In Relationship: I'm In: Middle School Small Groups 2.5.17

What we're talking about

If you’ve grown up with a sibling, then you know firsthand all the good and bad that comes with it! On the one hand, you have a built-in playmate to hang out with and have fun with all the time. But on the other hand, you’ve got a built-in conflict and point of comparison in your home. If your brother gets an “A” on a test, you struggle to get the same thing. If your sister does something really nice for your mom, you think you need to do the same thing. And before long, comparison causes the relationship to suffer under the weight of all the rules and regulations you’re trying to keep up with along the way. Does following Jesus ever feel this same way to you? You worry that you aren’t measuring up to the other Christians around you. Or you get bogged down trying to keep up with all the dos and don’ts of Christianity. But the most important thing about following Jesus isn’t about anything we do; it’s all about the relationship. And as we look this week at one more of Jesus’ followers who was “all in” with Him, we’ll see that we don’t have to let rule following define our relationship with God. We can have faith in freedom.

Questions for Conversation

  • What's one rule you hate following?
  • What are some "rules" people think you have to follow in order to be a great Christian?
  • Which of these rules is the hardest for you to follow?
  • If following Jesus isn't about following all those rules, what is it about?
  • This week, what's one thing you can do to say "yes" to a deeper relationship with Jesus?