Small Group Leaders

Communication and resources for Bethel Small Group leaders

Apr

23

Overcome: Discontent (Philippians 4:10-13)

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MIXER

1.  How might you explain “contentment” to a child? This is intended to get the group thinking and talking about a concise definition of contentment.

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2.  As you consider this week’s worship gathering, was there anything you heard for the first time or that caught your attention, challenged, or confused you? It could have been through a song, the sermon, another person, or an experience. This allows reflection on sermon points that may have impacted members of the group.

MY STORY

3.  What types of situations are most likely to lead you to discontentment or to grumbling? (e.g., finances, relationships, health, etc.) The purpose is to show how we are not content when things aren’t necessarily going our way.

DIGGING DEEPER

4.  Read aloud 1 Timothy 6:6-11. According to this passage, what are some things that lead to discontentment? What are the Godly attributes that bring contentment? Explain why. Coveting, putting material things as a priority before God, and the LOVE of money.

Contentment is being satisfied with the place where God has you or has allowed you to be in a certain circumstance. Putting our faith and trust in Jesus Christ will offset our uncomfortable circumstances and allow us to grow spiritually. God will provide the necessities for us, and all the other material things are merely distractions that interfere with our ability to pursue godliness.

5.  In Philippians 2:14-15, what is the command that Paul gives to them? What are the reasons for this command? In what ways do you need to improve? The Greek word for grumbling simply means the emotional rejection of God’s providence, will, and circumstances for one’s life. Questioning in Greek means criticisms directed in a negative connotation toward God.

Being blameless means, one has the right attitude in pursuing godliness; therefore, their life cannot be criticized because of sin or evil actions. The phrase “without blemish” is used throughout the Bible as a kind of sacrifice to be brought before God.

6.  Read Philippians 4:12-13, Hebrews 3:17-19 and Hebrews 13:5 aloud. What is the secret to being content and finding rest? From where do you draw your strength in adverse circumstances? One should have holy discontentment, which motivates them to pursue godliness consistently. The demonstration of faith and hope that God will keep His promises no matter the circumstances, and know that God will never leave us or forsake us will take our minds off material discontentment and allow us to pursue holy contentment.

TAKING IT HOME (APPLICATION)

7.  Read Romans 8:28-29. What is God’s plan and purpose revealed in this passage? How does this allow believers to be content in all circumstances? God orchestrates every event in life to accomplish His will. God stretches us, so we will grow spiritually and become more like Christ. Knowing that God is in control and will never forsake us provides believers the peace and contentment needed to persevere any circumstance.

8.  How can I apply these truths when facing adversity? Perhaps consider the following:

• Trust in God’s providence

• Be satisfied with little

• Don’t allow circumstances to taint your attitude

• Be sustained by divine power

• Focus on Christ and others more than yourself

The list above reflects the order our priorities should be when facing adversity.

Apr

16

Overcome Series: “Fear” by James Armstrong

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QUICK REVIEW
1. As you consider this week’s worship gathering, was there anything you heard for the first time or that caught your attention, challenged, or confused you? It could have been through a song, the sermon, another person, or an experience.

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2. In 2 Timothy 1:7 Paul states, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (KJV). Describe how becoming a Christian made you less fearful.

MY STORY
3. What are some of the fears with which you still struggle?

4. How can members of your small group help you deal with or eliminate these fears?

DIGGING DEEPER
5. What does Jesus say about fear in the following passages?
• Mathew 10:28, 31
• Luke 5:10b

6. In the Bible, the phrase “fear of God” is often associated with fear, dread, terror, or being afraid. Yet, 1 John 4:18 states, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love” (NASB; emphasis added). Explore the meaning of “the fear of God.” Consider:
• Romans 8:1
• 2 Corinthians 5:10-11a
• 1 Corinthians 3:11-15
• Luke 10:27

7. Read Romans 3:10-18. What happens when people fail to fear God?

8. What are the blessings for the believer from “fearing the Lord”? Consider:
• Proverbs 1:7
• Proverbs 9:10

TAKING IT HOME (APPLICATION)
9. Have you experienced timidity when sharing Christ? How did you handle it? What might you do differently?

Apr

9

Life Together by Dave Bechtel

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QUICK REVIEW

1.  As you consider this week’s worship gathering, was there anything you heard for the first time or that caught your attention, challenged, or confused you? It could have been through a song, the sermon, another person, or an experience.

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2.  What prompted you to join this group?

 MY STORY

3.  How have you grown or been stretched spiritually, socially or in any other way as a result of participating in this group? Feel free to give examples.

DIGGING DEEPER

4.  In the New Testament (NASB) alone, there are at least 15 “love one another” statements and at least 37 directives on interacting with “one another.” The sermon mentioned Hebrews 10:24-25 and James 5:16. How does our group put these “one another” commands into practice?

5.  Read Hebrews 5:11-14.  Considering this passage, what were the believers lacking? How does verse 14 describe a “mature” Christian? What practices can our group implement to facilitate Christian maturity?

TAKING IT HOME (APPLICATION)

6.  Some small groups seek to continually grow in membership, where they can develop leaders and multiply into new groups. Others are quite comfortable with their group size and serving each other, employing God-given gifting to benefit others in the group. Still, others are somewhere in-between. Where is your group? What, if anything, might the Lord want your group to do differently?

7.  How will you contribute to the growth of your small group during and after you meet?