Say What?: Week 2 | 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 had to endorse a brand, which brand would it be and why?
SCRIPTURE: Begin by reading Matthew 16:5-12, The Yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees, together.
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DISCUSSION STARTER: The disciples were so focused on things of this world they couldn’t quite understand what Jesus was trying to tell them. Jesus was saying, “Don’t be concerned about bread; be concerned about false teaching” because there really is a “correct” teaching of the things of God and there really is a “wrong” teaching of the things of God. What is something you were sure you had understood but found out you were way off? (This could be faith related or not.)
- What are some ways that you have been drawn closer to Christ? Would you say they were more legalistic or more relational?
- How are you drawing others closer to Christ? How many times have you needed to “set people straight” regarding the teaching of God’s law on social media or in person? How many people have given their life to God based on your correction? How can we become the yeast Jesus warns us about without realizing it?
- Have you ever been trapped by someone intent on arguing beliefs and scriptural interpretation? How can we shift that to a relationship-based conversation?
- How many reminders/alarms do you have set on your phone? Do you have a calendar or a list to remind you of what you need to do today or this week? What types of events or tasks must you remember to complete in the upcoming days? How many of your alarms or calendar entries are to ensure one- on-one time with God? How could “setting reminders for God” turn legalistic? What ensures your time with God is relational and not just checking a “to do” item of your list?
- What causes us to not perceive Christ properly? How can our laziness be like the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees?
- Have you tried to fix a bad habit, addiction, or big problem on your own? Have you tried to fix things by involving others, perhaps as accountability partners, truth tellers and encouragers? How did these outcomes differ?
- We can get so caught up in the rules and making sure we “do” everything right that we can’t see or hear Jesus at that moment. What might we be missing by not listening to Him? Is He trying to tell us somewhere to go? Something to do? Is he trying to reveal our sin to us so we can repent of it? What real-life application can we do to ensure we are listening to God directly – and not getting distracted by focusing on the things of this world?
Close in prayer. Consider praying in smaller groups or pairs.