- Pastor Steven likes classic rock (he also called it “dad rock”). What’s an old band or old song you like?
- Tell the group about the best surprise you ever experienced.
- What’s your favorite plot twist from a movie or book?
Ask eGroup members to share their favorite points from the sermon, what spoke to them, a phrase or moment from the sermon they related to the most, or questions they have. If members have a hard time recalling the sermon, talk through your notes and share your favorite points.
Make It Personal
- On a scale of 1-10, how much do you enjoy surprises? Tell the group why you scored yourself that way.
- What are some surprises you’ve had so far this year? Have any of them led to something positive you didn’t expect?
- Read John 4:5-10. How would you define a plot twist? What are some plot twists we can see in this passage?
- What’s a plot twist you experienced in your past? How did God give you a new perspective on it? (How do you see that situation differently now compared to when you were going through it? This example could be something you wouldn’t have chosen, but God used it for good.)
- A few weeks ago, we talked about going through Samaria (“some area” — something you need to go through instead of going around it). Check in with your group members on how they’re doing with going through their “some area.” How could having an expectation of a plot twist help you continue going through your “some area”?
- Read Genesis 18:9-12. Sarah believed she would never have children, but God told her she would have a son — He turned her barrenness into fruitfulness. What stories have you (or others) been telling yourself? How have you been limited by those words?
- Another plot twist Pastor Steven talked about was Joseph — Jacob had thought he would never see Joseph again. What’s your Joseph? (What is the enemy trying to convince you to give up on?) How would that situation look different if you started expecting a plot twist?
Act On It
Write down one thing you can do this week to show God you’re believing for a plot twist. (Maybe you need to call someone and ask for forgiveness, bring fresh energy to a difficult work project, treat someone who hurt you with kindness, stretch your faith to believe for something you’ve given up on, etc.)
No matter what your “one thing” is, spend some time worshiping God this week while thinking about the way He can turn all things for good. Listen to “See A Victory” by Elevation Worship or print out the lyrics and put them somewhere to help you remember God can turn anything into a positive plot twist.
Prayer Requests And Prayer
Ask eGroup members to share any prayer requests they have. Record any notes or prayer requests to pray for members during the week.
Father, thank You for how You use things in unexpected ways, and thank You for always working all things for our good. Help us walk in greater faith this week, knowing that You have plans for us far exceeding anything we could ask for or imagine. Show us what we can do to get in position to see a plot twist. In Jesus’ name, amen.