Won’t You Be My Neighbor Week 2 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea:
Being a good neighbor means you love, know, and include your neighbors.

Discussion Starter:
If you could live next door to a fictional family (TV or literary), what family would you choose to be your neighbors? Why?

This week we continue Won’t You Be My Neighbor and think about the fences between us and our neighbors. One of the tallest and toughest fences we build between ourselves and our neighbors is TIME!

Encounter God

Primary Scripture: Luke 7:36-50

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read Luke 7:36-39. What fences do you see between the people in these verses?
  2. Whom do you identify with in these verses? Why?
  3. Read Luke 7:40-47. How have you experienced the truth in verse 47? Discuss how our honesty and humility in confessing our sin draws us closer to Christ.
  4. Read Luke 7:48-50. Jesus last words to the woman are, “go in peace.” Is there a neighbor you need to make peace with? Are there some fences you need to tear down?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Luke 7:36-50 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.

Embrace Others

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

As we move into the Christmas season many people may be facing loneliness. There may be broken relationships, or you may have lost family or friends this year. Share any anxieties or pain you may be experiencing during this season. How can you pray for each other and encourage each other this week?

Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: As we add services for the Christmas Spectacular we need more Promisors to serve. There are opportunities ranging from FPkids, to parking lot duty, to catering. Sign up at your campus!

Engaging in Community: Spend 1 hour this week in your yard or a common area of your neighborhood. Meet your neighbors or reconnect with them.

Engaging the World: Pray for our military, missionaries, and others whose jobs take them far from home. The holidays can be a hard time to be away from home!

Expand God’s Kingdom

Who are the people in your neighborhood? Can you share what you have learned this week with them?

Leader’s Notes

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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