Then and Now Week 3: Talk It Over with Others
This week’s complete Talk It Over.
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): John 14:2 tells us “My Father’s house has many rooms …”
What would your heavenly room be like?
SCRIPTURE: This week’s Talk It Over guide is based on several scriptures in the Bible detailing God’s power and how we can access His power within us.
Watch Pastor Josh’s Talk It Over video. Find this at www.lakeland.church under Messages/Small Group Resources.
DISCUSSION STARTER: Have you ever experienced an “Only God” moment? Something that had no other logical explanation other than “God did this”? Share that time with your Small Group.
- Is it easier for you to share “Only God” moments with fellow believers? How might you rephrase or minimize “Only God” moments to those you know are non-believers? Or do you bother to share at all?
- Read Ephesians 6:10-12. Why is spiritual power so important?
- The Bible speaks of the “incomparably great power” (Eph. 1:19) and the “all-surpassing” (2 Cor. 4:7) power of God. Is it possible to be scared of accessing such a great power? What might cause that fear? In what situations might we experience that fear?
- Read Ephesians 6:18-20. Why do we not ask God to do what we know God is capable of doing? Why do we “give God an out” or think He needs our permission to execute His will?
- Are you playing on one side of the Christian field? What have you placed in your personal “off limits” area and decided God isn’t allowed to touch? (i.e., financial burdens, addictions, mental health, physical healing, relational traumas.)
- If we don’t allow God’s mighty power to be displayed within us, are we still able to effectively share the gospel? (See 1 Cor. 2:4-5)
- Share a problem you are facing and step out of your comfort zone to boldly pray for the miraculous. Allow yourself to fully believe what the cross has made possible and what God is absolutely capable of and that your issue is worthy of God’s almighty power to fix it, to heal it, to restore it, or to eliminate it.
Close in prayer. Consider praying in smaller groups or pairs.