Main Idea: Making room for God in your life and your home should help others belong.
Introduction: God has called His people to care for those who don’t have someone to care for them. When we make room for God in our lives, He will help us make proactive choices and help others belong.
Discussion Starter: Have you ever had something happen to your car, house, or body that could have been prevented? And if it had been prevented, your intervention after the fact would have not have been necessary?
Primary Scriptures: Jeremiah 5:1, James 1:26-27, Matthew 25:31-46
- Read James 1:26-27 In James’ time, and ours, widows and orphans were often marginalized. Discuss why it’s so important to care for those on the fringes of support and society.
- Read Matthew 25:31-46 How would it change your interactions with people if you treated them as if they were Jesus?
- For those who accept Jesus as their Savior, Ephesians 1:3-8 shows us that when that happened we were adopted into God’s family. Discuss what it means to belong to God’s family in that way.
- What is one area in your life where you need to strive toward prevention, where if you don’t, a drastic intervention will be necessary later?
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read James 1:27 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.
How can your group use your shared interest to make room for prevention that will keep marginalized children from unhealthy things AND help them grow into the potential God has for them?