Growth Group Lesson #11 – Forgiving

DIALOGUE # 11 – FORGIVING
by Pr Denis Sand – sanddenis@gmail.com

Objective of today’s dialogue: invite group members to experience forgiveness and let others free as God does with us.

Additional resources: Forgiveness is not saying it is okay. 

Welcome (15) – Fellowship
• What are some of the most difficult things for people to forgive in our days?
• What are some of the most hard ones for you and why?

Worship (15) – Worship
• Read Psalms 103:1-5
Holy is the Lord
Light of the world
Sanctuary
• Take time to give members the opportunity to give thanks for what God has been doing in their lives. Pray together giving thanks

Word (30) – Discipleship
• Read Matthew 18:21-35
• Considering the Jews teaching of forgiving someone up to three times, how can we make sense of Peter’s questions? v18,21
• When you analyze the main points of this story, how does it makes you feel about the man owing 10,000 talents, the 100 denarius man and the king?
• Why is God so concerned about us forgiving? Why is not forgiving so deadly?
• If God forgives us so much, why is it so hard for us to forgive others?
• What does it mean to forgive with all your heart? v35
• What would be appropriate to do when we don’t feel like forgiving?
• What should be done when the other person doesn’t ask for forgiveness? Consider Jesus example. Luke 23:34
• Read Luke 17:3-4. Why is God’s standard so high?
• What is it harder to forgive others or yourself? why?
• If you have a testimony of how you were forgiven (not how you forgave!) share it with the group.
• Who are you going to forgive and completely release this week?
• To do: Memorize Luke 23:34. Look for opportunities to forgive others!

Works – Witness (15) – Ministry & Evangelism
• Write down the names of people you need to forgive. Following Jesus’ example forgive them.
• Select a day when the whole group will pray and fast for our group.
• Talk and plan multiplication of your group. Consider the why, when, where, who. What is God’s vision for us? how do I fit into it?
• How can this group pray for you tonight?

Refreshments– Fellowship
• Talk to people and find out the names of their friends who don’t know Christ yet. Challenge people you dialogue with to invite them to the meeting and new group.

Growth Group Lesson #12 Rejoice Lesson #13 Share

Dialogue  # 12 –  Rejoice  (Please Scroll Down for Lesson 13)

by Pr Denis Sand – sanddenis@gmail.com

Objective of today’s dialogue: Challenge the group to live life to the fullest remembering that God will ask us to give account of everything we have done

Welcome (15) – Fellowship

  • What was the most exciting and fun thing for you to do when you were an early teen or teen and why?
  • Is there anything you did in those days that you regret now or that if you could go back you would do different? Could you share what and why?

Worship (15) – Worship

  • Read Psalms 34.1-3
  • Shout to the Lord
  • Above all
  • In groups of three, share what God has done in your life that fills you with peace, joy, happiness.
  • Pray together in those groups giving thanks for what has been shared.

Word (30) – Discipleship

  • Read Ecclesiastes 11:9-12.1,13,14
  • Why is God, trough Solomon, telling us to be happy, rejoice, follow our ways and the desires of our hearts and eyes? 11:9
  • How can we have fun, rejoice in light of the judgment, as found in the second part of verse 9?
  • Why is Solomon saying we should cast away all anxiety and troubles of the body? v10
  • How do we usually forget our Creator in our youth? 12:1 How should we remember Him?
  • Why do we need to remember and honor God before we get old? What’s the difference? 12:1-7
  • How do you feel about been judged for all you do?
  • How does the reality of judgment and eternity affect our daily decisions? 11:9; 12:13,14
  • What changes should we make to our lives in order to remember/honor Him now?
  • What did you hear God telling you tonight?
  • To do: Challenge the group to memorize Ecclesiastes 11:9, and live it!

Works – Witness (15) – Ministry & Evangelism

  • What changes do we feel we need to make in order to have real group life?
  • If you haven’t been able to multiply, what would it take to make it happen?
  • How can this group pray for you tonight?

Refreshments– Fellowship

  • Ask informally for people who might be invited to the new groups.

Dialogue  # 013 –  Share

by Pr Denis Sand – sanddenis@gmail.com

Objective of today’s dialogue: invite the group to give themselves completely out of love and to live as a family of God in their group.

