Session 2: Entering the story

Outcomes (team members will):
  • Examine Biblical stories of people responding to God’s call and its effect on their lives.
  • Reflect on the meaning of surrendering to Jesus as Lord.
  • Share their own story of surrender to Jesus, how they have embraced that call, and ways they have resisted it.

Leader resource
  • Multiply (chapters 1-3), Francis Chan. ISBN: 978-0-7814-0823-3.

Review assignment from last week
  • Invite team members to share in groups examples they observed of brokenness and God's reconciling work throughout the week.

Opening activity

  • Before people arrive, hide a large chocolate bar somewhere in the room.
  • Give everyone a Hershey's Kiss (or other small chocolate/candy).
  • Tell everyone about the hidden chocolate, and invite them to search for it. Of course, they can just keep what they have and not search for the large chocolate bar.
  • When someone has found the chocolate bar, tell everyone to come back. Ask the finder if he/she wants to trade the Hershey’s Kiss for the large chocolate bar. (Usually the finder says yes.)
  • Ask the audience if he/she made a good decision and why?
  • Point: We easily trade something less valuable for something more valuable. That's a good trade! That's what Jesus says about giving up our lives for the kingdom (Matthew 13:44).

Examples of answering God's call

  • In groups, look at and discuss:
    • What was the call?
    • What was the cost?
    • What was the promise?
  • Abraham: Genesis 12:1-3
  • Moses: Exodus 3
  • The first disciples: Matthew 4:18-22
  • Other disciples: Luke 14:25-27 
  • Saul (later Paul): Acts 9:1-19

Surrendering to Jesus as Lord

  • In groups, reflect on the question: “What does it mean to follow Jesus?” Each group should come up with a one-sentence description of their understanding from the Scriptures above and from their own experience.
  • Have groups share their sentences with the larger group. As a whole group, work together to come up with one sentence that everyone feels good about.

Sharing stories and commitments

  • Back in groups, invite each team member to share about their level of commitment to Jesus with the following questions:
    • Have they committed their lives to follow Jesus?
    • What has that commitment meant to them?
    • What are some of the joys and struggles of following Jesus?
    • How do they want to increase their commitment to Jesus?
  • Take some time to pray for each other.

Preview

Next session we will talk about growing our relationship with God.
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