LifeGroup Guide 

Church Vision Statement 

We are a biblically rooted church that wants to help you overcome life’s emptiness through a deeper relationship with Christ and a connection to a family who cares.

Ice-Breaker: 

  • As a kid, what did you want to grow up to be? Or, if you are brave, what is the weirdest thing you wanted to grow up to be?
    • I wanted to be a professional wrestler.

Read: 1 Peter 3:17-22

17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil. 

18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 20 because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. 21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.

Transformation Questions: 

As summer picks up, we know that LifeGroup will be hit and miss sometimes. Discuss with your group how you can leverage the times you meet and how to engage people not connected to Tabernacle, which may be lost. Spend some time going through the 5 i’s listed below and think about what you can do. If some of you know the same person, think about how you all can encourage them to try out your group.

At Tabernacle, we use what we call the 5 i’s as our evangelism strategy. The idea is that you pick one person (obviously, you can have more than one person) to intentionally and meaningfully pursue with the message of the Gospel. The five i’s of personal evangelism are: identify, intercede (pray), invest, impart, and invite.

  • Who have you identified that needs to know Jesus?
  • Have you been praying for the lost by name this week?
  • Have you had an opportunity to invest in a lost person’s life this week?
  • How have you imparted the Gospel to a lost person this week, or do you plan to do it next week?
  • Do you have someone that you want to invite to church or to know Jesus? 
  • Why is there suffering in the world?
  • Does the Bible promise a life without suffering after coming to Christ? 
  • Why do you think the idea is so popular that if you face suffering, you may not be in God’s will when the passage says just the opposite? 
  • Have you ever seen someone close to you suffer for doing good? How was God glorified in that situation?
  • Have you ever or are you currently facing suffering for doing what is right? How have you, or are you seeing God glorified in that situation?
  • Why do you think it is sometimes God’s will that we would suffer? What possible good comes when we suffer?