Small Group Discussion Guide
-Sharing Our Hope-
Share a time when you talked to someone who’s not a Christian about your relationship with Jesus. Did it go well or not go well? Why?
1. Read Matthew 26:31-35 and Matthew 26:69-75.
Have you ever felt as if you didn’t take a stand for Jesus when you should have? If so, what kept you from standing up (or speaking up) for Jesus?
What do you think are the biggest barriers that keep people from sharing Christ with unbelievers?
2. Read I Peter 3:13-17 and answer the following questions:
Four times in this passage, Peter speaks of living righteously. Why is living a righteous life so important when you share Christ with someone?
The Greek word ‘fear’ (phobos) speaks of reverence or awe. Peter says don’t fear what people fear, but instead set apart apart Christ as Lord. How are these two concepts related?
We’re called to “always be prepared to give an answer” for our faith. How equipped do you feel to share Jesus with people? What are you lacking and how might you gain that knowledge or skill?
Peter says we should share Jesus with gentleness and respect. Why do you think that is so important?
3. Bryan said: “As we give our defense, remember we are witnesses not prosecuting attorneys!” What does this mean and why is it so important to keep in mind?
Sit down this week and write out a 1-2 minute version of your story (how you came to believe in Jesus). Focus on 3 main points:
Your life before you trusted in Jesus.
How you came to believe in Jesus. (include the gospel – ‘I came to believe that Jesus paid the price for all my sins when He died on the cross. I put my faith in the fact that He gives the gift of forgiveness & eternal life free of charge to all who will simply believe in Him.’ Maybe reference John 3:16 or Ephesians 2:8-9)
3. Your life after you trusted in Jesus (how God has changed your life).
Memorize the main points so you can share your story comfortably, without sounding like you’re reading a script.