ICE BREAKER (start here)

What is the best news you have ever heard? Do you remember where you were and how you felt when you heard it?

intro (read aloud before the discussion)

Pam Twyman, Travis’s mom, preached on Sunday about the good news of the gospel. She talked about how irresistible Jesus is, how irresistible Jesus’ Father is, and how the gospel is the best news that has ever been announced.

SERMON DISCUSSION (Use as a guide for dialogue, let God lead, and read the verses aloud)

When was the first time you heard the message of the gospel? When you first heard it, did it make an impact on you?

When did the message of the gospel (what Jesus has done for you and how amazing God’s grace is) make an impact on your heart and life?

If you were asked to explain the gospel message to someone in about a minute or so, what would you say?

Read John 3:16. You have probably heard or read that verse before. It is probably the most famous thing that Jesus ever said. Which part of that verse sticks out to you and why?

Do you think that the unbelievable, unfathomable, unquenchable love of the Father for you is something that you live in? Why or why not?

What would it look like specifically to receive the love of the Father, and how do you think that would impact your life and your relationships practically today?

MINISTRY TIME (Invite the Spirit of God to come – “Come Holy Spirit”)

There are all kinds of barriers to receiving the extravagant love of God. Share what you think one of your barriers might be, and ask that the power of the Spirit would break down that barrier so that God’s love can flood into you in an overwhelming way!

SPIRITUAL FORMATION (This is a weekly practice as we seek to become more like Jesus)

Last week we talked about meditation. Let’s talk about meditation again this week. It is a bit of a lost art in the Christian journey. Let’s recover it. Find a place, quiet your mind, relax your body, and think upon this verse for three minutes. 1 John 3:1a, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”

daily reading

Luke 7 | Psalm 119:169-176
Luke 8 | Psalm 120
Luke 9 | Psalm 121
Luke 10 | Psalm 122
Luke 11 | Psalm 123
Luke 12 | Psalm 124