What If The Church - Week 1

Series Big Idea:  God has blessed me so I can bless people where I live, work and play.

 

Teaching Big Idea:  Being a blessing begins with a prayer to join in the work God’s already doing.

 

Begin in prayer:  Thankfulness.  The people in your group.  The people where you live work and play.

 

Talk It Over:  

Ice Breaker:  What are some blessings you enjoy living in your country?  Your city?  Your neighborhood?

How can you see yourself becoming a blessing where you live? Work?  Play?

 

Scripture:

 7As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. Matthew 10:7–8 (NIV)

 

Statement:  The kingdom of heaven is Jesus’ vision of our world at peace under God’s authority, protection and provision.  

 

 Questions:  

  •  Can you see yourself “healing”, “raising the dead”, “driving out demons”?
  •  How might this apply if literal?  How might this look if metaphorical?
  •  Could you see yourself being generous with your time and money to help others who need help?  What if they need you to walk with them in desperate illness?
  •  What if they need you be strength for them as they lay in deep depression?
  •  What if they are outcasts in our society?
  •  What does it look like to “give” out of freedom?

 

Scripture:

1After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his field. 

Luke 10:1-2 (NIV)

Questions:

  • What, if anything, keeps you from seeing yourself as one of the sent workers?  
  • What difference does it make to know that God is already working in those He calls you to?

 

Conclude in Prayer:

Take time to pray that the Lord would show you the plentiful field where you live, work, and play.