Growth Group Lesson #5- Tempted

by Pr Denis Sand –

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 #7 Pure

by Pr Denis Sand –

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
• 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

Growth Group Lesson #10 – Priorities

by Pr Denis Sand –

Objective of today’s dialogue: Challenge people to make God their first and foremost priority in their lives.

Welcome (15’) – Fellowship

• What kind of things gets people or you so exited that you forget to do some other things?
• How good are you at doing what needs to be done instead of what others want, or what you feel or want to do?

Worship (15’) – Worship
• Read Psalms 117:1-2
Shout to the Lord
Be still and know
• Give thanks in groups of three, sharing with others what God is doing for you lately. Pray in those groups

Word (30’) – Discipleship
• Read Luke 9:57-62

• Why do you think Jesus responds in this way to the first man in this story? v57,58
• What is the common thing between the second and third man response? And how does it relate or apply to us? v59,61
• What is Jesus asking them and us to do? And why? v60, 62
• What loyalties conflict with our commitment to Christ?
• Think about your current use of time, resources, your dreams and thoughts, what order of priorities they revealed? How do you think God feels about this?
• Read Matthew 6.33 How important is God considering your daily schedule?
• We believe God is leading the Growth Groups movement in Westchester, then what priority should Growth Groups and its activities have in your lives?
• Consider the well know phrase “First things first” along with Psalms 46.10. What should you do about it?
• What changes should we make in order to place the kingdom of God first in our lives? How can the group help in making it a reality?
• What is God telling you tonight?

• To do: Repeat together and memorize Matthew 6:33. Remember to live by it from now on!

Works – Witness (15’) – Ministry & Evangelism
• Ask each person to write down their priorities and then assign them a numerical order according to their importance. Challenge people to place God as number 1!
• If the kingdom of God should be placed first, consider as a group who should we visit together as a group this week. When and how? Coordinate the details and make it happen. Go visit, pray and ask for God’s blessing upon them.
• How can this group pray for you tonight?

Refreshments– Fellowship
• Use this time wisely. Put the Kingdom of God first in all your conversations, talking with love to visitors or new members.