Leader Note: Our current cultural moment is not a time of “business as usual.” This is true of our groups as well. This is a time when connection and care need to be elevated in our groups, even if it is at the expense of our normal weekly group engagement of scripture. As you meet virtually with your groups, spend the majority of your group simply checking in with your group members—see how they are handling everything, how their spirit is holding up, if they need anything, and how you can pray for them.
GENERAL CONNECTION QUESTIONS.
- What is something funny that happened to you this week?
- When did you feel most down this week? What was it in relation to?
- When did you feel closest to God this week?
- Do you have any tips on how to find time for solitude, prayer, loving others, etc. What is working for you?
- How can we pray for you?
- Tell me a little about your history with the Bible. When did you first begin to engage with it personally?
- In his book titled, The God Delusion, Atheist Richard Dawkins calls the gospels “ancient fiction.” Have you ever had similar thoughts about the Bible?
Read Luke 1:1-4
“1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled[a] among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.”
- How does Luke 1:1-4, speak to the Richard Dawkins quote, or those that might be struggling with the truth of Scripture?
- Do you remember a time when you had false perceptions about who Jesus was? How were you envisioning him? What did you to uncover a more accurate picture of Jesus?