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.)
Jesus quoted from (and adapted) Isaiah 61:1-3 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, day-to-day realities?
The great hymn writer Isaac Watts wrote a hymn based on Psalm 146. The second stanza included the words, “Happy are they whose hopes rely on Israel's God… whose truth for ever stands secure, who saves th'oppressed and feeds the poor, for none shall find God's promise vain.” Does God’s promise to give justice to the oppressed make you “truly happy”? Why or why not?
Verse 17 took in a lot of ground: “Whatever you do, whether in speech or action, do it ALL in the name of the Lord Jesus and give thanks to God the Father through him.” In the coming holiday season, with all its hectic feelings and stresses, how can you “give thanks to God the Father” as you work, shop, drive the freeway or fight lines at the airport, react to the news, cheer for the Chiefs (Jayhawks, Tigers or Wildcats) or keep up with all your kid’s school activities?
This passage called us to live our lives by “fixing our eyes on Jesus, faith’s pioneer and perfecter.” What ways have you found of “fixing your eyes on Jesus” amid all the demands of everyday life? What is one change you could make during the rest of 2019 that you believe would keep Jesus in clearer focus for you?
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