Each week by Sunday afternoon you'll find the lesson overview and a discussion guide here!
July 18, 2021
Disciplined as a Christian - Giving
God expects that we will give back to Him, financially and in other ways. Five “levels” of giving:
- Self benefit: We recognize that we
receive rewards. Luke 6:38
- Thankfulness: We realize that god is the source of blessing. 1 Timothy 6:17–18
- Faithfulness: We desire to be a good manager of what god gives to us. Matthew 25:21
- Vision: We see what difference generosity can bring to others. Matthew 10:42
- Love: We joyfully and generously give as part of worship. Mark 14:3
- Do you have a job, allowance, or any income?
- What examples have you seen in your life about giving to God? (Parents, friends?)
- If you don’t know about how your parents give, ask—respectfully and genuinely, desiring to learn.
- Think through the parable in Matthew 25:14-30 together. It’s about being a good steward with what God has given.
- What type of steward are you with what God has given to you?
- Giving is a spiritual discipline and part of worship. How can you practice this discipline this week?
July 11, 2021
Disciplined as a Christian - Fasting
- Fasting is expected from followers of Jesus (Matthew 6:16).
- Reasons why people fast, from scripture: A response to grief (sin or death); When facing a big problem or decision (Esther, Daniel, Jesus). Note: there are other reasons, but these are our focus this week.
- Benefits to fasting (which tie in with reasons to fast): Focus (Moses in Ex.34 and Jesus in Mt.4, Acts 13); Reliance on God; Humility
Small Group Discussion
- What do you think about when you hear “fasting”?
- Have you or someone you know fasted before? What was that like?
- Fasting is a way to worship God. Look at Isaiah 58:1-9 (or 1-5). What do you learn about fasting (and worship) from these verses? A little context: the Israelites had regular days to fast. Twice a week even, and other more corporate fasts.
- Benefits to fasting (mentioned): Brings focus; Shows our reliance on God; Brings humility; It is worship and connects us with God (or at least can)
- Considering these benefits, what do you think about trying to fast soon? If so, what will you fast from? (Food, TV, gaming, a hobby….?) Is there something that has been stealing your attention away from God that you should take a break from to refocus on what’s most important?
June 27, 2021
Disciplined as a Christian - Talking with God
- Why Pray? For our relationship with God. To align us with God's will. To ask for God's provision. To ask forgiveness. To ask for help against temptation. - Matthew 6:9-13. God wants us to pray! 1 Thes 5:17.
- Examples of Jesus, David, and Paul.
- How-to for prayer (a few options)
Small Group Discussion
- What is prayer and why is it worth our time?
- Jonathan shared a few different ways to pray. (Following the Lord’s Prayer, ACTS, sharing your heart and emotions with God, having a routine, and journaling.)
- (How) do you pray now?
- Do you want to try one of these ways this week?
- Look at Psalm 27 together. What do you see about prayer in this? (Read as much or as little as is appropriate.)
- What should we pray about this week?
- Do we talk about big things to God, little things? All things?
- Pray for more than just the shared prayer
requests. Pray for some bigger and broader things in life too.
Like: that God would raise up disciples through WGC. That our youth group would be a bright light in our community for God’s glory, not merely our own fun and pleasure. Etc.
June 13, 2021
Disciplined as a Christian - Reading God's Word
- We want to practice and discipline ourselves to be better at following Jesus
- Reading God's word helps us understand life and be more like Jesus
- Psalm 1 - Blessed is the one who follows God's law and direction
- The Bible is not a fortune cookie - it's not a bunch of cute sayings in a sweet and edible wrapper. It challenges us and doesn't let us live life without thinking.
Small Group Discussion
- Do we want to be better at living the Christian life? If so, are we willing to put in the effort to train (remembering too God's work through the Spirit). 1 Timothy 4:7-8.
- Consider 2 Timothy 3:10-17 together.
- What will you as a group read this week/summer?
May 2, 2021
Spiritual Gifts 2 - 1 Corinthians 12
The church is filled with people not like you
Expect disagreement. Respond in love.
Use your gift(s) for the Church
Who are you? - Image-bearer, valuable, gifted by God for service...
Discussion Questions (for small groups)
- When have you seen diversity NOT in unity? How have
you seen unity in diversity practiced well?
Parents’ marriage? Group project? Our country? Etc.
- Do you feel like an important part of the body? If not, what do you think needs to change? Is it others, or you, or both? How could you be part of the change so that all are united in our diversity?
- Look over the list of ways to serve. How are you serving now? How else could you serve? What do you want to try?!
- High school (especially juniors & seniors), what do you think about the internship opportunity?
April 25, 2021
Spiritual Gifts 1 - Ephesians 4:1-16
- The victorious Jesus has given gifts to believers.
- We are to use them to equip other believers and to build up the body of Christ.
- Jesus causes this body to grow, and at the same time we parts of the body build up the body.
- It’s all about Jesus, and He is continually at work for us and the Church to be better.
Discussion Questions (for small groups):
- Which body part is your favorite, and why? (eye, toe, knee, etc….?!) How would it do solo?
- Remember the prosthetic toe? Every part of the body is important. How does that make you think about being part of the body of Christ? Does it make you think differently about serving in the church?
- What’s the purpose of these gifts?
- Unity. What’s the word make you think of? Look over 4:1-6, think about unity in the church. How are you helping or hindering unity?