“Shouting the Name of Jesus”
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): Would you rather travel for five years in a RV or five years in a house boat?
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.
- People use different words to describe Jesus – King, a shepherd, a servant, Lord, the Lamb of God, the Son of God. This weekend we heard Josh repeat over and over, “Have you heard about my friend? His name is Jesus.” Have you ever pictured Jesus as a friend? Is it difficult for you to picture Him this way? How is this different than other ways we picture Him?
- DEVELOPING OTHERS/ON MISSION: The words “personal relationship with Jesus” aren’t actually written in the Bible. How would you explain to someone else that this is what being a Christ follower is all about? Why is “personal” important? (Leader’s Tip: The words “personal relationship with Jesus” were made famous through revivals, radio programs of the early 1900s, and evangelists like D.L. Moody and Billy Graham.)
- ACCOUNTABILITY: Let’s read Mark 3:13-18 together. [Read] Early in the passage it says that the disciples had an opportunity to “be with” Jesus. What opportunities did the disciples have to “be with” Jesus? (Answer: traveling together, eating together, working together, mourning together, etc)
- Jesus wants to “be with” and hang out with us as well. As disciples of Jesus today, how can we better live this out in our day-to-day?
- Our personal relationship with Jesus is taken to a who new level when we consider the arrival of the Holy Spirit. Let’s read John 14:15-21. As we read, how does Jesus describe the work of the Holy Spirit? How is our personal relationship with Jesus taken to new levels through the Spirit? (Answer: The Spirit isn’t just “with us” but He is also “in us”.)
- ON MISSION: A personal relationship with Jesus was never meant to be a private relationship with Jesus. How can we be praying for you as you impact your neighborhood, co-workers, or family?