Wesley Small Group Guide for January 28, 2018

Wesley Small Group Guide for January 28, 2018

Opening (15 minutes)

Getting to Know You – Choose 1 or 2 questions (15 minutes)

  • Which three political issues are the most important to you?
  • Which moment from your life would you chose to relive if you could?
  • What would you most like to do for someone else if you had the money and time?

Opening Prayer

Study the Bible (25 minutes)

Use these questions as you read the Bible with the daily reading plan and to discuss a passage of scripture with your Wesley Small Group.

  • What excited or resonated with you?
  • What challenged or frustrated you?
  • What was confusing or did not make sense?
  • How did this change your understanding of your faith and your relationship with God?

Daily Reading Plan

  • Last Sunday – John 1:29-42
  • This Sunday – Mark 1:21-28
  • Monday – Matthew 2:1-12
  • Tuesday – Matthew 2:13-23
  • Wednesday – Matthew 3:1-17
  • Thursday – Matthew 4:1-11
  • Friday – Matthew 4:12-25
  • Saturday – Matthew 5:1-12
  • Next Sunday – Matthew 5:13-16

Matthew 5:13-16, NRSV

13“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

14“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:13-16, CEB

13“You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its saltiness, how will it become salty again? It’s good for nothing except to be thrown away and trampled under people’s feet. 14You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on top of a lampstand, and it shines on all who are in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven.”

Your Life with God (30 minutes)

Use these questions to reflect on your life with God and invite each Wesley Small Group member to share their response to one.

  • Where are you currently in your relationship with God?
  • How have you felt God’s presence in the past week?
  • Where have you seen God at work in your life in the last week?
  • How is your life in God?
  • How is it with your soul?
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, what number would you give to how close you feel to God today? Why?
  • How are you living as a disciple of Jesus Christ as you worship, grow, give, serve and share? (choose one today)
  • Where are you seeking guidance from God?
  • How can others in this group pray for you and your walk with God?

Serve the Church and World

  • What are upcoming opportunities for you to serve on your own or with a group?
Concerns and Prayers (5 minutes)

Take time to pray each day for others and yourself and be ready to share with your Wesley Small Group.

  • How can others pray for you and your walk with God? For your family, neighbors, and friends?

Closing Prayer

Wesley Small Groups

As a Wesley Small Group, we covenant to …

  • Pray together and for one another
  • Devote time during each meeting to study together.
  • Actively participate and engage in the Wesley Small Group meeting.
  • Respond to group communications and inform the group of an absence.
  • Respect differences, treat each other with love.
  • Keep what is shared within the Wesley Small Group confidential.
  • Provide care to every member of the Wesley Small Group
  • Serve together at least twice a year.
  • Review and recommit in one year.

Wesley Small Group Reminders

  • Wesley Small Groups will be a safe place to learn about Christ.
  • Wesley Small Groups will provide a place where members can practice living as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
  • No one will ever be called on to pray or talk.
  • Groups will be composed of a mix of believers in a variety of spiritual stages.
  • Discussion facilitation will ideally rotate among members of the group.