“The Journey to Surrender”
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): In the spirit of Thanksgiving, what is something that you are thankful for in this season of your life?
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.
- We had the opportunity to celebrate baptism this weekend. For those who have been baptized as believers, when did you decide to do that and why? What led you to that decision? (Note: Encouraging your group in taking the step to be baptized is a great SHEPHERDING moment!)
- Think about something outside of the Bible…What is the first image that comes to mind when you think of the word surrender? (Let participants discuss) How do these examples inform our Christian/Biblical understanding of surrender?
- This weekend we learned about Nebuchadnezzar’s journey to surrender. Turn in your Bibles to either Ezekiel 11:19-20 or Romans 6:11-13. Both of these Scriptures talk about surrender. As we read, think about how these Scriptures speak of surrender differently. (Read Scriptures) How is “surrender” described differently? Are there aspects that are the same?
- The Bible distinguishes two types of heart surrender – an initial surrender to Christ as Lord of our lives (conversion – Ezekiel 11) and a lifetime of surrender as we seek to live out the implications of our initial surrender (consecration – Romans 6). In your opinion, what are some of the most important things for a new believer to know/do in order to grow beyond an initial surrender to Jesus? What has been vital in your journey toward a lifetime of surrender? (Note: This is a great opportunity for you to share openly about what was/is important to you in seeking to live a life of surrender. Listen also for DEVELOPING OTHERS opportunities.)
- Surrender slams up against our fear. Think about areas in your life that are still unsurrendered. Why is resisting God or ignoring His commands far more costly than surrender? What attributes of God help you overcome fears of surrender?
- What is God prompting you to surrender this week? (Note: As small group leader, lead out and set the tone for the vulnerability you would like to see in others. The answers to this question could also provide great ACCOUNTABILITY follow ups this week.)