TiO 15 – Grit – The Power of Another (Week 2)
The Main Idea
In our spiritual lives we will face trials and hardships of all kinds: sometimes we will overcome them and sometimes we will fail. We are called to use what we learn and the strength that we get from Jesus to help others to succeed and to recover when they fail.
Warm Up Questions: (Choose 1 or 2)
Q1: How often do you check your smart phone (or connected device) for messages: text, email, social media?
Q2: If you lost your phone, would you be more concerned about the cost of replacement or about not being able to communicate with people?
Q2: Can you recall a specific incident where the encouragement of others helped you to accomplish a goal? What about one where you were the encourager? Tell that story.
Read these passages. They contain the main point of the teaching: 2 Corinthians 7:5-7 & Luke 22:31-32.
5For even when we came into Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were afflicted in every way—disputes without and fears within. 6But God, who consoles the downcast, consoled us by the arrival of Titus, 7and not only by his coming, but also by the consolation with which he was consoled about you, as he told us of your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced still more.
31“Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, 32but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
We are called not to be encouraged by others but to be encouragers. This often means opening our eyes to the people around us rather than looking at ourselves and our own needs. In fact, in Luke 22, Jesus implies that Peter was going to have to fall—“When once you have turned back”—before he was able to help his brothers.
Q1: Who are the people who have been present to you in your need?
Q2: Who can you be present to in the next week? Pray that God would reveal these people to you.
We’d encourage all groups to pray together at some point in their meeting. This affirms that regardless of the purpose of the group, God is still the focus.