Grace to Share
(Leader: Grab enough pieces of paper for your entire group) This past Sunday we spoke about how God has called each of us to share the story of our lives in the ways that He has impacted it so that we can share His goodness with those who don’t yet know him. This week’s life group will be a little different. It will require you to be more vulnerable and open than you have been in previous groups, but we promise God will use this in a big way. Let’s share!
1. Read Matthew 28:18-20. The idea of “making disciples” is difficult knowing we are still learning to be one. Why does Jesus call us to do this?
Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
2. All of us have a story to tell, but many times we feel as though we are not qualified or equipped to share because we believe our story isn’t that important. Is this something that you personally struggle with? What is it that holds us back from sharing your story freely with those we meet?
Right now, we want your group to take about 5-10 minutes and write out your story. Write out what your life looked like before Jesus, the moment you met Jesus, and how He has impacted and transformed your life since meeting Him. In what you write, feel free to give as much or as little detail as you would like.
After you write your story, everyone in the group will share their story out loud with everyone. Even though you may not feel qualified, even though it may be difficult, even if you aren’t the best speaker, your story needs to be heard and probably by someone in this room. Don’t hold back. Also, please be mindful of how long you speak and consider that everyone here is going to share and still wants to get home at a decent time!
3. Show of hands, who was that difficult for?
Now that you’ve written your story, your testimony. Go over it on your own at home so that you are prepared at any moment to share the story that God has made out of your life. As life happens and new highs and lows come, think of how God is in the midst of that and continue to write your story.
Encourage someone in your group who shared their story. If it was difficult for you, it was probably difficult for someone else and encouragement is always nice to have. Also, please recognize that the testimonies told tonight are those people’s stories to tell, not yours. Life group is a place to Protect, so protect each other at all costs.
CHANGING YOUR MIND
Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.