Say What?: Week 8 – 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 had to wear a t-shirt with one word on it for an entire year, which word would you choose?
Watch Pastor Josh’s Talk It Over video
- Read Matthew 5:29. While most of us long to be free from our sin and understand the importance of being free from our sin, what stops us from being honest about the root cause of our sin?
- Think back on your past personal sin challenges that you have overcome. Go around the group and identify the non-toxic or seemingly innocent “starting point” that led you into that sin. (i.e., hanging out with a certain group of people, meeting at a particular location, etc.)
- Read Matthew 7:1. Have you ever thought you were in relationship with someone only to find out you never really knew them at all? How did you feel when you found out their truth?
- Who have you been careful not to reveal too much of yourself to, in fear that you might be judged? (i.e., boss, teacher, neighbor)
- Read Proverbs 27:5-6. Have you ever been on the receiving end of someone “pointing out your plank (Matthew 7:3-5)?” As difficult as it might be to hear, would you rather know so you can work on correcting it? Or continue walking in denial?
- Our enemy wants nothing more than to see followers of Jesus in isolation and surface relationships. Building trusted relationships in a small group keeps the enemy from gaining ground in our lives. How comfortable are you with going beyond the surface in your relationships? What things can we do as a group to foster an environment where true accountability happens?
- The cross brought victory for us over those things that have been hurting us or leading us toward destruction. What is something you’ve called “small” but need to root out? Share what you felt the Lord had you write on your popsicle stick. Are you ready to call it out and root it out?
Close in prayer. Consider praying in smaller groups or pairs.