Community Group Homework
For the week of April 25, 2016
1. It’s prom season! What is your most lasting positive memory from high school?
2. What teacher, coach, or mentor influenced your life while you were in high school? How did they influence you?
Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
TALK ABOUT IT
This Sunday was all about making a difference and then inspiring others to make a difference.
– Who is someone that inspires you to make a difference in a situation or in someone’s life? – What is it about them that inspires you to make a difference?
The Apostle Paul was someone who was changed by Christ and went on to bring change to the culture around him. While Paul did many things himself to make a difference, he also inspired other people, such as a young man named Timothy to make a difference as well. In a letter to Timothy, Paul told Timothy to pass it on and raise up more difference makers. Paul’s words are found in 2 Timothy 2:1-6
1 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. 3 Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. 5 Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules. 6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.
– What did Paul tell Timothy to do with the things he had learned from Paul? If Paul was a “first generation” difference maker and Timothy was a “second generation” difference maker, how far down does Paul want Timothy to develop difference makers?
– When it comes to mentoring, all of us should have a “Paul” in our lives – someone who is inspiring us to make a difference; and all of us should have a Timothy – someone we are inspiring to make a difference. Do you have those people in your life? If so, how are you inspiring them?
– What do Paul’s examples of a soldier, and athlete, and a farmer teach us about being a person who lives a legendary life and makes a difference?
– Being a soldier, a competitive athlete, or a farmer is a challenging life that requires a lot of self-denial and struggle. Why do people do those things? How can that apply to our desire to be difference makers for Christ?
WRAPPING IT UP
– What is something that you are doing to make a difference that you could invite someone else to join you in? Who is that person that you need to say, “Follow me as I follow Christ,” to?
– How can our group pray for you this week?