“Stumbling Toward Perfection: Week 1”
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 is the most embarrassing fashion trend that you used to rock?
Find this week’s Small Group Video from Pastor Josh HERE
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. (The woman at the well story is found in John 4)
- DEVELOPING OTHERS/SHEPHERDING: Share your baptism story. If you have been baptized, why did you make that decision? If not, what hold you back from that?
- ON MISSION: The woman at the well simply told her story and lives were changed. When was the last time you took the opportunity to share your story? What happened? Is there someone God is calling you to tell your story to? What is on the line if you do? If you don’t?
- The woman the well was well known for her mistakes, sins, and failures. How does God’s view of our mistakes differ from the world’s view of our mistakes?
- ACCOUNTABILITY: Sometimes it isn’t “the world’s view” of mistakes that holds us back, it’s our own view. Shame and guilt can paralyze disciples of Jesus from living with confidence and courage. Read Hebrews 8:12, Jeremiah 50:20, Isaiah 43:25, Acts 3:19, Daniel 9:9, Psalm 103:12. (Leader’s tip: Have multiple people looking up these verses for the sake of time, rather than having the whole group turn to each one.)
- The Bible gives us word pictures for forgiveness – we will be “washed white as snow” and our sin being removed “as far as the east is from the west.” What word picture comes to mind for you as you think about God forgiving our sin?
- As disciples of Jesus, what is our part in the process of forgiveness? (Answer: Repentance, forgiving others, etc) What is God’s part? (Answer: Sending Jesus, granting forgiveness, remembering them no more, etc)
- SHEPHERDING: If all these verses say God will forgive all sins and will remember them no more, why is it so hard to believe it? Do you believe it? (Leader’s Tip: This kind of question sometimes brings up the expect that our human relationships should forget about sin and give us a fresh start. Keep the discussion focused on God and ourselves. Our belief about God’s response to sin is foundational for how we respond to sin.)
- ACCOUNTABILITY: After meeting Jesus, the woman at the well didn’t have it all figured out. She didn’t know everything that needed to change in her heart and life. She only knew the next step obedient step and she bravely stepped up. What is your next step of obedience out of this week’s message about failing and falling short?