Think About It!
Although we’re embarking on a new year (and let’s be real –– we’re relieved to head into 2021, right?), we can’t deny how much the events of 2020 disrupted all of our lives in tons of different ways. We’re still dealing with the effects of all that happened! At Crossroads, we know God wants to do a unique work of restoration in us individually and as a church family in this new year, and we’re seeking his heart and his will for what’s next. Are you in?
Talk About It!
1. Year of Restoration
- Do you know what “restoration” means? Restoration can have two different meanings: to restore something back to what it was like before, or to make it better than it was before. Lots of things have fallen apart in the last year, and God wants to restore us. So we’re calling 2021, our year of restoration.
- Have you ever seen someone restore something or someone? When something terrible happens to a house, a car, or a friendship, there needs to be restoration. Restoration is one of God’s specialties. Not even the most terrible things in life––happens apart from God’s sovereignty, nor is it beyond his ability to turn it into something for our growth and restoration.
- What kind of things do you think God wants to do this year? The restorative work God wants to do in us today is one in which he brings us to an even better place with him than before. God’s work always makes things better, more fruitful, and more beautiful.
2. Restoring the soul
3 John 2
- What was the hardest part of last year? This year has been hard for everyone, and it’s okay to talk about it. Last year was hard on all of us, and if we are looking to other people to restore us, we will always feel a lack. Only Jesus can bring the restoration we crave.
- What is one way you want to get closer to Jesus this year? Restoration of the soul is part of our Year of Restoration. We need to implement spiritual disciplines to help restore our sensitivity to the Lord. Our daily Bible reading plan is a good place to start. No matter what you decide to do, you have to have a plan.
3. Restoring the family
- Who are the ten people closest to you? In God’s economy, none of us have to do this alone. So as we restore our individual souls, that restoration should overflow into the restoration of our families. To do this, we have to go a step beyond just reading the Bible. We have to share it with other people.
- How can you help and encourage them as God restores them? We love our pastors and Sunday school teachers, but they shouldn’t do all the work when it comes to telling people about Jesus. Each one of us can tell people about Jesus and what the Bible says. We need to stay safe, and probably can’t see our ten closest people right now, but it won’t always be that way.
4. Restoring the community
- How can we help the rest of the world, as God restores it? As we rebuild our families and churches, we should naturally move out into the community and see opportunities to build up the kingdom of God everywhere we go. All of us have special ways we can do that!
- How can we share the love of Jesus with the world who doesn’t know about him? The work of the Spirit is happening all over the world. He wants us to get creative about how to share the gospel with others!
Optional Follow-up Questions:
- What makes you say that?
- What makes you say that?
- How does that make you feel?
- How would you explain this to someone who doesn’t know Jesus?
- Why do you think God did it that way?
- Why should we do the things that God tells us?