MOVE Year 2 Week 1
Welcome to Week One of MOVE! Over the next 3 weeks we will discuss how God wants his people to MOVE. Building on Pastor Josh’s weekend message, we will be unpacking his content and taking it further. His message wasn’t just focused on funding a capital campaign, but also challenging us to MOVE in the same way that God challenged Israel. On the heels of his message, we’ll be diving deeper into Exodus 14 & Psalm 71:
Icebreaker: Getting the conversation started.
- How have you gotten involved or connected at Lakeland? What do you love about the church?
- Share a 60-second version of your “spiritual story.” (This question helps group leaders gauge the spiritual maturity of the group. This might need to be modeled for people. Also be sensitive to those who haven’t decided to follow Jesus or are new to it.)
Focus Questions: Going deeper together.
Exodus 14:19 Then the angel of God who was going before the host of Israel moved and went behind them, and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them.
- In reading Exodus 14:19, what are some reasons that we hesitate to step out in faith? Is it because we do not realize that God has our backs?
- Are there things in your life that may cause you NOT to want to MOVE?
(For Group Leaders – Pastor Josh asked our founding Pastor David Howie this question after they took a leap a of faith in starting Lakeland, “What was the most fulfilling thing in pastoring here at Lakeland?)
- Was there a time when you took a leap of faith, and things turned out even better than you anticipated?
Read Psalm 71:1-18
- How close or far does God feel to you right now?
- Can you describe a time when you needed God’s help? (vv 1-6)
(For Group Leaders – Psalm 71:18 So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come. The writer of Psalms wanted to MOVE and serve God into his old age and had confidence that it would impact those that followed him.)
- The writer of Psalms had confidence into his old age that he could influence the next generation. In your opinion, what could create this kind of confidence?”
(For Group Leaders – the writer was confident because he knew that steadfast endurance through the years would impact the next generation.)
- Do you really believe that you have the influence to touch the next generation? Why or why not?
- If you could communicate one thing to the next generation, what would that be?
Final Challenge: Praise and be thankful this week. Keep watching for what God will unlock in your life.
Close by praying for one another and gathering names/contact information for your weekly report.