Huddles: Spring 2019
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
What IS a distraction, anyway? In order to have a distraction, we’ve got to have a focus first, don’t we? So, perhaps the first question should be: What do you want your life to focus on? From there, we can discern the most common distractions from the focus. And how many different possible focuses are there to choose from? And who decides what a distraction is? These questions are certainly “Things that make you go, ‘Hmmm.’”
I recently began asking teens a question: “Do you consider yourself a phone addict?” This is typically a question that interrupts them looking at their phone. You might be surprised at the honesty and the “Yes’s” I get in response. While this is just one example, it represents some good news. That we know when we’re distracted. For the most part, there’s no attempt to defend or condone our condition. Pray for them now.
[Before beginning, tell one student privately to do something irritating but subtle soon after the small group starts: tapping a pen, inching their chair repeatedly, sniffing, etc.]
Hello, everybody! We’re talking this week about a topic everyone can relate to, but not a lot of people think about. We’re talking about distractions. Being distracted is a constant condition for many people, it seems. We often run from one thing to the next, not able to really spend enough time in any one place to develop a focus that will help us grow.
Being distracted takes lots of forms. What’s a distraction you can identify in your life? Let’s start off our time in the Word, praying for God to lead us and help us focus.
First, read 1 Corinthians 7:35.
I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.
- Being completely honest, what do you consider to be the focus of your life right now?
- As you forecast the future, what do you hope focusing on that will bring you? Why?
- What does this verse seem to say is the most important focus? Do you agree?
- Contextually, this verse is speaking about whether to get married or not, but what is the overall principle being taught here? [That undivided devotion to God is for our good!]
Now, let’s read Mark 4:19.
“But the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.”
- What are the distractions being listed here? What is an example of each? Would you consider these to be legitimate distractions for you?
- The context of this verse is the parable of the soils that Jesus told. In this verse, he’s talking about the seeds that hear the word, and maybe even begin to accept it, but the lure of the world calls them away from God. Is there a lure in your life right now that Satan is trying to use to draw you away from God? What is it?
- This verse ends with the word “unfruitful.” Are you too young to be thinking about what your life is producing in this world or what difference your life is making? Why or why not?
Last Word and Application
Let’s read Matthew 14:28-31. But it deserves to be read like it’s actually happening to you, so be dramatic and make these verses come alive.
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sin, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
- Did you notice anything about this story you’ve missed before?
- “Lord, IF it’s you …”
Peter doubted. Doubt leads to distractions, but distractions fuel more doubt. Do you agree with this? Where have you seen this to be true?
- “Peter got DOWN out of the boat …”
Peter was apparently in a large boat where he was safe and secure. What are you trusting in besides God?
- “IMMEDIATELY Jesus reached out his hand …”
When is Jesus willing to help you?
Do distractions keep you from asking God for help?
What’s stopping you now?
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