Saturday, October 11, 2008

Together we are stronger

This week's small group curriculum focuses on the importance of all generations being actively represented and engaged within the body of Christ. Together we are stronger!

Big Idea:
Generational segregation in the body of Christ is not only unhealthy, it is also unbiblical. We are called to be “one body” in Christ Jesus that passionately serves His purposes in our generation.

Summary:
God is looking for people who will bravely follow Him – young and old alike. It’s not about age; it’s about heart and commitment. Have you ever felt too old to serve God? The good news is that you and I are never too old to serve our King. Have you felt too young or too inexperienced, or even not gifted or wise enough? Remember, God is more interested in our availability than our ability! In fact, God’s power is made perfect in our weakness. The truth is that we need the strength of youth and the wisdom of age. We need the energy of the young and the stability of the old. We need the creativity of emerging generations and the life experience of preceding generations. The Kingdom of God makes room for both, even though the world seeks to divide us.

God is glorified when His church is a multi-generational community which celebrates (not simply tolerates) young and old. We are called to be a people and a church that keeps Christ the main thing while energetically following His plans for this generation by being “young at heart”. Here are a few characteristics of a “young at heart” church: (1) A young at heart church is committed to the next generation. (2) A young at heart church will not allow generational differences to divide them. (3) A young at heart church is forward thinking. (4) In a young at heart church, older leaders surround themselves with young leaders. (5) A young at heart church is committed to leaving a legacy. Are we ready to be this kind of church in this generation? We must renew our thinking and “kindle afresh the gift of God which is in each of us” while we serve our King as ONE BODY.

Discussion Questions: (read the scriptures & discuss)

Romans 12:3-13
Why do we need each other? Is our age the determining factor of our usefulness? Share how your gifts or the gifts of others you know have been used to edify the body of Christ. How should we treat others in the body of Christ? (v.9-13)

Joshua 14:10-14
Did it sound like Caleb was retiring from doing God’s work? Discuss why retirement from serving God is neither an option nor beneficial. Discuss practical ways we can stay forever young at heart, like Caleb, as we serve Christ and His church.

Malachi 4:6 and Deuteronomy 6:4-7
Why is it important for the hearts of the older generation and the younger generation to be in unity? Explore together ways in which the older generation can pass the baton off to the younger generation. Discuss how the generations working together advance the kingdom of God – give examples.

Taking Action: Decide, this day, to adopt a heart like Caleb’s and remain vigorous for the kingdom of God. No matter your age, be young in your thinking by being a follower of Christ who is teachable, flexible, vibrant, and charitable.

Ministry Time

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