Week of 10/04/2015 - Come and See

Preparation

SESSION OVERVIEW

Jesus went out purposely to call imperfect people to start His church and set the foundation for all eternity. Because we are all broken, the message to ourselves and to everyone is “come and see.” God has always used broken people and it is through our brokenness that we are made whole. 

KEY PASSAGE

John 12:20-23 - Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus. Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.

GOAL FOR THIS SESSION

We need to understand how God uses our brokenness to lead others to come and see. 

KEY POINTS

1.    Through brokenness, we realize that we are in need of something bigger than ourselves. When we invite God to take our brokenness, we invite Him to do His work in us. 

We did not find Jesus; Jesus found us. In our sinful state, we did not seek God, but God pursued us. God wants to use us to pursue others to introduce them to life changing truth of Jesus.

2.    We are empowered as we discover that Jesus is all we need, and He can use our brokenness in ways we never thought possible. 

No bad situation or trial we face is bigger than God. As we allow God to work through us in His power, we discover His strength is perfected in our weakness. 
  
3.    Our brokenness helps us to identify with, and minister to others.  

It is one thing to tell people that we will pray for them in their current circumstances. However, it is powerful when we are able to say we know what you are going through because we have been there. We can give encouragement to share our story of how God helped us in difficult times and that He is available to them. 

LEADERSHIP 101 

We often think there is no way God can use us because we know just how flawed and broken we are. Yet, when you look throughout scripture again and again, you see every person God used to do great things was broken. These great things are not a testimony to these different people’s Godliness, but rather a testimony to God’s greatness. Any “great man or woman of God” will tell you everything that God has done through him or her is not because they are great, but because God is great. With that realization we understand that God uses us in our broken state. What that allows us to do is to tell the world to “come and see!” The same Jesus who saves us and work through us is available to all because we are all broken. 

In your group this week, there will be someone in a struggle. Listen carefully for opportunities to invite them to “come and see.” Be an encouragement to them with your story, or another group members story, to help them understand that God is working in them for His glory and their usefulness in God’s kingdom. 

Session 1: “Come and See”   

REFRESH

Review the sermon. 

DISCUSSION

Use the questions provided in each session to facilitate your group’s discussion and application of each topic. 

GET GOING

•    Have any of you ever been in an auto accident or know of someone who has because of texting? 
•     What is the danger of texting and driving? 
•    What happens to us when we allow circumstances and hardship to take our focus off of Jesus? 

GET DEEP

Read John 12:24-26

•    What is the point in this passage Jesus is trying to make? 
•    When did you learn more about the nature and power of God? Was it through adversity or when life was easy? 
•    Can we live a selfless life without being first broken? 

Read Job 3:1
 
Backstory: Job had lost all 10 of his children all of his wealth and possession and his health in one day. 
•    Would you say that Job’s reaction was normal? 
•    Is his reaction similar to the reaction you have to tough life situations? 

Read Job 42:5-6 & Job 42:12

•    What does this passage reveal about the truth Job learned through his trials?
•    What are some truths you have learned through trial in your life?  

Key Point 1: Through brokenness, we realize that we are in need of something bigger than ourselves. When we invite God to take our brokenness, we invite Him to do His work in us.

 •    What are some resources we often look to fix our bad circumstances or situation? 
•    How do we limit ourselves to ourselves when trying to use our own resources? 

Read 2 Corinthians 12:10  
 
•    Is there any circumstance or situation that is bigger than Jesus? 
•    How does the understanding of that truth empower us? 

Key Point 2: We are empowered in our brokenness as we discover that Jesus is all we need and He can use our brokenness in ways we never thought possible. 

Read 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

•    How does God take our trails and use them to bless others? 
•    How has God used your story of brokenness to help someone else? 

Read Psalms 34:18-19 

•    How is this an encouragement to us during times of being broken? 

Key Point 3: Our brokenness helps us to identify and minister to others.

 NEXT STEP

Help your Group identify and take their next steps with Jesus. Pray with them and for them. Ask them about their next steps later this week. 

•    Is your Next Step to thank God for the trials in your life that lead you closer to him? 
•    If you are currently in a rough situation, is your Next Step to grab on to the truth that Jesus is bigger than your situation.  If given permission, He will empower you to do more than you could have imagined possible with him as your resource. 
•    Is there someone you know that is going through something that you have gone through? Your Next Step is to share your story with them to show them the God you serve can be their God also.

 PRAY

•    Thank God for the trials that He has allowed you to go through to and showed His strength.
•    Pray for those in your group and outside your group who are struggling, that God will use this to show them how powerful He is and His great love for them. 
•    Ask God to give you the opportunity to share your story with others.