SMALL GROUP CURRICULUM (Download PDF)
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.