Worship (15) – Worship

Welcome (10) – Fellowship

  • What kind of sacrifices did your parents have to do for you?
  • What kind of things were you willing to do, even sacrifice, for your loved ones?

Word (25) – Discipleship

  • Read 1 Thessalonians 2.1-12 
  • Why Paul says that his visit to Thessalonica was not a failure? v1,2
  • What was the double motivation behind their visit and what should be ours in our group? v3-6
  • What is and how can we accomplish the two-fold mission of our group? v8
  • How do we get to have this love for people as our motivation so we are delighted to do it? v8
  • How can we have the kind of commitment Paul had, especially for the members of our group? v9
  • Why do you think Paul mentions the kind of live they lived among them? v10 Any teaching for us here?
  • How can we accomplish the job described in v11-12 in our group?
  • What changes do we need to make in order to apply today’s message?
  • What did you hear God telling you tonight?
  • To do: Challenge the group to memorize and live our GG key text: 1 Thessalonians 2:8

Works – Witness (20) – Ministry & Evangelism

  • Leader, this is the time to shared the vision with passion! invite everyone to join the vision not simply a group meeting. Invite them to become the family of God that reaches for the lost.
  • Being this the first meeting of this new group, reflect with the group on how are we going to make this group not only work but multiply?
  • Talk about details: when will we meet, where, who will be invited, how are we going to work, who are the leaders, what are our responsibilities?
  • How can this group pray for you tonight?

Refreshments– Fellowship – (all groups together)

  • When you talk, concentrate on praising God for what He has done with our group!
  • Get to know people.

Growth Group Lesson #13 – Share

DIALOGUE # 013 – SHARE
by Pr Denis Sand – sanddenis@gmail.com

Objective of today’s dialogue: invite the group to give themselves completely out of love and to live as a family of God in their Growth Group.

Worship (15) – Worship
• Read Psalms 95:1-7
We want to see
Draw me close to you
• Who shared something with you for which you are thankful? Take time to thank God for those He placed in your life that have share what they have with you. Pray in groups.

Welcome (10) – Fellowship
• What kind of sacrifices your parents had to do for you?
• What kind of things were you willing to do, even sacrifice, for your sweet heart or loved one?

Word (25) – Discipleship
• Read 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
• Why Paul says that his visit to Thessalonica was not a failure? v1,2
• What was the double motivation behind their visit and what should be ours in our GG? v3-6
• What is and how can we accomplish the two-fold mission of our GG? v8
• How do we get to have this love for people as our motivation so we are delighted to do it? v8
• How can we have the kind of commitment Paul had, especially for the members of our GG? v9
• Why do you thing Paul mentions the kind of live they lived among them? v10 Any teaching for us here?
• How can we accomplish the job described in v11-12 in our GG?
• What changes do we need to make in order to apply today’s message?
• What did you hear God telling you tonight?

• To do: Challenge the group to memorize and live our GG key text: 1 Thessalonians 2.8

Works – Witness (20) – Ministry & Evangelism
• Leader, this is the time to shared the vision with passion! invite everyone to join the vision not simply a group meeting. Invite them to become the family of God that reaches for the lost.
• Being this the first meeting of this new group, reflect with the group on how are we going to make this group not only work but multiply?
• Talk about details: when will we meet, where, who will be invited, how are we going to work, who are the leaders, what are our responsibilities
• How can this group pray for you tonight?

Refreshments– Fellowship – (all groups together)
• When you talk, concentrate on praising God for what He has done with out GG!
• Get to know people.

Additional Resources: Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 25

Growth Group Lesson #14 – Worries

DIALOGUE # 14 – WORRIES
by Pr Denis Sand – sanddenis@gmail.com

Objective of today’s dialogue: Challenge members to take their worries to God and to experience God’s peace.

Welcome (15) – Fellowship

• What are the things people worry the most today and why?
• What are the things that you have been worrying about the most lately?

Worship (15) – Worship
• Read Psalms 113:1-9
I’m a friend of God
Holiness
• Take time in groups of three to thank God for the prayers He has answered in your life.
• Pray together giving thanks

Word (30) – Discipleship
• Read Philippians 4:4-7
• Why do you think Paul challenges us twice with the imperative to rejoice? v4
• How can we practically rejoice always?
• Why should our gentleness be know to everyone? v5
• What kind of relationship is there between the Lord is near, rejoicing and our attitude? v5
• Why should Christians not worry? v6
• How can prayer become effective against worries? provide examples
• How is it that prayer can bring peace to our lives and minds?v7
• How did God help you not to worry? Briefly share your story.
• What are you going to do this week to reduce your anxieties?
• How can you improve your time of talking and listening to God?
• If you heard God speaking to you through today’s message, how will you apply it this week?

