John 15:1-17 – Livestream for 1/1/23

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Small Group Guide:

Open with prayer.

Go around and give everyone a chance to share about how the past week has been. What’s one highlight? What’s one lowlight?

If your small group has talked about it before, feel free to use this time to hold people accountable to what they’ve asked to be held accountable for previously, and go through the “missional” part of this discussion guide.

Have you ever felt like you’re just spinning your wheels in life and not getting anywhere? Today, we’re looking at a part of God’s Word where Jesus talks to His disciples about what their relationship with Him should looks like. By taking a close look at this part of God’s Word, we can learn some questions to ask yourself when you feel like you’re spinning your wheels.

  1. How’s my relationship with God?

John 15:1-5, 17:3, James 4:8, Luke 10:27, Rom. 5:1, 1 Thess. 5:16-19

  1. Have I been keeping God’s commandments?

John 15:10, 14:15, 23, 1 John 5:2-3, Heb. 12:1, 2 Tim. 1:7, Prov. 10:17, 15:32

  1. What’s my purpose behind what I’m doing?

John 15:5, Rom. 12:1-2, 8:28, Ps. 138:8, Matt. 6:33, 28:19-20, Prov. 19:21, Jer. 1:5

  1. What is the trajectory of my life?

John 15:6-7, Gal. 5:22-23, 6:9, Heb. 10:26, John 14:6, Rom. 6:23, Luke 16:19-31

  1. Could God be pruning me?

John 15:2, Prov. 3:11-12, 12:1, 19:21, Heb. 12:11, Rev. 3:19

  1. What is my source of joy?

John 15:11, Rev. 3:16, Rom. 15:13, James 1:2, Ps. 16:11, Prov. 17:33, John 16:24

  1. How have I been treating others?

John 15:12-17, Luke 10:27, John 13:34, 1 Pet. 4:8, 1 John 4:11, Prov. 10:12, Rom. 13:8


Prayer Time:

Pray for each other in your small group to be faithful take the step(s) that you shared above. Pray for each other and the interactions that they have with those who don’t know Jesus. Pray that God would soften the people’s hearts to what He has for them. Pray that God would give everyone opportunities to share the Gospel.

Staying Missional:

Share spiritual/missional conversations you’ve had where you live, work, and play:

Who did you have a conversation with that took a spiritual/missional turn this week?
What questions did you ask to discover where God is at work in their life, even if they are not aware?
How were you able to share your story of life change or how you have experienced Jesus?
How can you be intentional this week with people where you live, work, and play to have spiritual/missional conversations if the opportunity arises?
Who in your life do you think could be discipleable or open to spiritual/missional conversations?

What’s next?

Discuss the next step for your small group. When will we gather again and what purpose will it fulfill?