23 May Discussion Guide: Stretchy Pants, Guacamole and Breadcrumbs
Take the first 10 minutes of your time together to listen to what God is doing in one another’s lives and pray for any specific needs people in your group may have.
All through Scripture we read about men and women who had the courage to step out of all that was comfortable and familiar and dare to trust God to fulfill His promises. But, the courage that was required could only be birthed out of true vulnerability. Today we will discuss how we to can find the strength to be vulnerable and find the courage to dare greatly.
Brene Brown, Daring Greatly
“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.”
What does it mean to be courageous?
What does it mean to be vulnerable?
How do courage and vulnerability go together?
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
How does our culture view weakness?
How do you view your own weaknesses and shortcomings? Why is that?
How might admitting our own weaknesses actually lead to moments of strength?
How have you seen God use yours, or others’ lack to accomplish something great?
“Give me the Love that leads the way
The Faith that nothing can dismay
The Hope no disappointments tire
The Passion that’ll burn like fire
Let me not sink to be a clod
Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God
Strength of my heart, I need not fail,
Not mind to fear but to obey,
With such a Leader, who could quail?
Thou art as Thou wert yesterday.
Strength of my heart, I rest in Thee,
Fulfill Thy purposes through me.”
Why is it so difficult to admit we need help?
How does what God says about our emptiness differ from what we tend to say about our emptiness?
How do you suppose believing God’s Word about you over your words about you might impact your life?
How might that also impact the lives of the people around you?
Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.
This man’s need forced Peter and John to have to confess their own lack. They didn’t have resources or money or anything to fix this man’s situation from a worldly standpoint. But in their lack they knew Jesus would meet them there and do for this man what they could not.
What does the the Gospel empower us to give life to others even when we feel like we have nothing else to give?
What would us loving one another like that do to bring resurrection life into the hearts and lives of our communities?