Hi Small Group Leaders! We’re in week two of our Inside Out series. This week we’re encouraging your students to embrace others and learn to truly be for everyone. Thank you for leading them in this discussion this week.
WEEK TWO SUMMARY: May 27, 2018
In a group, we all want to be insiders. But wherever there are insiders, there are also outsiders. And even though we may not be against those we keep on the outside of our groups, we aren’t exactly for them. This week we’ll discover that, insider or outsider, it’s our job to be for everyone.
Go and be for everyone.
THE GOAL OF SMALL GROUP
To help students understand that one of the best things they can do for the reputation of Christianity is to love outsiders.
SCRIPTURE REFERENCES & SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS
“Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’ Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same” (Luke 10:33-37 NLT).
- What are some of the different “tribes” that you find at
- In what ways can Christians sometimes seem like they’re against outsiders?
- In your experience, how have you seen Christians treat people differently who don’t believe the way that they do (good or bad)?
- After Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan, He said, “Now go and do the same.” What does that look like in our world today?
- What could hold us back from welcoming outsiders in our church and in our youth group?
- When we treat people like they matter, how does it help us AND them at the same time?
- What’s one thing we can do as a group to make sure outsiders know that they’re welcome here?
The story of the Good Samaritan is familiar to many who grew up in church: A man left beaten and abandoned on the side of the road, passed over by many of his own people, and ultimately rescued and taken care of by a Samaritan who goes the extra mile to serve this stranger in need. Though the story itself is familiar to many, the question that Jesus closes the parable with is often missed in the retelling:
Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.“ Then, Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same” (Luke 10:29-37 NLT).
The one who showed him mercy. That’s the kind of person Jesus calls each of us to be. So what does that look like? Well, in this story, it meant one specific thing—to have compassion and care for someone in need, no matter who they were or where they came from. And in our stories, it means the same.
To care for those in need around you. To offer kindness and compassion to the people who cross your path in life. To extend a smile and a listening ear to every student in your group. To serve them with the heart of Christ.
As you go through your week, both as you’re leading and serving your students and as you’re living your daily life, pray that God would fill you with His mercy so that you can offer it to those who cross your path.
“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.” –Lucius Seneca