Growth Group Lesson #1 – Growth

DIALOGUE # 1 – GROWTH
by Pr Denis Sand – sanddenis@gmail.com

Objective of today’s dialogue: Invite people to choose and commit to grow by being connected daily with God.

Additional resources: Read and study from Desire of Ages, Chapter 73, Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled, pp 674-677, 

Welcome (15) – Fellowship

• Give a warm welcome and express the purpose of Growth Groups: to grow closer to God and to help others who don’t know Him yet experience the same
• Go around and ask each one to share their names and one thing that makes them good friends.
• What kind of things brakes relationships?
• What do you do to maintain your friendships?
• What practical things would you do if you wanted to make a relationship grow?

Worship (15) – Worship
Psalm 92:1-6
I’m a friend of God
Draw me close to you
Sanctuary
• Giving thanks: ask people to share reasons why they are thankful to God today. Take time to pray. Do a popcorn prayer with only thanksgiving.

Word (30) – Discipleship
• Read John 15:1-8
• Who is the gardener, the vine and the branches?
• What is the only way to have spiritual growth and why? v5
• In what way does God prune our characters? v2
• Since Christ is the Vine and we are the branches, how should we relate to this world/ground? What would this mean practically?
• What does it mean to remain in Him? v4-8
• How can we practically remain, live, stay connected to God in the midst of all we daily do?
• What does it mean and how can we bear fruit as a Christian? v8
• What kind of fruits are you producing and which ones would you like to produce? Why?
• What do you sense God telling you tonight?
• What changes will you do this week in order to make sure you remain connected to Christ?

• To do: Write now on a small card the key text of this week John 15.5. Carry it in your wallet or pocket, place it in your fridge and make sure you memorize it.

Works (15) – Ministry & Evangelism
• Share the vision with the group! Multiplication is our goal. Growth is our daily prayer.
• Ask: Do you have friends that need to grow in their relationship with God?
• Please write down their names and invite them to next week group meeting.
• How can we pray for each one’s challenges this week? share your requests
• Pray in groups of two

Refreshments– Fellowship
• Make sure you get to talk and know visitors!

Growth Group Lesson #2 Comforted

DIALOGUE # 2 – COMFORTED
by Pr Denis Sand – sanddenis@gmail.com
Objective of today’s dialogue: Challenge the group to live comforting others while we are at the same time we receive comfort from God.

Welcome (15) – Fellowship
• What could be some of the most hard and challenging situations one can face?
• How do you normally react to hardship and suffering?
• Do you have a story to share of some hardship and how you were comforter when you were a child?
• Why do people sometimes blame God for difficult circumstances?

Worship (15) – Worship
• Read Psalm 145:1-5
Shout to the Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
• Ask the group to share why they are thankful to God tonight, and then have them pray giving thanks in groups of two.

Word (30) – Discipleship
• Read 2 Corinthians 1:3-7
• What kind of God do we have according to v3?
• Why is God called the father of comfort? v3
• Why is it that God comforts us? v4
• How is it that God comforts us when we are troubled? v4
• What do you think is God trying to teach us in verse 6?
• How can we practically comfort others in their problems?
• How have other Christians helped you in difficult times? How did it feel? Share about that experience in a minute.
• Did God ever use you to comfort another person? How did it feel?
• How can we learn to rely more on God for comfort than on ourselves?
• What is God telling you tonight?
• Read Isaiah 51:12
o “I, even I, am he who comforts you. Who are you that you fear mortal men, the sons of men, who are but grass, NIV
o “I, I’m the One comforting you. What are you afraid of—or who? Some man or woman who’ll soon be dead? Some poor wretch destined for dust? MSS

• To do: Write now on a small card the key text of this week, 2 Corinthians 1.6. Carry it in your wallet or pocket, place it in your fridge and memorize it.

Works – Witness (15) – Ministry & Evangelism
• Do you know anyone who might be going through deep waters, troubled times, or hardship?
• What could we do this week, as a group, to show love, concern for that person?
• Consider writing a card as a group, visiting them, etc.
• Invite them to next week group meeting
• Remind you group that we are here for those who are not here yet!

Refreshments– Fellowship
• Mingle and share life with people.

Growth Group Lesson #3 – Success

DIALOGUE #3 – SUCCESS
by Pr Denis Sand – sanddenis@gmail.com

Objective of today’s dialogue: Challenge your group to make the Bible their guide and final authority for all their decisions.

Welcome (15) – Fellowship
• Were you ever appointed to replace a very talented and successful person? Share how it feels.
• What do you think is the reason why some people are successful in life while others are not?

Worship (15) – Worship
• Read Psalms 34:1-3
Breathe
Above all
• Do a popcorn prayer in which each person can give thanks to God for what he is doing in their lives.

