Questions – 07.22.2018

“At Just the Right Time: Mountaintop Experiences”

 

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 is an ordinary thing that you buy regularly?

 

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.

 

FOCUS QUESTIONS

 

  1. This weekend we talked about mountain top experiences with God. Have you ever had a mountain top experience with God?  Share this with the group. (Leaders Note: A powerful follow-up question to each person sharing is “Why was that event so significant for you?”  It allows them to reflect and capture the wonder of that moment with God.)
  2. SHEPHERDING: For disciples of Jesus, the revelation on the mountain leads to application in the valley, ordinary, and mundane. What do you think God was trying to teach you on the mountain to live out in everyday life? [Optional question for the right group…is it possible that you are more attached to your mountain-top experience than to Jesus?]
  3. ACCOUNTABILITY: Let’s read Psalm 146 together. Remember that Psalms are songs that were written -imagine the entire book being a playlist and lyrics written about/to God.  [READ]  This is a mountaintop picture of God.  What stands out to you the most in Psalm 146?
  4. How can the same person write this [Psalm 13:1], “How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?” How does this high and low/back and forth happen?  Can you relate to this?  What does this teach us about God’s character?
  5. DEVELOPING OTHERS: The message closed with this reminder…We can set ourselves up for mountain-top experiences by putting ourselves in risky and faith-stretching situations. How are you going to step into that challenge?