Community Group Study Guide For the week of April 11, 2021
The Compassion Journey
This free event connects visitors to some of the realities faced by children growing up in extreme poverty. Step into a new culture, see life from a different perspective and participate in thought-provoking conversations with the rest of your group during this audio-guided journey through a series of interactive exhibits. REGISTER NOW
Night of Gathering
Sunday evening, April 25, join us for a time of worship, a message from guest speaker Cecilia Anyango Nyamwandha of Compassion International, and more. Come and enjoy the fellowship, along with refreshments! Register at stfchurch.com/events to reserve a spot for yourself and a friend!
1. Circle what you trust. X what you don’t:
Parachute Airplane Food truck food Elevator Bungee cord
Tap water Treats from a neighbor Birds flying overhead
2. What part of the teaching did you find challenging to your thinking or living?
1. This week we heard our faith must be much more than just a belief or understanding of God, it must be an action. As we look at the life of Jesus and watch the calls he made to the crowds following him, we get a better understanding of what faith in action looks like. Read through the following passage and answer the questions below.
Matthew 16:24-25 New International Version (NIV) 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.
- In one or two sentences, how would you sum this verse up in your own words?
- How might this verse play out in a person’s life?
- What keeps you from doing this?
- Can you think of any times you’ve done this well?
2. We learned this week that real faith is what we do (it’s our being). Share a time in your life that you had to act out your faith even when you had doubts.
TAKING IT HOME
- When you have doubts in your faith, what have you found helpful?
- Going to the Bible
- Talking with my pastor
- Sharing with friends
- Going ahead “on faith”
- Spending time alone with God
- Being encouraged by the faith of others
2. If 2020 has taught us anything about faith, it is that fake faith isn’t enough. What mustard seed size faith problem can the group pray for you this week? (Little faith + Big GOD = Huge Results)