Leader’s Community Group Study Guide
For the week of March 9, 2020
Blind Eyes Opened, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Join us for a special viewing of the film “Blind Eyes Open” produced by USIAHT (United States Institute Against Human Trafficking) and hosted by STF in partnership with V3 Ministries. This will be an eye-opening event to help raise awareness about human-trafficking and find out how you can join the growing movement to end human-trafficking in our city, nation and world.
Blind Eyes Opened presents an honest and sobering account of sex trafficking in the U.S. The film is a powerful resource but is not appropriate for children or young teens. The content discussed in this film may be difficult for some viewers.
Buy Tickets at stfchurch.com/events
Eggstravaganza April 5, 2020, 3:30 – 5:30pm
There will be an Easter egg hunt, bounce houses, crafts, and so much more!
Come out to the Ballast Point Elementary School field from 3:30-5:30 on Sunday, April 5th.
This FREE event is for the whole family and all ages. Register online at stfchurch.com/events
1. Where is the darkest place you’ve ever been?
(This could be literal, figurative, or other.)
2. When you think of the words “witnessing” or “evangelism” what positive and negative words, images or stories come to mind?
3. From this weekend’s sermon, which one statement, point or insight was most helpful, challenging or even confusing to you personally?
1. Light is the first noun we have recorded to come from God. Genesis 1:3, God said, “Let there be light.” Later, God leads the Israelites out of the desert with a great light. Now, Jesus makes the bold claim that he is the light. Read John 8:12-16. What are the implications of Jesus claiming to be the light of the world?
(It is true that “God is light”, 1 John 1:5. Jesus is also the light from God that lights the way for life- as the pillar of fire lighted the way for the Israelites in Exodus 13:21 & Numbers 9:12)
2. In what ways do you boldly “let your light shine”? In what ways is it difficult for you to let your light shine for Christ?
3. Colossians 4:2-6 does a good job of summing up our role in the calling to be the light we learned about this past week. Read the passage and list any specific guidelines or tips that could help us be more effective in sharing the Gospel with people.
(Colossians 4:2 -6 answers may include: “Devote yourselves to prayer”; “being watchful and thankful”; “that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ”; “proclaim clearly”; “be wise in the way you act toward outsiders”; “make the most of every opportunity”; “conversation be always full of grace; seasoned with salt”; and “know how to answer everyone”.)
TAKING IT HOME
1. How is following Jesus like following someone with a light through a dark place for you?
2. As Matthew 5:14-16 states, “You are the light of the world.” Jesus never challenged us to become light. He said we are light. Believers are either fulfilling or failing at it. In terms of the light of Christ that you shed, are you a 20-, 75-, or 200-watt light bulb? Or a burned-out bulb? Why?
3. How can the group pray for you?
Use some of the member’s answers from discussion time as prayer requests for the entire group. Keep the prayers short and simple.