Say What?: Week 1 | Small Group Conversation Guide
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 could choose one hobby that now seems out of your reach either financially or time-wise, what hobby would you take up?
DISCUSSION STARTER: What is difficult, if anything, to believe about the resurrection? When did the reality of the resurrection of Christ first impact you? How is the power of the resurrection work in you today?
Watch Pastor Josh’s Small Group Conversation Starter
- Read The Parable of the Lost Son (Luke 15:11-31), do you think the father understood what was likely to happen when he gave the younger son his inheritance? Why do you think he did it? What do you think he did while his son was away?
- After squandering all his inheritance, the younger son decides to fix his situation. What does he do? How many times do we decide to handle our circumstances our own way first, before going to God? Why do you think we do this when we “know better?”
- In verse 21, the son says, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ He made no attempt to justify or excuse his sin. What can we learn from this type of confession?
- Read verses 22-23 out loud again. Note that none of the four things brought to the repentant prodigal were necessities; they were all meant to honor the son and make him know he was loved. The father did much more than merely meet the son’s needs. Why did the father welcome him like this? How does he show God’s grace?
- Put yourself in the younger son’s place. How would it feel to have such a welcome home? How does it feel to have the heavenly Father hugging you, wrapping you in His loving arms, even though you don’t deserve it?
- In what way(s) are you walking further away from Christ? In what way(s) are you squandering what God has given you today? What stops you from going back home?
- Closing thought: Theologian Wolfhart Pannenberg said, “The evidence for Jesus’ resurrection is so strong that nobody would question it except for two things: First, it is a very unusual event. And second, if you believe it happened, you have to change the way you live.” Do you agree or disagree? Why?
Close in prayer. Consider praying in smaller groups or pairs.