“Shouting in Praise”
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): As a kid, what are some of your greatest memories of summertime?
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.
- DEVELOPING OTHERS: In your experience, what role does worship play in making us more devoted disciples of Jesus?
- SHEPHERDING: Have you ever had a moment or a season where it was difficult to worship God?
- This weekend we heard that worship sets you up to listen to God. Do you agree? How has worship prepared you to hear from God? (Option: If someone in your group can lead worship, this could be a cool experiential learning moment. You could also share your favorite worship song with the group and then debrief how God might use the song to prepare us to hear from Him.)
- ACCOUNTABILITY: Let’s read and LISTEN to Psalm 146 together. [Consider having a few people read the entire psalm looking for a word or phrase that stands out to them then discuss the different words or phrases and why they are important.]
- This Psalm highlights nine different kinds of people that God is pursues (v7-9) – the oppressed, the hungry, the prisoner, the blind, those bowed down, the righteous, the foreigner, the fatherless, and the widow. While this isn’t an exhaustive list, is there one that you identify most with? Why? (Note: You might need to share first to set the tone for the group.)
- DEVELOPING OTHERS: For each of these nine examples, there is another word attached. It describes what God is doing! For the oppressed, He upholds. For the fatherless, He sustains. If someone was lonely, how would God respond? (Let the group answer.) If someone is stressed, how would God respond? (Let the group answer.) If someone is struggling to find their worth, how would God respond? (Let the group answer.) How can these words unlock a greater praise in our lives?