Huddles: September 12, 2018
Below is the plan for you to follow as you lead out this study. At the end of this post we have attached the full curriculum that includes some very helpful Bible background and commentary to help you as you prepare to lead. Our prayer for you is that the Lord will bring this Scripture to life in your own life and that your leading will be an overflow from that! Let us know if you have any questions.
The Lead In
The Heights Students team will come up with a fun activity to kick off the night.
FIRST, introduce the topic by asking the following questions:
Do you know anyone who has adopted a child or was adopted as a child? What is the most interesting part of their story?
When a family adopts a child, how is the child blessed? How are the parents blessed?
We often hear of unplanned pregnancies, but never of unplanned adoptions. Anyone who has been through that process can tell you that it is a carefully planned, documented, and intentional process. One of the keys to understanding our identity in Christ is realizing that just as earthly adoption is a choice, so is spiritual adoption. God chose us in Him to be His children, and because He did, we can share in the relationship that Christ, the Son, has with the Father.
HAVE A VOLUNTEER READ EPHESIANS 1:4-6.
Why is it important to know that God intentionally chose you to be part of His family? How does knowing that give you security?
What does the fact that God adopted us show us about His nature and character?
It’s amazing to think that you have been in the mind and heart of God before the foundation of the world, but that’s exactly what these verses tell us. Because of His great love and mercy, God graciously chose to bring us into His family. Because that choice was based in His character and not our own goodness, we can know that nothing we do will make Him reverse that choice.
Why is our adoption to the praise of God’s glory? What glorifies Him about our adoption?
Given that, what is the right response to our adoption? What would be an inappropriate response?
Given that we were chosen by God, there is no room for pride. He chose us for His glory, not our own, so we have no claim on that choice. Our adoption doesn’t fill us with pride but brings us low in gratitude as we reflect on the grace of God by which we were chosen in Him.
HAVE A VOLUNTEER READ GALATIANS 4:1-7.
Compare and contrast Paul’s idea of a son and a slave. What kind of freedom does a son have that a slave does not?
Paul was writing to the Galatians to help them see the nature of their freedom in Christ. What kinds of things does being chosen by Jesus give you freedom from?
What is the right response to that freedom? What would be the wrong response?
Why is our adoption tied to “the fullness of time”? What do you think that phrase means?
The fullness of time refers to an appointed time. It is a time purposefully set to accomplish a prepared task. In this instance, the appointed time refers to the coming of Christ and His redeeming death. By His death, believers were adopted into God’s family. The Galatians, though, had trouble accepting this, and were choosing instead to try and merit God’s favor through their acts of righteousness.
Have you ever had trouble accepting that you are a chosen and adopted child of God? Why do you think that is?
What role might our earthly families play in determining whether or not we can fully accept God’s adoption?
How does accepting that we have been adopted move us into greater intimacy with God? How might failing to accept that fact hinder our spiritual growth?
A relationship where you are constantly trying to prove yourself will only go so far. But when you are secure in a relationship, you are free to pursue true intimacy. Because God has chosen us in Him to be His children, we can move further into that relationship. We no longer have to prove our worth to God; He has proven us to us through the death of Jesus. In fact, knowing we are His adopted children is so important to God that one of the primary roles of the Holy Spirit in our lives is to remind us of this fact.
In your own words, what is the job of the Holy Spirit that you see in verse 6?
Do you often think of the Holy Spirit as having the job of reminding you that you are God’s child? Why or why not?
How does knowing that you are God’s child change the way you approach obedience to Him?
The Holy Spirit does not have a voice of condemnation; He has a voice of love that reminds us of who we really are. When we find ourselves in sin, His voice tells us not that we have lost the love of God, but that we need to remember our true identity and let our actions flow from that. As we accept more and more that we are God’s children, we come to understand that no matter what happens in life, it always comes through the hand of a loving Father.
Last Word & Application
Help your group identify how the truths from the Scripture passage apply directly to their lives.
Is there any particular memory or current habit that is keeping you from believing you are God’s child?
How are you going to make room in your life to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit as He reminds you that you are God’s child?
What circumstance in your life right now might make you forget that you have been chosen by God? How can we pray for you in the midst of that?
How is knowing you are God’s chosen and adopted child going to change the way you come to Him in prayer this week?
Close in prayer thanking God for choosing you to be His child. Ask Him to give you faith to believe what He says about you, regardless of what’s happening in your life.