“Grand Opening Message”
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): What was your favorite TV show as a child? As a young adult?
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’s message talked about Joshua and Caleb and how they left a legacy that is still felt 3200 years later. Who has left a legacy on your life? How did they go about leaving an impact on your life? (After everyone answers…any themes we heard in all these stories?)
- ACCOUNTABILITY: In Paul’s final letter before he dies (2 Timothy), he writes mentions the legacy of several different people. Let’s take a look at those in 2 Timothy 1:3-5; 1:15-18; 4:9-15. In these passages, who is listed as leaving a Godly legacy and what are they known for? Who is listed as leaving a harmful legacy and what were they known for?
- DEVELOPING OTHERS: I’m sure we all feel like Paul at times – surrounded by a mixture of people who are leaving positive and negative legacies on us at the same time. How have you learned to navigate this? (Leader’s Tip: Be sure “I Statements” are being used. It could be tempting for your group to wander into “they” and “them” statements.)
- SHEPHERDING: Many of these people that Paul mentions have only one mention in all of history – here in 2 Timothy. If your legacy was written in the pages of history today, what word would you want to be used to describe you? What word might you fear would be used to describe you?
- SHEPHERDING: This also learned about this equation in this weekend’s message: Us + God = Anything is Possible. Where do you need to start believing this truth in real time today?
Pray for The Calling series that starts next week! Pass around your invite cards to either invite people to your group or the Monday night SuperGroup starting Monday, September 17. We will have a time in the service this weekend to turn around and talk with a few people about small groups.