This week's Small Group Guide is composed of questions from this week's GPS Guide. The questions relate to the Scripture for that particular day. You can download the full week's GPS as a printable document for the context of each question below (in the printable version, the recommended small group questions are marked with a special bullet point).
Resurrection members cannot, of course, assume the Vision 2030 goals are for somebody else. As you review the goals, ask what God calls you to do in making these goals a reality. The desire to know God’s will for your life is one key sign of spiritual health. Instead of waiting for God to change the world “someday,” how are you making yourself available now for God to change your life—and through you, the lives of others?
“Growing in grace” is not just intellectual. Pastor and scholar Christopher Green wrote, “It is impossible to stand still as a Christian…. We need to know more about [Jesus], to be sure; but we also grow in that knowledge by obeying him, by treating his promises as genuine promises of the Savior, and his commands as genuine commands of the Lord.”* In what ways are you growing in trusting and obeying what you learn about Jesus?
In what ways does your culture and community fall short of doing justice, embracing faithful love and walking humbly with God? Scholar Gary Smith wrote, “Micah’s delineation of God’s requirements is noteworthy insofar as it includes no negative statements about what is forbidden to the Israelites. It presents a positive case of what God thinks is best for humankind.”** How can you actively move yourself, your family, your workplace and your community toward what God thinks is best for humankind in words and actions?
Jesus said he “came to seek and save the lost." Scholar William Barclay wrote, "In the New Testament 'lost' does not mean damned or doomed. It just means in the wrong place…. A man is lost when he has wandered away from God; and he is found when once again he takes his rightful place as an obedient child in the…family of his Father."*** In what ways has God "found" you, and moved you to your rightful place in God’s family?
* Christopher Green and Dick Lucas, The Message of 2 Peter and Jude. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1995, p. 157.
** Gary V. Smith, The NIV Application Commentary: Hosea, Amos, Micah. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2001, p. 555.
*** William Barclay, Daily Study Bible Series: The Gospel of Luke (Revised Edition). Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1975, page 257.
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