Close: A new small group study

How close are you?

This past Sunday we started a new series in our small groups called Close. Both middle school & high school are doing it but there approaches may be a little different. We wanted to give you a heads up on what we are teaching so you can reinforce it at home.

 

We're teaching this

Do you have any close friends? Ones you feel completely comfortable around? Friends you can talk to for hours? If so, you’re lucky. Friends like that are awesome. But chances are you have other friends too. Maybe you grew up around each other. Maybe you work at the same job or go to the same school. It’s not that you don’t like them. They’re great. You just aren’t that close. For most of us, our relationship with God feels like it swings between those two extremes. Maybe you can remember a time, after a retreat or a church camp, when God felt super real and personal. You were BFFs. But then, somehow, things drifted in the other direction. There was distance. And, while you’re definitely not against God, you wouldn’t describe yourself as “close” anymore. We all go through times when our relationship with God seems more “far” than “near”, but what do we do about it? Why does it feel so complicated? And is there anything we can do to keep the drift from happening? Thankfully, in His word, God makes it super clear that His desire is to be close with us. And as we journey back toward Him, we may just find Him running in our direction as well.

Continue the Conversation at Home 

Ask these questions:

  • What's one thing that makes you nervous about being close to God?
  • How would you relate to God differently if you trusted this statement: God is more concerned with us being close that He is in us being perfect?
  • What's one word that you think describes how God feels about you? How does that word impact your day-to-day life?

Memorize this scripture:

"Nothing can ever separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus" Romans 8:38-39

Remember:

If you want to get closer to God, you have to move.