“Shouting in Excitement”
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 were a wrestler, what would be your entrance theme song?
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.
- Tell us about a time in your life when you couldn’t contain your excitement.
- SHEPHERDING: Faith in Christ should be an exciting adventure that others hear and see in our lives. What are some reasons that we lose our excitement?
- DEVELOPING OTHERS: Tonight we are going to revisit the story of the women at the well – someone who couldn’t contain her excitement about meeting Jesus. For those of us who are familiar with this story, what do you remember about it? (Leaders Tip: Before small group, spend time getting to know this story again as people share what they remember. This is not a test but more of a group storytelling activity.)
- ACCOUNTABILITY: Let’s read John 4:1-30, 39-42. [Read as a group, a few verses at a time for those that are willing to read, then ask…] In the story, how would describe the woman at the well? Jesus? The disciples? The people in town?
- The Samaritan woman was having a normal day and doing a daily task of getting water. Within a short amount of time, she was eager to share her encounter with Jesus with everyone who would listen. In your opinion, what brought about her excitement for Jesus? (Leader’s Tip: HERE is an interesting article based on this story and the five things that happen when you encounter Jesus. Worth your time!)
- ON MISSION: Many argue that the longer you know Jesus, the less you share Jesus with others. [Might need to be repeated] As maturing disciples of Jesus, how can we ensure that this doesn’t become true of us?