Lamplighters Week 1 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea: Wake up sleeper, you have a purpose, you are a lamplighter.

Introduction: For Christians, there is a common thread in all our stories. Christ called us disciples and regardless of what our day-to-day walk looks like, we are ALL called to be His lamplighters.

Discussion Starter: Have you wondered what’s out there for you? What’s your purpose?  Is there a hole that you can’t seem to fill?  Does it seem like you go to church, you tithe, you pray and worship, you go to work, and you take care of your family, but something is still not right?

Encounter God

Primary Scriptures: Psalm 119:105, John 8:12, 1 John 4:19, Matthew 5:14-16, Matthew 28:16-20, Romans 1:16

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read Psalm 119:105 and John 8:12 What imagery do you get when reading these verses? Are there certain feelings that arise when you read them?
  2. Read 1 John 4:19 Why would we want to tell others about where they can find the light?

  3. Read Matthew 5:14-16 These verses have some powerful imagery as well. What do you see as you read these verses? Did you notice a change in the source of light from the verses in question 1?  What was different?
  4. Read Matthew 28:16-20 This is also referred to as the Great Commission. What is Jesus calling His disciples to do?
  5. Read Romans 1:16 Who is included in God’s Great Commission?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Psalm 119:105 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.

Embrace Others

Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into twos or threes for this section.

What it is that prevents you from being a lamplighter or a disciple? Talk about who you have a burden for in your life, at work, in your friend circle, or in your family. Pray for one another and pray for the opportunities and the boldness to talk with each of these people in your life.

Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: What ways can you serve at Faith Promise to help others grow their lights?

Engaging in Community and the World: In what ways can your small group, or even just you as an individual, go out into your day-to-day light and be a brighter light? If we are a city on a hill, what ways have we been trying to put a basket on our light during the work week? Can we boldly remove the basket?

Expand God’s Kingdom

We have lamplighters all over the world as Faith Promise missionaries. Pray for them. If being a missionary is something you have ever considered, find out more!

Leader’s Notes

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 development and multiplication of disciple-makers, possibly to lead more groups at Faith Promise.