This week we will look more deeply at the call to discipleship. I encourage you to do your best to set aside a good time for prayer each day and just get as much as you can out of your prayer time. Keep walking with Jesus.
Small Group Outline
In addition to the daily prayer time, some folks might want to meet with friends or family for an in person or their own virtual group. Here is an outline to facilitate such a meeting.
- Opening Prayer
The leader opens the group with this prayer or with a prayer he or she has composed themselves. "Father in heaven, you have blessed with a deepening sense our our identity in you. Give us the grace to hear Jesus calling us each by name. Help us to respond to him with joy. Keep us from the distractions and discouragements of the Enemy. May your Holy Spirit to enlighten, guide, and bless us today. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen."
- Group Check-In
Go around the room and share a burden and a blessing you experienced this past week. Where did you see Jesus, or who were you Jesus to this week?
- Suggested Discussion Questions
- If you meet early in the week, you can draw on some of the questions from week eight.
- Which scripture passage this week spoke to you most powerfully?
- How has the light of Christ illuminated your life in a new way through your Oriens journey?
- How is God calling you to let go of worries and trust more in him? What would change if you did that?
- What are you truly hungry for?
- Have you ever felt Jesus calling you to "step out of the boat?" Tell us about the experience.
- What does new life in Christ mean for me in my life right now? How does it involve the cross?
- Group leader should not feel pressure to get every question answered. Allow people the space to say anything and to have an honest, fruitful discussion, while also being mindful of the time allotted. It is important to end the formal part of the Bible Study at the time agreed upon by the group.
- Close with a prayer. Ask the group what they would like prayers for. Then conclude by praying an Our Father together.