Welcome to another night of Community Groups! Please lean into this guide as much as you need to; use this as a tool to help facilitate fruitful conversation, but please do not let this become a script if you do not need it to be. You know your group better than I do! The goal for this evening is to explore God’s, “blessed to be a blessing” strategy for making all things new, and our place in that story. If you can arrive at that destination with your group more efficiently with different questions, please feel free to simply use these as inspiration!
Who is someone who has blessed you significantly? How has that blessing affected your life and the way that you live?
- How do you interpret the different levels of effectiveness of these two groups of missionaries? What do you think is the significance of this?
Read Genesis 12:1-3.
- In Genesis 12 creation has fallen apart, relationships have been damaged, and the beautiful picture God had painted of a world marked by love and mercy has become vandalized. God’s first step toward repairing and renewing all things is to bless one man, Abraham. Why do you think this might be?
- Often, when we think of blessing people, we think of something akin to random acts of kindness. How do you see this blessing in Genesis as being different from that idea?
- Reflecting on Israel’s history, when do you think they lived into this idea of being blessed for a purpose? Explain.
- Who came into your mind during the section of Sunday’s message where we were asked to think of someone in our lives who we should be praying for? Why do you think God put that person on your heart?
- How do you think God might be calling you to bless that person? How can this group support you?
Diving Deeper: Change begins here…
The blessing spoken about in Genesis, and the kind of blessing that we will be talking about throughout this series has a serious flywheel effect. It may start small, slow, and steady, but by design, it has the potential to change lives, families, and communities. In many ways, this is what Jesus was talking about when he said that his followers would do greater things than he did (John 14). What do you think is at stake if we do not take seriously the challenge (even calling) to live into this reality?
Would you consider going through the Neighboring Journal (linked below) as individuals, families, or as an entire group?