LIFEGROUP BIBLE DISCUSSION & MEETING FORMAT
The best way to prepare for your LifeGroup session is to take notes on your sermon outline during the sermon on Sunday, and prayerfully ask the Lord to deal with you personally as you reflect on the message. Select a few of the following questions from each section to share with your LifeGroup members. Some questions overlap, so you won’t use every question each time you meet. Pick different questions from week to week to ensure variety. It is appropriate to supplement participants’ replies with your own recollections of the message. Don’t preach, use the LifeGroup moment as a forum for open discussion and sharing. Recognize birthdays, anniversaries & encourage members to share testimonies of God’s grace upon their lives.
A. OPEN YOUR SESSION WITH PRAYER.
B. ICE BREAKER:
Ask group members to share what’s going on in their life, testimonies, recognize birthdays, anniversaries and/or upcoming events.
C. BIBLE DISCUSSION: PICK A FEW POINTS FROM EACH OF THE THREE SECTIONS BELOW TO DISCUSS. (Note: You don’t have to discuss every point)
SECTION 1: REVIEWING SERMON MESSAGE
(a). If you could summarize the sermon in one minute for group members who didn’t hear it, what would you say?
(b). Mark Twain defined “education” as “that which remains after you’ve forgotten all you’ve been taught.” Share with the group one thing that remains with you from the sermon.
(c). Who can summarize in a sentence one Biblical principle from the message? (Let several contribute until all main points are disclosed).
(d). Think of a question that you believe the message addressed or resolved. (Pause for a moment.) Share with us your question, then how the speaker answered it in the message.
(e). What fresh, I-never-thought-of-that-before insight did you learn from the sermon?
(f) Think of a single word that captures or represents an insight you recall from the sermon. Share the word with us and why you selected it.
(g). What attributes of God were stated in or implied by the message?
(h). What verse cited in the message do you most vividly recall? Why?
SECTION 2: PERSONALIZING SERMON MESSAGE
(a). What insight from the message left the biggest impression on you? Why?
(b). How did God’s Spirit speak a personal word to you during the message?
(c). What did you hear that encouraged or reassured you?
(d). What did you hear that challenged or convicted you?
(e). How did the message increase your appreciation for God the Father, Jesus Christ, or the Holy Spirit?
(f). From your personal experience, how can you illustrate a point from the sermon?
(g). Who can share from experience either the positive results of heeding the message or the painful consequences of disregarding its truth?
(i). Did anything you hear prompt you to pray? Explain.
SECTION 3: ENCOURAGING APPLICATION OF THE SERMON
(a). What personal application of the message has the Lord shown you? How do you feel about following through with it? What obstacles do you face in your implementation of it?
(b) How should the message we heard affect or change our prayers?
(c). If we diligently apply the message, what effect would it have on our choices? our relationships? our daily walk with Christ?
(d). If this message had its intended impact, what difference would it make in our personal lives?
(e). What would you say to share this helpful information to benefit someone who did not hear this message?
D. GROUP PRAYER TIME:
1. Pray for each LifeGroup member to respond positively to this message and to follow-through in application. Pray for a divine, positive impact as God’s people apply this Word to everyday living.
2. Ask for prayer requests and pray for the individual needs of your group.
3. Closing Prayer (Ask a group member who is comfortable praying in public)
E. ANNOUNCEMENTS OR REMINDER OF UPCOMING GROUP FELLOWSHIP EVENT
PLEASE REACH OUT TO ANYONE WHO DID NOT MAKE IT TO YOUR LG MEETING & CHECK ON ANY SICK OR NEEDY PERSON IN YOUR GROUP.
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GOD BLESS YOU!