Ice Breaker (optional – choose one below)
- Let one group member suggest something he or she thinks is “great” and then keep going around the group suggesting “greater” things. The last person who is able to come up with a “greater” thing wins! (suggested rules: “God” is off the table as an answer, that’s too easy! Disputes are broken by a group vote, everything is up for interpretation)
- What is something you were “awesome” at in High School?
- Is it easier for you to see greatness in yourself or others? Why do you think that is?
All of us want to be great and certainly humans are awesome! Our culture takes this one step too far however, when it tells me that I am greater than… everything and everyone else! When we find ourselves looking down on the world around us, we need to recognize that our perspective and understanding of “greatness” has gotten too small.
What stood out to you from this weekend’s message?
How did the songs we sang this weekend relate to the message we heard? (Your Love Awakens Me, Do it Again, How Great Thou Art)
Have you ever been to a wedding, birthday, graduation, (etc.) where the reason for gathering was to celebrate someone… but not everyone had gotten the memo? Do you think “upstaging” the bride, the birthday boy or the graduate is human nature or is it just immaturity?
What does the Bible say?
Read John 3:22-36
- One significant purpose of the gospels (Mathew, Mark, Luke, John) is to give a historical account of Jesus’ life on earth and often they sound more like a biography than a narrative. For example, John’s explanation about water levels in a specific region of Judea isn’t an essential part of Jesus’ story but it does remind us that this is a historical story about real people and places. What attitude(s) in this story are “common” attitudes you’ve seen before and what attitude(s) in this story are less common?
- John the Baptist has a unique perspective of Jesus. What is it and how does that affect his attitude about Jesus?
- Based on verse 36, how important is it that John shares his perspective on Jesus? How important is it that we share our perspective on Jesus?
Read 1 Peter 3:15
- What does it mean to “revere Christ as Lord?” Who do you personally know that best embodies this idea?
- For many of us, social media is how we communicate the loudest. Of all the ways we interact with others, why is it so difficult to be “gentle” or “respectful” online?
- When it comes to sharing willingly about the hope we have in Jesus Christ, do you feel more challenged to grow in your relationship or how to best communicate that relationship to those around you?
Apply the Message
C.S. Lewis famously said that “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less!” If you agree with this description, how can you intentionally be less self-focused today & this week?
Jesus is greater than we are, whether we recognize that fact or not! Share with the group one daily habit that can help remind us of how awesome God is and if you’re not doing something already, commit to practice one every day this week.