Hey Small Group Leaders! As we wrap up our Inside Out series, we’re going to challenge your students to find a way to serve those in the one place they spend the most time: at home. Thank you for guiding your students in conversation this week.
WEEK FOUR SUMMARY: 6/10/18
Sometimes we think we need to travel halfway around the world to serve others. But the truth is, when Jesus called the disciples to make an impact, He told them to start at home. As we wrap up this series, we’ll discover that the best place start serving is right we are: at home.
Serving starts big at home.
THE GOAL OF SMALL GROUP
To help students understand that serving doesn’t have to be a giant undertaking and that the best place to start serving is at home.
SCRIPTURE REFERENCES & SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8 NLT).
1.Who at your house is most likely to do something for someone else?
2.When faced with opportunity to do something for someone at home, what tends to stop you?
3.Why do you think Jesus wanted His disciples to serve in their hometown first?
4.What would change in your family dynamic if you started serving big at home?
5.What’s one area where you can serve big in your own family?
6.What would keep you from doing that this week?
Sharing your faith with others can feel intimidating. Maybe you worry that you won’t know the right things to say. Maybe you fear that your story isn’t good or powerful enough. Maybe you don’t think you should share because you don’t feel like you’ve got it all figured out just yet. All those things and more can hold you back from speaking confidently about what Christ has done in your life.
But as Small Group Leaders, you’re in the unique position to have the ears of your few every single week. Even if for only a few minutes, you have their attention, and with it, the opportunity to tell them about who God is and what He’s done in your life.
Simply by showing up to lead your students, you’re answering God’s calling every single week:
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8 NLT).
To your students, you are a witness telling them about God at work in your life. And the best part? The Holy Spirit has already given you the power you need to do it! That means there’s no reason to fear that you won’t have the right words, or the best story, or even that you’ve got it all figured out. You have the testimony of Christ in your own life to share with your students, not just with the words you say, but with the way you live, love, and serve them every single week.
“It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. Bring love into your home, for this is where our love for each other must start.” –Mother Teresa