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Engaging God, People, and Culture
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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 March 19-22

Make Room

 

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: Who was your favorite teacher in school? Why?

Pastor Adrian stated that since Jesus death and resurrection that the local church has been God’s answer to the problems in the world. The way the local church impacts the world is through discipleship. Just as God has made every individual unique with each of us having a particular temperament and different sensibilities, each local church body is unique. The
Church (all believers everywhere) is called to make disciples, but how that plays out practically will look different from church to church. At Engage we run our discipleship process through one of our mantras, Engage God, Engage People and Engage Culture.

ENGAGE GOD

23Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me.
24 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.
— Luke 9:23 - 24 (NLT)
  • Why do you think Jesus told the crowd that they must give up their own way to follow him?
  • How do you “take up your cross daily”?
  • How would you explain verse 24 in your own words?
  • Describe a situation where you either: tried to hang on to your life and lost it, or you gave up your life and had it saved.
  • The main point of this section was to relentlessly pursue Jesus. How can we practically apply this verse to our lives in order to accomplish that aim?

ENGAGE PEOPLE

12 The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.
13 Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.
14 Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part.
15 If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body.
16 And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body?
17 If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?
18 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it.
19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part!
20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”

25 This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other.
26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.
27 All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.
— 1 Corinthians 12:12 – 21 and 25 – 27
  • Why is it important to understand the analogy between our physical bodies and the body of Christ?
  • Sometimes we have the thought expressed in verse 15 (I am not a part of the body because…). Why do you think that is?
  • Do you ever have the thought from verse 21, “I don’t need you” as it relates to other believers in the church? Why?
  • The main theme Pastor Adrian wanted to get across with this point was to “consistently connect self and others to spiritual family”, how do you practically apply verses 26 and 27 to accomplish this?

ENGAGE CULTURE

28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”
— Genesis 1: 28

● Many theologians connect the dominion/cultural mandate (Gen 1:28) to the great commission (Matth 28:18-20).
How would you describe how they are connected?
● The main theme for this point that Pastor Adrian communicated was to “intentionally add value through
meaningful work”. How do you currently add value through your work?

 

FAITH IN ACTION

Which of the three sections (God, People, Culture) do you have the hardest time engaging? Think of one practical way that you can begin to improve your engagement with that section this week.

Ashley Ervin