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.)
On a more personal level, who has added flavor and light to your life? What has their example taught you about ways to live as a channel for God’s power to make life better? Who do you know to whose life you could add light and seasoning? Ask God to guide you to those people. Choose one specific step you can take to be God’s “salt and light,” a channel for God’s life-giving love, for them this week.
Have you ever thought that you are too old or too young for God to do much of anything with your life? Do other factors (e.g. gender, education, health, financial status) also make you feel the Holy Spirit ought to find someone other than you to work through? How do Joel and Peter’s all-inclusive words call you to be alert to what God wants to do through you?
Jesus was a master at taking everyday people’s ordinary activities—fishermen or farmers—and using them to teach big ideas about his kingdom, his grace and forgiveness. What person or persons played the biggest role in planting the seed of God’s message in your life? As you look back, is there anything you wish they had done differently in the “planting”? In what ways do your gifts, talents and temperament best equip you to “sow the seed” into other lives?
Jesus quoted from (and adapted) Isaiah 61:1-3 in the synagogue in Nazareth to define his mission. “To preach good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to liberate the oppressed, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” has a nice poetic ring. What can you do each day to live into the meaning of those words in life’s gritty, unpoetic realities?
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