How to use this guide:
We want you to have an easy tool to use to reflect on this week's message with others. We've written this to be used within 30 - 45 minutes.
2. Ensure everyone in your group has the right link.
3. Meet and discuss online. (We recommend that the "host" of the meeting share this guide on their screen to keep everyone on the same page.)
Read the following passage as you get started:
Colossians 4:7-18 (CSB)
7 Tychicus, our dearly loved brother, faithful minister, and fellow servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me. 8 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know how we are[a] and so that he may encourage your hearts. 9 He is coming with Onesimus, a faithful and dearly loved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you about everything here. 10 Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, sends you greetings, as does Mark, Barnabas’s cousin (concerning whom you have received instructions: if he comes to you, welcome him), 11 and so does Jesus who is called Justus. These alone of the circumcised are my coworkers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me. 12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. He is always wrestling for you in his prayers, so that you can stand mature and fully assured[b] in everything God wills. 13 For I testify about him that he works hard[c] for you, for those in Laodicea, and for those in Hierapolis. 14 Luke, the dearly loved physician, and Demas send you greetings. 15 Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters in Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her home. 16 After this letter has been read at your gathering, have it read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you also read the letter from Laodicea. 17 And tell Archippus, “Pay attention to the ministry you have received in the Lord, so that you can accomplish it.”18 I, Paul, am writing this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.
Question Number One:
Go around to each person in the Home Group and describe something they do well as a friend. Celebrate the relationships the Lord has developed in your group and how the Lord has used the group to be an encouragement to everyone. A part of this discussion should be if there is anyone else you have friendships with who need to be invited into the group or if someone needs to be a part of launching a new group.
Question Number Two:
On a scale of 1-10 (1 being not good and 10 being the best), how good are you at being a friend? What do you want to work on? (Colossians 4 lists several characteristics that are beneficial. You can select from one of these or something else.)
Question Number Three:
Have a couple people share a story of how being a good friend translated into opportunities to share the gospel. Talk about how your friendships are an intentional reflection of what you believe about the gospel and how you can carry the gospel to others.
Question Number Four:
How have good friends encouraged and challenged you over the years?
What is something you really value in a close friend?
Question Number Five:
Which of the following is true of you:
1. I have good friends.
2. I need good friends.
3. I am in process of building good friendships.
Wherever you are, what is your best next step to grow in your friendships?
Question Number Six:
Which friend in Colossians 4 do you most readily identify with?
Question Number Seven:
As we end the Colossians series, what passage has been the most meaningful to you? Why? What is the one change that has happened in your life because of this truth?
We want you and your group to spend intentional time praying together. Here are three areas you can pray through together this week:
Pray for each other to be the kind of friends that make a lasting impact and reflect the gospel.
Pray for people around you that may not have close friends for doors to open and new friendships to develop that are encouraging and beneficial.
Pray for FBG as we continue to find ways to appropriately meet together. Pray for wisdom, health and the logistics of gathering people back together.