Shift Happens Small Group Discussion Guides
We usually think of God’s presence in terms of past traditions or static practices, but truth is, God is in the change. SHIFT HAPPENS - and while God’s character never changes, God’s Spirit actively lives and moves into the next space of our lives.
Read: Isaiah 43:16-19
God declared in Isaiah “I am doing a new thing!” What new thing is God doing in your life? What is God’s next for you?
Read: 2 Samuel 7:1-7
Sometimes we want God to stop moving, but today’s scripture reveals God is a God who has always been on the move. Do you ever struggle with wanting to control change or God’s movement?
Read: Mark 2:18-22
What practices and/or habits do you need to let go of in order to experience God’s NEXT? What new practices and/or habits do you need to learn to experience God’s NEXT?
Read: John 15:1-4
How connected to Jesus (the Vine) are you? What are you doing every day to remain connected to the Vine? A good test of your connection is fruit or evidence of God’s work in your life. Name the “fruit” of your connection. If your group is willing, go an extra step and take turns naming “fruit” you see in other members of your group.
Read: Hebrews 11:8-12
Abraham moved to a new country without fully knowing God’s NEXT for his life. He trusted God and stepped out in faith. Where is God asking you to trust and step out in faith? What responsibilities or fears are holding you back?
Read: Hebrews 13:7-9
What does the writer of Hebrews mean when he says Jesus is the “same yesterday and today and forever”? Do you trust that promise? What does that promise mean for your life?
Read: Psalm 118:24-29
Today is a beautiful day! God promises to be with us every day, even when we are unsure of the outcome. Write out a prayer thanking God for today and asking God to help you trust God’s NEXT.
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Let's face it: everybody experiences shift from time to time. Jobs change, health declines, relationships turn and our emotional equilibrium is thrown off course. Yet, often in these moments God is preparing us for what’s next. How can we embrace God's best next without successfully navigating change along the way?
Read: Exodus 16:1-3
God’s people started grumbling as soon as they stepped into the wilderness. Do you ever grumble? What causes your grumbling?
Read: Exodus 3:1-14
Moses had a holy encounter with God and in his fear gave God excuses. What is God asking you to do? What are your excuses?
Read: Psalm 23
Shift happens in our lives, and sometimes we are not prepared for it. What does God promise in this Psalm? What shift is happening in your life where you need to grab hold of this promise?
Read: I Chronicles 28:11-21
David gave his son Solomon a job: build the temple. What instructions did he give his son? What words of encouragement? What sources of motivation are you listening to that are helping you overcome hesitation and fear: people, podcasts, sermons, reading scripture, etc.? What are you hearing from God?
Read: John 14:23-31
Jesus gathered his disciples to speak into their lives prior to his death. What does Jesus promise in the middle of fear and anxiety? How are you allowing the Holy Spirit to guide and direct you in the middle of change?
Read: Exodus 16:11-20
God provided daily bread for his people in the wilderness. How were the people to use God’s provision? Did they listen? God’s people struggled with trust—do you struggle to trust God for daily provision? Explain.
Read: 1 John 4:16-21
God’s perfect love casts out all fear. What keeps you afraid? How can God’s love rid your life of that fear?
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Life gets crazy – shift happens! – and how we navigate through the challenges makes all the difference in the world. This weekend we learn a few new “moves” for stepping forward into God’s best NEXT.
Read: Genesis 12:1-4
God made a promise to Abram: to bless him and to make Abram and his family a blessing for others. What did Abram have to do in order to fulfill the promise? What is God asking you to do in order to receive a “blessing”?
Read: 2 Samuel 6:12-15
David celebrates God’s goodness through dancing. Have you ever “danced” before the Lord? Name something that God is doing in your life that you can celebrate.
Read: Numbers 23:18-24
When God makes a promise God does not change his mind. What promises are you holding on to today? What is trying to persuade you to believe something contrary to the promises of God?
Read: Psalm 121
When you are face to face with change where do you look for help? What is the promise of this Psalm? Write out the Psalm in your own words asking God to help you in the middle of transition.
Read: Hebrews 11:8-12
Abraham had faith that God would fulfill his promise. How did Abraham respond to God’s promise? How is God asking you to respond to his promises?
Read: 2 Corinthians 1:15-22
All promises are a yes in Christ Jesus. Today what do you need to claim as a promise of “Yes!” Write out a prayer declaring “yes” to the promises of God.
Read: Romans 8:37-39
When challenged by change always remember the depth of God’s love. What does the writer say about God’s love? Reflect on this scripture, and respond on how this challenges your understanding of faith.
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It’s easy to feel there's nothing we can do to impact the broken world we live in. We completely underestimate how much influence we do have, especially in the lives of those closest around us. Let this week’s questions challenge you “to be the change”? But remember, in order to “be the change,” we have to make the change in our own lives to follow Jesus.
Read: Hebrews 12:1-3
Who are the people that are watching you? What example are you living out loud? What example do you want to live?
Read: Deuteronomy 6:1-9
The Jewish faith is and was focused on passing faith to the next generation. In what ways are you coaching the next generation to follow Jesus? What about your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews?
Read: Joshua 1:7-9
Making the change to follow Jesus and following through on that commitment can be challenging, to say the least. How do the Lord’s words to Joshua encourage you as you face your next step of following Jesus? What is essential to be “prosperous and successful” in faith?
Read: Acts 6:1-6
Leadership is an important part of faith and life. How and why were these leaders chosen? What evidence of the Holy Spirit do you see in your life? What changes do you need to make in order to experience more of the Spirit’s work?
Read: Matthew 7:1-5
An important part of leadership is self-leadership. Do an assessment of your leadership—in your home, in your place of employment and in your faith. What “logs” in your eyes do you need to name? Who are the people in your life that can hold you accountable to making the changes you need to be the leader God is calling you to be? How can they best help do that?
Read: Romans 5:1-5
Perseverance requires patience! What is challenging your perseverance? What shift in focus do you need to make in order for your hope to last? Ask for God to pour out his love and Spirit over your heart and mind.
Read: Matthew 16:24-27
Jesus is our issue and focus. What distractions keep you from focusing on following Jesus? What shifts are necessary for you to take up your cross and follow Jesus daily?