To show that while our reputation with other matters, God’s view of us has never changed.
These are meant to spark conversation within your group. Use one, use none, or use them all. Most importantly feel out where your group is at and get them talking.You can find some ice breaker games / discussions in the leader hub as well
Have you ever felt like you had a bad reputation?
who is a celebrity, athlete that has a bad reputation?
have you ever believed something about someone that turned out to not be true? Believed a reputation about someone that was false?
READ MATTHEW 7:17
Encourage your Crew to open their Bibles (or app) and ask one of them to read the passage.
What do you think Jesus is talking about when he talks about fruit?
(Jesus is using the tree and fruit for an analogy of people and their actions. In a way he is saying “You know what kind of tree it is because of the fruit it produces”. He’s using this to show that you can tell if a person follows jesus, doesn’t follow jesus, is selfish, kind, or any other things by their actions.)
Do you think Jesus’ “Fruit” (his actions and the results of those actions) matched who he said he was? Why or why not?
(This can open great conversation around who jesus was.)
MAKE IT PERSONAL
People in Jesus’ time saw his “fruit” but still believed false things about him. They spread a false reputation. why do you think that was? Have you ever had a “false” reputation spread about you?
While we do need to make every effort to have a great reputation with others, ultimately we cannot control what others think and feel about us. Have you ever found yourself worrying to much about how others feel about you? Why or why not? Has it ever caused you to act differently? Has it ever caused you to change your fruit? (talking here about how our lives can sometimes shift to where we are being completely different people because we want to control how others think and feel about us)
How do you think God views you (This will cause a major shift in the conversation. If you need to stay on the above topic, do so!)
Read JOHN 3:16-1t7
Now re read the verse in your head but inser your name where it says “world” in verse 16.
That is how God feels about you. No conditions. Not buts. No howevers. No matter what you’ve done, where you’ve gone, or what you’ve said, you were worth dying for. Thats your reputation.
ACT ON IT
Do you have a relationship with God? Have you accepted that love? It’s as simple as ABC
Admit: That you need Jesus
Believe: That came and died for you but didn’t stay dead. He rose. So that you could have life
Commit: To living your life for Him. And following Him to the best of your ability.
If you want to do that or have more questions please talk to your leader
Do you find yourself changing your actions (fruit) and lowering your standards in an attempt to change peoples thoughts about you? if so, how can you change that? Do you need to have a better friend group? Read God’s word more? Develop a better prayer life?
Ask your Crew if there is anything that we can pray for, write them down, and then end the night in prayer. Encourage another student to kick off the prayer and then you finish up.