“A Christmas Carol: Christmas Past”
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): If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic comedy, action film, or science fiction? 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.
- This weekend we talk about Ebenezer Scrooge, Christmas past, and hope. When you think about a hope-filled person or a bearer of hope – who do you think of?
- In your own story and experience, what have been the biggest “hope crushers”? (As a SHEPHERD to your group, thank people for sharing and listen for opportunities to validate what people share.)
- Turn in your Bibles to 1 Peter 1:3-9. Often times, hope is lost when we forget about who God is and who we are. As we read, be thinking about…what does this passage say about God and what does it say about us? (Read and then discuss)
- In verse 3, Peter describes hope as “living.” Why is this significant? What is the difference between hope as our wider culture defines it and the hope of Christ follower? (Wrestle, compare, contrast – This is a great DEVELOPING OTHERS moment on where true hope comes from!)
- Take a moment to think through who else needs a dose of living hope this holiday season. In small groups, we value being ON MISSION and reaching beyond our group to impact others. Would you be bold enough to be a bearer of hope by texting someone a message hope? (Actually do this!)
- What steps can you take to live into the hope that we just extended to others?