Every meeting with Christ begins with a call, an invitation. Jesus tells us later in John’s gospel that no one can come to him unless he is called or drawn (John 6:44). Sometimes this call happens directly, God himself speaking to the person, like Abraham, Moses, or Philip. But sometimes, the call happens indirectly, God using people just like us, like Philip, to call other people just like us, like Nathaniel. This shows us that salvation is not an individual experience — we are not a bunch of people all meeting Christ in isolation. Rather, the Body of Christ is a community, and we are called to live in such a way that our meeting with Christ influences our meetings with others; His call to us becomes His call to others through us. We are given the honor of saying to others “come and see.”
The following guide is a resource for your personal time of abiding with the Lord and for your Community Group when you meet. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
VISION + STORIES
Take time to be reminded of our shared vision- We are abiding in Christ that we might experience Gospel Transformation in our homes, neighborhoods, work places and city.
+ Ask… What are you/we thankful to the Lord for? (e.g., how is he working in our community group or the lives of someone we are walking with to discover the gospel?)
+ What is one need in this circle/our Community Group and how can we meet it together?
SING + PRAY
Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER [ John 1:43-46 ] In Large group
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
+ Jesus finds Philip. Who finds Nathaniel? V.45
+ Why is it significant that Nathaniel was brought to Jesus? [Consider what Jesus was calling them to do. Use Mark 1:17 as a reference.]
+ How is God calling us to respond to Philip’s invitation to “Come and see”?
PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time? (Below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
+ Through divine accountability, what is the Lord calling you to confess of, share with your community, and ask for help and correction in?
+ How does the Gospel of Christ liberate you from hiding and living in sin?
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., spend time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)