• To do: In order to reduce you anxieties memorize: Philippians 4:6-7

Works – Witness (15) – Ministry & Evangelism
• Share with the group the vision God has given you for your group. Talk confidently about the multiplication of your group and the target date.
• Ask people to share the names of those that need to be invited so they can have the peace and joy of God. Make a list and before the next meeting call everyone and ask if they invited them.
• Finalize asking the group: How can this group pray for you tonight?

Refreshments– Fellowship
• Be open to talk, to get to know and find the needs of people

Growth Group Lesson #15 – Wise

DIALOGUE # 015 – WISE
by Pr Denis Sand – sanddenis@gmail.com

Objective of today’s dialogue: Invite members to analyze their way of living and to choose to be wise by following God’s advice.

Welcome (15) – Fellowship

• What do people consider foolish in our days?
• What was one of the most stupid things you have ever done and why?
• What could have made you not do it?

Worship (15) – Worship
• Read Psalms 106:1-2
Blessed be the name
Above all
• Have a popcorn prayer giving only thanks to God for the wise decisions He helped you to make in your life.

Word (30) – Discipleship
• Read Ephesians 5:15-21
• Why do you think is so important for a Christian to live a “wise” life? v15
• How can we “make the most of every opportunity”? v16
• Paul urges us not to be fools, but to understand what God’s will is. How can we get to know and understand God’s will? v17
• Why is it so important to be filled with the Holy Spirit and not with other substances? v18 How do you know the Spirit is controlling your life?
• Why do you think it is so important for a wise Christian to sing, praise God and talk to others about it? v19
• How can we fulfill the command to “sing and make music in your heart to the Lord’? v19
• What is the relationship between giving thanks always and for everything to God and being wise? v20 How can we do it?
• What does it mean to submit to another out of reverence for God? v21 Why is this wise?

• How will you apply this year what we have studied today?
• What changes is God calling you to make?

• To do: Be wise and memorize any verse from: Ephesians 5:15

Works – Witness (15) – Ministry & Evangelism
• Talk to the group about their not so wise friends who need to know God. Ask each one to write their names on sticky notes and pray for them as a group.
• Remember to ask the group: How can we pray for you tonight?

Refreshments– Fellowship
• Direct the conversations during this time to how to live out what we have just studied.
• Talk to people, and listen.

Growth Group Lesson #16 – Understanding

DIALOGUE # 16 – UNDERSTANDING
by Pr Denis Sand – sanddenis@gmail.com

Objective of today’s dialogue: challenge people to be ready and willing to help others get to know God and understand his Word..

Welcome (15) – Fellowship

• What kind of things were hard for you to comprehend when you were in elementary school and why?
• Who helped you understand and how did he do it?
• What is hard for you to understand now?

Worship (15) – Worship
• Read Psalms 8:1-9
I’m a friend of God
• What are some of the joys that God has given you for which you are thankful? Pray fervently giving only thanks.

Word (30) – Discipleship
• Read Acts 8.26-40
• What kind of Christian was Phillip considering the fact that an angel gives him a mission and he rapidly obeys it? v26,27
• What kind of a man was the one sitting on the chariot? v27-34
• How does staying near  people help us to fulfill God’s mission? v29 How should we do it?
• When should we ask people if they understand? v30 Give examples.
• How can we help people “understand” the Bible, God and current events? v31,35
• What are the four principles found in Acts 8.35 that we need to follow when helping people understand the Bible? (Principles: begin where they are; explain it with the Bible, show how it’s good for them; center it all in Jesus)
• How prepared are you to help others understand the Bible? How could you be ready to help others understand the good news? v35
• Where can we get help so we understand?
• Why do you think the man asked for baptism? What is necessary to be baptized? v36-38
• What is the relationship between rejoicing in life with accepting Christ and being baptized? v39 How have you experienced it?
• What do you think God is trying to tell you tonight?
• How would you apply today’s message from now on?
• To do: Memorize a verse on how to teach the Bible to others: Acts 8:35

Works – Witness (15) – Ministry & Evangelism
• Ask someone from the group to share the vision of our group.
• Ask group members if they feel ready to help others understand? what can we do as a group to be prepared in the basics of faith in order to help others?
• Do you know anyone who wants to understand more about God, the Bible and current events? Write down the names and challenge group members to invite them to our group.
• Finalize asking: How can we pray for you tonight?

