them. Now think of someone we do not like or have a strained relationship with and pray specific blessings for them.

 

PRAYER

Pray John 15:12 “This is My commandment, that we love each other as He has loved us”. Pray that we show this world Jesus by loving them as He does. Ask God that He will help us to see each person around us as He sees them.

Ashley Ervin