Hi Small Group Leaders! We’re moving on in our Inside Out series this week by encouraging students to find their motivation to serve in a new place—from God’s heart! We’re praying for you as you lead them.
WEEK THREE SUMMARY June 3, 2018
Many of us know we could be doing more to help those in need, yet struggle to follow through. Could it be because our motivation is coming from the wrong place? This week we’ll see that when we’re motivated by the things God cares about, we can’t help but act on it.
What we believe on the inside determines what we do on the outside.
THE GOAL OF SMALL GROUP
To help students identify and move past the roadblocks that keep them from serving.
SCRIPTURE REFERENCES & SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS
James 2:17-18, 26
- Has there ever been a time where a movie was so sad you cried?
- What are some beliefs of yours that influence your actions? (for example, importance of brushing your teeth or washing hands).
- Why is it easy for our faith at times to stay in a place of belief and not truth in action?
- Why is it important for our faith to be expressed by our actions?
- Name at least one way you can put your faith in actions this week.
Sometimes we complicate what it means to follow God. It feels as if there are so many do’s and don’ts, so many boxes we think we need to check, so many rules we think we have to follow, and so many motions to go through. And with all that on our minds, it’s easy to let the real heart of what it means to serve God get lost in the shuffle.
What is that heart? Well, He lays it out simply in the book of Isaiah:
Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows (Isaiah 1:17 NLT).
All those things you have running around in your mind about what it means to serve God? Sure, they’re important! But remember that they’re only just small parts of the big picture. As we read in Isaiah, there are opportunities all around us to do good for others, and that’s the real heart of serving the Lord.
Try to memorize this verse as you prepare to lead your students this week. As you do, pray that God would give you eyes to see opportunities to put at least one of these things into practice as you serve Him by serving and loving others this week.
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” –Maya Angelou