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The Exchange Zone

Goal

To pass the baton of faith.

Conversation Starters

  • If someone got you a $100 gift from Target and you didn’t like it but couldn’t return it, what would you exchange it for?
  • If you were running a relay race in the Olympics, would you rather run first or last? Why?
  • If you were watching an international sport, what country would you cheer for (besides the U.S.)?

Review

Last week:

Start by checking on how group members did with acting on last week’s sermon. How did they go for broke? (Click here for the Discussion Guide to “It’s Mine To Manage.”)

This week:

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.

Remind your group that this message was about being good stewards of what God has given us by taking the opportunities He gives and passing our faith and blessings on to others.

Start with Scripture

Read 1 Kings 10:1-9.

  • What stands out to you in this passage? Are there any parts that challenge you or your perspective?
  • What do you think the queen wanted from Solomon? How do you think her exchange with him might have impacted her?
  • Take it Further: Read Matthew 19:16-22. This was an opportunity for the rich man to take the baton of faith, but he didn’t because he cared more about his wealth. What are some other examples of batons people can take but don’t?

Make It Personal

  • What’s the difference between taking the baton of faith, carrying it, and passing it on? What does it mean to you to pass the baton of faith?
  • Who are some people who passed you the baton of faith? Who got you to church or helped you come to know God? How did they influence you?
  • Describe some ways we can pass the baton. In what ways are you passing it?
  • Think about the things that are holding you back from carrying your baton. (Habits, attitudes, levels of giving/generosity, serving, friends, etc.) How are they holding you back?
  • Being too comfortable or getting distracted can also hold us back. Where are you too comfortable or distracted? How is that keeping you from taking or passing the baton?
  • In Judges 2:7-10, we see different generations — one that SAW what God had done, and a later generation that didn’t even KNOW what God had done. How do we get in position to SEE God move? What’s the danger of only knowing what God has done? (Challenge your group to think about where they are consuming and how they can start contributing.)
  • Where in your life can you take responsibility for passing the baton to the next generation? What could that look like for you?

Act On It

Solomon passed the baton by living in a way that honored God, and the queen heard about him. What can you do this week to live in a way that passes the baton to others? (Think through how you can be bold in your faith. Can you pray for a coworker? Invite someone to a Christmas worship experience? Do a Bible reading plan and share with someone how it helped you?)

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.

Read Hebrews 12:1-2 out loud to your group. Then, ask each member to say what race they want to run with perseverance. (This could be faith, family, marriage, or anything on their heart.) Pray for each person to run their race well.