By Dan Lentz
1. Have each group member take a blank sheet of paper and make three columns labeled “relationships,” “experiences,” and “practices.” Then list three or four significant items in each relevant column. (As examples, in the relationship column a person might include parent, child, spouse, and friend; the experience column might include a family reunion memory, mission trip, serious illness, and baptism. The practices column might include going to work, Sunday worship, family devotions, and service to others.) Once everyone has listed a few items in each column, share your charts with the rest of the group.
Read John 3:11-21.
2. Our life stories are powerful, but Jesus’ story (the gospel) working in us is very powerful. As you read these verses, what truths or ideas have had an impact on your relationships, experiences, and practices?
3. Looking at your relationships, experiences, and practices, where do you still need the Lord’s love and grace to make a bigger impact?
4. Take turns going around the group and completing the following statement: “’For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life’; and that has made all the difference lately because ___________________.”
5. Focus your prayer time on those areas in your relationships, experiences, and practices where you need the Lord’s love. And thank the Lord for his work in your life.
Dan Lentz works for the Small Group Network in Whitestown, Indiana.