Word (30) – Discipleship
• Read Joshua 1:1-8
• What is God promising Joshua and the people of Israel? v1-5,8
• How would you feel if God promises you prosperity and success? v5
• Why do we need to be reminded that God will be at our side at all times? v5
• Why is God telling Joshua to be brave, courageous so many times? v6,7,9
• What does it mean not to turn to the right or left from the law? v7
• What do you think God is trying to tell us in v8?
• How can we meditate on it daily and keep it in our mouths? v8
• Why is success and prosperity tied with obeying and following God’s counsel in the Bible?
• What benefits could we experience if we make the Bible our guide when making daily decisions?
• Share an experience where following God’s advice gave you success.
• How are you integrating the principles of the Bible to your daily life?
• Would you like to study the Bible, get to know Jesus, and discover the divine principles for success?
• What is God telling you tonight?

• To do: Write now on a small card the key text of this week Joshua 1:8. Carry it in your wallet or pocket, place it in your fridge and memorize it.

Works (15) – Ministry & Evangelism
• What can we do as a group to promote the Bible as the key to a successful life?
• Do you know anyone that needs to make the Bible the foundation of his-her life? how can we help them decide to follow God and His word?
• Write their names and invite them to next week group meeting
• Share the vision of reaching others so they can have Jesus as their Savior and experience real success in life.

Refreshments– Fellowship
• Find the way by which you can talk to people during refreshments. Try to talk to those new in the group. Build relationships!

Growth Group Lesson #4 Need

DIALOGUE # 4 – NEED
by Pr Denis Sand – sanddenis@gmail.com

Objective of today’s dialogue: Challenge the group to accept Jesus as their personal Savior and recognize him as the solution for our greatest need.

Additional resources: Desire of Ages, chapter 61, Zacchaeus 552-556.

Welcome (15) – Fellowship
• What was your greatest need when you were in elementary school?
• What do people say is their greatest need today?
• What is your greatest need that you have been struggling to fill?

Worship (15) – Worship
• Read Psalm 95:1-3
We want to see
Mighty to save
• Ask your group to pray together giving thanks for those things that God has done in their lives.

Word (30) – Discipleship
• Read Luke 19:1-10
• What kind of man was Zacchaeus according to the text?
• Why do you think Zacchaeus was so desperate to see Jesus that in order to do it he is willing to climb a tree and make a fool of himself? v3,4
• Why do you think Jesus says “I must stay at your house today” v5?
• What is our greatest need according to this story? Consider v9,10
• What is our greatest need according to the following passages? Romans 3.23; 6.23
• What is the solution for our greatest need? John 3.16; Luke 19.6,10
• Review His Story (the gospel presentation): explain it in your words
o GOD is the Creator, is loving, holy, and just
o US we were created perfect, but became sinful by our choice, we deserve death, and we are spiritually helpless
o CHRIST is God, and became also a man, is perfect and without any sin, he died as our substitute, and offers his forgiveness as a gift
o YOU & I must respond, ask Christ to be our forgiver and Master, the result is spiritual transformation, obedience and a new life
• Make a call to accept Jesus as our Savior:
o How many here recognize we have a problem with sin, that you have tried to change many times and it hasn’t work, that you and I need help from above, salvation from God?
o Do you want to accept Jesus as your personal Savior?
• Pray for those who have accepted Jesus as Savior.
• Invite those who accepted Jesus for the first time to commit to get to know Christ personally through Bible Studies.

• To do: Write now on a small card the key text of this week Luke 19:10. Carry it in your wallet or pocket, place it in your fridge or car and memorize it during this week.

Works – Witness (15) – Ministry & Evangelism
• Do you know anyone who desperately needs to find a solution to their disoriented and lost lives? share their names and pray as a group for them.
• Call them tomorrow and tell them of God’s plan for their lives.
• Invite them to next week group meeting

Refreshments– Fellowship
• Find the way to get to know people while eating something. Remember, build relationships.

Growth Group Lesson #5- Tempted

DIALOGUE # 5 – TEMPTED
by Pr Denis Sand – sanddenis@gmail.com

Objective of today’s dialogue: Challenge your group to make the Bible their guide and final authority for all their decisions.

Welcome (15) – Fellowship

• What are some of the hardest things for people to resist in our days?
• What are some of the hardest things for you to resist?
• What is the most tempting food for you?
• When is it harder to resist these temptations?

Worship (15) – Worship
• Read Psalms 96.1-4
I’m a friend of God
My Jesus
• Ask your group to share what God has been doing in their lives for which they are thankful. Pray together giving thanks.

Word (30) – Discipleship
• Read Matthew 4:1-11
• How do you understand the reference saying the Spirit took Jesus to be tempted? Does it mean God wants us to be tempted? Why? v1
• What tools should we use in resisting temptation? What did Jesus use? v4
• Is temptation sin? Explain and discuss your answer. See Hebrews 4.15
• What is sin? Are the fruits of sin the same as sin? Explanation: sin is separation from God, Isa 59:1-2; example: Eve separates herself from God (sin) and then disobeys (fruit).
• Were you ever tempted beyond what you could resist? Would God allow such temptation?
• Read 1 Corinthians 10:13. What promises do you find here that would help you resist temptation?
• What is the end result of temptations and trials? see James 1:3
• In what areas are you being tempted more strongly lately?
• What steps can you take this week to resist the temptations you are facing?
• What is God telling you tonight that will help you in your transformation process?

