Community Group Discussion Guide
Week of April 23 - April 29, 2023
Sent By God
1) Table of Hope food drive. Pick up a bag in the foyer.
2) Spring Cleanup Outreach, April 29. Sign up online or contact Terry Haley
3) Baptism, April 30. Sign up online or see Ocean Babin.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
Have you ever felt you were sent to a specific place by God for a specific purpose? Describe your experience.
Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything you heard for the first time, caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?
Just as Jesus was sent by the Father, he has now sent us on the same mission, with the same posture, by the same Spirit, to the same people.
Just as Jesus was sent by the Father, he has now sent us on the same mission….
1. Read John 20:19-21. Jesus greets the disciples in verse 19 by saying “Peace be with you”. Read John 18:25-27. This occurred after Jesus had been taken into captivity and was Peter’s third denial of Him. Describe how Peter and the other disciples might have anticipated Jesus’ attitude towards them to be upon His return. How does His greeting give them comfort and assurance?
a. In verse 20, Jesus shows the disciples His wounds. What was His purpose in doing this? Read 1 Corinthians 15:20-22. What relevance does Jesus' resurrection have to us? Discuss your understanding of the resurrected body for
b. Read John 16:20. In this verse, Jesus tells His disciples that their “sorrow will turn to joy”. What hope have the disciples and modern believers been given by His resurrection and how does this bring joy?
c. In verse 21, Jesus makes a declaration. What does He say? Is this declaration meant only for the disciples, or are we also called to respond? Discuss the purpose for which Jesus was sent (i.e. what was Jesus’ mission?) and what it means for us to be sent by Him (i.e. what is our mission?).
d. Read John 3:16-17 and John 4:35-38. Discuss these verses in light of Jesus’ mission and the mission we are being sent to perform.
e. Application: How can you commit to continuing Jesus’ mission with those in your sphere of influence including your friends, family, and acquaintances? …with the same posture, by the same Spirit, to the same people.
2. Read John 20:22. How does Jesus’ statement in this verse imply the triune nature of the mission of God. What part do the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit play in God’s mission? What part has been entrusted to the church?
a. What postures or elements comprised Jesus’ mission i.e. what techniques or qualities made Jesus’ approach appealing?
b. Who did Jesus come to serve and save?
c. Application: How can you apply Jesus’ postures and approach to the people in your life? How can you expand that to others outside of your acquaintances?
3. Read Hebrews 12:1-4. Summarize these verses in your own words. How can we be sure to finish strong and who has God provided to help us? Describe how you can use these verses to encourage someone who is struggling with their faith and calling.
4. Application: How does the mission of God, given to us, change your view of the world? How does it affect what you do every day? How does it affect the way you view people? How can you apply what you learned in this study to your everyday life?
TAKING IT HOME
Looking back at this week’s study, what is important for you to remember and why?
PRAISE & PRAYER REQUESTS