SMALL Group questions

SPIRITUAL PARENTING

1 Thessalonians 2:7-12

Opening Prayer

Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide your time together.


Review Group Member Commitments (explain any as needed):

  1. We do our part to create a safe environment.
  2. We listen to each other.
  3. We commit to share our lives with one another.
  4. We direct each other to God for the solutions to our problems.
  5. We resolve conflict.


Review from Last Week

  • Did last week’s discussion impact how you live in any way?


Hook into God’s Word

  • Did you feel closer to your mom or dad growing up? Why do you think that was?
  • Ask someone in the group to read the passage for the week


Digging Into Thessalonians

  1. What aspects of helping someone grow in their faith are similar to mother/infant relationship?
  2. What aspects of helping someone grow in their faith are similar to father/child relationship?
  3. Why do you think Paul is so adamant about not being a burden on the Thessalonians?
  4. What is a spiritual parent’s #1 goal? (See verse 12)


A Companion Story

  • Ask someone in the group to read Matthew 12:46-50
  1. How would you feel if your close relative seemed too busy to spend time with you?
  2. What do you think Jesus meant by saying his disciples were his brothers, sisters, and mother?
  3. Do you tend to prioritize immediate family or church family?


Application Questions*:

  1. Who has helped you grow in your faith? What were some things you learned from them?
  2. Are you a spiritual parent to someone? Is there someone you can be a spiritual parent to?


Closing Prayer

  • Share prayer requests and pray for each other.

ENTRUSTED WITH THE GOSPEL

Opening Prayer

Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide your time together.


Review Group Member Commitments (explain any as needed):

  1. We do our part to create a safe environment.
  2. We listen to each other.
  3. We commit to share our lives with one another.
  4. We direct each other to God for the solutions to our problems.
  5. We resolve conflict.


Review from Last Week

  • Did last week’s discussion impact how you live in any way?


Hook into God’s Word

  • Have you ever felt like you did something for God that felt like a fail in the moment? Does it still seem that way?
  • Ask someone in the group to read the passage for the week


Digging Into Thessalonians

  1. What do you think Paul’s opposition was saying about him?
  2. What does it mean to be approved by God?
  3. What does it mean to be entrusted with the Gospel?
  4. Do you think people today might share Christianity with the negative motivations listed in verses 3-6?


A Companion Story (Acts 17:1-10)

  • Ask someone in the group to read Acts 17:1-10
  1. Why (in your own words) was it necessary for Jesus to suffer and rise from the dead?
  2. Why do you think the Jews were jealous of Paul and Silas?
  3. How do you think Paul and Silas felt as they left Thessalonica?


Application Questions*:

  1. Have you ever been tempted to tweak the Gospel in word or deed for reasons similar to the list in       1 Thess. 2:3-6? Why?
  2. You are entrusted with the Gospel. Who in your life needs to hear the Good News of the Gospel?


Closing Prayer

  • Share prayer requests and pray for each other.

AN EXEMPLARY FAITH



Opening Prayer

Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide your time together.


Group Member Commitments (explain any as needed):

  1. We do our part to create a safe environment.
  2. We listen to each other.
  3. We commit to share our lives with one another.
  4. We direct each other to God for the solutions to our problems.
  5. We resolve conflict.


Hook into God’s Word

  • When you were a kid who did you want to be like? Why? 
  • Ask someone in your group to read 1 Thessalonians 1:6-10


Digging Into Thessalonians

  1. How do you think a person can endure much affliction and still have joy?
  2. What do you know about Greek gods? 
  3. What idols do people serve today in our culture?
  4. Why do you think Paul says that Jesus “delivers” (present tense) “from the wrath to come”?


A Companion Story

  1. As a group recount the story of Jonah from the Old Testament. Then ask someone to read Jonah 2 (notice verse 8).
  2. What do we learn about God in the story?
  3. How do Jonah’s and the people of Ninevah’s response to God differ?
  4. How does the story of Jonah relate to the Thessalonians turning to God from idols?


Application Questions*:

  1. Who is a Christian that you would like to imitate? Why?
  2. What kind of a faith example do you think that you set?


Closing Prayer

    • Share prayer requests and pray for each other.



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