“Life Hacks: Ups and Downs”
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): Finish this sentence – “Most people in our group would never know that I am really into/intrigued by _______________.” (Ex: Most people in our group would never know that Jeff Tillson is really into U.S. Presidents.)
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’s message started with a bunch of statements that were examples of the highest highs and the lowest lows (ex: having a baby, grandma died). What is a statement that was said to you that you will never forget? Did it represent a high point or a low point in your life?
- DEVELOPING OTHERS: What life hacks have you learned about navigating the ups and downs of life? Where did you learn it and how has it been helpful?
- Turn in your Bibles to 2 Corinthians 1:5-11. Paul writes about remaining hopeful in suffering. [Read the passage – for greater specifics on Paul’s suffering you could add 2 Corinthians 11:23-27 to the conversation] What words are used in 2 Corinthians 1 to describe some of the low points of life? (Answer: suffering, distress, death, despair, under great pressure) What words describe the some of the high points of life? (Answer: comfort, hope, endurance, deliverance)
- SHEPHERDING: Despite all the hardship that Paul endured, the Bible and history tells us that he finished strong. How is that possible? What are things that we can learn from Paul’s example (in this passage or other passages)?
- We are taught in 2 Corinthians 1 that prayer is a powerful help to others and grants favor in the midst of low points. Is there anyone is our group that could use help and favor in an area of life? Can our group come alongside you in the power of prayer? [Note: This could easily connect to a focused prayer time at the end of small group. You might also consider turning it into an activity by having people write down their requests and entrusting that request to someone else to specifically pray for that request this week.]