Knowing Jesus Series

Part 1: Jesus Is The Word

John 1:1-18

 

Welcome (15minutes)

  • Setup and be ready 15 minutes before advertised time. Upbeat Christian music and light snacks.
  • Greet each person and engage with casual conversation (no isolation). Have each person sign-in on attendance sheet when they arrive.
  • End “Welcome” time 15 minutes after advertised starting time.

Warm-Up /Ice Breaker(5minutes)

  • ASK: If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?

Worship (5minutes)

  • WORSHIP AND PRAY (Idea: Hand out song sheets with lyrics)

Word (45minutes)

  • EXPLAIN MAIN THEME:In the Gospel ofJohn, from start to finish, John presents evidence that Jesus is the Messiah.
  • READ: John 1:1-18
  • EXPLAIN: Let’s read John 1:1 again, but let’s substitute the name Jesus for “the Word.”
  • ASK: How does that make you differently about this verse?
  • READ: John 1:5
  • EXPLAIN: One of the ways Jesus transforms us through The Word is by bringing “light” into dark areas of our life.
  • ASK: Have you ever experienced that dynamic in a season of your life? If yes, explain how that process can bring life to us?
  • Read: John 1:14 and 1:17
  • Explain:Jesus, as the Word, is full of grace and truth.
  • ASK: In your own words, how do these two attributes work together and why do we need both?
  • ASK: What’s an obstacle in your life right now keeping you from receiving grace and truth from Jesus?
  • ASK: As we’ve discussed this passage, what is God showing you or speaking to you personally?

Works (20minutes)

  • How can we pray for each other? (Write down each prayer request in your prayer journal, including a prayer for group multiplication))
  • EXPLAIN: We’re going to pray, one by one, for each prayer request and come into agreement together. Let’s pray for our group to grow and multiply. Feel free to pray as the Spirit leads too.
  • Any special announcements (ex: group service project)
  • Remind them of the date and time for the next small group meeting.
  • Encourage them to invite a guest out to the next small group meeting (optional: hand out flyers)
  • DISMISS: Feel free to eat some more snacks and hang out.

 

Part 2: The Lamb of God

John 1:29-35

 

Welcome (15minutes)

  • Setup and be ready 15 minutes before advertised time. Upbeat Christian music and light snacks.
  • Greet each person and engage with casual conversation (no isolation). Have each person sign-in on attendance sheet when they arrive.
  • End “Welcome” time 15 minutes after advertised starting time.

Warm-Up /Ice Breaker (5minutes)

  • ASK: If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?

Worship(5minutes)

  • EXPLAIN: We’re going to play a song to worship God with together.
  • WORSHIP AND PRAY (Idea: Hand out song sheets with lyrics)

Word(45minutes)

  • EXPLAIN MAIN THEME:In the Gospelof John, from start to finish, John presents evidence that Jesus is the Messiah. Last week we looked at how Jesus was the Word of God. Let’s pick up in John 1:29.
  • READ: John 1:29-36
  • EXPLAIN: In the Old Testament, the legal lamb sacrifice only covered the sins of Israel. The Lamb of God though, takes away the sin of the entire world (based on peoples’ faith).
  • ASK: Why is it hard sometimes for people to believe that God can forgive and cleanse them of their sin even though Jesus takes away the sin of the entire world?
  • EXPLAIN: Identifying Jesus as the Lamb of God was also a significant reference to Jewish people of the day because of Passover. Let’s go back to the time in history when the Hebrews were slaves in Egypt…

•   READ: Exodus 12:3-7, v.12-13

  • EXPLAIN: Theblood of the Passover lamb was a SIGN that held a lot meaning and power for them.
  • ASK: Is the blood of Jesus a SIGN to you? If so, what does it mean to you?
  • READ: Revelation 5:11-13
  • EXPLAIN: In Heaven, all the angels are inspired to worship Jesus as “The Lamb.”
  • READ:1Peter1:18-19
  • EXPLAIN:Anobject’svalueisdeterminedbyitspricetag.Our

•             ASK:If we see and know Jesus as the Lamb of God for our own lives, how should that impact our worship of Him? price tag for redemption was the blood of God’s only Son and He paid it.

