Each session of the series is designed to take one hour but can easily be adapted for your group’s needs. We recommend allowing time at the beginning to chat and get to know one another, especially if your group is new.
Each session will include questions to allow groups to talk about what impacted them most – feel free to spend time on the questions that are most helpful for your group, and don’t worry about getting through all the questions! However, if your group prefers to have multiple questions to work through, these are provided too.
We also recommend allowing time at the end for reflection and to pray for one another, especially as each session requires a little vulnerability.
In the sixth and final session, we’ll explore the ideas of resurrection power and participatory suffering: how churches engage with them, and how to balance both in our lives.
I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.
Begin the session by opening in prayer
Philippians 3:10, John 10:7-18
“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death” (Philippians 3:10 NIV)
“What would it look like for you and your church community to grow into this? Is there a commitment to live in close proximity to the marginalised and oppressed? Equally, is there evidence of resurrection power – God’s supernatural signs and wonders – at work among you?”
“The paradox of Kingdom success is that it is hidden in the most unsuccessful looking things: laying down your life leads to fullness; becoming like Jesus in his death leads to resurrection; participation in the example of Jesus’ suffering leads to power.”
Finish your time together by closing in prayer or splitting into small groups to pray for one another’s specific needs.
Where would you like to grow – seeing God’s power or softening your heart to participate in the suffering of others?
Choose an area you want to see God’s power move and commit to boldly praying for a miracle every day this week.
Or ask God to move your heart for a person who is struggling. Commit to praying for them every day this week.