Dr. E. Dale Locke and Rev. Trevor Johnston
Series: Get in the Game
Week 4 – Game Day
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- Icebreaker: The chair that Pastor Dale and Pastor Trevor spoke of is representational of the space where you best meet with God. It could be a booth at a coffee shop, the front seat of your truck, a bench in a garden, a chair in your living room, or anywhere that works for you. What is your favorite location to meet with God and read His Word; and why do you enjoy that place?
- By now your group should be able to say the memory verse for this sermon series together:
2 Timothy 3:16–17
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
- What has been the most helpful idea from this sermon series for you personally?
- Even Jesus took time to read Scripture in order to hear from God His Father and get wisdom and direction for his life. Why is it important for people to read the Bible, even though it’s an ancient book written thousands of years ago?
Our focus this weekend is the last part of the above passage: “so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
…so that the servant of God…
- The words “servant of God” show that this passage applies to a person who is seeking to follow God. It doesn’t necessarily apply to those who are not yet Christ-followers. In fact, people who don’t yet know God may find the Bible boring and irrelevant. Why does the Bible have a different impact on a person, once that person has committed his or her life to Jesus Christ?
- Share about a situation in your own life when you neglected to prepare or equip yourself properly for something. What happened?
…for every good work.
- Read Ephesians 2:8-10:
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Name some of the “good works” that God intends Christians to do in our world.
- The best way to become equipped to do God’s works is to spend time with God on a daily basis – reading His Word and hearing from Him for your own personal life.
Read Psalm 19:7:
The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
What benefits come through reading God’s Word regularly and inviting Him to speak to you personally through it?
The SOAP Bible Reading Method
S stands for Scripture:
Select one verse or one idea out of the larger passage you read. Write that one verse or portion of the passage in your journal, and then focus on that for the rest of the steps below.
O stands for Observation:
Write a few sentences regarding what you observe is being taught regarding the idea you selected above.
A stands for Application:
Pause and ask God, “Lord, how do you want to apply this to my life?” Let God speak to you personally about your life and write what you sense He says to you.
P stands for Prayer:
Respond to God in prayer asking for his help and expressing your gratitude and love for Him.
- Pick a passage as a small group and go through the SOAP Bible Reading Method, with each person writing the SOAP steps on their own. Then share your journal entries with each other.
- Read 1 Corinthians 9:24-27:
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
What do you notice about how Paul approaches his own spiritual growth?
- It takes self-discipline to grow spiritually. Every Christ-follower ultimately chooses between the pain of self-discipline or the pain of regret. Talk about each of these two types of pain and compare them.
- What are some of the things that keep people from spending time in God’s Word?
What benefits of becoming a self-feeder of God’s Word would make it worth giving up those things, if needed, in order to spend time regularly reading the Bible?