Hi Small Group Leaders!
We’re moving into our second week of our series on Abraham called Into The Wild. We are glad to have small groups back on this week! Remember, small groups go through June! This week, we’re encouraging your students to keep moving forward on their journey with God, even when they feel like they’ve messed up. We’re praying for you as you lead them.
WEEK TWO SUMMARY: May 6
Ever felt like you didn’t have what it takes for God to use you? Maybe you think you’ve made too many mistakes or messed up too many times. But just as God didn’t give up on Abraham in the middle of his mistakes, this week we’ll see that God never gives up on using us, either.
Don’t give up because you’ve messed up.
THE GOAL OF SMALL GROUP
To help students understand that despite the fact that they’re broken people, God can still use them in a big way.
SCRIPTURE REFERENCES & SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS
“Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Abram agreed to what Sarai said. So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. He slept with Hagar, and she conceived” (Genesis 16:1-4a NIV).
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV).
1.Talk about a time when you felt like you weren’t cut out for something.
2.Why do we sometimes feel like we don’t have what it takes to be a “good Christian”?
3.Why does it matter that God still used Abraham, despite Abraham’s huge mistakes?
4.Think of a time when you thought you messed up so badly that you assumed God had given up on you. Without sharing what you did, talk about how you felt and what you did to move forward.
5.How would your life look different if you believed that God never gives up on you, even when you mess up?
6.Why do you think it’s easier to encourage someone else when they mess up than it is yourself?
7.How could we, as a small group, encourage one another not to give up when we mess up?
For every one of us, mistakes are bound to happen. Though we’re followers of God, we’re also human, and that means that missteps will always be a part of our journey. The pull of sin will always linger. And sometimes, we’ll give in.
When we do, it’s easy to believe the lies that shame, fear, and regret tell us. It’s easy to believe that our mess changes the message of our story. Or maybe even that the mess ends our story altogether.
But just as we learn from Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, and a host of other Old Testament followers of God, that’s just not the case. The good news for us is that in Christ, our mess doesn’t have to remain a mess. In fact, it doesn’t have to remain with us at all. There’s no mess big enough to eclipse the message of Jesus in our lives—the message that we’ve been forgiven of our sins.
In him, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace (Ephesians 1:7 NIV).
The forgiveness of sins and the grace of God—we have access to all this and more because of Jesus. The best thing we can do as Small Group Leaders is believe this in our own lives, model it for our students, and offer this same truth to them as they navigate their way through their own messes on their journey of faith.
“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” –Harriett Beecher Stowe