“A Christmas Carol: Christmas Present”
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): Share about a Christmas tradition that you had growing up or current have.
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.
- This weekend we talk about past you, present you, and future you. If you could give one piece of advice to “past you”, what would you tell him/her? Why? (Note: Depending on how people “hear” this question, it might lead to some SHEPHERDING or group SHEPHERDING moments. You also might need to lead out on what type of answers you are hoping for from your group.)
- This question was also asked in the message – what area of your life are you acting in faith today that you will be thankful for tomorrow? Explain your answer.
- In Scripture, we see another powerful theme of how God’s people can exhibit faith in our present reality – it is obedience. What is the first thing that comes to mind as you think about obedience?
- Turn in your Bible to Deuteronomy 11:1, 2 John 1:5-6, and Revelation 14:12. If you lived in New Testament times, these verses would be a past-present-future view of God’s heart on obedience. (Read verses) Obedience and love are commonly linked in the Bible. Why do you think that is?
- Can you think of a time when someone obeying you communicated appreciation or love to you? (Or when did someone else’s disobedience make you feel unloved?)
- DEVELOPING OTHERS: What is something happening this week that will require you to exercise faith and obedience on a new level? (If you take notes and follow up, this could lead to additional SHEPHERDING and ACCOUNTABILITY in your relationship with your small group.)
Answers shared in Question #6 could easily flow into prayer time for present circumstances.