Living on Purpose Sermon-Based Discussion Questions: Week 1

The questions this week are written for groups meeting for the first time to help you get to know each other and discuss this week’s sermon. If you are not a new group, you can use these questions, modify them, or skip the ice-breaker questions and do down to the Living on Purpose questions below. If you are an existing group, you may still want to use Icebreaker Question #3 to talk about everyone’s hopes for the group.

  • ICEBREAKER 1: “Unique Introductions”- Have everyone introduce themselves this way:
    • A unique greeting (Example: Hi, Hello, Hey, Aloha, Bonjour, Greetings, What’s Up, etc.) Everyone has to have a unique opening greeting line. No repeats. Must be a unique greeting word or phrase that has not already been used by someone else during the Icebreaker.
    • Name and a 1-minute bio of who you are (including any family info, what you do during the week, what you do for fun, and how long you have attended Live Oak) Example: “Hi. My name is Doug Halcomb. I’m Senior Pastor at Live Oak, married to Jennifer, 2 kids, Jean & Graycia. I graduated from Texas Tech in 1993. For fun I like to watch movies and travel. I’ve attended Live Oak from 1992-2004, and again since 2012.” 
  • ICEBREAKER 2: “Lightning Round”
    • Start with the leader and ask a question that is either an “either/or”-type question or a “what is your favorite         ” (fill in the blank) type question. Example: Beach or mountains? TV or movie? Favorite movie? Favorite food?
    • Each person in the circle answers the question, with the person who asked the question answering last.
    • Then, the person to the right asks their own “either/or” or “favorite” question.
    • Each person in the circle answers the question, with the person who asked to question answering last.
    • Go all around the circle until everyone in the circle asks a question.
    • This gets everyone talking and participating.
    • Try to keep up the pace and keep a “lightning round” type of feel.
  • ICEBREAKER 3: “Hopes for our Small Group”
    • Have everyone share why they were interested in joining a small group AND what they might be hoping to experience in this small group.

Life can feel chaotic, purposeless, and even pointless at times, but Jesus came saying there is more to this life than meets the eye. Jesus showed up on purpose and with purpose to bring purpose to your life. This week, Live Oak kicked off an 8-week series called Living on Purpose as we look as this big idea: You were created ON purpose, FOR a purpose, and God is always working in you WITH a purpose. 

    • Doug stated that we were created with purpose and need for purpose. He went on to explain that when people feel that they are facing purposeless adversity, it breaks our will and spirit. Have you ever been through a situation in life where you felt like it was purposeless? If so, how did that affect you?
  • The Apostle Paul believed that to truly know our purpose, we must know who we are in Christ. READ: Ephesians 2:1-3
    • What do you think Doug meant when he said, “if you don’t fully understand and embrace who you are apart from Christ, you will struggle to understand who you are in Christ”?
  • What does the following passage tell us about who we are “in Christ”? READ: Ephesians 2:4-9
  • In this passage, Paul tells us that we were saved FROM something and saved FOR something… READ: Ephesians 2:10 
    • What do you think it means that we are “God’s handiwork”?
    • This verse also says that we were “created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”. What do you think that means?

This week’s big idea: You were created ON purpose, FOR a purpose, and God is always working in you WITH a purpose. Ephesians 2:10 says you were created to “do good works” and that God planned for you to live in a way that contributes good to the world.

  • How do you think we discover the good works God prepared for us to do?
  • How do the following verses help us focus on God’s being a God of purpose?
    • Psalm 139:13-14
    • Romans 8:30
    • Philippians 1:6 

What was your big takeaway from this week’s message? How will you apply this specifically in your life this week?

Close by spending some time praying for each other. ***Challenge everyone to pray for each other throughout the week