10 Feb Discussion Guide: The Word of the Lord
One of the things we value within community is fun. In the midst of all the pressures life throws at us, it is our ability to laugh, play and celebrate together that reminds us we serve a good, loving, and resurrected Lord who stands above it all. So, we want to take the first few minutes of our time together to play, have fun, and celebrate the fact that we belong to Jesus.
Today’s Ice Breaker: Collaborative Drawing
This game will combine your artistic talents together to create the ultimate drawing without seeing what others have added before you. You will divide the group up into teams of 4 and have each team sit in a circle or line.
- Paper for all participants
- Writing utensils for everyone
- A timer or stopwatch
How to Play:
- Instruct each person to fold their paper into four equal sections, as you would fold a letter. Start at the top and fold down 25%, and then the next fold will be in the middle (left to right crease) and so on. They should then unfold the paper so that it is flat again.
- Players are then told to draw a head for their drawing in the uppermost section. It doesn’t matter what kind of head they draw or where on the upper section it is, as long as the neck connects to the top of the second section on the paper.
- Instruct players to fold their paper over in order to hide the head they drew, leaving only the very bottom of the neck showing to help the next player in their drawing.
- All players pass their folded papers to their left and accept the paper being handed from their right side. Each time a new paper is given to each player, they must draw the missing section, connecting it to the other person’s previous section without actually looking to see what it looks like. This process will be repeated for all three of the other remaining sections: torso, legs, and feet. Make sure that all the players know to leave the very bottom of their drawing visible so that the next person can continue on. Each section should be timed to avoid spending too long on this game.
- Once the drawings are all completed, open up the papers and check out the crazy creatures or people that are featured there!
Community Groups Vision
If you have time and feel this would help the new people in your community group better understand what you are trying to accomplish as a group then take 2 minutes to show this video.
This week we had our friend Pastor Russ Austin from Southpoint Community Church in Jacksonville, FL preach a message on The Word of the Lord. This week in our discussion we will talk about what that phrase means and how we can cultivate a lifestyle where we can clearly hear and obey the voice of God in our lives.
Have you ever “heard” the voice of God? If so, tell us about it.
Henry Blackaby, Hearing God’s Voice
“When God speaks, he does not give new revelation about himself that contradicts what he has already revealed in Scripture. Rather, God speaks to give application of his Word to the specific circumstances in your life. When God speaks to you, he is not writing a new book of Scripture; rather, he is applying to your life what he has already said in his Word.”
In what ways does God speak to us?
What are some ways we can know we are hearing the Word of the Lord versus a word of our own desires?
1 Samuel 3:1-4
Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord in the presence of Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision.
2At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his own place. 3The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was.
4Then the Lord called Samuel, and he said, “Here I am!”
Henry T. Blackaby, Hearing God’s Voice
“The willingness to obey every word from God is critical to hearing God speak. Unbelief can render a person stone deaf to God’s voice.”
What cultivates an environment in our lives where the Word if the Lord is commonplace?
What cultivates an environment in our lives where the Word of the Lord is rare?
In response to those two questions, what are some things that you might need to start doing, or stop doing, to help cultivate the right environment?
How would you say The Word of the Lord affects what a community of people is and what a community of people does?