GENESIS 22.1-19 /// SACRIFICE OF ISAAC

This guide is to help you to grow with others in Christ based on a few of Jesus’ foundational commands.  Prepare for facilitating your group time by keeping a regular rhythm of time with Jesus in word and prayer, study the Scripture passage and guide below.  Reach out to our team with any questions.  
 

SHARE STORIES  { ASKING WHO }

Begin by catching up, have everyone grab their coffee, drink or food and invite someone to open in a simple prayer.
+ Welcome Anyone New ... Join in a time or or two and then commit (or not) so the group can include others while maintaining continuity.  For larger or co-ed groups we recommend visitors NOT participate in the break-outs (at the end) until they commit as sharing is sensitive in nature.
+ Share This Week’s Church Wide Happenings... http://www.downtownhope.org/events/
+ Share Vision… We come together to grow in Jesus as we join his redemptive vision for the world that our family, friends, neighbors and co-workers might thrive with Hope. 

ASK… WHO HAS THE LORD BROUGHT ACROSS OUR PATHS THAT WE HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENCOURAGE, SERVE, SHARE THE GOSPEL WITH OR BEGIN A DISCOVERY STUDY WITH SINCE OUR LAST TIME TOGETHER?  MATTHEW 28.16-20.

Pray- This is a space for the group to pray boldly for the Lord to draw people to himself and for His kingdom to advance in our area (Acts 4.23-31).  Take time to pray by listening and talking with the Lord about needs shared, asking for opportunities that more people might hear and receive the gospel /// 


SCRIPTURE  { ASKING WHAT }

Next study a portion of Scripture from last week’s reading and/or Sunday’s Message. A group may substitute an alternative bible study for this section.  Encourage the group to develop a regular rhythm of abiding in Jesus through the word and prayer by studying.
 
+ “Begin Again” Weekly Reading:   Nov 13-19th: Gen 3-4.26 /// Nov. 20-26th: Gen. 5-11 /// Nov. 27-Dec. 3rd: Gen. 12-20///  Dec. 4-10th: Gen. 21-25.18 /// Dec. 11-17th-18: Gen. 25.19-37.1 /// Dec. 18-25th Gen. 37.2-41.57///  Dec. 15-31th-Gen. 42-50

+ Today’s Group Study- Genesis 22.1-19 (Read aloud as a group and have participants say it in their own words)

+ ASK...“WHAT HAS THE LORD HIGHLIGHTED TO YOU THROUGH THIS PASSAGE OR IN YOUR TIME IN THE WORD AND PRAYER SINCE LAST TIME WE WERE TOGETHER?" 

+ Additional questions for a simple inductive study:
_ What are some of the main things that we find in this passage of Scripture? 
_ How would you summarize or say them in your own words?
_ What are some of the repeated phrases in this passage?
_ What does this passage teach us about God? 
_ What does this passage teach us about people? 


STEPS  { ASKING HOW } 

If the group is 6 or larger break out into co-ed micro groups of 3’s or 4’s.  Everything shared in these break-outs are confidential, facilitators should take prayer notes and text them to those in their break-outs.  Facilitators should follow-up from steps everyone committed to from the previous time.  Break-outs are also a safe space to share pastoral needs or life struggles with others.  Our Elder team and counseling/care team is available to assist if any major life struggles or circumstances arise. 


+ ASK..."HOW IS THE HOLY SPIRIT CONVICTING YOU OF SIN TO CONFESS, AND FUELED BY GRACE, HOW DOES HE WANT TO EMPOWER YOU TO A SIMPLE STEP OF ACTION THIS WEEK AND WHO CAN YOU SHARE WITH?” (MARK 1.15, MATTHEW 22.34-40)