Small Group Curriculum

LOVEfirst Orphan Sunday 2015

11.08.15 | Sermon Series: LOVEfirst


COACHING VIDEO


SMALL GROUP CURRICULUM  (Download PDF)

OPENING

Open with prayer.

Review the Small Group Guidelines:

  • Confidentiality - What’s said in the group stays in the group.
  • No fixing - Don’t try to fix each other. God does the fixing.
  • No cross-talk - Don’t have side conversations or text others while small group is happening.
  • Share - The group needs to hear from everyone. Don’t talk too much or too little.
ICE BREAKER

No Elbows Game

  • Select 2 volunteers.
  • Tell them that they cannot bend their elbows, and they cannot receive assistance from others.  Then instruct them to drink from a provided glass.
  • After a few minutes of watching them struggle, tell them that they can help each other. This will take effort, but it is possible.
  • Ask the volunteers, “How did it feel to be helpless? How did it feel to receive help?”
  • Ask the rest of the group, “What did you learn from watching this silly activity?”
  • Seemingly small efforts can make a big difference. When people do not work in isolation, results can be seen.
LEARN

HAVE A VOLUNTEER READ JAMES 1:27.

According to this verse, what type of religion pleases God?

  • Looking after orphans and widows. Widows and orphans were some of the most helpless and vulnerable people in the first century.
  • Keeping oneself unstained by the world. “Unstained by the world” means morally unblemished.

How are “looking after orphans and widows” and “keeping oneself unstained by the world” connected?

  • Personal holiness without taking care of the helpless and oppressed is shallow.
  • Social action without concern for personal righteousness is just service.
  • Pure and unblemished religion before God involves both.  Living in Jesus makes doing both possible.
LIVE

Review the following statistics that were mentioned in Sunday’s sermon:

  • In Mississippi, 5,000 teenagers give birth each year. This is the highest rate in the United States.
  • There are 5,100 children currently in foster care in our state.
  • Over 100 of the kids in foster care are eligible for adoption.
  • There are 400,000 orphans in the United States.
  • Over 100,000 of these children are waiting for adoption.
  • Over 150,000,000 orphans are in the world.

Ask the following questions:

  • How can we, as Christians, get involved?
  • How can your small group help?
  • What can you as an individual do to make a difference?
 LEAD

Make a list of names as you ask the following questions.

  • Who do you know who is a foster parent?
  • Who do you know who is in foster care?
  • Do you know a teen mom?
  • Who are the widows in the families and neighborhoods represented in your group?
PRAY

Pray for the names on the list. Ask God to show you, as individuals and as a group, ways you can actively love and serve these people.