LIFE group guide: hydrate!

NOTE: Following is the discussion guide we’ll use tomorrow (Jan. 18) in our LIFE groups at MoSt Church. This guide will enable your follow-up of my sermon that morning. To find previous group discussion guides, look under the category title “LIFE group guides” and you’ll find an archive of previous issues.

Reason

Stated in a single sentence, this is the purpose of this morning’s sermon.

To declare our need to “soak” our life in God, and to urge us to do just that.

Revelation

These Scriptures form some of the foundation of this sermon.

• Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks from the water that I will give will never be thirsty again. The water that I give will become in those who drink it a spring of water that bubbles up into eternal life.” (John 4.13-14 CEB)

• Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6.35 NLT)

• Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.” (John 6.53-56 NIV)

• On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive … (John 7.37-39 NRSV)

•… knowing that everything was already completed, in order to fulfill the scripture, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” (John 19.28 CEB)

Relation

Use one of the following icebreaker questions to prime the pump for group conversation.

1. What is your drink of choice? That is, you always look forward to drinking ____.

2. On average, how much water do you drink per day at this time of year?

Research

These exercises/questions are meant to help us grapple with the Scripture(s) related to this sermon.

1. Read Jn. 6.53-56’s context. Why believe Jesus isn’t referring to the Lord’s Supper?

2. What does water have to do with the context/location of the words of Jn. 7.37-39?

Reflection

These questions help us discern and share what we sense God’s Spirit is doing as we encounter his word.

1. What does it mean to thirst for God? What does a person thirsty for God do?

2. I consistently find my thirst for God grows whenever I ________.

3. What hindrances have you encountered to acquiring an abiding thirst for God?

4. How is it a real thirst for God is simultaneously unquenchable and yet, quenched?

Response

These ideas/suggestions are for use beyond the group meeting; to aid your living out today’s message.

1. Continually sip some water throughout each day. As you sip, pray.

2. Encourage others to stay hydrated. Each time you do, silently consider a Scripture.