Fresh Wind – Week 1 – Discussion Guide
Main Idea: Revival means to live again. Pastor Chris, citing 2 Chronicles 7:14, proposed that there are, at least, 4 things needed for revival: humbling ourselves, prayer, seeking God’s face, and turning from our evil ways.
Introduction: “Ruach” is the breath of God and serves as the resurrection power filling our sails.
Discussion Starter: When is the last time you got lost or headed in the wrong direction?
Primary Scriptures: Psalm 85:6, Genesis 6-8, 2 Chronicles 7:14
- Would your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors consider you humble? Search the Bible for examples and discuss what God intends when He calls us to be humble.
- In our culture, prayer is generally viewed as a very private thing. However, throughout the Word, we see that we are called to pray together regularly (examples Acts 2:42, James 5:16, and Luke 9:28). Before moving on, pray together. Discuss your needs or the needs of others in your life. Have one person designated to start and another to close. Everyone offer something, don’t be ashamed or bashful.
- One way of thinking about seeking God’s face is simply seeking His presence. How often do you allow yourself to practice solitude and silence, seeking God’s presence? For those that have done that, describe it for the rest of the group. For those who have not done that, commit to a day and time to do that this week and report back to your group how it went.
- Read 2 Chronicles 7:14 What is something that you need to “turn from?” How can the people in your group help you?
Discovery Bible Method: For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read 2 Chronicles 7:14. and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.
Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into twos or threes for this section.
Discuss the 4 revival elements that Pastor spoke about from 2 Chronicles 7:14; humbling ourselves, prayer, seeking God’s face, and turning from our evil ways. How can your group hold each other accountable and encouraging in these elements?
Engage the World Around Us
Engaging at Faith Promise: A great way to seek God’s face is to serve His people. Read John 21:15-17 Notice that Jesus never asks Peter if he loves people. Where is somewhere that you can serve at Faith Promise to show your love for God?
Engaging in Our Community and the World: Just like at Faith Promise, serving our community and the world relies more on our love for Jesus than it does for people. Where is somewhere that you can serve to show your love for Jesus?
Expand God’s Kingdom
Get with one other person this week and discuss how you can build each other up in the 4 revival elements that Pastor spoke about from 2 Chronicles 7:14; humbling ourselves, prayer, seeking God’s face, and turning from our evil ways.
ALL groups at Faith Promise should follow Jesus Christ and lead others to do the same. Below are the marks of a growing follower and disciple of Jesus.
– A follower of Jesus desires to encounter God through the deeper study and application of God’s Word.
– A follower of Jesus embraces people and values relationships on a deeper level so everyone can grow together.
– A follower of Jesus engages and serves the world around them and in their community, through local partners or God-directed opportunities.
– A follower of Jesus expands God’s Kingdom through the development and multiplication of disciple-makers, possibly to lead more groups at Faith Promise.