Small group discussion notes - 17-23 October 2021


If you haven't seen last Sunday's sermon you can watch it here.


Welcome (Community)

What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?


Worship

Give each person a piece of paper and a pencil. Read one or two passages about God's glory e.g., 2 Chronicles 7:1-3 and Isaiah 6:1-8. Ask the group to write the letters G L O R Y down one side of the paper, and to write a word or phrase of praise beginning with each letter. The end result may be something like:

God, you are great.

Let every creature worship you.

Our hearts are full of praise for you.

Reign in us always.

Your glory will last for ever.

Then let each read their composition in turn as worship to God.


Word (Discipleship):

Scripture reading: Ephesians 1: 1-14

  1. The gospel is good news, not good advice. From the passage, identify what is good news about what Jesus has done for us?

  2. The gospel is good news, not good advice. From the passage, identify what is good news about what Jesus has done for us?

  3. So, do I choose God or does God choose me?

  4. Which of the truths identified by Paul in this passage (holy/blameless, adopted, redeemed/forgiven, eternal security, chosen) do you struggle to believe? Why? Pray for each other in twos around these struggles.


Works (Mission)

Two challenges for the week:


Children’s address:

SUPPLIES: ✓ photocopies of a maze—one for each child. Use this object lesson to illustrate how God’s plan directs our lives toward Christ even though we freely make choices as we go. The maze only has one correct path to the finish. The children will freely negotiate the maze and reach the end. You knew exactly where they would end up even before they began to do the maze. You even knew the exact way they would go to get to the finish point. Our lives are like that to God. He knows and has planned all things. Even though we freely make choices about what we will do, the Lord is behind the scenes determining our steps (Proverbs 16:9).


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