DISCOVERY QUESTIONS

Series: Easter 2020

Main Idea: Is there more to life than this?

Leader GuidePDF Version (Leader)PDF Version (Particpant)

OPENING PRAYER & WORSHIP

Open in prayer, asking God to fill your time together.

Play the song It is Well.

GROUP DISCUSSION

Lean In

Purpose: Introduce topic and get the group talking.

1. Spring is a season of new life. What new life have you seen around you in the last few weeks?


Look Down

Purpose: Observe the passage and interact with the text

2. Read Matthew 6:25-27 and John 14:6. What do these two passages tell us about true life: where it’s found, where it’s not found? Look for as many things as you can find.

3. Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-19. According to this passage, how does God bring about this new life/new creation within us? List as many ways as you can find in the passage.


Look Out

Purpose: Connect observations in God’s Word with observations in our world today.

4. Where, apart from Jesus, do people typically look for “life”–meaning, fulfillment, satisfaction? How has that been challenged in this season we’re in?

5. How have you seen this season cause people to contemplate bigger questions about life, meaning, etc.?


Look In

Purpose: Internalize God’s Word and apply the truth to your personal life.

6. Where, apart from Jesus, have you been tempted to look for “life”–meaning, fulfillment, satisfaction? How have you seen that challenged and “stripped away” in this time?

7. What additional things might Jesus be inviting us to let go of (tangible or intangible) in order to find our “life” in Jesus as John 14:6 talks about? What things might we need to add to our routine to continually find “life” in Jesus?


Live It Out

Purpose: Spend time listening for God’s for direction and guidance as you seek to live out the truths of this passage in your everyday life.

8. Take another look at Matthew 6:25-27. These verses are more relevant now than perhaps they have ever been in our lifetime. How do we practice living out Jesus’ words here?

9. Listen to this song: LIVING HOPE. As you do, think individually about the things you are thankful for. Then, as you close your time, share with one another the things that you’re thankful for in this time and encourage one another.

LEADER GUIDE

OPENING PRAYER & WORSHIP

Before you officially begin, allow time for people to catch up and get comfortable with being online.

Open in prayer, asking God to fill your time together.

Play the song It is Well.

The idea here is simply to give space to open our hearts to God. It doesn’t matter if people sing or not. Please ask group members to mute their audio. We suggest you invite them to close their eyes as well to help focus. Encourage them to simply reflect on the words and on who God is.

To learn how to share your screen with the audio, click HERE.

Lean In

Purpose: Introduce topic and get the group talking.

1. Spring is a season of new life. What new life have you seen around you in the last few weeks?


Look Down

Purpose: Observe the passage and interact with the text

2. Read Matthew 6:25-27 and John 14:6. What do these two passages tell us about true life: where it’s found, where it’s not found? Look for as many things as you can find.

In Matthew 6:25-27, Jesus contrasts those who have put their faith in God as their loving heavenly Father, and those who have not. Those who don’t have faith that God is a loving heavenly father have made their whole life about food and clothing–trying to get those needs met, constantly worrying whether or not they will have those needs met. Those who have God as their loving heavenly Father, however, trust that God will supply those needs for them, because God cares for them. Therefore, they are able to make life about more than just meeting basic needs: Life can become about seeking the Kingdom and God’s righteousness. Essentially, life becomes about Jesus.

That’s exactly the point that Jesus makes in John 14:6. True life is found in Him (see Colossians 3:4). Our entire lives are dependent upon our faith in Jesus. Knowing Jesus is above all (see Philippians 3:10). It’s important to note that though John 14:6 is often read at funerals, it’s not a funeral verse! This verse is about all of life, not just life after death. Jesus is the way to full and abundant life whether we live or die (see Romans 14:8).

3. Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-19. According to this passage, how does God bring about this new life/new creation within us? List as many ways as you can find in the passage.