  • ASK:HowdoesJesusbeingtheLambofGodforusspeaktousaboutourownself-worthandvalue?
  • EXPLAIN:Remember, John1:29says that Jesus came as the Lamb of God to TAKEAWAY the sin of the world. That includes sin and the guilt of our sin as well.
  • ASK:Is there any guilt or sin in your life that you’re holding on to versus allowing Jesus to take it away as the Lamb of God?

Works (20minutes)

  • How can we pray for each other? (Write down each prayer request in your prayer journal, including a prayer for group multiplication))
  • Let’s pray, one by one, for each prayer request and come into agreement together. Let’s pray for our group to grow and multiply. Feel free to pray as the Spirit leads too.
  • Share multiplication goals and updates,
  • Any special announcements (ex: group service project)
  • Remind them of the date and time for the next small group meeting.
  • Encourage them to invite a guest out to the next small group meeting (optional: hand out flyers)
  • DISMISS: Feel free to eat some more snacks and hang out.

 


 

Part 3: Jesus Turns Water Into Wine

John 2:1-11

 

Welcome (15minutes)

  • Setup and be ready 15 minutes before advertised time. Upbeat Christian music and light snacks.
  • Greet each person and engage with casual conversation (no isolation). Have each person sign-in on attendance sheet when they arrive.
  • End “Welcome” time 15 minutes after advertised starting time.

Warm-Up (5minutes)

  • ASK: What was one of the best surprises you ever received in life?

Worship (5minutes)

  • EXPLAIN: We’re going to play a song to worship God with together.
  • WORSHIP AND PRAY (Idea: Hand out song sheets with lyrics)

Word (45minutes)

  • EXPLAIN MAIN THEME:In the Gospel of John, from start to finish, John presents evidence that Jesus is the Messiah. Last week we looked at how Jesus was the Lamb of God. Let’s pick up in John 2:1-11.
  • READ: John 2:1-11
  • EXPLAIN:V.11 says this is the first sign Jesus performs. The story is a symbolic foreshadowing of what Jesus will do for all of mankind.
  • ASK: Before we dive in deeper, what is one thing that stood out to you as we read the passage?
  • EXPLAIN: It’s no coincidence Jesus’ first miracle happens at a wedding. Theologically speaking, as Jesus begins His earthly ministry He is presenting Himself as the Heavenly Bridegroom Who is coming to be in covenant relationship with those of us who believe in Him. Another way of saying it is that the same passion a bridegroom has for his bride is the same passion Jesus has for us.
  • ASK: How does the metaphor of the church being Jesus’ bride help you to understand God’s love?
  • EXPLAIN: Running out of wine at a Jewish wedding could’ve resulted in the bridegroom being sued by the bride’s family. Jesus begins to perform His miracle by using Jewish waterpots that were used for ritual cleansing. These waterpots symbolize the Mosaic Law. In the same manner that the waterpots could not solve the present problem apart from Jesus, the Mosaic Law was not able complete what was lacking in mankind apart from Jesus either. Even the Law of Moses was “dead religion” compared to Jesus.
  • ASK: When you hear the words “dead religion,” what does that mean to you?

•             EXPLAIN: Inverses 7-10 Jesus uses the water pots to bring forth“new wine.”Throughout the Bible,wine is symbolic oft he Holy Spirit and joy.

  • ASK:In your relationship with Christ, have there been moments and/or seasons where you’ve experienced“ joy?”Explain.
  • Read: John2:10 again.
  • EXPLAIN: Through this story,the message to the oppressed Jews and to us ist his:I nChrist,we can believe that God is saving the best for last!
  • ASK:What are the benefits for each of us when we choose to believe that God saves the best for last?
  • ASK: Are there any obstacles in your life right now that are keeping you from having the joy of the Lord?Or…Are there any obstacles in your life right now that are keeping you from believing that Jesus is saving the best for kast in your life?

Works (25minutes)

  • How can we pray for each other? (Write down each prayer request in your prayer journal, including a prayer for group multiplication))
  • Let’s pray, one by one, for each prayer request and come into agreement together. Let’s pray for our group to grow and multiply. Feel free to pray as the Spirit leads too.
  • WORSHIP AND PRAY (Idea: Hand out song sheets with lyrics)
  • (After worship and prayer) Share multiplication goals and updates,
  • Any special announcements (ex: group service project)
  • Remind them of the date and time for the next small group meeting.
  • Encourage them to invite a guest out to the next small group meeting (optional: hand out flyers)
  • DISMISS: Feel free to eat some more snacks and hang out.

