Caring for each other

 1. What are you thankful for this week?

 2. What are you struggling with and how can we help?

Accountability

 3. How did you put into practice the scripture/story we studied last time we met?

 4. Who did you share last week's lesson with and how did it go?

 5. What needs did you meet in the community last week?

Discover

Ask someone to read the passage one paragraph at a time.

Have a group member tell it in their own words.

Ask the group if they added anything or left anything out.

When you finish with ALL paragraphs, ask someone in the group to tell the WHOLE story by memory. Have the group correct any errors.

Matthew 10:16-31

16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. So be as wise as snakes and as harmless as doves.17 Watch out! You will be handed over to the local courts. You will be whipped in the synagogues.18 You will be brought to governors and kings because of me. You will be witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.19 But when they arrest you, don’t worry about what you will say or how you will say it. At that time you will be given the right words to say.20 It will not be you speaking. The Spirit of your Father will be speaking through you.

21 “Brothers will hand over brothers to be killed. Fathers will hand over their children. Children will rise up against their parents and have them put to death.22 You will be hated by everyone because of me. But anyone who remains strong in the faith will be saved.23 When people attack you in one place, escape to another. What I’m about to tell you is true. You will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

24 “The student is not better than the teacher. A slave is not better than his master.25 It is enough for students to be like their teachers. And it is enough for slaves to be like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, what can the others who live there expect?

26 “So don’t be afraid of your enemies. Everything that is secret will be brought out into the open. Everything that is hidden will be uncovered.27 What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight. What is whispered in your ear, shout from the rooftops.28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but can’t kill the soul. Instead, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in hell.29 Aren’t two sparrows sold for only a penny? But not one of them falls to the ground outside your Father’s care.30 He even counts every hair on your head!31 So don’t be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.

New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

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 6. What does this passage tell us about God?

 7. What does this passage tell us about people?

Application

 8. If this passage is true, what behaviour should we change this week?

 9. Who will you tell this story to this week?

10. What needs can we meet in the community this week?

Planning

11. When do you want to meet again?