Small Groups at Lakeland exists 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 one item of clothing that you wore over and over as a kid?
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.
- On a scale from 1 to 5 (1 = not passionate at all, 5 = very passionate), how passionate are you about politics? Explain your answer. (Idea: You might have everyone reveal their answer on the “count of three” by holding up their fingers, then discuss)
- How would you describe governing authorities in the Bible? How would you have responded or reacted to this type of political climate?
- [SHEPHERDING] What do you see as one of the most important things we can do to ensure that we are found faithful as an exile in a hostile world? What have you learned about how to remain faithful to God in country that is increasingly falling away from God?
- [DEVELOPING OTHERS] Using the teachings this weekend about citizenship, prayer, and peace, how would you advise someone in our group if they were asked to obey the government while disobeying God? What advice would you give? What questions would you ask? (Daniel 3:13-19 and Act 5:27-33 provide examples of priorities, allegiance to God, and boldness.)
- [ACCOUNTABILITY] Christian author Philip Yancey writes, “Politics draws lines between people; in contrast, Jesus’ love cuts across those lines and dispenses grace…we must not let the rules of power displace the command to love.” Do you agree or disagree? Why/why not? What changes do you need to make in this area?
Close by obeying Scripture (1 Tim 2:1) in praying for our political leaders: President Donald Trump, Senators Johnson and Baldwin, Representative/Speaker Paul Ryan, Walworth county elected officials, and city leaders.