 

Part 4: Jesus Satisfies

John 4:5-26

 

Welcome (15minutes)

  • Setup and be ready 15 minutes before advertised time. Upbeat Christian music and light snacks.
  • Greet each person and engage with casual conversation (no isolation). Have each person sign-in on attendance sheet when they arrive.
  • End “Welcome” time 15 minutes after advertised starting time.

Warm-Up (5minutes)

  • ASK: Most people these days live busy lives.What do you like to do for fun and relaxation?

Worship (5minutes)

  • EXPLAIN: We’re going to play a song to worship God with together.
  • WORSHIP AND PRAY (Idea: Hand out song sheets with lyrics)

Word (45minutes)

  • EXPLAIN MAIN THEME:In the Gospel of John, from start to finish, John presents evidence that Jesus is the Messiah.
  • ASK: When you hear the following two words, “Jesus satisfies…” what do you think of?
  • READ: John 4:5-10
  • EXPLAIN: It was unusual for a Jew to go through Samaria because the Jews hated the Samaritans. Jews would go to any length to avoid Samaritans, because they believed contact with them would make them unclean. This prejudice was rooted in the fact that Samaritans were a mixed race between Jews and Gentiles. Jesus breaks down this social barrier and begins to show His love.
  • ASK: Has there ever been a barrier in your life that Jesus broke through to show you His love for you?
  • Read: John 4:11-14
  • Explain:Jesus explains that He can satisfy a believer with living water which will cause them to never thirst again. He is speaking to the void in a person’s soul that can be left wanting apart from Christ.
  • ASK: Have you ever felt a void or sense of something missing? If so, how have you tried to fill it? Where did you turn for comfort?
  • READ: John 4:15-19
  • EXPLAIN: When she asked for the living water, Jesus didn’t respond by saying, “Here you go.” Instead, He challenged her by speaking to her conscience and her sin. This woman’s life consisted of broken relationships that could never fill the void in her soul that only Christ could fill.
  • ASK: How does that speak to you about our own path towards being satisfied in Christ?
  • READ: John 4:25-26, Colossians 2:9-10 (Emphasis on being “complete in Him”)
  • ASK: What is one thing you can do this week, or maybe even tonight, to allow Christ to satisfy any voids in your soul?

Works (25minutes)

  • How can we pray for each other? (Write down each prayer request in your prayer journal, including a prayer for group multiplication))
  • Let’s pray, one by one, for each prayer request and come into agreement together. Let’s pray for our group to grow and multiply. Feel free to pray as the Spirit leads too.
  • Share multiplication goals and updates,
  • Any special announcements (ex: group service project)
  • Remind them of the date and time for the next small group meeting.
  • Encourage them to invite a guest out to the next small group meeting (optional: hand out flyers)
  • DISMISS: Feel free to eat some more snacks and hang out.

 

Part 5: Jesus is the Son of God

John 5:17-47

 

Welcome(15minutes)

  • Setup and be ready 15 minutes before advertised time. Upbeat Christian music and light snacks.
  • Greet each person and engage with casual conversation (no isolation). Have each person sign-in on attendance sheet when they arrive.
  • End “Welcome” time 15 minutes after advertised starting time.

 

Warm-Up (5minutes)

  •  ASK: Can you think of a happy moment in your life that either came as a surprise and/or left you speechless?

Worship (5minutes)

  • EXPLAIN: We’re going to play a song to worship God with together.
  • WORSHIP AND PRAY (Idea: Hand out song sheets with lyrics)

 

Word (45minutes)

