Heroes:Week 5 – TALK IT OVER with Others
This week’s complete Talk It Over (.pdf)
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 had one extra hour of free time each day, how would you use it?
SCRIPTURE: This week’s Talk It Over guide is from Daniel 3, when King Nebuchadnezzar creates a golden image and commands all men to worship it. However, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refuse and are cast into a fiery furnace. Please read this together in your Small Group before proceeding.
Watch Pastor Erik’s Talk It Over video.
DISCUSSION STARTER: If you were a big winner in the lottery and received $300 million with the condition you had to spend at least $100 million on yourself before you could help anyone else, what outlandish or frivolous thing(s) would you spend it on?
- Some people believe that pain, sickness or difficulties are a result of personal sin or lack of faith. Having read Daniel 3, how would you respond to that?
- Being as honest as possible, how do you feel about people you deem as catching all the breaks or having an easy life even though their behavior and choices are not God honoring?
- Have you ever felt like you missed out on fun or gain because you were honoring God? Did you feel like you were being somehow punished for doing the right thing?
- In what ways have you faced, or currently face, pressure in honoring God? (I.e., family members watching you, neighbors keeping a close eye on you, knowing that someone would catch you.)
- In what ways have you faced, or currently face, the expectation to honor God less? (I.e., “No one would blame you if you ____.”)
- When facing pressures and difficulties, what are some ways you can be a witness to Christ? How can you bring God’s name into the discussion?
- It’s one thing to say you trust God, but what does it look like to truly put your trust in God’s goodness and God’s plan “even if he does not?” How can you encourage others who are doubting if God “will do” for them?
- How have you seen God in the pressure and difficulty someone else has gone through or during a difficulty you personally experienced?
Close in prayer. Consider praying in smaller groups or pairs.