The key idea in 2 Corinthians 5:17-19 is “reconciliation” which means “to bring together two parties that were against each other.” Because of our sins, we were alienated from God. And because of our alienation from God, though physically alive, we were spiritually dead, as we were cut off from the life-giver. But because of Jesus’ death on the cross and his subsequent resurrection, we are no longer alienated from God; we have been reconciled to Him. Therefore, we are a “new creation”–we experience the new birth that Jesus talked about in John 3. Thus by “not counting” our sins against us, through the giving of His Son, Jesus, we now have new life.


Look Out

Purpose: Connect observations in God’s Word with observations in our world today.

4. Where, apart from Jesus, do people typically look for “life”–meaning, fulfillment, satisfaction? How has that been challenged in this season we’re in?

Typical answers for this include “stuff,” appearance, a feeling of security, work, family, a sense of control, good health, friendships, etc. In this season, many of those things have been stripped away; even things like relationships have been more difficult in this season.

5. How have you seen this season cause people to contemplate bigger questions about life, meaning, etc.?

Statistics have shown that people are searching for greater meaning right now, and specifically looking to faith. More than half the nation now says that they have prayed during this crisis. Bible sales are up significantly (Tyndale House says Bible sales are up 55% in March compared to 2019). One British author noted that the world without God has always looked to science to provide solutions; right now we are facing something where science hasn’t yet provided an adequate solution. The solution? “Church,” he says.

We have even seen this at Friends. Last weeked, we had 11,000 online viewers for our weekly services–a significant jump from before this crisis. Sixty-five people also indicated that they wanted to commit their lives to Jesus for the first time. People are searching for meaning in this time, and we have that meaning in Jesus Christ.


Look In

Purpose: Internalize God’s Word and apply the truth to your personal life.

6. Where, apart from Jesus, have you been tempted to look for “life”–meaning, fulfillment, satisfaction? How have you seen that challenged and “stripped away” in this time?

Expect some of the same answers as question #4. Just like the rest of the world, many of the things that we’ve been used to turning to have been taken away; it’s hard in this time period to even have a regular routine. Probably for many Christians, this is causing us to understand whether we really have been relying and trusting in Jesus in the way that we’ve always said we have.

7. What additional things might Jesus be inviting us to let go of (tangible or intangible) in order to find our “life” in Jesus as John 14:6 talks about? What things might we need to add to our routine to continually find “life” in Jesus?

We want to make sure to have a spirit of sensitivity to how difficult this period is for people. There’s a lot of anxiety and fear, and it’s in seasons like this that human nature wants to “check out”–through Netflix, video games, eating, etc. Gently, however, we want to remind people that it is God who ultimately provides our needs (Philippians 4:19), and as we continue to turn to Jesus, we believe He will provide us what is needed in this time.

Healthy things that will help us turn to Jesus include:
– Bible study / scripture memorization.
– Regular or increased prayer times.
– “Prayer walks” outside (or even inside our house).
– Listening to worship music.
– Looking at nature and contemplating how amazing our God is.
– Etc.


Live It Out

Purpose: Spend time listening for God’s direction and guidance as you seek to live out the truths of this passage in your everyday life.

8. Take another look at Matthew 6:25-27. These verses are more relevant now than perhaps they have ever been in our lifetime. How do we practice living out Jesus’ words here?

One of the things that we’ve seen is the tendency for people to “panic buy” in this time for fear if they don’t go to the supermarket, food won’t be there. Taking Jesus at His word in Matthew 6:25-27 would resist this urge, trusting that when something is needed, God will provide–so we only take what we need for each day / each week. Further, we need to resist the urge to allow our minds to wander through all of the different scenarios / possibilities that could happen, and simply take each day at a time, thanking God for what He’s provided for today and trusting that He will do the same again tomorrow.

9. Listen to this song: LIVING HOPE. As you do, think individually about the things you are thankful for. Then, as you close your time, share with one another the things that you’re thankful for in this time and encourage one another.

You may want to encourage group members to write down during the song some of the things they’re thankful for that come to mind during the song, and then have them read those to everyone afterwards. Close in prayer, thanking God for all that He has done and continues to do each day.