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.)
From Monday's Reading: Luke 10:38-42
- Another time, Jesus told a story about seed falling among thorns (we will read that whole story on Wednesday). In some lives, he said, God’s seed is “choked by the concerns, riches, and pleasures of life” (Luke 8:14). In what ways are the current worries about coronavirus affecting your focus on deepening your walk with God? What other distractions at times choke out your desire to connect with God?
From Tuesday's Reading: Luke 7:1-35
- Do you ever wonder what God is up to when God seems to be doing little or nothing about evil or suffering? You are not alone. John the Baptist surely thought freeing him from Herod’s prison and cleaning out that corrupt family was a good idea, but saw no signs that Jesus intended such an assault. So he asked. How does John’s story let you know that it’s okay for you to ask God whatever questions you have? How did Jesus' caring answer echo the inner answer the apostle Paul got: “My grace is enough for you” (cf. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10)?
From Thursday's Reading: Luke 8:22-56
- Whether facing a violent, disturbed outcast, a leading yet frantic synagogue ruler, or a milling crowd in which one fearful invalid had touched him with timid faith, Jesus remained calm. How could Jesus resist fear in situations that triggered it in most people? As fear sweeps our world, how can Jesus' peace (cf. John 14:27, 16:33) help you avoid panic while taking wise precautions?
From Friday's Reading: Luke 9:1-9, 18-50
- Peter, John, and James probably expected Jesus to descend the mountain, call in the cavalry, and drive out the Roman oppressors! They couldn’t yet grasp that greatness in God’s kingdom often looks very different from the world’s idea of greatness. Jesus, far from pursuing status or power, served others, trusted God fully and gave himself to save the world. How do you define greatness? In what specific ways do God’s ideas of greatness differ from human ideas?