By Michael C. Mack
1. What’s the best adventure involving water you’ve ever experienced?
Read Ezekiel 47:1-12.
2. Pretend your group is on a guided tour with Ezekiel and “the man.” Section by section, take turns describing in your own words what you see and hear, as if you’re reporting it all for a Wild Kingdom broadcast:
• The Source: vv. 1-2
• Getting Deeper: vv. 3-6
• Trees!: v. 7
• Fresh Fish: vv. 8-11
• Incredible Edible Trees: v. 12
3. Why do you think water is such an important, often-used analogy for life in the Bible? (See Zechariah 13:1; Psalm 36:8; 46:4.)
4. How is this vision part of God’s overall plan for his world? (See Genesis 2:8-10; Revelation 22:1, 2.)
5. Of course, Jesus is the source of this living water (John 4:10-14; 7:37-39). Choose the response that best describes your current reality:
• I’m observing a trickle.
• Ankle-deep with Jesus.
• I’ve dived into the deep end.
• I was pretty salty, but he’s cleaned me up!
• I was the Dead Sea, but he brought me to life!
• I’m still looking for life in swamps and marshes.
Michael Mack is the author of 16 small group books and discussion guides. He also leads church training events and consults with churches through his ministry, Small Group Leadership (www.smallgroupleadership.com).