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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 January 29-February 1

THE CALL TO GIVE ALL

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 found out you only had two months to live, what would you want to do? What prevents you from doing that now?

17 As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good.
19 But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother.’”
20 “Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.”
21 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
— Matthew 10:17-21 NLT
  • What was the initial attitude of this man toward Jesus? How do you know?
  • Why do you think Jesus challenged this man about calling him “good”?
  • Why do you think that Jesus only listed commandments that dealt how to treat other people?
  • In verse 20, this man said that he does these commandments. Do you think Jesus is impressed? Why or why not?
  • What is the significant message for you in verse 21? Explain.
 

PURPOSE

22 At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.
23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!”
24 This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God.
25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”
— Matthew 10:22-25
  • Based on this man’s response in verse 22, do you think this man inherited eternal life? Why or why not?
  • What really do you think this man “hadn’t done”?
  • What does this say about the difficulty of salvation?
  • Can you think of 1-2 things in your life that could make difficult to enter the Kingdom of God? Name them.
 

PLAN

26 The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked.
27 Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”
28 Then Peter began to speak up. “We’ve given up everything to follow you,” he said.
29 “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or
sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News,
30 will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life.
31 But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.”
— Matthew 10:26-31
  • Why is entering the Kingdom of God “impossible humanly, but possible with God”?
  • In verse 28, Peter says almost the same thing as the rich young ruler, but how is Peter’s response a bit different?
  • What part of verse 29 reveals total sacrifice? And in verse 30, where do you see the sacrifice?
  • In your own words, and thinking about sacrificing for God, explain verse 31.
 

PERSONAL: Faith in Action

Leaders take time to talk about specific things that we do or have that can distract us from being fully devoted to God. Now think of practical ways we can remove these things and replace them with habits and acts of godly devotion. Be specific.

 

PRAYER

Pray Romans 12:1-2 over each other.

“1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.

2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

Pray that God would continue to show us what keeps us from fully devoting to Him and living lives of total surrender. Pray that our strength and fulfillment would be Him alone and that we heed His calling on our lives.

Ashley Ervin