By Dan Lentz
1. Give group members pieces of paper and ask them to write their names at the top. Then ask them to draw a line on their paper and write the word concrete at the left end of the line and the word creative at the right end of the line.
Creative and concrete are equally good personality traits. Creative people enjoy new and different things while concrete people are naturally logical and steady. Some people are more one than the other and some people are a balance of both.
Ask members to pass their papers to the person on their left. Have that person put an “X” on the concrete-creative line according to their impression of the person’s name at the top, then pass the paper to the next person on the left and do the same thing. Keep doing this until everyone has his own paper back. Each person should now have his own paper with as many marks on it as there are people in the group. Ask members to share their results with the group and say whether they agree or disagree with the group’s assessment.
2. What part of God’s creation amazes you most?
3. What would you say to someone who does not believe that “In wisdom, God made it all”?
4. The Scripture says, “When you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things.” How has God’s open hand satisfied you recently?
5. Brainstorm ideas for praising God in prayer. Make a list of different ways you can pray your praises to God (spoken, written, different postures, and so on). Then choose one or two of these ideas (perhaps a more concrete idea and a more creative idea) and incorporate both ideas into your closing prayer time.
Dan Lentz works for the Small Group Network in Whitestown, Indiana.
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