“First World Problems: Acceptance”
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 travel back in time to meet your ancestors or into the future to meet your descendants?
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.
- Acceptance was the focus of the message this weekend. What stage or season of your life were you overly concerned about acceptance?
- SHEPHERDING: Have you ever found yourself needing to choose between faith and acceptance? Tell the group more about that. (Leader’s Tip: If all your stories are “I chose Jesus”, take a moment to ask if anyone ever chose acceptance over faith.)
- ACCOUNTABILITY: Turn in your Bibles to James 4:1-4. Today we are going to wrestle with tough verses written by James – the brother of Jesus. As we wrestle with acceptance in the 21st Century, James “draws a line in the sand” in the 1st [Read the verses, then ask…] According to this passage, how is friendship with the world described in verse 1-3? What does this passage say about us/humanity?
- DEVELOPING OTHERS: What does James 4:4 teach us about true acceptance? (Answer: Acceptance, approval, and friendship with God is all that matters! Also James 2:2 could be helpful here – Abraham’s belief in God, makes him right with God and he is considered “God’s friend”). How do we obey this truth? What does this mean for us in this group?
- ON MISSION: This weekend we heard about how faith in God will sometimes come across as weird or strange to others (remember Paul being lowered in a basket through a hole in the wall). What weird or strange thing do you think God wants you to do this week?