NOTE: Following is a copy of the discussion guide that will be used in MoSt Church’s LIFE groups tomorrow (Sun., Nov. 20). This guide will enable your follow-up of the sermon that I’ll preach, God willing, that morning on reasons for our gratitude to God. You’ll find these LIFE group discussion guides categorized each week here on my site under the category title LIFE group guides.
To explore why we’re to grow in gratitude toward God.
• We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you. (Colossians 1:3 CEB)
• We’re praying … so that you can live lives that are worthy of the Lord and pleasing to him in every way: by producing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God; by being strengthened through his glorious might so that you endure everything and have patience; and by giving thanks with joy to the Father. He made it so you could take part in the inheritance, in light granted to God’s holy people. He rescued us from the control of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. (Colossians 1:10-13 CEB)
• Be rooted and built up in him, be established in faith, and overflow with thanksgiving just as you were taught. (Colossians 2:7 CEB)
• The peace of Christ must control your hearts—a peace into which you were called in one body. And be thankful people. The word of Christ must live in you richly. Teach and warn each other with all wisdom by singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing to God with gratitude in your hearts. Whatever you do, whether in speech or action, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus and give thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:15-17 CEB)
Keep on praying and guard your prayers with thanksgiving. (Colossians 4:2 CEB)
Icebreaker questions are meant to get us all talking. Choose one of the following to discuss as a group.
1. What food would you be most thankful for if it appeared on your Thanksgiving table?
2. Complete this sentence: “Right now in my life, I’m particularly thankful for ________.”
These questions are intended to help us grapple with Scriptures related to the morning’sermon.
1. What effect do you suppose Paul was looking for when he told people he steadily prayed for them? (1:3)
2. What three things must be in our life if we’re living a life pleasing to God? (1:10-13)
3. How would a Christian think/speak/act if they “overflowed” (2:7) with thankfulness?
4. How is ungrateful singing symptomatic of a deeper problem? (3:15-17)
5. What does it mean to “guard” one’s prayers “with thanksgiving?” (4:2)
6. Working only from the preceding texts, why should a Christian grow in gratitude?
These questions facilitate our sharing what we sense God’s Spirit is doing with us through his word.
1. Complete this line: “When I recall Jesus being thankful, I remember when he _____.”
2. What are some of the greatest enemies of thankfulness people commonly face?
3. When you experience a season of deep gratitude, how do your ways change?
4. Some Christians naturally sing when they’re thankful. What is your “go to” response?
5. A long-time Christian says their heart is cold with unthankfulness. What do you say?
6. How, or with what specifically in mind, can we pray for you in terms of thankfulness?