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Small Group Lesson

In Small Groups, we seek to grow as Christians, in the context of Christian community, by focusing on two categories: obeying God’s Word and doing God’s Mission.

God's Word
Read Daniel 4:29-37

Nebuchadnezzar had a dramatic humbling experience. He is not the only example in the Bible or in history of someone who was very arrogant and was humbled by God. Can you think of other examples from the Bible or modern times when a humble person was humbled?

From Nebuchadnezzar, we learn 1) To humble ourselves before God. Read James 4:10.

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
We also learn that 2) Repentance and confession leads to restoration. Read Proverbs 28:13.
Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.

Q: Why is confession of sin difficult?

Read what Andrew Murray says in his book entitled Humility.
The creature has not only to look back to the origin and first beginning of existence, and acknowledge that it there owes everything to God; its chief care, its highest virtue, its only happiness, now and through all eternity, is to present itself an empty vessel, in which God can dwell and manifest His power and goodness.

The life God bestows is imparted not once for all, but each moment continuously, by the unceasing operation of His mighty power. Humility, the place of entire dependence on God, is, from the very nature of things, the first duty and the highest virtue of the creature, and the root of every virtue.

And so pride, or the loss of this humility, is the root of every sin and evil.
Murray says humility is the highest virtue for a human. He also says that pride is the root of every sin and evil. How are the following sins connected to pride?
  • Greed
  • Stealing
  • Lust
  • Gossip or slander
  • Murder
Can you think of a sin that is not connected to pride?
God's Mission
As you share Christ with the lost you will observe that most people take many small steps toward Jesus. Helping lead someone even a little closer to Jesus is good progress. We can estimate where people are on two axes: “How much do they know about Jesus?” and “How much do they love Jesus?”

Someone who is a 10 on both axes is probably ready to become a Christian. Someone who is a zero on both axes is neutral toward Jesus. Someone who is a -10 on both axes hates Jesus and has many incorrect ideas about him. Choose a person or two from your prayer list and share with your group where they might be on this graph. Helping someone make one small move in either direction toward knowing more about Jesus or loving Jesus more is good progress. What is something you can do to help them know or love Jesus more?



Encourage One Another:

What opportunities has God provided to lead others closer toward knowing Christ? 

How have you seen God working in the lives of those you want to lead to Christ? 

Pray for One Another:
Share at least one name of someone you want to win to Christ. If you know, share your next action step in leading them closer to knowing Christ (for example: invite them to church, take them out to dinner and share your testimony, study First Steps together, give them a Bible or Christian resources, etc.). 

Commit to praying for one another everyday: (1) For boldness and wisdom, (2) for opportunities, (3) for other’s open hearts.

Other Prayer Requests:

How can we pray for you? 

Pray together about God’s Mission and other requests and thanksgivings.