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Lesson: I am Invited

Icebreaker

What was your favorite part of your B-Group’s Love La outreach?

Prayer

Thank You, Lord, for wanting us and including us.

Key Scripture

Ephesians 1:15–21 ESV, emphasis added: “For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you.

The Big Idea

There are so many types of invitations. Sometimes we receive an invitation that delights us, while other times the invitation is unwanted because the event feels burdensome. Sometimes we do not receive an invitation to a certain event and feel the sting of not being included.

God has invited each of us to have a relationship with Him, but some people are not aware of this great and generous invitation. Let’s look at the various aspects of God’s invitation to us.

Discussion

Have you ever been invited to an event that you wanted to go to, but you missed out on it for some reason? What prevented you from fulfilling it?

God has invited us to salvation. God did not have to include us in His family, but He did. Not only does He want us in it, but He has made us joint heirs and prepared a place for us. That is amazing. We should jump at the chance to become part of His family. Hebrews 2:3 (NLT) says, “So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard him speak?” and John 3:16–17 (NLT) declares, “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”

Discussion

When the sobering fact of spending eternity in either heaven or hell strikes us, we can be overwhelmed at the prospect. What was your reaction when it dawned on you that God wanted to rescue you from hell?

God has invited us to righteousness and relationship. Second Corinthians 5:21 (NASB) says, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” This gives us the right to fellowship with Him. He wants us to walk with Him, and He looks for us to interact with Him.

Discussion

God has washed our sins away, even though they were like crimson. Have you enjoyed an intimate relationship with Him now that you have been washed clean? Share with the group.

God has invited us to discipleship. This means we have the privilege of learning from Him. Can you imagine being mentored by the world’s foremost expert in an industry or sport that interests you? God, in fact, wants to take you under His wing and teach you personally how to live your life with joy. Matthew 11:29–30 (NLT) says, “Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Discussion

The gospel is not just a gift, but a baton to pass on. We are expected to pull up a chair and become a student of His Word and His ways. When do you feel you first took the invitation of discipleship more seriously? Share with the group.

Application

God has invited us to eternal life. This invitation doesn’t come just from the governor or the president, but it comes from the Creator! We must take advantage of the opportunity and accept God’s invitation.

Action Point

The level of fellowship God has invited us to share with Him is mind-blowing! He wants to redeem us, wash us, and make us His understudies, trusting our ability to act on His behalf. Walk in that confidently this week. Instead of seeking out a mentor, read Jesus’ words in red in the Bible.

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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