Hi Small Group Leaders! We’re in week two of our series, Haters. This week, students will discover that it’s God’s role to judge. Thank you for leading your students each week!
- Just a reminder, for the 10:15 and 11:30am services on April 22nd and 29th, we will not have small groups at the end of 180. These are the Spring Break weekends and we know many students and leaders will be out of town. If you are in town, you are still welcome to join us and jump into the question times with your students throughout the message time! Small groups resume May 6 and go through June 24.
2.Friday May 11, 2018 from 6-8pm is our VSM Leader Celebration Dinner! Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30, 2018 so we can plan dinner accordingly. Spouses/Significant Others and children are welcome and should be included in your RSVP.
3.This is Sydney and Brady Bond’s last week of internship. Brad and Brady are away this weekend taking a small group of students on a mission focused weekend in Altoona, PA. I will be speaking in the sanctuary this week and Sydney will be leading in the Student Center. The Bonds will return to Kingswood University to graduate, and then…THEY WILL BE BACK! You will continue to see both of them involved with student ministries in different capacities as well as some other areas in the church.
WEEK TWO SUMMARY: April 15 2018
We all tend to look at people and make some assumptions about who they are. But when we make these assumptions, we risk missing out on the bigger story of who someone actually is. This week, as we look at one of the Bible’s most unlikely heroes, we’ll discover that our judgments and assumptions are nothing compared to God’s plan and power.
Assume the best, and trust God with the rest.
THE GOAL OF SMALL GROUP
To challenge students not to label someone as a lost cause, but instead to believe the potential God could have for them.
SCRIPTURE REFERENCES & SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS
But someone told the king of Jericho, “Some Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land.” So the king of Jericho sent orders to Rahab: “Bring out the men who have come into your house, for they have come here to spy out the whole land.” Rahab had hidden the two men, but she replied, “Yes, the men were here earlier, but I didn’t know where they were from. They left the town at dusk, as the gates were about to close. I don’t know where they went. If you hurry, you can probably catch up with them.” (Actually, she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them beneath bundles of flax she had laid out.) (Joshua 2:2-6 NLT).
1: What are some “categories” we see at school? (Athletes, IB students, Theater students, etc.) What are the people in those categories like?
2: How can a category we put people in make us believe we are better than them, or that they have little potential?
3: Why do you think the Bible is full of people who are messed up and imperfect, yet God uses them in powerful ways?
4: How does assuming the best in people change the way you treat them?
5: Think about a person or group you have put into a negative category. What will you do this week to change the way you see them?
6: God knows you have an amazing future ahead of you. How can you be reminding yourself of this truth?
Have you ever had someone really let you down? She promised she would make your performance, but she never showed up. Or you just hired him to work on your team, and he’s shown up late for work at least three times already. It’s easy in those situations to assume the worst. To assume that he or she is making a wrong choice for a wrong reason. But sometimes, our assumptions are inaccurate. What should we do instead?
In the book of Joshua we read about a prostitute named Rahab who housed and protected two Israelite spies, ultimately saving their lives. She was a hero. It would be easy for someone to assume that since she was a prostitute her life wouldn’t account for anything, but it did. Not only was she heroic, but also when we read Matthew 1:5 we see that Rahab even ended up in the lineage of Jesus:
“Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab . . .” (Matthew 1:5a NIV).
In spite of how Rahab appeared, God saw her as valuable. He chose to see past her mistakes, and to see the potential she had. It may have looked like Rahab couldn’t have possibly ended up doing something meaningful with her life, but when God got involved, it all changed.
Is there someone in your life that you need to start assuming the best about? Maybe you know someone who is making some unwise choices. Instead of judging that person, choose to see the potential he or she may have. Choose to see that God does have a plan for his or her life. If you’re consistently tempted to assume the worst about people, let today be a new day for you. Choose to see others the way Jesus did: Assume the best.
“Judging a person doesn’t define who they are; it defines who you are.” —Unknown