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Sun, May 21, 2017
Series:Paul   Passages: Acts 16:5-16 & Matthew 6:21    Teacher: Dr. Clay Smith

LIFE GROUP Discussion Guide


Note to Leaders: Every small group is different, so we are providing a summary study with additional resources in the Going Deeper section. Please choose the questions that relate best to your particular group.


Starter:  Have you ever experienced God closing a door?  What was that like?


Engage and Connect

  • Read Acts 16:5-12
  • How would you advise someone to discover the open door Jesus wants them to explore?  
  • Is there a particular person or group of people whose cries for help you hear?
  • Read Acts 16:13-14
  • Lydia is invited to explore the idea of a relationship with Jesus.  Who else in the Bible can you think of that was invited to explore the idea of a relationship with Jesus?  Who said yes?  Why?  Who said no?  Why?
  • Read Acts 16:15
  • Think about one person that looks to you as an example.  How do you need to improve your example to them?
  • Why do you think giving is a hard spiritual space for people to explore?  How would you encourage someone to explore giving?
  • Consider all these possible explorations:
  • Explore who needs you
  • Explore who you need
  • Explore what you can share as an example.
  • Explore what you can share through your financial resources

Which exploration do you need to make?


Prayer:  Father, open my heart to explore the doors you open for me. In Jesus name, Amen.


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