BEST SELLER: Week 1
September 30/October 1, 2017
PDF Version: SGLGuide_1_BestSeller_XP3MS
The Bible can be confusing, but context makes it clearer.
GOAL OF SMALL GROUP
To encourage students by providing tools that make it easier to understand the Bible.
THINK ABOUT THIS
There are some things in the Bible that just can’t be answered.
But remember, your job as a Small Group Leader is to manage the tension between God’s truth and all the other unknowns in life.
Your job isn’t to be an “answer-giver,” but instead, a “question-asker.”
Your job is also to create a safe place for students to talk about whatever it is they want to talk about.
Asking tough questions doesn’t necessarily mean your students are walking away from their faith, it’s actually an important part of the process of making their faith their own. And that’s a great thing.
So today, don’t feel like you need to resolve the tension or fix the messy, just show your few that your circle is a safe place to ask questions.
This guide is a suggestion, not a formula. Adjust the questions and activities as needed, and don’t feel like you need to do, or ask, everything you see here.
You can use the XP at the end, or use it to break up the discussion time.
Make sure you pray together before your time is up.
JUST FOR FUN
Play a game of Bible True or False with your few. One by one, read the below situations out loud. Have students go to the left side of your area if they think the scenario happened in the Bible (true), and the right side of your area if they think it didn’t (false).
- A giant with six fingers and six toes (true)
- A talking donkey (true)
- A centaur (false)
- Someone who lived to be 983 (false—but Methusaleh lived to be 969)
- A guy was swallowed by a giant fish and puked back up on shore three days later (true)
- A bear ate a couple kids because they made fun of a bald dude (true)
- Real-life Sasquatch (false)
- Food literally fell out of the sky (true)
- Two words: sea monsters (true)
- A ring with magic powers (false)
Just like we all love different kinds of stories, the Bible is full of a bunch of different kinds of writing too. It’s amazing how many different types of things are in there!
- What’s a reason you’ve heard for why people don’t read the Bible?
- On a scale of 1–5, how much would you say know about the Bible—1 being “I’ve never cracked it open,” and 5 being, “I read it at least three times a week”?
- What’s your favorite way to read the Bible—an app on your phone, listening to an audio version, or in a physical copy?
- What’s one question you have about the Bible or something in it? [Hey SGLs, don’t forget, today is not the day to answer all of these questions!]
- Where’s a place you can go to begin learning more about the Bible?
Following the instructions on the xp_week1 worksheet, choose a passage of Scripture to read as a group. (We recommend using one of the passages we’ve provided on the worksheet.)
Then, as a group, talk through the Questions to Ask When Reading the Bible.
Give each of the students in your group a copy of the worksheet to take home.
IMAGE TO SHARE
Post this image on your social media account after service and/or text it to your few later this week as a reminder of the important truth we discussed today.