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Father’s Day – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea:
Every one of us is currently building a legacy that will continue after we are gone. But what kind of legacy is it?

Discussion Starter:
What is the oldest building, statue, or structure that you have ever personally seen? How old is it? Has it been repaired much? How much thought and effort do you suppose went into building it? What condition is it in now? Does it still look impressive?

Introduction: 
This week, Pastor Chris talked about the spiritual legacy all of us are currently building. It’s very easy for us to shrug our shoulders and think “Nothing lasts forever,” but the Bible says that isn’t really true—some decisions we make here do have eternal consequences. Some things last forever, and other things will not make it past the day God appointed to judge humanity.


Encounter God

Primary Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 3:5-15, Matthew 25:14-30, 2 Timothy 2:1-2

Discussion Questions:

  1. In 1 Corinthians 3, Paul tries to explain how no believer is “more important” than any other believer. Some people God uses for one thing, and some people God uses for another (like Paul and his fellow preacher, Apollos). What God cares about is if we are joining in the work He has set before us to do (see verse 8). But then God gives us a very big warning through Paul’s writing: the things we do in this life will be judged by God with perfect judgment. Some of those things will last, and others will not. Talk with your group about the sorts of things that you think we should expect to see survive “the day” (as in “judgment day”) mentioned in verse 13.
  2. Related to the first question, your group might want to talk about God’s concern with accomplishments compared to His concern with faithfulness. Do you think that God cares about “how faithful you are with what you have been given, no matter how much or how little it is”? (See Matthew 25:14-30 for a parable Jesus gives on this topic.) How much has God given to those in your group, in each member’s ability to speak, think, help, and love others? What do you see in your fellow group members, as well as yourself? Try to encourage each other with the blessings you see God having given to others, but also try to (lovingly!) nudge each other to try to use those gifts when you see a need.

  3. In 1 and 2 Timothy, Paul writes to a disciple that he regards as his own son (1Timothy 1:2), because of how Paul was involved in Timothy first trusting in Christ and later in his discipleship. Read 2 Timothy 2:1-2, If you were to win someone to Christ right this very moment, and they immediately watched and imitated you with 100% accuracy, would this fill you with a sense of joy, a sense of dread, or something else entirely? What sort of disciples are you making with the way you live your life?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Matthew 25:14-30 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.


Embrace Others

Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into twos or threes for this section.

Some of us are in a situation where we, as a person, are the closest thing some people will ever see to an open Bible. They have no desire to read scripture, but they don’t really have much of a choice when it comes to seeing us. What do they think God is like, if we say we are imitating Him?


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise:  If your group is made of people who trust in Christ, then your group is basically its own miniature New Testament church, similar to the book of Acts. What sort of abilities do you see in others that might help spread the cause of Christ? Encourage each other and draw out the skills and abilities God has given to each of you.

Engaging in Community and the World: What is something that you see Faith Promise doing that your group might be able to make even better? Is there an outreach program that is doing good and needs your group’s help? Email missions@faithpromise.org and see what God can do.


Expand God’s Kingdom

Uncertainty and violence are on the minds of many people lately. But God promised that He would make everything work together for good in the end (Romans 8:28). Jesus specifically said to not be worried when we saw this kind of worldly conflict (Matthew 24:6). The reason He hasn’t come back yet is because He wants as many people as possible to be saved before He does (Romans 11:25). Ask Him to do that, and, as much as you are able, join Him in that. Make a list of people to either share the gospel with or who you can pray will hear the message of the gospel.


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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