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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 26-March 1

Still Waters

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: Would you rather live by the mountains or by the beach?

1 The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
2 He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.
3 He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.
4 Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
5 You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.
6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.
— Psalm 23 (NLT)
  • In his sermon, Derrick described 3 “mountains” we are prone to idolize: Comfort, Control, and Significance. Which one of these resonates most with you and why?
  • Verse 1 tells us we shall not want, that we have all we need. What things do we sometimes add to our lives that we feel like we need in addition to God?
  • Can you look back on a time when God’s rod and staff protected and comforted you, even though it did not feel comforting in the midst of the situation? Explain.
 
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
— Philippians 4:4-9 (NIV)
  • What types of things are currently making you anxious?
  • This passage describes the importance of prayer and quality time with God. What do both of those things look like in your personal walk with Jesus?
  • What specific things is Paul referring to in verse 8? How do we practically think about them?
  • How does God still our troubled waters?
 

FAITH IN ACTION

Choose a verse from one of the passages tonight and memorize it. Get with an accountability partner now and share the verse you’re going to memorize. Next week we will say them for each other. (Leaders encourage your members to write down their chosen verse before they leave.)

Ashley Ervin