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Lesson: I am a Light

Icebreaker

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Prayer

Thank You, Lord, that we are the light of the world.

Key Scripture

Ephesians 5:1–2 NLT, emphasis added: “Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us.”

The Big Idea

Everything becomes more difficult when it is dark; it is so tough to see and get around when everything is dark. Similarly, our world is shrouded in darkness. However, we are called the people of the light and have been strategically placed in this dark world to extinguish the darkness by our light.

Discussion

Have you ever had to go days on end without lights or electricity? What was the most difficult aspect?

Be a light of LOVE.

Ephesians 5:1–2 ( NLT, emphasis added) says, “Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us.” Additionally, Matthew 22:39 (NLT) says to “love your neighbor as yourself.”

Discussion

To show unconditional love takes the spirit of Christ. Do you find it easy or do you struggle to love people who do not love you back? Share with the group.

Be a light of PURITY.

When you know God, you know what pleases Him; but you can know God only when you pursue Him and spend time with Him. Ephesians 5:10–13 (NLT, emphasis added) says, “Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them.” Verse 11 of the Amplified translation says, “Do not participate in the worthless and unproductive deeds of darkness, but instead expose them.” We do this “by exemplifying personal integrity, moral courage, and godly character.” We cannot be a light if we are doing all the things that those who walk in darkness do.

Discussion

As a church, we need to get back to sanctification. What kinds of things can ruin a Christian’s witness in our society?

Application

Make a plan this week to respond correctly to the darkness around you. Separation is sanctification. Your level of fullness will determine how bright your light shines. Let your light shine in the darkness of your day.

Action Point

Let the Lord fill you with light by staying in prayer and the Word. You become a light when you separate yourself from darkness.

For You, the Leader

  1. Instruct group members to do the following:
    • Pray for and touch base with another member before next week.
    • Invite someone to the group next week and/or to attend a church service with you.
    • Encourage someone this week.
  2. Remind the group about outreach. Find out which outreach will be taking place in the zip code closest to your group and participate. One of the greatest joys of life in Christ is serving others!
  3. What is the next step for each member of your group? Whether it is water baptism, Cultivate, or A-Team/B-Group leadership, encourage them in it. Also encourage all members to read their Bible and pray daily.
  4. Close in prayer, asking for any specific prayer requests.
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