Refreshments– Fellowship
• Listen, listen, listen (you can eat too, but keep ears open).

Additional Resources: Acts of the Apostles, 106-111

Growth Group Lesson Plan #17 – Decisions

DIALOGUE # 17 – DECISIONS
by Pr Denis Sand – sanddenis@gmail.com

Objective of today’s dialogue: challenge people to consider the consequences of their decisions and to choose to live by God’s principles.

Additional resources: Read and study the material in the following pages.

Welcome (15) – Fellowship
• What was your favorite food your mom prepared you?
• How easy is it for you to decide what to eat when you go out?

Worship (15) – Worship
• Read Psalms 34.1-5
Shout to the Lord
Come
• What are some of the decisions that God has helped you to make for which you are thankful to God tonight?
• Pray in groups of three

Word (30) – Discipleship
• Read Daniel 1:1-20
• Place yourself in Daniel’s shoes and consider, how would you feel about God if you were only 17 and taken away from your country, family, and friends into captivity to a foreign land?
• Why do you think Daniel took the decision not to “defile himself”? v8
• When your loyalty to God is tested, how do you react?
• What is the relationship between what we eat and drink with the God we serve?
• How prone are you to remain faithful when no one is watching you? Why?
• What should we do with our principles when we face challenges? Explain. v8,12
• What do you think prepared Daniel and his friends to face this challenge?
• Consider the consequences/end results of the decision Daniel took in facing the test of loyalty. Why do you think it was all worth it or not? v8,12,15,17-20
• What principles should we take into consideration when making everyday decisions?
• What has the Lord taught you tonight?
• How would you apply it this week?
• To do: Challenge the group to repeat together and to store in their minds Daniel 1:8

Works – Witness (15) – Ministry & Evangelism
• Allow one of the co-leaders or apprentices to share the vision God has given for the group.
• Invite people to study the Bible in order to have the right principles in making choices.
• Who do you know that needs help in making wise decisions and being loyal to God?
• Plan a social activity as a group: let members chose the what, when, how and who will be invited. Have some ideas ready. Remember visitors should be invited to this social/evangelistic activity.
• Finalize asking: How can we pray for you tonight?

Refreshments– Fellowship
• Informally as you eat something, ask your group members the names of the people they will be inviting to the social the group is planning.

Additional Resources: Prophets and kings, Chapter 39 – In the Court of Babylon, 379-390

Growth Group Lesson Plan #18 – Useful

DIALOGUE # 18 – USEFUL
by Pr Denis Sand – sanddenis@gmail.com

Objective of today’s dialogue: challenge people to make the Bible their guide for life, and to study it daily.

Welcome (15) – Fellowship
• What is the most un-useful gift you have ever received?
• What are the characteristics of a useful gift?
• What is for you the most useful thing in your house today?

Worship (15) – Worship
• Read Psalms 119.89-91
Thy word is a lamp to my feet
Sanctuary
• Take time to praise God giving thanks for leading you in times of difficulties, challenges and temptations. Share your praise with the people in your group. Show God is ALIVE and working.
• Pray together

Word (30) – Discipleship
• Read 2 Timothy 3.14-17
• What is Paul challenging young Timothy to do? v14
• How can we teach children-youth to really know the Bible? v15
• According to Paul what is the origin and purpose of the Bible? v16
• What are some of the practical things the Bible can do for us? or, what kind of benefit do we get from reading it? v15-17
• What does it mean that the Bible is God-breathed? v16
• Why is knowing the Bible so crucially important as Christians? v16
• How much time are you devoting to reading, studying and memorizing the Scriptures? Why?
• How would your life change if you were to read, study, memorize the Bible everyday?
• How would you summarize today’s study in one sentence?
• What is God telling you tonight to do?
• What changes do you need to make to your daily schedule in order to take full advantage of God’s Word?
• To do: Read together, repeat it out loud, challenge to memorize 2 Timothy 3.16

Works – Witness (15) – Ministry & Evangelism
• As the main leader of the group, share the vision of multiplication with passion.
• Challenge the group to read the gospel of John during this week. Ask each one to read 3 chapters a day. Ask for commitments. If someone doesn’t have a Bible, get one from church and give it as a gift. Give them also a guide to read the whole Bible in a year so they can mark this week reading and continue from there on.
• Take time to pray for people needs, you can ask: How can we pray for you tonight?

