SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION
Begin with opening ice-breaker, like “What is one favorite activity from childhood you wish you could do now?” and then have some one pray as you get started with discussion questions.
1) Is there anything God is showing you through your studies this week that you would like to share? Generally speaking, what have you learned, or what questions do you have, or what are you getting out of this series so far?
2) Does anyone remember the memory verse from week one, week two, week three, week four, week five, week six or week seven?
3) THIS week the memory verse is:
(23) Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”
4) This week we are looking at Reality #7. As a group see if you can remember the first six realities in order.
This week’s – (7) You come to know God by experience as you obey Him, and He accomplishes His work through you.
5) There is an inseparable connection between KNOWING GOD and OBEYING GOD.
How does the sequence below help you understand that connection?
KNOW – LOVE – TRUST – OBEY – KNOW – LOVE – TRUST – OBEY
6) Where do you see a breakdown in this cycle in your own life or in the lives of people you know?
7) How does Jesus connect knowing, loving, trusting and obeying in the memory verse for this week (John 14:23). How does obedience to God lead to knowing God by experience? Is it possible to grow in our experience of God if we refuse to be obedient?
8) Can you think of some people in the Bible who knew what God required of them, but they did not obey? What was God asking them to do and What was the result?
9) Two examples of disobedience:
Sometimes God gives a second chance after disobedience. Sometimes God doesn’t give a second chance.
What should that teach us about God’s character and how we should approach the subject of obedience?
10) Have someone read:
1 John 2:3-6
(3) And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments. (4) If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. (5) But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. (6) Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.
11) What connection do you see in these verses between knowing, loving, trusting and obeying? How does your love relationship with God influence your desire to obey? How do you see this play out in real life?
12) What can you conclude about the moments when people disobey God?
13) What’s been the scariest step of faith in your relationship with God? What did you learn about God?
*CLOSE IN PRAYER, asking for God’s perspective on our knowledge of him, our love for him, our trust in him and obedience to him!