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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 February 12-16

Remember the Time

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 memory from childhood?

1 Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good.
2 They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone.
3 Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other.
4 But—When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love,
5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.
6 He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior.
7 Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.
8 This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on these teachings so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good. These teachings are good and beneficial for everyone.
9 Do not get involved in foolish discussions about spiritual pedigrees or in quarrels and fights about obedience to Jewish laws. These things are useless and a waste of time.
10 If people are causing divisions among you, give a first and second warning. After that, have nothing more to do with them.
11 For people like that have turned away from the truth, and their own sins condemn them.
— Titus 3:1-11 (NLT)
  • How would you define the “good” things that Paul calls believers to do in verse 1?
  • In verse 3 Paul lists some sins we commit, why do you think Paul found it important to remind believers of what their life looked like before Jesus?
  • What kind of righteous acts do we use to justify ourselves?
  • Describe the importance of having the confidence that God grants us through his justification stated in verse 7.
  • How is doing the “good” things beneficial to all?
 

PURPOSE

20 For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die.
21 For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.
22 But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better.
23 I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me.
24 But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live.
25 Knowing this, I am convinced that I will remain alive so I can continue to help all of you grow and experience the joy of your faith.
— Philippians 1:20-25
  • Describe a time in the past that you have been bold for Christ.
  • How do we practically bring honor to Christ in our daily life?
  • Why is it hard to know which (living for Christ or dying) is better? What aspects of your life make one more appealing?
  • Just as Paul was convinced in verse 25, how do we become convinced of the better path for us personally?
 

PERSONAL: Faith in Action

Find a way to practically remind yourself of God’s justification of you this week to grow your confidence in your right standing with God.

Ashley Ervin