“At Just the Right Time: To Whom Shall We Go”
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): When solving a crime, would you rather be Batman or Sherlock Holmes?
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.
- SHEPHERDING: This weekend we heard about a passage in the Bible (John 6) when many followers of Jesus walked away and very few stayed. As you look over your life, were you someone who walked away or someone who stayed or both? [Note: If you have participants in you small group who are not believers, adjust the question.]
- For those that answered “walked away” or “both”, what made you come back to Jesus?
- ACCOUNTABILITY: The disciples in John 6 knew that Jesus was the Savior of the world and He was worth risking everything for – “to Whom shall we go?” The most important truth for a world full of many different beliefs is that Jesus stands alone and He is our ONLY hope. Let’s read a few verses that teach us that…Acts 4:12; John 14:6; 1 Timothy 2:5; Romans 6:23; 1 John 2:2; Romans 5:18-19. How sure is the Bible that Jesus is our ONLY hope? How does that compare to your beliefs? [Another option: You can unpack the words Penalty, Person, Price, and Promise together – what do each these words mean and why does they matter?]
- In speaking about Jesus, John Piper said, “There isn’t another answer out there because there isn’t another problem out there.” What do you think he meant by that? [Note: Piper is referring to our sin separating us from God.]
- DEVELOPING OTHERS/ON MISSION: The core conviction that Jesus is our ONLY hope led the disciples all over the world to tell others about Jesus and they died for it. What are you going to do with this conviction?
Bonus Illustration: About John 6:68, one commentator shared this illustration, “Mankind is lost in a lifeboat on the sea in a storm at midnight; and across the ocean only one beacon pierces the darkness. Who would turn away from the light in such a desperate situation? To turn away from the only light is to choose darkness and certain death. Jesus is the world’s only light.”