  • EXPLAIN MAIN THEME:In the Gospel of John, from start to finish, John presents evidence that Jesus is the Messiah. In the previous sessions we’ve seen Jesus as the Word of God, the Lamb of God, the One Who can turn water into Wine and as the One Who Satisfies.
  • READ: John 5:17-18
  • EXPLAIN: Jesus here is declaring that He is the Son of God making
  • Himself equal with God. This statement made the Jews of the time want to kill Jesus.
  • ASK: What were some of the reasons the Jews rejected Jesus’ assertion that He was the Son of God?
  • Read: John 5:19-21
  • Explain: Jesus reinforces His identity as the Son of God by stating that He is equal with God in power (ex: “…what He does, the Son also does in like manner…”, …as the Father raises the dead and gives life…even so the Son gives life…”).
  •  ASK: For each of us personally, why is there is a big difference between seeing Jesus as a good, moral man vs. seeing Jesus as the Son of God who is equal with God in power?
  • READ: John 5:22-30
  • EXPLAIN: Jesus establishes Himself as having all authority in Heaven and on earth. He states that He has power to judge people in regards to the resurrection of life or the resurrection of condemnation.
  •  ASK: As flawed human beings, why does our sinful nature resist the concept of having a judge over our lives?
  • ASK: As followers of Christ, who believe in the sinful nature of mankind and Jesus as the only solution and Judge, how can we expect people to respond to us when we share the gospel?
  • Read John 5:31-40
  • Explain: Jesus presents four witnesses to His deity: John the Baptist, the miraculous works He performed, God the Father’s testimony of Him (Luke 3:22) and the Old Testamentscriptures.
  • ASK: Which one of these ‘witnesses’ stands out to you and why?
  • Read: John 5:41-44
  • Explain: Jesus is the Son of God and is equal with God. His honour over our life is all that matters.
  • ASK: Are there ways in your life that you are ‘seeking honor from men’ that limit you from ‘seeking honor from God?’

 

Works (25minutes)

  • How can we pray for each other? (Write down each prayer request in your prayer journal, including a prayer for group multiplication))
  • Let’s pray, one by one, for each prayer request and come into agreement together. Let’s pray for our group to grow and multiply. Feel free to pray as the Spirit leads too.
  • Share multiplication goals and updates,
  • Any special announcements (ex: group service project)
  • Remind them of the date and time for the next small group meeting.
  • Encourage them to invite a guest out to the next small group meeting (optional: hand out flyers)
  • DISMISS: Feel free to eat some more snacks and hang out.

 

 

Part 6: Jesus is the Bread of Life

John 6:25-59

 

Welcome (15minutes)

  • Setup and be ready 15 minutes before advertised time. Upbeat Christian music and light snacks.
  • Greet each person and engage with casual conversation (no isolation). Have each person sign-in on attendance sheet when they arrive.
  • End “Welcome” time 15 minutes after advertised starting time.

 

Warm-Up (5minutes)

  • ASK: What is your favorite food or meal?

 

Worship (5minutes)

  • WORSHIP AND PRAY (Idea: Hand out song sheets with lyrics)

 

Word (45minutes)

  • EXPLAIN MAIN THEME:In the Gospel ofJohn, from start to finish, John presents evidence that Jesus is the Messiah. We’re going to start reading in John 6:25. This is the day after Jesus had fed the five thousand with five loaves and two fish.
  • READ: John 6:25-35
  • EXPLAIN: Jesus calls Himself “the Bread of Life.”
  • ASK: What attributes or ideas come to your mind when you think of “bread?”
  • Read: As we read this I want you to notice all of the promises for those who come to Jesus as “the Bread of Life.” Read John 6:35-58
  • ASK:Whataresomeofthedifferentpromisesthatarementionedintheverseswe’vealreadyread?
  • EXPLAIN: Jesus referenced the OT story of the manna in the desert.

Let’s review it…

•Read: Exodus 16:2-5, 13-18

  • ASK: What stands out to you?
  • ASK: In what ways were the children of Israel dependent on the manna? How does this speak to us about Jesus?
  • ASK: In your own life, how have you experienced Jesus as your Bread of life?
  • ASK: What can you do in your own life to grow in allowing Jesus to be your Bread of life?

Works (20minutes)

  • How can we pray for each other? (Write down each prayer request in your prayer journal, including a prayer for group multiplication))
  • Let’s pray, one by one, for each prayer request and come into agreement together. Let’s pray for our group to grow and multiply. Feel free to pray as the Spirit leads too.
  • Share multiplication goals and updates,
  • Any special announcements (ex: group service project)
  • Remind them of the date and time for the next small group meeting.
  • Encourage them to invite a guest out to the next small group meeting (optional: hand out flyers)
  • DISMISS: Feel free to eat some more snacks and hang out.

Praise & Worship Prayer Format

Adoration

Is to adore God, to worship him and to fulfil the commandment to love him with all of our heart, mind and soul.

By starting a time of prayer with adoration and praise, we focus first on God, rather than on ourselves. We think of who God is, and what He has done.

