Growth Group Discussion Questions
Week #3 – October 20

Evergreen News
• Harvest Carnival, 5-7pm, Sunday, 10/27
(7:30pm, Vikings vs. Packers, plan a late-night football party?)
• Women’s Mentoring, 11/3 & 11/7
• New Member Seminar, Saturday, 11/9
• Baptisms, Sunday, 11/17

It’s autumn, now…  What do you like best about the fall?  And what do you like least?

Reflect on the weekend message…  Was there anything that God impressed on your heart?

This week’s discussion format is different from past discussion formats.  This past week, most of you read Chapter 7 of The Divine Mentor; so, today, we will all be practicing the SOAP devotional method together!   (GG Leader Alert:  Take a look at page 147 of the book, which describes the “20/20/20 Program.”  You may need to vary the amount of time for each segment.  For example, you may need to adapt the “20/20/20 Program” to the “10/10/40 Program.”  Also be sure to have enough pens, paper, and Bibles for everyone in the group!)   

OK, here’s what you do:
• For 10-to-20 minutes have everyone read the assigned portion of Scripture, quietly, by themselves.  (May seem awkward, but this is good practice for developing a “DQT!”)
• Then for 10-to-20 minutes, encourage everyone to select one or two verses that the Holy Spirit has highlighted for them and SOAP the verses.   (Again, quietly, by themselves.)
• Then for 20-to-40 minutes, have the group share, one person at a time, what each person has journaled.  Everyone takes a turn.  No preaching allowed!  Discuss what you’ve heard in an easy-going and encouraging way.
• Encourage everyone to begin personally SOAPing in their journals this week.  Notice that the Reading Plan now includes the SOAP journaling (beginning Day 10, October 18).
• Finish your time in prayer!  And may God bless your time together!

As a reminder, the following page includes an overview of how to SOAP.
Quickly read through this overview – as you all prepare to SOAP together!

S:  Scripture
Take your time, reading prayerfully, and allow God to speak to you personally.  Look for a verse that particularly speaks to you and write it in your journal.  Write out the reference and the verse.

O:  Observation
What do you think God is saying in this verse? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal the meaning to you.  Paraphrase and write this scripture down in your own words.  Record any observations you make using the questions below as a general guide.

➢ What does the verse say?
➢ What is the context of the verse?
➢ Who is speaking?
➢ Who is it written to?
➢ Is it a command to be obeyed?
➢ Is it a statement of truth?
➢ Is it a statement about God’s character?
➢ Is it a promise or a warning?

A:  Application
Personalize what you have read by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Journal how this scripture can apply to you today, using the questions below as a general guide.

➢ What is God asking me to do in response to this verse?
➢ What in my life needs to change as a result of this verse?
➢ Do I need to think or act differently?
➢ What can I be thankful for related to this verse?

P:  Prayer
This can be as simple as asking God to help you apply this scripture, or it may be to ask for greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Thank Him for what he is teaching you through this verse. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation. Be sure to listen to what God has to say and journal about it. Tell Him your worries and concerns, and let him carry your burdens. Thank Him for all He’s done in your life.  Also, pray for people on your “Just Sow It” list.

The section of Scripture to SOAP: Deuteronomy 8 & 11.
God Bless!   May the Holy Spirit lead & guide you all in great discussion!