Peer Group Material

Strand 2
Thinking about full-time ministry for a while, but no definite plan

Welcome to MTS Recruit peer groups! Peer groups are meant to give you the chance to gather with other people who are hopefully at the same stage of thinking… “What will it mean for me to be mission minded the rest of my life?”

The plan for these group times is to share your thoughts while discussing ideas from the bible, ideas from the talks, decisions about ministry and the whole conference in general.

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Session 1

A. Meeting your group

To get started, go around the group and share;

  • How are you currently involved in ministry at your church/campus/etc.?
  • What made you decide to be part of MTS Recruit? What are you hoping to work out from this conference? 

Pray for your time together.

B. Looking at God’s Word: Why do gospel ministry?

  1. What do you think stops Godly and gifted people from doing ministry (eg kid’s church, lead a small campus group, scripture, youth ministry)?
  1. Read 2 Corinthians 4:1-12. Discuss any initial comments, questions, first impressions, things that stood out… 

Note: In 2 Cor 4:1 Paul refers to ‘this ministry’ which he previously explained. This refers to the ministry of the new covenant in Christ. It brings life, not death (v7-9). 

  1. In 4:2 Paul seems to say that his ministry carries practical implications about the manner in which it is done; both negatively (things he refuses to do) and positively (things he insists on doing). Try to list them and discuss each one.

Refuses to do… 

Insists on doing… 

  1. In v3-5, what is the explanation for people’s rejection of the gospel or their acceptance of it? 
  1. What is the point of v6?
  1. What does Paul mean by ‘we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us’ (v7)?
  1. What single verse would you choose to show what Paul’s motivation in ministry is? (there is more than 1 answer!)

C. Applying to ourselves and our ministries

  1. How does this passage help shape our view of ourselves and the ministry we do? 
  1. What’s personally challenging to you about this view?

What is one issue or challenge you are working though right now when it comes to you starting a ministry apprenticeship in the future?

D. Putting it all together

In light of what we’ve seen in 2 Corinthians 4, would you say anything different to the Godly and gifted Christian you are encouraging to serve more at church, but is hesitant?

What was helpful for you in the video when it comes to thinking about money and decisions about ministry?

E. Prayer

Either in small groups, or just a few people:

Pray for God to grow your gospel-centred motivations in serving him and suffering for him. 

Session 2

A. Reflection

From what you’ve heard from God’s Word so far at the conference, can you share 1 thing that has been particularly challenging to you?

Pray for your time together.

B. Looking at God’s Word: Decisions and gospel ministry

  1. What do you think your friends and family might say if you told them you were considering going to do a full-time ministry apprenticeship next year?
  1. Leader: I will read 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, out slowly and I’d like you to use a pen or markers to circle, underline and note:
    • anything that surprises you
    • repeated words
    • key themes etc.

Once I’ve finished reading, then I’ll give you a couple of minutes of reflection so you can make some more notes and then I’ll get you to share “what you noticed” out loud in the group.

Note; One of the things that makes this passage challenging to understand is that Paul deliberately “plays on words” or uses sarcasm. For example, he uses the same words, such as foolishness and wisdom, to mean 2 different things (e.g. ‘the wisdom of men’ and ‘the Wisdom of God’).

  1. With the person next to you, see if you can fill in the chart below, mindful that there are 2 ways that the “message of the cross” can be understood:
The message of the cross is:The message of the cross is:
Who has this view?
(List the various names given to them throughout the passage)
How do these people respond to the “message of the cross” (or the word of God generally)?
Why do they respond to the “message of the cross” the way they do?
  1. Rewrite v21 in your own words. Share your answers.
  1. Who do you think Paul is addressing in v26-28? Who are the equivalent people now?
  1. Why does God use this deliberate strategy of choosing those who are foolish, not influential, weak, lowly and/or despised to do His work?

C. Applying to ourselves and our ministries

  1. What comfort is there in this passage for all Christians, and particularly leaders?
  1. If we are all ‘weak’, what part do we actually play in God’s ministry on earth (see if you can find this in the passage)?
  1. How does this passage affect your view of your ministry and you as a worker for God?

Did anything in the video get your attention or surprise you?

D. Putting it all together…

Imagine that you find yourself out to dinner with some old High School friends. The conversation moves onto future plans, careers, life ambitions etc. You mention that you are possibly going to give up your Civil Engineering job and do a “ministry apprenticeship” next year. One friend start smiling, another raises their eyebrows in surprise another starts giggling and quickly says, “Sorry”.

  • How does 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, help you to:
    • understand their reaction to your plans
    • explain to them the “Why?” of your plans

What was helpful for you in the video when it comes to thinking about family and decisions about ministry?

E. Prayer

Either in small groups, or just a few people:

Pray that God will transform and equip you and each other to go to the nations for Christ.