The writer to the Hebrews encourages us to praise God continually: “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name.” (Heb 13:15)

Let us all together praise God for who He is – our Creator, our Provider and our Redeemer. He is our rock, our sure foundation, our strength and our hope…. (Everyone say their praises aloud)

  • Adoration song starts (joyful/fast song)
  • Example: My Life is in you Lord, Glory to the Lord, Sure foundation

After the song, continue praising God and slowly introduce “contrition”

 

Contrition

St John writes in his epistle “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (I Jn 1:8,9) .

We too are called to forgive others. Jesus teaches us in the Lord’s Prayer to pray that we might be forgiven in the same manner as we forgive those who have wronged us.

In Matthew’s Gospel we read of Jesus telling Peter that he must forgive his brother seventy seven times, and Paul writes to the Ephesians, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you.” (Eph 4:32).

Lord please strengthen us when are tempted, take away our pride that we will always be ready to forgive others and take away the guilt that holds us back so that we may enjoy your love and forgiveness. Lord, have mercy on us.

  •  slow songs (1 contrition song, 1 Holy Spirit song)
  • Example: Our Father, Create in me a clean heart, Power or love, Through it all, Salvation belong to our God, Open the eyes of my heart Lord, Any Holy Spirit song (Let the fire fall, Come Holy Spirit, Spirit of the living God)

These song leads to praising in tongues….. then wait for few minutes to meditate/ wait for any prophecy, reading from the Bible….

 

Thanksgiving.

Start this section by thanking God for all the spoken messages that we heard.

Each moment God is blessing us, every minute we can recall the wonderful things that God has done for us, and the gifts that we have been given. And so, we need to be constantly thanking God for His blessings. In writing to Timothy, Paul makes it clear that we also need to be giving thanks for every day, worldly things “ I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—  for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Tim 2:1.

Encourage everyone to say their thanksgiving one after the other (if no one starts, you should start with simple thanksgiving) Lord we praise and thank you for gathering us today, for allowing us to practice our faith freely and for allowing us to know you more through this community. We praise you and we thank you Lord.

When everyone else is done, just sum up by saying for all the unspoken words of thanksgiving we say, “we praise you and we thank you Lord”. Let us offer to God our song of thanksgiving!

  • Thanksgiving song
  • Example: Thank you Lord, God is the strength of my heart, God is good

 

Supplication or Intercession.

Finally we come to ask God for our needs and the needs of others.

Pray for others.   In the epistles of St Paul, we read of him praying for those he has led to faith, and asking them also to pray for him. So, we too can pray for other Christians, and within our community let us pray for one another.

We pray for our family members, and for our neighbours and friends. It’s also good to pray for those who don’t know Jesus to come to faith – many Christians have come to believe in Christ through the prayers of others.

 

Encourage others to say their supplication aloud- when everyone is finished sum up by saying the prayers below.

Let us pray for world issues: for peace in difficult situations especially countries at war, for leaders and those in influential positions, for global issues such as care of God’s environment, justice for the poor and relief of suffering in less developed countries.

We pray for the leaders of the church, the clergy and all the lay people that they will be protected from any temptations and they will always have the zeal to serve God through others.

Let us pray for our own needs too. It’s easy to neglect this, but Jesus encourages us to do so in the Lord’s Prayer -.Let us have a moment of silence for our personal intentions,

After a couple of minutes say “Lord please hear our prayer”.

 

Brothers and Sisters let us join hands and say the very prayer that Jesus taught us

 

“Our Father” and we ask Mary our Mother to intercede for us and all our petitions as we say “Hail Mary” and Glory Be.

 

Let us offer this last song to the Lord.

  • Closing praise and worship song (fast song)
  • Example: Redeeming love, Awesome God,

Usually ends with clapping….

 

3C I Creating a place for Catholics to Connect

The guide

Christ said that where two or three gather in his name, he is present (Matthew 18:20).* The clear pattern below can guide you in gathering weekly with other believers to listen together for God’s.

Small groups usually have guidelines such as these:

  1. Participation: Each person is encouraged to discuss the day’s questions. Anyone may choose to “pass” (not speak) at any time, without explaining why.
  2. Prayer: Group members pray for one another between meeting times.
  3. Personal focus: Members talk about their own experience rather than about others and refrain from giving advice.
  4. Confidentiality: What is shared in the group stays in the group.
  5. Agree to disagree: Differences of opinion and interpretation are inevitable. We will listen to one another with respect, and we will not attempt to change one another’s minds. Our shared desire to know God is more important than any differences we may discover.
  6. Gentleness: Members deal with one another tenderly and kindly, being careful to assure that they are “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15).

