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Lamplighters Week 2 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea: Are you burdened for those far from God? Lamplighters are burdened.

Introduction:  We are ALL called to be His lamplighters. How do you know if you are burdened?

Discussion Starter:  What are you passionate about? What gets you out of bed in the morning? What gets you excited in life?


Encounter God

Primary Scriptures:  Matthew 5:14-16, Matthew 28:19-20, Luke 15:3-7, Acts 1:7-8, Matthew 9:35-38

Discussion Questions:

  1. As a believer, do you remember when you got saved? Who are your friends, family, co-workers, etc. who are still lost? Do you have a burden for their souls? Pastor says that burden is a weight we should feel for people far from God and a need for us to carry them to Jesus. Do you feel that burden for them?
  2. Read Matthew 5:14-16. Are you a light for the world to see? How can we shine our light more to those around us—especially to people we don’t yet know?

  3. Read Matthew 28:19-20. This is also referred to as the Great Commission. It can also be said that we as believers should make disciples of all nations as we are going, where we live, work, study, shop, and play, every single day of our lives. This command is for everyone, not merely the few that travel around the world as missionaries. There is a mission field around each of us.. Who is in your life with whom you can share Jesus? What is your mission field?
  4. Lamplighters who are burdened:
    1. Pray for the lost. Make a list of those you know who are lost.    
    2. Share their faith. How do you share your faith?
    3. Seek revelation for others. Are you in God’s Word so that you can hear God’s revelation? If not, you could join the Bible reading plan.
    4. Ask God to increase their burden. Burden moves you into action and increases your compassion for people. Are you prepared to take action and have more compassion for those God places in your life?

       

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Matthew 9:35-38 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.


Embrace Others

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

William Booth says, “Most Christians would like to send their recruits to Bible college for five years. I would like to send them to hell for five minutes. That would do more than anything else to prepare them for a lifetime of compassionate ministry.” How does this make you feel? We talk about what we love, what we’re passionate about, what we love to do. Are you talking about Jesus, what He did, and what He’s still doing? Do you pray for BOB – boldness, opportunity, and burden?


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise:  Easter is in a few weeks. Are you serving? Every area needs extra volunteers to make sure we have a fantastic Easter weekend.

Engaging in Community:  Pray for an increased burden for the lost in your life. Who can you share your faith with? Your mission field is around you in your community. Recently, a group of 7th grade girls from Faith Promise Students wrote notes of faith and encouragement and hid them around Target. One of those notes made their way to a college student and Facebook post about how much she needed that note she found in a shoe box. Have you thought of different ways to share your faith?

Engaging in the World:  Write encouraging notes to our missionaries, who are around the world carrying out the Great Commission. Look on the website for specific families and how to pray for them.


Expand God’s Kingdom

We have lamplighters all over the world as Faith Promise missionaries. If being a missionary is something you have ever considered, we are currently starting a small group for those interested in being a mid or long-term missionaries. Email kylew@faithpromise.org for more information.


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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