1. What was the most energized and unified group or team you were ever a part of? What made it so strong and courageous?
Read Joshua 1:7-18.
2. Few groups or organizations can sustain energized unity over a long period of time. What helped the Israelites come together to occupy the land after being in slavery and then wandering the desert for 40 years?
3. Of the Israelite characteristics you just mentioned, which ones could also be said about this small group?
4. What can you, your small group, or your church do differently in order to obediently and courageously follow the Lord “into the life he has prepared for us”?
5. Invite group members to pray sentence prayers about the topics on the list below. Possible topics for prayer include: Family, Friends, Workplace, Schools, Government, Small Group, Larger Church, Mission Groups, Other.
During the first minute or so, ask group members to pray about obedience and unity among their family members (kids, spouses, parents, grandparents, and so on). Then move on to the next topic on the list. As always, the leader should model for the group a short sentence prayer to get things started. Encourage group members to pray several times as new thoughts come to their minds.
T. Daniel Lentz works for the Small Group Network in Whitestown, Indiana.