WARM UP QUESTIONS:
- We’ve all been there. It’s an intense moment, a difficult situation, a hard conversation and someone opens their mouth and says seemingly the worst thing possible. As a Small Group, create a hypothetical situation of great distress (funeral, fight, court, job loss, etc.). Then think of something you should never say. Share the humorous comments with the rest of the Group. For example, at a funeral, you should never say, “I wouldn’t be caught dead in that outfit” or “When do we eat?”
SCRIPTURE STUDY: 1 Samuel
- Reflect on whether you are really known by anyone right now? Do you have someone who would sacrifice for you, love you, and put you even before themselves?
- Do you have a Jonathon spirit in you? Are you a true friend to someone else? Can you bear to hear the truth about someone and still love them?
- Reflect and share on whether you are able to ‘expose’ your vulnerabilities and weaknesses and what are the reasons that you cannot?
- Jonathan made a verbal commitment to David. Not all relationships are this loyal. What keeps us from making a total commitment to a friend or church or spouse? What would happen if our relationships (home, church, friends) were defined by loyalty like this?
- Being in community challenges us to change to become who we are created to be. Change that lasts requires us to choose friends committed to change and committed to mutual accountability for change. Where are you currently finding your friendships? Why is it important to consider a friend who inspires you to grow rather and knows the real you than a friend with whom you have great chemistry? What can you do this week to build stronger, spiritual friendships?
- Looking back at your notes from this week’s Message, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?