Growth Group Lesson #5- Tempted

by Pr Denis Sand –

Objective of today’s dialogue: Challenge your group to make the Bible their guide and final authority for all their decisions.

Welcome (15) – Fellowship

• What are some of the hardest things for people to resist in our days?
• What are some of the hardest things for you to resist?
• What is the most tempting food for you?
• When is it harder to resist these temptations?

Worship (15) – Worship
• Read Psalms 96.1-4
I’m a friend of God
My Jesus
• Ask your group to share what God has been doing in their lives for which they are thankful. Pray together giving thanks.

Word (30) – Discipleship
• Read Matthew 4:1-11
• How do you understand the reference saying the Spirit took Jesus to be tempted? Does it mean God wants us to be tempted? Why? v1
• What tools should we use in resisting temptation? What did Jesus use? v4
• Is temptation sin? Explain and discuss your answer. See Hebrews 4:15
• What is sin? Are the fruits of sin the same as sin? Explanation: sin is separation from God, Isa 59:1-2; example: Eve separates herself from God (sin) and then disobeys (fruit).
• Were you ever tempted beyond what you could resist? Would God allow such temptation?
• Read 1 Corinthians 10:13. What promises do you find here that would help you resist temptation?
• What is the end result of temptations and trials? see James 1:3
• In what areas are you being tempted more strongly lately?
• What steps can you take this week to resist the temptations you are facing?
• What is God telling you tonight that will help you in your transformation process?

• To do: Write now on a small card the key text of this week 1 Corinthians 10:13. Carry it in your wallet or pocket, place it on your fridge and memorize it.

Works – Witness (15) – Ministry & Evangelism
• How can we help those around us to resist temptations?
• Pray for those who are falling and giving in to temptation. Ask the group to invite them for next weeks meeting.
• What is God’s vision for your group? Ask people what they think.

Refreshments– Fellowship
• Discover the hobbies and passions of the people who come to the group. Begin to win their hearts!

Additional Resources: Desire of Ages, Chapter 12 – The Temptation, 114-123, and chapter 13, The Victory, 124-131

Growth Group Lesson #7 Pure

by Pr Denis Sand –

Objective of today’s dialogue: Invite the group to be completely pure and honor God with their lives.

Welcome (15) – Fellowship

• What kind of things did your parents withhold or restrict from you when you were growing up?
• Why do you think they did it?
• What effects has that had in your life today? Good or bad? Explain

Worship (15) – Worship
• Read Psalms 103:1-5. Distribute verses!
Open the eyes of my heart
• Pray together givign thanks for the things God has done in your families.
• Pray together in groups of two

Word (30) – Discipleship
• Read Genesis 39:1-23
• Why do you think Joseph is in Egypt? Gen 37.26,27,36; Gen 45:6-8 God had a purpose!
• Why was God blessing Joseph so much? v2,3,5,21,23
• What can we learn from Joseph’s answer to sleep with his master’s wife? 39:7-9
• Could you explain what are some of the things that our Master has withheld from us and why? v8
• What are some of the consequences of not being pure?
• Read Colossians 3:5-6. What is Paul telling us here regarding purity?
• Why is it that God sets for us such a high standard of purity? Read Ephesians 5:3
• King David had no TV or internet in his days! But still he wrote this in Psalms 101:3, how can we apply his counsel to our lives?
• What kind of things or practices should we leave in order to obey today’s call to purity?
• What did the Lord tell you tonight? What will you do about it?

• To do: Write now on a small card the key text of this week Ephesians 5:3. Carry it in your wallet or pocket, place it on your fridge or car and memorize it during this week.

Works – Witness (15) – Ministry & Evangelism
• Do you know anyone who needs to grow into being pure according to God’s standards?
• How can you help this person to see the need and be willing to change?
• Please pray and invite them to next week growth group meeting!
• How can this group pray for you?

Refreshments– Fellowship
• Don’t just eat! Please talk to visitors between bites!

Additional Resources:

Patriachs and Prophets, Chapter 20 – Joseph in Egypt

Growth Group Lesson #10 – Priorities

by Pr Denis Sand –

Objective of today’s dialogue: Challenge people to make God their first and foremost priority in their lives.

Welcome (15’) – Fellowship

• What kind of things gets people or you so exited that you forget to do some other things?
• How good are you at doing what needs to be done instead of what others want, or what you feel or want to do?

Worship (15’) – Worship
• Read Psalms 117:1-2
Shout to the Lord
Be still and know
• Give thanks in groups of three, sharing with others what God is doing for you lately. Pray in those groups

Word (30’) – Discipleship
• Read Luke 9:57-62

• Why do you think Jesus responds in this way to the first man in this story? v57,58
• What is the common thing between the second and third man’s response? And how does it relate or apply to us? v59,61
• What is Jesus asking them and us to do? And why? v60, 62
• What loyalties conflict with our commitment to Christ?
• Think about your current use of time, resources, your dreams and thoughts, what order of priorities do they reveal? How do you think God feels about this?
• Read Matthew 6:33 How important is God considering your daily schedule?
• Consider the well know phrase “First things first” along with Psalms 46:10. What should you do about it?
• What changes should we make in order to place the kingdom of God first in our lives? How can the group help in making it a reality?
• What is God telling you tonight?

• To do: Repeat together and memorize Matthew 6:33. Remember to live by it from now on!

Works – Witness (15’) – Ministry & Evangelism
• Ask each person to write down their priorities and then assign them a numerical order according to their importance. Challenge people to place God as number 1!
• If the kingdom of God should be placed first, consider as a group who should we visit together as a group this week. When and how? Coordinate the details and make it happen. Go visit, pray and ask for God’s blessing upon them.
• How can this group pray for you tonight?

Refreshments– Fellowship
• Use this time wisely. Put the Kingdom of God first in all your conversations, talking with love to visitors or new members.