Refreshments– Fellowship
• Keep asking group members to invite their friends to the meetings and group activities.

Growth Group Lesson Plan #19 – Rescued

DIALOGUE # 19 – RESCUED
by Pr Denis Sand – sanddenis@gmail.com. Revised by William Earnhardt

Objective of today’s dialogue: invite people to accept Jesus as their personal Savior and to live for Him!

Welcome (15) – Fellowship
• Have you ever participated in recuing someone?
• Were you ever rescued from a situation where your life was in danger?
• How does it feel to be rescued?

Worship (15) – Worship
• Read Psalms 40:1-3
Mighty to save
You are worthy
• This is the time to give thanks. Praise God for those time that He rescued you. Share your motive of thankfulness with the group
• Pray in groups of three

Word (30) – Discipleship
• Read John 3:13-16
• Why did Moses have to make the bronze serpent?
• Why did Jesus have to die? v15
• Do you truly believe that without Jesus we are lost? Why are we lost? v16
• What does this rescue mission teach you about God? v16
• If salvation is only found through Jesus, where does that leave all other religions? v17 Read Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5
• Why is God so interested in giving us Jesus? Why is this gift so especial? v16
• What happens to all those who decide not to believe in Jesus? v16 Why?
• Do you believe in Jesus and accept Him as Savior and Rescuer of your life? Do you choose to believe?
• What have you heard God telling you tonight?
• What changes do you need to make in order to apply –live today’s message?

• To do: Read at least three times out loud, and commit to memorize John 3:16

Works – Witness (15) – Ministry & Evangelism
• Mention the names of people in your circle of influence who need to truly believe in Jesus?
• What can we do as a group to bring them closer to the great Rescuer?
• Ask: Why are we here tonight? What is our vision as a group? How does our vision relates to John 3:16?
• Ask: How can we pray as a group for your needs and challenges?

Refreshments– Fellowship
• Go around during refreshment time and get to know people more in depth.

Growth Group Lesson Plan #20 – Ambassadors

DIALOGUE # 20 – AMBASSADORS
by Pr Denis Sand – sanddenis@gmail.com

Objective of today’s dialogue: As the leader, help the group discussion concentrate and emphasize the idea that God has chosen us as His ambassadors, that this is a lifestyle to be lived at school, work, with friends, in parties, etc; and our mission is to call people the be reconciled with God.

Welcome (15) – Fellowship
• If you were to be chosen to be an ambassador for a country, where would you like to be sent and why?
• What do you think is the main job of an ambassador?
• Have you ever represented someone? Share with the group how it felt.

Worship (15) – Worship
• Read Psalms 89:1-2
Your love is deep
Amazing Grace
• Take some time to give thanks to God and today concentrate on giving thanks for those who brought to you God’s message of Salvation. Mention who were the key messengers who helped you believe and know God.
• Pray in groups.

Word (30) – Discipleship
• Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-20
• What does it really means to be a new creation? v17
• What are some of the old things that are gone from your life? V17
• What is the meaning of being “in Christ”? v17 How can we do it today?
• Why do you think God has chosen teenagers, young adults and adults as His ambassadors? V19-20
• How can you be a full time ambassador of Christ in school, work, with friends, in parties?
• What is this ministry of reconciliation that we have received? V18-20
• How should we invite and call friends to be reconciled with God? V20
• How are you going to be an ambassador from now on?
• How would you summarize today´s message in one phrase?
• Ask group members: What have you heard God telling you to do?

• To do: Read out loud as a group, and commit to memorize 2 Corinthians 5:20

Works – Witness (15) – Ministry & Evangelism
• What could we do as a group to become better ambassadors of Christ?
• Share the names of friends who need to be reconciled with God?
• Pray for each of the names mentioned and make plans to invite them to your group.
• The vision of our groups is to share as ambassadors the beauty and love of Jesus with others. Challenge group members to join this vision!

Refreshments– Fellowship
• Get to know visitors, stay close to them, find out what they do, their passions and challenges.