By Dan Lentz
1. Take a piece of paper and make a list of 10 activities you enjoy doing, big or small. Next take several minutes and compare lists with the other group members. Put a check mark next to each item on your list every time you find another group member who enjoys the same thing. Determine what common activities the group as a whole enjoys the most.
2. What do you think the verse means when it says, “faith without deeds is dead”?
3. What are some examples, both from these verses and your own experiences, of faith that is dead or meaningless without action?
4. Are there examples of faith that do not require action?
5. What are some key actions you took in the past that made your faith come alive?
6. Are there any areas where your faith seems dead right now? What deeds do you need to incorporate into your life today?
7. Close by writing a prayer to the Lord. (You can use the back of your activity list paper.) Write a faith and deeds letter to God, telling him what you intend to do about the faith you have and, in your own words, tell the Lord of your commitment to follow him wherever he leads.
Dan Lentz works for the Small Group Network in Whitestown, Indiana.
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