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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 April 2 - April 5

HOPE ALIVE

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 your favorite Easter memory?

22“People of Israel, listen! God publicly endorsed Jesus the Nazarene by doing powerful miracles, wonders, and signs through him, as you well know.
23 But God knew what would happen, and his prearranged plan was carried out when Jesus was betrayed. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed him to a cross and killed him.
24 But God released him from the horrors of death and raised him back to life, for death could not keep him in its grip.
25 King David said this about him: ‘I see that the LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
26 No wonder my heart is glad, and my tongue shouts his praises! My body rests in hope.
27 For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your Holy One to rot in the grave.
28 You have shown me the way of life, and you will fill me with the joy of your presence.’
— Acts 2:22-28 (NLT)
  • Can you think of a time you knew you were not shaken because the Lord was with you?
  • How would this situation have looked apart from the Lord?
  • What does it mean for your body to rest in hope?
  • What does David mean when he says, "you will fill me with the joy of your presence"?
 

PURPOSE

18 Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!”
— Romans 4:18 (NLT)
  • What do you think it means to have no reason for hope?
  • Have you ever experienced hopelessness in your life? Explain.
  • What are the other things Abraham could have put his hope in besides God's promise? Do you put any hope into any of these things?
  • How can we hope when there is no reason for hope?
 

PLAN

24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.
25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.
26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand.
27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”
— Matthew 7: 24-27
  • What does the house represent in this parable?
  • What types of "floodwaters" and "winds" come against your house?
  • Is your foundation helping you withstand all the situations mentioned in the previous question? How so?
 

PERSONAL: Faith in Action

What is one area in your life that you need to have hope in Jesus for right now? Pray that God will help sustain hope in Him for that situation just like he did with Abraham.

 
Ashley Ervin