Empty Spaces Week 3 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea:
God wants to fill our empty spaces of fear and insecurity with purpose and potential.

Discussion Starter:
There are targets or goals in all areas of life from sports and health to school and work. Share about a time you tried to hit a target. Were you successful?

Introduction:

Watch this brief intro together with your group (click picture below):


This is our final week of Empty Spaces. We know that God has designed each of us for a purpose, but we also know that as Paul cautions in Romans 12:2, we are tempted to conform to this world rather than God’s purpose for us. This week Pastor shared about aiming and shooting for the mark of our full God-given potential.


Encounter God

Primary Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10

Discussion Questions:
1. Read 2 Corinthians 5:1-5. Have you experienced this feeling of weariness in your earthly body? What hope do you find in these verses?

2. Read verses 6-10. What is our target, and why are we aiming at it?

3. Once we know what to aim for and why we are shooting, we need to work on how to get closer to the bullseye. If you are currently following a Bible reading plan, share with your group how this regular reading has given you better “sight” of the target.

4. Do you have a spiritual growth plan, or have you used one in the past? Share with your group how this plan has helped you to shoot closer to the mark. If you don’t have a plan, share with your group one thing you think a growth plan would change in your life.

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.


Embrace Others

Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into dyads or triads for this section.

Share with your dyad or triad about your spiritual growth plan. Do you need to make one? Do you need to share your plan with an accountability partner? Do you have one and want to share how God is using this tool for growth in your life? Make a pact for each person in your dyad or triad to have a growth plan by next meeting.


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: Make a plan to improve your sight of the target: read your Bible! You can join the Faith Promise plan here. Don’t worry about starting at the very beginning-just jump in with today’s reading.

Engaging in Community: Do you know anyone affected by Hurricane Florence? Can you offer food or shelter to someone you know who has been displaced?

Engaging the World: This week Pastor shared about our partnership with The Timothy Initiative in India. Pray for those affected by the monsoons.


Expand God’s Kingdom

Next week we begin a new series called Revival. You don’t want to miss it! Who can you bring?


Leader’s Notes

1. This question has the potential to for people to open up and share if they are depressed. Please allow the Spirit to lead and give people time to share. If you feel that a group member needs help outside of group you can refer them to our counselors at Faith Promise.

2. Our goal is to please God, because we will be rewarded (or not) for what we have accomplished during our time on earth.

4. Strongly encourage group members to develop a spiritual growth plan if they do not have one. Here are some resources for creating a spiritual growth plan from Pastor Chris’s first book: growth plan worksheets. For a shorter plan see this: one page spiritual growth plan.

ALL groups at Faith Promise should follow Jesus Christ and lead others to do the same. Below are the marks of a growing follower and disciple of Jesus.

– A follower of Jesus desires to encounter God through the deeper study and application of God’s Word.

– A follower of Jesus embraces people and values relationships on a deeper level so everyone can grow together.

– A follower of Jesus engages and serves the world around them and in their community, through local partners or God-directed opportunities.

– A follower of Jesus expands God’s Kingdom through development and multiplication of disciple-makers, possibly to lead more groups at Faith Promise.

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