Main Idea: Many people get married, but everyone has had the experience of singleness. Our society views singleness as a phase on the way towards fulfillment, but God’s got a bigger plan for this relational “status.” Starter: Who is your favorite superhero and why? Have you ever noticed most superheroes are single?  Why do you…

Main Idea: God created sexual intimacy as a gift for marriage, but healthy intimacy takes work. Please Note: We recognize intimacy can be a sensitive topic to discuss, and we’d like to offer a few ground rules to help you have a healthy discussion: If you’re married, it’s important to not share anything with the…

Main Idea:  There are no perfect parents. As a result, we need to depend on God, and on the community around us, to help the next generation learn to follow Jesus. Starter: Think of a rule or boundary your parents set for you that you disliked during childhood. How did you respond? Discuss: Who made…

Main Idea: The marriage relationship is extremely complicated, but it’s also one of the clearest pictures of God’s love for us. Starter: Think of a couple who has a marriage that you respect and admire. What makes their relationship stand out? Which of the marriages you observed when you were a kid had the biggest…

Main Idea: Week Two: How God transforms marriage Many of us in our small groups at Hope are not married. Even so, the subject of marriage touches each of our lives and these passages on marriage help us to know God more deeply and love those closest to us more like Jesus. Main Idea Every marriage…

Main Idea: Everyone is from a dysfunctional family. Jesus is the answer to that mess. Starter: When you think back to your childhood, what’s one of your favorite family memories? Discuss: What’s one gift you feel like your family gave you and one struggle you inherited from them? Read: Genesis 3:1-19 We heard about three…

Main Idea: The life of faith—a relationship with Jesus—will be harder than you expect, but God is more faithful than you can see. Starter: Think of something that you started, but it ended up being harder than it looks? It could be anything—marriage, college, personal growth, etc. Do you have any unfinished projects? Discuss: Think…

Main Idea Our relationship with God is personal, not private. Things like maturity and spiritual formation happen within the context of intentional community and relationships. Starter Pick a cast of characters from a popular “team” — Marvel, Justice League, Star Wars, The Office, Peanuts, etc. Now, as a group, decide which character is best and…

Main Idea God created giving so that we can share in His greatest joy and in return live a joyful life. Starter Share a time that you were able to spend someone else’s money. What happened and what was that like? Discuss Share one thing from this weekend that challenged the way you think about…

  Main Idea Sharing willing means truthfully sharing your story about how your relationship with Jesus began.   Starter Which is harder for you to embrace and why; loving people like Jesus or telling people about Jesus?   Discuss As followers of Jesus, God often puts situations and circumstances in our path which give us…

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