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The Power Of The Prompt

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.

Goal

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.

Conversation Starters

  • Have you seen any of the Rocky movies? Which is your favorite? Why?
  • If you had to replace your alarm clock with one of these prompts, which would you choose: an elephant, a jackhammer, or a car horn?
  • What’s the worst way someone has ever prompted you to do something?

Review

Last week:

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.”)

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 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.

Start with Scripture

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?

Make It Personal

  • Stones are trophies that trigger a reaction. Describe a time in your life when God prompted you, and you acted. What reactions are triggered when you look back on that stone?
  • Have at least one person in your group who has given in a year-end offering before talk about their experience. How did God prompt them? How did they experience His faithfulness afterward?
  • Give each person in your group five Post-It notes. Tell your group to write down five prompts God gave them in the past. Have them also write down how they reacted, what happened afterward, how it helped them move forward, etc.
  • Have everyone in the group talk about at least one of the stones they wrote down. Share with each other how that stone prompts you now to be grateful and encouraged.
  • Your response to God’s prompts determines how you’ll experience the results. Has there been a prompt in your life when you didn’t move forward? What do you wish you had done differently?
  • We can all set up stones to prompt the story of how God has been good to us, and those stories prompt our faith. Who in your life needs to share what God has done for them? How can you help them set up some stones that will prompt them to tell their story and grow their faith?

Act On It

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.

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.

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.