God at Work: Week 3 Redeemed
January 25 & 26, 2020
Leader Note: Remember your goal isn’t to get through every question but to have a good discussion where everyone participates. Your number one job as a small group leader is making space for the Holy Spirit to work.
Let’s Break the Ice: If you could step in and redeem a moment in history what would it be?
Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything you heard for the first time or that caught your attention, challenged you or confused you?
What have you been learning in your personal study and God time?
Continuing this Weekend’s Conversation:
Read Colossians 2:9-10 together. The word fullness used in verse 10 that describes our state in Christ means to “supply liberally or to fill to the top: so that nothing shall be wanting to full measure, fill to the brim.” So Paul is saying that if you have placed your faith in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then you are filled to the brim with His Spirit, you have full access to God’s power in your life.
On a scale of 1-10, 1 being I understand as a Christian that the Holy Spirit is living within me, but I’m not really walking in His power. And 10 being I am walking in stride with God’s Spirit and experiencing His power at work in my life. Where would you place yourself?
When it comes to our work, we have access to the wisdom of God through His Spirit at work within us. In what areas of your work do you sense your need for God’s wisdom the most in your current season?
Read Genesis 2:2-3 together. In resting on the 7th day God gave us a model of how he wanted us to operate, He gave us a picture of what is best for us. Later on this even became an Old Testament law to rest on the sabbath. The idea of sabbath rest used to be avstrong concept in the United states. Just a few decades ago the option of places you could go on a Sunday were much more limited than they are today. However, this no longer seems to be prominent in our culture, minus Chick-Fil-A that is.
What have been the positive and negative effects of this change in our culture?
What are your personal or family rhythms of rest?
Are there any adjustments that you plan to make so that you can work from a place of rest?
Read Ephesians 6:5-9 together. Whenever we read scripture, we always want to remember that this was written by real people to real people. These people lived in specific time periods and places in history and they wrote what they did understanding their context and culture of the day. Keeping that in mind there is some first century context involved in the writing of this verse in terms of the relationship of slaves and masters.
Spend some time as a group rephrasing this passage the way you think God would have led Paul to write it if he was writing it in today’s context instead.
- How is God calling you to respond to this verse in your current work?
- Just because we are called to do something, doesn’t make it easy. What are the challenges that go along with applying the message of these verses in your situation?
- You can use this conversation to help guide how your group can pray for one another this week.