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Small Group Guide March 22 - 28, 2020

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.

1. Establish a time and place to meet. (We recommend Zoom or Google Meet or even a Facebook Group)

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.)

Make sure everyone has watched the sermon before the discussion. You can check out www.fbg.church for our Live Stream and Archived viewing options.

Read the following passage as you get started:

Colossians 2:16-23 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

16 Therefore, don’t let anyone judge you in regard to food and drink or in the matter of a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day. 17 These are a shadow of what was to come; the substance is Christ. 18 Let no one condemn you by delighting in ascetic practices and the worship of angels, claiming access to a visionary realm. Such people are inflated by empty notions of their unspiritual mind. 19 He doesn’t hold on to the head, from whom the whole body, nourished and held together by its ligaments and tendons, grows with growth from God.

20 If you died with Christ to the elements of this world, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations: 21 “Don’t handle, don’t taste, don’t touch”? 22 All these regulations refer to what is destined to perish by being used up; they are human commands and doctrines. 23 Although these have a reputation for wisdom by promoting self-made religion, false humility, and severe treatment of the body, they are not of any value in curbing self-indulgence.

Question Number 1:

In Colossians 2:17-19 it talks about the need to hold fast to the head, which is Christ. How are you holding fast to Christ in this season?

Question Number Two:

Discuss a time when you were depending on yourself and not the Lord. What were the results?

Question Number Three:

What are some reasons why we sometimes make doing “religious activities” more important than clinging to Christ?

Question Number Four:

Who in your life has built simple routines to help them cling to Jesus? How have you seen these routines sustain them through obstacles?

Question Number Five:

What would be the most significant step you can take this week to help you cling to Jesus?

Question Number Six:

In the midst of all that is going on, how can you help someone else take a step toward clinging to Jesus?

Question Number Seven:

How can our group encourage one another through this season? How can we serve others?

Question Number Eight:

What is one challenge you are facing right now? Spend time praying for each other and these challenges.

Pray

Close your time together by praying together and for one another.

Family Discipleship

Parents, there is no greater investment you can make into the lives of your children than personally speaking spiritual truths into their hearts. Please use these tools to disciple your children throughout the week.

Discuss with your kids.

Verse 19 explains that the “whole body” is “nourished and held together by its ligaments and tendons, grows with growth from God” because it’s connected to Jesus.

Can you name some things that we eat that can become bad for our bodies?

Can you name some things that we eat to make sure that our bodies are healthy?

What happens if we stop eating food that is good for our bodies?

We must remain connected to Jesus to continue to grow into who he wants us to be.

How can you be connected to Jesus?

What are some things you can do to help others get connected to him?

What are some things that we can implement as a family to make sure that we are clinging to Christ together? What can we do daily? Weekly? Monthly?

Family Worship

Leading regular family worship in your home is valuable and possible. Consider taking this email course to get started.

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