Say What?: Week 5 | TALK IT OVER with Others
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 you are at the zoo, what animal do you enjoy watching most? Why?
SCRIPTURE: This week’s Talk It Over guide is based on Luke 14:25-34, The Cost of Being a Disciple. Please read this together in your Small Group before proceeding.
Watch Pastor Josh’s Talk It Over video
DISCUSSION STARTER: Describe a time when you embarked on a journey, project or purchase that ended up costing you much more than you initially thought. Had you known the cost in its entirety, would you have still moved forward with that decision?
In Luke 14:26, Jesus used the strong word hate in a comparative sense in order to show how great the difference must be between our love for Jesus and our love for everyone and everything else. “The greatest danger of idolatry comes not from what is bad, but from what is good – such as love in family relationships. The greatest threat to the best often comes from the second best” (David Guzik).
- What is something you hold in priority over God? (i.e., time, commitments, finances, hobbies, relationships)
- What is something second best to you that could easily slip in front of God?
- “It is possible to be a follower of Jesus without being a disciple; to be a camp-follower without being a soldier” (William Barclay). What does this statement mean to you? Why do we try to convince ourselves that following Jesus doesn’t include surrendering our life?
- What has following Christ cost you? (i.e., divided families, friendships, employment)
- Where has God brought you the win?
- What is the cost of not following God?
- In the video, Pastor Josh shared a time when God asked, “Am I enough if I took away your voice? Is relationship with me enough? Or do you love the gifts more than the Giver of the gifts?” How would you answer these questions today if God took away a gift He had given you?
Close in prayer. Consider praying in smaller groups or pairs.