Your group can discuss these guidelines and add or delete items as group members choose. Many groups post or review their guidelines during each meeting as a reminder of their covenant with one another.

Here is an easy-to-follow plan for a one-hour meeting. One person may act as facilitator every week, or the role can rotate among group members. You may want to light a candle each week at the beginning of your time together to acknowledge Christ’s presence.

General Instructions:

  • Each meeting, participants should read the scripture, meditation, and prayer suggested in the booklet.
  • This study guide may be used by a group or adapted for individual reflection, journaling, and prayer.

Opening:
Facilitator: “Let us come into the presence of God.”
Others: “Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for being with us. Let us hear your word to us as we speak to one another.”

Listen:
 Facilitator or another group member reads the suggested scripture passage for the appropriate week. After a one- or two-minute silence, Facilitator asks: “What did you hear God saying to you in this passage? (Group members respond in turn.)

Reflect: 
 Facilitator or another group member reads aloud the quoted verse and the meditation for the week, allowing silence afterward for reflection. The Facilitator asks: “Where do these words connect with your life? What touches you?” (Group members respond in turn.)

Respond:
 Facilitator directs group members to the discussion questions following the meditations. (Each set of questions refers to a specific meditation in this issue.) The Facilitator reads each question in turn, allowing group members time to respond after each question. Facilitator closes discussion five minutes before the meeting time ends.

Parting Words:
The Facilitator asks, “In one sentence, what ‘word from the Lord’ do you take away from our time together?” (Group members respond in turn.)

Pray together:
 Facilitator asks: “What prayers rise to the surface for you? What do you want us to pray for in the coming week?” The Facilitator or another volunteer prays about the concerns named.

Departing:
 Facilitator says: “Let us go in peace to serve God and our neighbors in all that we do.”

*Matthew 18:20: “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” (NRSV)

 

3C | Creating Places for Catholics to Connect

Join one and start growing today

Finding a Connect Group

1. Decide on which area you are interested in joining as well as what days you are available to attend. This will allow the connection process to be easier.

2. Find the Connect Group that is the best fit in the list below. Submit the request to join!

3. Visit the Connect Group and get ready for an amazing journey!





GROUP LEADER ASSIST MEMBERS
LABRADOR Philip Peter Nelia Maria Zoila Gladys Greg
SOUTHPORT Karen Philomena Letwin Stephanie Marcia Peter H Sylvia Gabrielle
ASHMORE Joey Regina Marilyn Helena Maya Sylvia Jofina Sonia
CLEAR ISLAND Connie Sharlene Allan Len Renee Pam Theresa Paul
YOUNG ADULTS GROUP Coming Soon!

Sample List of Icebreakers

Tons of Icebreakers:

 

1. Ask: If you were a car, what sort of car of car would you be?
2. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you visit?
3. If you could swap roles with someone for a day, whom would you choose?
4. Play a word association game
5. Ask everyone to put an object/item into the middle of the floor that best describes his or her life right now.
6. What sort of impression do you feel you give to others?
7. Describe what your perfect day would be?
8. What is your favorite time of day and why?
9. What was your ‘moment of glory?’
10. If you could attempt anything with guaranteed success what would it be and why?
11. What is your earliest memory?
12. If you could star in a movie, what would the movie be about?
13. If you could give your parents anything for Christmas, what would it be?
14. What is one of your biggest pet peeves?
15. Have you ever broken a law?
16. What was your favorite TV show when you were eight years old?
17. If you could marry the perfect person, what would he or she be like?
18. If you could be a famous person who would you like to be?
19. If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
20. What is your favorite food/dish and/or restaurant and why?
21. What is the funniest joke you’ve ever heard?
22. What do you think your friends say about you when you’re not around?
23. What do you think is the best age to get married?
24. When you hear the words, “getting older,” what comes to your mind?
25. When was the first time you ever fell in love?
26. What was the happiest moment in your life?
27. What is the greatest regret of your life?
28. The hardest thing I have ever done. . .
29. The greatest compliment I’ve ever received . . .
30. Tell us about your best earthly friend. . .
31. What room in your house do you like best and why?
32. What is one thing you want to accomplish next week?
33. Where did you feel safest and warmest as a child?
34. If you had a time machine that would work only once, what point in the future or in history would you visit?
35. When was the last time you did something for the first time?
36. Which of the following restrictions could you best tolerate: leaving the country permanently, or never leaving the state in which you now live?
37. At a meal, your friends start belittling a common friend. What do you do?
38. If you could take a pill that would enable you to live until you reach 1000 years, would you do it? Why?
39. What is one of the best gifts you’ve ever been given and why?
40. What was the best thing that happened to you this week?
41. What sort of impression do you feel you give to others?
42. If you were a toothbrush, what kind would you be, and why?
43. Did you have a favorite fairy tale or Disney Movie growing up? Explain.
44. Can you think of a moment in your life where you felt victorious? (Ex: school, sports, career, personal life, etc)?
45. What was one of the best surprises you ever received in life?
46. What do you like to do for fun and relaxation?
47. What do you value most in your relationships with people?
48. If you could plan your family vacation, what would you do?
49. How would you like to be remembered after you died?
50. What is something that you are really proud of?
51. If you had three wishes what would they be?
52. Is there a skill or hobby that you would like to learn?

