“Times They Are A Changin’: Week 3”
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 live without music or without TV? Why?
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.
- SHEPHERDING: Change is inevitable. When was the first time you discovered that this was true? [Note: With an established group, you could ask: How is God teaching you – or trying to teach you – this today?]
- DEVELOPING OTHERS: We were challenged this weekend that if we aren’t bringing people to Jesus we are actually keeping people from Jesus. Agree or disagree? Why? How does this idea challenge you in your everyday world?
- ACCOUNTABILITY: In Mark 2, there’s a story about a crippled man being lowered through a roof to meet Jesus. Before we read, what things do we remember about this story? [Note: This is not a quiz. Instead we are marinating on God’s Word. Consider asking: What was Jesus doing? (teaching) Who brought the man? (four friends) Why did they have to cut a hole in the roof? (there was no room, people were overflowing out the door) What amazing thing happened there? (the man was healed) Who didn’t like what was happening? (Religious leaders)]. Now read the passage in Mark 2:1-12.
- The heroes of this story are the friends. What was their mission and purpose? How many obstacles did they face? What did they sacrifice in the process? Why did they do this?
- Reread verse 5. Whose faith was noticed? Whose sins were forgiven? Why do you think Jesus only forgave the one man instead of all five men?
- ON MISSION: As disciples of Jesus, how do we obey this passage? (It’s time to “cut some holes in the roof” for people who are not YET following Jesus) What does this mean for us at Lakeland with Grand Opening this weekend?