At the end of every year, we do a series to stretch our faith and challenge ourselves to finish the year strong. This year, our series is called Gamechanger. You can find resources here to help your group members as they move toward becoming systematic in their finances or giving.
To reflect on how past prompts have led us to experience God’s faithfulness so we can be encouraged to take new steps in faith.
Start by checking on how group members did with acting on last week’s sermon. How did they do sharing their story? (Click here for the Discussion Guide to “It’s Mine To Manage.”)
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 looking back on times in our lives when we’ve acted on something God wanted us to do, and using the evidence of His faithfulness to prompt us to share about his goodness and keep moving forward.
Read Joshua 4:19-24.
Talk about the purpose of the stones and how they helped the Israelites remember God’s faithfulness. Why do you think Joshua encouraged the Israelites to remember what God had done when they looked at the stones? What’s the danger of not remembering what God has done?
Take the stones you wrote down and put them where you can see them throughout the week so they will prompt a story. Each time you see one, thank God for His faithfulness, and ask Him to keep prompting you. Encourage yourself to respond with faith and gratitude when He does.
Ask eGroup members to share any prayer requests they have. Record any notes or prayer requests to pray for members during the week.
Have a time of prayer with your group. Tell everyone to put their Post-It notes in the middle of the group. Have them place their hands on those prompts and pray out loud, thanking God for what He has done. Pray for each person to reflect on God’s past faithfulness and to be encouraged to continue moving forward in faith. Pray for everyone who will bring an offering next weekend to do it with a glad heart, and for them to experience God’s love, power, and faithfulness in the coming year. Encourage your group to pray for each other and our church throughout the week.
Dear Lord, thank You for entrusting us with the opportunity to help grow Your kingdom. Help us live in gratitude this week, seeing the many ways You have blessed us, so we can gladly give part of that blessing back to You. Stir up our hearts and minds to wait expectantly to see your faithfulness in the coming year. In Jesus’ name, amen.