 

53. What is the best movie that you have ever seen?
54. Have you ever had a reoccurring dream? If so, what was it about?
55. What is the scariest thing that has ever happened to you?
56. What is your greatest fear?
57. What kinds of things do you like to read?
58. Who is your favorite cartoon character?
59. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
60. When you do something stupid, how much does it bother you to have other people notice it and laugh?
61. Would you like to know the exact date of your death? Why?
62. If you could change two things about the way you were raised, what would they be?
63. Who is your favorite relative? Why?
64. What is your favorite memory/time spent, as a child, with your father? Your mother?
65. If you could change places with a Bible character, whom would you choose? Why?
66. Who has had the greatest influence on your life since we last gathered?
67. What would be your dream job?
68. Recall a time when you embarrassed yourself recently.
69. Name someone you admire who had to overcome great obstacles to get where they are now.
70. What do you value most in your relationship with Christ? Your parents?
71. How do you react when you aren’t thanked for going out of your way for someone?
72. What is your favorite time of day and why?
73. What do you value most in your relationship with your parents?
74. What was your least favorite chore growing up and why?
75. What was your earliest childhood memory?
76. If you could chose to meet anyone who ever lived in America, who would that be, and why would you like to meet him/her?
77. If you could choose to live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?
78. What gift (spiritual, emotional, mental, ect.) do you believe you are bringing to this meeting? (In other words, what do you think you are bringing that will-or may- contribute to the encouragement of other- or the building- up of the “church”?)
79. Describe a significant experience in your life that changed your value system completely. 80.What are some of your goals for the year ahead?
81. What is your position in your family- first, second, ect? Would you like to change this position?
82. If you became the leader of any country in the world, which would it be and why?
83. Share the best and worst experience of your week?
84. Give everyone a piece of paper and ask him or her to draw a picture of their jobs or whatever they do on a daily basis. Explain your sketches.
85. Ask each person to say why he or she is glad to be a part of the group tonight.
86. Where have you lived?
87. How many brothers and sisters do you have?
88. What kind of transportation does your family use?
89. Who is the person you feel closest to?
90. When did God become more than a word to you?
91. Who did God use to bring you to the point where you knew you needed Jesus?
92. What is your favorite book in the Bible? Why?
93. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of God?
94. Why did you start attending this church?
95. Who has been the greatest influence on your Christian life and why?
96. What do you want said (and NOT said) at your funeral? (And why?)
97. Choose your favorite relative or best friend. . .why do you like them?
98. What is your favorite memory from childhood?
99. One thing which I do not understand about the opposite sex is. . .
100. What job do you do? Name three things you like or dislike about it?
101. Who is the most interesting person you have ever met? Or whom do you most admire? Or whom do you respect?

