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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 9-12

The Chasm

 

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: Tell us about a time when reality and your expectations didn’t line up, good or bad.

 

A chasm is a marked interruption of continuity.

 

1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a
living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
— Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)
  • In chapters 1-11, Paul describes the chasm in humanity’s relationship with God. In chapter 12, we see a shift. Why does Paul urge his brothers and sisters to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice?
  • What does it mean to be a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God?
  • How does the renewing of your mind fill in the chasm between our expectations and the reality of God?

FROM PLEASURE TO PERSEVERANCE

12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.
14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.
15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown
brings forth death.
— James 1:12-15 (NLT)
  • What does it mean to remain steadfast under trial?
  • Why do we sometimes assume God is the one who tempts us?
  • What expectations do you have right now that God wants to change from pleasure to perseverance?

FROM FAME TO FAITHFULNESS

20 The trustworthy person will get a rich reward, but a person who wants quick riches will get into trouble.
— Proverbs 28:20 (ESV)
  • In today’s society, it is popular to care only about ourselves, to chase money, success, and fame. How can we guarantee we are pursuing on Jesus’ standards and not society’s?

FROM SELFISHNESS TO SERVICE

25 Jesus told them, “In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people, yet they are called ‘friends of the people.’
26 But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant.
27 Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves.
— Luke 22:25-17 (NLT)
  • Have you personally experienced lording your power or having power lorded over you? Explain.
  • Why do you think Jesus changed the standard from being served to serving?
 

FAITH IN ACTION

Think of a chasm in your life. What can you do to fill it? Take one step this week towards bridging the gap.

Ashley Ervin