Questions – 02.04.2018

“Disruptive Joy: His Word”


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): What is the story behind the time you went the longest without sleep?


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.




  1. This month we are talking about joy. Who would you consider a joyful person? How do you see joy lived out in their lives?
  2. In this weekend’s message, we talked about the path to finding joy in God’s Word – understanding, conviction, mourning, repentance, and joy. Will someone recap this for us?
  3. SHEPHERDING: As you look back over your story and different seasons of your life, what were different ways that you viewed the Bible? (ex. distant, powerful, not relevant, life-giving) Note: Small group leader, you might have to lead the way on this question.
  4. There are several metaphors that the Bible uses to describe God’s word. Turn in your Bibles to Jeremiah 23:29; James 1:23; Luke 8:11-12; Psalm 119:105. (You could turn to each or assign group member to different verses) What do these illustrations teach us about the Bible?
  5. DEVELOPING OTHERS: If these things are true about the Bible, why do less than half of churchgoers open the Bible on their own (in your opinion)? (This stat is from Executive Director of Lifeway Research Scott McConnell)
  6. ACCOUNTABILITY: On our journey to discovering greater joy, how can we as a small group hold each other accountable to being more in God’s Word?  (Consider reading the book of James this week as a group.)