“Disruptive Joy: His Presence”
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): It’s Friday night after a terrible week, how do you spend it?
DISCUSSION STARTER (optional): Let’s start by asking if anyone has a specific takeaway from this weekend’s message that they’d like to share.
- Pastor Josh shared about a time in Alaska when he was overwhelmed by God’s presence. Have you ever had an experience with God where you were overwhelmed by His presence? (Note: In asking this question, be sure to not to sideline those who haven’t had an experience like this.)
- SHEPHERDING: This weekend’s message talked about three things that set you up to experience God’s presence – hearts that seek (often we aren’t seeking), eyes that are fixed (often our eyes are drawn to other things), and lips that request (often we don’t ask things of God). Which was most convicting to you? Which one is most absent from your life?
- DEVELOPING OTHERS: Some would say that being experiencing God is simply emotionalism or positive thinking. How do you respond to that? In your experience, what has been the difference between truly experiencing God’s presence and human positivity?
- ACCOUNTABILITY: Turn in your Bibles to Exodus 33:7-16. God’s people are figuring out life in the desert. After several chapters of receiving instructions on how to honor and worship God, the Israelites are caught making an idol (Exodus 32) and now must learn the importance of God’s presence. [Read the passage.] Based on this passage, what do we learn about God’s presence? (ex: His presence is worth our attention, God speaks, God desires relationship, His presence is more important than progress, etc)
- ON MISSION: Verse 16 claims that God’s presence sets us apart/distinguishes us from all the people of the earth. What does this mean to you? What implications does this have for us as God’s people today?
- Throughout Scripture, God’s presence reveals His power. Where are you in need of His powerful presence to make a difference in your life this week?
In prayer, invite the Holy Spirit to be among you. Use question #6 as an opportunity to request God’s power to be seen in these situations as people who request with our lips the desires of our hearts.