Questions for weekly discussion

Anybody can lead a Just Do It group with the discussion guide below. It's important to reinforce that by taking turns as the discussion leader. My 10-year-old granddaughter did fine when it was her turn. So can you.

Discussion Guide for Our Just-Do-It Group

 

NOTE TO LEADER: Read the black print to the group. The red print is instructions for you only. 

 

Before the meeting, choose the next Bible reading from whichever set of readings you are using. Get a Bible ready so you can read these verses to the group when you get to question 5.

 

Intro and group rules (use in the first week and again later if/when desired)

 

  • We want a better world, and it will get better if more people listen to God together and cheer each other on as they “just do it” (whatever God assigns to them).

  • Nobody is teaching anything or preparing anything for this group. We take turns leading the group by using the questions below.

  • We stick to the Bible verses we read; we don’t bring in other verses.

  • Our goal is to hear what God wants us to do this week, not to satisfy idle curiosity or to push our own opinion.

 

Catch up with each other and cheer each other on (25%)

1. How did it go with your “Just Do It” from last week? (You have to skip this the first week, of course.)

2. What is one thing you are thankful for this week? (Gently interrupt anyone who gets long-winded.)

3. What is one challenge you are facing?

Listen to the Bible and to God (50%)

4. "Just Do It" groups are about listening to God, expecting him to give us his idea about what we should "just do" today or this week. Let’s invite God to plant his ideas in us now.  (Ask God out loud to do that for each of you.) 

5. This week’s reading is _____________. (the next reading in whichever set of readings you are using)  This is what it says. Read it to the group. Use your own Bible or free online Bibles at biblegateway.com. No sign-up required. For easiest reading and discussion, choose either “The Message” or the “Good News Translation” from the pick list.

6. What stands out to you in what we just read? It could be a main point or just something that jumped out at you.

7. Have someone reread the same verses. Use a different translation if you have one.

8. Now let’s pretend we are retelling this to a friend without looking at the verses again. Ask someone to be the main storyteller and the rest to be helpers.

9. What are these verses telling us about God's campaign to heal, bless, and connect the world? 

 

Just Do It (25%)

10. Now let's each think about our own situation. What specific idea is the Spirit of Jesus putting into your mind as something to do in the next day or two that would fit with what we have been talking about? It should heal, bless, or connect some person or group. If it is huge and general like, “Be more kind,” listen for God to give you an idea about a specific action to start with this week.

11. Get the Just Do It ideas all written down so you can all remember all of them and discuss them to start next week's meeting. Share them via a group text or as you wish.

12. Pray that God will help us each do our “Just-Do-It,” even if it’s hard. And pray that people get healed, blessed, or connected as we do them. The Just Do Its are our small contributions to a better world because we listened to God together in this group.

13. Can everybody meet at this time next week? Adjust the time or skip a week if necessary.       –  END