introduction LESSION (Covenant History)
FLC Small Groups APRIL 29-MAY 3
GATHER (10 min)
Thank everyone for coming. Introduce yourselves to each other with an icebreaker. What is one of your favorite summer time activities you are looking forward to?
CHECK-IN (10 min)
Go around the room and invite participants share a high and/or low this week in their family.
EXPLAIN THE STUDY (2 min)
Explain the format that each time we meet we will read the same scriptures that our read in worship the weekend before. Our discussion will draw upon the scriptures we read together and the past weekend’s sermon for those who watched it live, on YouTube or listened to the podcast.
After today’s meeting everyone is encouraged to begin reading through the Bible using either the green and white Books of the Bible: Covenant History or a standard Bible of your own. For those who chose to read through the Bible, you can bring insights into next week’s discuss of Genesis. You can find a reading plan on First Lutheran’s website: firstlutherancr.org. However, no outside reading or prep is ever required to attend our small group and participate.
READ SCRIPTURE (4 min)
Ask two different volunteers to read aloud the following two scriptures:
Have Volunteer 1 read the following: Genesis 1. God creates the world including human beings
Pr. Craig’s Thoughts: The Bible is not a scientific book of all things. It is the story of humankind from our beginnings as a people, to our failings, to God's unending quest to set things right. The first chunk of the Bible we will read and preach on in the days ahead outlines the history of God's promise, or covenant, to ultimately unite all creatures on earth back to God.
Genesis 1:1-5, 26-28, 31
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
Have Volunteer 2 read the following: Revelation 21. God creates a new heaven and a new earth
Pr. Craig’s Thoughts: In today's readings we hear the same message from the first book of the Bible and the last. God is God and we are God's beloved creation. The Bible is not the story of all things that ever were. It the story of humankind, our place in existence, and God's unending love affair with his most beloved creation.
21 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.
OPTIONAL: WATCH SERMON ON YOUTUBE OR LISTEN TO SERMON PODCAST (10 min)
You may want to watch the previous week’s sermon together on the YouTube app of your TV or listen to the brand new audio podcast on your phone available on FLC’s website.
REFLECT ON THE PREVIOUS WEEK (15-30 min)
Have a conversation with your group about what you just read, or anything from the past week’s sermon that grabbed any group members’ attention. Questions to consider…
To get the most out of next week’s sermon and discussion, and for those who chose to do the nightly reading for the coming week, you may watch the video of Bible teacher John Walton explaining the themes and relevance of Genesis.
CLOSE (5 min)
Thank your participants for coming. Remind them of the next meeting time and make plans for who will be responsible for snacks/kids/etc.