Small Group Study
Back to School week 2 – Disciples Grow

Ice breaker:  Are you a “city person” or a “country person”?  Why?

1. The cross and the empty tomb promise life after death, AND life before death.  Discuss in light of John 10:10.

2. How is the whole “fruit of the Spirit” thing going for you?

Galatians 5:

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

3. Southside Sam and the Four Soils (Matthew 13: 18-23):

 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

                
     a.    Too hard
          i.    We live in an A.D.D. culture.  Discuss.
         ii.    What are some ways you could “hold on to God’s truth”, long enough for it to take root after this
               small group?  After church next Sunday?  After you read your Bible?

     b.    Too shallow
          i.    Truth works when you _____________________.
         ii.    What are some ways you could “deepen” your commitment to see God’s power play out in your life?


     c.    Too crowded….
          i.    What are the two main “weeds” the enemy throws at you to choke out God’s truth?
         ii.    What you worry about doesn’t:
               1.    Happen.  Discuss.
               2.    Matter.  Discuss
               3.    Help.  Discuss.
               4.    Work.  Discuss.
        iii.    You are needy.  So am I.  In light of that, discuss the “deceitfulness of wealth”.

     d.    Just right.
          i.    Hear the word.  Are you putting yourself in places to hear God’s truth?
         ii.    Understand the word.  Are you working to understand God’s word better?  How?
        iii.    Walk it out.  How can you be intentional about applying Truth to your life?