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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 26-29

Birth of Hope

 

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 was your favorite childhood game and why?

CHANGING THE SCOREBOARD

28 After telling this story, Jesus went on toward Jerusalem, walking ahead of his disciples.
29 As he came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives, he sent two disciples ahead.
30 “Go into that village over there,” he told them. “As you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.
31 If anyone asks, ‘Why are you untying that colt?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”
32 So they went and found the colt, just as Jesus had said.
33 And sure enough, as they were untying it, the owners asked them, “Why are you untying that colt?”
34 And the disciples simply replied, “The Lord needs it.”
35 So they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it for him to ride on.
36 As he rode along, the crowds spread out their garments on the road ahead of him.
37 When he reached the place where the road started down the Mount of Olives, all of his followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen.
38 “Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in highest heaven!”
39 But some of the Pharisees among the crowd said, “Teacher, rebuke your followers for saying things like that!”
40 He replied, “If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!”
— Luke 19: 28 -40 (NLT)
  • Jesus didn’t come into the city as a king normally would. Why do you think he chose this way to enter the city?
  • As Pastor Adrian described, this entrance was the first step to changing the “scoreboard”. What scoreboard are you currently using to define wins and losses in life?

BEHAVIOR TO BELIEF

8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.
9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
— Ephesians 2:8-10 (NLT)
  • How would you describe being “saved by grace”?
  • Since Jesus changed the “scoreboard” from behavior to belief, do you find it hard to believe God saved you? Why?
  • Why do you think God did not want any of us to be able to boast about salvation?
  • What type of “good things” do you think Paul is talking about in verse 10?

INDEPENDENCE TO DEPENDENCE

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
— Proverbs 3: 5-6
  • Pastor Adrian was describing going from independence to dependence on God as we believe in Jesus. What things make it difficult to stop depending on our understanding?
  • How do you seek his will?
  • Describe a moment/scenario when you trusted in God and he showed you what path you should take in life.

LOSING TO WINNING

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.
— Philippians 1:20-21
  • Describe how Christ can receive honor by someone whether they live or die.
  • Since Jesus changed the “scoreboard” it sometimes looks as if his followers are losing to society when Jesus says they are winning. Dying is one of the obvious ways that Jesus followers are different from society. Name other instances where the scoreboard was changed.
 

FAITH IN ACTION

Think of one person you can invite to Easter services and invite them to Engage so that they can hear the message of hope.

Ashley Ervin