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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 27-30

"For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17

PREP

Leaders: Be sure to review the Faith in Action you set as a group last week, then continue to the icebreaker question for this weeks study.

Opening Question:
If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be? Why did you pick these three and what type of influence do you think they'd have on you or your audience?

PURPOSE

"...the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ." 1 John 1:2-3

Can one conversation change the course of your life? Can a single word, concept, interaction, or discussion change your view? How about changing the direction of your goals? How about your career? Your life’s purpose or mission? When the interaction is powerful, it does happen. But when it is Jesus, the impact forces a 180, as the military says, an "about face"! A single conversation or word with Jesus changes your direction, your opinions, and your life's mission. And that mission almost always becomes a ministry! A love for people! The question then remains... how often do you talk to Him? How often do you meet with Him through a devotional? Do you take any time out of your day to seek communion with Him through prayer? If not, you're missing on the possibility of doing a 180 in your life, in your relationships, in your career, or life's purpose. This study simply focuses on the importance and impact of spending time with God.

The 13 Most Influential People In Steve Jobs' Life
By Steve Kovach, BusinessInsider ... (Below is two of those people)

Paul Jobs was Steve's adoptive father. He was a great mechanic and overall handyman, and taught Steve how to perfect projects from the inside out, even at a young age. While helping his father build a fence around his Los Altos home, Jobs’ father told him they’re going to make the back of the fence just as beautiful as the front. Confused, Jobs asked why he should bother, saying nobody would know the difference. “You’d know”, his father told him. The word stuck with Steve!

Taking this encounter to heart, Jobs obsessed over every detail of the first Macintosh computer. The casing, the colors and even the circuit boards were designed to look beautiful, even though it was unlikely anyone would see them. In an interview a few years later, after the Macintosh came out, Jobs again reiterated that lesson from his father: “When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood in the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.”

The second person to influence Jobs was Edwin H. Land. Land was one of Jobs’ personal heroes and the man behind the camera company Polaroid. The two men met at least twice. Both times made such an impression on Jobs. Jobs respected Land and the company he built because its products were the perfect combination of art and science. Land and Jobs also had a similar outlook on market research, which Land said is “only useful when your product is no good”. And in one of their interactions Land shared his sense of innovation: “Every significant invention,” Land said, “must be startling, unexpected, and must come into a world that is not prepared for it. If the world were prepared for it, it would not be much of an invention.” Thirty years later, when a reporter asked Jobs how much market research Apple had done before introducing the iPad, he responded, “None. It isn’t the consumers’ job to know what they want.”

Lastly, Land’s obsession over product design convinced Jobs that it’s acceptable to strive for aesthetic perfection, and the folding SX-70 camera was as much a masterpiece as Jobs’ iPod which came 30 years later.

As we see, who we interact with can, most of the time, changes us deeply. It's so important that if you seek change in an area, find those people who inspire you to do so. You'll be amazed on how the time with them can give birth to new ideas, concepts, and guidance toward a goal you're passionate about. This time spent can even change that goal, or life's mission completely. Steve Jobs, as an innovator and inventor gathered inspiration from those around him. People like his father and fellow innovators changed his identity, who he was, how he operated. With just a couple interactions from someone he admired brought a lifetime of revolutionary thought and action. God should be our inspiration, He should be our source of wisdom and guidance for all areas of our lives. When He is, it impacts, it changes, and it transforms who are and what we pursue. Yet, usually, we don't seek Him, we don't value our time with Him enough, and we don't listen to what He's trying to tell us. We therefore, miss out on His best.

"And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching... Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:39, 42

PLAN

Read John 4:7-26, 39-42. We have daily tasks. We have daily goals. We have a mission. Many times times a conversation or interaction with Jesus will change that. He puts us on His plan, His mission, and with His heart. Discuss how this happened to the Samaritan woman. She was in her daily routine and Jesus changed her outlook, her goals, and her ministry. Consider the following questions to help:

  • Who initiated this interaction?
  • Do you think He does this today? How so?
  • Do you think the woman's reaction to Jesus was positive or negative?
  • Explain.In verses 10-15, what does Jesus offer her?
  • And based on her response, what does this tell you about her heart?
  • In verses 16-19, why does Jesus ask her to go get her husband?
  • What's the significance of her response in verses 19-20?
  • In verses 21-26, why does Jesus give this message to this woman?
  • How does it connect to her "I perceive you are a prophet" comment?
  • Jump to verses 39-42, how has this woman changed? What was the impact she made?
  • Ultimately, how did her identity change and how do think that changed her daily mission(s)?

PERSONAL: Faith in Action

Leaders take time to discuss things that gives us interaction with God and what are practical ways to root our identity in Him this week. Be specific.

PRAYER

Pray that we would be more aware to spend time with God. Pray that He would show us in what things we tend to find our identity in. Finally pray that we would move forward purposefully in faith in Him and by the leading of the Holy Spirit. 

Billy Humphrey