On Thursday, March 7, 2019, Southside Christian middle school small groups and high school small groups met during their respective chapel periods. If you would like to read the questions for discussion, please read on. . . .
1. Highlights/lowlights since we last met.
2. At the recent Spiritual Life Conference, speaker Jonny Mac reminded us that we were “made on purpose for a purpose” to bring the living hope of Jesus to every place we go. Now that we are two weeks removed, what does that look like for you now?
1. Do you agree or disagree with this statement: “Sin is ultimately comes from a lie we believe about God.” Why or why not?
2. Have someone read OR paraphrase Genesis 3:1-13.
1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.
He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You[a] shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise,[b] she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.
8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool[c] of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”[d] 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
a. What was the real temptation that the serpent presented to Adam and Eve?
(Leader Note: You may need to help lead the conversation beyond simply just “to eat the fruit,” deeper to answers like: To believe the lie of the serpent, that they should be like God, choose not to believe the truth that God already made them in His image.)
b. Why do you think Adam and Eve were willing to exchange life with God for the lie the serpent sold them?
3. Have someone read OR paraphrase Mark 9:17-24 a.
17 And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. 18 And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” 19 And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” 20 And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
(Leader note: Be sure to key in on the phrase: “Help me in my unbelief…” (v. 24)
What are areas of “unbelief” in your own life?
1. What is the difference between knowing something in your head and believing something in your heart?
2. What areas of your life are you tempted to try and control? Is there a lie you believe when you are seeking to control that area?
3. Who do you sometimes fear more than God?
(Leader Note: It may be good to help students see that it could be — parents, peers, future, friends.)
What truths about God do believe with your head, but struggle to believe with your heart?
Take time to pray together as a group about the things we are struggling to believe.