Mistaken Identity: Week 5
Small Group Conversation Guide
Small Groups at Lakeland exist to make disciples who make disciples in relational environments as we live out the four habits – accountability, shepherding, developing others, and on mission.
ICEBREAKER (optional): Would you rather be a clown who distracts the bull or the cowboy who rides the bull?
Watch Pastor Josh’s Small Group Conversation Starter
DISCUSSION STARTER (optional): Let’s start by asking if anyone has a specific takeaway from this weekend’s message to share.
- As we continue to explore our identity in Christ, what is God teaching you? About Himself? About you?
- Have you ever been through an adoption process (or knew a family who walked through it)? Share the story. What challenges or difficulties came up?
- Imagine being adopted as a child. What questions would you live with every day? What doubts or fears would you have? What would always be difficult, awkward, or unique? Is there anything that would be easier for you compared to others?
- John 1:12-13 says, “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” When we receive and believe in Jesus, we are adopted as children of God! How is earthly adoption the similar to the adoption described in the Bible? How is it different?
- Read Ephesians 1:3-14. How does it make you feel that God chose you? According to this passage, does it sound like He was reluctant to do that, or excited to do that? How do you know?
- How would you explain Christ’s involvement in our adoption?
- Look at all the “in Christ” and “in him” statements in this passage. According to this passage, what has been made possible in Jesus? Which is most important to you? Share more about that.
- Where would we be without these promises? How does this passage show us that we really do need Jesus? [Leader’s Note: This is a great place to invite people in your group to surrender their lives to Jesus (if they haven’t already)! You can also make yourself available after small group to talk more about it. John 3:16, Romans 5:8, Romans 6:23, and Romans 10:9 will be helpful in your conversation.]
- At some point, we have all doubted our self-worth. This passage teaches us that we are incredibly valuable to God. We are pursued, wanted, provided for, and cherished. How can we see ourselves through His eyes? How can we live more and more like someone adopted by God?
Close in prayer. Consider praying in smaller groups or pairs.