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Lesson: I Am Strong

Icebreaker

What is your favorite (or least hated) exercise?

Prayer

Invite the Holy Spirit to speak to all those present tonight.

Key Scripture

Ephesians 3:20 NLT: “Now all glory to God, who is able, through the mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”

The Big Idea

Read Ephesians 3:6. Your strength is found in your identity as a child of God. As a child of God, you are chosen, loved, and on equal footing with other children of God. There is no pecking order among God’s children; pastors and leaders are not more precious to God than those sitting in the pews.

Why does it make you stronger when you see your identity as a child of God? (Read Ephesians 3:12.)

Your strength is found in the Spirit

Read Ephesians 3:16. Your strength is found in the Spirit. You should rely on the Spirit, fellowship with Him, and pray in Him. Having a relationship with the Spirit allows Him to speak through you when you share the gospel and encourage others. Praying in the Spirit allows Him to pray through you when you don’t know what or how to pray.

Share a recent example from your life when you knew the Spirit was talking through or praying through you.

Your strength is found in your roots

Read Ephesians 3:17–19. Your strength is found in your roots, and your roots will be where your thoughts are. Make sure that you put your roots in God’s love, His Word, His presence, and His people. When your thoughts (and thus your roots) are focused on God and the things of God, you will find rest and peace.

Share an example of when you faced a storm in your life and discovered that your roots in God gave you the strength to withstand it.

Application

This week, during your daily devotional time, allow the Spirit to guide your prayers and pray through you. Make it a point to listen to His gentle voice.

Action Point

Grow stronger this week by putting your roots in God’s Word. Read your Bible and then think about what you read. Think about it throughout the day. This week, while driving to work, meditate on the different aspects of God’s character: His love, grace, creativity, majesty, mercy, holiness, etc.

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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You may never feel closer to God than the moment you decide to forgive someone who isn’t worth it.
—-Rick Bezet "Forgive and Remember"