Every topic in the pursueGOD.org library is designed for conversations. Following the summary of the topic, you will find discussion questions. Use the summary and questions as a framework to guide the conversation in a small group or with people you are mentoring. People can access the conversation digitally on phones or tablets by going to the appropriate link at pursueGOD.org. Or if needed, they can print out the web page from their computer.
Here’s how it works:
Prep with the online resources
Each conversation contains a set of online resources – such as videos and articles – to help you understand the truth it presents. Before you talk about the lesson with your family, small group, or mentor, visit the conversation page on your own to get ready. Watch the lesson video and/or read the article to get familiar with the topic. Write down your own insights or questions to share later.
Share the truth
We believe you don’t know something until you can say it, and that’s why each conversation has an easy-to-follow lesson summary. If there’s a video, you can show the video. Better yet, send the link ahead and have your group or the person you’re mentoring watch the video before you meet. You can recap the content yourself (try to keep it under 5 minutes.) In future conversations, invite others to summarize the content from the video or article. This will challenge them to take ownership of their own pursuit of God.
Talk about the truth
We believe you won’t learn something unless you talk about it, so use the helpful discussion questions to help you process the truth you have heard. You’ll find links to Bible verses and supplementary conversations to help you keep the discussion going. Encourage everyone to participate, and add your own questions as needed to customize the discussion for your group. Learn to listen to one another and, above all else, learn to hear what God has to say in the Bible.
Apply the truth
We believe you can’t benefit from truth unless you apply it, so the last of the discussion questions (“Takeaway”) invites personal application. Talk about this section together in your group or with the person you’re mentoring. As needed, follow up with a text message or phone call a few days later to see how things went. Consider starting the next week’s group time by letting people share something from the previous week’s personal action step.
Remember that no one can pursue God for anyone else. God once said, “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me” (Jeremiah 29:13). Make a decision to commit wholeheartedly to your pursuit of God, and learn to use the conversations at pursueGOD.org to let the truth of the Bible transform your everyday life.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Why is it helpful if group members watch the video or read the article before the group meets?
- What are the benefits of talking about the truth together rather than just hearing the truth?
- Why is it important to identify a personal action step in response to every conversation?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.