Explore God is a series designed for anyone who has the desire to know and have a closer relationship with God. This four session series includes videos, discussion questions, and links to additional content for further exploration. Leading or "facilitating" an Explore God group is so easy.
All Weeks Leader Guide
Week One: Making an Introduction
Week 1 showcases three unique stories of how people encountered God for the first time. This session touches on topics of freedom, surrender, and love.
When it's all said and done, what does it mean to be a Christian? Is it simply a list of do's and don't's, and if I can check the right boxes, while avoiding the wrong ones, I pass? It sure seems that way, according to some people. But what if Christianity is different than that?
Week Two: God and Prayer
When you meet a new person, how do you get to know them? Fundamentally, you talk to them. You spend time with them. Well, if there is a God—a personal, knowable God—how do we get to know him? We talk to him. As you may know, the act of talking to God is often called “prayer.” That sounds simple enough. But what is prayer, exactly? And how do you do it? How do you talk to someone who doesn’t necessarily talk back to you—audibly, at least? Is there a certain protocol we need to follow to talk to God? What does prayer look like—and how can we know if God is listening? Let’s take a look at this film and then discuss it together.
Week Three: God and Scripture
Most people would agree that the Bible is an important piece of literature, an influential text that has lasted millennia. But is it any more than that? Is it more than literature, or history, or art? Is the Bible truly Scripture—God’s written word? If so, how should we approach the Bible? Should we study it like a textbook or treat it as a manual for life? Perhaps even more pressing than all those questions are these: Why should we bother reading the Bible at all? Is it even relevant to life today? What can we learn from it? Let’s watch today’s video and then discuss it together.
Week Four: God and Community
In today’s highly independent and individualistic world, it’s easy to see one’s faith as a purely personal and private experience. But does this kind of perspective limit our spiritual growth? Do we really need others in our lives—even our spiritual lives? Can being around those we admire and respect lead to positive change in our own characters, habits, and thoughts? If we remain too introspective, we can miss out on the incredible experience of community, of growing in our relationships with others and with God.