102. Have you ever felt inspired to write poetry, compose a song, draw a picture (or anything else)?
103. Think about your life in 5 years; 10 years; 20 years. What events are you not looking forward to? What events are you looking forward to?
104. Do you have a favorite TV show? Explain…
105. If you ran the world, where would your summer and winter castles be?
106. If you were President of the United States, what would you be known for?
107. If you could have one superpower (like Superman) what would it be and why?
108. If you could choose the weather tomorrow what would you choose and why?
109. Which person of the Bible do you most identify with?
110. Suppose you were going to live for a year in Antarctica. All your material needs will be met, but you can only take three items on the boat with you. What would you take?
111. If you were a type of food, what would you be and why?
112. If you had a year’s wages just to spend on your friends, what would you do with it?
113. What would you like your own family to be like one day?
114. For what are you thankful?
115. Share the most meaningful scripture to you and why it is so meaningful?
116. Share about a spiritual experience you’ve had. . .
117. What is your favorite song or type of music?
118. What have you learned recently from another person? Share the best and worst experience of your week.
119. What is the one thing you want to accomplish next week?
120. If you were asked to make up an icebreaker for this group, what would it be??
121. If you could make a movie what would it be about and who would star in it?
122. Name one quirky trait about yourself that you got from your parent(s)?
123. Who would you call first if you were arrested?
124. If you could perform one miracle right now like Jesus did in the Gospels, which one would it be and why?
125. When you hear the word “awkward” what comes to mind?
126. What three qualities do you want your children to have?
127. Say 3 things you appreciate about your family and 3 ways in which you find them difficult at times.
128. One thing I would really like to see happen now in my (choose one) family, church, small group or world…
129. When you were a little kid what did you like or hate most about church?
130. Who’s the best teacher you’ve ever had? (And why?)
131. Have you had an answered prayer? Share the story
132. Have you ever experienced supernatural healing? Share what happened?
133. Amongst your friends and family, what subject is bound to start an argument?
134. What do you think God likes about you?
135. What’s the weirdest dream you’ve ever had?
136. How would your life be different if you knew Jesus was returning in six months time?
137. Who is (or was in the last 200 years) the most inspiring person you can think of?
138. What are you the absolute best at among your friends, workmates and family?
139. What was the best team or group you ever belonged to? Why was it so good?
140. Would you rather raise your kids in a religious or non-religious society?
141. When you were growing up, what did your parents want you to be? What did you want to be?
142. What’s your immediate reaction when someone on the streets asks you for money?
143. Who do you pray for the most? Why them?
144. Did you have heroes when you were young? Which ones ended up being big disappointments?
145. How do you get right with God when you blow it?
146. What’s your best story for being late for something important?
147. If you could live (choose one) this week, this year, this decade over again what would you do differently?
148. What was one of the biggest wastes of money in your life?
149. Have you ever done something funny while you were sleeping?
150. If you could play a sport professionally which one would it be and why?
151. If you could be a star on TV, what type of show would it be and why?
152. Are you a morning or night person? Explain…

153. What were you afraid as a child growing up?
154. If you could experience a moment in your life a second time, what would it be and why?
155. Who did you (or everyone) most fear or misunderstand in your neighborhood when you were growing up?
156. What’s the weirdest/riskiest/silliest thing you’ve ever done because you were a Christian? What do you think of it in retrospect?

Ideas for Worship:1
1. Put on a track from your favorite worship CD. Sing along or simply “be” with God. Become aware of His presence and His love for you.
2. Read a Psalm out loud slowly. Pause at particularly significant bits. Allow people to drink in what is being said or simply to use the words of the psalm to focus on God. Do the same with the Lord’s Prayer. Take it line by line; allow 15 minutes to finish the prayer.
3. Use the breaking of bread as a focus for worship
4. Construct a simple cross. Use this for the focus of worship. Plain children’s building blocks make a good example of this!
5. Write out the name “Jesus” in bold block capitals. Put it on the mantelpiece or some other focal point. Again allow people to meditate on the name.
6. Experiment with body posture! Kneel as a sign of penitence. Stand as you wait on God.
7. Have a reading of a passage of Scripture or some other devotional passage as a starting point for a time for silent worship and/or meditation.
8. Encourage people to write out their most heart-felt prayers to God as a preliminary to worship. Collect their slips of paper and without reading them place them in a inflammable container and set them alight as an offering to God.
9. . . .or simply encourage them to listen to God and write out the replies.
10. Get a big sheet of paper and invite people to write down words that describe God. Then begin thanking God for who He is.
11. Light a candle, play some music, think about Jesus–the light of the world!
12. Bring some art materials and get everyone to draw or paint something that expresses worship to God.