• To do: Write now on a small card the key text of this week 1 Corinthians 10:13. Carry it in your wallet or pocket, place it in your fridge and memorize it.

Works – Witness (15) – Ministry & Evangelism
• How can we help those around us to resist temptations?
• Pray for those who are falling and giving into temptation. Ask the group to invite them for next weeks GG meeting.
• What is God’s vision for your group? Ask people what they think!

Refreshments– Fellowship
• Discover the hobbies and passions of the people who come to the group. Begin to win their hearts!

Additional Resources: Desire of Ages, Chapter 12 – The Temptation, 114-123, and chapter 13, The Victory, 124-131

Growth Group Lesson #6 – Cost

DIALOGUE # 6 – COST
by Pr Denis Sand – sanddenis@gmail.com

Objective of today’s dialogue: Challenge people to give it all for being a disciple of Jesus no matter the cost. To have Jesus as our top priority in our lives.

Additional resources: Read and study the material on the following pages about how to consecrate ourselves completely and be willing to pay the price.

Welcome (15) – Fellowship
• What was the cost you have to face when you decided to go to college? or move to the U.S? or even getting married?
• What made you think it was worth it?
• What helped you be willing to pay the cost?

Worship (15) – Worship
• Read Psalm 33:1-3
Shout to the Lord
Above all
• Give thanks as a group for the things God is doing in the world and in your life.
• Pray together.

Word (30) – Discipleship
• Read Luke 14:25-33
• What did Jesus mean with “hate” father, mother, children, brother, sister and own life? v26
• In your words and practically, what is the cost of being a disciple of Christ? v26
• What happens when a person doesn’t count the cost of being a disciple?
• What is the meaning of the phrase “carry his cross and follow me” in v27?
• What lesson about the cost of being a disciple, can we draw from the parable of building a tower and the king going to war? v28-30, v31-32
• How do you feel about the cost of being a disciple? v33.
• Why is it really worth it to follow Jesus? Read Luke 9.23-25. Explain
• What costs of following Jesus seem high to people today? And to you right now?
• How can you apply Jesus counsel in v33?
• Read Gal 2.20 and see how Paul pay the price and was living his life
• Testimony: Share what price you had to pay to be a disciple of Jesus.
• What is God telling you tonight?

• To do: Write now on a small card the key text of this week Luke 9:23. Carry it in your wallet or pocket, place it in your fridge or car and memorize it during this week.

Works – Witness (15) – Ministry & Evangelism
• Do you know anyone who is struggling with paying the price of being a disciple of Christ?
• How will you help this week that person to see it’s really worth it?
• Call or visit them and tell them why for you it’s really, really worthy to be a disciple.
• Don’t forget to invite them to next week growth group meeting!

Refreshments– Fellowship
• Remember to talk to visitors! Learn their names, find what they do, what they passionate about, their worries and challenges
Additional Resources:  Steps to Christ – Chapter 5 – Consecration

Growth Group Lesson #7 Pure

DIALOGUE #7 – PURE
by Pr Denis Sand – sanddenis@gmail.com

Objective of today’s dialogue: Invite the group to be completely pure and honor God with their lives.

Welcome (15) – Fellowship

• What kind of things your parents withheld or restricted from you when you were growing up?
• Why do you think they did it?
• What effects has that have in your life today? Good or bad? Explain

Worship (15) – Worship
• Read Psalms 103:1-5. Distribute verses!
Open the eyes of my heart
Sanctuary
• Pray together givign thanks for the things God has done in your families.
• Pray together in groups of two

Word (30) – Discipleship
• Read Genesis 39:1-23
• Why do you think is Joseph in Egypt? Gen 37.26,27,36; Gen 45.6-8 God had a purpose!
• Why was God blessing Joseph so much? v2,3,5,21,23
• What can we learn from Joseph’s answer to sleep with his master’s wife? 39.7-9
• Could you explain what are some of the things that our Master has withheld from us and why? v8
• What are some of the consequences of not being pure?
• Read Colossians 3.5,6. What is Paul telling us here regarding purity?
• Why is it that God sets for us such a high standard of purity? Read Ephesians 5.3
• King David had no TV or internet in his days! But still he wrote in Psalms 101.3, how can we apply his counsel to our lives?
• What kind of things or practices should we leave in order to obey today’s call to purity?
• What did the Lord tell you tonight? What will you do about it?

• To do: Write now on a small card the key text of this week Ephesians 5.3. Carry it in your wallet or pocket, place it in your fridge or car and memorize it during this week.

Works – Witness (15) – Ministry & Evangelism
• Do you know anyone who needs to grow into being pure according to God’s standards?
• How can you help this person to see the need and be willing to change?
• Please pray and invite them to next week growth group meeting!
• How can this group pray for you?

Refreshments– Fellowship
• Don’t just eat! Please talk to visitors between bites!

Additional Resources:

Patriachs and Prophets, Chapter 20 – Joseph in Egypt