“Disruptive Joy: On the Vine”
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): What was one of your favorite songs when you were in high school? (Or favorite recording artist or band?)
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.
- Last time we met, we requested that God’s powerful presence would be seen in our situations. Anyone want to share how/if that happened this week?
- This weekend we heard that on the Vine (Jesus Christ – John 15) we produce lasting fruit, obey God’s commands, and love God and others. Can someone remind the group what Jesus is referring to when He talked about fruit in John 15? (Answer: the fruit of your life is what you are all about, the impact you are making, outflow of your life) In your opinion, what is the main difference in how the world and Jesus understand this concept of “fruit”?
- ACCOUNTABILITY: It is easier for us to look at the world’s impact. It is a lot more difficult to look at our own “fruit” – especially if it doesn’t align with the Vine (Jesus Christ). Turn in your Bibles to Matthew 7:15-20. Jesus is wrapping up his final points in His most famous message – the Sermon on the Mount. But before He finishes, He has strong warning about this concept of spiritual fruit. [Read the passage – you might prompt your group with “What catches your attention most and what does it mean?” then read it a second time before discussing]
- DEVELOPING OTHERS: Jesus is not done yet. Let’s continue reading v. 21-23. Confident followers of Jesus will be shocked to find out that they never really knew Jesus. What a terrifying reality! How do we avoid this being true of us? (Push your group to really wrestle with this question. Don’t allow for easy answers.)
- SHEPHERDING: Close by calling your small group to be those that do the will of God every time and at any cost. (Could ask: Those being changed by Jesus are being called to do the will of God. How is God prompting you to do His will in this season?)