“The Mark of the Nail: Control”
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 are your Easter traditions?
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. For those looking to debrief Friday Night’s Message, the “Five Looks of Communion” are Look Up, Look Back, Look Inside, Look Around, and Look Ahead. The questions that follow are based on the Saturday/Sunday Easter services.
- SHEPHERDING: Hundreds of decisions to surrender to Christ or recommit to Christ were made at Lakeland this weekend. As a small group, we’d love to celebrate with you if you made a decision like this. Anyone have a decision that they want to share? How about the “control tag” – what did you feel prompted to surrender to Christ? (Note: Depending on the conversation here, you could take extended time to share, pray, minister, and celebrate with your group.)
- This weekend’s message talked about Thomas’ reaction to the disciples seeing Jesus. What was unique about Thomas’ experience with Jesus? How did Jesus respond to Thomas?
- Doubt is defined as “a feeling of certainty or lack of conviction.” Have you ever doubted God/your faith? What is dangerous about doubt? What is beneficial about doubt?
- ACCOUNTABILITY: Turn to Matthew 28:16-20. Probably the most well-known quote from Jesus after His resurrection is known as the Great Commission. Even in this glorious moment, it is interesting to see the reaction of the crowd who heard and saw Jesus speak these words. [Read, then ask: The crowd had two reactions that day – what were they (v.17)? Why do you think some still had doubts?]
- DEVELOPING OTHERS/ON MISSION: As Christ’s ambassadors in this world, we are called to “make disciples” in a world that has many doubts about Christianity and Jesus. Recently, how have you encountered doubt about Christianity, church, or Jesus? How do you effectively navigate conversations about faith with those that doubt?
“Doubting Thomas” ended up carrying the gospel farther than any other disciple – to the far coast of India. History tells us that he died being speared to death by Hindu religious leaders for fulfilling the Great Commission and making disciples. Have faith that God is still transforming the hearts of doubters and using their lives for His purposes!