When we think about missions we often think about people’s needs and how we can meet their needs. What if we reversed our thinking? What if we thought about the assets people possess and how we can work with them to help them meet their own needs instead? Then through that, what if we could empower them to meet the needs of others? [Flesh this out a little. Ask questions like:]
- Is one of these mission mindsets easier to put into action than the other? [Discuss.]
- Have you ever seen this second mindset lived out? [Discuss.] What might it look like practically?
- What kind of missions impact do you want to have with your life?
- Jesus made it a habit to stop and be present. What does that mean to you? In what situations or relationships have you become so busy that you no longer feel present?
- A cry for mercy caused Jesus to stop what he was doing. What does mercy mean to you? Who deserves mercy? Have you ever needed mercy? Have you ever given mercy? [Discuss.]
- What’s the number one thing you are asking God for? How often do you pray about that? Have you resorted to begging God?
- “No prayer reaches Gods heart that doesn’t come from our heart.” What does this statement mean to you?