Catch up on how things have been since the last time your Impact Group met. Allow anyone new to introduce themselves. Then ask group members:
Ask for a volunteer to read Psalm 146 to the group, praying a short prayer that – however much they’ve come to know Jesus, they’d know him better as a result of your time together.
If you’re not gathered in person, the leader should project the video for the group through sharing their screen. If you’re using Zoom, make sure you have optimized your screen share for video.
Suggested questions to help your discussion.
Many of Israel’s prophets foresaw a future king who’d restore the fortunes of His people and lead them into prosperity. Isaiah 9:6-7, Daniel 2:44 and Zechariah 14:9 are just three predictions of his coming.
By the time Jesus was born, the expectation was that this promised leader would crush the Romans and free Jerusalem from foreign rule. In other words, many people were waiting for a powerful leader just like any other. Jesus never met these expectations. In fact, this misunderstanding was part of the reason Jesus was crucified.
As Psalm 146 suggests, Jesus is a radically different king of a radically different kingdom (see Mark 1:14-15). Jesus’ kingdom embraces people from across nationalities and ethnic groups who will worship the one true God as King of kings. All the promises of peace and prosperity associated with his rule are fulfilled as Jesus restores his people to God. We can already enjoy some of the blessings of Jesus’ rule. But there is a future day when that kingdom will be the only one remaining, and every promise will reach complete fullness. That makes Jesus a king worthy of our allegiance like no other.
Offer your futures to God, placing especially into God’s hands those who are graduating, facing a difficult summer, or going into a year abroad / in industry.
God blesses us very generously – often through the impact of other people on our lives.
A great way of conveying thanks at the end of the year is to give a gift.
‘Giftology’ is the study of offering the perfect gift at just the right time. Here are three basic principles to inspire you!
You may have people in your Impact Group who are new to reading the Bible, and who are already seeing how much emotional sense it makes of our lives:
Ask someone to close your time together in prayer.
Taking it further – links you might like to share with your Impact Group
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